Sponsor Insight

Attracting and retaining good fundraising talent

By Lee A. Ernst, Associate, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates The foundation of a strong fundraising program is built on relationships. When your organization has a talented and dedicated staff, you have the key elements to form relationships with your donors. What can you do to ensure you’re attracting and retaining your most valuable asset – […]

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Board certified: Learning how to govern from the experts

By Sara M. Johnson, FACHE, Director, Executive Education, IUPUI-School of Public and Environmental Affairs Public service is important and over the last 30 years has evolved beyond just describing government careers. Many people are motivated to volunteer on the “front lines” and even donate money to worthy and favorite causes, especially at year end. And, […]

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Ask more of your supporters in the Season of Giving

By Mark Shreve, director of client experience, SmallBox Among the doorbuster offers, year-end appeals, and shipping confirmations, this survived your daily email sweep. This holiday season – as corporate and nonprofit brands compete for your attention and money – it’s time you ask more of your supporters. Previously we shared (Charitable Advisors, March 2017) that […]

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Leverage infrastructure grant programs

By Teddie Linder, business manager, Netlink, Inc The largest companies in the world are invested in good corporate citizenship.  As a nonprofit leader staying up to date on these opportunities could enhance the resources you have available. One area in particular has options you may want to investigate: technology infrastructure. This phrase simply means the […]

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A helping hand for fundraisers

By Pamela Clark, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Since 2008, Nathan Hand has raised money for causes he believes in. Working for nonprofits like Christel House, School on Wheels, and the Mind Trust, he has gained a wide range of both field and management experience.  The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy alumnus shared […]

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Impact of rising benefit costs

By Mike Harrington, president, Synergy A business encounters many costs, but the most volatile expenses are those surrounding employee benefits. Last year, employers spent an average of $8,669 per employee, an increase of nearly $500 from the year before. Multiply that rising number by each staff member and the costs can significantly pile up. There are a […]

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Important considerations for establishing major gift metrics

By John T. Keith, J.D., consultant, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates Fundraising success is increasingly a vital component of an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission.  Campaigns have increased in prevalence and frequency and often are dependent upon 90 percent of the dollars being contributed by 10 percent of the donors.  (In higher education, this can […]

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How to recognize employees without a promotion

By Mike Bensi, advisor, FirstPerson “Let’s promote him!” This is unfortunately a very common response by leaders when they have a great performer within their company. He’s been with the company “long enough,” and now the leaders find themselves wondering what they’re going to do so he doesn’t leave the company. What are some signs […]

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New nonprofit career resource

By Bryan Orander, president, Charitable Advisors Most of us have frequent career conversations. These might take the shape of a friend seeking advice, contemplating our own future, or hiring a new person to join our team. As the employment marketplace tightens, people are becoming more comfortable changing jobs and considering options and alternatives. In the […]

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Improve on-boarding boards by applying Design Thinking

By Jenny Banner, director of strategic initiatives, SmallBox Since SmallBox has been introducing nonprofits to a creative problem-solving methodology called Design Thinking, we often find that people think the creative framework is intimidating. But as we work with people and they learn about the Design Thinking process, they want to apply it to all their […]

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