Rethinking the Future of Donor Visits

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a “new normal” throughout the nonprofit sector, as it has for many other sectors. Frontline fundraisers in particular spend many hours traveling and meeting face-to-face with donors. The recent transition to remote learning and working has prompted many fundraising offices to pivot and learn how to conduct business by way […]

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The default nonprofit board model is archaic and toxic; let’s try some new models

Board members are volunteers who contribute time, money, talents, connections, and even the occasional shoulder to cry on during challenging moments. We owe a lot to the brilliant board members out there who are helping us make the world better every day. However, we need to admit that boards in general are seriously problematic. For […]

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The science of influencing people: six ways to win an argument

Psychological studies show that people fail to notice the logical fallacies in an argument if the conclusion supports their viewpoint; if they are shown contrary evidence, however, they will be far more critical of the tiniest hole in the argument. This phenomenon is known as “motivated reasoning”. A high standard of education doesn’t necessarily protect […]

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Seven Principles of Proofreading Documents for Nonprofit Fundraisers

Competition means you cannot afford to send important emails with typos, upload documents with errors, or publish pages on your website that are sloppy. You want your organization’s reputation to be as clean as possible. Proofreading may seem straightforward, but in practice it often takes more discipline than we realize. You will need willpower to […]

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