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The Value of the Feasibility Study with Ellen Howe

The Value of the Feasibility Study with Ellen Howe

August 23, 2016

Everyone knows that when you are nonprofit organization the magic behind the mission is fundraising.  Simply put, no money no mission.  And fundraising has a three-phase cycle – you are either starting a campaign, in a campaign, or ending a campaign.  Today we have Ellen Howe, Senior Consultant with The Rome Group.  She been involved in the nonprofit sector for 15 years as a consultant, development officer and program director. Ellen joins Marjorie and Natalie to talk about what a feasibility study is and helps you figure out if it's right for your organization.  


Resources on Feasibilty Studies 

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Helping Nonprofits Cover Their Bases with Jen Vacha

Helping Nonprofits Cover Their Bases with Jen Vacha

August 5, 2016

In the spirit of baseball season, we love to root for our favorite team.  Well today, we are rooting for everyone’s favorite team – our Nonprofit Organizations!  And here as our guest to help make sure all of our NPOs cover their bases is Jen Vacha, Principal at Brown Smith Wallace LLP in St. Louis, Missouri. Jen shares what should be in your nonprofit's Permanent Record and goes into detail about exactly how to recognize your donor's gifts so that they don't run into any problems with the IRS. 

Engaging Alumni and Former Board Members with Jan Misuraca

Engaging Alumni and Former Board Members with Jan Misuraca

July 29, 2016
Those who have gone through our programs and schools and have served on our boards can be a nonprofit's greatest resource. However, so often nonprofits just let them fade away.   Jan Misuraca, retired Executive Director of the Parkway Alumni Association, came to talk to Marjorie and Natalie about all the ways that you can engage alumni and former board members to create greater success for your programs.  

Here's some resources if you're interested in getting an alumni association or board alumni group started at your organization:
Q&A: How to Engage Younger Alumni 
Alumni Channel Blog: How to Start/Create an Alumni Association 
Alumni Channel: 14 (New & Updated) Best Practices to Grow Your Alumni Association 
The Hidden Treasure of Former Board Members 
How Does Your Nonprofit Retain Termed-Out Board Members? 

You can connect with Jan by calling her at 314-780-7472.  Find her on LinkedIn and Facebook

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The Role of the Executive Director with Cheryl Compton

The Role of the Executive Director with Cheryl Compton

July 15, 2016

It's the person you count on to lead your organization and build trust in the community. The role of the Executive Director is pivotal to the well being of any nonprofit organization. Cheryl Compton, an Executive Director with over 40 years of experience in the field, is here to share her experiences in the hot seat.  

To contact Cheryl at her organization, Call for Help, call her at 618-397-0968 ext. 123 or email her at ccompton@callforhelpinc.org. 
Here are some of the things we talked about in this episode. 
Throw the Greatest Gala with Jason Frazier

Throw the Greatest Gala with Jason Frazier

July 8, 2016
Galas are a main stay of any development plan, but we’ve all been to one... or 10 thrown badly. Today, we're looking at the logistics of throwing the perfect party that each one of your guests will rave about for years to come.  
And, sometimes we don’t have to go very far to find our experts, this week, Jason Frazier, Development Director of MindsEye (Marjorie's organization) joined us to give his tips about how to throw a great party.  And he knows his stuff. Prior to his years as an event and development specialist, Jason was an event promoter.  

You can connect with Jason on MindsEye's Facebook or Twitter, or on his LinkedIn.

Want to read the articles we referenced?


Doing Donor Recognition Right with JoAnn Foppe

Doing Donor Recognition Right with JoAnn Foppe

July 1, 2016

Multiple Choice Question:

When in the donor cycle is the time to recognize and think about recognizing your donors? 
a. When Prospecting and Researching
b. When Cultivating
c. During Solicitation
d. While Stewarding
e. All of the above

If you answered e, you're absolutely right! JoAnn Foppe from Foppe Visual Communications stopped by to talk about why it is so important to think about and consider donor and recognition from the very start. She shares inspiration on some of the best recognition she's ever seen and creative ideas to make your donors love your organization even more.  

You can find Foppe Communications at http://www.foppevisual.com/, on Facebook, and can call them at 618-654-8600.

Some of the great articles we read on this topic were:

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Emotions Vs. Effective Altruism in Fundraising with Wendy Dyer

Emotions Vs. Effective Altruism in Fundraising with Wendy Dyer

June 10, 2016

Wendy Dyer has SIZZLE and has enjoyed helping hundreds of nonprofits over the last 22 years find theirs. She has helped pump millions of dollars into the economy – expanding programs and building schools, health centers and cultural places - bringing opportunity to thousands of people. A frequent presenter and trainer, Wendy encourages agencies to find their “sizzle” and embrace her mantra, “People are giving money away, anyway, might as well be to you.”.  

On today's show, Wendy talks about the art and science of using emotions in fundraising appeals and how the movement of effective altruism might be changing the game.  

Peter Singer TED Talk

GiveWell's List of Top Charities

Feel Good School of Philanthropy

The Most Good You Can Do


Catch up with Wendy at http://www.wendydyer.com/

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