The Power of Positive Disruption

Michelle Cramer, CFRE, President & CEO, Cramer & Associates One year ago, COVID-19 began to change the world around us. Our team saw firsthand the impact it was having on our nonprofit partners and the overwhelming disruption it caused for so many organizations. It was around this time last year when we started to receive calls and […]

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Uncover New Skillset Resources on Your Board: Part II

Mike Schmidt, CFRE, Cramer & Associates, Executive V.P. & Partner A plethora of skillset resources of your board members are uncovered when you shift from report-out board meetings to strategy development. Don’t squash the potential and just report the mundane day-to-day occurrences. Your board members will leave the meeting only feeling that they warmed the […]

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The Board Shake-Up Starts Now: Part I

Mike Schmidt, CFRE, Cramer & Associates, Executive V.P. & Partner The clock strikes the top of the hour. Adjourned. Everyone clicks ‘Leave the Meeting’ from the Zoom room. At your nonprofit board meeting, oceans of reports were blandly presented, one after the other, with absolutely no shoreline in sight for dialogue, innovation or strategic planning. […]

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The 3C’s for a Successful Integrated Marketing & Development Team

We’ve all heard about the 3 R’s for education – reading, writing and arithmetic, but does your organization practice the 3 C’s for a successful integrated Marketing and Development team? During these times of uncertainty, we have heard many seasoned fundraising and marketing professionals say that they felt promotion and outreach was inappropriate, that their […]

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Do You Steward Donors or Show Them Gratitude?

Dawn Robinson, CFRE, Cramer & Associates, Senior Consultant I recently listened to a podcast about the importance of gratitude in the corporate sector, and it sparked my thinking about how gratitude is expressed in the philanthropic sector.   We’ve all seen some form of this graphic about the donor cycle, but the Cramer Team has […]

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Development & Marketing Living in Harmony

The Cramer Team  Your Development and Marketing Teams may be on opposite sides of the building or on different floors, making it hard to communicate and work together. But, these two departments should be constantly in sync.   Collaborating, integrating and solving problems together elevates your organization to a higher level and creates dynamic strategies […]

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What’s an Appropriate Donor Conversation?

Over the past few months, it seems we are all continuously changing our playbook, especially when it comes to talking with your donors. In conversations with many nonprofit CEOs and development professionals, we have heard a great deal of concern about reaching out to your greatest supporters and ensuring that the timing, message and tone […]

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Boost Donor Communications

Over the past two weeks our community, and our world, has shifted; and today more than ever the nonprofit sector must not retreat but advance their missions. Our sector has been the driving force through times of crisis, economic stress, and natural disasters and there are lessons we have learned throughout the years. First and […]

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