Tag: fundraising

And the Brand Plays On

Take this true/false test: Our organization understands the value of raising the visibility of its brand among clients, constituents, policy-makers and funders.Audiences we’d like...

Putting Idle Capital to Work

Nonprofit organizations, including community development corporations, often have idle capital deposited at a standard commercial banking institution. But there are a number of community...

The United Way’s New Business Plan for Community Development

These cannot be fun times at the United Way of America (UW). An astonishing scandal at the National Capital chapter, covering Washington, DC, and...

How to Cope with Funding Cutbacks

I’ve been in fundraising since 1976, and I remember the panicked calls I received after Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980: “We’re losing our...

Profile of a Healthy Fundraising Program

Clients often ask me what constitutes a healthy fundraising program. At first glance, the ability to raise the money you need seems to be...

Nonprofit Enterprise

For someone who’s spent 20 years trying to right the wrongs created by our economic system, I’ve come to a startling discovery: Commerce can...

Community Development Venture Capital

Low-income communities often have a wealth of ingenuity and innovation, but lack the equity capital and entrepreneurial experience needed to grow a business and...

Using Special Events for Fundraising

Special events or fundraising benefits expand the reputation of an organization, provide participants an interesting time, and sometimes make money. Because of their variety...

Fundraising: Federal Funding for Community Economic Development

Seeking federal funds for community economic development involves dealing with constantly changing sources, new programs and the need to think creatively.Office of Community ServicesSome...

Fundraising: Multiple Mail Appeals

Grassroots groups, while constantly trying to find better ways to recruit new donors, often act as though their current donors were fragile china only...

The Three Types of Donations, and How to Use Them

Many grassroots organizations want to buy their own building, open an endowment or raise more program money from major donors. Projects like these represent...

Program Related Investments (PRIs)

The term “program-related investment” (PRI) was first coined in the Tax Reform Act of 1969. As currently defined in the tax code, a PRI...

Making Use of December

There is a popular myth in fundraising circles that December is the best month to raise money. Like most myths, this one has some...

The Importance of Being Gracious

Maybe it’s the aftermath of the presidential election. Maybe it’s the disappearance of the dot.coms as the hot new source of funds. For some...

Raising Money from Religious Institutions

Religious institutions receive about half of the money given away by the private sector in America. Although these institutions use most of the money...

Finding Ways to Cover Administrative Costs

This fall, at a philanthropy conference at the White House, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said emphatically that if the philanthropic sector was serious...

Practice Makes Perfect – Or At Least Able to Do the...

Below is an excerpt from Fundraising for the Long Haul, recently published by Chardon Press. In this book, I explore the particular challenges of...

Anniversary Fundraising

The Center for Anti-Violence Education in Brooklyn, New York works to end violence against women and children through community education programs, self-defense courses and...

Raising Money for Progressive Arts and Culture Organizations

Discussions about the difficulty of raising money for certain issues are generally started by people who feel sorry for themselves. Nevertheless, progressive arts and...

The Executive Director and Development Director Relationship

This article is for development directors (DD) and the executive directors (ED) who supervise them. The executive director can be a development director's greatest...