What is a major gift fundraiser to do with all this free time?

For decades, we’ve known that face-to-face meetings were the best way to raise major gifts. Talking directly to people. Taking them on a tour of the project. Being in the same space as the donors. Meeting face-to-face is so important, most major gift officers’ job performance is measured by how many in-person meetings they have,…

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Microphilanthropy Explained

For decades, philanthropy has been seen largely as black-tie galas paired with pricey auction items ― large events for larger wallets. With the introduction of the internet and social media, donors now have the ability to participate and give in new and more accessible ways. Microphilanthropy has become a prominent trend in the past decade….

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A Fiscal Sponsorship Cautionary Tale

“Broken Umbrella,” Jon Jordan August 10, 2020; Baltimore Brew In 2012, NPQ’s Rick Cohen covered the collapse of an organization that had served as fiscal sponsor to many nonprofits. In that story, Cohen describes how the funds being held by the sponsor ended up becoming something of a Ponzi scheme. Nonprofits that had trusted their…

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Some Nonprofits Saw PPP Loans End too Early—and Layoffs Followed

License: CC0 Public Domain August 12, 2020; Pittsburgh-Tribune Review As many predicted, given the the tenacity of the coronavirus, some organizations would have to lay people off after their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans ran out, sooner or later. For many, there is no bad faith involved—just realism. So it is with the Lamp Theater…

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Nothing Beside Remains: The NRA’s Ozymandias Moment

Jarek Tuszyński / CC BY August 8, 2020; Washington Post NPQ has previously detailed New York Attorney General Letitia James’ move to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA) for fraudulent behavior and the violation of state law; the District of Columbia has launched a related motion against the NRA Foundation. The potential ramifications of both…

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Blackbaud’s Observations of Our Fundraising Environment

Howard Lake from Colchester, UK / CC BY-SA August 6, 2020; AIThority The Blackbaud Institute has just released a series of reports—The State of the Social Sector and its quarterly charitable giving index—providing context for 2020’s potential long-term impacts. While the timing of the report, coming as it does on the heels of a major…

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The COVID Vaccine “War”: Screws Loose in our Moral Framework

Photo by Bicanski on Pixnio Military metaphors for US government initiatives are often misplaced, but in the case of the development of a vaccine for a global pandemic, use of that language in nationalism’s service is so morally and practically wrong as to defy any notion of rationality. Pandemics spread; they do not observe borders,…

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Smart Tourism

By Joanna Haugen Global Himalayan Expedition turns adventure seeking into sustainable giving, creating electricity and employment in remote Indian villages.

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