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Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray, Jr.

Investments in capacity building carry forward for decades

Philanthropists believed in capacity building before now. It was no accident that 50 years ago new hires had access to extensive training. And leadership gave their fundraising staff opportunities to take responsibility, be accountable, and lead.

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Three ways to jumpstart your fundraising for 2021

Three ways to jumpstart your fundraising for 2021

Fundraising is all about planning. And action. And change. The changes of 2020 may fundamentally change how your nonprofit operates; they may be temporary; or you may find your organization on a new and more impactful journey. How do you go forward?

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Are people fighting to serve on your nonprofit board?

Are people fighting to serve on your nonprofit board?

Four reasons why some boards easily attract new members while others struggle with recruitment. A qualified and engaged board sets the tone for executive leadership and staff, provides stability in turbulent times, and easily attracts new members.

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Leveraging windfall gifts to Black organizations

Leveraging windfall gifts to Black organizations

As the year starts, plan for the year end. Define how you will measure impact, and how you will report on the money you’ve spent. If you receive a new major investment, think about what questions your community may have, and proactively answer them.

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2020 windfall gifts: words of caution!

2020 windfall gifts: words of caution!

2020 wasn’t all bad. The “good” includes first time large gifts from the philanthropic community to Black-led nonprofits and HBCUs. These organizations have been the beneficiary of gifts and investments on a scale most have never seen before.

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Recruiting your fundraising team for 2021

Your nonprofit’s fundraising can be judged by the team you build, including staff, and most importantly leadership level volunteers, how well they’re managed, and their productivity in the areas of relationship building, marketing, and fundraising.

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Creating your year-end nonprofit report card

Creating your year-end nonprofit report card

It’s time to talk about what you are doing and why. Share and reinforce your vision and goals or introduce adjustments you have made. Let people know what motivates your nonprofit: this can motivate those with a shared vision to become involved.

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Time to renew your donors

Time to renew your donors

The yearend fundraising cycle has been severely interrupted, and the gap between funding needs and cash-on-hand is too wide for too many. This makes it more critical for your staff, board members, and volunteers to become “one-on-one” solicitors.

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Can we reduce grant application frustration?

Can we reduce grant application frustration?

Crafting a proposal is a lot of frustrating work. You must answer irrelevant questions, compile lists, create new budgets. If your job is to review grant proposals you may slip into thinking you’re grading an English paper, instead of assessing community need.

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Thanks (For) Giving

Thanks (For) Giving

The longest year is coming to a close, and it’s time for giving thanks in the midst of our sorrows and losses both large and small. Two thanks-giving traditions will continue: Giving Tuesday, and the long-term tradition of thanking donors for gifts.

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