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Easy Giving?

Last May, Jennifer and David Risher, a California couple, started the #HalfMyDAF movement asking those with donor advised funds (DAF) to empty half of their funds to get money to those charities in need due to COVID’s effects.  The movement ended on September 30 so final results have not been released but the August 20 Chronicle […]

Strategic Alternatives for Nonprofit Organizations

In the August 28 issue of Business First, our Vice President of Strategic Planning, Rick Cartor, Ph.D., was featured in the guest column.  The following is what he submitted: We’ve been inundated with facts and statistics about how the global pandemic and ensuing downturn in the economy have impacted businesses and nonprofit organizations alike.  Unfortunately for the […]

A Strategic Alternative for Nonprofit Organizations

We’ve been inundated with facts and statistics about how the global pandemic and ensuing downturn in the economy have impacted businesses and nonprofit organizations alike. Unfortunately, for the nonprofit sector […]

Trust, but Verify

This week you are hearing from Judith Youngblood, President and CEO of WIST Data Solutions who is bringing you some timely advice… The recent announcement from Blackbaud of the cyber-attack on their servers rocked the non-profit sector. We trust our CRMs to house the sensitive information entrusted to us. Finding out that the venerable Blackbaud was vulnerable was […]

This, we know.

Colleges and universities have started the new school year either in person or virtually and many elementary and secondary are doing the same.  Organizations are now in a period of making a determination for a future we may not know.   As we come to terms with what recovery looks like (and it may take different […]

Considering a Fundraising Event? Read this!

For many nonprofits the season of event planning is in full swing. With Covid-19 still permeating our lives, nonprofits are asking a multitude of questions. Is it safe to hold my late fall event in person? Should I wait and decide later? What if I plan for an event and then need to cancel? We […]


Over the past few weeks we have heard more hiring freezes being lifted. Additionally, organizations are strategically thinking about staffing alignment and focusing on what is important at this juncture. If your organization is in hiring mode, consider the following thoughts as you begin your recruitment process: Prep for the job description Take time to […]

6 Trends from the Ashley|Rountree Survey

I recently read in Louisville Future about collaboration. Corporations are teaming up to make the utility sector more efficient and ecologically sound. The nonprofit community can learn from experiences such as this. Partnerships amongst the nonprofit sector can lead to greater efficiencies and more individuals served. Definitely a win for both organizations. Last month we conducted a […]

4 Tips for Capital Campaigns

The last few months have proved challenging for any organization conducting a Capital Campaign or preparing to start one. Capital Campaigns, by their nature, are highly organized and orchestrated events that require not only a well-conceived strategy but a tremendous amount of organizational discipline and hard work to achieve success. What happens then when a […]

Diversify Your Revenue Base

As nonprofit consultants we tend to give counsel on contributed revenue – annual giving, major, capital and planned gifts. To the typical nonprofit these are vital sources of revenue. Many nonprofits are equipped to look beyond these sources to delve into the world of earned revenue. Neville Blakemore joined our team last year and created […]