Created By: CJ OrrNovember 21, 2023 The field of artificial intelligence is continuing to evolve, and with it, nonprofit organizations should stay abreast of the many growing ways in which AI can augment their fundraising, operational, and donor engagement experience. At Orr Group, we are actively and continuously working to research and qualify AI tools that would serve the nonprofit sector. As a part of our shared learning, I recently participated in a panel session on “Unveiling the AI Toolkit for Fundraising: Live Demos and Success Stories”. The conversation was a productive exchange of experiences and insights that provided attendees with practical guidance and valuable lessons learned in the ever-evolving world of artificial intelligence. The session underscored three trends and themes we’re continuing to see in the field: AI is rapidly transforming nonprofit fundraising. Understanding its capabilities and limitations is crucial for nonprofit organizations to effectively navigate this transformation. AI ethics and responsible AI practices are paramount. As AI becomes more pervasive, it is essential to ensure its ethical development and deployment to avoid potential biases and negative impacts. AI tools can enhance productivity and efficiency in fundraising. Various AI-powered tools are available to streamline tasks, automate processes, and improve decision-making which we list below. Exploring AI Resources and Tools Slides on the AI Journey, AI Policy, and ChatGPT Advanced Data Analysis: These slides offer an overview of AI concepts, the importance of AI policy, and advanced data analysis techniques using ChatGPT. “Is it time for your organization to have an AI Acceptable Use Policy? (and template)” by Joshua Peskay: This article discusses the need for AI policies in organizations and provides a template for creating one. “GPT and the Grey Jacket Problem” by George Weiner, CEO of Whole Whale: This article explores the importance of prompt writing when using AI tools like ChatGPT. Whole Whale’s “Generative AI” section: This section of the Whole Whale website offers a wealth of resources on generative AI, including tools for generating AI policies. AI Tools for Enhanced Productivity Below are several AI tools that can enhance productivity and efficiency at your organization: Chat GPT 4.0: A powerful language model for generating text, translating languages, and writing different kinds of creative content. Google Bard: A large language model capable of generating text, translating languages, writing different creative content formats, and answering questions in an informative way. Zoom AI Companion: An AI-powered tool that provides real-time transcription, note-taking, and meeting highlights during Zoom meetings. Claude: An AI-powered tool that helps with writing emails, documents, and social media posts. Grammarly: A grammar checker and writing assistant that helps improve writing quality. Zapier: An automation tool that connects different apps and services to streamline workflows. Airtable: A flexible database tool for organizing and managing data. Grantable: An AI-powered tool that helps nonprofits find and apply for grants. Microsoft Copilot: An AI-powered coding assistant that helps programmers write code more efficiently. Mid-Journey: An AI-powered tool that helps with project management and task prioritization. Additional Resources for AI Exploration If you’re looking for further exploration of AI topics, these resources may be helpful: Ethan Mollick’s One Useful Thing blog: This blog offers insightful articles on AI and technology, including “What people ask me most. Also, some answers.” Philip Deng’s The Process blog: This blog focuses on AI applications for nonprofits, written by the CEO of Grantable, an AI tool for grant-seeking. “AI for Good: Empowering Nonprofits to Drive Impact and Ethical Innovation” webinar: This free webinar features panelists Joshua Peskay and Kim Snyder providing a general overview of AI. As AI continues to transform various industries and aspects of our lives, staying informed and exploring its potential applications is crucial for individuals and organizations to adapt and thrive in the AI-powered future. Stay tuned for more to come from Orr Group’s AI Taskforce as we build and share our toolbox with you! Keep In Touch CJ Orr is President and Partner of Orr Group. As an expert project and relationship manager with 10+ years of experience in the sector, CJ utilizes data and technology to execute on the development of strategies and tactics to drive effective fundraising plans that meet or exceed targets.