Give and Take

Childhood Cancer Awareness
Fundraising Strategy
Caitlin Fillmore

Sofia’s Hope Knows the Power of Volunteers

A simple social media post changed the trajectory of Miami nonprofit Sofia’s Hope forever. This nonprofit, supporting families navigating childhood cancer and investing in research for pediatric cardio-oncology, received an unexpected major gift. Marta Blanco, the founder who built the organization to honor her daughter’s legacy, credits building their social network and staying laser-focused on their cause with this enduring major gift support and the further giving it has inspired. For the last five years, this major gift partnership has blossomed into an enduring philanthropic partnership, opening big doors for this small nonprofit.

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Silhouette Children Cancer Center
Fundraising Strategy
Caitlin Fillmore

Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley hosts thriving special events each year as the major engine of financial support for this small Pennsylvania organization. However with the changes brought by COVID, this nonprofit seeks to diversify its funding and build a major gifts program. Executive Director Michelle Zenie describes her exciting vision for this foundation, including a much-needed capital campaign and plans for board development.

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Board Engagement
Viken Mikaelian

Recruiting Board Members: Who, What, How, When, Why

If you work for a nonprofit organization, you know a strong board is a necessity. Nonprofit board members act as an organization’s fiduciary they can provide governance, review the executive director’s performance, and approve important policy decisions. That’s a lot of responsibility, so it’s important you get the right people for your board.

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Blended Gifts
Viken Mikaelian

Blended Gifts in a Capital Campaign. Where Do They Fit In? 

Blended gifts are growing in popularity. Development pros are beginning to understand how a blended gift can fulfill a donor’s aspirational giving, allowing them to make a much larger gift than they had imagined possible. The current economic climate has resulted in more cautious giving. Donors are taking their time making a large outright gift, which is why using blended gifts during a campaign can be a successful strategy.

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Preparing to speak publicly
Professional Development
Viken Mikaelian

The Perils of Public Speaking 

Being a presenter or speaker is always a challenge. You do not know how the audience is going to respond, and projecting confidence while keeping a good sense of humor is paramount.  

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Adding new members to your board of directors
Board Engagement
Viken Mikaelian

How to Bring New Members to Your Board of Directors 

Becoming a nonprofit board member is a rewarding experience, but it can be overwhelming if there isn’t an effective onboarding process for new members. Studies have found that almost half of all nonprofit board members would say their organizations didn’t have a “defined onboarding process.” This is significant because a board member who is only half prepared is, at most, half effective. 

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For Donors
Viken Mikaelian

How to Create an Online Will to Protect Your Loved Ones 

Many American families are left to deal with the financial and emotional fall-out left in the wake of their loved one’s death.  It’s not often that you think about it, but it’s never too late to get prepared. And getting a customized will done is often very simple and straightforward using an online will service. 

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25 Ways to Influence Others

Influencing others is a skill that can be learned and developed into an art form. Here are some easy techniques to help you to develop your influence.