This webinar with Dwayne Proctor, Senior Advisor to the President at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, covers future equity trends and strategies to help your foundations and nonprofits build a more equitable future within your organization.
The world is changing quickly and nonprofit fundraisers are on the forefront of this change. The key to not being run over by fundraising trends is to understand what is coming next and prepare for the new reality. Here are 5 trends for nonprofit fundraisers to watch:
1) New giving options for donors- Because of tax law changes, giving to traditional 501 (c) 3 nonprofits will decline. People will still be charitable but they will be more likely to support their neighbor’s Go Fund Me campaign or a 501 (c) 4 organization that is working on political issues the donor is passionate about.
2) Corporate Donors Move Global-More corporate foundations are moving their giving from hometown communities to global issues to match the interests of their global workforce and customer base. This means less corporate donors for your capital campaign or to sponsor tables at your events.
3) Donors Expect Deep Personalization-Personalization in the for-profit sector is shaping donor expectations and making it increasingly essential that your nonprofit provides customized material for every donor or donor segment. Your donor that likes supporting your after school program but isn’t interested in your teacher training programs will expect that the emails and letters that they receive from you match that interest.
4) New Expectations- Donors will be more likely to ask if your internal actions meet your mission. If you are working on ending global poverty for women, do you have wage disparities by sex in your organization? If you are working on economic empowerment in communities of color, do the vendors you select for office supplies and construction projects match your mission? Make sure the inside realities of your organization, match the external mission.
5) Working Your Assets- If your nonprofit has an endowment or healthy reserves, donors will start to ask how those dollars are put to work while you are holding them. Mission investment will soon be the expectation for nonprofits of all sizes.
Since the pace of change is getting exponentially faster, you need to continually grow your skills as a future focused fundraiser. My book “Future Good: Using Futurism to Save the World”, makes it easy to develop and hone these skills.
Khyri is an incoming Freshman at Howard University at the School of Business.
Nia is a rising Junior at Carleton College studying Economics.
They are working on a variety of projects including a scan of research on the ethics of artificial intelligence, future trends in data disaggregation by race, earned revenue stream innovations for nonprofits, and strategies to increase the quality of meeting space for the nonprofit sector.
We are seeking an energetic, responsible Research Assistant to join our growing organization. In this position, you will learn about how to use futurism to solve society’s toughest challenges and will play a critical role in supporting our expanding operations.
Intern Duties and Responsibilities
· Research and gather documentation on nonprofit and foundation trends
· Manage databases and input information, data, and records
· Perform clerical duties, take memos, maintain files, and organize documents as needed
· Assist in preparing information and research materials; create and maintain PowerPoint presentations
· Type documents, drafts, and reports; sort and manage files
· Update and post social media and website content; respond to web correspondence, social media posts, and emails
Requirements and Qualifications
· Excellent research skills
· Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills
· Self-directed and able to work without supervision
· Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas
Pay and Work Schedule
· Pay is $20 an hour
· The Research Assistant is remotely based and can work anywhere in the United States
· The estimated workload is 5-10 hours a week and can be completed during the hours that work best for your schedule
FutureGood is a consultancy focused on helping visionary leaders build a better future. Through organizational change consulting, CEO Retreats, Women's Masterminds and live events, FutureGood helps leaders that do good for a living predict and shape the future.
FutureGood embraces diversity and equal opportunity to build a better future for all. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more equitable and inclusive we are, the clearer our vision of the future will be.
· A resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position should be sent to hello@TristaHarris.org.
· Interviews will happen on a rolling basis with an estimated start date in late June.
Natural Disaster Forces Action: 2019 will bring another huge natural disaster, exacerbated by human impact on our climate. Since just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, an increased foundation focus will be on shareholder advocacy to hold corporations accountable for their impact on the climate, rather than just focusing on the recycling and driving habits of individual citizens.
Marijuana Expungements become an Equity Focus: While whites and blacks use marijuana at similar rates, blacks are more than 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. This criminal record can impact job prospects, public housing eligibility, and student financial aid eligibility. A growing number of foundations, including community foundations in states that have legalized marijuana, will fund organizing and tech tools to clear the records of people with marijuana related crimes.
Cities as a Unit of Change: As the need for more connected cities planned around people’s well-being increases, foundations learn how to influence city-scale development projects. By harnessing the power of collective impact tables, more flexible resources are available for authentic community input, global idea exchanges, and the engagement citizen-focused design experts.
Foundations Find their Voice: Just as television images of civil rights protesters being viciously beaten galvanized disengaged northern Whites to act, social media stories and videos of the children of asylum seekers at the southern border being separated from their parents and abused or dying while in the custody of the United States government will push foundations to speak out against separations. Foundations like the ones that have been a part of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) for a number of years will provide mentorship and support to funders that are just beginning to engage.
Board Demographics Shift: Because of increased transparency and better cultural competency, foundation and nonprofit boards will get more serious about their board demographics reflecting the populations that they serve. As a result of these shifts in representation, there will be lasting impacts on foundation strategy and selection of more CEOs of color in the future by these boards.
About: Trista Harris is a philanthropic futurist and nationally known as a passionate advocate for leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. She is also the author of the books How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar and FutureGood: How to Use Futurism to Save the World. She is a President of FutureGood, a consultancy focused on helping visionaries build a better future.