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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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​Reaching Out on the Inside

Within some organizations there is a nearly tangible divide between development and other internal groups with similar goals. Joining forces may help everyone raise money for the mission.

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​One Donor’s Answers for the “Ask”

The vast majority of “Ask” best practices come from fundraisers. Here are some solicitation techniques from someone experienced in giving, who believes that good, old-fashioned sales training will help improve the fundraising workforce.

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