Nonprofit Stories

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 »


The Importance of Branding in the Nonprofit Sector

The term “branding” is increasingly working its way into the vernacular of non-profit organizations. Brands are synonymous with recognition and today’s reality is that recognized non-profits tend to dominate fundraising markets. The non-profit sector should not dismiss branding as an irrelevant for-profit marketing tactic, and here’s why. First, let’s talk about what it means to… Read More »


Individual Giving: 2017 Report Shows Increase Year over Year

Individuals have long contributed the lion’s share of charitable giving over the years. Last year’s record-breaking level of philanthropy was no exception, with individuals contributing 71% of the $410.02 billion of charitable donations. According to Giving USA 2018, Giving USA’s Annual Report on Philanthropy for 2017, individual giving was up 5.2% over 2016 (in current… Read More »