The Key to Any Successful Fundraising Campaign

by Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky There is no obligatory giving Following World War II, as families moved out of urban centers and into the suburbs, they continued to support non-profit institutions, especially synagogues, out of a sense of obligation. Over the last decade, obligation diminished as a … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Recognize Major Gift Prospects in Your Donor Pool

A guest post by Sarah Tedesco, Executive Vice President of DonorSearch, a prospect research and wealth screening company that focuses on proven philanthropy. Let’s open here with a quote from a recent post on this very blog. In speaking about increasing the likelihood that a prospect will say … [Read more...]

Board Leadership – A Burden or a Blessing?

by Rachel M. Woda During a recent conversation with a friend Sam, he mentioned that he had been asked to join a non-profit board. I began to congratulate him when he started to say “They promised me it would only be a few meetings a year and wouldn’t take too much of my time, so that’s good.” I … [Read more...]

Both Sides Of The Coin By Julie Shafer

“To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power.  But to decide to whom to give it, and how large, and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter” -Aristotle Helping individuals and organizations make difficult decisions concerning their … [Read more...]

Empowering Your Board to Make Informed Decisions By William Ferstenfeld, FTA

So you just walked out of your nonprofit’s board meeting.  You spent an hour listening to minutia about upcoming events and committee activities.  But, you also spent barely ten minutes listening to the organization’s financial reports and concomitant policy recommendations.  At the conclusion of … [Read more...]

Leadership – The Risk And The Reward

Every day, there are opportunities to “lead.”  It could be in the work place, at home, or while volunteering in the community.  The chance to make a difference, chart new territory and galvanize a team beckons us to the front of the line.  However, for all the excitement and promise, passion and … [Read more...]

Is It Time To Realign? by Jon Firger

  For those of us living in the North, there are a series of rites we practice each year. After a cold winter, we emerge in spring to consider the potholes and frost heaves that wreak havoc on our vehicles. If you are like me, you soon become aware that your car no longer continues in a … [Read more...]

Why Having A “Nice” Work Environment Matters To Your Donor by Elisa S. Heath

Recently, while doing some research, I learned that 95% of senior business leaders consider customer experience as the next “competitive battleground.”  This means that whether you are a nonprofit agency or a for-profit business, attracting and retaining “customers” is essential to your success and … [Read more...]

You’ve Got email by Jordana of Live Organized

So your desk is clear, your files are color-coded, and your emails are....? Just because your desktop is spotless and your files are neatly sorted, doesn't necessarily mean that your e-mail inbox follows suit. Take a minute and open your email inbox. What do you see? Are there hundreds of subject … [Read more...]

Prospect Research: The Overview

by Suzanne A. Shavelson To understand the impact of accurate prospect research, do the following exercise. Take out a piece of paper and make two columns, each with the name of one of your organization’s major donors with whom you are familiar.  Under each name, list any and all pertinent … [Read more...]