“Rejection is God’s Protection”

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 […]

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Giving USA 2022 At-A-Glance

According to Giving USA 2022: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2021, 2021 was another outstanding year for charitable giving! Published by the Giving USA Foundation with research compiled by Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy, this report is the premier source of data on giving trends in the U.S. As a benefit […]

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Call Your Mother: Lessons in Donor Relationships

Michelle Cramer, CFRE, President & CEO If you’re a parent like me, you know just how much it means to get a call from your child. Not just a Mother’s Day call or an emergency SOS call, but an out-of-the-blue, “thinking of you,” “how’s your day going?” call. It means more than I can say. I […]

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Building a Happy, Healthy Nonprofit Workplace Culture

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 […]

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Tips & Trends for Effective Event-Based Fundraising

By: Dawn Robinson, CFRE & Mike Schmidt, CFRE The ever-changing nature of recent years has sparked reflection in so many aspects of our daily lives – priorities have shifted and many development professionals have re-evaluated how their time and resources are spent. The same is true for donors. Gone are the days of back-to-back, over-the-top, […]

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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, canned […]

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Supporting Women and Girls Beyond the Month of March

Michelle Cramer, CFRE, President & CEO, Cramer & Associates Women’s History Month has come to a close, and I’ve taken time to reflect on all of the ways we’ve celebrated the achievements of women in our community who make us stronger. We’ve seen social media campaigns sharing inspirational quotes from women executives, bold investments in nonprofits uplifting […]

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