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How to Organize a Successful Golf Outing Fundraiser: An Eight-Step Guide

Posted on May 06, 2022

Golf tournament fundraisers are an excellent way for nonprofits to raise money. According to Phil Immordino of Tee Times Magazine, over 1 million golf outings occur in the US each year, with the average event raising $5,000 net.

Top Digital Fundraising Strategies 

Posted on Apr 22, 2022

Nonprofit fundraising often involves many events and campaigns that have no connection. However, digital fundraising has become a lifeline in the last two years.

Mother's Day Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits

Posted on Apr 22, 2022

Mother's Day is less than a month away. The holiday offers opportunities for nonprofits to raise money and celebrate the mothers in their lives. Read on to learn about five engaging fundraising ideas for Mother’s Day.

Top Fundraising Strategies Nonprofits Should Know

Posted on Mar 31, 2022

Now that we're in the second quarter of 2022, it may be time to review your nonprofit's list of strategies and plans. A review ensures your organization is where it needs to be to successfully carry out its mission.

Creative Online Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits

Posted on Mar 24, 2022

As online fundraising grows, it’s the ideal time to revise your fundraising strategy. According to M+R Benchmarks, online giving increased by 32% in 2020 and will continue to rise. If your nonprofit doesn’t have a digital fundraising plan, it’s time to create one.

Seven Steps to Effective Nonprofit Event Planning

Posted on Mar 14, 2022

Many nonprofits leverage fundraising events to raise large sums of money to reach financial goals. A nonprofit organization can generate considerable funding for its mission with the right strategy. Since event preparation and planning can take time, we created this list to help you plan a remarkable fundraiser.  

Donor Metrics Every Nonprofit Should Track

Posted on Mar 08, 2022

Donor Metrics are statistics used to measure fundraising, marketing, and donor management. Many CRMs and donor management systems regularly update this data, giving nonprofits up-to-date information.

Ten Tips: How to Engage Donors After the Giving Season

Posted on Mar 02, 2022

Year-end, or what's known as the giving season, is the time when a nonprofit attracts maximum donors. From Giving Tuesday to the end of the year, people are generous with charitable donations. However, you miss an opportunity if you do not have a strategy to convert these donors to long-term donors.

Five Steps To The Right Nonprofit Influencers

Posted on Feb 25, 2022

Influencer marketing for nonprofits is an effective marketing tactic – it’s an established strategy with a new home. Celebrities and large nonprofits pair up regularly for good causes often, yet social media transformed the influencer marketing landscape with a network of niches and spheres of influence.

Online Event Registration: Five Features Your Nonprofit Needs

Posted on Feb 18, 2022

Selecting the best nonprofit event management platform may be overwhelming. When you look at the features offered by different platforms, you might feel that your nonprofit needs every feature you see. The first step is to outline what your organization requires and wants; then, you can compare products.

Ten Tips: How to Engage Donors After the Giving Season

Posted on Mar 02, 2022

Year-end, or what's known as the giving season, is the time when a nonprofit attracts maximum donors. From Giving Tuesday to the end of the year, people are generous with charitable donations. However, you miss an opportunity if you do not have a strategy to convert these donors to long-term donors.

10 Simple Steps to Take Your Auction Online

Posted on Feb 14, 2022

The fundraising sphere is changing -- auctions, the traditional cornerstone for fundraising, are now often held online. If your organization is looking for a new fundraising approach or transitioning to online events, virtual auctions and fundraisers are a simple alternative to conventional in-person events.

Creating Mutually Beneficial Relationships: Ten Tips for Nonprofits

Posted on Jan 19, 2022

When businesses and nonprofits partner together for a cause, effective change happens. Sometimes nonprofit managers overlook connecting with companies, yet it is probably the most vital connection to make.

How to Succeed in Business When No One Can Pronounce Your Name

Posted on Nov 08, 2019

Varchasvi Shankar is President and CEO of iConnectX, as well as an IT entrepreneur who has built V2Soft into a multi-million-dollar, global operation serving Fortune 500 companies. He grew up in Mysore in the state of Karnataka, India.

Coaching vs Mentoring - What is the Difference

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

Coaching and mentoring are often used and interpreted interchangeably, especially in business contexts. However, there exists a difference between the two. It is important to note and be aware of this difference in order to enable organizations and individuals to rightly choose between the two. Depending on a case to case basis, effective decision making can be highly beneficial in employing a more effective strategy for personal or professional development.

Giving Back Has Never Been Easier!

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

Randy Lewis, the author of ‘No Greatness Without Goodness,’ states that all people, including companies, have the duty to make the world a better place. He began a movement that pushed Walgreens to hire differently abled people.

The Importance of Mentor

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

""A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.""-Bob Proctor Mentoring is when an individual shares his experience, skills, and knowledge to guide another to shape his future.

How to Become an Effective Philanthropist and Do Your Part for a Better World

Posted on Jun 19, 2019

Philanthropy is any act that is performed for the betterment of humanity. Philanthropy is derived from “Philos” which means loving and “Anthropos” meaning humankind. Acts of philanthropy are not done with the motive of generating a profit. Philanthropic giving is on a steady rise as donors across various demographics show an increased interest in various issues such as environmental, medical research, etc.

3 Ways Executives Efficiently Use Their Time for Mentoring

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

Most executives have a desire to mentor. It helps encourage growth within their own organizations, and it gives them a sense of fulfillment – putting their hard-won skills and talents to good use.  But mentoring is also time-consuming, and often, if the mentee isn’t fully engaged – or just the right fit for the mentor in the first place – it can mean even more lost time. And that’s just not something most executives are willing to risk. 

How Mentoring Improves Your Performance as an Executive

Posted on Jul 19, 2018

When it comes to mentoring, the benefits to the mentee are pretty obvious. They get expert guidance from a proven pro, personalized advice about their specific career and goals, and most importantly, connections with higher-ups in their organization and across their industry. It's a slam dunk in every sense of the phrase.

Creating Mutually Beneficial Relationships: Ten Tips for Nonprofits

Posted on Jan 19, 2022

When businesses and nonprofits partner together for a cause, effective change happens. Sometimes nonprofit managers overlook connecting with companies, yet it is probably the most vital connection to make.

Ideas for Empowering Your Volunteers to Make the Most of Holiday Fundraising

Posted on Dec 11, 2019

As a nonprofit fundraiser, you know that the period between Thanksgiving and New Year is one of the most important times to fundraise. After all, 30 percent of all donations are made in the month of December. And you’re likely feeling the pressure to meet your yearly fundraising goal… or raise a good chunk of your operating budget for the coming year.

How to be a Subject Matter Expert in your Favorite Cause

Posted on Dec 11, 2019

It’s wonderful to be passionate about a cause. It’s good for you and for the world. Since you are giving-minded, we at iConnectX want to plant a seed. There’s another level of commitment and awareness that’s good for you, for the world, and your career. It’s a commitment to immerse yourself in understanding your cause—the root challenges, overarching trends, and variety of approaches charities take to create social change.

How do you Ask Someone to be Your Mentor?

Posted on Jul 02, 2019

“A lot of people put pressure on themselves and think it will be way too hard for them to live out their dreams. Mentors are there to say, “Look it’s not that tough. It’s not as hard as you think. Here are some guidelines and things I have gone through to get to where I am in my career.”- Joe Jonas

The Value of Mentors: Learn From Mistakes, Without Making Them Yourself

Posted on Jul 19, 2018

We all make mistakes – that’s undeniable. It’s hard sometimes, but it’s also what allows us to learn, grow and improve ourselves – both personally and professionally.  But what if you could get those same benefits, without suffering the consequences and frustrations those mistakes come with? What if you could learn from your mistakes…without actually making them in the first place? 

Why Corporate Mentoring Programs are Not Enough

Posted on Jun 21, 2018

Why Corporate Mentoring Programs are Not Enough  Lots of corporations have in-house mentoring programs, and while the idea behind them is honorable, in the long run, they’re more beneficial for the organization than the actual individuals being mentored. 

Got Goals? 4 Ways A Mentor Can Help You Reach Them

Posted on Jun 15, 2018

Don’t have a mentor? You need one. And fast. Mentors are invaluable. No matter your position, industry or career trajectory, they’re often the missing link between you and your goals. The last rung on the ladder to penultimate success.

Networking Challenges All Professionals Face

Posted on May 18, 2018

Networking is vital to long-term career success. After all, how can you find bigger, better jobs, learn new skills or gain unique perspectives if you never venture outside that same, familiar bubble of colleagues and coworkers you’ve always had?