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15 Tips for Producing a Fundraising Gala

Creating a quality guest experience is synonymous with providing a positive donor experience when hosting your fundraising gala. Regardless of size – gala or hosting charity – an event that resonates with your guests and reinforces your cause is more likely to be achieved with thoughtful planning and execution.

Who’s Coming to Dinner? Tips for Planning a Fundraising Gala

Great events get built over time and create emotional connections. They possess a strong call to action and emote a sense of community. Great galas stand out above many other fundraising events if they compel people to attend, elevate your cause and garner donor support long after the event. Below you will find tips to help...

Donate Cash Carefully This Holiday

In the 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating one-third of Canadians were reported to donate in response to canvassing at a shopping center or on the street. Canvassing yields 2% of the total donations charities receive annually. Calculate those numbers at 2017 levels against what donation activity is anticipated this holiday season the amount of cash donations expected is significant.

Does Your Non-Profit Board Have The Right Chair?

Regardless of your organization’s size, the Board of Directors can be more effective in setting strategic direction, mitigating risks, guiding executive leadership, mustering resources and providing responsible governance if they have the proper leadership. Organizations with a robust, well executed selection and ‘on-boarding’ process can help elect the right Chair.

Research Proves Invaluable For Charities

Designating a portion of the organization’s overhead costs or securing special funding (or gift in kind) for research projects can yield significant return on investment and critical insights to the challenges you are up against.  Research can provide new information to help prepare your strategic and operational plans, focus employee performance plans and board governance plans, and to build the case for support for your sustaining campaigns.

Reimagining Your Case For Support

Today’s donor wants more than a transactional relationship with a social cause, so let’s shift our traditional view of the ‘case for support’ to a ‘case for engagement’.... I have provided key suggestions for transforming your traditional case for support into a dynamic case for engagement. The shift reflects an integrated approach using the traditional primary document along with your....

14 Measurements Every Charity Should Track

There are many ways to define and measure success within the charitable, nonprofit sector. Below I have presented 14 measurements or key performance indicators (KPIs) every charity or nonprofit should track over time to ensure they are sustainable and demonstrating impact within their respective communities. As you reflect on this list ...