National Philanthropy Day in our Neighborhood

Our local community is observing National Philanthropy Day on Thursday, Nov. 6. The Southern Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has organized and promoted a gathering of donors, nonprofits and beneficiaries to share, learn and celebrate. It’s been happening for more than 10 years, but this year may be the best yet. It will feature Jerold Panas, a nationally-recognized (and internationally-known) expert in the field of philanthropy, as the keynote speaker.

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That Warm, Fuzzy Feeling: Why People Give


As the holiday season approaches, many nonprofits have begun considering how to jump-start their nonprofit's fundraising efforts in order to increase donations. Whether it’s through a photo of a stray dog with those adorable puppy-dog eyes, a touching personal story or an eye-catching marketing campaign, nonprofits are constantly looking for ways to increase their number of donors.

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Nonprofit Software Advice: Take it Digital


It may be hard to believe, but there are still plenty of organizations out there who are using “manual methods” to store and manage their fundraising information. They may be keeping lists on paper or in spreadsheets, but they apparently don’t have software that is specifically designed to manage donors and other information specific to nonprofits, according to the results of the ‘BuyerView 2014’ survey conducted by Software Advice, an organization that reviews and provides software-purchase advice throughout all sectors of the business community.

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Grantseeker's Guide

Written any grants lately? Submitted any applications recently? What is the total of all your outstanding requests? How many proposals are outstanding for your new initiative project?

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