Resource Library: Fundraising Articles

7 Responsibilities of Nonprofit Board Members

by William J. Moran, J.D., M.S.Ed. Adapted from WELCOME TO THE BOARD by Fisher Howe (New York, 1992) Below are seven responsibilities of board membership for nonprofit organizations. The Board of Directors is the governing body for the nonprofit.  Board members set policy; the chief executive of the nonprofit is responsible for implementing that policy. … Continue reading 7 Responsibilities of Nonprofit Board Members

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Nonprofit Executive Search – 10 Steps to Make It Successful

by William J. Moran, J.D., M.S.Ed. 1.  Prepare a position statement or job description that lists the critical attributes necessary for the open position.  Make sure that key decision-makers of the nonprofit have reviewed and approved this written statement. 2. Post the position.  Post the position on websites where potential candidates might visit. Local and … Continue reading Nonprofit Executive Search – 10 Steps to Make It Successful

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How to Identify Major Gift and Planned Gift Prospects

by William J. Moran, J.D., M.S.Ed. Prospect identification is the first step in the actual solicitation process. You are looking for two types of prospects who may or may not be the same individuals: major gift donors and planned giving donors. Identification of Major Gift Prospects Look for individuals who: Have the capability to make … Continue reading How to Identify Major Gift and Planned Gift Prospects

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How to Build Volunteer Commitment to a Fundraising Campaign

by William J. Moran, J.D., M.S.Ed. A campaign is a group process that requires serious commitment from the collective consciousness of the organization. The board and other key decision-making bodies of the organization need to “process” the need for the campaign and “buy in” to it. This process of getting people on board takes time … Continue reading How to Build Volunteer Commitment to a Fundraising Campaign

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The Difference Between a Good Board and a Great Board

By Harold J. Schultz, Ph.D. If you or a board member were writing a report card on the performance and practices of your board, what grade would you give it?  Would you conclude you have a good board, a great board, or something else? To be most effective in your organization’s performance and funding success, … Continue reading The Difference Between a Good Board and a Great Board

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How To Create an Integrated Fundraising Plan And Leverage Your Organization’s Case For Need

By Susan Whitmore Does your nonprofit organization have a plan for keeping requests for funding in the pipeline year-round? Do you know who your most recent donors are, how much they gave, and for what initiative? By following a few, simple steps, there’s an easy way to organize your development efforts so that current revenue streams … Continue reading How To Create an Integrated Fundraising Plan And Leverage Your Organization’s Case For Need

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How to Put On Successful Planned Giving Seminars

by William J. Moran, J.D., M.S.Ed. Planned giving and estate planning seminars can be an effective tool to raise awareness of planned giving and estate planning vehicles.  In addition, they can be used to identify planned giving prospects.  You want to invite individuals with the following characteristics: Have a history of support (volunteer or financial) … Continue reading How to Put On Successful Planned Giving Seminars

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Successful Planned Giving – Begin A Planned Gift Society (Heritage Society)

by William J. Moran, J.D., M.S.Ed. Establishing an honor society (i.e. “Heritage Society” ) for planned gift donors is the foundation of many planned giving programs.  This honor society recognizes those who have remembered the organization in their will or through some other planned gift.  The society serves three important purposes: Provides a focal point … Continue reading Successful Planned Giving – Begin A Planned Gift Society (Heritage Society)

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