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    3 FINANCIAL CONVERSATIONS THAT CAN'T WAIT

    Posted by Brian Keel

    Autumn has arrived and the end of the year is much closer than the beginning.  The fourth quarter can make or break your financial results and there are a number of things your organization should be talking about right now to help ensure the greatest possible success.

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    Topics: Vision, End Of Year, Planning, Security Blanket, Debt Reduction, Nonprofit, finance, budget, financial management

    5 WAYS TO END THE YEAR STRONG AND STRATEGIC

    Posted by Kellie Wardman

    2022 is right around the corner! As we enter the fourth quarter and begin to wrap up a challenging year, it’s an opportune time to look forward. Following are five things to consider as you think about strategic thinking and planning in this new era.

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    Topics: Goal Setting, Mission, Strategy, Planning, Nonprofit Staff, Fundraising Campaign, Nonprofit, Collaboration, Preparation, community, Covid

    5 WAYS TO ADJUST YOUR FUNDRAISING PLAN

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    As we enter Fall 2021, all of us had hoped the pandemic would have been in the rearview mirror. Instead, COVID-19 continues to have an impact on our organizations, staff and donors. As you gear up for another season of service and fundraising, here are some things to consider adjusting in your fundraising plan.

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    Topics: Donation, Goal Setting, Fundraising Campaign, Nonprofit

    YOUR FUNDRAISING GPS

    Posted by Lauren DeSimone

    If you’re anything like me you may have become used to – or perhaps dependent on – directional apps, like Google Maps. I even put on directions to pick up my son from daycare, just so I know exactly the best way to get there and when I will arrive. Evidently, I like having certainty and a plan.

    These apps are written with algorithms that assess available routes (plus traffic or accidents) to produce the most efficient directions.  What if we could apply something similar for fundraising professionals?

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    Topics: Donation, Goal Setting, Fundraising Campaign, Communication, Planned Giving, Making The Ask, Nonprofit, Donor Identification

    SURPRISE PARTIES AND CELEBRATIONS

    Posted by DBD Team

    Organizations with a strong endowment fund generally have a story about how they got there. It's a story of two parties.

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    Topics: Endowment, Endowment Development, Planned Giving, Nonprofit

    DIRECT RESPONSE AND NONPROFITS

    Posted by DBD Team

    The last 18 months have both challenged some of our long-held beliefs about fundraising and reinforced many of the lessons we know to be true. 

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    Topics: Annual Fundraising, Development, Nonprofit, Direct Mail, direct response

    DIGITAL CURRENCY DONATIONS

    Posted by DBD Team

    By Brian Keel and Robyn Furness-Fallin

    You probably see cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin popping up on social media trends and news headlines every day.  Some are more established and widely marketable than others, but people are increasingly buying and holding cryptocurrencies for fun, for investment purposes or as a hedge against inflation.  But what is it anyway?  A recent Journal of Accountancy article defined it as “a digital medium of exchange that can be used for purchasing, selling and storing value, but it is not backed by a sovereign government.” 

    The good news is nonprofit organizations do not have to understand all the theory and technology behind cryptocurrency to gain the potential benefits of accepting this form of appreciated property as a donation. 

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    Topics: Donation, Major Gifts, Strategy, Planning, Giving, Prospect Research, Gift Of Giving, gifts of stock

    STREAMS AND STACKS

    Posted by DBD Team

    By Brian Keel and Bruce Berglund

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    Topics: Fundraising, Financial Development, Capital Fundraising, finance

    LEVERAGING VOLUNTEERS FOR GREATER FINANCIAL SUCCESS

    Posted by DBD Finance Team

    By Jim Mellor and Brian Keel

    The board of directors is an essential component of nonprofit leadership. We seek boards that are engaged, embrace their roles and responsibilities, are committed to transparency, and value both short- and long-term planning. 

    Rules vary from state to state, but every board has significant legal and ethical duties that it cannot delegate to others including legal, management, program, and financial oversight. Beyond the board there may be committees that further assist the organization. Committees have representation from the Board but are also an opportunity to engage other community volunteers to serve, especially if these members have subject matter expertise.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Communication, Nonprofit Leadership, Strategy, Nonprofit Staff, community

    CAPTAIN OF THE KICKBALL TEAM

    Posted by Nathan Sprenger

    Whether we realize it or not, each of us has been applying data to decision-making processes since our youth. Remember that time you were selected to be the captain of the kickball team? The pressure of selecting the best team rested solely on YOUR shoulders. If you were like me, a million strategic thoughts went through your head as you tried to recruit the best team to ensure you won the game. The first step was evaluating the group of classmates staring back at me. What do I know about them? Are they a fast runner? A good kicker? A good fielder? My friend? After quickly assessing the answers to those questions, the selection process began.

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    Topics: Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Strategy, Donor Prospect, Donor, Nonprofit, Prospect, development team

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