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How to Build a Nonprofit Board That Can Fundraise

The biggest fundraising problem facing smaller nonprofit organizations is board makeup. A board needs to be big enough to give credibility to an organization’s value proposition—the reason it exists and should exist—and to assure appropriate oversight and support. An organization’s board should be its most direct path to major gifts. read the full article

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Say No to Contingent Pay

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When I Forgot the Meaning of Philanthropy

Recently, during a meeting at our Church, I talked to Alice, our pastoral associate, about my wife Joyce and I offering to give a special major contribution for a program she heads. Alice is in charge of a group who regularly review the cases of fellow parishioners in...

Are You Responding to Inquiries Quickly Enough?

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Say Thanks even if You Don’t Get the Grant

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