Thread Journal

Bursting the Bubble: Real-Talk on Fundraising Events

Thread Director Amy Jo O'Hearn provides a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of using special events for fundraising

We love talking through the possibilities (and reality!) of successfully executing fundraising events. We have certainly seen many positive ways that hosting fundraising events can bring value to an organization. They provide an excellent opportunity to more deeply connect current donors and board members to the mission. An event can attract new revenue by leveraging […]

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Laughter: A Sign of a Healthy Team

A conversation with Anna Morozovsky, Senior Consultant at Thread Strategies

I’ve found that if you can laugh and get along with your teammates, then you can get through the harder moments. Thread: Why did you choose development/fundraising as your profession? Anna: I got introduced to fundraising my senior year of college through an internship at a political organization where the small development team took me […]

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Patience, My Dear Hiring Supervisor, Patience.

Thread Director Stela Patron shares how to fill your open development role with the right match by designing and executing a thoughtful and intentional hiring process

When you’re working with a lean budget and you FINALLY have the funding/approval to hire development support, it is incredibly tempting to just get “somebody” in the role. You are eager to free yourself up for more strategic development work by adding to your team, and there are many willing applicants. But like everything else […]

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Knowing Your Impact: A Strategic Plan as Your North Star

A conversation with Jonathan Kaufman, Principal at Third Plateau

Strategic plans and development plans *have* to be linked. They need to have a lot of overlapping DNA, embody the same values, and be in constant communication with one another. Thread: How does Third Plateau help nonprofits become more strategic in their work? Jonathan: We lead with relationships in all of our work, aiming to […]

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Riding Submarines into Outer Space

Thread Senior Consultant Holly Richardson paints a picture of how fundraising that is guided by a strategic plan can lead a nonprofit to new heights

Successful fundraising is often described as part-art, part-science. For most fundraisers I know (myself included), the art-part of fundraising is the more familiar and natural of this balance. It’s second-nature to read in between the lines of a text, to listen for what a donor leaves unsaid as much as what is directly stated, and […]

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Multiplying Impact Through a Connected Community

Thread Principal Tracy Shaw shares how Thread's core value of Connected Community came to life during the recent government shutdown.

Being a member of the Thread Strategies team is one of my proudest accomplishments. The experience of defining our core values as a firm was one example of how working with Thread has been so fulfilling. Our final set of core values are meaningful to each of us individually and they express what’s at the […]

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Stretch and Strength: How Values Guide The Greater DC Diaper Bank

A conversation with Corinne Cannon, Founder and Executive Director of Greater DC Diaper Bank

Hire well! No, really, hire well! Create a team of people who all think very differently about the process to accomplish the goal but believe in the goal. Thread: What process did Greater DC Diaper Bank use to define its values? Corinne: “Process” makes it sound so very formal! And some of it was, while […]

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True Life: I’m the Victim of Bad Stewardship

A Cautionary Tale from the Field

One of the core components of good fundraising and development for any nonprofit is stewardship. It is the key to not just retention, but growth – something all nonprofits aspire to. According to the 2018 Fundraising Effectiveness Project, for every 100 new donors gained in 2017, 99 donors were lost through attrition. This means that […]

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Start Your Day Thanking a Donor

A conversation with Emily Ward, Development Manager at Project HEAL

“I see myself as a matchmaker – connecting passionate and justice-seeking Person A with impactful, world-changing Organization B” Thread: Why did you choose development/fundraising as your profession? Emily: Even while completing my degrees in social work, I never saw myself working as a clinician. I chose social work because I was deeply interested in understanding […]

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The Recurring Giving Renaissance

No matter what your organization calls it, there is a renewed energy in our sector around "recurring" or "monthly" giving. Thread Principal Tracy Shaw reflects on this new fervor and highlights a new monthly giving program we are especially excited about from our partners at Art Enables.

This spring, I had the pleasure of joining a few of my colleagues and representing the Thread team at two conferences: The Nonprofit Technology Conference and the Classy Collaborative. Even though I’ve been going to fundraising conferences for years, I still feel like I’m drinking from a fire hose when I’m there – there is […]

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