Belief, Belonging & Trust: The Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Donors

Dawn Robinson, CFRE, Vice President Recently I’ve been thinking about the values of belief, belonging, and trust—how they shape our lives, and especially how they shape our giving habits. As human beings, we are hard-wired to bond socially, to work towards something greater than ourselves, and to seek out leaders we can rely on. These […]

Your Campaign Readiness Checklist

“Is our organization ready to launch a campaign?”  This question is why Cramer & Associates exists – to help nonprofits prepare for and execute successful campaigns that help fulfill their missions and bring their visions to life. We always say that launching a campaign is best done when your organization needs to. However, it’s crucial […]

Innovation for Your Organization: 5 Key Takeaways from AFP ICON 2023

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In today’s competitive environment for donors’ dollars, incorporating innovative ideas and strategies into our work is crucial. Cutting-edge tools and new perspectives increase our impact for our nonprofit partners. The Cramer team has always prioritized lifelong learning and values our relationship with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. That’s why we invested in taking five of […]

What’s Your Working Genius?

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Discover Your Talents and Strengthen Your Team On September 27th, celebrated author and management consultant Patrick Lencioni is launching his latest book, “The 6 Types of Working Genius: A Better Way to Understand Your Gifts, Your Frustrations, and Your Team,” and everyone here at Cramer is excited. We are huge fans of Patrick and his […]

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Recession

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How should your organization prepare for the challenges ahead? Recession. These days, you can’t pick up a newspaper or turn on a TV without hearing about it. This word conjures anxiety, fear, and horrible memories of economic downturns and crises past. At Cramer & Associates, we’ve been thinking a lot about the 2008 recession, the […]

Creating a Thriving Philanthropic Ecosystem

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Summertime offers a great opportunity to break from our daily routines of meetings and zooms to enjoy the outdoors and witness all the ways that plants and animals interact with their environments. Whether it’s the pond in your backyard, or even something as big as the ocean, every ecosystem exists in a delicate balance. They […]

Building a Happy, Healthy Nonprofit Workplace Culture

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The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime.[1] That’s 90,000 hours filled with the potential for engagement, growth, and satisfaction—or stress, exhaustion, and burnout. Your work life has a profound effect on your mental health. Whether that effect is positive or negative depends on your workplace culture. Culture is always there—whether […]

Meaningful, Memorable & Motivational Volunteerism

Maddy Andrews | Client Services Manager, Cramer & Associates   Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a top priority in the business world. Companies across the country are actively fostering a culture of volunteerism and giving back with their team, and employees are truly taking notice. Whether through PTO hours allocated towards planned volunteer activities, […]

Why I Don’t Want to Go Back to Normal

Michelle Cramer, CFRE, President & CEO, Cramer & Associates Throughout the pandemic, our team has been repeatedly inspired as organizations learned to collaborate in new ways, show empathy for one another, and remain resilient amidst continuous curve balls. And after almost two years, we’re hearing that many nonprofits are beginning to open their doors and come back […]

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 […]