Celebrating Black History-Makers: Interview with Niquole Esters

Interview by Brenda Asare, President & CEO and Thandi Cai, Marketing Associate

Black History-Makers transcend boundaries and redefine possibilities. Through resilience and innovative approaches, these trailblazers illuminate a path toward inclusivity, unity and a shared human experience, shaping a future that reflects the best of humanity. We spotlight Niquole Esters, Senior Director of Inclusive Philanthropy at Conservation International, a leader with profound contributions to advancing global conservation efforts.
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Celebrating Black History-Makers: Interview with Darrin Goss, Sr.

Interview by Brenda Asare, President & CEO and Thandi Cai, Marketing Associate

Black History-Makers illuminate a path toward inclusivity, unity and a shared human experience, shaping a future that reflects the best of who we are as humans. Darrin Goss, Sr., President and CEO of the Coastal Community Foundation, exemplifies exactly that. In this interview, we discuss his leadership of the organization in addressing systemic issues, showcasing the vital role foundations play in communities nationwide.
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Let’s Get Loud: Leveling Up Your Fundraising Communications in 2024

Recorded Webinar & Panel Discussion (60 minutes)

In a rapidly evolving landscape, nonprofits face unique challenges in connecting with audiences. Watch our panel discussion to gain valuable insights from top fundraising communication experts. Explore the latest strategies and best practices tailored for 2024 from digital storytelling to how to best use artificial intelligence (AI). This will equip your organization to reach target audiences, maximize impact and foster lasting donor relationships. Whether your organization struggles with team size, budget limitations or just knowing where to start, we discuss tips and tricks for refreshing the way you communicate with donors in 2024. Continue reading “Let’s Get Loud: Leveling Up Your Fundraising Communications in 2024”

Celebrating Our Clients: Changemaker Spotlights 2023

Alford Group consultants highlight four fundraising professionals from client teams who inspire us through their dedication to their work and their cultivation of Joyful Connections. 

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5 Simple Strategies to Delight Your Donors on Social Media

Blog post by Lieve Hendren and Francesca Furchtgott (3.5-minute read)

Among all the hats that nonprofit professionals wear, you might feel that the hat of social media manager can be a daunting one. It’s time to approach your content with a focus on delighting donors! Find new and engaging ways to refresh your feed in this blog post written by Alford Group’s Director of Strategic Partnerships Lieve Hendren and content expert Francesca Furchtgott, Founder of ConiferCo, a brand and content marketing agency.

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Future-Proof Your Mission: How to Engage Five Generations of Donors

Online Webinar

Giving from individuals continues to make up the largest portion of philanthropy in America, powering the missions of countless nonprofits. But winning the attention of the specific individuals most inclined to support your mission is more challenging than ever. With audience-centric strategies—informed by data—you can achieve better resonance and activate greater generosity.

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Celebrating Women Leaders: Chicago Women in Philanthropy

Interview by Shay Upadhyay (5 minute read)

Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP) is a community of philanthropic, corporate-giving and nonprofit women whose members are passionate about helping other women advance in society. Meet two of these women who are nothing short of powerhouses in the Chicago philanthropy scene and, among many roles, serve as Board Co-Chairs for CWIP.  Clare and Lindsey sat down with Shay Upadhyay, Client Service Associate at Alford Group to share their insights about this important work.

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7 Ways to Increase Nonprofit Success as a Community Foundation Leader

Blog post by Lieve Hendren (3.5 minute read)

In the face of unprecedented challenges brought by COVID-19 and calls for racial justice, Community Foundations stand at a pivotal juncture. In this blog, Senior Consultant Lieve Hendren, CFRE, ACC, C-SHRM delves into seven strategic approaches Community Foundations can adopt to amplify their influence and steer their communities toward lasting positive change.

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3 Benefits of a Development Assessment You Don’t Want to Miss

Blog post by Greg Whitney (3 minute read)

Vice President Greg Whitney describes what can be gained from embarking on a development assessment and the long-lasting impacts the process has on the health and success of your nonprofit organization.

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Boosting Nonprofit Growth: 5 Tips for Stellar Consultant-Client Synergy 

Blog post by Madisyn Fairchild (4-minute read)

Working with nonprofit consultants is about meeting a guide who will help your organization blast off to new heights. Let’s break down what this really means and how to make the most of the relationship. 

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4 Lessons Learned as an Emerging Nonprofit Professional at The Giving Institute Mentor Series 2023

Blog post by Cassie Bey, Photos by Thandi Cai (3-minute read)

The next generation of changemakers has arrived! Hear from this newcomer about her experience of The Giving Institute’s two-day gathering of sector leaders as she shares takeaways for other aspiring nonprofit professionals.

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Client Spotlight: YWCA Metro Chicago Sustains Growth with Development Assessment

Client spotlight, (3 minute read)

Over the past several years, YWCA Metro Chicago has expanded its service footprint to embrace the needs of women and families in new geographies, doubled its budget size and welcomed a new President and CEO, Nicole Robinson. Given these changes, Alford Group was engaged to conduct a development assessment to identify ways to build on their strengths while ensuring sustained growth.

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