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  • Finding Access People is Key to Advance Major Gifts

    Fundraising Compass
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:02 am
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society Currently, appearing in APRA’s online magazine Connections, Volume 25, 1-Q1. The article is a review of Israeli’s session at APRA’s International Conference, August 2013. Years ago, a fundraiser send me a research request with minimal data: an individual’s name and residence. He noted (with an exclamation point) that the family foundation had assets exceeding $100 million. Responding too quickly, I reviewed the list of grants for the past three years and placed each gift in one…
  • When you’re feeling demotivated in fundraising

    Wild Woman Fundraising
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    Do you stay late a lot at work? Do you do your best but it just never seems like the job is even half done? Are you frustrated with the amount of things on your plate, things that it seems like no one else can do? When you’re feeling demotivated in fundraising, you may have a hard time with boundaries. What words can you use to enforce your boundaries at work? Chances are, if you’re in fundraising, you’re a woman. And a lot of times, growing up female means your boundaries are harder to create, because people walk over them more, or because they don’t like to hear when…
  • Fundcrushing on Twitter: it's still fundcrushing

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    Jeff Brooks
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Fundcrushing: a form of fundraising that assumes donors will be moved to give if you throw enough large numbers at them. It doesn't work very well. Here's an example of fundrcrushing from Twitter: The fact that 780 million have no access to clean water is not a reason to get involved. It is a reason not to get involved. Your tiny contribution seems to mean almost nothing in the face of that staggering number. That's what makes it fundcrushing. Fundraising would show a problem the donor can solve.
  • Top 6 Tips for Taking Your Cause Mobile

    Beth’s Blog
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Note from Beth: My colleague, Darian Rodriguez Heyman has launched a new company, BetterWorld Wireless.  You not only get a great mobile wireless plan, but through their nonprofit giving partners, a person in need will receive a mobile device loaded with content to help break the cycle of poverty and empower their life.   I’ve signed up and love the fact my my mobile broadband hotspot is helping someone in need!   Check out their devices and plans.  It’s easy to switch. Top 6 Tips for Taking Your Cause Mobile Guest Blog by Darian Rodriguez Heyman Whether compared to…
  • Turning it Over to the Donor

    A Small Change
    Jason Dick
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Did you know that your donors can give more than money? Of course you do—many organizations strongest advocates are their major and monthly donors. Giving results out of a desire to make a difference to impact something you care about. Perhaps your non-profit has a small staff (maybe just you) and only a handful of development people and that makes it really hard to get your message out.An organization called the Mission Increase Foundation is trying some revolutionary ways to get the message out. One of these ways is to use your donors as advocates and development officers. What if you…
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  • Fundraising success strategies for non-profit bodies

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Writing grant proposals is an important fundraising source for most non-profit organisations. However, it is certainly not the only way nonprofits can attempt to raise the money they need to achieve their missions. Here are six other ways you can generate non-profit funding: Events Fundraising through events is extremely common in the non-profit world. Open...  [Read More...]
  • Fundraising replacing state dollars at Clemson

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Clemson and other public universities are turning more and more to private fundraising to make ends meets, as the South Carolina legislature continues to cut its support for higher education.
  • Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand dies after fall in New York

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Shand was organising fundraising for his conservation charity when he fell and seriously injured head The brother of the Duchess of Cornwall has died after an accident in New York, Clarence House has said. Mark Shand, 62, was in New York organising fundraising for his conservation charity when he fell and seriously injured his head. Continue reading...
  • GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    The National Republican Congressional Committee's $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. It also puts the committee roughly $8 million ahead of its fundraising at this point in 2012.
  • West Suffolk: Support growing for hospital’s Forget-Me-Not dementia appeal

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    A fundraising campaign to enhance facilities for patients with dementia while they are staying on the acute wards at West Suffolk Hospital has struck a chord with local people.
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    Beth’s Blog

  • Nonprofits and Instagram: The Ultimate Curated Collection of Best Practices, Examples, and Tips

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    As a content curator, I’m not just on the hunt for learning the new or what’s buzzing.    But, a big part of content curation is organizing and presenting your collection.    I don’t always share links as I find them, but because I use content curation to support curriculum development for my training work, I like to share collections that organized so people can take an hour or so and get up to speed on a topic or to use if you are doing a training. Here’s the collection and annotated version is below. Instagram Overview Here’s the basics if you are getting…
  • Content Curation: The Art and Science of Spotting Awesome

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Flickr Photo by Soyignatius Content curation – the process of finding, organizing, and  sharing topical, relevant content for your audience that supports your nonprofit’s engagement or campaign goals (or your professional learning) begins with “Spotting the Awesome.”   I love that phrase coined by my friends at Upwell.   Do you or your organization have formal guidelines for “spotting the awesome”  like Upwell (see below) or is it more of  ”we know it when we see it?” UpWell Content Curation Guidelines - The Mobilisation Lab Effective…
  • Top 6 Tips for Taking Your Cause Mobile

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Note from Beth: My colleague, Darian Rodriguez Heyman has launched a new company, BetterWorld Wireless.  You not only get a great mobile wireless plan, but through their nonprofit giving partners, a person in need will receive a mobile device loaded with content to help break the cycle of poverty and empower their life.   I’ve signed up and love the fact my my mobile broadband hotspot is helping someone in need!   Check out their devices and plans.  It’s easy to switch. Top 6 Tips for Taking Your Cause Mobile Guest Blog by Darian Rodriguez Heyman Whether compared to…
  • Charity Miles App Nominated for Webby: Walking for A Good Cause

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Over the past year, I have been using a fitbit to help me incorporate more activity in my life.  I’ve committed to walking 10-20,000 steps per day and even earned my 1,000 miles badge.  But what if you could raise money for a charity just by walking, running, or riding your bike?    That’s exactly what the app “Charity Miles” makes happen.   You download the app, select a charity, and start moving and earn money from sponsors for that charity.  Walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile; bikers earn 10¢ per mile, all courtesy of corporate sponsors like Timex,…
  • Learning is the Work

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Last month, I had the pleasure of participating in National eXtension Conference which was amazing for many reasons.    I first did several professional sessions with this network back in 2007 and an online class on knowledge sharing and online collaboration – so it was great to long-time colleagues.     The highlight was a master panel with Dave Gray,  Harold Jarche, and Jane Hart on connected learning and culture change needed to embrace this type of learning.  We used Dave Gray’s “Board Thing” online tool to crowdsource questions to discuss from the audience.
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    A Small Change

  • Micro vs. Macro

    Jason Dick
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    For the first time ever, Micro-enterprise in some instances can be more powerful than macro-enterprise. What does that mean? It means that a small organization that is serving a very specific need may be the best tool to address a problem. For example a large relief organization might be able to help 30 villages in Africa, but a small organization focused on helping one village may do a better job. A small nimble organization in that instance can understand the needs of the village and respond specifically too them. The large organization is trying to run programs that fit with all the…
  • Turning it Over to the Donor

    Jason Dick
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Did you know that your donors can give more than money? Of course you do—many organizations strongest advocates are their major and monthly donors. Giving results out of a desire to make a difference to impact something you care about. Perhaps your non-profit has a small staff (maybe just you) and only a handful of development people and that makes it really hard to get your message out.An organization called the Mission Increase Foundation is trying some revolutionary ways to get the message out. One of these ways is to use your donors as advocates and development officers. What if you…
  • Designing Your Event

    Brenda Tincher
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    You’ll be most successful if you’re always thinking of your main goal as you design your event. Are you trying to thank and recognize, educate and make a case for support or raise money? Again, clearly define your goal and design the event from there. Let’s say you decide that your major donors should see the facility first hand and understand how their support made it possible. What are some creative ways to reach your audience? Individualized tours of the facility might an option because tours allow more personal interaction with staff and an in-depth look at the housing. Tours can be…
  • Ratios Versus Results

    Jason Dick
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    What does your non-profit stand for? How do you raise money? As donors ask more and more for outcomes and details about programs what sets your organization apart? What figures, stats and stories do you use to tell your story? Do you know if your programs are better than the programs of other organizations? Too often many organizations focus to strongly on administrative rate to judge if a non-profit is a good steward. I’ve always had a really hard time with administrative rates because it can be such a relative number. The administrative rate is traditionally the percent of money that goes…
  • Showing Off Your Non-Profit: A Word About Tours

    Jason Dick
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:05 am
    A donor tour is possibly one of the most exciting parts of fundraising. Tours give you the opportunity to show off your organization and talk to your donors face to face. They provide you the chance to share all your organization’s wonderful stories and provide a context for the work that you do. In a solicitation letter you might have a brief story, or at an event you will often share a few facts about your organization, but in a tour you can explain more in-depth exactly who you are and what you do. Here are a few things that I do on my tours that might help you as you give tours.
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  • Learn from Grant Writers’ Hindsight

    Harlow Keith
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Grants writing can be a discipline, a skill, or an art form. It all depends on whom it is you are talking to. Learning how to write a grant sometimes is the consequence of on-the-job experience and grant writers will often admit to superior hindsight. They won’t hesitate to talk about those things which, had they known about earlier, would have made jobs much easier. 1. Draft an organization profile Grant writers compose proposals for organizations and too often start with very little information about the nonprofit itself. Having a better understanding of the mission and objectives of the…
  • Sample Proposal Letter: How to Write an Environmental Proposal Pitch that Appeals to Funders

    Devon Reeser
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    “Green” is in, and more and more funders are giving to environmental causes, but donations to environmental nonprofits and projects still only constitute around 7% of US philanthropy (Giving USA).  While funders see environment as a worthy giving sector, it is hard to compete with cancer, children starving, religion, or education. If you are an environmental nonprofit, you need to make your proposal stand out from the competition to get those limited dollars! Here are three keys to making your proposal better than the rest, and a sample letter to help you get started. 1. Link your cause…
  • 5 Ways to Use Earth Day to Put Your Nonprofit in the Green

    Devon Reeser
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    If it seems like every other advertisement is adopting a “green” strategy to show product alignment with environmental friendliness, you are not seeing things. Corporations, nonprofits, and even government agencies are hopping on the green bandwagon because it pays off. Studies show that a majority of people value green, and more than 35% will pay more for green, even in a bad economy. In fact, consumers think that organizations and corporations have an obligation to try to be green. So, if you are a nonprofit that believes in green but has not necessarily aligned itself with green to…
  • 4 Steps to Use Reputation Marketing to Boost Fundraising

    Devon Reeser
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Reputation marketing has become a buzz phrase in the small business world, as 95% of people now check ratings for small businesses online before choosing a restaurant, dentist, hotel, or other service-based product – more than 50% with regularity. (More on local search and reviews on The result is that businesses are scrambling to form, market, and manage fabulous reputations for themselves online.  Since your nonprofit is trying to elicit investment via donations, reputation is one of, if not the most important asset you have, and you should be focusing on building,…
  • Chasing Donors Away? Annoying Tactics Non-Profits Use

    Cari Mostert
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    With well over a million non-profit organizations registered in America, each competing for their share of the revenue pie, every donor becomes a valuable asset. Yet a surprising number of nonprofits are inadvertently chasing donors away. You would never knowingly risk the allegiance of your donors with an offensive or irritating appeal, or alienate supporters by forgetting to acknowledge their contribution to your cause. And yet, many organizations, from the largest to the smallest, have done just that. Understanding your donors is the key to building lasting connections with them. Giving…
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  • CEO's: It's not THEIR first date!

    Marc Pitman
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    Courtesy of Robert McGoldrick under Creative Commons License Over the last 18 months or so, I've been hearing a similar phrase from a number of my nonprofit executive coaching clients. The phrase? "I don't ask on the first date." This is often said with a self-righteous smuggness, as though the CEO is taking the moral high ground. Sometimes it's said in advance of the meeting. Other times it's an excuse for why a scheduled solicitation devolved into merely another cultivation visit. These same CEO's are incredibly frustrated that they can't find enough donors for their cause. And that it…
  • Fundraising certainly is fun!

    Marc Pitman
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    I often remind people that fundraising is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes hard work, strategic planning, and most importantly consistent execution of the plans. But it's important to remember that fundraising is fun! We get to connect donors' assets with their passions. Who wouldn't want to be part of that?! In my trainings, I say that the donor is like an electrical cord and our nonprofit is like a wall of outlets. Some of those outlets are three-pronged, some are two-pronged, some are two-pronged with a fat edge, some are tree shaped like the plugs in New Zealand. We get to walk up and…
  • [Guest Post] 5 Principles to crowdfunding success - a case study

    Marc Pitman
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Today it's my distinct pleasure to introduce you to Renee Tougas. I've known Renee and her husband Damien for more than a decade. They're not your typical fundraisers, so when their crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign for $16,000 raised over $19,000, I knew I wanted their story. As a fundraising coach, I'm not advocating nonprofits scrap their traditional fundraising program in favor of crowdfunding. But if you have the pieces Renee talks about, it might be an important tool in your fundraising toolkit. Be sure to check out these other posts on 6 channels to call in the crowds for crowdfunding…
  • Are you using that all wrong?

    Marc Pitman
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:03 am
    Sometimes, we get so used to using something, we don't realize we're using it the wrong way. Here are three tools that nonprofits use all the time. And many use the wrong way. Common uses and a better way Donor Database Common use: Recording gifts and keeping addresses. If this is all you're using your donor database for, you're using it wrong. Better use: Beyond keeping transactions and addresses, you can keep notes from visits. Record birthdays, areas of interest, hobbies, and when people like to be solicited. Used well, donor database system can be use to honor donors. Social Media…
  • Upcoming Leadership Trainings

    Marc Pitman
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of the joys of my work is getting to speak at conferences and inspire boards. Since, I'm often asked "When are you coming to my area?", I thought I'd share my upcoming speaking gigs. March 9-11: Closing Plenary at the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy's Annual Conference, Portsmouth, NH This just happened, but here I was privileged to do the closing keynote for the conference. They asked me to keep a pulse on the entire conference and then pull all the themes together at the end. I was able to share about effectively using social media, establishing a grateful patient…
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  • Karma Dosa

    Deven Shah
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Our friend, Divyanshu from 21Fools, wrote this beautiful reflection on the goodness that prevails ... While I was served the hot Dosa, a Broom Seller who was carrying all the brooms on his cycle was passing by with his small daughter who was sitting on the cycle while he was walking with it. The Dosa guy asked the ‘Jhaduwale Bhaiya’ – Idli khayega? The guy stopped and said yes. The wife took almost 6-10 idlis from the container and started frying it with Masala and asked the ‘Jhaduwale Bhaiya’ to give her a carry bag or some container in which he can carry the…
  • What Do You Want Your Credibility Based On?

    Birju Pandya
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:48 pm
    I was recently speaking with a young woman who spoke about one of her turning points in life. Graduating from Harvard, she asked her professor about various options in front of her. The professor said: "It comes down to this. What do you want your credibility to be based on? Your bank balance? Your Ivy League background? Your social network?" She thought about it for a second and countered, "What did you base your credibility on?" And he replied, "The moment. When you base your credibility on what's in front of you, in the here and now, generosity and kindness…
  • 19 Lessons Learned From a Friend
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    1. Give money you can spare to someone who needs it and then pretend you never had it. 2. Let someone tell a story without feeling the need to one-up them or tell your own. 3. Let someone vent, even if you can’t offer a solution, just to be an ear—without considering how well they listened to you last week. 4. Help someone who is struggling with difficult feelings by admitting you’ve felt the same thing—without considering whether they’d be as open with you. 5. Ask, “What can I do to help you today?” Then let it go after following through. 6. Tell…
  • Awakin Meditation - Ohio

    Priyanka Shruti
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    We hosted an Awakin meditation last week, and the reading was the piece â€‹by Scott Morrison titled 'Nothing Else Matters'. We had some new people join us, after a few weeks of no one showing up. Their reflections on the peice were refreshing and eye opening. It's been hit or miss with people coming for Awaken meditations. there are often many RSVPs and then the weather is good (which is a big deal for Ohioans) and no one shows up. What I learned from the people who did show up, and the reading was that it doesn't matter if people show up or not, what does matter is…
  • Suzanne shares ...

    Suzanne Toro
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Today, I children's bikes and a basketball hoop to the family that takes care of the landscape where I am renting my home. They are very sweet and have joyful children. A neighbor called the police on them. The neighbor did not recognize them and was concerned they were stealing the items I had gifted them. I am so thankful I stayed home and was able to explain to the police. Fortunately, the officer asked if I spoke enough Spanish to explain the misunderstanding to the couple. So, in my broken Spanish, I explained to these dear people...why the neighbors were concerned. I…
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    12 Mar 2014 | 12:57 pm
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    Jeremy Gregg | Prison. Poetry. Parenthood.

  • My next TEDx Talk: Living with yourself after killing someone you loved

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Thank you to TEDxPlano for selecting me as a speaker for their inaugural event! From the site: Living with yourself after killing someone you loved Jeremy Gregg thought he knew a lot about love. A Dallas native, he grew up wanting to become a poet. He even married his high school sweetheart and, together, they left poetry in pursuit of the big money… in charity work. Jeremy saw his career as an attempt to reconcile his inherited wealth with the abundant poverty that surrounded the bubble of his upbringing. He even told others that his love for the poor had driven him to focus on serving his…
  • who is the boss? (things kids say)

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:54 am
    I foolishly confronted my youngest daughter after she refused to go in “time out” when I was disciplining her…  ————– Me: “Harper, if you don’t follow the rules, what am I going to do with you?” Harper: “…put me in charge???”
  • Daddy is tired (things kids say)

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    Never reveal weakness to a five-year old … ————– Me: “Man, I am tired.” Harper: “Maybe you’re just lazy?”
  • entrepreneurship (things kids say)

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Talking with my daughters about a company that the younger one (Harper) wants to start…  ————– When discussing who would do which jobs, my older daughter (Madeleine) just told Harper: “You are the boss. That means you don’t have to work.”
  • what is better than fire? (things kids say)

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    Heart-warming comment from my daughter while we sitting around the fire…… ————– My wife Natalie: “There’s nothing better than a fire.” My daughter Madeleine: “Yea there is.” Natalie: “What?” Madeleine: “Family!”
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  • We're reaching a social media milestone: Time to celebrate!

    Will Coley
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Since I help manage DWN’s social media, I wanted to let y’all know about an impressive milestone that we should reach today or tomorrow: DWN will soon have 10,000 followers on Twitter! In light of this, I thought a lofty goal would be raising $1.00 per follower for DWN’s upcoming conference and network expenses. That would be $10,000! Since not all of our Twitter followers are pro-migrant individuals (some are organizations, anti-immigrant folks or possibly even robots), I thought folks could give slightly more to make up the difference. So if you and your community have…
  • Boston Marathon, Pt. 2- Post Race

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    After talking with the reporter, I met up with Dave, one of the producers for the documentary for MS Run the US. Actually, he found me for the first time that day. It was a bit of luck, and a bit of my spotty ability to give directions in such a huge, populated city. He introduced me to Jon, who would be in charge of my audio in the production for the day. We walked back in to Boston Common, the huge park where all the athletes were at, so that I could get my gear bag. I picked it up, and threw on my Oakley Persevere LS to keep the sun off me. I was quite heavily sunburned at this time from…
  • Morning Run VS Evening Run

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    It’s a question that comes up a lot when you read fitness articles: Is it better to exercise in the morning or the evening? So far in my training I’ve been getting up at 6am, doing my 3.5K (in around 25 minutes or less) and then showering, changing and going to work. This morning, however, I struggled to get out of bed, but vowed to go for my run after work anyway to save cramming three runs in at the end of the week. Where I don’t actually have a scientific answer to the question of whether it’s better to run in the morning or in the evening, I now have a list of pros…
  • Boston Marathon, Pt. One

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    Currently 7am in Boston, I sit here at Logan Airport watching the sun rise over the tarmac with planes dotting the horizon while I type this. The memories of yesterdays race and the weekend that accompanied it are very active, and can especially be felt in my legs. There is 2 hours until I get on my flight, ultimately landing in Vegas where I will begin my segment of MS Run the US to raise donations for the cure of multiple sclerosis. I think the majority of that time will be me writing up this post. Marathon Monday started at 5:50am. I woke up 10 minutes before my alarm, lying on the couch…
  • Charity Car Wash

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    Our ‘Good Friday’ was dedicated to washing cars and raising funds for our Water Project Uganda. As a family myself, my wonderful La, Holly and Zacky (with his broken arm) took to the neighbourhood to wash as many cars as we could in one day. We met some amazing people and were blown away with their generosity. One kind gentlemen drove passed our sign, went home to fetch some cash, came back and had his car washed and donated £20. A taxi driver pulled into our Close to pick up a fare, heard about our cause and gave us £5 – thank you Riverview Cabs driver you’re a…
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    Jewish Donor Blog

  • Pesach 2014

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Source: The post Pesach 2014 appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • The Negev Brewery

    20 Mar 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Another product of the Negev region of Israel. This may be one of my favorites! “In addition to the hotel exclusive and several seasonal brews, the brewery offers four beers that are always available: Amber Ale, Oasis, Passion Fruit Ale and Oak Porter. They range in taste from the light, orangey flavor of the Oasis beer, which recently replaced the Amber Ale as the most popular choice, to the porter’s darker earthiness. The passion fruit beer is the only one its makers know of in Israel that features the easily found local fruit.” Source: In the Negev, a 2,000 shekel beer and…
  • “We’ve turned the Negev and Beersheva into the Eastern Hemisphere’s cyber capital.”

    18 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Source: Event: Negev Conference in Sderot 2014 “We have turned the Negev and Beersheva into the cyber capital of the Eastern Hemisphere,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to the Sixth Negev Conference in Sderot. “We are in the midst of a revolution that is turning the Negev into a thriving center, not a periphery or branch, into a bustling center of Israel.” “I tell young men and women, ‘Go to the Negev,’ because the Negev is rising,” said Netanyahu in listing the government’s steps to develop the region.
  • Featured Jewish Non-Profit: Beit Hagalgalim – בית הגלגלים

    11 Mar 2014 | 9:02 am
    Beit Hagalgalim – בית הגלגלים From the House of Wheels website: “The House of Wheels, which has been operating since 1979, provides a range of services for children and adults with impaired mobility, mainly due to cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.” “The Association provides solutions to the shortage in extramural activities and lack of social structures that are appropriate for this population. The House of Wheels provides weekend activities, as well as summer camps and activity classes.” “In addition, the Association operates a job placement…
  • Yossi Vardi of ICQ Fame Interviewed By David Horovitz of Times of Israel at AIPAC 2014

    6 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Source: AIPAC’s YouTube Channel: The post Yossi Vardi of ICQ Fame Interviewed By David Horovitz of Times of Israel at AIPAC 2014 appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
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    Pamela Grow's Grantwriting Blog

  • A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas | Book Review

    Pamela Grow
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    “How do we grow our individual giving? “How can we get our alumni to give back annually?” “How can we raise enough money to continue with the work that we’re doing?” “How do we create a first time donor plan — one that keeps them giving?” “Why won’t our board members ask their friends for money?” Worthy questions, right?  After all, they came from you.  But are they “beautiful” questions? In his book, A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas, Warren Berger argues that one of the most powerful forces for igniting…
  • Making Money with Donor Newsletters: The How-To Guide to Extraordinary Results

    Pamela Grow
    1 Jan 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Can you imagine raising millions of dollars a year for your nonprofit…through your print newsletter alone?  That’s the kind of money Michelle Brinson generated in 2013 with Nashville Rescue Mission’s newsletter by following the simple techniques championed by master copywriter Tom Ahern.  And now Tom’s come out with Making Money with Donor Newsletters: The How-To Guide to Extraordinary Results, a straightforward, step-by-step book guaranteed to get you results too. If you’ve thought of donor newsletters as mere retention devices (I used to!), Making Money with Donor…
  • Easy Money for Nonprofits!

    Pamela Grow
    22 Apr 2013 | 3:51 pm
    That’s how many nonprofits view the topic of grants.  One of your board members sees that XYZ Charity, doing work in the same area as your organization, just landed a three-year $100,000 grant from the ABC Foundation…and shouldn’t you drop everything and apply? Um, yes and no. Foundation grantseeking is is a strategic process, not a one-time grant submission.  When it comes to winning foundation grants, many otherwise intelligent people believe that there are *secret* writing tactics to writing funded grant proposals, when, in reality, the truth about winning foundation support…
  • Nonprofit email fundraising: Are you overlooking the role consistency plays?

    Pamela Grow
    11 Mar 2013 | 6:38 am
    As a die-hard fan of SOFII, the International Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration, I eagerly read every new article and exhibit.  However, as a student of email marketing, the article Nine tips for effective emails  made me pause. Oh, yes, I agreed with the author, Nick Allen, on most of the points.  Does your email have an effective subject header and headline?  “Does it feel like one person writing to another?”  Does it have an effective ‘From’ address? Yet there were a couple of tips I found missed the mark and this one in particular I thought was outright bad…
  • The Mercifully Brief, Real World Guide to Raising Thousands of Dollars With Email [Review]

    Pamela Grow
    28 Jan 2013 | 3:28 am
    Is your organization using email to raise money? I’ve made no secret of the fact that I believe email marketing can level the playing field for small nonprofit organizations. All of the major studies point to a continued rise in online giving. Convio’s Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark report revealed that online revenue increased by nearly 16% in 2011. Small nonprofits fare best, with Convio’s report showing a 26.8 percent increase for organizations with less than 10,000 email addresses. If you’re a small shop fundraiser and you’re looking to raise serious money online, The…
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    Big Thinking on Small Grants

  • Stepping into a New Chapter

    Janis Foster Richardson
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    I'm back from the unannounced blogging sabbatical that I began in 2013 by first slowing down my regular blogging and then hitting "pause" late in the fall. I saw a friend recently who gave me a hug and asked if I was okay - worried that my blogging silence meant that I've been dealing with illness or some other awful personal problem. Thankfully no. It was just time for an energy break after pedaling uphill for a while.I'm still in a self-designed period of down-hill coasting with just a few gentle hills to keep things interesting. The big change that I am navigating involves stepping away…
  • Credentialing Informal Groups

    Janis Foster Richardson
    11 Nov 2013 | 8:27 am
    How do you size up a group? As people in the world, we have a lot of experience with that question. We may not think about our sizing up criteria, but we probably have them. Is this a group of people that I want to hang out with? Will going to the meeting of this group be worth my time? Do I want to step forward and get more invested in this group? Do I like the people? Will hanging out with this group be fun? Are our values in sync?As funders we have our own ways to size up the groups that want to get on our "groups that matter" list, crossing the first hurdle in the path to receiving…
  • Dinosaurs and the Next Generation: The Tough Work of Institutional Change

    Janis Foster Richardson
    14 Oct 2013 | 10:40 am
    When I look for the seeds of change in the big thinking on small grants world, I most often see them in the next generation of grantmakers - the newest (and often youngest) people on a funding organization's staff.  Because small grants programs are not typically big budget operations, they are often assigned to the newbies.  And it is these people with their fresh eyes, new ideas and energy that become internal champions for breaking open the assumptions and processes that are masking new opportunities for co-production and community change.That's why White Courtesy Telephone…
  • What's Complicated About a Pocket Park?

    Janis Foster Richardson
    30 Sep 2013 | 5:05 pm
    What could be complicated about a pocket park? I am digging into that question to explore some of the ways we can over-think, over-judge, over-complicate and get in our own way as big thinkers about small grants - unaware of how our own world view and personal perspective impacts what we see, hear and interpret.I was with a group of funders and community change-makers recently for Grassroots Grantmakers' 2013 On the Ground learning exchange in Milwaukee. One of our community visits was with a group of neighbors in the pocket park that they had created in their neighborhood. This was a tiny…
  • Seeing, Not Watching

    Janis Foster Richardson
    16 Jul 2013 | 4:20 pm
    I have been working on a blog post that I'm putting aside for another day in light of the events of this past week.  It's about neighborhood associations and what we do as funders and institutional actors to grow the group behaviors that turn us off down the road.Today I'm thinking also about neighborhood watch groups - the dark side of neighborhood watch groups and neighborhood associations.I spotted this poster this morning that got right to the heart of the question that I have been pondering.  When did neighborhood watch groups get to be more about watching than seeing? …
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  • Used Fashion For Kids Contributes To School Funding

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
     We’re always surprised at the imaginative ways school fundraising continues to bloom. Here’s a fantastic way to combine great savings for clothing and benefits schools. Stacey Boyd  of San Francisco launched Schoola as an online consignment store after watching relentless cuts to her daughters school. By running a clothing drive and posting the clothes for sale online Stacey was able to see the savings for parents and solid contributions for schools. Having experience as a teacher and former principal Stacey saw a the potential for her ideas. Started 2 years ago Schoola…
  • Fundraising Volunteer Appreciation Certificate

    4 Jan 2014 | 7:24 am
      So we’ve wrapped up another year on this blog (that makes 5 in case your counting!). At the beginning of 2014 lets take a moment to give a shout out to those people in your school or community that helped out the past year. The people in the background that bring it all together. Without these people no school trips,  band costumes, playground equipment or help for the needy in your town. If you can think of anyone that deserves a public shout out drop a comment on this blog and let them know you noticed their efforts. Lets make this post a list of appreciation awesomeness! In…
  • Labels For Education

    18 Oct 2013 | 8:48 am
      By clipping and keeping the UPC codes from assorted products you can be helping with school fundraising. The Labels for Education program works with public and private schools(K-12) and home school associations (K-12) to help schools with supplies. To participate snip the UPC codes from everyday products like Bic Pens, Campbell Soups, Chunky Soups, Glad bags, Pace Salsas and more. The whole list can be found here. What can you get for all your hard work eating and using these products? You can pick from a collection of 390 products divided between  Arts, Athletics and Academics…
  • Summer Fundraising Ideas

    22 Jul 2013 | 7:40 am
    Summer is a time of being outside, being active and having fun. When your school or special interest group wants to raise money there are a lot of great fundraising ideas they can choose from. Here are a few fundraisers that….. Summer Concerts – Nothing says summer like a get together with music. Gather local bands to play and put up posters and advertisements around town. Charge admission plus sell food and drinks to people. Your group gets a lot of great advertising plus solid donations towards your cause. Bike Rally – Sportingactivities bring out a lot of people. Fresh…
  • Special Needs Students Fundraise Through Music

    16 Apr 2013 | 8:29 am
    Students in NY are coming together to learn music. Not such a ground breaking story, but the difference is these students have varying degrees of autism and  normally have challenges in communicating and concentrating. Not exactly the norm for school bands but with the use of apple iPads these students are creating and performing complex pieces. Music teacher Adam Goldberg is thrilled with the progress he sees in his students. And beyond the physical constraints the iPad has helped lift, Goldberg says he’s  witnessed a social phenomenon occur in his classroom. Students who…
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  • Improve your nonprofit brand without getting more stuff on your shelves

    Jeff Brooks
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand: Motivating Donors to Give, Give Happily, and Keep on Giving This book can do you and your nonprofit organization a lot of good -- save you a world of hurt and raise you a lot more money. But 256 pages? 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches? A full pound in weight? Who has room another book? Get an ebook! It costs less than the hardback edition. Takes no space on your shelf. Your reader will not be noticeably heavier. Plus you get search capability, dictionary look-up (for all those hard words), and all kinds of ways to communicate about the book without even putting it…
  • What fundraising is really about (it's not money)

    Jeff Brooks
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    You've probably heard (or said) something like this: My work in nonprofit would be so great if I didn't have to do fundraising! I can understand thinking this way. After all, you're in it because of the cause. Fundraising is just something you need to do to make the real work possible. But there's another way to think that might not only make fundraising bearable -- but even make you love fundraising as much as you love the cause. Because fundraising changes the world! Some of the ways it does that are described in a recent New York Times column by Arthur C. Brooks: Why Fund-Raising Is Fun.
  • Fundcrushing on Twitter: it's still fundcrushing

    Jeff Brooks
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Fundcrushing: a form of fundraising that assumes donors will be moved to give if you throw enough large numbers at them. It doesn't work very well. Here's an example of fundrcrushing from Twitter: The fact that 780 million have no access to clean water is not a reason to get involved. It is a reason not to get involved. Your tiny contribution seems to mean almost nothing in the face of that staggering number. That's what makes it fundcrushing. Fundraising would show a problem the donor can solve.
  • Try a Google-simple nonprofit homepage

    Jeff Brooks
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    Here's a good laugh at npENGAGE: If Google were a nonprofit, what would its website look like? Actually, I don't think this is accurate. On the real nonprofit Google, the "Search" button would be much harder to find, and getting to the actual search page would require users to navigate through several pages with titles like Learn about our algorithm! Simplify! The most meaningful information you have to share should be at the forefront with options for next steps. Giving your visitor too many links, too many choices, or too much information divides their attention and detracts from the bare…
  • How to escape the obnoxious fundraising trap

    Jeff Brooks
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    You're walking along a city sidewalk. Suddenly a panhandler is walking next to you, cajoling you for a handout. C'mon! Just a dollar! Just fifty cents! I need some food! You quickly conclude that the easiest way to get rid of him is not to confront him and send him away, but to dig some coins out of your pocket and give him a few. His tactic works, but it doesn't feel good. It's an unpleasant donor experience that retention. Are you afraid your fundraising is like that? Look out. The Agitator calls that Nonprofit Narcissism: Fundraisers who see themselves as burdening their donors have a…
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  • An Open Letter to Nonprofit Boards from Your Staff Leadership

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    People who want to do good work but aren't sure how, are frustrated, or talking in circles and not taking action or simply rubber stamping staff work: Sadly, that’s how I’d describe some of the boards and staffs I’ve observed. It’s time to publicly share common themes I experience when working with a board & staff through a training session or facilitating a retreat. I've found these themes show up no matter the size, financial situation, or maturity level of the organization. Do you see your organization in this letter? Dear Board Member, Thank you for agreeing to…
  • Letting Go Frees Your Organization to Get the Story Right

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Recently my colleague Carlo M. Cuesta had a post that has received lots of notice in Nonprofit Quarterly: Who Brands Your Nonprofit? Who Tells Its Story and How? In the post Carlo discusses the importance of telling your organization's story by letting both internal staff and the public help craft the narrative. He writes, "Through storytelling, when effectively guided, both internal and external publics can be given the opportunity to contribute to the creation of a meaningful narrative. A stronger bond is formed when our participants, donors, and community members, along with…
  • How Long To Keep Lapsed Donors

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Recently Sister Cordy Korkowski, the Director of Donor Relations at Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota asked me a few questions about donors and donor databases. Her questions are relevant to so many of you, I’m sharing my answers with you today. Q1: How many years do you leave a donor in the database without sending a gift? Three, five, 10 years? This is assuming there is no connection that is known to us. Lori’s Answer Before I answered Sister Cordy’s question, I asked her a couple of clarifying questions and found that some of these lapsed donors have given…
  • Share the Love: The Best Ways to Retain Your Donors

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Excerpts from Show the Love by Blackbaud’s npExperts Have you seen & downloaded the fun, new, free npExperts eBook from Blackbaud? It’s chock full of great information on THE hottest topic in nonprofit fundraising these day: Donor Retention. In Show the Love: Thoughtful Engagement to Retain Supporters, thirteen of my wise colleagues share their wisdom so you can better tackle donor retention. Much like me, this book chooses to focus on the power of the positive and is filled with strategies you can use right away to retain the donors you work so hard to get. I especially love…
  • This just in: What is Fueling the Abysmal Donor Retention Crisis

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Inspiration and quotes from The Missing Middle white paper released March 19, 2014, by Alia McKee & Mark Rovner of Sea Change Strategies. Read the full white paper here. You've heard the stats, right? Donor retention is at an all-time low of 40% or less. I'm constantly on the lookout for how to change that and dramatically increase donor retention.  I was pleased to learn this riveting new information at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International conference I just returned from.  Mid-level donors & prospects ($1000-$10,000) represent significant income…
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    Wild Woman Fundraising

  • When you’re feeling demotivated in fundraising

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    Do you stay late a lot at work? Do you do your best but it just never seems like the job is even half done? Are you frustrated with the amount of things on your plate, things that it seems like no one else can do? When you’re feeling demotivated in fundraising, you may have a hard time with boundaries. What words can you use to enforce your boundaries at work? Chances are, if you’re in fundraising, you’re a woman. And a lot of times, growing up female means your boundaries are harder to create, because people walk over them more, or because they don’t like to hear when…
  • Do you want to create new income streams for your nonprofit?

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    Over the last two weeks I’ve chatted with lots of people on this mailing list. And I’ve found that I want to work more with you. I really like our chats! And tons of people wanted to be in on the coaching thing, but they couldn’t hack the price! So what I am going to do is offer mini-coaching. Basically the same as the other coaching, 6 months long, but only 2 phonecalls a month, 10 emails, for $500 a month. Limited to 4 nonprofits. Intrigued? Set up a call and let’s see if mini-coaching is right for you. So, mini-coaching. What’s in it for you? Simply, Results.
  • Moving up in your nonprofit: How does it work?

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    Are you a lone Development staff person at your nonprofit? Do you assume that you’ll be handed the title of Development Director one day? Why? What impetus do they have to give you a raise and a better job title if you’re doing that job anyway now for little pay and lesser title? If you’re in a big shop, is the track to promotion laid out for you, or are you feeling stuck in your role of Development Associate, Development Assistant, Marketing Coordinator, Database Coordinator or “Development Officer”? Do you ever have the sneaking suspicion that no matter how…
  • Guest post: New Donors Do Join Monthly Giving Programs! by Erica Waasdorp

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    Monthly Giving can help your nonprofit build capacity This week we’ve got a new guest blogger, Erica Waasdorp, author of “Monthly Giving, The Sleeping Giant.” Erica is an expert on monthly giving and we’re so excited to have her guest post! New Donors Do Join Monthly Giving Programs! You should test it sometime! Another Monthly Giving myth debunked Monthly Giving is probably the one fundraising program surrounded by the highest number of myths. All of these myths are used as reasons NOT to start… Well, if it were my nonprofit organization, I’d RUN (not walk) to get…
  • How do you take back your power at work?

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:42 am
    If you’re a fundraiser or nonprofit marketer with too much to do, how do you take back your time? Read the first part of this article here. If you’re going to take back your time, and take back your power, learn about these next six laws from Dr. Henry Cloud, who wrote the book, The One Life Solution. Law 5: The Law of Motivation. What does this mean? This is when you really don’t want to do something but for whatever reason, you go along with it. You’d rather be doing something else, but because you’re afraid of angering someone, you do what they ask, whether…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • High Museum’s Photo Department Transformed By $4M in Gifts | In the Air: Art News & Gossip |

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    High Museum’s Photo Department Transformed By $4M in Gifts | In the Air: Art News & Gossip | Not long after SFMOMA revealed that it would be launching a new photo center in 2016, another museum has also shown a serious commitment to its photography department. Atlanta’s High Museum of Art announced this morning that it has received four major gifts, totaling $4 million, that will
  • Bringing in donations requires personnel | Healthcare Finance News

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Bringing in donations requires personnel | Healthcare Finance News: Hospitals are dependent on donations to help offset huge operating expenses. And in this turbulent time of rising costs and shrinking reimbursements, they need all the financial kindness they can get. That’s why investing in philanthropy personnel is important. When the 2008 recession hit, many hospitals downsized their
  • IRA Rollover Provision Included in Senate’s EXPIRE Act - Press - AFP

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    IRA Rollover Provision Included in Senate’s EXPIRE Act - Press - AFP:  IRA Rollover Provision Included in Senate’s EXPIRE Act The IRA Charitable Rollover provision, which allows donors age 70� and older to exclude from their taxable income any IRA funds up to $100,000 that have been withdrawn and transferred to a charity when filing a tax return, is one step closer to being reinstated back into
  • Donor service critical for community foundations � Philanthropy North Carolina

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Donor service critical for community foundations � Philanthropy North Carolina: Donor satisfaction is vital for community foundations,” says the report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy. “Donors who are more satisfied with their community foundations are more likely to indicate that they plan to continue giving and more likely to recommendation the foundation to others,” the report says
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    23 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am ::: April 22, 2014 — More than 130 Massachusetts nonprofits fielded runners in Monday’s 118th running of the Boston Marathon, supported by thousands of volunteers and donors, to raise millions of dollars for causes focused on health and wellness, youth, education, homelessness, disability, and civic life.
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    AFP Blog: Legislation, Government Relations and Related Topics

  • IRA Rollover Provision Included in Senate’s EXPIRE Act - Press - AFP

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    IRA Rollover Provision Included in Senate’s EXPIRE Act - Press - AFP: omeIRA Rollover Provision Included in Senate’s EXPIRE ActThe IRA Charitable Rollover provision, which allows donors age 70� and older to exclude from their taxable income any IRA funds up to $100,000 that have been withdrawn and transferred to a charity when filing a tax return, is one step closer to being reinstated back into law.Read AFP's Written Comments House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on the Benefits of Permanent Tax Policy for America’s Job Creators (April 21, 2014)
  • State Charity Regulators Offer Tips on Internet and Social Media Fundraising | Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Blog

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    State Charity Regulators Offer Tips on Internet and Social Media Fundraising | Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Blog: The National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) recently posted tips on internet and social media fundraising to help charities and fundraising platforms understand their rights and obligations, and to help donors make informed giving decisions. The tips highlight four key concerns that state charity regulators have regarding the use of the internet, email, social media, and mobile phones in charitable fundraising: (1) fraudulent and deceptive solicitations, (2)…
  • Controversial CFC Regs Approved by OPM; Both Parties Protest - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Controversial CFC Regs Approved by OPM; Both Parties Protest - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: After the reports on this year’s campaign, with donations plummeting a record 19 percent, it was only a matter of time before Congress got involved to question exactly what might be going on with the Office of Personnel Management’s oversight of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and with OPM’s proposed regulations to make things better.Last week, in a very rare demonstration of bipartisan action, especially one involving Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the two—along with Blake…
  • United Way May Urge Congress to Reverse Federal Charity-Drive Rules - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    United Way May Urge Congress to Reverse Federal Charity-Drive Rules - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: United Way Worldwide may ask Congress to overturn new rules announced this month to modernize the government’s annual charity drive, saying the changes will hasten the continuing decline in donations from federal workers.
  • New IRS Commisioner Grapples With Tumult And Tax Code | WSIU

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    New IRS Commisioner Grapples With Tumult And Tax Code | WSIU: UDIE CORNISH, HOST:From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.The last year has been rough for the IRS. Here are some numbers that helped tell the story. Three high-profile resignations of IRS officials, six ongoing investigations into the agency, and 150,000 public comments on a proposed IRS rule. That's a record. And all this goes back to a particular section of the tax code.
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • Are Investments in Experiential Jewish Education for Teens Worthwhile?

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Are Investments in Experiential Jewish Education for Teens Worthwhile?: We know from program evaluations by the Foundation for Jewish Camping and individual camps that summer camp has a positive impact on teens’ Jewish identity as well as on their Jewish education. But how are the various experiential efforts to engage teens – philanthropy circles, volunteer programs, youth groups – faring in
  • Siblings on course to boost charity |

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Siblings on course to boost charity | Three young children are on track to paddle the length of the Abel Tasman National Park to raise money for children's education in Nepal, Kenya, Haitai and New Zealand. Jessie, 11, Zefa, 9, and Tide Fa'avae, 7, are braving the elements over the blustery school holidays to raise money for Purple Cake Day, a Nelson-based volunteer-run charity
  • BBC News - Stephen Sutton reaches �1m cancer charity target

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    BBC News - Stephen Sutton reaches �1m cancer charity target: A teenage blogger with terminal cancer has raised �1m for charity after posting his final message to followers. Stephen Sutton, 19, from Burntwood, in Staffordshire, was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 15 and started raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
  • MOSI-PNC piggy bank campaign to foster philanthropy in children

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    MOSI-PNC piggy bank campaign to foster philanthropy in children: ositioned in MOSI’s lobby is a “pig pen” filled with piggy banks waiting to be picked up, taken home and handled with consideration and kindness. Each one comes with its own set of feeding instructions, namely that the piggy favors meals of quarters. But dimes, nickels and pennies will also help fill its tummy. When there’s no more
  • Four Boston Nonprofits Get $20K from Future Philanthropists

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am ::: April 10, 2014 — Four Boston nonprofits have received $20,000 in funding for healthy aging programs from Future Philanthropists, a Framingham-based nonprofit that seeks to educate young people about the value of philanthropy and encourage them to become engaged citizens.
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    AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology

  • 5 Nonprofits to Get Grants for Using Google Glass – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    5 Nonprofits to Get Grants for Using Google Glass – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Google is seeking ideas from nonprofit groups on how to use the company’s Web-connected eyewear in their work, with five organizations to receive $25,000 each to implement the best proposals, the Associated Press and tech-news site Mashable report.Along with the grants, the winners will get a free set of Google Glass, which costs about $1,500 apiece, and training on how to use the wearable computer.
  • Privacy Worries Shutter Gates-Funded Education-Data Nonprofit – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Privacy Worries Shutter Gates-Funded Education-Data Nonprofit – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: A foundation-funded nonprofit software company that collected and stored information about public-school students announced Monday that it was closing over parental concerns about privacy, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report.
  • 95% of donors cover charities' transaction costs on Blackbaud Heroix | UK Fundraising

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    95% of donors cover charities' transaction costs on Blackbaud Heroix | UK Fundraising: Blackbaud’s Heroix online giving platform has started inviting donors to increase their donation to cover the transaction and card fees, ensuring that charities receive 100% of each donation. Since the ‘Donor Cover’ option was introduced in Ireland, 95% of people making direct donations have chosen to cover the fees.
  • Heye-Tech (hi-tech): Technology Committees - Meetings can have Value

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Heye-Tech (hi-tech): Technology Committees - Meetings can have Value: echnology Committees - Meetings can have ValueI have long been a fan of Technology Committees, but I don't hear a lot of others talking about it. In my role at The Cara Program, we have a fantastic Technology Steering Committee. I can't begin to state all of the benefit this group has brought. They have provided assistance, advice and insight, but have also helped us make connections, find resources and accomplish things we couldn't do alone. But before I go into a little information about our Technology Advisory Board, a…
  • Blog �, the social network for sustainability closes its doors and looks back

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am Blog �, the social network for sustainability closes its doors and looks back: The website closed on April 22nd 2014 – Earth Day.We are so grateful to everyone who has been part of this incredible journey towards a more just and sustainable world.In this final blog, we wanted to look back over the history of WiserEarth and, to not only share some of our achievements but also why the decision was made to close our core website
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  • Fit-ing in: A review of the Honda Fit

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    The third generation of Honda’s subcompact, the Fit lives up to it’s name on tight streets and in places where precision matters.  Despite all the love for the first two iterations of the Fit, Honda saw room for improvement with the 2015 Honda Fit. The subcompact segment has evolved over the past few years, with newer competitors offering better fuel efficiency, more technology, and higher levels of refinement than the outgoing Honda Fit. To get back to the top of the class, the redesigned Fit must zero in on these areas without straying from Honda’s proven small-car formula.
  • Best Friends Age 6 and 7 Raise $200k for Charity

    1 Aug 2013 | 9:19 am
    Great feel good story about two special young children! He suffers from a rare genetic and incurable disease called Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1B. Up until the 80s, most kids with his condition didn’t survive past the age of two. But his best buddy, Dylan Siegel, wanted his friend to get better, so he wrote a book hoping to raise one million dollars to find a cure. It took him an hour to write and illustrate the pages of “Chocolate Bar,” an expression the boys use to describe something great, fantastic, or awesome. Read the full story here.
  • Friends Age 6 and 7 Raise $200k for Charity

    18 Jun 2013 | 6:35 am
    There are only about 100 people in the U.S. like 7-year-old Jonah Pournazarian. He suffers from a rare genetic and incurable disease called Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1B. Up until the 80s, most kids with his condition didn’t survive past the age of two. But his best buddy, Dylan Siegel, wanted his friend to get better, so he wrote a book hoping to raise one million dollars to find a cure. It took him an hour to write and illustrate the pages of “Chocolate Bar,” an expression the boys use to describe something great, fantastic, or awesome.  Read the full article here.
  • Crowdfunding Raises Big Bucks for Boston

    9 May 2013 | 12:50 pm
    Nearly a week after the Boston bombings, crowd-funding websites that raise money for medical tragedies from car crashes to cancer say they’ve received more than 23,000 pledges promising more than $2 million for the victims and families of the marathon attack. That includes nearly $500,000 for Celeste and Sydney Corcoran of Lowell, Mass., a mother-daughter duo who were both severely injured as they stood at the finish line. And it includes more than $560,000 directed to Boston newlyweds Jessica Kensky Downes and Patrick Downes, who each lost a leg in the blasts. Read the complete article…
  • Bieber Going to Focus on Some Charity Work to Quell Bad Press

    4 Apr 2013 | 11:50 am
    Justin may be struggling in the wake of his split with Selena Gomez, but he wants to devote his time to helping others in order to get through the pain. has all of the EXCLUSIVE details about the superstar’s new devotion to good deeds! Get ready to Believe in the Bieb again! A source tells EXCLUSIVELY that Justin Bieber is planning to donate more time to charity in an effort to improve his public image! Read the full story here.
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    Charity Car Donation News

  • Humans Replace Robots at Toyota

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    For decades, Toyota has been a leader in implementing new technology on the plant floor But now the automotive company has decided to take a step back from robotics. It’s happening at Toyota’s plants across Japan, reports Bloomberg News, and the idea behind it is as innovative as the move 30 years ago to replace humans with robots: The only way to improve processes and promote more thinking about efficiency is to put people back in charge of making things. The goal is to create a more efficient car production line. “We need to become more solid and get back to basics, to…
  • Charity Bike Ride Halted by Theft

    1 Aug 2013 | 9:16 am
    News like this is really sad and frustrating! A man riding his bicycle across Canada for a charity has received a surly welcome in Winnipeg. His bicycle was stolen on Wednesday night in the 800 block of Leila Avenue. Winnipeg police said the bike is a dark blue touring bike with silver accents and the word ‘Napoli’ written on the frame. There were two black/grey saddle bags on the rear of the bike and one on the front. Bike owner Anas Cheema was travelling through Winnipeg on his fundraising ride for SOS Children’s Villages charity, an international charity helping orphaned and…
  • Band Focuses on Charity and Music

    11 Jul 2013 | 7:38 am
    We love seeing local bands support charity and this is the perfect mix. The band Rhino Halo has organized a diabetes fund raiser to support two of its members who are affected by diabetes. The evening will include a series of musical sets, a bit of comedy between each one, and a silent auction — all to support the Canadian Diabetes Association. Read the full story here.
  • Local NHL Stars Supporting Charity

    17 Jun 2013 | 6:30 am
    Hockey fans who just can’t get enough hockey in June might want to make the trip to the CIH (Canadian International Hockey) Arena in Rockland Sunday afternoon to see, and mingle with, many of the top area pros in the second annual Kevin Lalande Foundation Hockey Classic. Lalande, the former Belleville Bulls netminder and Calgary Flames draft (fifth round, 2005), has played the last three seasons in the KHL in Russia, the last two with Minsk Dynamo. Read the full story here.
  • Fundraising Directory School Coming Up in May

    9 May 2013 | 12:48 pm
    Many people know that I try to help fund-raising peers who are skilled and passionate, get ahead in career and life. But there comes a point, where you hit a wall. Because you can’t learn more, or don’t know what you need to learn. Or no one will let you be more where you are. AFP Fundraising Day in Toronto is coming up. Many people will get a chance to reconnect with mentors at this important event, maybe you’ll meet a new mentor there…. Read the complete story here.
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    Pamela Grow

  • Interview with Angel Aloma | Simple Development Systems Podcast

    Pamela Grow
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
    “We all like to feel special” Do you understand what it means to be donor-centered?  Really? Angel A. Aloma, has learned a thing or two about making donors feel special in his work as Executive Director of Food For The Poor.  I met Angel at the FundRaising Success Engage Conference in Philadelphia, where he and his team presented on how Food For The Poor went from being a small charity with a big dream – to a $1billion-a-year charity fighting extreme poverty in 17 countries. In this Simple Development Systems podcast, you’ll learn: How Food for the Poor learned more about their…
  • Train Your Board (And Everyone Else) To Raise Money | Book Review

    Pamela Grow
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    What is it about board members and fundraising? When I asked readers to share their biggest issue with their board, many pointed to fundraising as the number one grievance. “They feel like fundraising is slimy or beneath them.” “They think it’s all about finding the next big corporate sponsor, rather than taking care of current donors and donating themselves.” “They don’t know how to fundraise but they want to tell the staff what they need to do in fundraising.” “Board members who say they’ll do anything except raise money.”…
  • Nonprofit Storytelling with Video | Three Unbreakable Rules

    Pamela Grow
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    How are you sharing your organization’s stories? I’m a big believer in constant story collection – from your clients, your donors, your founder, your staff (see my article 6 Tips for Collecting Great Nonprofit Stories for more information) – but just as importantly as the stories you tell, is the method you use to tell them. Just as you wouldn’t limit your organization’s story to one story, neither should you limit the channels of expressing those stories. A strong tool in your organization’s marketing arsenal is visual storytelling.  Today’s guest…
  • 5 Steps to Unlocking Hidden Fundraisers: A Practical Guide to Working Better With Program Staff and Raising More Money

    Pamela Grow
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    Guest blogger, Rory Green has been fundraising since the age of 10, when she volunteered to help run her school’s annual Bike-A-Thon for juvenile cancer research. Fundraising became her vocation at 14, when she lost a friend to Leukemia. Rory is Senior Development Officer at Canada’s BCIT Foundation by day, and infamous as the brilliant Fundraiser Grrl by night. Today’s guest post arose from a Twitter conversation. How many fundraisers does your team have? One? Ten? Fifty? Mine has more than 1,700. Yep, you heard me right. The catch is, they don’t all work for the Development…
  • The dark side of nonprofit monthly giving

    Pamela Grow
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The wider adoption of monthly giving (also known as regular or sustained giving) in the U.S. could itself transform philanthropy.” Dr. Adrian Sargeant Nonprofit monthly giving is awesome.  It results in increased donor retention and loyalty.  Your monthly donors are strongly predisposed to bequest giving.  And oooh la la, your monthly giving program results in reliable income for you.  You can plan! I’ve been preaching the benefits of monthly giving programs for small shop fundraisers for years. But here’s the drawback:  if your organization is still in acquisition mode, instead of…
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits by us

  • 1. A Piece on Direct Mail & 2. Part II of Events in Private Homes by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. Keeping Your Bucket Full … With Direct Mail by Jonathan Howard Think of your current donor file as a leaky bucket you want to fill. This poses two separate challenges. You need to reduce leaks and add new water at the same time. If you stop doing either task, your water level will sink instantly. In fact, the data show that the donor bucket at most nonprofits is shot full of gaping holes. The national average rate of donor retention (that is the number of donors who gave in two consecutive 12-month periods) is a horrendous 35 percent. Even if your retention rate is far, far better,…
  • What’s Coming – The Next Seven Weeks of the Fundraising Blog by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    April 23: Keeping Your Bucket Full … With Direct Mail by Jonathan Howard The national average rate of donor retention (that’s the number of donors who gave in two consecutive 12-month periods) is a horrendous 35 percent. April 23: Events In Private Homes: Part II by Hank Lewis Education, Cultivation & Stewardship – What can/should happen at an event in someone’s home. April 30: Who Are Your Planned Gift Prospects? – Part I by John Elbare Planned giving works best when you target your efforts toward a segment of donors who are most inclined to consider a planned gift. Avoid…
  • 1. How Many Development Staff Are Needed…? & 2. Events In Private Homes – Part I by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. How Many Development Staffers Do We Need … to Attain Our Fundraising Goals? by Tony Poderis I’ve often been asked about a formula/guideline for determining the number of development staff needed relative to an organization’s fundraising goals? I always reply, strongly, that “there’s no such animal.” There simply cannot be such a formula developed that has any relation to reality. No way! From the following common nonprofit activities and circumstances, you can see why there is no way to come up with a formula to know exactly, before fundraising goals are set, or when they…
  • 1. Effective Conference Fundraising & 2. Your CFC Ambassadors by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. Making Your Nonprofit Conference A Special Event by Natalie Lewis We in the nonprofit sector attend (and often arrange) our fair share of conferences; and, how many times have we walked thru an exhibit hall door and thought, “This place looks exactly like most of the other (boring) exhibit halls I’ve seen.” When was the last time you went to a conference, walked into the exhibit hall and were pleasantly surprised that it looked new, different or interesting? The old format of long rows of booths or six-foot tables is being replaced with some real imagination and creativity.
  • 1. The CFC, Nat’l Volunteer Week and Youth Service Day & 2. Building Blocks of Direct Mail by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:01 am
    Because of the time-sensitivity of the first article, we’ve moved the postings on “Events in Private Homes” to April 9. 1. The CFC and Leverage: National Volunteer Week & Global Youth Service Day by Bill Huddleston This year is the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, and this year it runs from April 6-12th. The lead sponsor is the Points of Light organization, and the number of non-profits participating with special events, recognition events, service projects and publications during that period has grown exponentially since its inception. April is full of…
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  • Increase Sales by Adding a Personalized School Mug

    Clay Boggess
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    You can further increase sales by adding a personalized school mug brochure to a larger brochure.
  • What Selling Beef Jerky Brings to the Table

    Clay Boggess
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Many organizations attempt to differentiate themselves by offering a unique product to potential customers. They want an easy to sell product that’s going to stand out. Competition is especially fierce in the high school market because so many groups are trying to raise money. Organizations like Future Farmers of America have carved out a niche selling beef jerky, so can it also work for other groups? Here are some reasons to consider it for your next sale:
  • Why Schools Still Come Back to Sell Lollipops

    Clay Boggess
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Why do so many schools come back to sell lollipops when there are so many other options?
  • Is Only Selling Cookie Dough Enough?

    Clay Boggess
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Selling cookie dough still catches buyers’ attention even though it’s been around for years.
  • The Benefits of Selling Soy Wax Candles

    Clay Boggess
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    The benefits of selling soy wax candles over candles that use regular paraffin wax center around safety and conservation.
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    Event Fundraising Blog

  • The Consideration for a Safe Event

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Last year, the 2013 Boston MuckFest MS was held one week after the 2013 Boston Marathon. Following the tragedy of the Boston Marathon, we carefully reviewed all of our security measures – questioning what we could do to ensure the safety of our participants, volunteer and staff. Our event site (Fort Devens) coincidentally was where the suspect had been relocated to the night before our event. This relocation also created last minute security measures that needed to be addressed. Collaborating with both local and state police, we immediately began to question all aspects of the…
  • A Little Bit of Proofreading Goes a Long Way

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    After all of the hard work your organization puts into the planning and publicizing of your event, don’t let errors in communication undermine your credibility and your message. Poor grammar and spelling mistakes give the impression that you don’t pay attention to details. Broken or misdirected links are frustrating and an incorrect date or address could even cause someone to miss your event altogether.Proofreading your communication is a vital part of interacting with participants and donors. With so many emails, blogs and tweets competing for attention, it is imperative that…
  • How to Deal with Unruly Event Participants

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    One of the best parts of our job is creating amazing experiences for our participants. However, it’s not always possible to please everyone. Mix in the emotions that come with participating in a cause-related event and the activity people are completing, and you’ve got the perfect recipe to see participants take their frustrations to a new level. It’s kind of like a wedding where you get to see people at their best and, unfortunately, at their worst. Everyone in the event business knows who we’re talking about: the unruly participant.Despite all of your planning…
  • Event 360 Explores: Phoenix Half Marathon

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Next up in our blog series, Event 360 Explores, we hear from Robin Shapiro who just finished the Phoenix Half Marathon.  Name, date and location of event Phoenix Half Marathon, Saturday March 1st, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. Event summary There were marathon, half marathon, 10k and 1k kids route. I ran the half marathon route.  It was a basic, no frills route on city streets. Start and finish were not the same location and the shuttle services were timely and comfortable.  Were the three event basics of traffic, parking and signage met?  Event organizers did a great job with…
  • APIs – the Miracles and the Marketing (Part 2 of 2)

    18 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The spirit of our last API discussion was, essentially, “don’t believe the hype”.  (Did I just drop in some Chuck D?  Yes, yes I did.)  In this installment we’ll talk about some of the groovy things you can do with APIs, as well as some thoughts on the future.One of our clients has a complex event check-in procedure that goes well beyond just “have you reached your fundraising minimum to participate?”  It includes variables for past participation, whether you are or are not on a team, whether you have reviewed the safety literature…
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • On Being An Ambassador

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Being an ambassador is a critical role for board members of nonprofits. But, what, exactly, does that mean? Simply telling others about the good work the organization does is nice, but is it effective? Does it make any difference? It … Continue reading →
  • Getting Them Involved

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:53 pm
    I’m not a baby person. By that I mean, I am not a woman who sees babies and gets an irresistible urge to hold them.   That often translates to people thinking I don’t like kids. Which may hold some truth, … Continue reading →
  • Doing It All, Just A Little Differently

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Snow. Not what a southern California girl expects to see in the middle of April. But I’m here in Wisconsin and snow has greeted me. My LA winter wardrobe is not up to this, but as we all do when … Continue reading →
  • The Right Gift

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It was a fundraiser’s nightmare. We had finally found a time when my president and major donor prospects (husband and wife) could meet. And then, as we starting talking about the campaign, the husband stopped us. “You do know that … Continue reading →
  • In Praise of Doing Nothing

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    At the gym, I tend to listen to podcasts of radio shows I don’t listen to when I’m in the car. It’s my dose of politics and popular culture. Though sometimes, truth be told, I don’t actually listen to anything. … Continue reading →
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  • Moffitt Cancer Center

    Michael Powell
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute is an innovative and fast-growing hospital located in Tampa, Florida. According to the National Cancer Institute, Moffitt Cancer Center “is dedicated to a singular mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer and today is recognized as a leader in the discovery, translation, and delivery of personalized cancer care and prevention.” When facing the uncertainty and fear of a cancer diagnosis, Moffitt Cancer Center’s tagline, “Your best chance for beating cancer,” is obviously very appealing. However, treatments and studies…
  • What is Resiliency?

    21 Mar 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Will I bounce back from this? Recently, I attended a webinar presented by Julie Larson, LCSW. What does the term resilience mean speaking in health terms? Resiliency is the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, or adversity. Often, people facing cancer diagnoses worry if they’ll be able to bounce back. Resiliency is NOT a genetic trait. We are all born with an innate capacity for developing processes that better help cope with situations that arise in life. Learning to become resilient is just like riding a bike or doing your job. It’s a skill-set that will develop as you…
  • Raising medical funds: ¡servicios en español!

    Danny S
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    ¡GiveForward ahora les provee a nuestros servicios en español!  GiveForward now provides our services in Spanish! Crear una cuenta en GiveForward por alguien enfermo exige mucho valor y mucha fortaleza, y puede ser complicado tratar de navigar a nuestro sitio si habla español.  ¡Por eso razón, les escuchamos!  ¡Ahora les ofrecemos ayuda y entrenamiento en español! Cualquier es su pregunta o desafío—de crear una página, a promover a su página entre familia y amigos o añadir miembros a su equipo de recaudación de fondos—nuestro cuerpo técnico ahora le asiste en español.
  • Living with Muscular Dystrophy and Neuromuscular Diseases

    21 Feb 2014 | 11:44 am
    “One of the main problems that came along with watching my condition deteriorate was ever-increasing fear of the unknown.” Neuromuscular diseases are rare acquired or inherited (genetic) conditions that affect some part of the neuromuscular system such as: The muscles The peripheral motor nerves (in arms, legs, neck and face) The neuromuscular junction where the nerves and muscles meet The muscle-controlling nerve cells (motor neurons) in the spinal cord More than a million people in the United States are affected by some form of neuromuscular disease, and about 40 percent of them are…
  • Gerson Therapy

    Michael Powell
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Gerson Therapy is a popular treatment for individuals affected by cancer and autoimmune diseases. Beginning in the 1930s, Max B. Gerson used his method to treat both migraines and tuberculosis. Gerson is a metabolic therapy; its proponents believe that the body’s collection of toxic substances (like fertilizers and chemicals) leads to disease (National Cancer Institute). Dietary restrictions are essential to Gerson Therapy–The Gerson Institute even recommends its patients purchase second refrigerators to store organic produce and juices. In addition to adopting a vegetarian diet and…
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    The Fundraising Authority

  • The Direct Mail Fundraising Debate: Does it Still Work?

    Joe Garecht
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    The following is a brief excerpt from our Fundraising by Mail Master Class.  Registration is now open. One of the biggest current debates among businesses and non-profits regarding marketing and fundraising is whether or not direct mail still works. We’ll get to the statistics in a minute, but first, let’s look at the pros and cons of using direct mail as a means of fundraising: Pros of Direct Mail One of the biggest reasons to use direct mail is because it allows you to directly target those you want to target, without wasting money communicating with those who aren’t likely to…
  • How to Raise More Money through Mail Appeals

    Joe Garecht
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Does your non-profit use mailed appeals to raise money?  Do you send out an annual appeal letter, year end fundraising letters, or any other fundraising appeals through the mail? Do you wish you could raise more money through your fundraising letters, with less hassle? If so, I invite you to join me for our newest class… The Fundraising by Mail Master Class: Everything You Need to Know to Raise More Money through the Mail. A True Master Class on Fundraising by Mail This 9 week course is the most comprehensive class we have ever offered on direct mail fundraising.  During this master…
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Fundraisers

    Joe Garecht
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Every non-profit fundraiser is different. We each have different strengths and weaknesses, and we each have our preferred strategies and tactics. And that’s ok – every non-profit is different, each with their own unique development needs… thus, there’s room for almost every type of fundraiser imaginable. What I have noticed, however, is that there are seven key traits that are shared by the most effective development professionals… those who are most likely to meet or exceed the goals laid out by their organizations. How many of these habits do you share with them? 1. They Pick Up…
  • Why Charity: Water’s 100% Model is Bad for Non-Profits and Donors Alike

    Joe Garecht
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    If you’re at all active on social media or in non-profit marketing, you’ve probably heard of Charity: Water.  They’re one of Silicon Valley’s favorite charities, they are exceptionally good at marketing, and by most accounts they do good work. Charity: Water also aggressively markets what they call the “100% Model” to donors, promising that 100% of the money donated through “public donations” will go directly to programs, with a group of major donors, board members and foundations providing the money the organization needs to pay for overhead expenses. By itself, this is…
  • 5 Must-Haves for Annual Giving Success

    Joe Garecht
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Guest Post by Kathie Kramer Ryan When it comes to nonprofit fundraising, a robust annual giving program is one key to overall success. When done right, your annual giving program will provide a steady stream of donations to your organization as well as prospects for your major gift program.  Here are 5 must-have tools to build a successful annual giving program: 1.  Case for Support The case for support is the compelling story of why your organization exists. It is an important tool in your fundraising toolkit and serves to inform all fundraising communications, including annual giving…
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    Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates

  • 5 Tips for Making Your Donors Love You

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Your donor has just sent in another gift! Hurray! So you reply with a wonderful, personal thank you note. And then you call her to say thanks. In addition to the paper letter that you send. Then what? You have to communicate with her . . .  so you can continue to build that warm, close relationship with her. You’ll send your newsletter. And you’ll send email alerts and updates. But will it matter? Will she pay attention? Will she care? Here are 5 smart tips from my favorite communications expert Kivi Leroux Miller on how to make her pay attention and love you even more. 1. Ask donors to…
  • How to Nail Your Online Messaging to Your Donors

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:38 am
    Kivi Leroux Miller of is one of the smartest communications gurus anywhere. What I like about Kivi’s approach is that she cuts to the chase – no fluff, no bull. It’s straightforward advice on how to shape your messages so donors – and the world – will listen up! Kivi Leroux Miller is our Go-To Communications Guru! Today Kivi’s giving us a magic Bullet – how to break through ONLINE to our donors’ hearts and minds. Online is where the action is, right? Even though donors are still giving far more via the mail – you know as well as I do that…
  • An Appeal Letter Makeover: From “Organization-Centered” to “Donor-Centered”

    4 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    Here’s a great lesson on how to convert an appeal letter from organization-centered over to donor-centered. Sometimes writing from the donor’s point of view can be really difficult - because it’s just not intuitive.  It doesn’t come naturally. When we actually sit down to write a letter,  our natural inclination is to remind our donor how worthwhile and important our effort is. We want to say nice things about our organization and our work. Right? But all the pundits say that writing about ourselves and our organization just doesn’t cut it with donors. Tom…
  • 39 Provocative Tips From #AFPICON That Will Make You A Smarter Fundraiser in 2014

    28 Mar 2014 | 7:33 am
    Official #AFPeeps photo, 2014 San Antonio AFP Conference The International AFP Conference in San Antonio this week was pretty amazing! This year I didn’t make any presentations – and that meant for a change,  I could sit back and enjoy learning from so many smart fundraising leaders. I was tweeting up a storm! Instead of taking notes, I set down key thoughts in my tweets. Here are some of the smartest, most provocative fundraising ideas from the conference captured (by me and others) in 140 characters! I DO have a #1 favorite! Leave me a comment at the bottom of the post, share…
  • Five Ideas That Will Make Asking Much Easier and More Successful

    21 Mar 2014 | 5:52 am
    We all know that fundraising comes down to one exciting, scary moment:  when you actually ask for support. This is when knees start knocking under the table, mouths get dry and suddenly words evaporate. But it doesn’t have to be so awfully scary, if you can just remember a few very important ideas. These insights will help you be far more effective, more strategic, and happier when you are asking. 1. Insight One: Asking is a process, not a one-time transaction. You’ve got to remember that this is NOT a “make or break” moment. Asking is not a single point in time.
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    Online Fundraising Today

  • Color Run – A Popular New Fundraising Event

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Recently, it seems like Color Runs are popping up all over the place. So what’s it all about? A Color Run is a 5K “paint race” event series that’s spreading exponentially across the Globe. The un-timed event has no winners or prizes, but runners who participate in the race are showered with colored powder at stations along the run. This popular event has also become a fun and creative way to raise money for a worthy cause! How it Works:  A color run is less about making good time during your 5K run, and more about having the time of your life. The five-kilometer race…
  • School Jog-a-thon – a great school fundraising event

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I recently attended my son’s school jog-a-thon (variation of a walk-a-thon fundraiser) and I must say, this was such a fun school fundraising event! The kids were so excited. The entire school participated, but the way they arranged it made it very manageable for volunteers and students. The grades participated in the school jog-a-thon at different times. For example, the kindergarten classes jog began at 9:05 am. The classes gathered on the football field and water stations were set up at each corner. The event organizers made the school fundraiser very appropriate for each grade level…
  • Recent Study on Nonprofit Software Purchasing

    27 Mar 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If you are a software decision-maker at a nonprofit organization, sometimes it helps to know what other nonprofits are concerned with when purchasing software.  Recently, Software Advice talked to thousands of nonprofit software buyers in order to provide insight into what influences technology buying decisions. The company analyzed more than 2000 interactions with nonprofits evaluating new software that occurred during the 2013 year. The most important findings are listed below: Key Findings: Most buyers (51 percent) are evaluating nonprofit software to improve efficiency. Among buyers with…
  • Online Golf Tournament Registration

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Spring is a busy time for charity golf tournaments. Why not do your golfers (and admins) a favor by making the registration and management process easier by providing online golf tournament registration tools. With online golf tournament registration, golfers can easily sign-up, join teams, make payments and collect donations…all from your golf tournament website. But that’s not all golfers can do. If your organization is using a golf tournament software (such as GolfRegistrations), participants can manage their entire golf experience. Golfers can purchase golf merchandise and…
  • What nonprofits need to know about credit card processing

    12 Mar 2014 | 11:52 am
    Recently we contributed an article on The Fundraising Authority to provide some helpful information for nonprofits interested in credit card processing solutions. If you are a nonprofit considering processing payments or donations via credit or debit cards, you are going to want to find the right merchant services provider for you. Below we outline a few factors for you to consider when selecting a merchant services partner: 1.Easy Set up?  First, you’ll want to be sure the credit card processing services provided are able to integrate seamlessly with your fundraising website in order to…
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    Fundraising Detective

  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    I've just ordered Jeff Broook's new book 'The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand' and look forward to reading it. His previous book is one of my favourite direct marketing books, so i'm expecting good things! Here are some of the other articles that have caught my eye in the last couple of weeks... RAD Campaign hosts this month's Nonprofit Blog Carnival. There's a bunch of great posts on the best ideas and strategies to disrupt the nonprofit sector.  Pamela Grow features a guest post from Rory Green on five steps to unlocking hidden fundraisers. The New York…
  • Weekend fundraising reading round-up

    Fundraising Detective
    22 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    The fundraising sector in the UK has been abuzz with the 'no make-up selfie' trend that has been all over Facebook in the last couple of days. Completely organic, most fundraisers are looking on jealousy as Cancer Research have picked up over £2 million in unsolicited donations! I blogged about the last charity campaign that went viral in such a way - the Facebook cartoon character meme that the NSPCC benefitted from. It's worth reading what I said about that campaign (and some of the excellent comments), as a word of warning for everyone's director or chief exec who says…
  • Weekend fundraising reading round-up

    Fundraising Detective
    8 Mar 2014 | 5:54 am
    When this post is published I'll be at the Emirates stadium cheering on Everton in the FA Cup - come on you blues. What better way to (hopefully) celebrate than sharing my latest reading round-up! The Fundraising Coach (Marc Pitman) shares February's nonprofit blog carnival. The subject? Nonprofit executives: advice, tips, and exhortations. The Osborne Group present stewardship made simple and share a number of real life examples of great stewardship in action. Ian MacQuillin with two blogs defending charities. Part one includes an in-depth look at the Panorama investigation last…
  • Four non-fundraising books to help you be a better fundraiser

    Fundraising Detective
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    I've been catching up with some reading in the last month or so and wanted to share short reviews of  four books that I believe will help you be a better fundraiser. If you've read any of them then do let me know what you thought or if you've got any other reading recommendations, then please share them in the comments. Note: The titles all link to the author's blog or website and there is a US and UK Amazon link as well. Difference: the one-page method for reimagining your business and reinventing your marketing by Bernadette Jiwa This book is only one hundred pages, but…
  • Fundraising reading round-up

    Fundraising Detective
    21 Feb 2014 | 7:21 am
    As the end of February approaches, it's time for another fundraising reading round-up. Enjoy! Beth Kanter shares five methods for avoiding procrastination - not that anybody reading this blog would be procrastinating! Hannah Brodie at the Fundraising Collective starts a series on corporate fundraising. This first post is on preparing the ground. Over at 101 Fundraising Rachel Beer warns against the dangers of becoming a fundraising robot and Reinier Spruit shares 25 awesome fundraising quotes. Sean Triner takes an in-depth look at face to face fundraising statistics from NZ and Australia…
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    CoolData blog

  • Score! ships tomorrow

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    The printer delivered early, and a copy of Score! showed up at CASE headquarters in Washington DC this afternoon. (Doug Goldenberg-Hart, CASE’s Director, Editorial Projects sent this photo to prove it.) To everyone who put in an advance order, your copy will be available to ship tomorrow (Wednesday). Peter Wylie and I sincerely hope you enjoy it. Click […]
  • Optimizing lost alumni research, with a twist

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    There are data-driven ways to get the biggest bang for your buck from the mundane activity of finding lost alumni. I’m going to share some ideas on optimizing for impact (which should all sound like basic common sense), and then I’m going to show you a cool data way to boost your success as you search […]
  • Work with me here

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:37 am
    We’re hiring! No, CoolData isn’t hiring — my employer is. The Advancement Services unit in the Department of External Relations at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia is seeking candidates for the position of Manager, Information Services. Reporting to the Director of Advancement Services (NOTE: I am Acting Director), the Manager of Information Services leads […]
  • An all-SQL way to automate RFM scoring

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:44 pm
    In my last post I described how to automate RFM scoring using the scripting language Python and pandas. Automating RFM scoring is a great way to learn a bit of Python — but on its own it’s a lousy reason for learning Python. It was pointed out to me that you don’t really need to call […]
  • Automate RFM scoring of your donors with this Python script

    26 Feb 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The next time you’re asked to refresh RFM scores for your donor base, tell them it’ll take you the better part of the day. Then fire up this script, output the scores in 30 seconds, and use the rest of your morning to work on something more interesting. Unlike predictive modeling, which ideally requires an […]
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    The Agitator

  • Where’s The Money?

    Tom Belford
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We’re all rebounding from the Great Recession, right? Optimistic about fundraising prospects for 2014, right? Well, maybe not so fast … at least not for everyone in the US of A. Our friends at Analytical Ones have completed an analysis of giving by state (and they can provide locality data as well, if you’re interested), comparing giving level changes between 2008 and 2011. They’re comparing charitable deductions as reported on federal income tax returns, so obviously this isn’t the whole pie. But it still appeals to my idle curiosity. Turns out that only five…
  • Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

    Tom Belford
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was planning on writing a post riffing off this great NY Times article — The Found Art of Thank-You Notes — in a hopeful attempt to turn you on to the joy of expressing appreciation. Even if, as a fundraiser mindful of your brand perception, you can’t express yourself on “weighty ecru Connor correspondence cards adorned with a rhinoceros embossed in gold” as one New York fashion publicist does! It’s a really fun read. Two passages from opposite ends of the planet struck me … For Martin Nowak, director of Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary…
  • What’s A Fundraiser Worth?

    Tom Belford
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy sheds light on this question, publishing a report on salaries of about 430 fundraisers from about 280 nonprofits with $35 million plus in revenue. The Chronicle relied upon IRS 990 forms filed by nonprofits in 2011. Without a doubt, this report will stir up passionate conversations around water coolers throughout the US nonprofit community … probably at a cost to fundraising productivity for the coming week. The next few days will be tough on nonprofit CEOs as they face hostile media and ‘underpaid’ development directors! Two fundraisers —…
  • The Next America

    Tom Belford
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’ve barely cracked the binding on Paul Taylor’s new book, The Next America, and already I’m hugely impressed. The book is grounded in boatloads of well-organized data about America’s shifting demographics and the cultural and political attitudes of our various population segments, as well as their economic prospects, gleaned from the extensive studies of the Pew Research Center. BTW, if you’re about to mail a million prospect letters next week, or preparing to report to your CEO or Board on first quarter fundraising returns, you can file this post for later…
  • Strategy And Risk

    Tom Belford
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Roger warned yesterday about the ‘S’ word — strategy, discussing what is strategy and what isn’t … as well as who is a strategist and who isn’t. The image that came to my mind was the Wizard of Oz, projecting dramatic but fake theatrics from behind the curtain. In response, Charlie Cadigan of National Geographic offered this superb comment: “Asking hard questions about newly proposed ‘strategic direction’ should make agencies/consultants uncomfortable because it should involve risk. Sadly, this is an element increasingly absent from true…
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  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Helping Myles
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    Many people are interested in what happens after a fundraiser is successful, and many more need the encouragement of seeing these successful stories. To help others in situations like them, these fundraiser organizers are sharing with the community their story and their journey with their fundraiser. Hey YouCaring Team! I've had such a positive experience fundraising on YouCaring. I was denied access to an important surgery through my insurance, and I knew the next place to turn was crowd-funding. As I researched which site to use I was floored by the cut that the websites would take. Often…
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: New Uniforms For Somerville Cheer!
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Many people are interested in what happens after a fundraiser is successful, and many more need the encouragement of seeing these successful stories. To help others in situations like them, these fundraiser organizers are sharing with the community their story and their journey with their fundraiser. We could not thank the YouCaring Team enough for all their help. This website allowed our community to support us in ways we did not know possible. We are so appreciative and excited to have our new uniforms! This was a fast and easy fundraiser that I would recommend to any program or group!
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Family Down on Their Luck
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Many people are interested in what happens after a fundraiser is successful, and many more need the encouragement of seeing these successful stories. To help others in situations like them, these fundraiser organizers are sharing with the community their story and their journey with their fundraiser. Earlier this week, I reached out and asked for help for my family. This time it was not about an animal needing rescue but about two people who have found themselves on hard times. I did not ask for much, nor did I expect the outpouring of support, but I should have known that there would be an…
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: A Smile for AJ
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Many people are interested in what happens after a fundraiser is successful, and many more need the encouragement of seeing these successful stories. To help others in situations like them, these fundraiser organizers are sharing with the community their story and their journey with their fundraiser. Thank you seems inadequate to express our gratitude in your site helping us to reach our goal. A few other sites offer to help for a fee. I understand people need to make money but when you are in a desperate enough situation to have to ask money of strangers, every dime is needed. One of my…
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Covering Child's Medical Care
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:40 am
    Many people are interested in what happens after a fundraiser is successful, and many more need the encouragement of seeing these successful stories. To help others in situations like them, these fundraiser organizers are sharing with the community their story and their journey with their fundraiser. No words will ever be enough to express our thanks to each person that has supported this cause. Ever. Through this emotional time, we have been floored by the generosity of people, it's been overwhelming. Today, I want to say thank you again. Yesterday we received an anonymous donation for an…
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • Answer the Only Question Non-Profit Donors Have and You’ll Raise More Money Fundraising

    Raffle Tickets
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Answer the Only Question Non-Profit Donors Have and You’ll Raise More Money Fundraising Your donors have only one question that bothers them. If you want to acquire more donors, you have to answer it. If you want to raise more net revenue, you need to answer it. And if you want to increase the lifetime value of your donors, you must answer it. Here’s their question: “How will my donation change the world?” Donors are confused Donors ask this question for a number of reasons. For one thing, they’re confused. If they live in Canada and want to support an organization that helps…
  • Raffle Prize Ideas for Fundraisers

    Raffle Tickets
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    Raffle Prize Ideas for Fundraisers A well-run raffle with the right grand prize can raise incredible amounts of money for your school, church, or charity. Most groups underestimate how much money a raffle can raise. You can easily raise ten thousand with a simple raffle, tens of thousands with a desirable prize such as a new car, and hundreds of thousands of dollars with a truly deluxe prize such as a new home. Cash prizes From the late-1700s to the early 1900s, many public buildings and university expansions were funded by raffles. The raffle prize was always cash and the raffles always sold…
  • 5 Great Raffle Ticket Prize Ideas

    Raffle Tickets
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    5 Great Raffle Ticket Prize Ideas If you’re hosting a party or event and need to raise some money, a great way to do it is by offering raffle ticket prizes. You’ll want items that people will want to purchase tickets for in order to help raise the money. If you’ve got a small budget, you can still provide much wanted items that people will be willing to shell out for tickets. Here are 5 great raffle ticket prize ideas.   - Movie tickets/passes: everyone loves movie and a family night out with sodas, popcorn, and candy. However, it can run pretty expensive on the budget. So this is…
  • How Will You Promote Your Non-Profit Fundraiser?

    Raffle Tickets
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:03 am
    How Will You Promote Your Non-Profit Fundraiser? Non-profits organize fundraisers to collect money for their year-round social programs and activities. They host parties to hold charitable dinners and outdoor functions. However, as the main reason behind hosting such events is to raise money, the non-profits should know the ways of effectively promoting their fundraising programs.   Parties Start organizing parties and balls of different sizes to attract people. Send invitations to your friends and colleagues requesting them to attend the party. Have proper seating arrangements and serve…
  • Facebook Can Help Promote Your Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:34 am
    Facebook Can Help Promote Your Raffle Fundraiser So your church, school, team, or organization is going to hold a raffle. Great idea! A raffle is a terrific way to bring in much needed funds for your good cause. But how are you going to get the word out? Would you like to promote your raffle event on the number one website in the world? You can on Facebook. Oh, and did I mention you can do it for free? Facebook can help you promote your raffle Simply create a “Facebook Page” for your raffle event. The easiest way to create your Page is to go to: The…
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    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies

  • Encouraging Donations With a Raffle Fundraiser

    Bruce Hassel
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    Encouraging Donations With a Raffle FundraiserA tip o’ the hat to “Impact a Life” College Scholarship 2014 contributor Amanda Orlando for her insightful look into the whys and hows of a raffle fundraiser. If you, or someone you know is attending or planning on attending college, >click here< for information on submitting your scholarship essay. Non-profit organizations are a constantly developing force, and with this development, come the need of funds. With honorable goals on their mind, many non-profit organizations find it difficult to simply ask for donations. This…
  • Fundraising: Plan To Succeed With A Fundraiser

    Bruce Hassel
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Fundraising: Plan To Succeed With A FundraiserFundraising can be a hit and miss affair. Often, particularly in the smaller organisations, the fundraising tasks are given to people with little or no fundraising experience. It is extremely important for those people to understand that fundraising is a discipline. It should be approached as such, and any fundraising effort should be preceded by a properly thought out fundraising plan. Planning a successful fundraiser is a plan to succeed, failing to plan your fundraiser is a plan to fail. It’s not particularly difficult to develop a…
  • Fun Ways to Help With Your School’s Funding

    Bruce Hassel
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:48 am
    Fun Ways to Help With Your School’s FundingFinding enough money to keep a public school running is sometimes difficult, especially during the past few years of economic instability. Funding a school is tough if the costs for maintenance, salary, and supplies keep increasing. Luckily, some students and parents are more than willing to help with their schools’ funding. When people talk about organizing a school fundraiser, one of the first things that come to mind is a bake sale. This tired, old idea may work, but you need to come up with something better than that. If you’re interested…
  • Raffle Tickets Can Boost Customer Loyalty

    Bruce Hassel
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:50 am
    Raffle Tickets Can Boost Customer LoyaltyEveryone knows that holding a raffle is a simple, easy and potentially profitable way for a charity or non-profit organization to raise needed funds. But let’s have a look at how the simple use of raffle tickets as a marketing tactic can help your small businesses attract new customers and cement customer loyalty. The idea is simple and very inexpensive to put into play and here it is in a nutshell: Hold a monthly raffle: Display signage that informs your customers that winners will be posted in our store on ____________ (date) Prize must be claimed…
  • Raffle Fundraising and Police Unity Tour Ride Hand in Hand

    Bruce Hassel
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:24 am
    Raffle Fundraising and Police Unity Tour Ride Hand in HandThe Police Unity Tour is riding strong across the U.S.A., raising funds and bringing public awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. A very worthwhile cause indeed. In May 1997 the Police Unity Tour was organized, by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Department. What started with 18 riders on a four-day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. has grown into 8 Chapters consisting of…
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    Fundraising Compass

  • Shopping for a New Prospect Research Tool? 7 Steps to Help Guide your Purchase

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    By Megan McMillan, Marketing & Communications Manager, iWave Information Systems Recently, I shouldered the task of researching and evaluating new software for our marketing department. With a number of vendors vying for a considerable chunk of my budget, the shoe was suddenly on the other foot and I felt the pain of every researcher who was ever tasked with “scoping the options” for a new research tool. With that in mind, I created the following guidelines: Step 1: Destination unknown You can’t start mapping the course for a journey with no final destination, just as you can’t…
  • Finding Access People is Key to Advance Major Gifts

    21 Mar 2014 | 9:02 am
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society Currently, appearing in APRA’s online magazine Connections, Volume 25, 1-Q1. The article is a review of Israeli’s session at APRA’s International Conference, August 2013. Years ago, a fundraiser send me a research request with minimal data: an individual’s name and residence. He noted (with an exclamation point) that the family foundation had assets exceeding $100 million. Responding too quickly, I reviewed the list of grants for the past three years and placed each gift in one…
  • 6 Simple Ways to Strategically Use LinkedIn for Non-Profit Fundraising

    5 Mar 2014 | 10:18 am
    By Jeremy Woolf, New Media and Corporate Communications Director, CCS LinkedIn is a terrific tool for non-profits that is often underutilized. It is designed to explore individuals’ personal and professional connections and highlights work experience, educational background, and “degrees of separation” more effectively than both Facebook and Twitter. Pew Research Center’s Internet American Life Project uncovered that as of September 2013, 22% of online adults use LinkedIn. Even more interesting is that the study determined that 38% of American online adults with annual household…
  • Glasspockets Find: 2014 Gates Annual Letter

    19 Feb 2014 | 1:37 pm
    By Mark Foley, Manager, Associates Program, Foundation Center (Reprinted with permission.) “By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrated, but in fact, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is getting worse. The belief that the world can’t solve extreme poverty and disease isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful. That’s why in this year’s letter we take apart some of the…
  • Stewardship: A Plan for Investor Growth

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:47 am
    By Lyn Watner, President, LMW NonProfit Associates Here is a question for the New Year – Which is more important, building your prospect base or practicing good stewardship? Of course, both are important, but many organizations could do a better job of retaining their current donors. Our best contributors are actually long-term investors to your organization and its mission and you should be strategizing how to upgrade all your prospects and new givers into investors. Retention has to be a priority because once you begin to lose more investors than the number of new prospects you engage,…
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    Double the Donation

  • Leverage Matching Gifts to Strengthen Nonprofit-Corporate Relationships

    Erin Ehrlich
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    We recently had a reader ask Double the Donation about how to strengthen relationships with corporations that offer generous matching gift contributions to their organization. She said she wished she had more ways to reach out to these companies post-matching gift donation to show them how a strong relationship could provide some great public relations benefits. This is a great point! When corporations offer matching gift donations to a nonprofit organization, they may not realize how positive of an impact the contributions are having on the work of the nonprofit. It’s important for…
  • Tracking Usage: Determine How Many of Your Donors are Searching for their Employer

    Adam Weinger
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    One of the questions we receive most often is how a nonprofit can track the number of people who are using our matching gift tool. Specifically nonprofits often ask if there is a way for the organization to see how many people visit their matching gift page. While Double the Donation hasn’t built fully automated in-house analytics (it’s on our to-do list) nearly every organization already has the tools in place to measure visitors to their matching gift page. If you’re already familiar with the different integration options then continue reading this article but if…
  • How Do We Put Matching Gift Search Functionality Directly On Our Nonprofit’s Website?

    Adam Weinger
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    Wondering how to embed Double the Donation’s matching gift search functionality directly on your nonprofit’s own website? This article is designed to help you get up and running quickly. Background Information: Double the Donation offers multiple integration options for individual nonprofits of different sizes as well as fundraising software providers who want to incorporate matching gift information into their platforms. Options include: Creating matching gift pages hosted on Double the Donation’s site Embedding matching gift search tools directly on a nonprofit’s…
  • Microsoft: One of the Best at Communicating Philanthropy Opportunities to Employees

    Erin Ehrlich
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    As a new Microsoft employee, you are eligible for a $50 charitable donation to a nonprofit organization of your choice. That’s how easy it is to start being philanthropic as an employee with the company. Since 1983, Microsoft has donated more than $1 Billion to nonprofits via its corporate giving programs, including matching gifts and volunteer grants. The recently revamped matching gift program offers a dollar-for-dollar match to nearly all nonprofit organizations or educational institutions, with a $15,000 annual limit per employee, per year. And when you look at employee…
  • Grantspace – Live Q&A on Volunteer Grant Programs

    Adam Weinger
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:45 pm
    In case you missed it, Adam Weinger, Double the Donation’s President, and Sandy Pom of The Foundation Center (which manages GrantSpace) co-hosted a live chat on Volunteer Grants. While many of you joined us for the discussion we’re making the live chat publicly accessible and on-demand. So here is the complete transcript (thanks Sandy!) which includes questions from the audience as well as Sandy’s and Adam’s responses. If you’re unable to view the embedded live chat here are the most popular questions along with answers from Adam. Top Questions from Participants:…
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  • CauseVox Feature Focus: Crowdfunding Site Editor

    Jenna Sauber
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our customers love the CauseVox platform, so we’re going to start a series on some of their favorite features. You’ll learn quick tips and get sneak peeks at future updates, and there’s something for everyone — long-time customers, new organizations just getting started, and prospective users. We’ll be covering a variety of topics in the coming months, but if there’s something in particular you’d like to learn more about, drop us a note in the comments, to our email at or on Twitter @CauseVox. This week, we’re starting with the CauseVox Site Editor!
  • Product Update: Unified Donation Currency

    Jefferson Chang
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    We pushed an update to the platform to unify currency symbols for our international users. What this means is that all parts of CauseVox now display the proper currency symbols set from within the CauseVox campaign settings. For example, if you’re based in Canada, you’ll see the Canadian Dollar throughout the platform. If you’re based in the UK, you’ll see the British Pound throughout the platform. Here’s what it looks like on each of the different interfaces, if you’re taking donations in GBP: Fundraising Site Fundraising Page CauseVox Admin Backend CauseVox Fundraiser…
  • Project Renewal Raises Over $77,000 on Giving Tuesday

    Sara Choe
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    After the excess of Thanksgiving—the food, the travel, and perhaps the shopping—over a dozen people gave generously to Project Renewal. With more than $77,000 raised, Project Renewal will be able to feed and shelter and empower homeless men and women out of poverty. How was this nonprofit able to break through the noise of a festive yet busy holiday season? Their success stemmed from their reaching outside of their comfort zone when it comes to development & fundraising. About Project Renewal Nonprofits working in human services traditionally rely on grant writing to fund their…
  • How Do You Create Donation Tiers?

    Rob Wu
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Donation tiers are levels of giving that you show donors. Most of time, it’s presented as a list of donation amounts with corresponding descriptions for each amount. Here’s an example: $25 provides one day of housing $50 provides two days of housing $75 provides three days of housing There are two methods you can use to create donation tiers for your campaign. The Impact Units Method and the Reward Method. Impact Units Method The Impact Units Method uses a multiplicative approach to creating levels of giving. For this example, we’re going to use a 2-3-6 multiplication factor, but…
  • 6 Ways to Replicate Charity: Water’s Success

    Vipin Shri
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This past week, I was fortunate enough to hear the founder of Charity: Water speak. As expected from a former club promoter, Scott Harrison’s life of the party personality quickly illuminated the cozy nonprofit incubator, BeeSpace. After a rollercoaster of emotion shown through Scott’s words and a colorful and concise powerpoint, I walked away with several hints of advice. Here are 6 things that can help your nonprofit replicate Charity: Water’s success! 1. Know Your Why Optimist and author Simon Sinek states that the most important factor in an individual’s success is to “know…
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  • Community Chest – Easy Fundraising Ideas

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Give and take; that concept is the basis for a Community Chest Fundraiser. This simple fundraising idea involves creating a list of items that people can pay to put into a communal chest. Participants also get the ability to take something out of the chest on the final day of the event. All the contents […]
  • Marry Your Xbox – Crazy Fundraising Ideas

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    You read that right! This wacky fundraising idea involves marrying people to just about anything they want. This fundraiser is inspired by the cultural phenomenon of Vegas Marriages and people’s undulating affection for material things. Whether it be an Xbox, a plastic cup or even stuffed animal. If you love it, then get married to […]
  • Fashion Police Checkpoint – Cool Fundraising Ideas

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:09 pm
    The fashion police. That imaginary task force that enforces fashion statements and penalizes wardrobe malfunctions. We joke about them all the time, but let’s be creative for a second. Let’s consider the idea of paying fines as a way to make money. Let’s take it one step further by incorporating the concept of a police […]
  • Celebrity Impersonator Photo – Fun Fundraising Ideas

    1 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    At some point in life, you’ve probably been compared to somebody famous. If you or anyone in your circle has even a passing resemblance to a celebrity, you can turn that into a fun and creative fundraising event. The Celebrity Impersonator Photo fundraiser raises money by people who look like famous stars, and charging people […]
  • Social Media Promotion – Online Fundraising Ideas

    25 Mar 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Social media has been called everything from a mindless distraction to a breakthrough in business marketing. People use social media to do a whole lot of nothing, but you can use it as a way to fundraise, don’t ya know? Word of mouth is a powerful promotional technique. If you can coordinate a group of […]
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    Tony Martignetti

  • Nonprofit Radio for April 25, 2014: Your Matching Gift Program & Your Board On Grants

    Julia Campbell
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Listen live or archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio The archive link will be posted after the show My Guests: Adam Weinger: Your Matching Gift Program Adam Weinger Adam Weinger is president of Double the Donation. He’s got great ideas about starting or scaling your matching gift program. Who should manage? Check. Low…
  • I Love Working With Our Elders

    Julia Campbell
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    asdfasdf It’s one of my joys working in Planned Giving! dfgsdfsf A post from last year, after I spoke to Young Energetic Seniors (YES) for a client. I Love Working With Our Elders is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for April 18, 2014: NTEN & NTC: Why You Should Pay Attention & .ngo

    Julia Campbell
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% Listen live or archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the April 18, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Amy Sample Ward Amy Sample Ward Amy Sample Ward is CEO of Nonprofit Technology Network and our contributor on social media. On the opening day of the Nonprofit Technology Conference, we talked about the value of NTEN and NTC for small- and mid-size nonprofits. Everybody uses technology! afdasdfasdfasd          adfasdfasdfa Glen McKnight, Andrew Mack, Evan Leibovitch Me with (L-R) Glen McKnight, Andrew Mack, Evan…
  • Nonprofit Radio Knowledge Base Inauguration: Branding

    Julia Campbell
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
      I’m kicking off the Nonprofit Radio Knowledge Base: Brandraise to Fundraise Sarah Durham is principal and founder of Big Duck, communications consultants for nonprofits. People need to know you before you can ask them for money. What is brandraising and how does it pave the road to fundraising? (Nonprofit Radio for 12/6/13) safdadf Discover Your Brand Nadia Tuma is a brand innovation strategist with clark | mcdowall. Your brand goes much deeper than logo and tagline. What’s the process to discover your brand strategy? Once you’ve found it, how do you manage it? Nadia and I…
  • Nonprofit Radio for April 11, 2014: Strategic Alignment

    Julia Campbell
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% Listen live or archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the April 11, 2014 archived podcast My Guest: Dennis Miller Dennis Miller Dennis Miller wrote “The Power of Strategic Alignment,” his third book, because he’s seen too many nonprofits expend time, energy and money without achieving the success they hoped for. He wants to turn that around. afdasdfasdfasd          adfasdfasdfa sdf        fa                Top Trends. Sound Advice. Lively Conversation. You’re on the air and on target as I delve…
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