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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Working with a Web Design Firm: Tips for Larger Nonprofits

As 2021 comes to a close, many nonprofits have started thinking about their priorities and plans for the upcoming year. You might be assessing where your organization currently stands in regards to its challenges, strengths, and opportunities. One of your priorities may be revamping or improving your organization’s digital presence.

Monday, December 6, 2021

How Business Thinking is Changing Donor Stewardship


The world of fundraising and donor stewardship is changing. Conventional newsletters and cold calling have dropped off precipitously in terms of impact for a second year in a row. A study from Lead Creation found that this trend has been going on for close to 5 years now. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

World AIDS Day 2021


Since December 1, 1988, World AIDS Day has been observed annually when it became the first recognized global health day. The day is used to unify nations across the world in the fight against HIV and AIDS and to mourn those who have lost their lives to the illness. According a UNAIDS statement released today, there were 1.5 million new infections of people suffering from HIV/AIDS in 2020.  

Monday, November 29, 2021

Why You Should Add GivingTuesday to Your Holiday Calendar

You’re knee-deep in Thanksgiving food, debating between a hike and a Black Friday sale, bookmarking your Cyber Monday wishlist, and coordinating your Small Business Saturday excursion. 2022 is already breathing down your neck. Is this really the time to take on another post-Thanksgiving “Day”-themed event? In short: Yes. 

Monday, November 22, 2021

Creating a World Where Diverse Native American Cultures & Values are Lived, Protected & Respected: The Association on American Indian Affairs

A Native American Heritage Month Feature 

The first thoughts in most peoples’ minds when thinking about Native Americans may involve a tall, angular, scantily clad brown man with long braids wearing a headdress, or a “Cherokee princess,” or perhaps an exhibit of pottery, arrows and shields behind glass with a diorama set in the beautiful past within the confines of a museum. We are portrayed as mystical, stoic and primitive on a can of baking powder; our Native names, often meaning “the People,” used to label helicopters and cars. These images perpetuate stereotypes of Native peoples, keeping us in the past and invisible – though we exist all around as you stand upon our homelands we continue to pray for. Many people believe that Native Americans did not survive the European invasion – or at least, we somehow do not exist as contemporary people that you pass by in the supermarket or on your way to work. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Meet Sammie Vance: Pint-sized philanthropic powerhouse and GivingTuesdaySpark Leader


This year, GivingTuesday, the global day of giving held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, will take place on November 30.  As nonprofits and donors prepare for the giving season that continues until the end of the year, Charity Navigator is sharing philanthropic stories to provide inspiration. 

Meet Sammie Vance, a remarkable 12-year old from Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s a GivingTuesdaySpark Leader, philanthropist, visionary, changemaker, and author.  Sammie demonstrates that giving can encompass many things, in many different ways, at any age. Below is her story written in her own words.