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Launch of nonprofit podcast and nonprofit coaching program
Our Podcast and Nonprofit Coaching Program Launches!
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On November 1st, 2021, Soukup Strategic Solutions launched IMPACTability™. IMPACTability™ is a nonprofit coaching and training program to help leaders nationwide build fundraising and nonprofit management skills. In addition to the IMPACTability™ coaching program, Soukup Strategic Solutions has just released a new weekly podcast. IMPACTability™: The Nonprofit Leaders’ Podcast offers advice to nonprofit professionals on how…

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Peggy Monson Joins the Team as a Consultant
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Soukup Strategic Solutions has added seasoned philanthropy expert Peggy Monson to its team of consultants. Peggy will tap into her vast knowledge and professional experiences to provide nonprofits with assistance in fundraising, strategic planning, nonprofit management, governance, and growth. She will assist our nonprofit clients in determining their organization’s capacity and will guide them in setting goals.…

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Best Practices for Prospect Research
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Nonprofit organizations conduct prospect research to identify new donors or find hidden gems within their own database through the use of prospect research software. Prospect research tools can identify donors and prospects who have a special affinity for your mission, a propensity to make philanthropic gifts, and the capacity to make a major gift. While…

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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Grant Writing
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By Riley Randolph, Grants Manager Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t wake up on a cold November morning during my undergrad and realize that I wanted to be a grant writer. I come from the land of Communications and Marketing, but the fulfilling nature of grant writing drew me in with ease. So now that…

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Board Member Orientation: Key to Their Success
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By Sheryl Soukup, CFRE, President of Soukup Strategic Solutions You found a great Board member, Alice – she fills in gaps where you have needs, and she is excited and ready to get started. What now? Don’t let Alice’s enthusiasm as a new Board member wane. Once Alice is elected to her new position, quickly…

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Use Your Donor Management System to Take Fundraising to the Next Level
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We want to let you in on a secret that will help take your nonprofit’s fundraising to the next level. You may have heard it before; you may have avoided it before… a donor management system. Gone are the days of tracking gifts in multiple spreadsheets, writing letters one-by-one, and trying to recall your last…

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Tips to Make “an Ask” Like a Fundraising Pro
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This is the time of year we celebrate Halloween, and in that spirit, we talked with fundraising expert Dr. Lou Traina, CFRM, about solicitation–because it is typically the scariest thing for fundraisers to do! Lou shares his top tips to take the scariness out of solicitation and help you make “the ask” like a fundraising pro.…

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Demystifying Grant Budgets
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Teresa Stohs, Director of Grant Services Think of a funnel, going from broad to narrow. The types of budgets that grant applications request are like that. You will be asked to go from the very broad—your entire organization’s budget—to the more focused budgets, such as a program budget and a project budget within a program.…

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Susan Blankenship Joins the Team as Grant Writer
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Soukup Strategic Solutions is excited to announce that we have hired nonprofit professional Susan Blankenship as a proposal writer. In this role, she will specialize in grant applications, research, and reports. Susan will work directly with the grants team to increase funding awards given for our nonprofit clients. Susan has nearly a decade of grant…

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10 Tips to Keep Newsletters out of the SPAM Folder
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JoAnn Lawrence, Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Specialist No thank you SPAM Email newsletters are a low-cost tool for nonprofits to keep in contact with their constituents, share news, and seek donations, but are newsletters as effective in 2021 as they once were? You bet! According to research by Litmus, email newsletters have a $36 return…

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The Why Behind DEI: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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Riley Randolph One of the most prevalent conversations circling the nonprofit sector is the impact of the pandemic on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the country. Right behind COVID-19, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is the leading topic among a vast majority of funders. The most recent U.S. census report shows nearly 40% of the population…

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The Magic of Major Gifts and the Fundraising Cycle
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Dr. Lou Traina and JoAnn Lawrence All nonprofit organizations either have a major gifts program or hope to have one in the future, but what stops fundraisers from going after large donations today? Perhaps fundraisers don’t know where to begin, and getting numerous major gifts just seems like magic – magic other fundraisers have. Don’t…

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The Key to a Powerful Case Statement
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Dr. Lou Traina and JoAnn Lawrence In this interview with fundraising expert, Dr. Lou Traina, we take a deep look at donor acquisition and major gifts. The following section of the interview discusses what makes a case statement a powerful fundraising instrument. A case statement is a tool that nonprofits often use when asking for a contribution.…

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New Things are on the Horizon
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Sheryl Soukup, CFRE, President Our team is always looking for new ways to help nonprofit leaders make a greater impact through their organizations, and a few of our biggest ideas will soon come to fruition. One of these is the launch of IMPACTability™: The Nonprofit Leaders’ Podcast. In this weekly podcast, we will talk with…

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Top Tips to Find Funding through Grant Research
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By Susan Blankenship Grants are integral to the funding strategies of many nonprofits. Finding grants that fit with your specific circumstances is a critical step in successfully obtaining funding. Yet, we know that grants do not comprise most nonprofit funding. Therein lies the rub. Nonprofits need to balance where to expend their assets in searching…

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Preserve Your Zen Grant Tip: Gather Your Documents Early!
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Waiting until the last minute to assemble all the documents you will need to submit with your grant proposal can throw your Zen into a tailspin! Instead, as soon as you have found a grant you would like to pursue, find the needed attachments by reading either the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) or Request…

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Grant Tip: More Than a Fresh Coat of Paint
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Everyone knows what proofreading is. Simply put, proofreading is that fresh coat of paint at the end of your project, that final layer of polish you apply to ensure there are no glaring mistakes in your work. Right? Maybe not… Of course, you absolutely want to give your work a careful final reading before submitting…

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Successful Grant Writing Requires Research
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The evaluation of a potential grant opportunity can often be accompanied by its own set of challenges, and sometimes, as with any project, getting started presents the greatest hurdle. The good news is that every grant application can—and should—start at precisely the same point: researching the funder. Comprehensive, thorough, heavy-duty research into a funder creates…

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Grant Tip: Establish a Relationship
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If you are looking to improve your chances of winning a grant, then you are going to have to break out your building blocks. Your relationship building blocks, that is. One of the most helpful measures you can take to increase your odds is to establish a relationship with the funder prior to submitting your…

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Skyrocket Your Social Media
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Today social media is obligatory for businesses of all kinds, including nonprofit organizations, but simply having a presence on a platform is not enough. The number of followers and the level of engagement per post (whether it be likes, comments, saves, or shares, sends) signals to our brain and helps decide how we perceive the…

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Tish Sheesley Earns Certified Human Resources Professional Credential
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Tish Sheesley, Operations Manager for Soukup Strategic Solutions, has been recognized as a Certified Human Resources Professional (SHRM-CP) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). This certification recognizes Sheesley for the extensive amount of knowledge, experience, and expertise she has acquired over the past 35 years in the nonprofit world relating to human resources.…

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How to use Text Fundraising to Raise More
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Text fundraising is a great alternative to traditional fundraising. Not only do text messages have fantastic open and response rates, your donors likely have their phones with them wherever they go. According to 99 Firms, the average open rate for text message marketing campaigns is 98%, compared to a 20% open rate for email marketing…

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RILEY RANDOLPH SELECTED FOR FGCU LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
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Riley Randolph, Grant Manager with Soukup Strategic Solutions, was recently selected to participate in Florida Gulf Coast University’s 2021 Leadership Academy. The program provides leadership training and gives participants a deeper understanding of the fast-growing campus. Randolph was one of only 15 Southwest Florida business professional applicants to be selected for the program. She will…

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WANT TO ATTRACT NEW DONORS? DO YOUR RESEARCH
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Dr. Lou Traina and JoAnn Lawrence While fundraising can be a rewarding experience, it can also be a challenge, especially when trying to attract new donors. We sat down with one of the top fundraisers in and around Naples, Florida, Dr. Lou Traina, to get his take on donor acquisition. He has served in both…

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SOCIAL MEDIA: A NONPROFIT’S BEST FRIEND
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Joe Turner In the nonprofit world, as with most businesses today, the smaller the staff, the more hats those staffers wear. As you look at the many tasks your staff undertakes, there is usually someone who has been charged with social media, perhaps reluctantly. Everyone knows what social media is, but becoming a social media…

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Nonprofit Town Hall
SOUKUP STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS PLANS NONPROFIT TOWN HALL
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Soukup Strategic Solutions is hosting a nonprofit town hall that invites nonprofit leaders to discuss the challenges and needs of their organizations and the nonprofit sector in Southwest Florida. Soukup Strategic Solutions will host the town hall on May 18th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom. Local nonprofit leaders will moderate discussions generated by topics participants find…

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JOE TURNER RECEIVES TWO AMERICAN ADVERTISING FEDERATION AWARDS
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Joe Turner, Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Joe Turner, Director of Fundraising, Marketing, and Communications for Soukup Strategic Solutions recently received two Addy Ⓡ Awards from the American Advertising Federation – Southwest Florida for two commercials he created while working for Hodges University. Turner received a Silver AddyⓇ in Film, Video, and Sound –…

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5 TIPS TO DIVERSIFY YOUR DONOR BASE
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Laurel De Luca Individuals with the capacity and desire to make major gifts are as diverse as our population is. According to Statista, about 14 percent of millionaires are people of color, and that percentage is likely to grow as the nation’s demographics continue to change. Many nonprofits are missing out on the chance to…

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WELCOME TO THE TEAM JACQUELINE CARTER
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Jacqueline Carter, Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Jacqueline Carter has joined Soukup Strategic Solutions has as a Fundraising, Marketing, and Communications Coordinator. She will specialize in public relations, research, and social media growth in this role. After interning with the company for the past four months, Carter was offered a position with the nonprofit consultancy. She recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor’s degree…

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TERESA STOHS EARNS CERTIFIED FUND RAISING EXECUTIVE CREDENTIAL
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https://soukupstrategicsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Stohs-Teresa-CFRE-Reel-V2.mp4   Teresa Stohs, Director of Grant Services for Soukup Strategic Solutions, has been recognized as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) by CFRE International. The CFRE credential is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and recognizes individuals with an extensive amount of knowledge, experience, and expertise in fundraising.  Stohs joins over 7,400…

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