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The Five Biggest Opportunities For Nonprofits In 2015: #1

#1: Peer-Enable Everything

[Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of blog posts expanding on this year’s peer-to-peer fundraising trends, as presented from the main stage of the 2015 Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference and unpacked in our e-book, The Expansive Impact of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising].

Keeping up with the Joneses is hard, but keeping up with the industry can be impossible. That’s where Google Alerts comes in. This handy tool allows you to input a keyword or phrase into Google, which then trolls cyberspace for its mention in news articles, blog posts, or on social media. At the end of each day, you then receive an email summary, in newsfeed format, of the term’s activity. Pretty neat, right?

A few months ago I requested to receive alerts for “peer-to-peer” assuming I’d receive a narrow list of updates relevant to my search. But each time I scroll through the daily newsfeed, 

Topics: Funding Strategy

The 2014 Top 30 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Program Data

Earlier this year we revealed the the Top 30 Fundraising Programs of 2014 at the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference. We took a microscope to 2014's data to pull out the most memorable trends of the year, uncover the programs that saw growth as well as those that declined, and what your organization can expect to see in 2015. 

For the first time ever, we are bringing that data to you in an interactive form! We created a new and improved representation of the Top 30 data that will allow you and your team to explore the 2014 data and trends in an interactive setting. Click throughout the chart below for a deeper understanding of 2014's P2P fundraising results. 

Topics: Funding Leadership Strategy

How To Cultivate Long-term Corporate Sponsorships

Spring is in the air. And whether you are reading this from the West Coast and once again feeling victorious in your decision to avoid winter altogether, or if you’re reading this from a colder region and are proud to have survived the arctic blast, spring has arrived, which means your spring event season is beginning to ramp-up – along with your task list. The key is to make sure you continue to maintain and nurture the relationships important to the growth of your program, even as other priorities arise.

Topics: Funding Strategy

The Downfall Of Nonprofit Fundraising Incentives

My daughter Sadie’s school is hosting a fundraiser. She brought the pledge envelope home this week and was brimming with excitement. She announced that she and her friend were participating, that they were going to raise $250, and planned to knock on doors and ask for pledges that very afternoon. They are just the kind of ambitious fundraisers every program needs, right?

Topics: Funding Inspiration Strategy

What To Do When Culture Is The Problem

If you’ve been in a job more than twenty minutes you’ve heard about “organizational culture.” For some it is the one-size-fits-all answer used to explain every advantage and success: “Their culture was better than ours.”For others it is the ultimate scapegoat, the short-hand explanation for every failure: “Our culture is just terrible.” Sometimes worshipped, sometimes maligned, culture is potent but inscrutable. It is the wind of organizations – we can’t see it, but we can feel it. We can’t describe it, but we know when it is there – and when it isn’t.In the nonprofit space, culture is doubly important, because our organizations exist not to make a profit for shareholders but to make an impact in the world. Part of that impact includes how we treat each other while working to create change. 

In our strategy work with nonprofit organizations, nearly every engagement we have involves culture in some way, shape, or form. We’ve developed an incredible respect for the power of culture. We’ve also learned about its limitations. In our minds, a supportive culture isn’t enough to guarantee success – but a destructive culture will derail even the most intelligent plans.So what is it? How can you harness it? And what if your culture is creating headwinds instead of tailwinds?

Topics: Inspiration Leadership Strategy

The 2015 P2P Professional Forum Conference: Fundraising, Impact, & BBQ

The Plenty team spent last week at the annual Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference (P2PPF) in Orlando. Formerly known as the “Run-Walk-Ride Conference,” we’ve been involved with P2PPF since its inception. Now in its eighth year, P2PPF has more than a new name – it is bigger in size, broader in scope, and altogether more interesting in design.

Topics: Funding Leadership Strategy