Author: Nancy Patterson, CFRE

I have spent the past 23 years working in the nonprofit sector serving community-based causes–educational institutions, arts and cultural organizations, healthcare providers and nonprofit start-ups. I began serving as Associate Vice President of Leadership & Fund Development at Chattanooga State Community College in August of 2013. I also own a nonprofit consulting business which I started in 2005 and co-founded a legal tech company with my husband in 2011.

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Meet The Give App

The Give app is a cute little App full of doing goodness in the palm of your (iPhone) hand.  Thanks to a partnership with Guidestar, the Give app provides mobile access to donate to more than 1.9 million nonprofit organizations.

All Give donations are 100% tax-deductible through their accredited charitable donation processor, Network for Good.  According to the Give app website, (more…)

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It’s all about the impact but is it impactful?

  • noun: the effect or influence of one person, thing, or action, on another.
  • verb: .
    come into forcible contact with another object; have a strong effect on someone or something.
  • adjective: having a major impact or effect.

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Happy Giving, Happy Songs

Happy Giving

A couple of years ago I shared a TedTalk about the scientific proof that people who donate money are happier. That talk, presented by Michael Norton, was recently featured in an NPR “TED Radio Hour” episode exploring ideas worth spreading. (more…)

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The Ultimate Vision for the Guidestar Exchange

Last month a LinkedIn email from the group “GuideStar — The Nonprofit Conversation” caught my attention.  Written by David Mundy, eCommerce Manager at GuideStar, he wrote an article on the vision behind the GuideStar Exchange. Here is an excerpt: (more…)

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Most “shared” posts on Nonprofitunity

I thought it’d be interesting to list the top five blog posts from Nonprofitunity that received the most shares from my readers: (more…)

When you’re working to become awesome

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 9.21.18 PMI dedicate today’s post to those who are reaching — striving to be better than they are today; working hard; full of grit and passion. No matter what your age, you will enjoy this and probably want to share it with someone else in a similar place: (more…)

Anniversary Videos That Inform and Engage

Slide03I’ve written about videos in the past and how they can turn viewers into advocates for and contributors to your organizations. We now have compelling evidence that shows for a third of all donors between the ages of 18 and 48, video is important to the causes they support. No surprise that the majority of Millennials (56%) view online videos about charities they support, and nearly half (46%) of Gen Xers (including me) do the same. Although a similar comparison is not available for baby boomers, who represent 43% of the total giving (more…)

What a year 2013 was

Slide19As we look forward to what 2014 has in store for each of us, it is good to reflect on what a year it was. Professionally, I set my sights on putting some roots down in 2013, and in August, I returned to the world of higher education when I accepted the position of Associate Vice President of Leadership and Fund Development for Chattanooga State Community College. I was also satisfied to complete my Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential this past year. I hope 2013 brought you (more…)

Happy Holidays from Nonprofitunity


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SignNow App for Nonprofit Professionals

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 8.44.07 PMIn my work as a chief development officer for a community college, my mobile devices are among the most important tools in my work shed. Equally as important are the apps that deliver digital results.

Just this week I used my iPad mini to work on a document that needed signed, dated and returned via email. With SignNow, the  (more…)