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July 18, 2019

A Nonprofit’s Guide to Risk Management

It’s a big world out there. As a nonprofit, there are plenty of opportunities to take and tough decisions to make. But with everything you do, there’s some amount of risk that comes with it. It can be hard to know where you’re vulnerable and which bases you forgot to cover. That’s where we come in. Risk management is something that needs to be a priority for nonprofit and for-profit businesses alike―especially today. What do […]
July 24, 2019

How to Motivate a Bored Board — Light a Fire

By Kelly Medwick, EVP of Business Development at Firespring There are a million reasons why any one particular nonprofit board member may stall out. Maybe they got promoted at their day job and their responsibilities grew. Or maybe their family grew, and they’re knee-deep in diapers and onesies. Maybe they’re on several boards, and their focus waxes and wanes. Or maybe—just maybe—they’ve lost that loving feeling. Hey, it happens, and it’s probably not you, it’s […]
July 26, 2019

Using Social Science to Strengthen Your Fundraising

At its core, fundraising is a persuasive craft. It involves using rational and emotional appeals to move listeners and readers to take some action, like making a gift or volunteering time in support of your cause. While fundraising communications are often counterintuitive to people outside of the field, the reality is that it most of its best practices are grounded in time-tested techniques and principles of classical rhetoric―defined by Aristotle as the “faculty of discovering […]
July 30, 2019

Getting People to Trust in Your New Nonprofit

Okay, you did it. You’ve finally turned that idea into a reality and started your own nonprofit. Great job! But the work is far from over.  Donors are one of the most ― if not the most ― important parts of keeping your vision alive. One of your first priorities as a new nonprofit will be to get your vision out there and motivate some donors to get behind your cause. But in order to […]