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Nonprofits and AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is here, actually it’s everywhere, from students using AI tools in their writing assignments, to real estate agents using Chat GPT to create listings for their properties, someone is using AI somewhere.


The website GPT4Good focuses on empowering nonprofits through custom Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPTs). This site highlights the success of the #GPT4Good Challenge, where over 150 custom GPTs were created to assist nonprofits. These AI tools are designed to streamline administrative tasks, craft impactful narratives, analyze data, and support donor decision-making. The initiative has demonstrated the significant potential of custom GPTs in enhancing the operational efficiency and outreach of nonprofit organizations, offering them powerful AI tools tailored to their specific needs. (This paragraph written by Chat GPT.)


January 2024, Chronicle of Philanthropy had five articles online about artificial intelligence:

  • “How AI Could Solve Humanity’s Problems”

  • “Fundraisers Reach for AI to Boost Productivity”

  • “AI is the Future of Work”

  • and two more articles on major funding for AI research and applications.


AI tools been more widely utilized for little more than a year. Many fundraisers in small shops are using free and low-cost tools like ChatGPT or Google’s Bard, to tackle the many writing duties inherent in development.


Allison Fine, president of and co-author of The Smart Nonprofit: Staying Human-Centered in an Automated World, says, “it’s about getting the A.I. to do what it does best – rote tasks – and freeing up people to do what people do best. It’s this kind of “co-botting” that will likely come to dominate the ‘future of work.’” Hundreds of tech companies, including Salesforce and Microsoft, are integrating AI into the tools nonprofits already use every day.


Another example is the American Red Cross with more than twenty AI projects in the works, such as disaster-response chatbots and algorithms that can assess the damage level of disaster-stricken communities.


Artificial intelligence is another tool to help us work more efficiently and effectively. We need to understand how to best integrate it into our processes. If this is not done carefully and thoughtfully, we run the risk of damaging our reputation and our relationships with donors, staff and the people we serve.



Michelle Crim, CFRE


Dynamic Development Strategies can help. We offer coaching, grant writing, and fundraising services for our nonprofit clients. We specialize in small to mid-size organizations because we understand your challenges. Please contact us for more information.


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