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Considering a Fundraising Event?  Read this!

August 6, 2020

For many nonprofits the season of event planning is in full swing. With Covid-19 still permeating our lives, nonprofits are asking a multitude of questions. Is it safe to hold my late fall event in person? Should I wait and decide later? What if I plan for an event and then need to cancel?

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Hiring?

July 28, 2020

Over the past few weeks we have heard more hiring freezes being lifted. Additionally, organizations are strategically thinking about staffing alignment and focusing on what is important at this juncture. If your organization is in hiring mode, consider the following thoughts as you begin your recruitment process.

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6 Trends from the Ashley|Rountree Survey

July 14, 2020

I recently read in Louisville Future about collaboration. Corporations are teaming up to make the utility sector more efficient and ecologically sound. The nonprofit community can learn from experiences such as this. Partnerships amongst the nonprofit sector can lead to greater efficiencies and more individuals served. Definitely a win for both organizations.

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4 Tips for Capital Campaigns

June 30, 2020

The last few months have proved challenging for any organization conducting a Capital Campaign or preparing to start one. Capital Campaigns, by their nature, are highly organized and orchestrated events that require not only a well-conceived strategy but a tremendous amount of organizational discipline and hard work to achieve success. What happens then when a combined health and economic crisis erupts in the middle of this highly choreographed fundraising endeavor? I asked David Cobb, Vice President, Campaign Division to give some tips and thoughts about the process during a crisis.

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Diversify Your Revenue Base

June 19, 2020

As nonprofit consultants we tend to give counsel on contributed revenue – annual giving, major, capital and planned gifts. To the typical nonprofit these are vital sources of revenue. Many nonprofits are equipped to look beyond these sources to delve into the world of earned revenue. Neville Blakemore joined our team last year and created the Business Solutions division to help nonprofits explore this additional source of revenue. Neville’s background is one of service having volunteered on more than 30 Boards throughout his career.

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Revisiting Revenue Stream Opportunities

June 12, 2020

With the recent economic volatility, many nonprofits are revisiting revenue stream opportunities. Planned Giving, through various structures, is one way to help position organizations for a long-term consistent base of support. Philanthropic individuals are able to make a legacy commitment of larger gifts to charitable organizations than they could make from ordinary income, while still balancing lifetime individual financial security.

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Leading During Difficult Times

June 5, 2020

Typically this week I would have highlighted an associate who would share information pertaining to their area of expertise. I would like to hit pause this week to acknowledge that our community and country are figuring out ways to deal with and confront the uncertainty that has enveloped our nation.

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The A|R Team: How To Increase Your Odds With Grants from Paula Swope

May 29, 2020

Over the next few weeks you will hear more from my terrific team of colleagues giving advice in their area of expertise. First up – Paula Swope, Vice President, Grants Division and Senior Consultant.

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Rise and Respond - Your Mission Matters!

May 22, 2020

Newly reported trends show that securing charitable gifts generally is dropping, and to where they are directed is shifting. As reported in the Chronicle of Philanthropy last week, Americans giving to charities dropped to 73% over the last 12 months which represents a new low exceeding the 79% figure set back in 2009 during the Great Recession.

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Nonprofits Need to Think About the Next Six to Nine Months

May 15, 2020

Each month our industry experts of 30 Ashley|Rountree consultants gather to examine and deliberate the latest trends and share stories. Today we discussed the current state of affairs for the nonprofit world.

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Strategic Restructuring Survey & Webinar

May 6, 2020

In the last message I mentioned the difficult decisions that many organizations are now facing. Namely, how to respond to the downturn in the economy that have seriously impacted operations.

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Strategic Restructuring

May 1, 2020

Our ongoing discussions with nonprofit leaders reveal that organizations are asking how they can enhance partnerships, create alliances, collaborate on programs and share management services in an effort to reduce costs yet still maximize mission and programs for those they serve.

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Time to ask? #GivingTuesday is almost here!

April 24, 2020

Time heals. And while we are still confined to social distancing, we are seeing that daily life continues and organizations are in a new phase of work – thinking about the future and getting back to a new normal.

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Teamwork → Results

April 17, 2020

Teamwork, sustainable growth, ethical practices and results are part of Ashley|Rountree and Associates’ framework for doing business.

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Making the Request

April 10, 2020

The latest news for our country seems to be a bit more promising than in recent weeks and certainly we are hoping to begin to move towards recovery sooner rather than later. We are always moving forward, and the team at Ashley|Rountree has been making many calls to former and current clients.

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Communication with Governing Boards

March 27, 2020

On Sunday, we as a nation learned that we would be asked to continue social distancing through April 30. For the health of community and nation this is a good thing for us to embrace. But as an employee and leader of an organization trying to move your mission forward, this may seem like devasting news.

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Making Your Development & Communication Efforts Strategic

March 19, 2020

We hope this message finds you and your family healthy and safe. These are unprecedented times and we are learning as a community to take each day as it comes. Information seems to be updated hourly and coming at us all in such a rapid pace.

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