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Using Data Visualization to Transform the Way You Work (5/5)

By Amelia Kohm

In this fifth and final article in my series on data visualization, I show you how data viz can transform the way you work by using real-time, highly digestible data.

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Matching Gifts guru Steve Hafner shows how to harness employer data

By Stephen C. Nill, JD

When it comes to nonprofit fundraising, one of the most powerful things you can do is to multiply a single gift. Of course, we're talking about a matching gifts program where the donor's employer matches the gift. In this video, I sit down with Steve Hafner, the visionary behind HEPdata, a company that does the heavy lifting of connecting your prospective donors with their employer's matching gift program.

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Does your nonprofit's brand truly reflect its impact?

By Todd Baker

Too many organizations focus their core message on their internal processes, such as distributing, coordinating, managing, constructing, and facilitating, while the most powerful thing they have to say is left unspoken. People become inspired to join causes because of the impact of nonprofit processes, not the processes themselves.

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New Book: Zen and the Art of Fundraising

By Stephen C. Nill, JD

It's Friday, the perfect day to let you know about our newest book released today, Zen and the Art of Fundraising: 8 Pillars of Success.
At just 84 pages, you could easily read it on a weekend, though its profound lessons may well take a lifetime to perfect. It's by Alexandra Pia Brovey, JD, LLM, a true master not just of fundraising but of Shotokan karate, for which she holds a black belt.

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Obstacles to Asking - Part 2

By Kent Stroman, CFRE

Here we go . . . five of the most daunting obstacles to asking for gifts are:

  • Relationship deficit
  • Conflicting priorities
  • Mindset
  • Fear
  • Difficulty “getting in”

And we begin with . . .

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Obstacles to Asking - Part 1

By Kent Stroman, CFRE

So why write about obstacles anyway? I have two primary objectives. First, since we all bump up against barriers from time to time, I want you to rest confidently in the fact that you are not alone. Second, I share these common obstacles for the purpose of revealing how to overcome them. Someone wisely stated, “The difference between those who succeed in life and those who don’t lies not in whether they encounter difficulty. Rather, the difference is how they respond to difficulties.”

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Brian Saber opens enrollment in Asking Matters

By Stephen C. Nill, JD

Brian, a member of the CharityChannel professional community, believes that to really improve ourselves in asking for major gifts takes a commitment of time and willingness to hone our skills. He provides a rich learning environment through his state-of-the-art membership site, Asking Matters. He has carefully designed it to enable us to really learn and grow as fund raisers, particularly with regard to major gifts.

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How To Consume Data Viz Like a Superhero (4/5)

By Amelia Kohm

Charts, graphs, maps, and other types of data visualizations (aka “data viz”) often pull me in, especially if they are visually striking. But until I became well versed in the art and science of data visualization, even charts that caught my attention would often frustrate me. I could not extract their meaning quickly and thus I moved on, missing out on the story the chart might have told. This article describes the method I have since developed to read data visualizations so that their meaning rapidly comes into focus.

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Why Do People Struggle to Ask Face-to-Face? Part 3

By Stephen C. Nill, JD

In today's third and final installment, I ask Brian about his free four-video online workshop for nonprofit fundraisers March 7th-14th.

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Why Do People Struggle to Ask Face-to-Face? Part 2

By Stephen C. Nill, JD

I recently sat down with Brian Saber, a CharityChannel colleague and leading expert on how to make face-to-face asks. In the first installment of my discussion with him, I asked him why people struggle so much to make that all-important face-to-face ask. In this installment, I ask him how a development officer (the person making the ask) can become comfortable making the ask, and, as importantly, how to become effective in doing so.

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Why Do People Struggle to Ask Face-to-Face? Part 1

By Stephen C. Nill, JD

I just sat down with Brian Saber, a CharityChannel colleague and leading expert on how to make face-to-face asks. In this fast-paced 11-minute recorded discussion, I asked him why people struggle so much to make that all-important face-to-face ask. This is the first of three recorded segments with Brian on asking.

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Sharpen Your Data Visualization Superpowers (3/5)

By Amelia Kohm

I hope you’ve enjoyed Let’s Use Florence Nightingale’s Secret Weapons and Data Visualization: Wielding Your Secret Weapons. Let’s now explore how to turn a good viz into a great one by following ten data viz “suggestments,” or rules of thumb, based on the science of how we perceive visual cues as well as the hard-won experience of other data visualizers.

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Data Visualization: Wielding Your Secret Weapons (2/5)

By Amelia Kohm

In the first article in this series, Let’s Use Florence Nightingale’s Secret Weapons, we saw how nonprofit practitioners have two “secret” weapons: the data packed away in databases and spreadsheets and the visual superpowers of the organization’s staff and board members, funders, clients, participants, visitors . . . indeed any human being involved in the organization. Data visualization (aka data viz) capitalizes on our visual superpowers and puts our data to work. Now that you know what your secret weapons are, how best to use them?

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CharityChannel Relaunches its Famous Discussion Lists

By Stephen C. Nill, JD

One of my forever-resolutions is to increase engagement of the CharityChannel professional community. One of the best ways to do that is to get everyone talking shop with each other. So, as you can imagine, I’m pleased to announce that CharityChannel has relaunched its award-winning email-based discussion forums, once again running on L-Soft’s industry-leading LISTSERV(r) software.

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Can You Help Answer These Five Questions about Nonprofit Boards?

By Stephen C. Nill, JD

As a practitioner, you no doubt have access to board leaders for your organization and maybe even serve on a board or two. Would you ask them to take an online survey sponsored by the Alliance of Nonprofit Management?

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Let’s Use Florence Nightingale’s Secret Weapons (1/5)

By Amelia Kohm

As nonprofit professionals, you and I would do well to borrow some strategies from Florence Nightingale’s playbook. She skillfully deployed two “secret weapons” that nonprofit managers and fundraisers today also can use to great effect.

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Do your peers consider you a master practitioner?

By Stephen C. Nill, JD

For the next few minutes, I want you to suspend all modesty and answer this question: Do your peers consider you a master practitioner? Do you?

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Who Develops and Implements the Plan?

By Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

So, how does the busy development officer find time for planning and who will implement the plan once it’s done? By involving the right people in developing the plan and then implementing it, the development office can move forward in a timely manner and provide a framework for evaluating all their programs. Many times, we…

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Two Minutes to the Sound of Silence

By Stephen C. Nill, JD

Did you hear the news? The Doomsday clock is now just two minutes to midnight. Midnight is an atomic nightmare that none of us wants to even think about. My first grandchild is about to be born, baby Stetson Thorp. That got me to thinking. How could I possibly explain this to him, once he…

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Answering the Top 3 Monthly Donor Management Questions

By Erica Waasdorp

There’s been somewhat of a landslide of late when it comes to “sustainers,” also known as monthly or recurring donors. These are donors who give automatically from a credit/debit card or bank account. Have you seen these amazing recent statistics? Monthly donor retention rates: 90 percent and up (double the average donor retention rate of…

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Do You Need a Written Development Plan?

By Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

How many times has a well-meaning board member or volunteer come to one of your board meetings and offered this sage advice—“We should do a (golf tournament, gala dinner dance, art auction, walkathon, etc., etc.) because (the scouts, the hospital, a local church, etc., etc.) did one and raised $100,000?” Before the meeting ends, the…

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Develop Your Case to Inform and Shape all Your Fundraising Activities

By Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

Sometimes development professionals only think about the importance of having a case for support when they are preparing to launch a capital campaign. However, you need a case for support for all your fundraising activities. The reason for having the case in place before creating any materials—brochure, website, grant proposals, speeches, PowerPoints, DVDs, and more—is…

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HALT – So Your Board Members Can be Their Best Selves

By Amy Wishnick

During his freshman orientation, my younger son was introduced to HALT – Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired – a stress management technique. For entering college students, it was supposed to help them increase self-awareness and understand what was going on with themselves and how this affected their interactions with roommates and others. It was geared to help them from becoming less pleasant versions of their normal selves. HALT resonates with me. Especially regarding nonprofit boards and board meetings.

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Orienting New Nonprofit Board Members – Don’t Make it Sink or Swim

By Amy Wishnick

Does your nonprofit bring on new board members annually as a class, rather than randomly throughout the year? If they start out together, I commend you for choosing this wise approach. If not, I hope you will consider making a change after reading this.

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Valuation of Gifts in Kind: Other Considerations - Part 3

By Darin Martin

There are many variables to consider when assessing the fair market value of a donated item. As with so many things in life, a task that should be simple and straightforward too often is not. Two of the most commonly misunderstood variables in assessing fair market value are donor restrictions and international customs values.

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