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It’s no secret that year-end fundraising is a can’t miss opportunity for nonprofits. In fact, people will donate over $48 billion dollars to nonprofit organizations during the next two months. But how can your organization…
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Your powerhouse board members are likely leaders in their organizations, community and churches. These are exactly the people you need to make your organization a success! Most of their time each day is spent in…
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It takes a lot of “no’s”  to get to a “yes,” but the truth about fundraising is that the hardest part isn’t the ask, is getting the visit to make the ask!  To help you…
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A highly-engaged and proactive nonprofit board can become one of the most valuable assets for any nonprofit organization. However, developing a board of directors that makes a significant impact for your organization is a lot…
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The end of the year is one of the most crucial times for almost every nonprofit organization. What can you do to maximize the end of the year to meet your fundraising goals? How can…
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“Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.” – Steve Jobs With the release of IOS 8, Apple entered the mobile payment market with…
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When we think about recruiting great board members, most people think about big names and big wallets. But there’s a lot more that goes into a great board member, such as a connection to your…
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One of our core beliefs at Pursuant is that fundraising is about much more than increasing revenue and growing the bottom line. Ultimately, it’s about changing lives. Fortunately, this is something I’m constantly reminded of…
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In today’s battle of the inboxes, tweets, Facebook updates, text messages, and banner ads flying across the screen, organizations can’t afford to ignore online fundraising 101 strategies to motivate and inspire supporters to donate money….
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Is your nonprofit thinking about launching a capital campaign in the near future? Or are you currently in the middle of a campaign and looking to make a strong push towards the finish line? How…
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One of the primary reasons nonprofit leaders feel like they’re spinning their wheels is because they never take the time to align their strategy with their overall mission and goals. However, this is an easy…
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Onboarding a new board member starts them off on the right foot with board service and sets the tone for a great tenure. They can start making an impact sooner, and it sets them—and the…
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This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the first capital campaign conducted by Carlton Ketchum, founder of the firm that has evolved and developed through the years to become Pursuant Ketchum. In 1914, Carlton…
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  The last three months of the year is the most critical time for many nonprofits. In fact, research shows that 50 percent of nonprofits receive a majority of their annual donations from October through December….
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Let’s say your organization has identified a strong board prospect. You’ve taken some key next steps to further engage them in your mission and you’re ready to discuss board service. Congratulations! The stage you are…
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Setting measurable and meaningful goals is a key component of a successful year-end campaign. After all, how will you know if you’re on track if you don’t have milestones in place? These goals need to…
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When we think about having a great board of directors, it can be tempting to fantasize about having lots of big-name powerhouses who could write large checks. Although the money would be nice, in reality,…
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  Capital campaigns are one of the most effective ways to raise support for a specific fundraising effort. They can also be transformative moments that accelerate support and impact more lives for years to come….
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2014 marks the 100th year Pursuant has served clients in planning and executing capital campaigns as a way to fund their mission and achieve their goals. While there are hundreds (if not thousands) of lessons…
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been a month since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took the fundraising world by storm. With a unique structure leveraging both social sharing and urgency, the challenge presents a…
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