December 28, 2016

Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Resources of 2016

Here’s a roundup of the 2016 Chronicle resources that were the most popular with you, our readers.

Many articles on this list focus on fundraising and donor relations, but a few other topics resonated with readers, too. A sample form for outlining a board member’s duties made the list, along with a guide to understanding the Internal Revenue Service Form 990.

As we look ahead to a new year and make resolutions, it’s worth noting that 2016’s second-most-popular resource explores how to achieve better work-life balance. So, on that note, take a break — and catch up on the advice your nonprofit peers across the country found most useful this year.  

September 21, 2016

Thank-You Notes That Look Handwritten Inspire Donors to Give Again

How one nonprofit brought back 440 lapsed donors and boosted revenue after taking a new approach to acknowledgments.

April 20, 2016

Staying Healthy While Doing Good: Managing Stress in a Nonprofit Job

Tips for being productive at the office while preserving work-life balance.

March 31, 2016

8 Questions to Ask Before Building a Culture of Philanthropy at Your Nonprofit

For nonprofits that want all employees to share responsibility for meeting fundraising goals, here are key questions to ask as you prepare for the shift in mind-set.

April 07, 2016

12 Steps to Building a Culture of Philanthropy

Here’s how nonprofits can involve more employees in raising money.

June 15, 2016

How to Find Major Donors Among Midlevel Supporters

Catching signs of greater giving potential takes sleuthing, creativity, patience, and listening skills.

March 17, 2016

6 Steps to Building a Program for Midlevel Donors

People who give $1,000 to $10,000 represent only 1 percent of donors at many charities, but they often give more than a third of the money raised. Here’s how to attract them to your nonprofit.

July 14, 2016

A Major-Gift Ask Is About Much More Than Just the Dollars

Before talking amounts, fundraisers hoping to secure big contributions need to find out what prospective donors hope to accomplish with their philanthropy.

August 16, 2016

Smart Questions to Ask Donors Before Seeking Money

Discovering what matters to your donors is key to building a long-term relationship and landing big gifts over time.

Tool Kit
August 09, 2016

Mining the 990: A Guide to Gleaning Key Data From Charities’ Tax Forms

A quick reference to find important information on nonprofit groups from the forms they’re required to file with the Internal Revenue Service.

March 29, 2016

A Sample Form for Outlining a Board Member’s Responsibilities

Use this sample to craft an agreement with your trustees that outlines a board member’s responsibilities to your organization.