Leadership and Fundraising in a Pandemic

This week, I was honored to be the guest on Eliz Greene and Thom Singer’s show, The Webinar Talk Show. We talked about leadership, fundraising, events, and sales in a pandemic. I loved Eliz’s story about a fundraising appeal that wowed her. And Thom’s observations on the similarities with the process of nonprofit fundraising and…

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The 23 CALMing Actions to Go from BUSY to CALM

CALM not BUSY is the framework we created to help you understand how to manage your nonprofit’s communications work for maximum effectiveness. You should work on being more Collaborative, Agile, Logical, and Methodical (CALM) and less Bogus, Unrealistic, Sidestepping, and Yoked (BUSY). I just finished teaching the CALM not BUSY approach via a three-hour workshop…

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Mis-Match? The Incredible Expanding Challenge Gift

In early October, Donald Trump’s fundraising campaign promised supporters their gifts would be matched at a rate of 825 percent. Articles and newswires quickly followed, debunking the claim, with some casting doubt on the larger practice of matching gifts. The subhead to Mother Jones’ post read: “Most offers of matching campaign donations aren’t real, but…

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Racial Equity in Co-ops: 6 Key Challenges and How to Meet Them

Photo by form PxHere. The following is based on an October 7th keynote address given at the 4th annual Co-op Impact conference of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), originally titled “The Challenge of Achieving Racial Equity in Co-ops.”  I want to start by acknowledging the original stewards of the land, and my ancestors– those…

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Community Development Banks Take a Leading Role as Need for Capital Grows

Photo by form PxHere. October 19, 2020; American Banker Amid COVID-19, the community development financial institution (CDFI) industry has become an important player. For example, when loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) failed to reach many businesses owned by people of color in the program’s first round, the second round set aside $30 billion…

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Punishment of Nonprofits for Support of Black Lives Matter Grows

PublicDomainVectors.org October 21, 2020; 23-ABC (Bakersfield, CA) Yesterday, NPQ published a newswire about police organizations that tried to bully domestic violence organizations into withdrawing their stated support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we report on something similar in Kern County, California, where the board of supervisors refused to contract with two local organizations…

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Teacher Shortages Grow as Many Choose to Leave

David Mulder, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons October 20, 2020; Washington Post, Voice of San Diego, and the 9&10 News Schools have been a focal point for our nation’s reckoning with COVID-19, as leadership is forced to juggle conflicting responsibilities. A quality education is the bedrock upon which our children’s futures rest. Many schools…

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Some See Record Fundraising in FY 2020: What’s the Key?

“Temple University Station,” Adam Moss October 20, 2020; Temple University NPQ avoids parroting stories that assert “giving is down this year” because it’s just not clear what is going on in terms of individual donations. We are, however, sure that other revenue flows—like contracts for certain kinds of services, and ticket sales for cultural institutions—are…

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