Nonprofit Stories

The Burk Donor Survey: How Donors Manage Philanthropy in Changing Times

Greater Giving recently sat down with renowned author and researcher Penelope Burk to ask her about changing trends in philanthropy. Burk is President of Chicago-based Cygnus Applied Research, Inc., a firm that specializes in conducting research with donors regarding what they need from the nonprofits they support. Burk definitely knows of what she speaks. She… Read More »


Online Giving Continues To Be Important

Online giving showed modest growth in 2018, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. A rather complex picture emerged over the course of the year, according to Giving USA’s Annual Report on Philanthropy for 2018. For instance, total giving increased 1.5% over 2017 and online giving grew only 1.2%. But the proportion of online giving… Read More »


Give Staff and Volunteers the Tools to Succeed

This is the third post in a series about holding your first fundraising event on a short timeline. While Greater Giving usually recommends our nonprofits start planning at least nine months ahead of time, that’s not always possible—so we created the The Definitive Guide to Successfully Running Your First Fundraising Auction to help you prioritize your time… Read More »


Honesty is Always the Best Fundraising Policy

Painting a rosy picture when presenting a project is tempting when you are talking to donors. Your days are spent laser-focused on goals you’ve set and you know your donors are rooting for too.  It’s easy however to get caught up in the image of what will be and lose sight of reality. It’s a… Read More »


Serving Your Best: Fundraising Event Catering and Bartending Best Practices

It’s been said that you win hearts through the stomach. If you’re an event planner you know that the quality of food and drink at a fundraising event can make or break the impression you want for the night. Presentation, taste, theme, and the level of service you offer guests contribute to the evening’s atmosphere… Read More »


Invitation Checklist: What to Include on Your Next Event’s Invite

Designing an event invitation guaranteed to grab attention and spark interest in your next fundraiser can be a challenge. Whether it’s a traditional paper invitation received through the mail, or a digital invitation, the first seconds an invite is received determines whether it will be opened or ignored. Providing just enough information to motivate your… Read More »



Common Nonprofit Board Committees You Need to Know About

So many responsibilities, so little time. How does a nonprofit board get it all done? Divide and conquer with well-designed board committees. Board Committees allow a board to work efficiently in smaller groups, tapping into its collective wisdom without burdening the full board. But not all committees are created equal. Different needs require different structures. This… Read More »


What Makes a Strong Non-Profit Board

Have you ever been in a board of directors meeting where everything is just humming along? The work gets done and everyone has a good time doing it. What is it that makes for a high-performance team like this? How can you enhance your board’s functioning? Strong Board Culture One of the elements of a… Read More »


Keeping Your Staff Motivated During the Holidays

Benefits, galas, and end-of-year donations—the holiday season is a busy time for nonprofits. It’s the last chance to meet yearly fundraising goals and establish relationships that will be helpful to future projects. All that pressure to perform could leave your staff feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated as they strive to balance their professional lives with the… Read More »