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Is Social Media Worth Your Time?

Nonprofits often operate with shoestring staffing and it is always appropriate to reassess your efforts and goals. Social media is a valuable channel to reach your audience, but is it providing an adequate ROI?

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New Year, New You

If you’re like many fundraisers, in 2016 you pledged to get more done. And, get a better work/life balance. But, where to start?    

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CDO University® Dinner Seminar Recap

Recently, LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (LLLS) hosted a dinner featuring ten of the top Chief Development Officers in the New England area. The purpose of the gathering, as for previous CDO University® events, was to provide a forum for development leaders to exchange experiences, ideas, successes and challenges. The dinner's featured topic: Boards, and the CDO's unique experiences with their Trustees.

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​The Boomer Effect

According to “Giving in Retirement: America’s Longevity Bonus,” two thirds of baby boomer retirees report that it is the best time in life to give back. Why?

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​The List a Quarter Century Later

In The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 25th annual Philanthropy 400 list, the United Way again tops the leaderboard, but only $23.5 million separates them from Fidelity Charitable.

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What’s in a name? Big money for nonprofits.

In recent years, colleges, hospitals, museums, theaters, and social-service charities have begun offering their naming rights for new buildings, programs or other capital projects up to the highest bidder. While that’s nothing new -- for decades, big donors were honored for big donations – namings generally transpired discreetly. Today it’s a much different approach for many nonprofits.

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