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How Funders Can Help Overcome the Overhead Myth

Among the many myths that pervade the nonprofit sector, the Overhead Myth is perhaps the most destructive. It is the erroneous idea that nonprofits must keep their fundraising and administrative costs cripplingly low, which leads […]

10 Great Social Innovation Reads: January 2017

In January it seemed as though we moved into social change hyper drive. With the inauguration of a new president, a litany of controversial executive orders, numerous efforts to block or minimize them, and advice for […]

Generational shifts likely to impact Michigan’s nonprofits

There are more than 75,000 nonprofits in Michigan with more than two-thirds of them located in metro Detroit. Collectively, they generate more than $240 million annually and champion thousands of causes that affect people’s lives. […]

ACLU donations show power of online giving

It’s been quite a week in the fundraising world. In case you missed it, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) raised an unprecedented $24 million in online gifts in one weekend. Regardless of where you […]

Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness

Last week, BoardSource, Guidestar, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and AFP announced a new framework for evaluating fundraising effectiveness — one that provides a balanced approach that emphasizes how important it is to invest in […]

Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness

We’ve come across what we believe is an innovative tool for nonprofit boards to gain a better understanding of their fundraising and financial picture, and engage in holistic planning conversations around fundraising. BoardSource, along with the […]

Changing the Conversation about Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness

Last week, BoardSource, together with our colleagues at GuideStar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals released a new recommended framework for measuring fundraising effectiveness. For funders concerned about effective philanthropy and […]

A Tool for Measuring Fundraising Efficiency

How can you tell if your fundraising is efficient? For many nonprofits, it’s a surprisingly difficult question to answer. A new tool created by BoardSource, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, GuideStar, and the BBB Wise […]

In Times of Change, Board Members Must Be Advocates

As the country prepares to inaugurate Donald Trump as our 45th president on Friday and leadership at all levels of government takes shape postelection, nonprofit executives and board members across the country are asking themselves […]

Calculating Costs Is Just The Start

As watchdog groups, government agencies and donors take closer and closer looks at organizational expenses and the portion of contributions going toward missions, fundraising efficiency has become as important as ever. Simple means of measuring […]

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