COVID-19 and Trusts, Foundations, Endowments, and Program Related Investments

March 19, 2020 | We were not fully prepared for this; not one of us had a COVID-19 toolkit in our desks. On the investment front though, some are better prepared than others. Financial professionals are expected to be able to manage investment volatility. Schooled (and ideally, experienced) in dealing with rapidly-changing markets, it is …

The 360 Degree Donor Engagement Model

The generally accepted model for organizing and staffing nonprofit fundraising and development teams goes something like this, assuming there is the luxury of staff, of course. Each task or type of campaign is identified. There might be one or more people assigned to each discrete task or initiative, or there might be one (very busy) …

Cause Fund 2017!

Join us for a brief and to-the-point interview with Astrid Hendren, Executive Director of Cause Fund, Inc., an important new MA fundraising platform that provides Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programming to K-12th grade public and private schools while supporting health causes. Cause Fund launches this school year in more than 200 public and private MA K-12th grade schools …

Get Your Board Past Stuck on “Give and Get”

We hear often about the opportunity for Boards and nonprofit executives to work even more effectively together to consistently raise money and resources. Nonprofit executives cite the “usual suspects” as trouble spots, including buy-in and engagement, and challenges in achieving give-and-get success. While these are certainly valid concerns, there are other stumbling blocks, including the comfort …

#Sustainability Means Sometimes Taking Chances

In some things, tradition matters more than almost everything else. Family recipes, for example. In other things, how much tradition we incorporate into our work is ideally understood – like so many things – along a continuum. In an organization that delivers services primarily using technology, or develops apps, for example, we can see intuitively …

Beyond the Raiser’s Edge

You know, of course, that the iconic nonprofit fundraisers' tool Raiser's Edge is made by Blackbaud. But did you know that the company trades publicly on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker BLKB? And that the company has a bunch of lines of business and revenue that extend far beyond nonprofits? This is true. …