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Monday, August 31, 2020

Back to school during COVID-19: How a safe, decent, and healthy home plays a role in student success


According to our June 2020 survey of Star rated nonprofits, 72% of organizations have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, 54% of respondents have cut back on program services due to the pandemic/economic shutdown. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating. 


Today, we are honored to share a first-hand account of what innovation and adaptation look like during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis from Habitat for Humanity.


Around this time last year, students, parents and teachers across the country prepared for

another school year. They purchased school supplies, set up their classrooms, packed lunches,

and everyone shared the anticipation of what was supposed to be an exciting year.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Prospect Research: Tips for Better Fundraising | Part 2


In our previous blog post, we covered the basics of getting started with prospect research, how to clean up your data, and the importance of corporate giving programs.


In this second part, we’ll offer additional tips and insights on how to successfully implement prospect research and leverage it for better fundraising.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Prospect Research: Tips for Better Fundraising | Part 1


Prospect research is a powerful tool used by nonprofit organizations to generate new insights on donors and prospects. Using this information, fundraisers can then identify who is most able and likely to donate to their nonprofit.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Portraits of Leadership: Maintaining Momentum on Nonprofit Teams During COVID-19

As a design studio that serves mission-driven organizations—from the UN Refugee Agency to Girls Who Code—Hyperakt has gotten to know an incredible array of leaders who are moving our world forward. During this year of unprecedented societal upset, we spoke with 20+ executives to capture how organizations are digging into their “why” and reinventing their “how” in a digital interview series, Portraits of Leadership

Monday, August 17, 2020

Culture Over COVID


1) Culture Over COVID


One of the most asked questions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic (aside from, “What have you watched on Netflix?”) has been about what our ‘new normal’ will look like. For many, 2020 on the whole has been a series of adapting to ‘new normals’. It’s also been a year of simply learning to grapple with uncertainty. Now that lots of folks have had ample time to settle into a routine of working from home, yet another ‘new normal’ (“new-new?”) rears its head: returning to offices.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion on Nonprofit Boards

Racial injustice and systemic inequality stands at the forefront of our collective thoughts, where in the midst of COVID-19, underserved communities are most closely at-risk. Now is the time to self-analyze and reflect, to find those spaces where equality can be enhanced and systemically perpetuated. No action is too small to matter or too large to fathom, and for the world of nonprofit organizations, it starts at the top.

Monday, August 10, 2020

ReWild Long Island Finds Creative, Covid-Safe Ways To Serve Its Community—Both Online And On The Ground


According to our June 2020 survey of Star rated nonprofits, 72% of organizations have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, 54% of respondents have cut back on program services due to the pandemic/economic shutdown. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating.

 

Today, we are honored to share a first-hand account of what innovation and adaptation
look like during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis
from ReWild Long Island*.


ReWild Long Island is a true self-starter organization. From its origins as a small community group in 2017, it has grown into a dedicated team of environmental activists and avid gardeners united around a shared mission: to protect and improve the biodiversity, resilience and health of regional ecosystems by adopting sustainable horticultural practices focused on native plants.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Bridges to Prosperity: A Name. A Mission.

Bridges to Prosperity_Hannis Whittam

A leader in rural pedestrian infrastructure becomes a leader in COVID-safe construction

According to our June 2020 survey of Star rated nonprofits, 72% of organizations have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, 54% of respondents have cut back on program services due to the pandemic/economic shutdown. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating.

Monday, August 3, 2020

3 Ways to Improve Engagement at Your Online Auction


With COVID-19 in full force, nonprofits have gotten creative with fundraising techniques to adhere to social distancing guidelines. With their work as important as ever, organizations don’t have the option to pause their efforts. Luckily, today’s technology simplifies the shift to online fundraising, even charity auctions!