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Storytelling Techniques That Drive Donor Engagement in Year-End Fundraising

Chapter Leadership Brief 12.1.23

By Mary Whitrow, Content Marketing Manager, iWave

As the year comes to a close and year-end giving campaigns are in full swing, nonprofits are particularly focused on engaging with their donors and ensuring support for their mission and cause. We have all heard about (and experienced) the effectiveness of storytelling and know that it is a powerful tool that can captivate and engage donors. But what makes a story compelling? Here are seven storytelling techniques that can drive donor engagement in year-end fundraising and create a connection that inspires action and in turn, brings about meaningful impact.


Fundraising in a Crisis: 4 Key Insights

Chapter Leadership Brief 12.1.23

By Pazit Levitan, EdD, CFRE

Fundraising in a crisis differs from typical fundraising because the circumstances and challenges necessitate unique, and more urgent, approaches and considerations. Whether the crisis is a war, a humanitarian emergency, a global pandemic or a natural disaster, we need to respond quickly, leading with confidence, inner strength and flexibility. Here are four key insights guiding me as I engage in emergency fundraising:


Mentorship, Community, and Growth: Opportunities Through AFP-NYC's Emerging Leaders Committee

Chapter Leadership Brief 11.17.23

By Mike Esposito, CFRE 
AFP-NYC Emerging Leaders & FDRNY Steering Committee Member
Director of Growth and Strategy at Hudson Ferris 

As 2021 drew to a close, I found myself at a crossroads in my fundraising career. I had been fundraising for a nonprofit organization for four years and was unsure of what my next step would be. I asked around and was introduced to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)-NYC and the Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC). I am incredibly grateful that I found AFP-NYC’s ELC, as it has allowed me to access a diverse network of members, mentorship, and professional development opportunities.


Crafting a Comprehensive IT and Cybersecurity Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations

Chapter Leadership Brief 11.3.23

By Rafi Kronzon: CEO, Altourage

Nonprofit organizations are becoming more reliant on technology to accomplish their missions. From fundraising efforts to program delivery, the role of IT in nonprofits has grown significantly. However, with the growth of technology comes the need for a robust IT and cybersecurity strategy to safeguard sensitive data and ensure the organization's continued success.

In this article, we will explore the essential components of a successful IT and cybersecurity strategy for nonprofit organizations, emphasizing the unique challenges and considerations that set them apart from for-profit entities.

I Don’t Have Time for Metrics

Chapter Leadership Brief 11.3.23

By Lynsie Slachetka, Owner/Chief Digital Officer, aJuxt Media Group

The clock is ticking on end-of-year fundraising! As we count down not just to a New Year, but a new annual report, tax filing, or budgetary analysis, nonprofit leaders everywhere are bracing for the holiday season, and with it the rush of year-end giving.

According to the 2023 M+R Benchmarks Report, December giving accounts for roughly one fourth (26%) of annual nonprofit revenue! With Giving Tuesday quickly approaching, and print deadlines for annual appeal mailers looming, one thing is for certain: your team can’t afford for the organization’s year-end marketing to fall flat.

Friendship With a Purpose: An Interview with Impact 100 NYC Founding Co-Presidents Emily Ades and Mindy Wigutow

Chapter Leadership Brief 10.20.23

In 2020, during the height of the global pandemic, Emily Ades and Mindy Wigutow founded IMPACT 100 NYC, where they envision fostering a culture of communal giving by cultivating a community of women who want their philanthropic donations to do more and mean more. Emily and Mindy have a meaningful history as catalysts for change in their communities. Emily has devoted all her professional endeavors to the field of education and nonprofit management. Currently, she works as the inaugural Director of The Kinnect Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the fashion brand, Kith leveraging the brand to make a social impact and transformative change that helps communities overcome adversity and thrive. Mindy is an attorney with real estate and commercial litigation experience who currently works in Higher Ed admissions inspiring the future leaders in law and community organizing.

Turning One Day into a Year of Impact Post Giving Tuesday Insights

Chapter Leadership Brief 10.20.23

By Bre Alexander, Content Marketing Manager, iWave

In the philanthropic world, one day stands out as a nod to hope and giving, pulling on heartstrings and opening wallets – GivingTuesday.

Conceived in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. GivingTuesday caught on and has grown worldwide, inspiring hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

As the aroma of leftover turkey slowly fades, many nonprofit practitioners will find themselves navigating the dynamic landscape of the nonprofit sector during this holiday season.

Once your campaign ends, you're faced with a list of donors, a mix of new supporters and existing friends. The question looms, "Now what"?

Nonprofit Cybersecurity Horror Stories…and How To Avoid Them

Chapter Leadership Brief 10.06.2023

By Rafi Kronzon, CEO, Altourage

Nonprofit organizations have become prime targets for cyberattacks, often finding themselves in the crosshairs of malicious actors seeking to exploit vulnerabilities in their systems and steal sensitive data. These nonprofits, driven by their noble missions to make a positive impact on society, are confronting a sinister reality: cybersecurity horror stories that can wreak havoc on their operations and tarnish their reputations. 

From data breaches exposing donors' personal information to crippling ransomware attacks that paralyze vital services, these harrowing tales serve as cautionary reminders of the urgent need for robust cybersecurity measures within the nonprofit sector. 

Giving Back - Uncovering the Whys and Hows of Donor Motivation

Chapter Leadership Brief 9.8.2023

By: Bre Alexander
Content Marketing Manager, iWave

Giving is an inherent part of human nature, driven by the desire to improve the world. While pursuing world betterment remains a driving force, deeper motivations have emerged – reward and social connection.

As we explore the reasoning behind giving, we uncover that beneath the surface, the emotional gratification we receive from kindness motivates us.

Let’s dive in.

Unite, Elevate, Impact: Embrace the Power of an AFP Membership!

Chapter Leadership Brief 8.25.23

By Brently Winstead, Director of Development, The Child Center of NY

When I joined The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) many years ago. I was not aware of the multitude of benefits AFP would bring me. In the spirit of sharing, I would like to express all the positive benefits I have and continue to experience as a member of the Local NYC Chapter and Global AFP.

Being a member of the AFP at both the global and local levels can offer numerous benefits to fundraising professionals. AFP is a respected international organization that provides resources, networking opportunities, and professional development for individuals involved in fundraising and philanthropy. Here are some reasons why being a member of AFP at both levels can be beneficial to you:


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