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April 13, 2018

How to Ask Your Campaign Committee Members for Their Gifts

One of the characteristics of most successful capital campaigns is that they ask for gifts from the “top-down, and inside-out.” That’s shorthand for saying that you’ve got to solicit the people who can give the largest gifts first and the people who have been most involved with your organization and your campaign—that is the campaign committee members and the board.
April 12, 2018

How PCI Compliance Reduces Data Breach Risks

Payment card industry (PCI) compliance can be a daunting subject for many nonprofits, but maintaining compliance is an important precaution to protect your organization’s reputation and fundraising goals. Today, data breaches are increasingly common. There are 5,113,159 records lost or stolen every day, and in 2016 63 percent of nonprofits suffered at least one breach. For nonprofits, the threat of a data breach includes loss of reputation with donors, and potentially six figure fees to cover […]
April 11, 2018

Advice from a Grantmaker: Two Steps Every Grantseeker Should Take

If you’ve ever applied for a grant, you know there’s a lot of paperwork involved. There’s a reason for that: for each new grant awarded and every payment processed, administrative and financial staff must carefully consider pertinent laws, IRS requirements, and the changing landscape of the nonprofit sector, all while protecting the funds their respective founders set aside for philanthropy. 
April 10, 2018

Succession Strategy: Mapping the Next Generation of Leadership

This article was originally published in the Nonprofit Hub magazine. I always find it a little funny when I hear someone say, “The future is now.” My immediate thought tends to be, “But what does that even mean?” Frankly, it sounds like somebody is trying to be a little too philosophical. I liken it to when someone is sharing “the secret to life,” but really just spewing nonsense. This common phrase should be shifted to, […]