Quarterly Vlog #1 - Grant Seeking for The Arts

This video was created in partnership with Houston Arts Alliance, specifically to aid nonprofits in the arts with their grant-seeking. In this video, Linda will address these questions: What are nonprofit funders looking for in arts organizations? What can my arts organization do to improve chances of being funded? And more…

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Richard Beeman
Riding The Super Bowl Wave

Noting that The Super Bowl would be coming to Houston in 2017, RTH hired a marketing firm to help construct a Super Impact 17 campaign with the goal of raising $500,000 and completing repairs on 500 homes in time for the big game.

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Richard Beeman
#GivingTuesday Burnout?

Giving Tuesday may be a movement that is already on its way to extinction. The fault lies not with the concept’s 92 Street Y innovators, but in the many, many nonprofits who don’t understand its potential and have therefore misused it.

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Richard Beeman
Nonprofit Trends Part 1: Creating a Movement

Even before the successful Ice Bucket Challenge raised over $115 million for the ALS Association, various gurus were suggesting that nonprofits should build social awareness about their causes by creating a movement. Here are three voices that address this topic from different perspectives.

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Richard Beeman
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.” Many nonprofits have fallen into the trap of assuming that hosting Happy Hours at trendy bars would be enough.

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Richard Beeman
A National Day for Giving Back

The Giving Tuesday website offers a variety of resources to help nonprofits in planning their campaigns, including case studies and a Partner Toolkit for maximizing the day’s impact. The best advice? Start planning – now.

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Richard Beeman
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 but it does apply to galas, alumni events, concerts, or any other active fundraising activities that you host outside of your home state.

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Richard Beeman
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.

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It’s 2013 – Time to Take Action

Most Americans don’t realize the size of the nonprofit sector, nor the significance of the services that it provides. Today, charitable gifts have a total economic impact of $800 billion and nonprofits represent nearly 10 percent of the American workforce. 

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Holiday Cheer

It all started when David Moore began donating Christmas gifts to children in 2000 through the “adopt-a-family” method. It wasn’t long before he realized that this method segregated the children who received gifts from their friends who didn’t. 

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Richard Beeman
Nonprofits as Lobbyists?

A nonprofit is, by definition, an advocate. It stands up for individuals, animals, or inanimate objects that do not have the power to do so for themselves. Where public policy can impact a charity’s ability to carry out its mission, it is in an excellent position to speak up.

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Richard Beeman
Fun with Numbers

Most of us will never know what it is like to be a Warren Buffett or Bill and Melinda Gates and experience the feeling of donating millions of dollars to charitable causes. But learning about what motivates major donors to give can help better shape our own donor experience.

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Richard Beeman
Rating Those Who Rate You

There are several charity rating, or watchdog, organizations in existence today. The question is: How valuable are ratings to potential donors, and what criteria do these organizations use to formulate them?

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How Do You Measure Success?

For nonprofit professionals who have ever drafted a logic model for a grant proposal, and struggled with finding adequate ways to define and measure success, there is good news: a growing effort to define common metrics that are meaningful across entire service categories.

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Partnering with the Police

All of us partner with the police in one way or another – only most of us don’t give it much thought. Here are some suggestions on how to foster this relationship in ways that very likely will support your mission

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Nonprofits Picking Up The Pace

By employing GPS mapping technology, charity:water is able to let its donors see the exact point on the globe where their dollars are being employed to drill a water well. Photographs of the project convey the actual reactions of people when locally produced, clean water is available to them for the first time.

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Richard Beeman
National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is not only about bringing nonprofits, community-minded businesses, and volunteers together; it is also a time for recognizing and appreciating these special people who mean so much to our organizations.

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So You’re Considering a Celebrity Endorsement?

Before Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made philanthropy sexy, many so-called “stars” leveraged their celebrity status to bring causes into our consciousness: think of Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, and Danny Thomas, to name a few. These men did not simply furnish a photo and a signature – they became ambassadors for the charities that they supported.

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