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Attracting and Retaining Good Fundraising Talent

June 19, 2017

The foundation of a strong fundraising program is built on relationships. When your organization has a talented and dedicated staff, you have the key elements to form relationships with your donors. What can we do to ensure we’re attracting and retaining our most valuable asset – people – while growing a strong culture of philanthropy?

What does the data show us about the current landscape of hiring development staff?

Recent research shows that the fundraising profession has a high turnover in staff positions and a dearth of qualified candidates to fill the void. Working with our clients, we hear stories of vacancies, long searches, and short stays.

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Using Nonprofit Storytelling to Communicate Impact

September 29, 2016

In our work with nonprofit clients here at JGA, we frequently interview donors and volunteer leadership. One concern we often hear is that the charity needs to do a better job of telling its story so more donors will support this great organization that they have come to know and love. Storytelling can be a great place for nonprofits to start when it comes to demonstrating their impact in a way that puts a human face on the mission.

I recently spoke with Kim Jones, Vice President at Willow Marketing, about how organizations can employ storytelling in their nonprofit marketing and development efforts.

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Making Your Nonprofit Stand Out in an Attention Economy

November 19, 2015
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Hiring a VP for Advancement? 8 early indicators for success

July 30, 2015

We’ve been asked many times by our client organizations what factors are most important to look for in candidates for Vice President for Advancement positions. Here are  a few key questions that you can ask when hiring development staff that will help you understand their ability to be successful.

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Time for Boards to Tackle Nonprofit Leadership Transition Planning is Now

June 12, 2015

A recent Boston Globe article has once again drawn attention to an issue we have been warned about for several years – a predicted mass leadership transition among nonprofits.

Though we have long been warned about the anticipated change as boomers retire from leadership roles at the nonprofits many of them started, it seems few nonprofit boards have taken the necessary steps to prepare.

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The President’s Role in a Campaign: 10 Key Responsibilities

May 29, 2015

Presidential involvement is a crucial component of campaign success | A campaign will likely be one of the most important undertakings of a presidency and can transform an institution. The following list outlines the president’s top responsibilities in ensuring campaign success.

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Defining Greatness in Fundraising

May 15, 2015

JGA recently sponsored the AFP Indiana Chapter Spring Conference. Dr. Adrian Sargeant, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, was the keynote speaker and spoke on the topic of Great Fundraising. He asked leading fundraisers and fundraising consultants how they define greatness in fundraising.

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Critical Role of Gift Policies

April 30, 2015

Are all “gifts” created equal? We generally say that it takes all types of gifts to move an organization forward and we want to make our donors feel as good as we can about their intent to make a gift in support of the organization.

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3 Key Communication Elements Every Nonprofit Should Maximize

April 09, 2015

Today’s organizations recognize the importance of good external and internal communications and how these efforts benefit fundraising efforts. Though organizational communications may seem intuitive, it is helpful to review distinct elements of successful communications to ensure your organization is maximizing its good work.

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Set New Employees Up to Succeed

March 05, 2015

While at a client’s office several months ago, I was introduced to one of their new Advancement staff members. This person was both experienced and eager to get underway in their new work. The Vice President who had searched for and found this person is savvy, strategic, hard-working and good at setting and hitting goals.

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