Turning Scrolls into Goals: How Nonprofits are Using TikTok for a Cause

By: Rachel Sylvester As the fundraising landscape evolves, nonprofits are searching for fresh and engaging ways to drum up support. Enter social media: a powerhouse for boosting visibility and rallying support for charitable causes. TikTok has emerged as a beloved favorite among these digital giants, especially among the Gen Z and Millennial crowds. A growing […]

8 reasons why guiding principles and best practices matter

By: Jessica Munday, Cloud 9 Co-Founder & Partner Jessica is passionate about this topic and was an advisor with Together SC to author several editions of South Carolina’s Guiding Principles and Best Practices for Nonprofits. If systems set you free, following guiding principles and best practices gives you the framework and guardrails to operate so […]

Ethical Excellence in Nonprofit Fundraising

In today’s multifaceted world, I often remind our clients that a guiding principle must be following their North Star. It’s the unwavering beacon that steers individuals and organizations toward unshakeable authenticity, trustworthiness and credibility. While the importance of ethics is undeniable across all sectors, its weight is profoundly felt within the nonprofit realm. The reason? […]

Infusing fun into strategic planning: Embracing joy and success

Strategic planning often gets a bad rap in the nonprofit sector. Leaders are swamped with immediate needs, from budget constraints to donor relations, making long-term thinking feel like a luxury. But here’s a new idea: what if strategic planning became a source of joy instead of dread? At the core of Cloud 9’s values lies […]

The State of Nonprofits 2023: A Deeper Look

The State of Nonprofits 2023: A Deeper Look The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) recently released a comprehensive report titled The State of Nonprofits 2023: What Funders Need to Know. This insightful report delves into the evolving landscape of nonprofit organizations and offers valuable insights for funders seeking to make a positive impact. But what […]

Celebrating milestones: How to engage stakeholders in meaningful moments

In nonprofits, milestones mark significant achievements and important moments in the organization’s journey. From anniversaries and brand launches to graduations and other remarkable occasions, these milestones provide a golden opportunity to strengthen connections with donors and stakeholders. Let’s explore how nonprofits can infuse fun and excitement into these milestones, fostering a deeper bond with their […]

Fundraising assessments: The key to nonprofit success and sustainability

Fundraising Assessments: The Key to Nonprofit Success and Sustainability In the complex, ever-evolving ecosystem of the nonprofit sector, the ability to self-reflect and adapt is crucial. Nonprofit organizations that go through periodic fundraising assessments are more likely to attract new donors, find ways to enhance current donor relationships and explore new ideas altogether. A comprehensive […]

Six tips to build donor stewardship within your nonprofit

Nonprofit organizations must understand the essence of fundraising to advance their missions and move closer toward their visions. Fundraising is a core component to the operations of a nonprofit. Equally crucial, and often overlooked, is the practice of donor stewardship, which involves managing relationships with donors to ensure their long-term support and involvement. Donor stewardship […]