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[REPORT] The Nonprofit Overhead Disconnect

The nonprofit overhead debate rages on as organizations and their rating agencies take a closer look at what it means to be an effective nonprofit. In 2013, three major agencies that evaluate and serve the nonprofit industry co-authored an open letter to…Read more…

Nonprofit Donor Communication: Stop Summer Slide

The dog days of summer. While this phrase conjures up images of fun in the sun and backyard barbecues, it’s also synonymous with a period of heat-induced sluggishness that coincides with the heliacal rising of Sirius, also known as the “dog star”. It’s…Read more…

5 Tips for Election Year Fundraising

Are donors more cash-strapped during an election year? Survey says… Now that the national nominating conventions are over for the country’s two largest political parties, many nonprofits are left wondering how the coming general election will shape their own fundraising campaigns. As…Read more…

Catch ‘Em All: Pokémon Go for Nonprofits

Game app Pokémon Go is revolutionizing marketing for businesses and nonprofits In just a few weeks, Pokémon Go has already rewritten the rules of what a mobile app game can do. Using augmented reality (AR) technology, the app requires players (known in the game…Read more…

Assessing Charity Navigator’s New Ranking System

New nonprofit rating system changes evaluation methods for revenue and administrative costs Earlier this year, Charity Navigator announced it would be introducing a new charity rating methodology, dubbed CN 2.1. The updated version of the charity rating system consists mainly of changes made to…Read more…

What CSR Means For Nonprofits

Good deeds are good for business. Corporate social responsibility (CSR, also called corporate citizenship, responsible business, corporate responsibility & sustainability, etc.) is a form of corporate self-regulation which is natively integrated into the business model. CSR is intended to not only ensure…Read more…

LinkedIn Acquisition Will Boost Microsoft CRM Dominance

LinkedIn acquisition fuels Microsoft’s expansion by introducing natively integrated social, analytics, and more. Just last week, Microsoft announced they would be acquiring professional social network LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, the largest acquisition in the company’s history. Under the terms of the acquisition — and with the…Read more…

Free Software: Too Good to Be True

Free software may cost more than you think. Imagine you’re in the market to buy a car. When doing research, what do you look for? Does it have to be sporty? Have 4-wheel drive? Will you only consider blue cars? Or cars with leather…Read more…

How to Define + Measure Social Impact

When measuring social impact, actions speak louder than words. Nowadays, everyone wants to talk about social impact: helping society, making a difference, giving back to the community. While the sentiment is admirable, without quantifiable results, it’s just a warm fuzzy…Read more…

Cause Marketing For Every Nonprofit

If you’ve ever seen or heard the phrase “a portion of the proceeds will be donated,” then you may already familiar with cause marketing. Cause marketing is when a for-profit business and a nonprofit charity combine their efforts to benefit each other…Read more…

Storytelling Success: HONY

You already know that storytelling is an amazingly effective tool to get donors to connect to your cause and your mission. (And if you need inspiration, check out these 7 story archetypes to ramp up your fundraising appeals.) But to…Read more…

Red Nose Day is Back to Fight Childhood Poverty

Red Nose Day celebrates its second annual U.S. fundraising drive with big names and big laughs Childhood poverty is a heartbreaking reality for thousands of children in this country and millions across the globe. Luckily, Red Nose Day is once…Read more…

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive this Saturday

Leave bags of non-perishable food by your mailbox this Saturday, May 14th for the USPS Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Every year, on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect non-perishable…Read more…

Nonprofit Advocacy Done Right

Pause a moment to reflect on your nonprofit’s mission. Is it to perpetually write grant proposals? Make phone calls asking for donations? Write emails? Probably not. More than likely, your nonprofit was initially founded because there was a need and…Read more…

How Much is Volunteer Time Worth?

The value of a volunteer hour rose again last year, up 49 cents to $23.56 an hour, continuing the steady upward trend that has been observed each year since volunteer time value was first recorded in 2001, according to Independent Sector…Read more…

STUDY: Growth Trends in Fundraising

A new study was recently released that highlights growth trends in online fundraising, advocacy, and nonprofit organizing. The 10th annual M+R Benchmarks Study, dubbed “Benchmarks X”, examines growth trends in 2015 data collected from over 100 organizations across multiple sectors of the…Read more…

HR Panel: Recruiting & Retaining Millennials

Annual luncheon explores best practices for recruiting today’s youth Earlier this month, StratusLIVE was honored to be included among local business leaders gathered at Regent University for their annual luncheon to discuss strategies and best practices for finding, recruiting, and retaining today’s…Read more…

Wounded Warrior Heats Up the Overhead Debate

Wounded Warrior Project reveals how criticism over spending and overhead costs could threaten more nonprofits By now, chances are good that you have probably heard about the shakeup earlier this month at The Wounded Warrior Project. The already well-known nonprofit became something of…Read more…

Address Verification Quick Sheet

The topic of address verification is unlikely to become the Next Big Thing™ everyone talks about when they go out with their friends on the weekends. But for nonprofits who to truly want to be successful, it must be high on the priority list. So…Read more…