Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

Bringing the brightest minds and best practices to the nonprofit community

No matter what your role is in your nonprofit organization, this webinar series will help you gain important insights and proven strategies that will move your mission forward in the changing fundraising landscape. You’ll hear from development professionals, consultants, and industry thought leaders about campaigns, digital practices, leadership strategies, and research methods.

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Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

Mapping your Capital Campaign for 2021: A Roadmap for Today’s Challenges

Presented by Kevin Wallace and Carlyn Schulzke, CampaignCounsel.org

This 45-minute presentation explores how your nonprofit can move forward with its capital campaign in the current environment. We discuss how to assess your fundraising potential, plan for new challenges, and expand your definition of campaign success. As 2020 began, you had a brilliant roadmap to guide you to your fundraising destinations. The events of 2020 may have presented major roadblocks, but it’s time to get behind the wheel again!

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12/3/2020

1 PM EST

Mapping your Capital Campaign for 2021: A Roadmap for Today’s Challenges
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

2020: Looking Back/Looking Ahead

Presented by Laura MacDonald, President of Benefactor Group and Chair of Giving USA Foundation

We might all be eager to put 2020 behind us. But before we do, we’ll take a moment to reflect on the impact of social, political, and economic turmoil on charitable giving. We’ll unpack the emerging data, consider past crises, and share anecdotes. And we’ll discuss the scenarios that could continue to affect donors and their gifts as we prepare for 2021.

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12/15/2020

1 PM EST

2020: Looking Back/Looking Ahead

More Webinars to be Announced!

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Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

How to Engage Donors and Raise Emergency Funds During the COVID-19 Crisis

Presented by Amy Eisenstein

Join fundraising expert, Amy Eisenstein, as she leads a discussion on raising funds through the COVID-19 crisis. Find out if and how you should be raising money now. Learn how to leverage the opportunity to build relationships with your biggest donors, and pivot your fundraising to emergency needs. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so bring your questions.

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Recorded on:
4/22/20

How to Engage Donors and Raise Emergency Funds During the COVID-19 Crisis
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

The Light at the End of the Tunnel is Bright!

Presented by Michael Baker

We are currently living in turbulent times and every leader needs to be focused on steering your organization for success! When you signed up as CEO, Executive Director, COO or Lead Development & Communications staff, did you know what you were getting yourself into? Crisis management, disaster preparedness, resources diminishing, scared staff, unfocused board members, pandemic survival – is your organization even still relevant?

Good news for all, the light at the end of the tunnel is bright and filled with opportunity. Learn from expert consultant Michael J. Baker, CFRE, how to be prepared for and manage change.

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Recorded on:
4/30/20

The Light at the End of the Tunnel is Bright!
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

How to Increase Your Nonprofit Leadership and Effectiveness During the Crisis. Don’t Just Bounce Back, Bounce Forward!

Presented by Kris Putnam-Walkerly

In a crisis that touches every nonprofit’s mission, strategy, geography and focus area, many nonprofit leaders and philanthropists are rapidly adapting, transforming and providing immediate relief. At the same time, many in the sector find themselves scrambling, hunkering down, or paralyzed by fear. Across this spectrum, where does your organization sit? Behaviors that hold us back often get magnified in times of trouble. Recognize these blind spots and replace them with effective alternatives, so you can not only stay the course but seize this opportunity to strengthen and transform your nonprofit.

In this webinar hosted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Author of Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail to Achieve Change and What they Can Do To Transform Giving, nonprofit leaders will learn how to:

  • Prevent fear and overwhelm from holding you back
  • Increase your speed and agility
  • Stay focused on your top priorities
  • Increase your effectiveness and impact during the crisis
  • Maintain momentum AFTER the crisis
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Recorded on:
5/5/20

How to Increase Your Nonprofit Leadership and Effectiveness During the Crisis. Don’t Just Bounce Back, Bounce Forward!
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

How Nonprofits Leverage Digital Practices

Presented by Stream Companies

In an increasingly digital world, nonprofits need to look beyond traditional fundraising practices to attract, engage, and retain new donors. To grow your audience, you need to understand it—a goal that can be achieved through skillful social networking and targeted digital campaigns.

We’ve partnered with the digital marketing experts at Stream Companies to show you how to leverage advanced online practices in your fundraising. Check out our free webinar to learn how to:

  • Build a fundraising strategy that attracts, nurtures, and converts donors.
  • Successfully boost campaigns on social media.
  • Identify the audiences that are most likely to give to your cause.
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Recorded on:
5/14/20

How Nonprofits Leverage Digital Practices
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

Can we see the future by reading the past? Charitable giving during and after recessions

Presented by Melissa S. Brown

Giving USA has tracked charitable giving in the United States since 1956. From this record, we can learn a great deal about giving during and after recessions. Insights from the past, including tough times in the mid-1970s and from 2008 to 2009, will shape decisions you make now and into the future.

We’ve asked Melissa Brown, chair of the Association of Philanthropic Counsel and an internationally recognized speaker about the data of charitable giving, to share what research shows about:

  • Disaster giving after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and now
  • Recession giving in long and in deep recessions

And perhaps most importantly,

  • What charities are doing right now to raise funds, not only for emergency relief in human services and health, but also for on-going operations in the arts, environment, and other types of missions.
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Recorded on:
5/21/20

Can we see the future by reading the past? Charitable giving during and after recessions
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

We Have the Giving USA Data. Now What?

Presented by Laura MacDonald, President of Benefactor Group

Every year at this time the nonprofit sector receives extensive data describing philanthropy in the US. This year’s report will be no different, but the world is very different. In this session, Laura MacDonald, Vice-Chair of the Giving USA Foundation and Founder of Benefactor Group, will help you answer the important question: “We have the data, but now what?”

In addition to helping you understand what happened in 2019, Laura will show you—philanthropic leaders, fundraisers, volunteers—how to use the information to elevate. She will provide insights into trends about who gives and where they are giving, and she will give you a set of tools and tactics to make sense of it all and apply it to real life.

All attendees will receive Benefactor Group’s annual much-celebrated GUSA Infographic and a discount on the 2019 Giving USA report. AND, a lucky few attendees will win free copies!

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Recorded on:
6/17/20

Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

Staying on Track: How is Your Organization Adapting to Changes Due to COVID-19?

Presented by D'Alessandro Inc.

In the past few months, the way we live and work has faced dramatic changes, and accepting and adapting those changes is the key to moving forward. What is your organization doing to adapt during COVID-19 to ensure progress and success in the long-run?

Join us for an interactive Q&A webinar with D’Alessandro Inc. to discuss course corrections and strategies that you and your organization can take to stay on track.

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Recorded on:
06/24/20

Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

Securing and Enhancing Corporate Partnerships

Presented by Parkes Philanthropy

In this webinar, we will look into how nonprofit organizations approached corporate support pre-COVID-19, how COVID-19 has changed corporate partnerships, and how to adapt your programming and strategies to maintain relationships in a post-pandemic world.

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Recorded on:
07/07/20

Securing and Enhancing Corporate Partnerships
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

Are You Prospecting with Blinders?

Presented by Regina Alhassan, Owner of ResearchPRO

There is an egregious assumption that Black people are not philanthropic. In fact, the opposite is true. Research continues to prove that African Americans are the most charitable group of people in the country. Yet, our prospect lists and donor walls continue to be populated primarily by the names of wealthy white people. In this brief session, 20 year prospect development professional and ResearchPRO Owner, Regina Alhassan will share facts to challenge our assumptions and reveal the realities of philanthropic behaviour for African American donors.

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Recorded on:
8/26/2020

Are You Prospecting with Blinders?
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

Donor Advised Funds: Research and the Big Picture

Presented by Jennifer Filla, Researcher and Founder, Aspire Research Group LLC and Prospect Research Institute

In this webinar, our speaker, Jennifer Filla, goes beyond the technical aspects of donor advised funds. She examines the backlash against the use of DAFs, how this has been an object of focus during the current economic turmoil, and what that means for fundraising and research. Through stories, she illustrates some of the common motivations and situations where HNWIs leverage DAFs to achieve their philanthropic objectives and how prospect research pulls it all together for the development officer. (Read “Who Gives to a Donor Advised Fund” for a comprehensive technical review of DAFs.)

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Recorded on:
9/17/2020

Donor Advised Funds: Research and the Big Picture
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

Lessons from a Comprehensive Campaign

Presented by Erin Lynch Moran, Partner, The Solas Group

Are you in a campaign? Starting to plan your next campaign? Looking to learn more about how campaigns work? Learn from the experiences of those who have served on a campaign’s “front lines” and hear what they wish they had known from the beginning. Erin Lynch Moran, Partner at The Solas Group and a former campaign director, will present this webinar to kick off a Campaign Success blog series exploring what to expect from the planning phase all the way to your campaign’s successful conclusion.

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Recorded on:
10/1/2020

Lessons from a Comprehensive Campaign
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

Executing with Intention: Reimagining Events in Today’s World

Presented by Ian Swedish, Corporate Vice President, and Erinn Kenney, Executive Director, CCS Fundraising

For many nonprofit organizations, events are not only an important method of raising funds, but also an opportunity to cultivate close donors, identify new prospects, and educate the community in a unique way. Amid current limitations on in-person gatherings, nonprofits are creatively engaging donors with new platforms and tactics. This webinar discussion will offer a framework that guides decision making on if and how organizations should transition their events to a new format.

Join CCS Fundraising on Thursday, October 8th at 1pm ET for an insightful conversation on reimagining your nonprofit’s events for a virtual world. Ian Swedish, Corporate Vice President, and Erinn Kenney, Executive Director, will lead a discussion on:

  • Trends in virtual event considerations across the nonprofit community
  • Strategies for how to clarify your event objectives, develop a plan to achieve them, and ensure ROI for a virtual event
  • Learnings from how CCS’s nonprofit clients have successfully transitioned their event plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic
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Recorded on:
10/8/2020

Executing with Intention: Reimagining Events in Today’s World
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

How Easterseals Michigan Broke Down Departmental Silos with Salesforce

Presented by Cloud for Good, Salesforce, iWave and Easterseals Michigan

This year, the nonprofit landscape has been influenced by sudden shifts caused by working from home, massive data breaches and social unrest. If you’re running off of disparate systems, this disconnect can limit your ability to collaborate, innovate, and streamline your constituents experiences.

Join Cloud for Good, iWave and Easterseals Michigan for a panel discussion to learn:

– How connecting the Salesforce Clouds has empowered Easterseals Michigan to better serve their constituents
– How Easterseals Michigan eliminated barriers of entry for constituents to utilize their services
– Best practices tips for migrating your fundraising from Raiser’s Edge to Salesforce
– How having a single source of truth has allowed Easterseals Michigan to use their data to remain nimble during the pandemic

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Recorded on:
10/15/2020

How Easterseals Michigan Broke Down Departmental Silos with Salesforce
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

New Trends in Nonprofit Fundraising: The Latest Data and What it Means for Fundraisers

Presented by CCS Fundraising

In this webinar, CCS Fundraising will discuss practical tips that can be gleaned from analyzing the firm’s latest survey data and other industry research so that you can create informed development strategies for your organization.

Join us on Wednesday, October 28th at 1pm ET for an interactive conversation centered on the results of CCS’s three-part Philanthropic Climate Survey, which incorporates responses from 1,000+ nonprofit professionals on topics including:

  • The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their fundraising outcomes
  • Tactics and adjustments they have employed to advance fundraising in challenging times
  • Expectations for the future of their development programs
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Recorded on:
10/28/2020

New Trends in Nonprofit Fundraising: The Latest Data and What it Means for Fundraisers
Nonprofit Thought Leadership Series

Fundraising Your Way Out of the Pandemic (The 90-Day Development Plan)

Presented by Robin Thompson

In this live, virtual presentation you will learn how to survive and thrive in these extremely challenging times. By creating a 90-day Development Plan using a step-by-step template, the entire organization knows their roles. Regardless of your position—researcher, fundraiser,  executive director, or board member—everyone has responsibilities for ensuring the success of the organization. And remember, it is more fun when we are all on the same team!

 

If you haven’t read Robin’s ebook of the same title, check it out here. 

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Recorded on:
11/12/2020

Fundraising Your Way Out of the Pandemic (The 90-Day Development Plan)