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Making Lasting Volunteer Connections

Many nonprofits rely heavily on volunteers to share their missions, support the work of the staff, and solidify community connections. Yet, volunteer retention is not always a priority. 

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Clearing the Inbox

If you’re one of those people whose unread messages spiral ever higher, Inc. Magazine offers some valuable tips for people looking to get those inboxes back in line. 

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The End-of-Year Donation Push

The end of the year is quickly approaching. It is an important moment for organizations to think hard about how to secure those last minute donations. NonProfit Pro offered some important tips for thinking about these remaining December days.

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Maximizing End-of-Year Giving

December is one of the most important months for nonprofits. It’s also a time when the pace quickens and the workload is sometimes overwhelming. In “5 Things Smart Fundraisers Do in December,” Gail Perry gives some tips on how to manage the month effectively. 

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Increasing Diversity in the Workplace

When a staff more closely reflects the population it serves, it is more able to address the needs, interests and concerns of its community. Diversity should include people of varied racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status and more.

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Refilling the Donor Pool

Fundraising professionals are quite familiar with the concept of donor attrition. It is always worthwhile to review strategies for replenishing the donor pool.

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Mars vs. Venus Giving

While looking at giving within a certain community or age group yields interesting results, it is also important to consider gender differences in philanthropy.

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What Millennials Want

Millennials (generally described as individuals born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s) are becoming a larger percentage of the workforce and their distinct needs and preferences are important for employers to consider. 

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