Nonprofit Resources

Giving USA 2017 Infographic  

Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy©, is the longest running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in America. The Report shows 2016 with steady giving in these uncertain times. Giving rose to $390.05 billion in 2016 contributions, up 2.7% over last year, another record high. This was the seventh … Read More

Categorized: General Development, Giving USA, News, Nonprofit Resources
How Technology Can Improve Your Referral-Based Philanthropy Program  

In our work with hospitals, the topic of “grateful patient and family programs” comes up often. They have the potential to be a meaningful source of philanthropic revenue and should be standard practice for hospital foundations. However, many institutions struggle to move from aspiration (aka: good intentions) to achieving results. … Read More

Categorized: News, Nonprofit Resources, Nonprofit Technology
What are you doing to retain donors? (A donor loyalty assessment)  

Nonprofits lose more than half their donors after the first gift. According to the 2016 Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP), just 46% make a gift the year after an initial donation. Increasing your retention rate just 10% could result in more than 100% growth over four years—and that presumes that donors … Read More

Categorized: General Development, News, Nonprofit Resources
Leadership Transition: Frequently Asked Questions  

Q: Why is leadership transition so important? A: Identifying and recruiting the leadership most suitable to your mission and culture is critical to a successful future. Changes in leadership are pivotal occasions and may be leveraged to build capacity and advance the sustainability and impact of your organization. Q: What … Read More

Categorized: Leadership and Search, News, Nonprofit Resources
Strategic Planning  

What to expect, how to make it work, and how to fix it when it slips off the tracks. At many nonprofits, staff and board members may not understand the organization’s mission, vision, and core values. When they don’t understand, they’re unable to articulate what the organization stands for, whom … Read More

Categorized: Free Guides, Nonprofit Resources, Strategic Planning
Giving and the Golden Years: A Q & A with Aging Services Study Co-Author Laura MacDonald  

Do you think of seniors (age 65+) as a primary audience for your nonprofit organization? Maybe you should. By 2060, it is estimated that the population of Americans over 65 will climb to 98.2 million – double the estimate in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As they age, … Read More

Categorized: General Development, News, Nonprofit Resources
A Compelling Case for Support  

A good Case positions the organization as a worthy of your attention and spells out the nonprofit’s impact, made possible by the generosity of donors.

Categorized: Capital Campaigns, Cases for Support, Fundraising
From Giving to Leading: Questions to Consider Before Joining the Board  

Should you join the board? Whether you are being asked to join the board of an art museum, social service agency, hospice, or any other type of nonprofit, ask yourself these questions.

Categorized: Fundraising, General Development, Leadership and Search, News
Finding the Best Fit: The Questions You Should Ask When Finding Board Members  

You have openings on your board. Finding new board members is a big responsibility—and a great opportunity! Take the time to find candidates who are the best fit. Nonprofit boards have ultimate responsibility for the organization’s mission, finances, program quality, and for recruiting, supporting, and evaluating the staff leadership. Board … Read More

Categorized: Free Guides, Leadership and Search, Nonprofit Resources
Olympic Lessons to Make a Powerful Team  

Nothing beats the Olympic games in showcasing the best in teamwork, individual performance and goal achievement. During the XXXI Olympiad in Rio, the United States earned the highest medal count among all participating nations.  According to a post at, our country’s 121 medals “are the most ever for a … Read More

Categorized: General Development, News, Nonprofit Resources