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April 17, 2020

Prepare Your Nonprofit for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5

JasmineIn response to the unprecedented need for nonprofit support created by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, GivingTuesday is organizing #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, on Tuesday, May 5.

To help you prepare, join our free webinar with GivingTuesday’s Chief Strategy Officer, Jamie McDonald. Get the strategies you need to succeed.


Webinar: Get Ready for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th: A Global Effort in Response to COVID-19  

Date: April 17, 2020  

Time: 2-3:00 pm EST 

Register for the webinar


In addition to the webinar, here are 3 tips to help your organization prepare for #GivingTuesdayNow:


1. Add a COVID-19 related update to your Mission and Programs on GuideStar

This only takes 10 minutes and is the quickest way to let donors know how you are supporting communities affected by this pandemic.


2. Claim your GuideStar Seal of Transparency

Funders use these Seals to validate and guide giving activities. Learn more about Seals in this blog article and claim your first seal in 15 minutes!


3. Contact your past supporters in advance

Previous funders are more likely to fund your cause again. Prior to #GivingTuesdayNow, connect with past funders to update them on your current programs and inform them on how they can help.


For more information, register for the webinar today!


August 29, 2018

The Board’s Role in Fundraising for Your Organization

Board Fundraising

Getting the board to fundraise can be a very challenging experience even when board members recognize that a primary responsibility of every nonprofit board is ensuring that the organization has the resources it needs to meet its mission.

One of the first things that can help is to distinguish between “Fundraising” and “Development.”  “Fundraising” is an activity with a beginning, middle and an end that results in dollars, while “Development” can be seen as an ongoing, never-ending process of acquiring a wide range of resources for the organization.  All board members can participate in both areas in a number of ways including:

  • Ensuring that there is a viable development plan in place
  • Partnering with staff to meet annual fundraising goals
  • Helping to identify and cultivate potential donors
  • Owning their responsibility to act as ambassadors for the organization
  • Making a personal gift
  • Soliciting donations from their extended personal universe
  • Helping to create and maintain a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization

To elevate the board’s capacity to engage in fundraising, it can be helpful to engage an outside consultant or consulting firm to facilitate and inform a discussion about the thorny issues that might emerge. A neutral party can help keep the conversation at both a high-level - connected to passion, values, mission and best practices - and a practical level that explores individual challenges, identifies the dynamics of effective fundraising, discusses ways to overcome resistance and examines how a person’s own relationship to money influences their ability to fundraise.

Here are some tips to effectively engage your board to fundraise:

  • Implement a strategic plan that clearly communicates the board’s fundraising goals
  • Create a compelling vision of what the board is fundraising for and be clear in messaging
  • Encourage the board to leverage their network of contacts to achieve their development goals
  • Establish mechanisms for accountability among board members and inspire teamwork

Want to learn more about the dynamics of effective fundraising? Join me on Thursday, September 6 for the live webinar How to Establish Expectations for Board Fundraising. No one is born knowing how to do this and some people will be naturally better and more able than others.  That said, clear expectations, a strong board/staff partnership, ongoing training, a deep understanding of the program, an engaging mix of stories and statistics, and a deep understanding of how each board member contributes to the development process can make any board member a successful fundraiser.

Frank Abdale, Senior Associate Consultant, Support Center

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November 12, 2015

Special Event for Bay Area FDO Subscribers

For many organizations, a capital campaign is the largest fundraising endeavor they will ever undertake. 

For Foundation Directory Online subscribers and their guests near our San Francisco office, get the scoop on recent giving trends that affect capital campaigns and learn secrets to running a successful campaign for your organization from expert Marilyn Bancel, Principal of The Oram Group, a consultant to philanthropic organizations.

The evening will begin with a networking happy hour where you can connect with Marilyn, Foundation Center staff, and other social sector peers!

In this session you will learn:

  • What is a capital campaign?
  • What does a capital campaign need to succeed?
  • What are the recent trends in giving that most affect capital campaigns?

Register here!

Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 5:30PM to 8:00PM (PST)

Foundation Center - 312 Sutter Street. 2nd Floor. San Francisco, CA 94108 -View Map

October 20, 2015

Special Event for FDO Subscribers: Telling Stories and Engaging Donors

Subscribers near our New York City headquarters are invited to a special event for FDO users, Your Social Media Strategy: Telling Stories and Engaging Donors. Gain wisdom from three social media experts and enjoy an evening of wine, cheese and networking with social sector peers! You and a friend are invited to join us for “Your Social Media Strategy: Telling Stories and Engaging Donors” with special guest speakers Elizabeth Christopherson from the Rita Allen Foundation, Lee-Sean Huang from Foossa and Maryam Mujica from Twitter.

This session will teach you how to:

  • Leverage social media as a tool to capture the attention of donors and supporters of all kind

  • Find and refine your organization's voice and tell it's story on social media through curated and originally created content

  • Stand out from the crowd by being visual, emotionally engaging, and inspiring  

  • Coordinate content among multiple social media platforms

  • and learn best practices from experts in the field!

FDO subscribers have a chance to win an iPad mini. Friends of subscribers will be entered to win a free month-long subscription to FDO Professional as well as four free Foundation Center online courses! 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

WHERE: Foundation Center - 32 Old Slip. 24th Floor. New York, NY 10005

Visit the event page for details and directions and to RSVP.

February 15, 2012

Be Smart About Your Nonprofit's Finances - Philanthropy Front and Center

New post from Philanthropy Front and Center on an upcoming workshop about preparing for filing your 990. Of particular interest to New York-based nonprofits:

Are you tackling your financial records in preparation for filing your organization's Form 990? Need a little guidance? You're just in time to attend an evening workshop at the Arts & Business Council of New York! Gary M. Flaum, Certified Public Accountant, will explain how to comply with IRS and New York State guidelines and make your organization's audit or review easier.

Read the whole post for more details>>

August 11, 2011

Philanthropy Front and Center: What to Consider When You're Contemplating a Merger

Tracy Kaufman writes on Philanthropy Front and Center - New York today about the complicated topic of nonprofit mergers. As part of a longer series on nonprofit collaboration, Tracy tackles the merger issue with answers to questions such as: Why do nonprofits merge? What types of obstacles might come up? What can be done to facilitate the process? The post concludes with a list of resources for further reading to learn more about mergers.

The post follows from a Foundation Center seminar held on July 27, Nonprofit Collaborations: Focus on Mergers:

Our expert panel was moderated by Sandra Lamb, president and CEO of Lamb Advisors, and featured Ethan Kahn, audit manager at MBAF-ERE CPAs, LLC; Linda S. Manley, legal director at the Lawyers Alliance for New York; and Jill O'Donnell-Tormey, executive director at the Cancer Research Institute. The presenters stressed that while a merger can be extremely beneficial for your organization's financial well-being and your mission, it is also a complicated, costly legal undertaking, fraught with obstacles along the way. Below are a few of the things they recommend that you think about when considering a merger, and ideas on what can make the process more successful.

Read the full post on the New York blog.

If you're interested in learning even more, Grantspace offers several resources on the topic. Here's a selection:

An earlier version of this post credited the Philanthropy Front and Center post to Ines Sucre; the post was written by Tracy Kaufman.

June 17, 2011

How to Contact Grantmakers and Get Results

Whenever possible, grantseekers are advised to contact a grantmaker before sending a proposal. Preparing for that initial contact and determining what to say is all part of building a relationship with a prospective funder. Poor preparation—or lack of it—can undermine your efforts and even your organization.

Marilyn HoytLearn what to do (and not to do) in order to make a memorable and positive first impression at our free live Q&A online chat Monday, June 20, 1-2pm ET. Marilyn Hoyt, nonprofit executive, consultant, and trainer, will answer questions about the right and wrong ways to approach grantmakers during all stages of the funding request process. Tap her expertise and share your own experiences. We devote most of the hour to your questions and comments!

Register for the live event at GrantSpace.


February 03, 2011

Arts Funding

For those of you looking for funding in the arts, join us on GrantSpace on February 11, 2011 for a live, text-based event, Crowdfunding in the Arts: Meet Kickstarter & USA Projects. Representatives from Kickstarter and USA Projects will answer your questions about how their online funding platforms can help artists get individual donations for their projects. Register.

Kickstarter Kickstarter is the first online funding platform for creative projects and is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.

Usartists_logoUSA Projects, created by United States Artists, the national grant-making and advocacy organization, connects people with artists and raises tax-deductible contributions for original work in the performing, visual, media, and literary arts.

After this live chat event, join us for our live presentation online of Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts, where you'll get an overview of how to approach other funding sources, including foundations and corporations, for your work in the arts.

There was also a recent post on the Philanthropy Front and Center - New York blog about nonprofit arts groups and making the case for government funding. It sums up the highlights of a recent panel on the subject - a must read if you plan on applying for government funding! 

January 24, 2011

Upcoming Events

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to make an effort to engage in professional development — whether that means taking a class, learning more about social media, or networking — the Foundation Center is making it easy to get started! All of our field offices are hosting some notable events throughout the rest of the month and into February that are definitely worth checking out.

  • Our Atlanta office is hosting "Expert in Residence" Susan Burnash of Purple Duck Marketing. She's already written a couple of great blog posts on marketing for nonprofits, and if you're in the Atlanta area she is still hosting live workshops and coaching sessions at the Center.
  • All Foundation Center field offices will be hosting a GrantSpace launch event on January 26. Each location has a different and exciting program, featuring local experts on a variety of topics of interest to grantseekers. As if that wasn't enough, there will be door prizes for those who attend!
  • Looking ahead, the Foundation Center-New York will be hosting a networking night about putting the "Fun" in "Fundraising." Come ready to meet and share stories with your colleagues. Visit the event page on Grantspace for more information and to register.
  • If this year you hope to engage more with social media, check out some of these posts on the Foundation Center-Atlanta blog about getting started with Twitter.

These are just a few things to get you going—as always, keep up to date on the Foundation Center calendar for upcoming classes and events.

October 08, 2010

Corporate Funding

Wired for GoodIf you're a frequent user of Foundation Directory Online Professional, hopefully you are familiar with the "Search Companies" tab. Yet companies are often forgotten as a source of funding or other resources for nonprofit organizations. The Foundation Center - San Francisco recently hosted a workshop with Joni Podolsky, author of Wired for Good: Strategic Technology Planning for Nonprofits and principal of CommunityCollage Consulting. Throughout the workshop Corporate Partnerships in a Downsized World, Podolsky discussed the many reasons why corporations give, resulting in a better understanding of how nonprofits can create stronger partnerships with corporations. A full round-up of the event can be viewed at the Philanthropy Front and Center blog.

Learn more
If you want to learn more about corporate giving, check out the Foundation Center's Introduction to Corporate Giving, which is available as self-paced e-learning, a webinar, or as a free classroom training course. For a more in-depth introduction, try the day-long course Securing Corporate Partnerships. Also be sure to check out the other resources available on our website, including sample documents, podcasts, and videos.