24 Nonprofit Resources for your Mid-Year Check In: A Smart Fundraiser’s Summer Reading Checklist

June 22, 2017 Ali Martinez

The weather is warm, summer camps are in full swing, BBQs are a weekly occurrence, and as the sixth month of the year wraps up, some organizations are already gearing up for end-of-the-year asks and setting up holiday campaign fundraising goals.

While it might seem a little early to start thinking about 2018 to some (hint: it’s not), it’s the perfect time to benchmark where 2017 has taken you. Are you on course to reaching those optimistic January goals and resolutions?

This list is comprised of tools, research, fundraising ideas, and other reading material to give you insight into how the sector as a whole is doing and what your strategic focus should be going forward. I hope these resources fill you with inspiration and gusto to go out and create your own amazing content!

24 Nonprofit Resources for the Smart Fundraiser:

 

Sector Insight:

  • Giving USA: If you didn’t know Giving USA was out I’m going to assume you’ve been on vacation and have avoided all websites and social media. The annual publication offers valuable insight into charitable giving across the USA. From their website: “For over 60 years, fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, donors and volunteers, scholars, and other individuals who work in or with the charitable sector have counted onGiving USA to provide the most comprehensive charitable giving data available. No other source provides the context for annual giving like Giving USA.”
  • Charitable Giving Report Quiz: The Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic released the 5th annual Charitable Giving Report at the beginning of the year. You may have already read the report, but a few months later, do you remember everything that was in the report? Have you revisited it when you need to pivot or reevaluate your strategy? Is it all just a blur of numbers and percentages now? Take the Quiz to see for yourself!
  • A Philanthropist’s Guide to the Future: Philanthropy is changing. This report, presented by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, offers insight into why social impact professionals work, how they work, and what will enhance their work, along with information and data about what it means to be an active donor.
  • Blackbaud Index: The Blackbaud Index provides great fundraising ideas and resources that bring you the most up-to-date information on charitable giving today. Compare your fundraising performance against the Overall Index.

Strategic Planning:

  • 10 Steps for a Midyear Fundraising Checkup: Have you revisited your fundraising budget? When’s the last time you reviewed your plans or asked for feedback from your team? Use this checklist to check in.
  • Gift range chart: Utilizing a gift range chart is a great way to created focused, goal-oriented campaigns. Think about how you can add this to your end-of-year strategy or even prepare for next year.
  • Fundraising scorecard: How well is your fundraising program performing? Gail Perry’s insightful blog post and scorecard will give you a realistic measurement into the organization and productivity of your programs. 

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