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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
State Natural Areas Program Roundtable (SNAP)

The Natural Areas Association hosts Roundtables as a way for individuals to come together in a structured, yet informal way, to openly discuss and share information about their work in natural areas conservation. NAA hosted the first State Natural...

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2/25/21
Re-Opening Museums & Cultural Attractions: Succeeding in the Post-COVID Era with Thoughtful Digital Tools

In March 2020, museums and cultural organizations across the world closed their doors due to Coronavirus. Now, almost half a year later, many institutions are in the early phases of reopening.
In order to initiate a successful reopening, digital...

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2/19/21
Pollinator Toolkits and Worksheets

Bees, bats and butterflies all have one thing in common — they are pollinators! Pollination is a process that is imperative to the success of nearly all-terrestrial life on earth. Humans need healthy pollinator populations to support our food system...

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2/12/21
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Volunteer Community Town Hall: Docent Training

There are as many ways to run a docent training as there are public gardens! In this Town Hall, members of the Volunteer Community share resources and inspiration about the future of docent training. Town Hall Team, important timestamps, and links to...

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2/4/21
Seeing the Landscape from the Trees: An Ecosystemic Approach to Urban Forestry

The term “urban forest” is often used to refer to all the trees within a city or town. But the urban forest is part of a much larger social-ecological landscape that supports a complex web of biodiversity, ecosystem services, values, and cultures.  The...

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1/29/21
Marketing and Communications Town Hall: New Year, Same Pandemic

New Year, Same Pandemic: Fatigue and Flexibility

Join the MarComm Community to share how we’re all coping with pandemic fatigue, marketing events and programs with plans A, B, and C, and reinforcing the importance of our missions. We will also...

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1/25/21
Enhancing Consumer Horticulture’s Millennial Outreach: Social Media, Retail, and Public Garden Perspectives

The millennial generation, born between 1981 and 1996, is the largest demographic age group in the United States. This generation of plant enthusiasts has experienced financial setbacks; nevertheless, they collectively wield immense economic power. In...

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11/13/20
Using botanic gardens and arboreta to help identify urban trees for the future

Diversification of urban forests is essential to enhance their resilience to future biotic
threats as well as those posed by a changing climate. Arboreta and botanic gardens
host a wide range of plant material that can be evaluated to...

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11/9/20
So What? - Using Interpretive Themes to Improve All Aspects of Visitor Experience

A strong interpretive theme statement provides a clear big idea and the "so what" message that can help deepen visitor experience. Interpretive themes are typically used for signage projects and programming, but they can be used for so much more. In...

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10/22/20
Behind The Scenes: 2020 Annual Conference

Pivoting from in-person to virtual events is never easy, especially when a pandemic is the root cause of the shift. In an effort to share tips, tricks, and insights from the American Public Gardens Associations' shift from an in-person to virtual event...

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10/12/20
The state of the world’s urban ecosystems: What can we learn from trees, fungi, and bees?

Positive interactions between people and nature inspire behaviours that are in harmony
with biodiversity conservation and also afford physical and mental health benefits.
Since most people live in towns and cities, urban greenspaces are...

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10/9/20
Plant awareness disparity: A case for renaming plant blindness

“Plant blindness” is the cause of several problems that have plagued botany outreach
and education for over a hundred years. The general public largely does not notice
plants in their environment and therefore do not appreciate how...

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10/9/20
Reimagining Individual Giving During and Beyond COVID-19

Historically, in the U.S., individual giving has been the biggest source of private giving. According to Giving USA, “American individuals, bequests, foundations, and corporations gave an estimated $449.64 billion to U.S. charities in 2019” and...

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9/18/20
In Her Shoes: Stories, Insights & Perspectives from Women of Color in Philanthropy

The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland in partnership with Candid Midwest is hosting “In Her Shoes – Stories, Insights, and Perspectives from Women of Color. This special event includes a dynamic panel of women of color; trustees, foundation presidents,...

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9/18/20
Storytelling in the Age of COVID-19

Strategic storytelling is the most powerful tool an organization can use to connect with potential funders and inspire philanthropic giving. The ability to tell a unique, emotional story in order to stand out from the crowd has become critical to ...

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9/18/20
Roadmap for Funders: Investing in Digital Infrastructure

As society moves from response to recovery to reimagining, grantmakers are increasingly recognizing that social change in the digital era requires an investment in technology. This investment is more than tools alone; rather it's a commitment to...

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8/18/20
Interpreting the Science: A Toolkit to Communicate the Value of Native Plants

Native plants are important to the landscape. However, there is little clear information out there informing the lay public on native plant scientific benefits, uses in the landscape, and sourcing of plants. As centers of science, public gardens have a...

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8/7/20
Anti-racism in the Outdoors Resource Guide

In this tumultuous period, in which we’re each striving to increase our knowledge of and sensitivity to racial equity issues, we were motivated to research and compile this resource guide to ‘Anti-racism in the Outdoors: Resources related to inclusion...

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8/5/20
Raising Funds in the COVID-19 Era

Join our virtual panel where you will hear from nonprofit leaders at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), the American Red Cross, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO), and Candid that have experience mobilizing funds during moments of...

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7/30/20

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