Will Corporations and Foundations Make Up for Weak Individual Giving?

By Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action In my last blog, I noted that the number of people in the United States who donated to charity fell in 2018 compared with 2017. And I pointed out that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) might be a contributing [...]

2019-07-16T09:45:51-06:00July 15th, 2019|2019, Blog, Fundraising|0 Comments

Where Have All the Individual Donors of Modest Means Gone?

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash By Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action If you’ve been reading my blogs, you know that I have been concerned about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) would impact individuals’ giving to nonprofit organizations. Thanks to the vigilant work of Giving USA, we [...]

2019-10-28T10:09:51-06:00July 5th, 2019|2019, Blog, Fundraising|0 Comments

A Phone Call is Worth a Thousand Hours of Research

By Katalin Wishart, Senior Grantwriting Associate at Joining Vision and Action Fundraising is all about communication and relationships. As a grantwriting consultant, I sometimes think grantwriters see their job as different from those of other fundraisers—you know, the kind that call potential donors to chat or schedule lunches so they can connect. Grantwriters love writing, [...]

Two Donation Sources You Might Be Missing

By Nora Welch, Senior Leadership Development Associate, Joining Vision and Action “We’ve got all the money we need,” said no nonprofit ever. While funding can come from traditional sources like grants or fundraisers, or something like social enterprise that might be new for your organization, here are two more resources that could potentially add to [...]

Deadline Overload: Survival Tips From the Trenches

By Erin Shaver, Senior Grantwriter at Joining Vision and Action Sometimes deadlines fit nicely into your life—spaced out neatly, one being met as the next one appears on the horizon. Or, if you’re lucky, there is breathing room between the big ones, a chance to pause, reflect and recharge before the next one bears down. [...]

Federal Spending Uncertainty—Continuing Resolutions are Paralyzing National Progress

Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action Congress has developed a habit of using continuing resolutions (CRs) as a stop-gap funding measure to keep the government open. While a CR is a useful tool when a government shutdown is looming because Congress cannot agree on a long-term spending bill, CRs were [...]

How to have “the talk” with your board members—yes, about fundraising!

By Janine Vanderburg, Joining Vision and Action “How do I talk with our board members about fundraising?” In my over three decades of working for community and social change, one of the most frequent issues I hear about is motivating nonprofit board members to fundraise. The Giving USA 2017 report, which came out this week, [...]

2017-06-27T17:02:12-06:00June 27th, 2017|Blog, Fundraising, Tools for Changemakers|1 Comment

Political Polarization in America

Lisa Cirincione, Senior Resource Development Associate at Joining Vision and Action Lately, I am at a complete loss about how the “other side” can justify the rightness of many of their actions to themselves and other people. For example, I catch myself thinking things like: “How can people actually believe it’s a good thing to [...]

What We Learned from the Skinny Budget

By Lisa Cirincione, Joining Vision and Action President Donald Trump has released his skinny budget, “America First,” which gives us some broad stroke glimpses of where he would like Congress to approve cuts to domestic, discretionary programs in the 2018 fiscal year. At a high level, it will squeeze federal grant programs, which have already [...]

The Latest Glimpse into the Federal Budget

By Lisa Cirincione, Joining Vision and Action More glimpses, but nothing concrete. Despite hopes that President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress on February 28, 2017, would illuminate what to expect from the federal budget, we still have very little clarity. The big, concerning thing that we did hear the president say before his speech is [...]