Thread Journal

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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Everyone Deserves a Chance to Connect and to Learn

A conversation with Jeanna Finamore, Executive Director at MentorPrize

“When you mentor someone, you take their story home with you. It becomes part of your story. It changes you and the way you see the world around you.” Thread: Your role at MentorPrize is your first in the nonprofit sector – why did you choose to make the transition from the corporate world at […]

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The Future Is Bright

Thread Principal Tracy Shaw reflects on recent powerful fundraising efforts of the next generation

It’s Valentine’s Day 2018 and my heart is breaking. I’m at my computer, it’s the early afternoon and my social media feeds begins to flood with the horrible news: another school shooting and mass murder, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, FL. Seventeen lives have been lost. Even though I […]

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Smiles Required

A conversation with Jamie Clem, Development Specialist at EarthEcho International

“Touch base in some way at least once a quarter and smile when you’re talking on the phone, even if you’re just leaving a message. It’s all about relationships and well-tended ones often yield exciting results!” Thread: Why did you choose development/fundraising as your profession? Jamie: After a career in sales and marketing in the […]

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“Gerbil Clippings:” My Favorite Fundraising and Nonprofit Reading

Looking to round out your reading on philanthropy and nonprofits? Thread's own Holly Richardson shares her list of must-read and must-share resources

“Gerbil clippings” are random articles and postings I missed on my own but am absolutely thrilled to read. My mother and I coined the term, as she has a long history of sending me unexpected articles from a motley variety of publications – think The Economist, Philadelphia magazine, and People. She still sends me clippings […]

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Take a Victory Lap, Not a Sprint

How EarthEcho International increased individual giving by more than 100%

When Thread began working with EarthEcho, its primary funding source was corporate partnerships, followed by foundations. EarthEcho sought to continue growing these important relationships while also building a more robust individual giving program that would take advantage of the immense support individuals offer every year to nonprofits in America [as demonstrated by GivingUSA’s annual analysis]. […]

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Falling Into a Great Fit

A conversation with William Ross, Development Manager at Reach, Incorporated

“In my opinion, having people there who have your back while you grow as a professional is priceless.“ Thread: Why did you choose development/fundraising as your profession? William: I’m not sure I would say that I “chose” development, but more that I stumbled into the role of fundraising.  While working as the manager of operations […]

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3 Tips for Nonprofit Startups Looking for Funding

This post originally appeared on the CASE at Duke Blog on June 9

A March 8, 2014 New York Times article highlighted the rapid growth of the nonprofit sector, citing an Urban League study that determined that during the 10-year period between 2001 – 2011, the number of nonprofits in the US grew 25%, far out-pacing the growth of for-profit organizations, which grew at just 0.5%. While overall […]

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