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August 4, 2023
Foundation & DAF Trends You Need To Watch . . .

2023 and 2024 are VERY important years to keep eye on Foundations and DAF (Donor Advised Fund) opportunities. Knowing how to navigate those waters can make a huge impact in how you ask for funding AND how you budget. n nHere are just a few things to keep eye on according to the most recent […]

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July 12, 2023
HOW ONE SINGLE NAME CAN KEEP YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN FROM SITTING ON A BOOKSHELF . . .

It's that time of the year. The time in which many of you are going to start your strategic planning process OR will be doing one in a few months. Either way, before you do, we wanted to share an important tip. nn As a firm who leads strategic plans on a consistent basis, you […]

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July 3, 2023
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!! YOU . . . ARE OUR GIFT!!!!

Another June has come and gone, which means another year has come and gone for Midwest Studies Group. Our firm has now been around for over 3 years!!!! Woo Hoo . . . nn Not only. have we been going strong, helping those with fundraising and strategic planning needs . . . we seem to […]

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June 15, 2023
SOME WEBSITE ADVICE FROM OUR FRIENDS AT IFC STUDIOS . . .

At Midwest Studies Group, we know some good advice when we see it. For our blog entry this week we wanted to share a great article written by Tony Kraayenbrink from IFC Studios. n 5 Hidden Costs of Website Downtime, the advice given on here can be relatable to nonprofits. n https://ifcstudios.com/5-hidden-costs-of-website-downtime/ nn IFC always […]

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May 30, 2023
THREE EASY STRATEGIC PLANNING TIPS . . .

It's about that time of the year for some organizations. July is when the new fiscal year hits and when you are probably ready for a new strategic plan. Now of course our team at MSG would love to assist you and for those interested, you know how to get a hold of us (info@midweststudiesgroup.com) […]

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May 10, 2023
DO YOU SUFFER FROM "NONPROFIT CLIENT CONFUSION" . . .

Often times we go through the motions, not really thinking on things, and then all of the sudden . . . a lightbulb goes off. This MIGHT be one of those times for you. nn MSG does so many strategic plans for organizations. In fact we have probably worked on about 5 just in the […]

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April 25, 2023
BEFORE YOU DEI . . . MAKE SURE YOU DYH . . .

Midwest Studies Group (MSG) is minority owned. Before coming to MSG, our team members have led organizations which may have been predominantly Asian, African-American, Native, Latino, and more. Even then, we do NOT consider ourselves experts in DEI training. nn Although DEI training is not one of our core focuses, our DEI knowledge and experience […]

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April 19, 2023
THE PEN IS YOUR MOST POWERFUL TOOL . . .

At Midwest Studies Group, we literally interview donors on a constant basis as we get them on board for a variety of fundraising, planned giving, and capital campaign projects. nn One topic we talk about is how they love being thanked the most. The amazing answer is that so many times we spend time thinking […]

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March 21, 2023
THREE NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING BUDGET QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK …

Planning your fundraising goals? 4th quarter for many nonprofits is right around the corner. As you budget for the next fiscal year there are three fundraising goal questions we want you to keep in mind: n n 1) Is there a strategy behind your fundraising goals? Did you break down where your money is coming […]

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March 3, 2023
NONPROFITS WILL TAKE ALL YOUR JUNK . . . REALLY??!!??!!??!!

Accepting a donation at a nonprofit can be very rewarding but once in a while it can be pretty funny though. We can all remember stories of a donation that was accepted in which you basically got a pile of junk. How many of you have ever accepted a set of encyclopedias because the donor […]

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