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Influence, wealth, and power

Influence, wealth, and power

People with money give to organizations they know. Who do they know? People of like means. This is especially true when it comes to major gifts: most have a personal connection – though the board – to nonprofits they support. Who is on your board?

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Nonprofit workers: the heart and soul of our sector. Can we put them first?

Nonprofits: How do we take care of our own?

We have to be sensitive to the needs of the people within our organizations, even when community needs are overwhelming. We have to put on our “oxygen mask” first – together w funders we must be creative in meeting nonprofit employee needs.

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Tools for moving forward

The past months have been a whirlwind of change. Nonprofits have been asked to pivot and thrive in an uncertain world. We share links to eight columns from the past few months, and a Good News Announcement. Yes, people are still giving!

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Nonprofits, what is your business?

“To Non-Profits …What Business will we be in?” Rosa L. Hunter and Lewis M. Rambo, PhD. ask questions in their provocative article of the same name. They ask nonprofits to think of those they “serve” as “customers” and ask What are we selling?’

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Check your relevancy during times of transition

Fundraising during a transition means asking hard questions of your nonprofit, its mission, work, and the community you serve. Whether it’s COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, or rising unemployment, you cannot continue with “business as usual.”

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Businessman in Cuffs

Nonprofits caught in the middle

How and when do nonprofit leaders take a stand when we know that those who they depend on may not – or do not – agree with their position and may withdraw funding and leadership – and encourage others to also disinvest? A community response.

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Lessons learned: COVID-19 response funding

Crisis philanthropy recognizes the need to provide immediate resources for triage, as well as the importance of recovery resources to ensure community resilience. Learning to act fast and base decisions on trust rather than outcomes.

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A community wide fundraising response to COVID-19

We trust the stakeholders of our neighborhoods—not just in our neighborhoods—to identify needs and develop solutions to address them. Community-wide public-private crisis fundraising with an equity and disparity lens: $4+ million for nonprofits.

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Announce

The power within your nonprofit is to be HEARD!

The power of “voice” is within your nonprofit – let it be heard. Its time to make our voices heard, needs known, and to engage the community in advocacy. You cannot be a “best kept secret” and no one can go it alone. Build a team of advocates.

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Pantheon of Freedom

Reflections from a 94-year old social activist

“My mother was left a widow with two children in1932 at the start of the Great Depression, with no job experience. “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” Where did such a myth — or attitude come from? – Reflections from a 94 year-old activist.

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