small-boards

The Small Shop: Managing Your Board of Trustees

Board members are “mission critical” especially in the life of small nonprofit organizations. By paying close attention and understanding important characteristics of volunteer leadership, the organization will be positioned for long-term success. Two truly distinctive differences for the small shop board are the composition of the board and the role it plays. Board composition: Assembling […]

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Bridging the Gap

5 Ideas for Engaging Next Gen Donors

When I think of the next generation of donors, I think of individuals who were raised in an on-demand culture and have been shaped by social media, mobile technology, a post 9/11 world, and a deep recession. They are self-starters, self-learners, and self-motivators. Universal connectivity, highly curated global information, on-demand video, and 24/7 news cycles […]

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Data Science for Fundraising

The Rise of Managed Services

For decades, we have seen telephone programs managed externally. Large nonprofits are increasingly outsourcing their caging/gift processing procedures. CRM systems are increasingly moving to cloud-based providers. And networking technology is increasingly moving to third parties. In all of these cases, the cost savings, accountability, and staffing challenges have made third party technology solutions very attractive […]

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Charitable Giving

Giving USA 2017

Bentz Whaley Flessner is excited to report the significant figures announced in today’s release of this year’s Giving USA report. Total charitable giving rose 1.4%, in inflation-adjusted dollars, to an all-time high of $390.05 billion in 2016. Other key highlights include: While giving has now exceeded pre-recession highs, overall giving grew more modestly in 2016 compared to growth seen in […]

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NIH Funding Creates Philanthropic Opportunities

21st Century Cures Act: Opportunities to Leverage Philanthropy

If you represent a large academic medical center, medical college, or an institution with a deep medical research enterprise, the recently announced 21st Century Cures Act could offer you positive philanthropic positioning. Passed by overwhelming bipartisan support, the act allocated $4.8 billion toward the National Institutes for Health (NIH) budget, with nearly $4 billion for research. Of course, this funding […]

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