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Ways to Identify Planned Gift Prospects

Most nonprofits acknowledge the incredible importance of planned gifts to their institution. But identifying a planned gift prospect can be tough work. 
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Don't Be the "Best Kept Secret" In Town

Chances are your nonprofit does some amazing work and has many compelling stories.  But often times organizations, typically faith based ones, do good works and then don’t boast about it.  And if people don’t know about your impact they simply are less likely to donate or volunteer for you.
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Ways Leaders Can Inspire and Motivate Fundraising Teams

There are many examples of both positive and negative leadership styles that can either inspire staff or send morale plummeting.
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Four Ways to Plan a Meaningful Gathering

‘Tis the season to plan conferences and retreats for the coming year!  A recent article in Stanford Social Innovation Review discusses 4 strategies to help you align your upcoming 2018 meetings and conferences with your organizational values.
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Why Challenge Gift Drives Can Work

A recent article in nonprofit quarterly revisits the effectiveness of the “challenge gift drive” and “matching gifts.” 
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Three Things Your Communications Must Have

A recent article in Ignited Fundraising promotes the idea that effective fundraising communications must allow your audience to do three things:
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Be Refreshingly Different on #GivingTuesday

Charities everywhere are in the throes of the peak planning period for the upcoming tradition (or frenzy) called #GivingTuesday. 
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Where You Live Affects How You Give

“The Geography of Giving” is a recently released study that reveals some surprising philanthropic trends.  
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The Significance of Year-End Fundraising

A recent article in bloomerang asks, "Did you know..."
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When Failure is Good

Most people are afraid of failure. And that fear often causes us to keep things small and avoid risk. But as an article in Guidestar: Blog reminds us, “if you’ve never failed at anything, you’re doing something very, very wrong
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