Thread Journal

Spotlight on our Spool: Tony Francavilla of DC SCORES

A conversation with Tony Francavilla, Chief Development Officer, at DC SCORES.

DC SCORES’ mission is to “create neighborhood teams that give kids the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life.”

For three decades, DC SCORES has been building a generation of committed,

Taryn Deaton

January 17, 2024

EOY fundraising is over: It’s time to dive into the data

Thread Senior Consultant Anna Morozovsky talks about her love of data and why January is a great month to focus on it.

Taryn Deaton

January 17, 2024

Learning to be an effective board member

Thread Strategies Executive Principal Tracy Shaw shares what she has learned about being an effective board member.

During the summer of 2019, I was asked to join the board of a local organization I have great affection and affinity towards. I must admit, I was both flattered AND apprehensive. It felt great that the organization’s leadership recognized my strengths and expertise.

Taryn Deaton

November 6, 2023

Spotlight on our Spool: Sara LaCava Lieberman

Thread welcomes Sara to our team!

We are excited to introduce Sara LaCava Lieberman as Thread’s newest Principal. Sara is passionate about fundraising as movement building and supporting people to be confident fundraisers and ambassadors for their cause. Sara has over fifteen years of fundraising experience and a track record of helping organizations achieve significant and sustainable fundraising growth as a staff member,

Taryn Deaton

November 3, 2023

Spotlight on our Spool: Larry Hovis of CBF North Carolina

A conversation with Larry Hovis, Executive Coordinator of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina

As CBFNC approaches their 30th anniversary in 2024, they recognized a need and an opportunity to celebrate the anniversary by asking long-time supporters to include the organization in their estate plans. In this Spotlight on our Spool, we are delighted to introduce Larry Hovis,

Taryn Deaton

August 10, 2023

Create An Easy Planned Giving Campaign

August is National Make-A-Will Month and Thread Strategies Director Mackay Gunn offers an outline for a quick and easy campaign to raise awareness about the opportunity for donors to make a planned gift to your non-profit organization.

I’m in my late 30s, married, and with a young daughter….and I do not have a will. It was something that was on the never-ending to-do list before my daughter was born and we never got around to checking it off.

Taryn Deaton

August 10, 2023

Spotlight on our Spool: The Thread Team at a Conference

Make the most of your conference attendance with some helpful hints!

Attending a conference can be an intense experience with a lot of decisions to make. How do you make the most of your experience?

Fresh off their attendance at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, Thread Directors Andrew Edwards and Mackay Gunn and Thread Principal Tracy Shaw share their advice on how to navigate a conference successfully.

Holly Richardson

April 26, 2023

5 Suggestions To Encourage Professional Development at Your Nonprofit

It's time to intentionally encourage and invite professional development

How does your organization approach professional development?

Is it a faraway and fantastical desire, something everyone on your team would love to do but knows they never will?

Is it a sneaky secret, wherein folks are guiltily stealth-joining free webinars because they feel like they should be “doing their job”?

Holly Richardson

April 26, 2023

Spotlight on our Spool: Monica Steigerwald and Becky Mills from Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Experience and advice about using AI in fundraising as a small nonprofit

LBBC has been one of Thread’s most courageous partners when it comes to experimenting with new technology and fundraising, specifically around Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this Spotlight on our Spool, we are delighted to introduce Monica Steigerwald, Vice President of Development,

Holly Richardson

February 21, 2023

How to Use New Artificial Intelligence In Your Fundraising Writing

With the right approach, AI like ChatGPT can make fundraising writing easier

One of the Thread team’s favorite adages is that fundraising is all about experimentation. By trying new tools and tactics, you might just discover the next big lift for your fundraising program.

Over the last few months, it’s been hard to miss the media attention about OpenAI’s ChatGPT (and if you’ve missed all the buzz,

Holly Richardson

February 16, 2023