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3 Reasons We’re Excited for Planned Giving Days

At Impact we’re busy prepping for NCGPC’s Planned Giving Days Conference on May 25th & 26th. PG Days brings together all types of people in the gift planning profession to learn and network. Two days of educational sessions and events provide opportunities for growth and an exchange of ideas—all focused on ways to increase your organization’s prosperity.

Being Roundtable Sponsors isn’t the only reason we’re exited! Here are three reasons why we hope to see you there:

  1. The Keynote Speaker

This year, PG Days is broaching one of Impact’s favorite topics with keynote speaker John D. Trybus, APR, the Managing Director & Adjunct Professor of Georgetown University’s Center for Integrated Social Impact (CSIC). An expert in his field, he will transcend the buzzword that storytelling has become and shed light on what the future of storytelling holds for the nonprofit sector.

  1. 3,2,1 Story

Impact and MiniMatters are partnering to get your best stories on record. Using the StoryCorps app, we will be conducting easy two-minute interviews with attendees. We want to know your best fundraising stories! Find our “story corner” set up during the cocktail hour on the first night of the conference

  1. Friday’s Session: Marketing is Not a Dirty Word

Heather Narvaez, Legacy Program Manager of the AARP Foundation, and Kathy Swayze will be presenting on how to use direct marketing techniques to identify and close more planned gifts. They’ll be telling you what works best, trouble-shooting common problems, and helping you achieve results that get you and your program noticed.

We hope to see you there!

Unfortunately, this year’s PG Days is sold out. Go to the website for more information or plan ahead for 2018!

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#WordsOfWisdomWednesday: Why do you do it?

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

– Simon Sinek

 

 

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Big Bets Philanthropy and Social Change

It was just an ordinary day with lots of things on my to do list, until the email from The Bridgespan Group landed in my inbox with a TedX talk by Bridgespan partner William Foster.

In just 15 minutes, I felt more inspired about our work and the potential for change than I had in many months. Foster is calling for a fundamental shift in the way we think about funding social change and his ideas have legs.

Here are a few insights from the talk:

  • There are 500 billionaires in the United States and yet there have been only 100 gifts of $10 million or more to social change organizations—and 40 of those were made by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Eighty percent of philanthropists say they WANT to invest in big audacious goals; but most really big gifts go to safer, more traditional institutions like universities, museums, and hospitals.
  • Bridgespan research shows that 75% of the most effective social movements and 90% of effective nonprofits have a big bet investor behind them.
  • To encourage more big bets gifts to social change, donors have to embrace risk and recognize that they can take chances that governments cannot.

There’s tons more good stuff in this TedX Talk so check it out here.

I promise, you won’t regret it.

I’ll close with Foster’s words:

“Imagine if there were 2 to 3 times as many big bets on social change in the next decade as there were over the last. If we are able together to achieve that goal together, millions of people and generations of lives will be fundamentally different.”

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#WordsOfWisdomWednesday: Stay Awake

“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of the status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. But today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The World House

 

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#WordsOfWisdomWednesday: We Are Our Stories

“We are our stories; stories that can be both prison and the crowbar to break open the door of that prison; we make stories to save ourselves or to trap ourselves or others; stories that lift us up or smash us against the stone wall of our own limits and fears. Liberation is always in part a storytelling process, breaking stories, breaking silences, making new stories. A free person tells her own story. A valued person lives in a society in which her story has a place.”

– Rebecca Solnit

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#WordsOfWisdomWednesday: Writers Resist

“The numerous tyrannies on our continent have never had a writer worth mentioning on their side.”   –  Isabel Allende

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#WordsOfWisdomWednesday: What are we busy about?

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

–  Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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#WordsOfWisdomWednesday: Giving Liberates the Soul

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”

-Maya Angelou

 

 

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#WordsOfWisdomWednesday: We are the ones we’ve been waiting for

“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back— but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you”

-Marian Wright Edelman, Founder, Children’s Defense Fund

 

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What Do We Say Now? 5 Tips for Nonprofit Messaging in the Trump Era

At Impact, we talk to a lot of nonprofit folks about messaging. And for many of our clients, things have been a little challenging since last November. Sure, there are the nonprofits like ACLU (who we’re proud to partner with), Greenpeace, and Planned Parenthood whose messaging has been crystal clear and can be summed up in one word: RESIST.

But the vast majority of nonprofits we work with are nonpartisan. While many have donor bases that are quite liberal, the organization itself cannot get overtly political. (more…)

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