Tag: fundraising

Axelson Center News: Nonprofits Invited to Disrupt the Norm at Axelson Center Symposium

If nonprofits are to successfully innovate, disrupt the norm, and be change agents for the communities they serve, their leaders and staff must go beyond big goals and lofty visions. Results and impact require thoughtful and empowered decision-making informed by nonprofit managerial excellence. The Axelson Center’s 16th Annual Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals and Volunteers, a... Read more »

Outstanding Nonprofit Management: Hallmark #6: Resource Generation and External Relations

Our guest blogger Jim Stoynoff is a strategic advisor, consultant and business mentor as well as the President and Founder of Synthesis Solutions. He helps business and non-profit teams excel at their mission and grow, focusing on Strategic Direction, Leadership Alignment, Operational Efficiencies, Solution Design, Program Implementation, and Social Enterprise. Learn more about best practices... Read more »

Nonprofit Mergers: Speaking from Experience - Q&A with Gretchen Slusser

If nonprofit mergers are on your mind, consider some of the insights below from Gretchen Slusser, executive director of Cabrini Green Legal Aid. In July 2014, CGLA merged with Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM). Gretchen and CLAIM’s former Executive Director, Mary Morten, will present together on this topic at an upcoming Axelson Center... Read more »
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The Shape of Things to Come: Prospect Development

The last 15 years in the nonprofit industry have seen ambitious fundraising goals realized, turbulent recessions that have impacted constituent giving and the creation of increasingly sophisticated tools to project and report on our work. Both of us have undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Park University, and through our graduate programs in the university’s... Read more »

Planned Giving BootCamp - Q&A with Sandy Macnab

Why bother with planned giving? Here are some quick tidbits from Sandy Macnab, MEd, FAHP, CFRE of Chicago-based Alexander Macnab & Co. Sandy will share more of his expertise on planned giving at the upcoming half-day workshop “Planned Giving BootCamp”, Feb. 18, 2015 at North Park University. Read more and register now. What is the most common misconception... Read more »

Outstanding Nonprofit Management: Hallmark #5: Financial Strength and Performance

Our guest blogger Jim Stoynoff is a strategic advisor, consultant and business mentor as well as the President and Founder of Synthesis Solutions. He helps business and non-profit teams excel at their mission and grow, focusing on Strategic Direction, Leadership Alignment, Operational Efficiencies, Solution Design, Program Implementation, and Social Enterprise. Learn more about best practices... Read more »
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Outstanding Nonprofit Management: Hallmark #2: Leadership and Governance

This is the second installment of guest blogger Jim Stoynoff’s seven-part series on posts on Outstanding Nonprofit Management.  See the first post, covering the “Mission and Program” Hallmark. This post on the second Hallmark, Leadership and Governance, originally appeared at Jim’s blog. Catch up with Jim on Twitter @Synthesis_Biz. This blog series was inspired by the Alford-Axelson Award Review... Read more »

Registration Now Open for Fall Axelson Programs for Nonprofit Professionals

For nonprofit professionals in the Chicago region, workshops and webinars hosted by North Park University’s Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management are the perfect opportunity to “find out what you didn’t know you needed to know” about leadership, management, fundraising, marketing, and many other knowledge areas. Professional development programs are a critical part of the Axelson... Read more »

Writer's Block? Here's Help Writing Those Appeal Letters

As fundraisers, we know the importance of being good storytellers. But what exactly does that mean? For me, I always want to talk about the numbers as that is what interests me (clients served, outcomes, etc.), but experience and research tells us that speaking from the heart is much more effective in appeals.  I have written in previous posts about... Read more »
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Is Your Fundraising Program in a Rut?

  You should check out SOFII. This international site (managed by a nonprofit) provides fundraisers with a comprehensive, easily accessible archive of the best fundraising creativity from around the world. And it’s free. See creative ideas (some very cool) that might inspire you to create your next great fundraising initiative. Raise more money, have more fun!