TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Donor meetings can sometimes feel like “kicking the tires” of your cause or project. Once in a while, however, a donor steps outside the norm and asks a question that demonstrates a unique angle of their interest, or, a unique perspective on your cause. These instances are rare and valuable windows into the heart of philanthropy.

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

TIP#61 Things Donors Want to Know, But Won’t Ask

Donor meetings can sometimes feel like “kicking the tires” of your cause or project. Once in a while, however, a donor steps outside the norm and asks a question that demonstrates a unique angle of their interest, or, a unique perspective on your cause. These instances are rare and valuable windows into the heart of philanthropy.

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

TIP#56 Break Free From the “Virtue” of Frugality

Don’t worry, cosmetics, smelly oils and juice cleanse sales are not included in the suggestions below. Check out these clever ways nonprofits are using partnerships and idle income streams to supplement their core revenue channels. Best of all, most of these bring awareness and the opportunity to tell your story to new audiences.

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

TIP#55 Three Things You Can Control in 2021

Don’t worry, cosmetics, smelly oils and juice cleanse sales are not included in the suggestions below. Check out these clever ways nonprofits are using partnerships and idle income streams to supplement their core revenue channels. Best of all, most of these bring awareness and the opportunity to tell your story to new audiences.

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

TIP#54 Nonprofit Side Hustles (clever cash flow ideas)

Don’t worry, cosmetics, smelly oils and juice cleanse sales are not included in the suggestions below. Check out these clever ways nonprofits are using partnerships and idle income streams to supplement their core revenue channels. Best of all, most of these bring awareness and the opportunity to tell your story to new audiences.

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #48 Grow Your Confidence (so you can grow your mission)

From donor communications and community collaboratives to leading your team, there are few areas where confidence doesn’t play a major role in your success and your comfort. If you have the benefit of external affirmations like awards, a big title, or a killer resume…kudos, but maintaining healthy confidence is rooted in things deeper than these accomplishments. If you don’t have those things (yet), it’s ok. Your confidence is something you can control and craft, much like a muscle. The more you work to improve it and exercise it, the more it grows. The more your confidence grows, the more strength you will bring to your work and mission. Here are five tips to help you recognize the strength you already have in this area, as well as some ways anyone can grow:

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #47 Ten Giving Ideas More Creative Than Cash

From donor communications and community collaboratives to leading your team, there are few areas where confidence doesn’t play a major role in your success and your comfort. If you have the benefit of external affirmations like awards, a big title, or a killer resume…kudos, but maintaining healthy confidence is rooted in things deeper than these accomplishments. If you don’t have those things (yet), it’s ok. Your confidence is something you can control and craft, much like a muscle. The more you work to improve it and exercise it, the more it grows. The more your confidence grows, the more strength you will bring to your work and mission. Here are five tips to help you recognize the strength you already have in this area, as well as some ways anyone can grow:

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #46 Curate Your Best Work

Innovation has certainly become one the buzzwords of 2020. As many nonprofits are attempting to assemble or reconfigure strategic plans for 2021 and beyond, “innovation” will be simultaneously penned on white boards across the nation. Which begs the question…Can you plan to innovate?

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #44 Our Takeaways from the Virtual Event Experience

We muted our mics (while on air), missed cues, sat uncomfortably…and awkwardly, in oversized chairs, and made stink eyes at the camera when we didn’t think it was rolling. Ultimately, we pulled off the DO MORE GOOD Nonprofit Conference [Virtual] thanks to a gracious audience, pro speakers, and a production company who knew their stuff. Here are some of our takeaways from the virtual event experience:

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #43 Focus on First-Person Perspective

I think one of the greatest challenges for nonprofit pros is the need to balance very business-centric duties with the human-centric elements that make up their mission. As you climb the “corporate” ladder, this becomes even more challenging. Time spent on the front lines, meeting with clients, and serving the most immediate needs, becomes challenging with added responsibilities of fundraising and administrative tasks.

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #38 Check out the best of August!

Here are some of our favorite articles, videos, and blogs from the month of August; including links to the recent Get Back to Doing More Good webinar featuring several DO MORE GOOD Nonprofit Conference Speakers, and Targeted Impact by Wild Apricot featuring our own, Katie Appold.

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #37 Avoid 20 Minutes of Small Talk in 30 Minute Meetings (we’ve all been there)

The busier you are, the more of a struggle this becomes. When you’re squeezing in meetings, it seems absurd to spend whole minutes doing a round-robin-recap of everyone’s weekend activities or analyzing whether your phone is actually listening to your conversations. (It is. In fact, at the end of the pre-meeting small talk it may be the only one listening.)

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #36 Start Your Year-End Planning Now

Most charities receive 75% of their support between the months of October and December, and December alone accounts for 30% of all giving. Wondering where to begin? We’ve uploaded a guide to get you started. Before you dig into the tactics, make sure you complete this oh-so-important first step:

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #28 A Cautionary Tale on Text-to-Give Campaigns

“Only my mother texts me this much,” was the notion running through my head when I guiltily made the decision to block the number of an organization I had donated to just hours prior. Within moments of submitting an online gift of a nominal amount, I had received two texts – one confirming my gift and thanking me, and the second notifying me of a campaign.

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #26 Recruit a Board of Rockstar Directors

Like walking into the grocery store hungry, if you go looking for board members without a plan and an inventory of what you have and what you need, you will likely not make the best decisions. While an extra bag of chips is far less detrimental in the long run, I hope you understand the analogy.

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #25 Avoid the Black Hole of Nonprofit Freebies

Candidly, I want to disclose that this article started with me thinking it would be great to assemble a list of all the great nonprofit freebies and discounts being offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. After an hour of combing through ten other similar lists, I realized there was something wrong with this picture.

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #21 Last-Minute Advice for #GivingTuesdayNow

Tomorrow is the big day. The notice on #GivingTuesdayNow was sort of like finding out your full family Christmas party is at your house the week before Christmas…, oh, and the grocery store is out of toilet paper. Do what you can to maximize the opportunity, and then get back to doing more good. Like the aunt that asks what she can bring to the unplanned party, we’re providing some last-minute tips to help:

TIP#62 Striking a Chord with Empathy

Tip #19 Stop the Burning of Thousands of Pockets

Over the past week, millions of Americans received a check unrelated to their normal income. For many, this is needed for daily living expenses and the burdens of the pandemic. For others, who have employment or income unaffected by the pandemic, this money is “icing.” Free to use however they wish … Do they know your organization needs support?