December 29, 2015

Reader’s Choice: This Year’s Top Resources

Whether you want to attract millennial donors, gain insights into the science behind giving, or measure your impact more effectively, the toolkits, checklists, templates, and advice we’ve assembled here can help you accomplish these and other goals in the year ahead.  

The top three most-read tools of each type appear below. We hope these resources help you hit the ground running in the new year.


Tool Kit
March 03, 2015

The Basics of Measurement: Start Here

Find out questions to ask before you get started, what nonprofit watchdogs are looking for, and much more.

Tool Kit
March 02, 2015

Tips and Advice for Better Grant Seeking

Key concepts and advice to help organizations win grants from foundations.

Tool Kit
August 26, 2015

How to Appeal to Millennial Supporters

Advice and information on how to attract young donors and volunteers born in the 1980s and '90s.

September 23, 2015

How to Fix 5 Common Board-Meeting Problems

By making the most of members’ time and energy during meetings, you can help trustees better serve your nonprofit.

March 04, 2015

A 13-Point Checklist for Writing Better Thank-You Letters to Donors

Mention your website, offer a way to connect, let them know when they will hear from you next, and other important tips.

May 13, 2015

7 Ways to Make Your Nonprofit’s Storytelling Stronger

Choose creative narratives, avoid jargon, and provide a firsthand perspective to make your stories resonate with supporters.

October 12, 2015

An 8-Week Plan for Success on Giving Tuesday or Any Giving Day

A community foundation’s planning tool includes questions to help you plan a 24-hour fundraising event week by week, as well as checklists and charts to keep track of goals and assign tasks.

March 02, 2015

Sample Project Budget for a Grant Proposal

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine recommends breaking down program income into three categories.

October 20, 2015

Make Your Website More Donor Friendly

On “Be Your Donor Day,” assess your website with the fresh perspective of a first-time donor.

May 04, 2015

5 Tips to Boost Online Giving

Pay attention to mobile devices, match your online and offline design, and more advice from organizations seeing success.

May 14, 2015

Advice: Getting Comfortable Working With Ultrawealthy Donors

Fundraisers offer pointers on building relationships with high-net-worth individuals.

October 07, 2015

What Women (Donors) Want: Cultivation and Stewardship Advice for Fundraisers

Experts share their tips for inspiring women to give money and time to your cause.