Sparkrock Blog

Two Key Benefits of Investing in a Social Enterprise

by   Nicola Dickinson on 04.20.17

Nonprofits can raise funding in a variety of ways – from donations to grants to loans to issuing community bonds. However, there can come a time in a nonprofit’s growth where these sources alone are not sufficient or sustainable enough to fuel their programs.

When this happens, there aren’t too many other options for nonprofits to consider. Unlike for-profit organizations, they do not have the choice of planning to increase sales revenue to fund growth. Or do they?

Topics: Fundraising , Outcomes-Impact

How to Get your Constituents to Follow You on Social Media

by   Cait Abernethy on 03.08.17

It’s impossible to deny the ubiquity of social media platforms - it seems that everyone and their dog has a social media account of some sort these days. The reality is the that having a strong online presence has become important, and this is especially true for nonprofit organizations - whose causes rely heavily (and sometimes entirely) on their supporters. Since many nonprofits already have to deal with tight budgets and limited staff, social media isn’t always high on their priority list. However, while effective social media requires constant time and effort, the attention that your cause can garner along with the connections you can make with your audience are a worthwhile tradeoff.

Topics: Fundraising

How to Secure Public Funding for IT Projects

by   Meghan Holmes on 02.20.17

When donating to nonprofit organizations, a lot of times people assume that the donations are going solely towards the people and communities the nonprofits serve. However, some people forget that in order for these organizations to accomplish their missions and help their communities, part of the funding they receive must be allocated to covering administrative costs and technology. 

Topics: Fundraising , Technology

"Find a Funder" Series: TD

by   Davis Campbell on 09.16.16

Welcome back to our "Find a Funder" blog series!

For this installment of the series, we are profiling a multinational banking and financial services corporation that provides funding to Canadian not-for-profit organizations: Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD)

Topics: Fundraising

"Find a Funder" Series: Hydro One

by   Davis Campbell on 07.18.16

Welcome back to our “Find a Funder” blog series.

For this installment of the series, we are profiling an Ontario government corporation that not only provides electricity to the province, but also offers an extensive community donation program: Hydro One.

Topics: Fundraising

What your Nonprofit needs to Know about Facebook’s new Fundraising Tools

by   Cait Abernethy on 07.11.16

Exerpt taken from original article in Nonprofit Tech for Good.

The new Facebook Fundraising Tools could be a game changer for the nonprofit sector. Essentially a digital payment system that allows 2-tap giving by using a donor’s saved credit card information in their Facebook account, we are definitely entering a new era in online and mobile fundraising. Once donors understand how the technology works, there could be a pivotal shift away from donating through a nonprofit’s website.

Topics: Fundraising

"Find a Funder" Series: State Farm

by   Davis Campbell on 06.16.16

Welcome back to our “Find a Funder” blog series. For this installment of the series, we are profiling an insurance giant who has been on a mission to support and strengthen communities across the United States: State Farm.

Topics: Fundraising

Foolproof Ways to Increase Adoption of Your New CRM

by   Cait Abernethy on 06.06.16

Drum roll please.

The paperwork has been signed. The invoice has been paid. And after months of deliberation, you are about to kick off the implementation of your new CRM system - a cool bit of software that brings with it high hopes, impressive targets, and expectations of a speedy return on investment.

Topics: Fundraising

Considering New Donor Management Software? Top 3 Things That Hold Nonprofits Back

by   Joshua Becerra on 06.03.16


Searching for a Donor Management Solution (DMS) is a daunting task considering the vast number of solutions on the market. A simple Google search of “donor management software” will return thousands of results. All promising to provide you with the essential features you need to manage your constituents and their donations. Often nonprofits get caught up in searching for what they need in the present that they forget to search for what they may need in the future.

Many select a solution that appears to be perfect at the time, but as their organization grows and their needs change, before they know it they are searching for a more robust donor management solution.. This is when they wish they had taken the time to understand the possible factors that would prevent them from upgrading in the future.

Topics: Fundraising

"Find a Funder" Series: American Express Canada

by   Davis Campbell on 05.20.16

Welcome back to the "Find a Funder" blog series!

For this installment of the series, we are profiling an organization that is revered for their worldwide travel and financial services that has also gained a reputation for their philanthropic efforts in Canada: American Express.

Topics: Fundraising

Five Helpful Resources for Finding Tech Funding

by   Cait Abernethy on 05.02.16

Your organization needs funding for its next technology project, but where can you look to try and find the goose that will lay your golden egg?

Below we've pulled together a list of five great resouces you can try when looking for extra funding to help get your tech project off the ground.

Topics: Fundraising