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Help! I Don’t Have Time to Be Philanthropic I’m Too Busy Growing a Business, Philanthropy and Business Growth

“I’d love to get involved, but I’m too busy.” In my years of working with businesses to help them develop effective nonprofit partnerships, I frequently hear about time constraints. Here’s what my most successful clients discover. They don’t have time not to be philanthropic. Let me explain. Engagement speeds growth because it provides:

 1. Richer Networking 

  • In part, we network to grow businesses. I attend about 50 networking events a year and give three to five pro-bono projects. The pro
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How Much Does Your Board Help with Fundraising? Three Questions to Discover Long-Lasting Philanthropy

Something different this post. Let’s dive into your experience. How do you rank your board? What’s working? And, why? Follow this link to a three-question survey about your board’s engagement in fundraising.
I’ll share the results with you.
In the meantime, here are more articles to read about engaging your board in fundraising.
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The Trifecta of Corporate Giving Business Philanthropy with Triple Wins

Dynamic business philanthropy generates three wins.
1. One for you and your business,
2. A second for the nonprofit, and
3. A third for the community.

Wins for Your Business and You

Your gains include supporting a cause you endorse, solving a business problem such as improving your brand, and, inspiring your employees by giving them a new skill and enhancing their relationships with their peers. Want more wins? Get your customers jazzed about your philanthropy.

Wins for Nonprofits

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Grow Your Revenue: Challenge Your Board to Take Seven Quick Actions

board help with fundraising

Fundraising is for everyone. Who is everyone? Development staff, of course, but also the board, CEO and other leaders, staff, volunteers, and even donors. We start with your board, the leaders of the gang.

 What Can Board Members Do? 

Getting Very Practical

Research tells us that we each spend up to one day per week checking messages. Challenge your board to transform one daily message check into twelve minutes of specific actions to help your nonprofit grow. Some of the …
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Cut Your Brain Clutter: Get Clear on Your Business Philanthropy Goals

Here are the three buckets and unique returns for each.
  • The Love Bucket. The first bucket includes causes you love. You loved college. Your alumni gift tumbles into this bucket. You donated to help the survivors of Irma and Harvey, another love bucket gift. Another example? You give to ALS Association to help an employee. Many people say they expect nothing from the love bucket. It’s more accurate to say; you seek nothing tangible. Love gifts satisfy our desire
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You Can’t Opt Out, Fundraising is for Everyone

Did you hear the story about the million-dollar gift from the father of a nonprofit’s vendor? Or, the staff member who turned a $7,000 gift into $70,000 by connecting a donor to the development team? Tales abound about development directors, staff members, boards, and others who successfully snag significant donations for beloved nonprofits. What don’t we hear about? The misses. Times when organizations lost large gifts.

 How can you avoid losses? Engage everyone in developing resources. Allow no one to …
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Maximize Your Returns on Philanthropy How to Move from Few Returns to Many

To avoid haphazard returns, align your philanthropic and business strategies. Firms that maximize their returns build philanthropic strategies do this and reap the benefits.* Here are three ideas to help you pivot to a unified strategies.

1. Take It from the Top. Assign a percent or set-aside from the philanthropic and marketing budget each year to support the business strategy. A pharmaceutical firm tosses all new dollars into a business strategy pool.

2. Show Not Tell. Introduce your associates to …

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Should You Say Yes? Will You Say Yes? Build These Five Criteria into Events Before Volunteering Your Employees

You receive a call from a nonprofit. The caller invites you to provide volunteers, that is, your staff, to help with an event. How will you answer? You value community engagement. And, you and your fellow employees love your precious free time. Say yes when you find these five criteria built into the event.
Embrace Volunteer Opportunities that are:
1. Appropriate. What task needs doing? Does your staff have or can they acquire the skills to succeed? No matter the …
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Avoid The Money Chase: Inoculate Your Board Against Quick Fix Fundraising Schemes

Peer-to-peer fundraising? Ice bucket challenge? Dinner out? Give days? Mobile giving? March Madness? The nonprofit world swirls with fads, trends, and quick-fix promises. While any one of the ideas might be just your ticket, pursuing all of them means trouble. If we’re not careful, you’ll find yourself falling head first down rabbit holes chasing quick-fix, magical, might-work-for-us fundraising schemes.
How do we help our boards avoid fads, stick with the tried and true, yet remain open to possibilities? The real …
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Help! How Do We Get Off This Event Treadmill?

Excellent news! Your event succeeded. You made money. People had a blast. You generated new donors. You stewarded current ones. The results were everything you hoped for and more.
Logically, you want to repeat your success. So, you add another event. And another. And another until your staff, board, and volunteers involuntarily cringe when they look at the calendar.
Besides making supporter’s shudder, what is wrong with too many events?
  • They consume, chew up, burn, and spit out staff.
  • They
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