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NPFX: The Nonprofit Fundraising Exchange

57 EpisodesProduced by IPM AdvancementWebsite

Join the experts at IPM Advancement for discussion and insights into nonprofit fundraising, membership, advocacy and more. Each show covers a different aspect of advancement, with topics ranging from annual giving to capital campaigns and everything in between.

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February 22nd, 2024


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Measuring More than Money: Why Donor Relationships Matter (with Michele Rebeor and Elizabeth Silverstein)

February 21st, 2024


The percentage of individuals giving to nonprofits has reached its lowest point in 40 years. This "giving crisis" has led to an overreliance on major gifts that isn't sustainable for most nonprofits. In today's episode, …

Meaningful Donor Relationships: The Key to Financial Stability (with Lisa Greer and Sami Zoss)

February 7th, 2024


Good donor relationships where supporters are engaged and satisfied with giving to your nonprofit can have a profound effect on the success of your …

Donor Behavior Is Changing: Insights from Chronicle of Philanthropy’s New Fundraiser Survey

January 3rd, 2024


The Chronicle of Philanthropy's 2023 survey of 1000 fundraisers reveals much about how donor behavior is changing and the impact that's having on nonprofit fundraising. In today's podcast episode, the IPM team digs deep …

Tips for 2023 Year-End Fundraising (and How to Prepare for 2024)

November 2nd, 2023


Given that 30% of annual giving happens in December, it's crucial for nonprofits to have a winning year-end fundraising strategy. Calendar year-end fundraising leverages end-of-year tax benefits to motivate donors to …

Inflation and Impact: How Nonprofits Are Navigating Economic Realities (with Ali Colbran and Nicole Williams)

October 11th, 2023


With inflation rates peaking at 9.1% last summer (the highest since 1981), nonprofits are feeling the strain. Higher prices drive up the cost to provide programs and services while also increasing demand for those …

AI Tools for Grant Writing, Prospecting, and More (with Ashutosh Nandeshwar and Shereese Floyd)

September 5th, 2023


The genie is out of the bottle — artificial intelligence is here. Despite valid concerns about privacy and bias, many nonprofits have already embraced AI for grant writing, donor engagement, prospecting, automation, …

Giving USA 2023: Key Insights behind the Numbers

August 7th, 2023


The release of the Giving USA 2023 annual report sent shivers through the nonprofit community with its finding that total charitable giving had declined for the first time since 2009. In today's episode, we look behind …

Why Smaller Nonprofits Are Employing Fractional Fundraisers to Grow Their Revenue (with Trica Oshant Hawkins & Alan Knobloch)

July 3rd, 2023


Many smaller nonprofits don’t have the budget to hire experienced fundraisers. They either make do with existing staff or hire a consultant that …

How to Prevent Nonprofit Staff Burnout and Create a Culture of Wellness (with Dr. Evisha Ford)

June 5th, 2023


Staff turnover has become a challenge for many nonprofits. Increasing numbers of nonprofit employees report feeling stressed and burned out. In today’s podcast episode, we sit down with Dr. Evisha Ford to discuss what …

Sustaining Donor Attention after the Headlines Fade (with Michelle Boggs and Melissa Rutan)

May 8th, 2023


While it's common for donors to rally to support relief efforts during a crisis, how do you sustain their attention — many of whom are first-time donors to your nonprofit — after the media spotlight begins to fade? In …

How to Make Your Next Board Meeting More Productive (with Nate Rhoton and Rick McCartney)

April 17th, 2023


When board meetings run too long and feel unproductive, board members get discouraged and the nonprofit suffers. Causes can range from ineffective leadership to poor planning to a general lack of organization and …

Building and Engaging a High-Performing Board (with Nate Rhoton and Rick McCartney)

April 3rd, 2023


A good board of directors is essential to the health and success of any nonprofit organization. By contributing their talent and experience, raising funds, and providing guidance and oversight, the best board members …

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: Getting Started the Smart Way (with Sarah Murry and Sadé Dozan)

March 20th, 2023


Getting started in peer-to-peer fundraising can be challenging for some nonprofits. But with careful planning, you can launch a P2P campaign that …

Improve Donor Retention and Engagement with P2P Fundraising (with Sadé Dozan and Sarah Murry)

March 6th, 2023


Peer-to-peer fundraising can account for 10-50% of fundraising revenue for some nonprofits. Advantages of P2P include better donor engagement and retention, increased visibility and reach, and a more personalized donor …

How Nonprofits Can Stop the Spread of Fake News & Misinformation with Storytelling

February 20th, 2023


Because of their role in society as trusted agents of change, nonprofits are in a unique position to help stop the spread of misinformation and …

When Your Nonprofit's Case for Support Just Isn't Working (with Shereese Floyd & Josh Gryniewicz)

February 6th, 2023


A nonprofit's case for support answers a critical question for donors: "Why should I give your nonprofit my money?" In today's podcast episode, our …

Don't Hang Up: 3 Ways to Make Telefundraising Work for You in 2023

January 16th, 2023


Does telefundraising still work for nonprofits? Yes and no. In the season 4 premiere episode of NPFX, we discuss the challenges of telephone fundraising today, mistakes nonprofits most often make when using the …

8 Valuable Lessons Nonprofit Fundraisers Learned in the Past Year

December 7th, 2022


In the final episode of season 3, our panel looks back at 2022 to discuss the most valuable lessons learned by nonprofit fundraisers this past year. Topics include the economy's impact on fundraising, challenges for …

The Future of Museums: A Crisis of Relevance (with nico wheadon and Melissa Cowley Wolf)

November 10th, 2022


As a sector, museums have been slow to engage underserved audiences and adapt to the evolving needs of the communities they serve, leading to a …

GivingTuesday Turns 10 — Is It Still Worth the Effort? (with Sadé Dozan and Sarah Murry)

October 3rd, 2022


November 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of GivingTuesday. Since its inception, this annual giving holiday has grown into a global movement that …

Diversity on Your Board Matters to Your Nonprofit's Mission (with Andrea Collier and Josephine Ramirez)

September 12th, 2022


The lack of diversity on a nonprofit board is more than a perceptual problem. It impacts the nonprofit's ability to serve its community and fulfill …

Special Report: The State of LGBTQ Nonprofits - Analysis & Advice

August 23rd, 2022


In the past, researchers have studied much about the people who comprise the LGBTQ community, but little about the nonprofits that serve them. In today's episode, we bring you a discussion of IPM's new report on the …

Can Nonprofits Lobby? How LGBTQ and Other Organizations Can Influence Lawmakers (with Pat Libby)

August 8th, 2022


Many nonprofits are convinced they can't lobby or the risks of lobbying are too great — they fear alienating donors or losing their tax status. In …

Capital Campaigns: Moving Your Nonprofit to the Next Level

June 9th, 2022


After two years of putting projects on hold, many nonprofits have decided it's time to move forward with capital campaigns again. In today's episode, …

Why Monthly Giving Matters for Every Nonprofit Organization (with Melissa Rutan and Kathryn Baccash)

May 4th, 2022


Sustaining donors are important to every nonprofit. Their recurring donations help provide financial stability and fund ongoing programs and services. For donors, monthly giving offers convenience and the satisfaction …

The Future of Storytelling for Nonprofit Donor Engagement

April 12th, 2022


Donor engagement -- especially with younger donors -- is getting harder as modern donor audiences demand more from the nonprofits they support. In today's episode, Josh Gryniewicz, IPM's narrative strategist, explains …

The Nonprofit Founder's Lifecycle: From Startup to Stepping Aside (with Stephanie Small and Patrick McWhortor)

March 3rd, 2022


Nonprofit founders are the heroes of the nonprofit world. Yet some fail to recognize when it’s time to step aside. In today's podcast episode, our panel takes a look at the lifecycle of the nonprofit founder, how …

Announcing the NPFX Listener Poll: Tell Us What You Want to Hear Next

February 21st, 2022

Hello NPFX listener! We want to hear from you! What topics would you like us to discuss next on the podcast?

Please take just a few seconds to …

Planned Giving: The What, Why & How of Legacy Fundraising (with Matt Hugg and Jeannette Edwards)

February 2nd, 2022


Planned giving is a vital part of many nonprofits' fundraising programs, yet some fundraisers or nonprofit leaders are slow to solicit planned gifts. …

Fundraising in 2022: Big Challenges & Big Opportunities Ahead

January 7th, 2022


Welcome to season 3 of the Nonprofit Fundraising Exchange! In today's podcast episode, our panel discusses what nonprofits should watch out for in …

Good News and Inspiring Stories from Nonprofits in 2021

December 10th, 2021


Calendar Year-End can be a challenging time for fundraisers and nonprofit professionals. So we decided to do something special for our season finale as an antidote to the stress and pressure you might be feeling. We …

Donor-Advised Funds: Making DAFs Work for Your Nonprofit

November 5th, 2021


As donor-advised funds increase in popularity, so too grows the controversy surrounding them. Critics cry shadow philanthropy while proponents claim …

Breaking Down Barriers to Social Change (with Ricardo "Cobe" Williams)

October 5th, 2021


Advancing a nonprofit's mission requires the cooperation and support of many individuals and groups — from the recipients of your services to lawmakers, donors, community leaders, and especially the people working …

Engaging Women Philanthropists to Improve Donor Retention (with Linda "Mac" Perlich and Trish Stark)

September 6th, 2021


Outdated and inaccurate ideas that emphasize men as the primary philanthropists in the household have led many nonprofits to largely ignore women in …

Next Gen Donors and the Arts (with Jaimie Mayer)

August 3rd, 2021


Last year saw a measurable drop in philanthropic donations to nonprofit arts and culture organizations. While some are quick to blame the pandemic, …

Major Gift Fundraising (with Nuka Solomon and Shanelle Varone)

July 9th, 2021


Most nonprofits rely on a small percentage of their donors to provide the majority of their funds. As the wealth gap in the United States grows wider, it’s very likely that the importance of these major donors will only …

Nonprofit Feasibility Studies

June 7th, 2021


Smart nonprofits rely on data before beginning a capital campaign or other large fundraising project. In today’s podcast episode, IPM consultants …

Fundraising and COVID-19: One Year Later, What Have We Learned?

May 10th, 2021


As COVID-19 restrictions are being relaxed across most of the United States, many nonprofits are attempting to define their new normal. In today's …

Ask the Experts: Listener Questions about Copywriting for Nonprofit Fundraising

April 1st, 2021


In a special Q&A episode, IPM Advancement's Co-founder, Managing Director & Chief Strategist, Russ Phaneuf, answers listener questions about nonprofit fundraising copywriting. Topics include how to boost …

Nonprofit Collaboration: The Power of Partnership (with Dr. Anne Newland and Sam Dean)

March 3rd, 2021


More and more, nonprofits are relying on collaboration to advance their mission — especially these days with increased pressure caused by the …

How to Build Your Nonprofit to Succeed (with Liz Feld)

February 3rd, 2021


With challenges like shrinking budgets, growing demand for their services, and fierce competition for donors, it's no wonder the 10-year failure rate for nonprofits is 30% or higher. In today's podcast episode, Jack …

Self-Care for Nonprofit Fundraisers: How to Avoid Burnout

January 12th, 2021


Staff retention and employee burnout is a challenge for many nonprofits, especially when it comes to their fundraising team. In today's podcast episode, we'll look at some of the most common reasons for nonprofit …

Nonprofit Fundraising at Year-End: 4 Things to Do

December 9th, 2020


For many nonprofits, Calendar Year-End fundraising accounts for a significant portion of their fundraising dollars for the entire year. In today’s …

Is Now a Good Time to Be a Nonprofit Fundraising Consultant?

November 23rd, 2020


In today’s podcast episode, we host a virtual panel of nonprofit fundraising consultants to discuss whether or not now is a good time to start a …

Giving Tuesday during the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 28th, 2020


Giving Tuesday has become one of the biggest nonprofit fundraising days of the year, making it a fundraising event no nonprofit can afford to ignore. …

Rapid Response Fundraising: How to Leverage Episodic Giving

October 5th, 2020


As donor behavior shifts more and more to episodic giving, it's crucial for a nonprofit to have an effective rapid response fundraising strategy. In today's episode, we discuss the 3 types of rapid response strategies …

Ask the Experts: Listener Questions about Nonprofit Fundraising

September 18th, 2020


In our very first Q&A episode, IPM Advancement has assembled a panel of nonprofit fundraising experts to answer questions submitted by listeners …

2020 Election Year Strategies for Nonprofit Advocacy

August 21st, 2020


As the upcoming presidential election gets closer, more and more media attention is getting consumed by politics. Many nonprofits are struggling to …

Nonprofit Advocacy Basics

August 5th, 2020


Having a strong advocacy strategy is crucial to a nonprofit organization’s ability to make a profound and lasting impact for the people they serve. …

NPFX Announcement: Seeking Topic Suggestions and Questions

July 31st, 2020


We're asking all NPFX listeners to reach out and let us know what you want to hear on this podcast. If there’s a topic you’d like to hear us cover or you have a specific question about nonprofit fundraising, membership, …

12 Mistakes Nonprofits Make in Their Fundraising Copywriting: Part 2

July 29th, 2020


Continuing our discussion from last week's episode, we explore the top 5 copywriting mistakes made by nonprofits. For most nonprofits, fundraising appeals are an important part of how they communicate with supporters. …

12 Mistakes Nonprofits Make in Their Fundraising Copywriting: Part 1

July 22nd, 2020


For most nonprofits, fundraising appeals are an important part of how they communicate with supporters. Without effective copy that engages your donors and makes a strong case for supporting your nonprofit, you will …

Capital Campaigns during COVID-19: Pivot and Adapt

June 17th, 2020


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has led many nonprofits to question the feasibility of running a traditional capital campaign right now. Should …

Effective Donor Engagement: Launching into FY21 with Confidence

May 28th, 2020


As we head into summer, most nonprofits are planning their fundraising calendar for Fiscal Year 2021. This year, we face additional challenges like the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming presidential …

Fundraising during COVID-19: Practical Strategies for Success

April 28th, 2020


With the cancelation of fundraising events and increasing economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many nonprofits are struggling to keep their mission moving forward. In this episode, we discuss practical …

Is Annual Giving Dead? (COVID-19 edition)

April 1st, 2020


As traditional nonprofit fundraising strategy is being transformed by advances in technology, changes in donor behavior, and unexpected world events …

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