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10 ways to boost your nonprofit career

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By Patrick M. Rooney, associate dean, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy With the myriad demands nonprofit professionals face for their time and attention, it can be tough to make professional growth and career advancement a priority. Here are some steps you can weave into your schedule that will help you in your current […]

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Collaborative research on competitive giving

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By Cali Curley, assistant professor, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI Every March since 2012, Brackets For Good, an Indianapolis-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization, hosts online “competitive giving” fundraising tournaments. With March Madness as the impetus, there are now nonprofits in 10 additional cities involved, and a national competition. Participating nonprofits organizations rally […]

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How to protect your organization from cybercriminals

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By Ann M. Merkel, Senior Vice President and Chief Market Development Officer, The National Bank of Indianapolis You are sitting at your computer, working happily away on a project, when you receive an email from a co-worker or friend, encouraging you to open an embedded link or an attachment.  Or maybe it’s an urgently worded […]

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Serve better through design: Use design thinking to better engage your audiences

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By Mark Shreve, business development manager, SmallBox Nonprofit organizations are not immune to the same challenges presented to for-profit businesses. You must survive economic swings, respond to political orders and actions, address shifting demographic needs, compete for attention, and increase impact to those you serve and do all this with shrinking budgets and teams. Shall […]

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Developing an effective dashboard and key performance indicators

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By Jim Simpson, CPA and director, Financial Technologies & Management Nonprofits are complex organizations that are built around mission and outcomes, which must be supported by the right revenue and expense models. Dashboards are one way to simply communicate and give an overview of the organization by using a graphical summary of important information. It […]

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Maximizing major gift fundraising

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By Tim Ardillo, consultant, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates Did you know development programs that rely solely on transactional giving, like direct mail and special events, generally have a return of investment (ROI) of about 200 percent, while programs that are relationship-based and major gift focused can enjoy a much higher ROI of 500 percent or […]

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Meeting a need no longer enough

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By Jessica Love, associate executive director, Prosperity Indiana Generally, nonprofits are established to make a difference for the people or places they serve. As a result, the impact and outcomes are inherent in the work. But these days, meeting an individual or community need is generally not good enough for a nonprofit to thrive, or […]

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Planning your next capital campaign: 9 steps to success

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By Jen Pendleton, vice president Indiana, Aly Sterling Launching a capital campaign is like moving into a new home. If you want the transition to your new home to run smoothly, you’ll need to plan ahead. The same can be said of capital campaigns; a lot of preparation goes into a capital campaign so that your nonprofit […]

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The outlook for giving

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By Una Osili, director of research, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Looking for some good news to start off the year? Nonprofit organizations and the people they serve can find encouragement in the anticipated charitable-giving climate. Giving in the U.S. will grow by 3.6 percent in 2017 and by an additional 3.8 percent in 2018, […]

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Considerations for choosing your nonprofit’s fiscal year end

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By Nikki Kubly, director, BKD Throughout the years, I’ve received questions from not-for-profit organizations (NFP) regarding the costs and benefits of changing to a fiscal year-end. I’ve seen organizations transition from Dec. 31 to fiscal year-end for many reasons, but the overarching motive is the budget challenge. Many organizations with individual-driven contributions receive a majority […]

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