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University of the Virgin Islands

Paradise Lost

A look beyond tragedy:  how to support University of the Virgin Islands students, faculty and staff suffering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Many of us think of the Virgin Islands as a favorite vacation paradise. In addition to the beautiful beaches and lush vegetation, the U.S. Virgin Islands are also […]

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Year-end fundraising – it’s not too late

Soon we will be lifting a glass to the New Year and bringing in 2018. That sounds far-fetched, but alas it is true – the end of 2017 will soon be upon us and the new year will begin. For nonprofits that means a concerted effort on what is referred […]

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Are you too busy to fundraise?

A special column for nonprofit leaders The most valuable gift may be the gift of time. While we give the gift of our time through our actions, we cannot actually give anyone an extra hour. We all get 24 hours a day. No more. Yet many of us are so […]

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Increasing Revenue From Special Events

Does your special event make money?

“That was a great awareness event.” “We really reached a lot of people.” “We broke even on expenses.” Are these the outcomes of your most recent special event? What about “We exceeded our fundraising goal!” Creating an engaging and exciting event is hard enough for professional event producers. For nonprofits […]

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Creating a successful special event

“Think about what you want to do and how you want to engage with your guests. Think about what you have access to without having to go anywhere else. Find the hidden treasures within your own organization and make those things work for you.” This wisdom comes from Jeanette O’Bryant, […]

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Strike while the iron is hot!

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Charlottesville. DACA. These are just three “hot topics” that dominated traditional and online media recently. Here’s the question: has your nonprofit increased its revenue, number of donors, people served, or community profile as a result of recent national media attention? We encourage you to be proactive […]

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Teamwork and strategy – 4 keys to success

Teamwork and strategy – 4 keys to success

So you’re ready to launch – or re-launch – your nonprofit. Or maybe you want a fresh start, a tune-up, or a do-over for your existing organization. What should you do? Get together and talk? Listen? Plot and plan? Review your finances? Visit organizations that inspire you? Yes. And more. […]

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Old school fundraising

Online giving, viral campaigns, large grants from foundations, funding from government agencies. These are some of the popular revenue streams for nonprofits. Those with earned revenue also secure funds from tuition, fees, sales, leases, rentals, licenses and other sources. All sources provide the money needed to make the missions of […]

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If you can’t raise it, save it

If you can’t raise it, save it

We recently heard the phrase “small up.” It means to look wisely at your resources and find ways to live with less while retaining your focus on what’s important. While the phrase is being used within the context of personal finance, it is one that can have value to a […]

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Radical thoughts on nonprofit boards

“How many of your current board members are actually worth paying? If you had to pay your members what board positions would you fund?” These questions caught our eye as we read a promotional piece for a book about philanthropy. The author, Jimmy LaRose poses some provocative thoughts in his […]

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