Matching Gift Challenge—You Can Make Double the Impact

The perfect time to support CNS is now. Don’t let this generous matching donation slip away. Past board members, Robert and Susan Poole, have pledged to donate $25,000 to CNS—if we can raise $25,000 in matching gifts. In order to secure their generous pledge, we need your support! A gift to CNS has a ripple effect that reaches communities throughout the state of Oregon. Your…

Micro-Plans: Marketing with Intention

A comprehensive marketing plan brings together individual plans for marketing communications, internal communications, and stakeholder communications. They may even take into consideration things like search engine optimization, paid vs. organic traffic, and marketing automation platforms. For many organizations, however, developing campaigns at this scale isn’t feasible due to the large investments of time and funding they require. Smaller, micro-campaigns are becoming more commonplace for organizations…

Is your donor the hero of your fundraising story?

By and large, fundraising equates to great storytelling. Stories are how human beings learn and make connections, and studies show information shared through storytelling is better absorbed and evokes more empathy. All too often however, nonprofits make the mistake of confusing fundraising with marketing. Great marketing strategies capture the attention of your target audience; they build people’s confidence in your organization and its services, and…

Toolbox: Review Your Mission Statement

Does your mission adequately and accurately reflect your organization’s purpose? Is it succinct and to the point? Can you remember it without looking? Your organization’s mission is the most important governing statement under the board’s responsibility. The mission (or fundamental purpose) of an organization should be revisited regularly to be sure it accurately reflects the work you do. A strong mission will answer the questions…

Stay Informed: Oregon’s Nonprofit Sector

Across the state, local nonprofit organizations are working every day to strengthen communities, provide critical services, and advance equality and opportunity for all. They play a vital role in building healthy communities and improving people’s lives, and they are tackling problems we all want addressed like hunger, domestic violence, drop-out prevention, and college access. In addition to improving communities, the nonprofit sector cultivates incredible impact…

CNS Awarded Grant to Support Rural Board Service

The Center for Nonprofit Stewardship received a grant from The Ford Family Foundation to uncover barriers to and opportunities for rural board service.  How many times have you heard someone say “It’s the same couple of people serving on the same boards”? One of the chief concerns that emerged from our 2017 client survey—and something that we hear from our rural clients regularly—is an increase in…

Big News: Do twice the good with one donation!

Robert and Susan Poole committed a $25,000 challenge gift to CNS! Outgoing board members Robert and Susan Poole recently decided to celebrate their longtime tenure on the CNS board of directors with an astonishing gift! They have pledged to donate $25,000 to CNS—if we can raise $25,000 in matching gifts. This tremendous and kindhearted gift shows the continued confidence the Pooles have in our mission…

About the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship

Our programs and services help nonprofits seeking knowledge and resources to build on their strengths and improve their effectiveness. Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in building healthy communities and improving people’s lives. At the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship, we know that when nonprofits thrive, communities thrive! The Center for Nonprofit Stewardship (CNS) is a 501(c)3 organization that works to develop more high-quality nonprofit leaders, improve organizational…