Listen to the people you serve

This week’s edition of the Chronicle of Philanthropy explores some of the changes that are coming in the way that leading watchdog Charity Navigator is evaluating, and awarding its noted four-star system to, nonprofits. “Long lambasted for the way it focuses too much on financial criteria like how much an organization spends on overhead, Charity“Listen to the people you serve”

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To raise more money, do something you hate.

What motivates donors to give to charity? US respondents were more motivated by a change in their financial situation. 21% said they were motivated by a personal circumstance with either themselves or a loved one having been affected by the cause the organization supported. 16% said they were inspired to sponsor a friend or colleague“To raise more money, do something you hate.”

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How to convene a focus group

In the early stages of program development. it’s natural to keep the brainstorming in-house. But as the program idea grows, flourishes, and begins to take on a life and a name, it may be time to bring in a focus group. Typically made up of 6-12 people with diverse backgrounds, a focus group can help“How to convene a focus group”

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Evaluating Existing Programs

This week we will focus on evaluating your programs. Great care should be taken on designing and implementing your program evaluation because it is the one tool that can provide an accurate (and hopefully objective) look at the impact you are making in the community. The cost of evaluating your programs is a tiny fraction“Evaluating Existing Programs”

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