PicoFeed The Chronicle of Philanthropy https://philanthropy.com/ 2018-06-23T19:39:32-04:00 The Chronicle of Philanthropy What to Consider When Deciding Whether to ‘Spend Down’ a Foundation’s Assets https://www.philanthropy.com/article/What-to-Consider-When-Deciding/243726 2018-06-21T09:00:00-04:00 Experts advise grant makers to allocate remaining resources strategically, protect the legacy, take care of personnel, and be open with grantees, among other tips.  By Stephen Isaacs and Paul Jellinek 8 Ways Grant Makers Can Help Nonprofits Measure Impact https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/checklist/8-ways-grant-makers-can-help-n/6618/ 2018-06-19T08:00:00-04:00 Experts share advice on what foundations should — and shouldn’t — do to improve evaluation. By Lisa Schohl How to Get More Volunteers Involved in Your Next Advocacy Campaign https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/checklist/how-to-get-more-volunteers-inv/6613/ 2018-06-14T09:03:00-04:00 Mobilisation Lab, a nonprofit spinoff of Greenpeace that helps organizations encourage supporters to take action on behalf of a cause, poses questions that can help charities share control. By Heather Joslyn A Group Born at Greenpeace Spreads Ideas About Grass-Roots Advocacy https://www.philanthropy.com/article/A-Group-Born-at-Greenpeace/243662 2018-06-14T09:00:00-04:00 Mobilisation Lab works with charities around the world to put control over campaigns in the hands of more supporters. By Heather Joslyn 5 Steps to Stronger Advocacy Campaigns https://www.philanthropy.com/article/5-Steps-to-Stronger-Advocacy/243664 2018-06-14T00:00:00-04:00 Allow interested employees at all levels and in all departments of the organization to participate, and keep fundraisers involved at all stages. By Heather Joslyn Tools to Help You Respond to This Year’s ‘Giving USA’ Findings https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Tools-to-Help-You-Respond-to/243633 2018-06-12T10:00:00-04:00 Tips and advice for winning major gifts, tapping corporate and foundation grants, and adjusting your fundraising strategy in unpredictable times. By Margie Fleming Glennon Why Money Shouldn't Trump Mission When Choosing Board Members https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Why-Money-Shouldnt-Trump/243595 2018-06-06T08:00:00-04:00 When nonprofits fill their boards with megawealthy people, mission suffers and differing viewpoints are lacking. Here’s why economic diversity among trustees is good for nonprofits and how to make it happen. By Isa Catto Public Radio Steals a Page From Politics to Land 300,000 New Donors https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Public-Radio-Steals-a-Page/243571 2018-06-05T08:30:00-04:00 Neighborhood canvassing using demographic data has netted new, relatively young supporters for 14 stations. By Nicole Wallace Support for Charities Is Narrowing. Here’s How to Fight Back. https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Support-for-Charities-Is/243572 2018-06-05T08:30:00-04:00 Experts suggest ways to maintain and expand your donor base. By Nicole Wallace How to Navigate an Open Request for Grant Proposals https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Navigate-an-Open/243532 2018-05-30T10:00:00-04:00 More foundations are conducting open grant-making: sharing project proposals publicly and asking for comments. We asked one nonprofit what it learned from its successful bid in GHR Foundation’s "radically open" process. By Alex Daniels 7 Steps to a High-Performing Charity: Expert Advice https://www.philanthropy.com/article/7-Steps-to-a-High-Performing/243244 2018-05-24T00:00:00-04:00 A culture that values learning and courageous boards and executives are among the ingredients of success, according to Leap Ambassadors Community, a group founded and supported by the philanthropist Mario Morino. How to Raise Money Under the New Tax Law https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/video/how-to-raise-money-under-the-n/6602/ 2018-05-23T09:00:00-04:00 To decipher the implications for nonprofit leaders, the Chronicle assembled a trio of experts for a recent webinar. Here's their advice. By Megan O'Neil 4 Ways to Ask Major Donors for Big Gifts https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/checklist/4-ways-to-ask-major-donors-for/6604/ 2018-05-22T08:00:00-04:00 We asked successful big-gift fundraisers what techniques they use when requesting big gifts. Here’s what they say. By Maria Di Mento Advice From a Top Gift Officer: 5 Lessons Learned From a Crisis https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Advice-From-a-Top-Gift/243428 2018-05-17T08:00:00-04:00 Don’t wait too long, do trust volunteer and junior fundraisers, don’t be afraid to discuss an organization’s struggles, and more. By Drew Lindsay 4 Steps to Strategic Communications https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/checklist/4-steps-to-strategic-communica/6598/ 2018-05-15T11:09:00-04:00 Develop your message, craft and execute a media plan, be consistent on social media, and keep your donors informed.   By Maura F. Farrell What to Do If a Grant Maker Won’t Call You Back https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/checklist/what-to-do-if-a-grant-maker-wo/6596/ 2018-05-10T08:00:00-04:00 Be persistent but don’t be a pest, let your reputation speak for itself, and be gracious with grant makers — they’re human, too. By Tyler Nickerson The Basics of Measurement: Start Here https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/toolkit/the-basics-of-measurement-sta/45 2018-05-10T00:00:00-04:00 Find out questions to ask before you get started, what nonprofit watchdogs are looking for, and much more. 5 Ways Small Nonprofits Can Improve Financial Health https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/checklist/5-ways-small-nonprofits-can-im/6595/ 2018-05-07T15:45:00-04:00 Charities with budgets of $1 million or less face many of the same challenges as similarly sized businesses, but they need not struggle to stay afloat. By David King Tips for Measuring and Conveying Impact https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Tips-for-Measuring-and/243317 2018-05-03T09:00:00-04:00 Identify the metrics that matter most, don’t be afraid to show short-term results for long-term goals, and weave your data into stories that resonate with grant makers. By Lisa Schohl Working With Donor-Advised Funds: The Basics https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Working-With-Donor-Advised/243282 2018-05-01T09:00:00-04:00 Donor-advised funds continue to boom. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about receiving donations from the accounts. A Bike-athon Pro Talks About How to Motivate Your Volunteer Fundraisers https://www.philanthropy.com/article/A-Bike-athon-Pro-Talks-About/243263 2018-05-01T08:30:00-04:00 Rider Chris McPhee, who has helped raised $700,000 to fight cancer, builds highly committed peer-to-peer teams. By Heather Joslyn How 4 Groups Netted Big Returns in Online Fundraising With Just the Basics https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-4-Groups-Netted-Big/243265 2018-05-01T08:30:00-04:00 Simple tools — including thank-you videos and informal email reports — can win the day. By Heather Joslyn 6 Top Social-Media and Peer-to-Peer Efforts Include YouTube Star and Cute Cats https://www.philanthropy.com/article/6-Top-Social-Media-and/243266 2018-05-01T08:30:00-04:00 Video that goes viral, a Facebook bonanza, and other digital-age success stories. Plus: tips and tools. By Heather Joslyn Online Fundraising: 4 Standouts in Crowdfunding and Giving Days https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Online-Fundraising-4/243269 2018-05-01T08:30:00-04:00 How competition, prizes for all levels of gifts, and a year of planning brought success. Also, the philanthropy battle between Colorado and North Texas. By Heather Joslyn 6 Ways to Build a Strong Monthly Giving Program https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/checklist/6-ways-to-build-a-strong-month/6591/ 2018-04-26T09:00:00-04:00 A top fundraising and marketing executive at Boston’s WGBH shares lessons to help nonprofits build successful sustainer programs. By Lisa Schohl Attracting Monthly Donors and Keeping Them https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/toolkit/attracting-monthly-donors-and/39 2018-04-26T00:00:00-04:00 Key concepts and advice for establishing or expanding a monthly giving program at your organization. Why One National Nonprofit Adopted a Family-Work Integration Policy https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Why-One-National-Nonprofit/243204 2018-04-25T09:00:00-04:00 A leader at the PICO National Network explains why her organization reserves Fridays for staff members’ personal development, free of meetings and email, and shares initial results of the experiment. By Denise Collazo 5 Steps to Building a Culture of Racial Equity https://www.philanthropy.com/article/5-Steps-to-Building-a-Culture/243210 2018-04-24T09:00:00-04:00 Establish a shared vocabulary, identify champions, and examine compensation data by race, among other actions, a new study recommends. 10 Ways to Be a Better Donor https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/checklist/10-ways-to-be-a-better-donor/6564/ 2018-04-19T09:00:00-04:00 "Leave your ego at the door” and other tips from a philanthropist. By Isa Catto Tools for Attracting and Facilitating Gifts of Farmland https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/template/tools-for-attracting-and-faci/6587/ 2018-04-17T09:00:00-04:00 How one community foundation markets an innovative planned-giving opportunity and vets potential participants. By Heather Joslyn How Charities Can Prevent a Ransomware Attack https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-Charities-Can-Prevent-a/243112 2018-04-13T10:00:00-04:00 Training employees is essential as more and more organizations suffer attacks that take down entire computer systems, said a speaker at the Nonprofit Technology Conference on Thursday. By Nicole Wallace How to Raise Money — and Talk to Donors — When Your Organization Is Near Death https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Raise-Money-and/243093 2018-04-12T09:00:00-04:00 You may have to ditch tradition to bring in money for a failing organization, but donors sometimes give surprisingly big contributions under those circumstances. By Drew Lindsay How One Nonprofit Identified Website Visitors by Traits — and Saw Fundraising Spike https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-One-Nonprofit-Identified/243087 2018-04-11T09:00:00-04:00 Identifying "personas" can give charities the information they need without spending money on surveys and consultants’ fees. It helped boost one group’s giving 100 percent from one year to the next. By Heather Joslyn Coverage and Tools About Sexual Harassment at Nonprofits https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/toolkit/coverage-and-tools-about-sexua/166 2018-04-05T08:30:00-04:00 A collection of resources about how to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, what to do when a leader is disgraced, and how to protect fundraisers. How to Inspire Midlevel Donors to Give More https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Inspire-Midlevel-Donors/242980 2018-04-05T08:30:00-04:00 Fundraisers who focus on $1,000-to-$25,000 gifts share strategies for building a coterie of loyal supporters with appeals that combine broad reach and a personal touch. By Nicole Wallace