“Rejection is God’s Protection”

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Dawn Robinson, CFRE, Vice President “Rejection is God’s Protection.” I heard this phrase recently from Jamie Kern Lima, founder of IT Cosmetics, on the EntreLeadership Podcast. The truth of it struck me hard. I thought about all the times our Cramer team had put hours upon hours into a proposal or presentation to a nonprofit […]

Corporate Sponsorships

As a nonprofit, obtaining corporate sponsorships for your event may seem like an intimidating task to take on as it involves research, appealing to companies, and following up to stay engaged. Many nonprofits have effectively leveraged their relationships with corporate sponsorship to be invaluable sources of not just revenue, but also serve as a positive […]

The Gift of Grain

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Did you know you can use grain as a way to give? Yes, you read that right. Grain. Grain farmers have a vital role in moving lives forward, growing food and feed that nourishes our community and the world. Gifts of grain are a unique and underutilized way to make a charitable gift. Using grain […]

Giving USA 2021 Snapshot

According to the Giving USA Foundation and research compiled by Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, 2020 was a record year for charitable giving! As a benefit to our partners in philanthropy, we’ve condensed the report into 2 pages for you to review and share with your executive leadership, development and advancement teams, board […]

The Cost of Poor Organizational Health

Michelle Cramer, CFRE, President & CEO, Cramer & Associates Do you see limited employee engagement, poor execution of meetings, decreased connections among team members and inefficiencies in operations within your organization? These are the initial indicators of an unhealthy organization that could be costing your organization greatly. Anyone who has ever worked in an unhealthy organization knows […]

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center Announces Expansion to Dublin, OH

Our partners at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, a Central Ohio nonprofit, has served children and adults with speech and hearing challenges for nearly 100 years, regardless of affordability. The Center’s main location in Clintonville serves more than 1,500 speech clients and 2,200 audiology clients annually. The Dublin expansion, made possible by the philanthropic support […]

Unleash Your Team’s Working Genius to Increase Engagement & Bandwidth

Nonprofits transform our communities and are successful in doing so because of the hardworking staff and board members who live out the mission every day. These types of organizations are known for having limited staff and resources, which requires the entire team to work in the trenches most days, regardless of the title they may […]

Your Next $200,000 Gift Could be Waiting in Your Spam Folder

Dawn Robinson, CFRE, Cramer & Associates, Senior Consultant Does your organization have a ‘Contact Us’ page or an info@organizationname.org email? How often do you check them or take the time to respond to those who reach out this way? I know, I know… a lot of spam comes through these forms and emails, but let […]

How the Quiet Phase Could Kill Your Campaign

Mike Schmidt, CFRE, Cramer & Associates, Executive V.P. & Partner For years, the ‘Quiet Phase’ has been a mainstay of most capital campaign strategies. Organizations were silent to the general public about projects and campaigns in order to secure volunteer leadership and lead gifts. This time was crucially secretive because if leadership gifts couldn’t be secured, […]