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Introduction to Individual Giving

A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams, and individual donors play an important role. If you or your organization is new to individual giving, this webinar is for you. We’ll provide you with an overview of the fundraising...

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4/6/21
Top Fundraising Trends to Capitalize on in 2021

Each year, Classy announces fundraising trends to look out for in the coming year, but unforeseen events and variables in 2020 made predicting this year’s trends, without a doubt, the most difficult yet.

While the future remains uncertain,...

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3/2/21
Finance & Operations Annual Meeting

The Association's Finance & Operations Community holds its Annual Meeting virtually. Hosted by Community Chair Drake Fowler (Chief Business Office, North Carolina Arboretum), Vice-Chair Karen Sikkenga (Principal, Huron River Group Consulting), and...

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8/19/20
Covid-19, the Economy, and the Nonprofit World

As the philanthropy world grapples with the spread of Covid-19, nonprofit leaders must consider how they can best care for the people they serve, as well as their organizations, staff, and donors. To help leaders steer their organizations during these...

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4/22/20
B Impact Assessment

The business world needs comprehensive, credible, comparable standards to support a systems change. B Lab helps tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions manage their impact with as much rigor as their profits using the B Impact...

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10/15/19
Business Model Innovation for Sustainability: Towards a Unified Perspective for Creation of Sustainable Business Models

Business model innovation has seen a recent surge in academic research and business practice. Changes to business models are recognized as a fundamental approach to realize innovations for sustainability. However, little is known about the successful...

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10/15/19
​The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards

​The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards) are the first and most widely adopted global standards for sustainability reporting. Since GRI's inception in 1997, we have transformed it from a niche practice to one now adopted by a growing...

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10/15/19
Unconventional Ways to Generate Revenue and Impact the Bottom Line!

Beyond gift shops, wedding rentals, and one-off plant sales, every garden has unique assets that could be leveraged to achieve the institutional mission and creatively generate revenue for the organization or reduce expenses. Identifying those assets...

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7/9/19
Nonprofit Hub's Hubcast Series: What's Next

In this episode of What’s Next?, Randy and Kathleen Janus talk about social entrepreneurship and how it can be used to tackle some of society’s grandest problems. Also discussed in this episode is earned income, overhead costs, root-cause initiatives...

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1/7/19
BGCI Technical Review: The economic, social and environmental impacts of botanic gardens

For the purposes of this study, we have broadly categorised the results of the activities of botanic gardens into economic, social and environmental impacts. Wherever possible, this Technical Review has highlighted case studies where impact evaluation...

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9/26/18
CRM, POS, OMG! Navigating Data and Systems to Realize Your Institution’s Fuller Potential

We are living in a day and age where big data is discussed in every newspaper, trade publication, or blog we read. Public gardens need to connect more with our customers, deepen loyalty, and generate more earned revenue. But how? This 60-minute, multi-...

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6/20/18
Successful IMLS Grants: A Tale of Three Gardens

The Institute of Museum and Library Services offers a variety of grants that are great resources for public gardens. The grant application process can be rigorous, and managing grant projects successfully requires careful planning and resource...

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7/9/17
Accepting and Embracing Plant Collection Donations

Presenters will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of accepting large plant-collection donations. Three institutions have tackled this challenge in recent years and will discuss how they brought in large collections, some with...

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7/9/17
The Role of the CEO in Fundraising

Fundraising is a team sport. What is the role of the Executive Director in fundraising? How does s/he engage the appropriate key players, the chief development officer and other development professionals, in building a highly effective partnership? It...

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2/27/17
Shaken, Not Stirred: Rethinking Donor/Volunteer Engagement

In 2015, The Morton Arboretum decided to shake things up with a full assessment of volunteer engagement in fundraising programs. Kathleen will discuss the benefits of Arboretum efforts to “shake up, not just stir” long-standing volunteer committees....

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2/27/17
The Major Gifts Pipeline Across Generations

A robust major gift program begins with a strong mid-level giving program. Building your annual gift pipeline will include connecting with new donors, good stewardship, willing leadership volunteers, informative data and a strong organizational plan....

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2/27/17
Public Engagement: From First-Time Visitor to Major Donor

While annual garden visitation in the tens or hundreds of thousands provides one metric of success, productive relationships with fewer than 100 major donors can prove far more important to achieving a public garden’s mission, growth and success. Learn...

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2/27/17
Membership by the Numbers

Data and metrics run our lives today. Membership in the botanical garden and arboreta world is no different. In this session, participants will learn that metrics drive our industry in acquisition, renewals, online communications and member...

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2/27/17
To Ask or Not to Ask—Is that Even a Question? Inspiring Volunteers to Give

Although volunteers are among those most deeply engaged in your garden’s mission, there is a distinct reluctance by many institutions to ask for financial support from those who donate their time, energy, and...

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9/24/16
Designing for Dollars! Integrating Development & Design

Fundraising, master planning, and design are linked necessities for any public garden committed to mission-based stewardship and evolution. Designers and development professionals bring unique perspectives,...

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9/24/16