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Fundraising

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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Global Giving Trends

NonProfit Tech for Good recently released its inaugural “Global Trends Giving Report,” the results of a survey of 4,541 individuals across 6 continents, 94 countries.

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​Pursuing Authentic Leadership

Sometimes experienced fundraisers are promoted to leadership positions without management training. On the flip side, board members who have excellent management skills but no fundraising experience are recruited. This approach can lead to a short-term — and shortsighted — focus.

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Making Fundraising More Efficient

Ten years ago, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute launched the Fundraising Effectiveness Project. This project surveys nonprofits each year to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the development work they do. The 2015-2016 study included data from 10,829 nonprofit organizations.

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​Mistakes Boards Can Make

A good Board of Directors can be a critical asset for a successful nonprofit. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to ensure that the board’s efforts are put to the best use. Simple mistakes can derail a good process. In “8 Mistakes That Even Good Boards Make,” The NonProfit Times provides some important tips for avoiding these missteps.

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​Is Viral Altruism Sustainable?

The Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014 was a juggernaut that many nonprofits watched with envy. In just eight weeks, the ALS Association secured $220 million, thirteen times the amount raised by the organization in the entire year before.

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