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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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PRESERVE YOUR ZEN GRANT TIP: GATHER YOUR DOCUMENTS EARLY
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Riley Randolph, Grants Manager 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…

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