Planned Giving: Four Facts to Refresh Your Approach
1. Planned giving doesn’t need to be fancy. Yes, planned giving includes the option to activate some pretty sophisticated financial planning tools. But you don’t need to or have to use them. As a community-based organization,
Loree LipsteinJanuary 20, 2020
Tech: Just Another Form of Problem Solving
When you’re being innovative, you need to first get specific. You need to define the problem, make clear why you need to solve it, and explain the benefit to your organization once it’s solved. To help get you into this mindset,
Loree LipsteinOctober 11, 2019
Bursting the Bubble: Real-Talk on Fundraising Events
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.
Loree LipsteinSeptember 3, 2019
Laughter: A Sign of a Healthy Team
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 under their wing and then hired me after graduation.
Loree LipsteinJuly 26, 2019
Patience, My Dear Hiring Supervisor, Patience.
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,
Loree LipsteinJuly 24, 2019
Knowing Your Impact: A Strategic Plan as Your North Star
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?
Loree LipsteinApril 30, 2019
Riding Submarines into Outer Space
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,
Loree LipsteinApril 19, 2019
Multiplying Impact Through a Connected Community
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 heart of our work with our partners.
Loree LipsteinFebruary 18, 2019
Stretch and Strength: How Values Guide The 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?
Loree LipsteinFebruary 16, 2019
True Life: I’m the Victim of Bad Stewardship
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,