Insights

What we’re thinking and learning about right now and the news and issues that matter to nonprofits.

Jul 26 2019 | TSNE MissionWorks
Fund developmentFund development is the ongoing strategic positioning of an organization to sustain and grow its resources by building relationships with those who understand and care about the organization’s relevance to the community. Building these relationships requires... → More
Jul 15 2019 | Jessica Wilson
Grant ProposalJessica Wilson, a development professional with fifteen years of experience, shares how to start identifying the appropriate grants, best practices for a winning proposal, and tips for after you receive your award letter. Wilson started her career helping... → More
Apr 12 2018 | Sandy St. Louis
Fundraising succeeds on knowing our donors well. → More
Mar 29 2017 | Trina Jackson
Inclusion Initiative grantees among grassroots organizations working to create new possibilities that uplift communities and transform our economy! → More
Apr 25 2016 | By Anne Peyton, CPF CFRE and Jenn Hayslett, Yellow Brick Road Consulting
"You had me at hello," a classic line from the movie Jerry Maguire, was in response to an extensive courting process. This wonderful one-liner is ironic for fundraisers – our donors say "HELLO" with their first gift, and yet by the 5th... → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Rick Schwartz, Principal StraightTalk
My good buddy Gian Brosco recently took the helm of the Nevada Community Foundation. The first thing he did was get out of the office to learn about the issues in greater Las Vegas. → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Andrea Berry, Fund-raising Consultant
Email is an effective way to communicate with donors, and to raise money without substantially raising your overhead. While it isn’t likely to replace direct mail fundraising in your communications mix, emails allow you to inexpensively provide reasons and... → More
Feb 13 2014
I was recently the high bidder on dinner for two on a nonprofit online auction. Thanks to the auction, I discovered a restaurant I would never had tried otherwise, and just as important, I was able to donate to a cause near and dear to my heart while not... → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Charlotte Dion, Foundation Center
Foundation support is critical to the work of the nonprofit community. But the pathway for pursuing foundation support for your nonprofit organization can seem more like the winding passageways in a maze than a clear cut trajectory. → More