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July 2, 2019

The Benefits of a Truly Connected Office

This article is sponsored by the Blackbaud Institute. Year after year, professionals in the sector keep coming back to that dreaded word: “silos.” We see countless articles about how barriers in communication diminish organizational effectiveness, and, just as crucially, how they inhibit constituent engagement. Outdated organizational models that segment departments into their own distinct areas and with their own distinct messaging leave constituents confused and even less connected than before they first engaged. As supporters […]
June 11, 2019

Ice Bucket Challenge – What’s The Fundraising Lesson? – Tracy Ebarb

This week, the creators of the Ice Bucket Challenge, Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, (both of whom have ALS) launched a NEW campaign called Challenge Me, which encourages people to challenge themselves to take whatever steps necessary to eradicate Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Their last initiative was meteoric and raised $115 million dollars in only 12 months up from $32,000 the year before! What’s the fundraising lesson? Trust me the Ice Bucket Challenge is NOT […]
June 11, 2019

Donor Recognition – And a Child Shall Lead Them – Tracy Ebarb

Donor recognition is a frequent conversation among fundraising professionals. There are many schools of thought concerning this activity and most agree that some type of recognition is proper, if not necessary, for every gift, regardless of size or type. Some donors even base their gift on the promise of a certain type of recognition, like the naming rights to a building or an endowed Chair at a University. Others may want to be included in […]
May 28, 2019

How to Know When to Dissolve Your Organization

It’s never fun to think about the worst-case scenario. And if things are going well for your organization, it might seem to make little sense to do so. Often it’s clear when to dissolve, but other times the warning signs are more subtle. Here are some questions you should ask yourself if you think your organization might be in a pinch. And hey, having to dissolve your organization isn’t the most awful thing in the […]