Newsletters

Cause Effective's e-newsletters offer timely advice, tips and tools for nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers.  Here are some recent samples: 

 

September 2017: Fall Arrives: What's Your Board's Agenda

The key elements of board organization - committee leaders, activities calendar, recruitment plan - can all benefit from a pre-Fall refresh.

Sharpened pencils, fresh notebooks, a bevy of color-coded folders - such are the early-September tools of back-to-school.

Boards, too, can use the post-summer, pre-Fall ramp-up to set themselves up for success for the year to come. The key elements of board organization - committee leaders, activities calendar, recruitment plan - can all benefit from a pre-Fall refresh.

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June 2017: A Window In: Using Program Events as Cultivation Opportunities

Fundraising Bandwidth - the eternal challenge.

While approaching donors a couple of times a year (annual appeal, gala, online campaign) is not that difficult, how can we find the time to cultivate donors so that our relationship rises above the pattern of ask...then ask again...and repeat?

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March 2017: Development Under Seige -- Both Crisis and Opportunity

When the ALCU raises $24 million in one weekend - it's the progressive movement's version of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

While of course we all have donation envy, there's a lot to learn about how, in this pivotal moment, our organizations can build the support they need to face these challenging times. What are some of the principles that led to that $24 million jackpot - and how can we apply them across the sector?

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January 2017: After The Annual Appeal -- What's Next?

Welcome to 2017.

In the fundraising universe, that means annual appeal results are, for the most part, in.

Through the grapevine, we're hearing about groups holding their own....perhaps with donors giving slightly less while they wait to see where the needs will be greatest...or donors giving more to threatened causes while holding back on areas considered less "essential."

These are changing times. How can nonprofits follow up on their appeal to keep donors involved?

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November 2016: Milestone Anniversaries

Every five years, like clockwork, nonprofits approach a "milestone anniversary" - marking 5, 10, 20, or even 75 or 150 years of service to the community. Whatever the number, nonprofits often wake up belatedly to realize its possibilities and end up scrambling to pull together a public celebration. Maybe, if someone has the foresight, they place an "anniversary logo" in everyone's signature line.

We think anniversaries are too important an opportunity to waste. In that spirit we offer these guidelines, wherever you are in your anniversary cycle, to make the most of your anniversary campaign.

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September 2016: Breathing Room: Investing in Development Staff

You need to spend money to make money.

Easy enough to say, but difficult to make the decision to invest in more development staff.

Can a nonprofit striving to reach its development goals - especially stretch goals associated with a new strategic plan - get there without hiring additional personnel?

And how can you know, beyond a hunch based on "gut"?

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June 2016: Board Recruitment: Bringing In Relief

"We know what we need to do, there's just not enough people to do it!"

Sound familiar?

Sometimes the problem with low-functioning boards is not lack of knowledge about what board members should be doing - it's a pure and simple lack of bodies to do the work.

It's all well and good to understand that high-performing boards function through committee work; but it's hard to populate committees with a 5 member-board (or 5 active members within a board of 12).

The answer, in these cases? A high wattage focus on very strategic recruitment.

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