#GivingTuesday: Preparing for the Homestretch

Written by Ross Kasper | Posted on Oct 23, 2015

In the third piece in a series on preparing for #GivingTuesday, Ross provides more steps organizations can take to participate in a global social media and philanthropic phenomenon. This installment focuses on implementing a communications plan, what to expect on the day itself, and how to approach follow-up.

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Media Relations 101 for Nonprofits

Written by Bryan Schwartzman | Posted on Oct 13, 2015

Many nonprofits do not have the time to devote to media relations or simply don’t know where to begin. Some nonprofit executives are wary of opening themselves up to scrutiny. But, when it comes to engaging journalists, a little bit of relationship building can go a long way. In this post, a former newspaper reporter offers some media relations tips.

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Time to Focus on End-of-Year Giving

Written by Robert H. Isaacs | Posted on Oct 09, 2015

The end of the year is when many donors make decisions about which nonprofits they plan to support. Here are some ideas about how your nonprofit can influence the process.

 

This story originally appeared in the Washington Jewish Week.
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The Gift (of Appreciated Securities) That Keeps on Giving

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Oct 06, 2015

Some philanthropists make the mistake of selling stock, bonds or other securities in order to make a charitable gift. However, it makes much more sense to donate the securities directly to a nonprofit organization.

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Virtual Open House: Improving Nonprofit Websites

Written by Ross Kasper | Posted on Oct 04, 2015

Some nonprofit websites are engaging and even cutting-edge. But many seem woefully behind the times. Here are some thoughts about what to look out for and how your organization can ensure that its website is serving your mission.

 
This article originally appeared on www.ejewishphilanthropy.com
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Jedi Wisdom and Overcoming the Fear of Fundraising

Written by Robert H. Isaacs | Posted on Sep 25, 2015

In this piece about overcoming the fear of fundraising, Evans Consulting Group CEO Robert Isaacs draws on his own extensive experience and even quotes Yoda.

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Are Nonprofits Ready for Cyber Attacks?

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Aug 26, 2015

Cyber security has become one of the defining issues of our time. How can nonprofits hope to keep their websites and sensitive data secure? The first step for any nonprofit is to treat risk management as a fundamental board responsibility.

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Obama and the Importance of Timing in Fundraising

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Aug 25, 2015

A recent New York Times story about President Obama’s post-White House plans illustrated a cardinal rule of fundraising: Don’t announce a goal too soon.

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Tips for Filling Out Your 990

Written by Guest Blogger - Sarah Avery | Posted on Aug 21, 2015

The 990 is a complicated form, reflecting the complexity of our tax code. Make too many mistakes and your organization risks repelling potential donors and, possibly, loosing its tax exempt status. Guest blogger Sarah Avery, of the accounting firm Friedman LLP, offers some guidance on navigating the form’s intricacies.

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Understanding Millennial Donors

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Aug 13, 2015

Sean Parker’s recent essay in the Wall Street Journal, in which he said philanthropists should emulate hackers, demonstrated the unique mindset of millennial donors. Here are some thoughts about the challenges and opportunities presented by seeking support from millennials. 

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