Category Archives: Nonprofit Leadership

Nonprofit leadership consists of the board of directors and executive management. StratusLIVE for Fundraisers is tailored to enterprise class nonprofits.

New Facebook for Nonprofits Misses The Mark

Earlier this month, a new Facebook site geared toward nonprofits debuted to fanfare and media exposure. This new website, aptly named Facebook for Nonprofits, aims to help organizations by making it easier for nonprofits to set up and manage a Facebook page….Read more…

REPORT: How Do Your Fundraising Campaigns Stack Up?

The Nonprofit Research Collaborative released its annual Special Report on Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns and it’s chock full of great information for nonprofits of any size. The Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) conducts surveys twice a year. This survey covered capital, endowment,…Read more…

Workplace Giving in 2016 and Beyond

Workplace giving serves as the fundraising backbone of many nonprofit organizations. Indeed, the solvency of many federated funds depend on it. Some companies choose run their own workplace giving campaigns while others partner with local nonprofits to help handle the logistics. The…Read more…

REPORT: Creating Better Donor Relationships

It’s not easy to build lifelong donor relationships. Doing so requires a commitment to change your fundraising culture by moving past outdated methods and toward a more comprehensive view of donor relationships. It can sometimes be a daunting prospect to shift from…Read more…

Intuition Versus Insight

Gain insight into your nonprofit decisions with facts and figures, not guesses. Recently, I was having a conversation with an acquaintance of mine who happens to be the Chief Operating Officer of a midsize nonprofit. We were discussing the intersection…Read more…

Microsoft Venture Expands Philanthropic Investment

Tech giant reaffirms commitment to philanthropic mission with launch of new organization  Microsoft is known for its charitable programs, mainly thanks to the ongoing work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the reasons that StratusLIVE is built on the…Read more…

The Best Practice Fundraisers Aren’t Practicing

There are many obstacles to overcome to become a master fundraiser. But the biggest roadblock for many is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of alienating your donors. Fear of being perceived as something you are not. Fear of rejection. Thankfully, there…Read more…

Creating Nonprofit Visual Impact

Hack your nonprofit’s “elevator pitch” with visuals to attract donors more quickly and effectively. In today’s high-speed world, attention spans are shorter than ever. (Even shorter than that of a goldfish.) Nowadays, instead of getting our news the old-fashioned way — 60 Minutes,…Read more…

How To Win Giving Tuesday

It may seem hard to believe, but #GivingTuesday is almost here! Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday has already become known nationwide as the anti “Black Friday”. Taking place the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday taps into the backlash against the commercialization of…Read more…

The Care & Feeding of Major Donors

However you define them, major donors mean big business for nonprofits. This is why major donors can often seem intimidating to many fundraisers, even seasoned development officers with great track records. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Read on for…Read more…

Giving Preferences Drive Fundraising Methods

Donors will tell you how they want to give. Your nonprofit needs to listen. Before I ever began to realize my dream of helping nonprofits become lean, mean fundraising machines, I worked in the marketing department of a large publishing company that distributed to hundreds of markets nationwide….Read more…

3 Brand Building Rules for Successful Nonprofits

Back in 1998 I took over a website for a struggling faith-based organization. The project came on referral from a successful client who asked me if I could “help out a friend”. As we got deeper into the project, it…Read more…

The Generous Generation: Millennials & Nonprofits

It’s tempting for nonprofits to court Millennials. For starters, there are over 80 million of them. In fact, 2015 marks the first year that Millennials outnumber Baby Boomers as the largest living American generation. Earlier this year, they surpassed Generation X to become…Read more…

Nonprofits And New Technology

In the early days of the California gold rush, Americans with urgent messages for the western frontier were confronted with a problem. The westernmost United States Post Office was located near the very heart of the country in St. Joseph, Missouri, barely 200 miles west of the Mississippi…Read more…

Beyond RFM: Constituent Analytics

Discover how to identify, evaluate, and motivate your donors  Recency. Frequency. Monetary value. The all-powerful RFM. These three metrics have been drilled into the heads of fundraisers since the early days of nonprofits and fundraising organizations—but what worked in decades past is no longer…Read more…

Must-Have Software: What Nonprofits Want

New report sheds light on nonprofit software challenges What drives nonprofits to seek out new fundraising software? What types of functionality are they searching for? Which are ‘must-have’ features and which are ‘nice-to-haves’? These questions were explored in a new report by Software Advice, a…Read more…

Prescriptive Analytics: Using Data to Make Great Decisions

Does analysis matter? The world of data analysis is filled with swirling information from countless directions, as well as complex nomenclature and acronyms. But at the end of the day, what really matters to your mission is action and results….Read more…