Giving Back

Ideas to Empower Your Nonprofit

Everyone has the capacity to give back—to give time and energy and creativity, impart wisdom, provide leadership. Sometimes, sharing our appreciation for the nature that surrounds us or the history that informs us can be worth more than gold.

From an early age, my parents and grandparents inspired me to think about the world around me. To give back. Through these pages, I'll share my professional and personal experiences. I hope that others might be inspired with the sense of joy and empowerment that comes from investing in a cause greater than oneself.

— Bonnie Hawksworth

an oak savanna with large oak tree in foreground

Cultivating Volunteers: In the Garden and at Your Nonprofit

By Bonnie Hawksworth | Apr 13, 2023

Tend to your volunteers as you would your garden. Here are a few tips to ensure they flourish and spread.

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an autumn landscape, John Merle Coulter Nature Preserve

John Merle Coulter Nature Preserve

By Bonnie Hawksworth | Dec 12, 2022

A century ago, the land here was a mosaic of rolling oak savanna and wetlands. Today it’s relatively flat, but no less fascinating. The property is one of roughly 300 nature preserves dedicated by the State of Indiana. The distinction affords it the highest level of natural area protection available.

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Bonnie Hawksworth presents a real-world fundraising and engagement case study about crowdfunding the Lydick Bog boardwalk project.

Lydick Bog Boardwalk – A Nonprofit Case Study

By Bonnie Hawksworth | Nov 30, 2022

Good storytelling is the key to fundraising and outreach success. In fact, if you can craft a compelling narrative, you can effectively connect with supporters. Learn how we told the fascinating story of Lydick Bog, near South Bend, Indiana. (rendering courtesy Troyer Group)

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Bonnie Hawksworth presents a real-world fundraising and engagement case study about creating community partnerships for a nature-themed art workshop.

Nature in the Arts – A Nonprofit Case Study

By Bonnie Hawksworth | Nov 30, 2022

Community partnerships are a great way to embrace new initiatives. They can build trust and credibility, increase brand awareness, and grow an organization. Learn how we forged strong community partnerships to bring Nature in the Arts to life.

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Canada bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, a harbinger of spring in the upper Midwest

Virtual Spring Benefit – A Nonprofit Case Study

By Bonnie Hawksworth | Nov 30, 2022

When life gives you lemons … make lemonade. Read how the global pandemic derailed a land trust’s key the Spring Benefit, its most important annual fundraising event. And how the potential disaster created an exciting opportunity to reinvent the celebration and reach new audiences.

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food staples packed in box at California food pantry symbolizes giving to humanitarian causes

Year-End Giving: Some great, locally-operated organizations in Northwest Indiana

By Bonnie Hawksworth | Nov 21, 2022

Charitable giving during the holiday season is essential for non-profits. Many organizations depend heavily on year-end donations to deliver the programs and services their constituents rely upon. If you plan to make a year-end charitable gift, here are a handful of local Northwest Indiana organizations that deserve your consideration.

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Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.

— Sarah Bernhardt

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If you have a creative project in mind, need help with fundraising or engagement, or want your next special event to "wow" even the most circumspect stakeholders, contact me today!

Bonnie Hawksworth
ph: 219-309-7638

Bonnie Hawksworth, non-profit leader and fundraising and engagement expert.

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