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The Role of Nonprofits in Racial Equity


Black Lives Matter is more than a global movement. It’s deeply personal, fraught with potential missteps and easy to get wrong. At Community Brands, we realize it’s too important not to try.

We proudly affirm that Black Lives Matter and to commemorate the anniversary of Juneteenth and to support a dialogue around racial justice, Community Brands …

Top 5 Can’t Miss Fundraising-Related Sessions at AFP ICON 2019


The Venice of Texas, they say … This year, AFP ICON is headed to San Antonio, Texas. It will be packed with great sessions, but these are my Top 5 Can’t Miss. (Oh, and the opening Welcome Reception and Networking is sponsored by Community Brands – don’t skip that either!)

1. The Brain TRUST: Working Productively with Your President/Executive Director and Board  

Sunday, March …

In Tax Reform, Declines in Charitable Giving Could be an Unintended Consequence


Recently, several of us from Abila had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., and join forces with more than 200 nonprofit leaders from across the nation, representing a diverse group of charities, to urge lawmakers to protect charitable giving in America. We gathered as part of the Charitable Giving Coalition’s “100 Years of Giving …

End-of-Year Technology Checklist


The end-of-year (EOY) fundraising season is quickly approaching. And really, for planning purposes, it’s already here! We recently put together a comprehensive, month-by-month guide to help you plan and execute a successful EOY campaign.

Below are some key technology items on the checklist to ensure you’re thinking about everything you need to accomplish, behind the scenes:

This …

Gartner’s Technology Trends for 2015 (Part 2): Why Do They Matter to Nonprofits and Associations?


Every year Gartner, one of the world’s leading technology analyst firms, takes a look at the biggest trends in technology and how they might impact organizations.

In Forward Together, we’re taking a look at Gartner’s trends through the lense of our customers in the nonprofit and association sectors. Last month, in Part 1 of this two-part …

Improve the Literacy of your Constituents with Data Visualization


Think about the best-selling children’s books you’ve read by famous authors like P.D. Eastman, Dr. Seuss, Beatrix Potter, and Richard Scarry. In your mind’s eye, I’ll bet you’re conjuring up the bright, colorful images that leapt from the pages as you turned them.

In children’s books, illustrations are as central to the story as the text. …

3 Key Takeaways from NTEN Leading Change Summit 2014


The inaugural Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN) Leading Change Summit (LCS) ended last Saturday, finishing up a conference like no other. NTEN CEO Amy Sample Ward kicked things off with the promise that this experiment required a leap of faith by the participants. If we took that leap, we would be rewarded with extreme collaboration …

Abila Grant Management Version 2014 is Now Available


I’m pleased to announce that Abila Grant Management Version 2014 is now available.  Our newest release contains a great deal of new and improved functionality, including improved security, more customization, and additional reminders. One piece of functionality we’re most excited to offer in Grant Management is the addition of document storage. Our customers have been …

Two Product Releases, One Goal


Today marks a very special day as we announce the release of two products – Abila MIP Fund Accounting version 2014 and Abila Fundraising 50 version 2014. It gives me great pleasure to see these product updates being released as it was a culmination of dedicated work from our team and collaboration with our users …