PicoFeed The Chronicle of Philanthropy https://philanthropy.com/ 2017-04-24T16:55:47-04:00 The Chronicle of Philanthropy How to Get a Charity Job if You Have No Nonprofit Experience https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Get-a-Charity-Job-if/239881 2017-04-24T09:39:00-04:00 In her latest advice column, nonprofit expert Allison Fine answers a question from a reader who’s having trouble breaking into charity work despite a strong academic background and work experience. In a quandary about your career? Need tips on leadership? Ask Allison. By Allison Fine Fundraising Advice: Mailing-List Segmentation for Beginners https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Fundraising-Advice-/239840 2017-04-20T08:00:00-04:00 Splitting supporters into subgroups can help you pinpoint messages, improve programs, and assess what types of appeals and extras work best for which donors. By Timothy Sandoval 4 Tips for Squeezing in More Personal Time https://www.philanthropy.com/article/4-Tips-for-Squeezing-in-More/239816 2017-04-18T08:00:00-04:00 Experts urge setting priorities, learning to say "no," and establishing personal boundaries to keep the job in perspective. By Eden Stiffman 7 Reasonably Easy Things You Can Do to Improve Your Proposal https://www.philanthropy.com/article/7-Reasonably-Easy-Things-You/239777 2017-04-13T08:00:00-04:00 To better your chances of landing that big grant, write from the heart, don’t lecture readers, and find yourself a good editor. By Martin Teitel 5 Musts for Establishing a Major-Gift Program https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/checklist/5-musts-for-establishing-a-maj/6270/ 2017-04-12T10:00:00-04:00 If you’re just getting started seeking gifts from wealthy donors, begin by preparing your board and inviting volunteers to join campaign committees. By Emily Lang 9 Ways to Ensure Your Vacation Is Really Time Off From Work https://www.philanthropy.com/article/9-Ways-to-Ensure-Your-Vacation/239759 2017-04-11T08:00:00-04:00 Coordinating and communicating with donors and colleagues ahead of time is key to arranging a worry-free escape from the daily grind. By Rebecca Koenig Coaching Board Members for Advocacy Pays Big Dividends https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Coaching-Board-Members-for/239720 2017-04-06T10:35:00-04:00 Trustees’ connections and community clout can be invaluable for the nonprofits they serve, but these assets are often underused. Experts share their secrets on how to motivate board members to make your case to legislators and policy makers. By Maria Di Mento Questions to Ask When Hiring Fundraisers https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Questions-to-Ask-When-Hiring/239696 2017-04-05T10:03:00-04:00 Veteran fundraisers offer tips on how to handle interviews with prospective gift officers. By Drew Lindsay Tools for Times of Budget Cuts and Belt Tightening https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Tools-for-Times-of-Budget-Cuts/239688 2017-04-04T10:03:00-04:00 A collection of case studies, fundraising advice, and other resources for managing nonprofit finances in tough times. What It Takes to Make Charity-Celebrity Partnerships Work https://www.philanthropy.com/article/What-It-Takes-to-Make/239671 2017-04-04T07:59:57-04:00 Charity leaders and the stars themselves dish about the ins and outs of working with big names to raise big money. By Megan O’Neil Recruiting for Nonprofit Jobs in a Rural Locale Takes Creativity https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Recruiting-for-Nonprofit-Jobs/239631 2017-03-29T10:44:00-04:00 When their organizations operate far from a big city, hiring managers need patience and a passionate belief in their cause to lure talent. By Heather Joslyn Tips and Tools for Building Strong Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Programs https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/toolkit/tips-and-tools-for-building-st/133 2017-03-29T00:00:00-04:00 A collection of resources to help nonprofits attract loyal volunteer fundraisers and build a strong sense of community among supporters. College Doubles Down on Phone-athons for $1 Billion Campaign https://www.philanthropy.com/article/College-Doubles-Down-on/239611 2017-03-28T08:00:00-04:00 Fundraisers at William & Mary believe an old-fashioned technique will help them round up young donors and meet an ambitious goal. By Drew Lindsay Turn Your Nonprofit’s Trustees Into Master Advocates https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Turn-Your-Nonprofit-s/239564 2017-03-23T08:00:00-04:00 Board members make some of the best advocates for a charity’s mission. Here’s how to make them comfortable in that role. By Maria Di Mento How to Lead Your Team Through a Stressful Time https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Lead-Your-Team-Through/239551 2017-03-22T08:00:00-04:00 Experts advise facing sources of stress head on and communicating frequently with colleagues about how you plan to address them. By Rebecca Koenig 6 Must-Haves for a Successful Peer-to-Peer Program https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/checklist/6-must-haves-for-a-successful/6252/ 2017-03-21T10:15:00-04:00 Arm your volunteer fundraisers with tools they need to bring in donations. Here are some necessities. By Eden Stiffman 5 Tips for Nonprofit Leaders to Avoid ‘Mission Creep’ https://www.philanthropy.com/article/5-Tips-for-Nonprofit-Leaders/239482 2017-03-16T08:00:00-04:00 When financial pressure or personal concern makes new causes tempting, remember where your nonprofit’s strengths lie. By Rebecca Koenig How USC Raised $6 Billion and Is Now Seeking More https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-USC-Raised-6-Billion-and/239490 2017-03-15T09:55:00-04:00 The university doubled its fundraising staff and focused on midlevel donors. Now it’s adding another three years to its record-breaking capital campaign. By Heather Joslyn Advice for Aspiring Major-Gifts Fundraisers https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Advice-for-Aspiring/239489 2017-03-15T09:49:00-04:00 If you want to become a major-gifts officer, seek out skilled mentors and ask for chances to interact with big donors, experts say. By Timothy Sandoval 6 Steps All Nonprofits Can Take to Improve Security https://www.philanthropy.com/article/6-Steps-All-Nonprofits-Can/239483 2017-03-14T10:33:00-04:00 Build relationships with local law enforcement, create safety plans and procedures, and look to other organizations for ideas and tips. By Timothy Sandoval How Four Charities Raised Money by Collaborating, Not Competing https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-Four-Charities-Raised/239441 2017-03-09T09:29:00-05:00 A quartet of New York nonprofits working on racial, gender, and economic justice created a joint fundraising campaign that celebrated the strength of those they serve. By Rebecca Koenig How to Use Data to Boost Giving https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Use-Data-to-Boost/239429 2017-03-08T10:18:00-05:00 Tell a story, and present information that matters to donors in a format that’s easy to understand. By Rebecca Koenig How to Find and Learn About Donors Abroad https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-FindLearn-About/239423 2017-03-07T10:00:00-05:00 A University of Chicago international prospect researcher shares tips and valuable open-source tools. By Drew Lindsay Network for Good Registers 21% Bump in March Online Giving https://www.philanthropy.com/interactives/online-giving-dashboard 2017-03-07T00:00:00-05:00 The fundraising platform drew more than $19 million in contributions last month, and the number of donations was up 23.9 percent from March 2016. By Ben Myers, Eden Stiffman, and Ariana Giorgi How Gift Agreements Can Safeguard Against Unmet Pledges https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-Gift-Agreements-Can/239367 2017-03-02T08:00:00-05:00 Tips for ensuring donors fulfill their gift commitments — and what to do if they don’t.  By Maria Di Mento How Nonprofits Can Be Ready When News Breaks https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-Nonprofits-Can-Be-Ready/239362 2017-03-01T10:55:00-05:00 Even small organizations should be prepared to respond quickly to a crisis — or a big fundraising opportunity. Experts explain the key steps. By Timothy Sandoval 6 Tips to Help Supporters Raise Money From Friends https://www.philanthropy.com/article/6-Tips-to-Help-Supporters/239338 2017-02-28T09:48:00-05:00 Experts offer advice on how to build strong peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns. By Eden Stiffman How to Be a Boss When You’re Supervising Your Friends https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Be-a-Boss-When-You-re/239188 2017-02-27T08:00:00-05:00 In her latest advice column, nonprofit expert Allison Fine answers a reader’s question about what to do when your promotion puts you in charge of your former peers on staff. In a quandary about your career? Need tips on leadership? Ask Allison. By Allison Fine How One Fundraiser Has Forged Relationships With Financial Advisers — and Scored Big Gifts https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-One-Fundraiser-Has-Forged/239303 2017-02-23T08:00:00-05:00 Patience and giving personal attention to financial professionals — and their wealthy clients — can pay off. By Timothy Sandoval A Checklist for Staying Within the Law When Raising Money https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/checklist/a-checklist-for-staying-within/6231/ 2017-02-22T09:00:00-05:00 A lawyer discusses how to register with the right state charity office, accurately represent how donations will be spent, and more. By Eden Stiffman Management Lessons From a Veteran Nonprofit Leader https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Management-Lessons-From-a/239252 2017-02-21T09:59:00-05:00 Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America, answers questions about hiring, managing, and moving to a large nonprofit. By Eden Stiffman 5 Ways to Raise Money When Donors Are Consumed by Nonstop News https://www.philanthropy.com/article/5-Ways-to-Raise-Money-When/239219 2017-02-16T11:49:00-05:00 Don’t give up just because your cause isn’t the topic of the moment. By Rebecca Koenig A Stewardship Plan for Midlevel Donors https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/template/a-stewardship-plan-for-midleve/6218/ 2017-02-15T08:00:00-05:00 The American Farmland Trust developed a simple tool for managing outreach to $1,000-plus contributors. By Timothy Sandoval 5 Steps to Building Ties with Corporate Employees https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/checklist/5-steps-to-building-ties-with/6228/ 2017-02-14T08:00:00-05:00 Volunteer help, pro bono support, and eventually money can come from building ties with employees at companies. By Rebecca Koenig How Nonprofits Can Advocate Effectively — and Stay Within the Law https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/toolkit/how-nonprofits-can-advocate-ef/128 2017-02-09T00:00:00-05:00 Advice to help you educate legislators about your causes without running afoul of regulations on lobbying and politicking.