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Donor Stewardship and the Art of Thanking Donors

This month Ryan Michelle Wilcox, CRCF manager of donor services, offers advice to nonprofits looking to improve their donor stewardship programs. I have been thinking a lot lately about gratitude and the Golden Rule. It feels good to thank people, and it feels really good to be thanked. If I do something nice for someone, […]

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Scholarships, from a student’s perspective

As a high school junior and senior, the thought of college tuition was daunting. My vision of attending a private, four-year university seemed to dwindle as I further researched the cost of attendance.  Though my parents did not overtly express similar concern, I’m almost certain that they too wondered how we would afford the increasing […]

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A Year of Growing Good

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#GivingTuesday: Join the movement

Four years ago while attending a conference I heard about a concept being touted in the philanthropy field – it was called #GivingTuesday. While it began slowly, #GivingTuesday is becoming as ubiquitous as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. The concept is simple – make giving to charity part of your holiday shopping list – whether by donating a monetary gift […]

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