Preparing for the 15LCS

September 2, 2015
With the 2015 Leading Change Summit just a few weeks away, now is the time that things start to shift. It is no longer just a logistical item on your to-do list focused on things like travel and accommodation. Now it starts to become real with experiences you hope to have, things you want to learn, and chance to build meaningful connections.

September Member RoundUp: Social media content strategy, TechNow conference, and the future of fundraising

September 2, 2015
Highlights from NTEN Members through our monthly compendium of happenings.

Why We Ask You to Respond to Surveys: The impact of your feedback

August 27, 2015
We recently sent out an email asking our community to respond to our 2015 Community Survey. Many of you probably thought, "Another survey? I thought I just completed one; how is there another?"

Finding Your Path Just Got Easier

August 25, 2015
About a year ago, I (virtually) sat down with my staff and told them I wanted to build an interactive program that would help individuals who are trying to develop their grantsmanship skills. I thought, this idea might engender some interesting conversation. I had no idea how quickly the staff would latch on to it!

Fundraising Trends and Counting Deck Chairs on the Titanic

August 21, 2015
What we choose to measure, and how frequently, is all too often a symptom of what is current – a reflection of our immediate needs. On Wall Street, companies sweat the quarterly earnings; car dealers stress in the final days to hit their sales goals; and in nonprofits it is frequently our annual donation deadlines. Just like the lifeboat seats on the Titanic, impact metrics can often be forgotten until it’s too late.

Step-by-Step Guide to Cultivating a Community For Fundraising

August 20, 2015
The stronger your community is, the more trust they’ll have in your nonprofit. And the more trust they have, the more they’ll want to donate to see your cause flourish, or even better, become fundraisers through peer-to-peer fundraising.

The 5 Pillars of High-Growth Organizations and Other Insights from #NYNP2015

August 20, 2015
I recently returned from speaking at the DMANF Nonprofit Conference held in the heart of NYC. My conference experience started off with an unexpected gem. The scheduled keynote speaker was sick and unable to present, but the silver lining is that we got the pleasure of hearing from guest keynote speaker, Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise, an organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world.

Fundraising Online 2015: Five key takeaways

August 18, 2015
Each May, the Resource Alliance brings together fundraisers from around the globe via our free virtual conference, Fundraising Online. This year, we were joined by over 3,000 fundraisers from more than 100 countries, including 16 speakers who shared their experiences of successfully adapting to and benefiting from technological change to enhance their fundraising.

Tales from the Individual Donor Benchmark Project

August 13, 2015
To build a successful fundraising program, nonprofits need to set goals, track outcomes, and learn from past performance. Collecting and analyzing this data in a vacuum only gives part of the picture—nonprofits also need to be able to compare themselves to others, as well as to the larger sector.