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Steve Higgins’ New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofit Professionals

Making manageable and attainable New Year’s resolutions is hard. In fact, if you keep and follow your New Year’s resolution the whole year through, you are among the estimated 9% of Americans who do, and you likely have other superpowers! With this in mind and based on his experience working alongside and learning from hundreds of organizations and sector leaders, President & CEO Steve Higgins, CFRE, compiled his recommended resolutions for nonprofit professionals.

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Need a Strategic Plan? Don’t Skip the Planning!

Having a strategic plan in place is great and often necessary, but if you don’t engage in an inclusive planning process to co-create a shared vision, you’re missing the point of creating a strategic plan in the first place, and your organization is more likely to struggle in achieving impact. If your organization is getting ready to develop a strategic plan, consider weaving these key essentials into your approach to maximize the work of the process and resulting plan.

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Lessons from Global Philanthropy: Charity vs. Philanthropy

Our experience working with international NGOs, domestic organizations fundraising for global causes, and grassroots start-ups shows that the steps we take to build a successful resource development program can vary from country to country.

In this series, “Lessons from Global Philanthropy,” we’ll be sharing fundamental truths we have learned from our work in global philanthropy that can improve your organization, no matter the shape, size or location.

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Four Donor Stewardship Plan Essentials

At the core of every successful fundraising program is a well-thought-out donor stewardship plan – a detailed outline of an organization’s processes and strategies for keeping a donor engaged, illustrating gift impact and building long-lasting relationships. Whether you are looking to create a plan from scratch or check your current plan against best practices, in this blog post, I’ll cover four of the donor stewardship plan essentials.

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A New Giving Opportunity: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, passed in December 2022, includes a win for philanthropy! While this legislation will most likely be used by larger organizations and institutions, we wanted to be sure all of our partners, colleagues and friends were aware of a new giving opportunity presented by this Act. Here’s what you need to know.

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Start the New Year Off with Solid Stewardship

Congratulations! You worked diligently to secure calendar year-end donations for your charitable organization and ended the year with increased support in terms of both donors and dollars. Take your team to lunch to celebrate, and then get ready to develop and implement a solid stewardship strategy. Follow these best practices to ramp up your stewardship program.

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