The Development Officer’s Challenge

Staying Connected as We Approach our ‘Next Normal’ By: David G. Phillips, CDS President Over the past year, we have all been encouraged to keep our social lives to our immediate family.  We long for the connection of a handshake or a hug with an old friend.  Many activities that are normally very rewarding like…

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Now What? Things you can do to Snap Back Stronger Post-Pandemic

All of us have been through a trying year (or more) since the start of the pandemic. Many have been scrambling to keep businesses afloat, nonprofit organizations have generally been much more ‘non-profit’ than ever. Business and nonprofits alike have been losing money so fast that many have closed, and the related lost jobs have…

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Fundraising During a Pandemic?!

5 things you can do to raise more money in the 4th quarter of 2020 “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” – General George Patton Nonprofits are three quarters into calendar year 2020, which is a logical time for reflection, and recalibration as you enter the best four fundraising months of the year.  The…

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5 Steps for Building a Nonprofit Board That Works

Like Robert’s Rules of Orders that governs parliamentary procedures, or the Agendas and Minutes that move boards through the process of good management and top-notch record keeping, structure around board development can be a safeguard against the unimaginable. The viability of your organization depends on these basics of best practices in non-profit management. A Nominating…

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Facebook Events: Why do they matter to your nonprofit?

At CDS we’re somewhat contrary when it comes to events as fundraisers because of the time and energy they can take to organize. However, they’re great friend-raisers and serve as a platform for you to build awareness in the community you serve beyond your core supporters. Odds are, your organization already hosts several events a…

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Come Together with Communication

We’ve all been on one side or the other of a big communication blunder, whether you received the same email twice from two different people, or someone gave you the wrong address for an 8AM meeting so now you’re late. After a great “Know and Grow” presentation earlier this week by Amber McElduff of Moss…

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How to make A Difference? Your Development Office Sending Handwritten Notes

Effective, personal communication is a critical aspect of any career. This is certainly true in fundraising. As technology grows, the quantity of communication going on—cell phones, e-mail, laptops, personal data assistants—keeps going up. Quantity is certainly important, as the wider our network of friends the more we can do to help our organization. There is…

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6 Signs Your Non Profit Needs a New Website

Custom Development Solutions digital-marketing strategies

Are you getting that sinking feeling that your nonprofit’s website isn’t helping your mission as much as it could? Having an effective website is an important step to achieving your goals. Look for these six signs that your nonprofit needs a new website, and find tools and tips to better assess how your current site…

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