Nonprofit Blog

Monthly Nonprofit Highlights and Speaking Engagements from Aurora Grants and Consulting.

Everybody’s Doing It – Who’s Doing it Right?

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 0 comments

Everybody’s Doing It – Who’s Doing it Right?

Today, the majority of conferences we attend, newsletters we read and webinars we watch are dedicated to how nonprofits can maximize the benefits of social media. No one is arguing the fact that there’s been a fundraising revolution, and the smaller, more nimble early adopters were the first ones to reap its benefits. Suddenly you didn’t need an army of data miners, major gifts officers and event planners to rake in significant dollars in donations. All you needed, so it seemed, was a computer, a great idea, and a bit of luck. Perhaps. However, many argue that “overnight...

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Nonprofit Happy Hours Are Not Enough

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 6 comments

Nonprofit Happy Hours Are Not Enough

As a long-term board development strategy, forward-thinking nonprofit organizations are looking for ways to court today’s “young professionals.” According to the online Urban Dictionary, a young professional is: A recent college graduate whose main objectives in life include: career advancement, becoming financially secure, spending too much of their yearly income on expensive clothing and maintaining a busy social life. Although this seems a bit cynical, many nonprofits have fallen into the trap of assuming that hosting Happy Hours at trendy bars where so-called young professionals...

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A National Day for Giving Back

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 2 comments

A National Day for Giving Back

If the first #GivingTuesday caught you off guard last year, you’re not alone – but forces are already in play to make sure that this year’s event, which takes place on December 3, won’t take you by surprise again. In the frantic rush to spend money that immediately follows Thanksgiving, first came “Black Friday,” when retail outlets ramp up their sales staff and measure their upcoming holiday success by the first-shopping-day-of-the-season’s receipts. Then, with the explosion of online shopping, came “Cyber Monday” accompanied by its own tote board of retail results. In...

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Nonprofits Crossing State Lines

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 0 comments

Nonprofits Crossing State Lines

If your nonprofit performs “charitable solicitations” in another state, you may be required to register there. This does not apply to passive fundraising, such as donors from other states who give through your website or send you checks in the mail. It does apply, however, to galas, alumni/ae events, concerts, or any other active fundraising activities that you host outside of your home state. Currently 40 states require registration, each with their own regulations. Until recently, you almost needed a law degree to figure out what they were and how to comply with them! In May...

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Ask The Experts Conference

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 in Speaking Engagements | 0 comments

Ask The Experts Conference

Aurora Grants & Consulting founder, Linda Beeman, will be hosting an Affinity Table during lunch at the Ask The Experts (ATE) conference on Friday, February 8, 2013. The topic will be “Communications and Marketing”. Please bring your questions and ideas for discussion. ATE will take place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston from 7:30 am to 4:15 pm. Register here for this high-powered nonprofit professional development...

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Nonprofit, Protect Thyself!

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 0 comments

Nonprofit, Protect Thyself!

When it comes to trademark protection, the law treats nonprofit and for-profit organizations just the same. The same rules apply and the same protections exist. However, the implications of infringement may be even more devastating for a nonprofit. What if money that donors thought they were sending to your organization was going somewhere else instead? With the growing trend toward online giving, it’s easy to imagine how this could occur; but unless you have registered your trademark, your chances for recourse are slim. The word “trademark” can be used in two ways: first, in the...

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