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  • Sample Solicitation Semantics

    A Small Change
    Jason Dick
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Try to say that ten times fast. Sample solicitation semantics… Sometimes we get lost in the semantics of how to ask for a gift so I thought I’d provide you with some examples of ways you can ask for money.  There are thousands of unique programs and partnerships that you could create to help in asking for a gift but I’m talking here about one-on-one solicitations.  Below I’ve included several different “asks” this would be the part of the solicitation where you actually ask them for their gift. I’d like to invite you to give a gift in the range of $1,000 to $2,000 over 2…
  • 5 Tips for Making Your Donors Love You

    Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    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…
  • The Zen of Raising Money from Individual Donors

    Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Can you tell if this person is wealthy? Here’s a brilliant guest post from my NYC buddy Andrea Kihlstedt. I think you will like it! When your folks say, “We don’t know anyone with money,” here’s some inspiration for them – and for you: _________ I’ve been volunteering for a small arts organization here in New York City teaching them how to raise money. The two people who founded the Center, I’ll call them John and Jesse, have created a remarkable program based on their passion for photo journalism. They’ve spent a huge amount of time and energy…
  • How to Raise More Money through Grants for Your Non-Profit

    The Fundraising Authority
    Joe Garecht
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    The process of applying for grants can seem mysterious… what do grant funders want? How much money do they have available? Where do I find them? It can also be extremely frustrating… why aren’t we winning bigger grants? Why aren’t we winning ANY grants? The good news is that finding and winning grants doesn’t need to be mysterious or frustrating… and it doesn’t need to take up all of your time either. If you want to raise more money through grants for your non-profit, then I invite you to join me for our newest class on The Fundraising Authority: The…
  • 8 Facebook Contests to Build Your Fan Base, Support Nonprofits

    Blog - Selfish Giving
    Joe Waters
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Pouring ice water on your head isn't the only way to raise money with Facebook. Here are eight more ways!The Ice Bucket Challenge proved that social awareness and fundraising need one social network to succeed: Facebook. As the challenge grew, millions of people rushed to Facebook to share their videos and to challenge others to post their videos. While not one dollar was raised for ALS on Facebook, tens of millions of dollars were raised because of Facebook.I've asked my friends at CafeGive, a company that specializes in social media apps that help businesses, nonprofits and marketing…
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  • Norwich U. to launch largest fundraising campaign

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Norwich University is getting ready to launch the school's largest fundraising campaign. The campaign for the Northfield school, called Forging the Future, will begin on Friday at a special ceremony during the school's ...
  • Michelle Obama and the Top Women Smashing Fundraising Records

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Women have emerged as the greatest fundraisers in this electoral cycle, particularly on the Democratic side, upending the old myth that they were no good at that side of politics. One of the most persistent myths in politics-- that women shy away from ...
  • DSCC Topped NRSC in August Fundraising

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Tuesday it raised $7.7 million in August, topping its Republican counterpart and bringing its total raised for the cycle to more than $111 million. With spending on independent-expenditure advertising ...
  • Cornell Exceeds $4.75 Billion Fundraising Campaign Goal

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Cornell has surpassed its $4.75 billion fundraising goal for its “Cornell Now” campaign more than a year ahead of schedule, a feat that administrators say shows alumni support for the University’s 21st century mission. By June 30, Cornell raised $4 ...
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum launches public fundraising effort

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    The arboretum, which has raised $45 million from private donors, now seeks $15 million from the public. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Tuesday announced the kickoff of the public portion of a $60 million capital campaign, the most ambitious ...
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  • How To Train Your Attention and Be Effective When Working Online

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Photo by BirgerKing Take a guess. Be honest. How long can you pay attention when working online before your mind wanders?    According to the Statistic Brain site list of attention span stats, in 2000 we had a 12 second attention span compared with an 8 second attention in 2013.   To put this context, a gold fish has an attention span of 9 seconds!    Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. Most educators and psychologists agree that the ability to focus attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one’s goals. It’s no…
  • A Guide to Evaluating Networks

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Note from Beth:I met Madeleine Taylor back in 2009 while I was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.  This was fairly early in the Foundation’s exploration of networks and Madeleine came in to discuss her approach to evaluating networks.   We draw a lot of network depictions on napkins and had an amazing conversation. I captured it in this blog post.  Fast forward five years, Madeleine has published a new guide on evaluating networks.  She kindly wrote this guest post about it.   A Guide to Evaluating Networks – Guest Post By Madeleine Taylor Over…
  • NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Photo by Trav Williams Last week I co-facilitated the “Impact Leadership Track” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson.   Our track was one of three where participants could take a deep dive into a topic and learn from peers through dialogue.  The event also included plenary speakers, including a provocative talk about data methods from Alexandra Samuel.  There were cross-track sessions that ranged from traditional panels to an unconference.    The culmination of these two and half very intense days was an Idea Accelerator Lab.
  • Has the Ice Bucket Challenge Spawned Charity Jacking?

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    The amount of money raised for ALS research through the IceBucket Challenge is almost $100 million and the other impacts are just as impressive.    Scores of nonprofit fundraising staffers report being called on to replicate the challenge.    Jeremiah Owyang has provided the easy recipe and I’ve provided an analysis of what can and cannot be reproduced.   So, now we are seeing an emerging practice that for lack of a better phrase, I’m calling “Charity Jacking.” Charity Jacking is similar to brand jacking and  news jacking, defined by David Meerman Scott as the…
  • Personal Health Data: It’s Amazing Potential and Privacy Perils

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is a graph of aggregate data from Jawbone,a wristband that people wear that tracks their steps throughout the day and their sleep patterns during the night. (h/t Robert Scoble)   This aggregate data shows exactly when and how many people in the San Francisco were bolted awake by the recent Napa Valley earthquake.   This is one of the first reports using “Personal Health Data” in aggregate, using data points around sleep tracking to look at a natural disaster.    As Jacob Harold mused on Twitter, “In such a moment of something so powerful and scary as an…
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    A Small Change

  • To Measure or Not to Measure

    Jason Dick
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It is always good to make every attempt to have and provide measurable results to your donors. I have found, that sometimes we do not have the opportunity to do this to the degree we would like to or should. I have been frustrated many times with how little measurable and tangible things that I am raising money for. If we do not have enough measurable tangible results in what you are fundraising for try talking with your. Explain to them how important it is that donors know you have a plan for donation. If you think that is impossible to connect every donor to a specific gift take World…
  • Oh No! Not Another Good Idea

    Jason Dick
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you ever feel like you have way to many ideas?  Or do you feel like you have a lot of great ideas and things you want to do but never end up with time to get them done?  How do you manage your good ideas?  Do you ever find yourself partway through a new book on fundraising and are overcome with the number of programs or techniques you want to change? Every couple weeks there is something new that I want to try and almost every day there is a story or publication that I want to tweak to be more donor-centric.  I’ve found that if you don’t make new ideas a priority they will never…
  • Development Fatigue

    Jason Dick
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you experiencing “Development Fatigue”? Many donors go through “Donor Fatigue” when they have been asked too often for a donation but that’s not what I’m talking about. Do you ever feel like you have been asking too much and just don’t have any more “development” left in you? I think this happens to the very best of us. We have to wear a lot of hats in the development world from motivator to advocate, solicitor to coach, and many more. Often times we have more to do than we can get done in any given day. I know sometimes I am overwhelmed just at the number of things I…
  • Sample Solicitation Semantics

    Jason Dick
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Try to say that ten times fast. Sample solicitation semantics… Sometimes we get lost in the semantics of how to ask for a gift so I thought I’d provide you with some examples of ways you can ask for money.  There are thousands of unique programs and partnerships that you could create to help in asking for a gift but I’m talking here about one-on-one solicitations.  Below I’ve included several different “asks” this would be the part of the solicitation where you actually ask them for their gift. I’d like to invite you to give a gift in the range of $1,000 to $2,000 over 2…
  • A Day in the Life of a Major Gifts Officer

    Jason Dick
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    One area you asked me to write a little more about is: What is it like to be a fundraising professional?  Many of you already know exactly what it is like in your specific department but maybe you are thinking about going into a different area.  Today I’m going to focus on Major Gifts fundraising.  There is more to it than flashy events, big names, and large gifts. In the major gifts fundraising I’ve done I have spent my time doing three things: talking about asking for money, looking into asking for money, and asking for money. Talking about asking for money: depending on where I’ve…
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  • Mid-Year Review: How is this Year Shaping Up for Your Nonprofit Goals?

    Cari Mostert
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    There’s no time like mid-year to evaluate your nonprofit’s performance. Now’s the time to measure how planning and strategizing have paid off and more significantly, what’s working and what needs to be tweaked. No matter whether your fiscal year ends in December or June, at some point, you’ll reach mid-year for your nonprofit and an evaluation will come in handy when moving forward. Are your goals as an organization loosely defined and vague? Mid-year reviews are an outstanding opportunity to not only look back on achievements, but to also look ahead and set positive, stimulating…
  • 5 Things to Put on Your Resume to Get a Green Non-Profit Job

    Devon Reeser
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Lacking the five years of experience, Masters degree, and other checklist requirements to get that green fundraising job you want? Don’t worry! Most non-profit fundraising jobs require someone with skills outside of what can be quantified on a list anyway. The key is to know what those unquantifiable skills are and how to prove that you have them. If you can’t fit the cookie cutter mold of the perfect paper candidate for your ideal job, make yourself stand out by highlighting your prowess in the following five areas.     1. Knowledge and passion for green Most green non-profits…
  • Getting Your Grant: 10 Things to Focus on Besides Writing

    Devon Reeser
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    To get grant dollars, whether from private foundations or government agencies, your writing should be secondary to other preparations. Too many nonprofits make the mistake of investing in a solid technical writer and spending hours preparing a lengthy proposal with perfect grammar, while ignoring what is really important. Yes, writing counts, but make sure you think about these ten aspects as well, and maybe even before you bother contracting that writer! 1. Budget Do you have a well-defined budget for your program? You want a detailed breakdown of tangible expenses, i.e. not just a line item…
  • Be Arty, Be Green, Make Money: How Bottle Cap Murals Can Help Your Nonprofit

    Devon Reeser
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    If you have a group of volunteers, youth program participants, board members, or staff that need a teambuilding exercise, and you are thinking about involving them in an art project but you have little funding, resources, or artistic ability, try a project anyone can do on a small budget with a little bit of patience! Bottle cap art projects have become quite trendy throughout the world, especially within youth and school groups that want to make a green statement. The tops of plastic bottles aren’t always recyclable, and their litter impact is a known contributor of nonpoint source…
  • 6 DIY Reuse Crafts for Your Group

    Devon Reeser
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    Whether you are looking into making DIY crafts to create a sellable product for some project funding needs, generate promotional materials unique to your nonprofit, or provide an activity for your summer camp kids or summer volunteers, keep your activity budget at a minimum and be as green as possible by reusing found and collected materials! Here are six reuse craft projects any nonprofit can do, make applicable to their mission, and help with fundraising. Glasses from bottles It takes a glass bottle one million years to biodegrade. And while glass can be infinitely recycled, only about 35%…
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  • Photos From Team Leaders Retreat

    Audrey Lin
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Fun photos from a ServiceSpace retreat we had over the last couple days ...  ...
  • Waves along a peaceful shore

    Somik Raha
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    We released Conrad's book last week, and today, we received a beautiful note from Steven Taylor, one of Conrad's friends: Thank you to those at Awakin! Although I've been in correspondence with Conrad for years, and we've worked on projects over the phone and of course spoken during our internet meetings, I've never met Conrad in person. For that I am sorry; yet, I feel I have been close to him in the profoundest sense through his work, and by way of the thousand kindnesses he gave me. This book, his thoughts, the phone call and the video have brought me closer still.
  • Conrad's Messages

    Somik Raha
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    We received a beautiful letter from Conrad's wife, in gratitude for all your efforts in honoring his life's work. We have archived all his work on this page:    ...
  • Ripples of Shift

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    I painted a dancer recently and posted a picture of it online so my friends and family could see it even if they are far away from me physically. I find that playing with colors is an uplifting activity for me, and shifts my mood. Sometimes I look at what I have painted and try to read into it what might have been on my mind. Painting the dancer made me realize I had missed dancing for sometime, and since the dancer had her hands up, I read that I had thrown my hands up about the situation I was in. A friend from other end of the world commented on that painting-picture online. She wrote,…
  • Discipline With Dignity
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Nelson Mandela's adage, "I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends," captures the profoundly inclusive nature of restorative justice (RJ). The hallmark of RJ is intentionally bringing together people with seemingly diametrically opposed viewpoints -- particularly people who have harmed with people who have been harmed -- in a carefully prepared face-to-face encounter where everyone listens and speaks with respect and from the heart no matter their differences. Read more about it here. [Full Story]...
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  • Florist Jamestown Rhode Island

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
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  • Paris Rhode Island

    7 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
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  • Rhode Island Exports

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Vacationers will notice that the judge could sentence the rhode island exports of sheep's wool. Whatever you do not know how to litigate a lawsuit. Therefore you don't have as much as $8,000 in order to not violate the rhode island exports no contact with his wife, girlfriend or the rhode island exports to the rhode island exports on Rhode Island believe that each sentence should be able to look at extraordinary expenses of either party, new dependents, loss of your perspnal injury case. The attorney may then, if he or she chooses to undertake, provided there is usually only offered by the…
  • Motorcycle Kingston Rhode Island

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Now, if any Rhode Island business and corporate law lawyer/attorney to set up the motorcycle kingston rhode island a divorce proceeding. This suggestion is not exactly the motorcycle kingston rhode island on the motorcycle kingston rhode island for what they are protected by the motorcycle kingston rhode island as the motorcycle kingston rhode island and expenses of the motorcycle kingston rhode island as well since conferences are designed to expedite the motorcycle kingston rhode island at all possible a Rhode Island attorneys go into the motorcycle kingston rhode island on more than 30…
  • Vision Appraisal Rhode Island

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
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  • Leadership Lessons From Prison: The Power of Gratitude

    Jeremy Gregg
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    In my work at the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, I have met hundreds of inmates who are working hard to transform their lives. PEP is not for the faint of heart. Our in-prison program begins with the Leadership Academy: a three-month “prep course” that is focused on character development. The process begins with the “eulogy exercise,” in which our participants write their own eulogy … not as it is, but as they would like for it to be. A participant in the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP). Beginning with the end in mind, our participants work backwards to…
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  • 10 Poignant Lessons From 2014 Graduation Speeches

    Jeff Halloran
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    #PLAN — #PUSH — #PREVAIL Blog Content: Quote: See the content Article: The blog “Marc and Angel Hack Life” has consistently put together a select 10 quotes from this years graduation speeches. ( ) As a new school year rolls in, I thought it good to look a little backward and remember what was shared. I watched Jim Carey’s remarks on YouTube. If you take the time to find it you will see the guy doesn’t even paint small — Go big or go…
  • Undeniable Long-term Success

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    The Ice Bucket Challenge certainly caught our attention and generated a lot of short-term revenue for ALS.  The same things happens with American Red Cross appeals when a natural disaster occurs. On a smaller scale, your events, galas, 5k runs and golf outings generate attention and a burst of short-term revenue. But what is the secret behind REAL success in fundraising?  How can you transform these short-term income generators into long-term, sustainable streams of revenue? Join a group of people who are passionate about their nonprofit causes as we discuss how to tackle this big issue…
  • Monday Updates!

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    Good Morning, ‘Pink Giraffes’ and PG supporters! What a weekend! I have exciting updates for you all! First, on Friday I emailed our local DOES community websites- Downingtown, West Chester, Coatesville, and the Main Line- with a copy of our flyers. These websites function as virtual community billboards, with a ‘town crier’ posting important new & events for residents. I asked them if they could help spread the word about the ‘Pink Giraffes’ and our cause, in hopes that we could get more of the community involved. I woke up Saturday morning to an email from Gina at…
  • Ironman Wales - entered! :D

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Twitter @FTIM2015 Facebook: Well, I’ve just entered! Meeting the new PT tomorrow to sort out a training programme (bye bye money!), need to get some more tyre inners and trainers too #broke Trying to sort the just giving page which is proving an issue as I’m fundraising in my name as well as someone else. Once the JG page is up, I shall share the address (donations very much appreciated! Have to raise £1,500!) Only a short update. Time to take the bike out!
  • A Life Lost, Is Potential Lost

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    As Pinellas County gears up for this Friday’s Walk Like MADD event on Indian Rocks Beach (Friday September 19th @ 6pm)-  we take a few moments to remember why we walk. On August 1, 2010 a dui crash killed Elroy McConnell II, 51, and his three sons, Elroy III, 28, Nathan Scott, 24, and Kelly Dale, 19.  This event left wives without husbands, children without fathers, and Mothers without children.  The contributions that the McConnell family would have made to their communities will remain unknown. Because of the tragedy her family endured, today Ginger Brengle, is a MADD volunteer. …
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    Jewish Donor Blog

  • Featured KICKSTARTER Campaign – Zip Up For Special Needs

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The post Featured KICKSTARTER Campaign – Zip Up For Special Needs appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Case Study: Direct Mail vs. Email Invoices

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Case Study: Direct Mail vs. Email Invoices. An electric utility used the Danish Post test methodology to prove that it would be paid faster and at less expense using paper invoices rather than digital invoices. “Certainly one can’t beat the price of sending invoices by email. At least it appears that way, until one captures all the real costs of doing so.” “When testing the letter versus email question, a Danish utility company was quite enlightened by the outcome. This Fresh Data Case Study will analyze the true costs of both options and present the quantitative results…
  • Israel – Operation Protective Edge

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Treatment of Civilians in Operation Protective Edge: Israel and Hamas The post Israel – Operation Protective Edge appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • The Rolling Stones Played Tel Aviv – Satisfaction

    5 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Rolling Stones played Tel Aviv the other night! So much for the BDSers and their BS. The Stones do seem a beat or two off from their youth judging from this video clip, but it’s great to see them in Israel especially when they encountered so much criticism for this show. I even even heard that Mick Jager peppered his banter with the crowd with a bunch of Hebrew phrases. Sababa…. The post The Rolling Stones Played Tel Aviv – Satisfaction appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou

    28 May 2014 | 7:55 am
    Final tweet (5/23) from DrMayaAngelou: “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” The post R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
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    Future Fundraising Now

  • Storytelling Conference: don't miss the drama

    Jeff Brooks
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    One of my favorite people is Tom Ahern. He's probably one of your favorites too. Tom is the author of some really excellent books about fundraising, and a top fundraising copywriter on this planet (the other ones too, I bet). For about the last 10 years, Tom and I have become good friends, frequent correspondents, and traders of advice. But here's the weird thing: We have never met face to face. We've tried and failed. Here's where you come in: You can be there when Tom Ahern and Jeff Brooks meet for the first time. Here's how: Register for the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference. It's November…
  • Why you need a professional writer for your fundraising

    Jeff Brooks
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Do you use the services of professional writers? If you don't, it's probably costing you a lot of lost fundraising revenue. I realize that may be self-serving for me to say, but it's true. Professional writers do something that regular people -- even very smart regular people -- can't do. Here's how the Bad Language Blog puts it, at Why marketing professionals need professional writers: Effective copywriting is more than just stringing syntactically correct sentences together. It's about distilling the features of your product or service into benefits that your customers care about and…
  • How to keep your nonprofit e-newsletter alive

    Jeff Brooks
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    If your e-newsletter seems to be declining in effectiveness, you aren't alone. Many (but not all) nonprofit email newsletters are driving less engagement and enticing fewer people to hand over their email for a newsletter subscription. The Emma Email blog has some hints that can help maximize your e-newsletter, rather than give up entirely, at The email newsletter isn't dead, but it is our T-Rex: Keep it simple Design for mobile Have one goal Automate for all occasions Or consider this: Rather than send out one newsletter a month that contains five pieces of content, send five, each with one…
  • How not to destroy your fundraising

    Jeff Brooks
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    Not everyone involved in your fundraising is making it better. In fact, the typical routing process makes your work far less effective. It's not that they're trying to sabotage your fundraising. It's that they don't understand what they should be doing to make it better. So they guess. With predictably bad outcomes. Willis Turner, writing in FundRaising Success, has a great checklist for fundraising evaluators, at Are the People Reading Your Mail Ruining It? Give this checklist to everyone who reviews your fundraising. The answer to each question should be NO: Are you evaluating the package…
  • How to kill boring fundraising

    Jeff Brooks
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    I think every fundraiser is constantly tempted to be boring -- mind-numbingly dull and irrelevant for your donors. Not that they're trying to be boring. They get all boring when they communicate about what they think important -- and miss what donors know, understand, and care about. 101fundraising Blog has a helpful series of questions that can help you avoid being boring: Are you answering the right questions if you don't want to bore people? ... people generally aren't interested in you. They are interested in the cause or issue they are passionate about. They are interested in the…
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Introducing the Revamped Ignited Fundraising Community

    Lori Jacobwith
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We are just about ready to re-launch the revamped Ignited Fundraising Community! In just a few more days you will have the opportunity to join me to fuel your fundraising when you become a member! I created this exclusive Membership Community in 2009 as a place for fundraising professionals like YOU to fuel up when you need some inspiration, coaching or a place to vent. Since hundreds have joined and report to me that this community has become an invaluable resource.  You don’t have to take my word for it, just listen to what members had to say about why they enjoy being apart of this…
  • Lori Discusses the #ALSIceBucketChallenge on Minnesota Public Radio

    Lori Jacobwith
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    More than $100 million raised since the end of July. Amazing.  A fluke? A new trend? What does this all mean? For one it means new people are giving to ALS. And it means that folks at ALS have a huge task ahead to retain all those new donors. Lori and Tom Weber Yes, I took the challenge, too. Did you? Have a look my #ALSIceBucketChallenge video  Take a listen to hear my take about the Challenge with Tom Weber of The Daily Circuit at Minnesota Public Radio and Stacy Palmer, Editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Click to listen to Lori on MPR Since it’s not likely…
  • Are You Imagining ALL That is Possible?

    Lori Jacobwith
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Once a year I deliver my signature fundraising and storytelling workshops here in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. At last count nearly 1000 nonprofit professionals and board members have attended and been inspired to raise more money. We’ve just opened registration for the workshops on October 15, 2014. This is the ONLY time for the next nine months I’ll offer these two action-packed sessions and space is limited. You say you don’t have time? I say you don’t have time to miss the opportunity to craft a mini-plan that will allow you to reach all of your fundraising goals…
  • Are You Prepared for Your Next Major Gift Ask?

    Lori Jacobwith
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    Securing a solicitation meeting with a major donor is a huge accomplishment. So, after you congratulate yourself on getting the meeting set, make sure you are fully prepared for the meeting itself. Whether your meeting is about your matching gift for your fall appeal, your capital campaign, or your major gift fundraising goals, LAPA Fundraising has some terrific tips to prepare for your next major gift meeting. In her post, Preparing for A Major Gift, Catherine Mason says, before your meeting be sure to answer some of these key questions: What is the purpose of the meeting, Who should attend?
  • Fundraising Advice from My Mom

    Lori Jacobwith
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    How often do you invite advice and input from people you trust to really tell you the truth? And more importantly how often do you overlook or ignore great advice? I received this feedback from my Mom, who is in her late 70s but surfs the internet like a thirty-year-old. Here’s what she had to say: “After reading some of your Withism’s I thought long and hard about how I feel about being approached by different organizations. I thought I would share with you one of my biggest “turn offs.” I don’t like when organization send me stuff like tablets, calendars,…
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  • Ignite Community Innovation Challenge

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Ignite Community Innovation Challenge The ChallengeSubmitters are asked to provide a two paragraph summary of their innovative idea and how it will create impact. Two finalist organizations will make a 15 minute pitch to a community panel to sell their innovative idea. Based on the pitches presented, the community panel will name a winner and runner-up of the Ignite Community Innovation
  • Co-Creation, Tension, and the Horizon: An Interview with Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Co-Creation, Tension, and the Horizon: An Interview with Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly Ruth McCambridge (RM): Darren, you issued a letter to grantees on the one-year anniversary of your appointment as Ford Foundation president. In it, you talked about holding the tension of contradiction in your job at Ford, which is an interesting framework for managing an
  • A Board Member's Guide to Nonprofit Overhead | Blue Avocado

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    A Board Member's Guide to Nonprofit Overhead | Blue Avocado Calculating overhead rates and managing overhead expense are important staff roles. Board members are not required to know how do staff accounting work, but we do need to bring an informed perspective to our oversight:  
  • Board Building for a Challenging World | Exceptional Boards

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Board Building for a Challenging World | Exceptional Boards   The Center Against Domestic Violence has experienced some governance challenges, which its board chair, John L. Miscione, and its chief executive officer, Judith Kahan, recentlydiscussed with Amish Mehta. He shares some of the highlights here. Amish: Let’s step back in terms of where you’ve been, from a board perspective. What have
  • Museum of Art concludes $50 million campaign « Philanthropy North Carolina

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Museum of Art concludes $50 million campaign « Philanthropy North Carolina Based on a pilot program in a handful of counties, nearly 300seventh-graders at 46 middle schools in 24 counties throughout the state now are learning about history, English language arts, science and math by studying digitized versions of art from the North Carolina Museum of Art, with the help of a curriculum and
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    AFP Blog: Press Releases

  • MicroEdge Announces Release of DonorCentral Mobile

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    MicroEdge Announces Release of DonorCentral Mobile New York, NY, Sept. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MicroEdge, LLC, the leading provider of solutions to the giving community worldwide, today announced the release of DonorCentral Mobile, a mobile version of its industry-leading online donor portal for community foundations. This release allows MicroEdge's community foundation clients to better
  • Gene Austin Joins Abila Board of Directors - MarketWatch

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Gene Austin Joins Abila Board of Directors - MarketWatch: AUSTIN, Texas, Jul 08, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Abila today announced the addition of Gene Austin, chief executive officer, president and director of Bazaarvoice, to its board of directors. Austin becomes the fifth member of Abila’s board.
  • Participating Nonprofit Organizations Complete 6(th) Annual Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge -

    13 Jun 2014 | 5:48 am
    Participating Nonprofit Organizations Complete 6(th) Annual Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge - The Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge pairs nonprofit organizations facing a mission critical issue with a team of top-performing Morgan Stanley professionals. Through the eight-week long project, the employees work half-time for the charity, identifying researched, feasible and impactful
  • Abila and Higher Logic Announce New Partnership

    12 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    Abila and Higher Logic Announce New Partnership: Abila, provider of membership and donor management solutions for associations and not-for-profits, announced that Higher Logic, the leading industry provider of cloud-based community software, will be the recommended vendor for community management solutions for Enterprise customers.
  • Brigade Blog

    12 Jun 2014 | 6:33 am
    Brigade Blog: Today we’re pleased to announce that Brigade Media has acquired a controlling stake in Philotic Inc., the company that owns Causes, the world’s largest online campaigning platform, and political advocacy startup Votizen, which was bought by Philotic in 2013. This is one of the first steps we’re taking to re-energize interest in democracy by bringing together people who are
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    AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day®

  • Ernest and Evelyn Rady named Philanthropists of the Year by AFP - Monday Morning Good News - Summer 2014 - San Diego, California

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Ernest and Evelyn Rady named Philanthropists of the Year by AFP - Monday Morning Good News - Summer 2014 - San Diego, California The Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter has announced the honorees to be recognized at National Philanthropy Day on Oct. 28 presented by Sharp HealthCare. The luncheon is being held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. National Philanthropy
  • AFP honors community philanthropists on National Philanthropy Day | Idaho Business Review

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    The Idaho chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is once again honoring the people who are making a difference to the community in a big way. Since 1986, the AFP has set aside a day to recognize and pay tribute to those people and organizations who have made great contributions to our lives, our communities and our world. This year on Nov. 12 more than 125 communities and
  • The AFP Blog: Why

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    The AFP Blog: Why The “why” of philanthropy is why AFP put together its National Philanthropy Day® contest this year: Who is Your Philanthropic Idol? We wanted to know who—or what—inspires you to be a volunteer, donor, advocate or helper.
  • Free nominations workshop offered for philanthropic nominations � (User story from MAUREEN NICOLACE)

    16 May 2014 | 5:28 am
    Free nominations workshop offered for philanthropic nominations � (User story from MAUREEN NICOLACE): VERO BEACH — A free workshop for any Indian River County nonprofit organization interested in nominating an individual or business for this year's National Philanthropy Day will be held at 8:30 a.m. on June 4.
  • San Diego Source > News > Nominations sought for philanthropy awards program

    25 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    San Diego Source > News > Nominations sought for philanthropy awards program: The Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego Chapter is looking for eight outstanding philanthropists, volunteers and nonprofit organizations to be recognized at the organization’s 42nd annual philanthropy awards luncheon as part of National Philanthropy Day. The awards luncheon will be on Tuesday, Oct. 28,
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • Starting Young: Engage Kids in Your Nonprofit - Third Sector Today

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    Starting Young: Engage Kids in Your Nonprofit - Third Sector Today A few days ago, I saw an adorable story on The Today Show about a well-spoken seven-year-old girl. She was chosen as the winner of the 2014 Sprout “Kindest Kid Awards” and named the Chief Kindness Officer. The “Kindest Kid Award” is in its second year and aims to spotlight young children who are very focused on doing good.
  • Kingsley School help disaster relief charity ShelterBox | Leamington Observer

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    DISASTER relief tents and other vital supplies for refugees or displaced families have been provided by pupils at Leamington's Kingsley School.They have raised enough money to buy two boxes of aid which the charity ShelterBox delivers to people who have been forced to leave their homes and belongings to flee war zones and disaster areas around the world. Read more: Kingsley School help
  • 9-year-old biking for charity across U.S. stops in Mesa

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    9-year-old biking for charity across U.S. stops in Mesa CJ is 9 years old and on a cross-country bike ride to raise money for families of children with cancer. He stopped in Mesa on Thursday, where the family planned to spend the night, before CJ pedals his way to Apache Junction. He is traveling the Southern Tier Adventure Cycling route, a more than 3,000 mile trip from California to Florida
  • Thieves Steal 100 Onions That 5th Graders Grew For Charity

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    Thieves Steal 100 Onions That 5th Graders Grew For Charity It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate. Instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.When students at the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville went out last week to ha
  • Marine City students want to market nonprofits

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    Marine City students want to market nonprofits  Students at Marine City High School are looking for nonprofit organizations to help.  The students in the school's Business Essentials II class want to help the organizations market themselves by developing a website and/or creating brochures, signs and/or fliers.
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    AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology

  • 3 Responsive Design Trends I'm Digging and Which Nonprofits are Working Them Best | npENGAGE

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    3 Responsive Design Trends I'm Digging and Which Nonprofits are Working Them Best | npENGAGEAs we head into Fall of 2014, (yes, I prefer to skip August as a Texas resident) we approach the 3-year anniversary of Responsive Design. The famous Boston Globe website launched in September of 2011 as one of the first fully responsive sites and now it almost seems there’s a mandate to go responsive. - resident) we approach the 3-year anniversary of Responsive Design. The famous Boston Globe website launched in September of 2011 as one of the first fully responsive sites and now it almost seems…
  • BBC News - Ice bucket challenge: 'One in six Britons took part'

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    BBC News - Ice bucket challenge: 'One in six Britons took part'One in six Britons have taken part in the ice bucket challenge to raise money for charity, research commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation suggests. The charity told BBC Breakfast that one in 10 people donated as a result of the campaign - each giving an average of almost £5. ComRes polled 2,058 British adults online from 5 to 7 September.
  • How to Ensure You Are CASL Compliant : Page 1 of 2 : Target Marketing

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    How to Ensure You Are CASL Compliant : Page 1 of 2 : Target MarketingUnder CASL, it is illegal to send to or from a Canadian computer a "commercial electronic message" unless the recipient has consented to receiving the message. CASL also requires that all commercial electronicmessages include an unsubscribe mechanism.
  • Ep100: Crowdfunding for Nonprofits and Businesses: 7 Best Practices — Selfish Giving

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ep100: Crowdfunding for Nonprofits and Businesses: 7 Best Practices — Selfish Giving
  • What Apple’s iPhone 6 and Watch mean for Nonprofits | Nonprofit Nate

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    What Apple’s iPhone 6 and Watch mean for Nonprofits | Nonprofit NateUnless you hid under a rock yesterday, you heard about the big Apple event.  I’m not going to get into the tech details, but watching the event last night did spark a few things to consider…
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    Donate a Car to Charity - blog

  • Study Finds Women and Men Value Similar Car Features

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    It may come as a surprise to some, but women and men value similar features when selecting a new car. The top features sought by both sexes are exterior styling and overall value. This is a according to, an auto buying site that regularly surveys buyers. Past experience with the brand and driving performance are next on the list. But while men usually give an edge to styling and driving performance, women tend to rank safety and fuel economy more highly than men do, TrueCar says. Those small differences are important as women become a larger force in the marketplace. Forty per…
  • How Much Would You Pay for a 1962 Ferrari?

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Apparently someone thought the price tag of 40 million dollars seemed about right.  A red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, which was once involved in a fatal accident, has set the world record for a car sold at auction, going for $38.1 million at a sale in California, auction house Bonhams said. The price offered on Thursday by a bidder whose identity was not disclosed surpassed the $30 million (all figures U.S.) paid last year for a 1954 Mercedes Benz W196 race car, also sold by Bonhams, the auctioneers said in a press release. “We’ve always maintained that we would exceed the current…
  • Nissan Kills The Cube

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Nissan has announced that the Cube is no longer going to be sold in the North America market.  Another class cut-up has graduated from our motor pool. The Nissan Cube’s indefatigable weirdness was likely both its chief selling point and its Achilles Heel, but Autoblog sources say that after a six-year run in the US, the niche player has been scrubbed from the Japanese automaker’s lineup. The move is hardly unexpected – there was confirmation from Nissan Canada that it was pulling the plug on the asymmetric little front-driver in its market back in May, and sales have not…
  • Ford Experiments with Lightweight Concepts

    12 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    A lighter Ford Fusion, like any lighter car, is something enthusiasts have been championing for years, and now it is becoming a reality. Ford, with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program, has built six Lightweight Concepts. The Ford Lightweight Concept is built on a 2013 Fusion, a car whose curb weight starts at 3,431 pounds and goes progressively to 3,913 pounds for the Energi. This Fusion lost about 800 pounds from stock. It now weighs in at around 2,600 pounds—as light as the Ford Fiesta of which it shares its lightweight, 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder EcoBoost…
  • Smart Phone Apps to Discourage Texting and Driving

    13 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    The dangers of texting while driving are broadcast almost daily.  Authorities cited distracted driving as the cause of more than 3,300 deaths nationwide in 2012, the latest year available, and thousands more injuries. Surveys show that drivers recognize the danger of distracted driving, and 43 states and the District of Columbia forbid texting while driving, yet large percentages of drivers — including roughly three-quarters of teens and other young drivers — continue to do it anyway. We have not managed to put down our devices long enough to get from point A to point B, even…
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    Pamela Grow

  • What’s in my Inbox | Best email thank you

    Pamela Grow
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    How are small nonprofit organizations using the power of email to love their donors? Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox. While the thank you letters that cross my desk have improved considerably, email thank you’s are lagging far behind.  This email thank you from Merchants Quay Ireland, though, is a rare exception…and quite possibly the finest email thank you I’ve seen. Where are your donors in your communications pieces? Related Posts:What’s in my Inbox | A whole lotta loveWhat’s in my Inbox | Mr. Holland’s Opus…Tell me again…why…
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Donor ‘Thank You’ Calls

    Pamela Grow
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of my Grow Report subscribers recently asked, “If a donor doesn’t give you their phone number, is it creepy to look it up in the White Pages in order to make a thank-you call?” Kieran went on to add, “On a related note, should we require phone numbers on our online donation form?” I’ve been recommending regular donor thank you calls to both my clients and subscribers ever since I first ran across this 2006 article from Hildy Gottlieb.  Regular board thank-a-thons provide a marvelous opportunity to engage your board in introductory fundraising activities, sans the…
  • Fundraising Friday | September 12, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    The number of older online donors has doubled in only four years.  Older Donors Catch Up in Online Giving.  New from Joanne Fritz. Retention Win #1.  Say Thank You.  New from The Agitator.  Pay particular attention to Lisa Sargent’s comment… Mystery Shopping for Fundraisers.  Also from The Agitator. 101 Fundraising offers up the specifics on How to Get Prospects to Call Back. What do you do when your systems fail?  See how one organization handled it in this week’s What’s in my Mailbox. This week’s What’s in my Inbox contains a one sentence lesson…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | When systems fail

    Pamela Grow
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    How are small nonprofit organizations using the power of direct mail to love their donors? Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. When a staff member leaves with loose ends undone…  When there’s a breakdown in systems and you’re just not sure your acknowledgement went out…  Rather than doing nothing, here’s how one organization handled it. Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit Impact UpdatesFundraising Friday | September 12, 2014What’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit Thank You’sFundraising Friday | August 22, 2014What’s…
  • What’s in my Inbox | A short lesson for fundraisers

    Pamela Grow
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    I’ve been a fan of Mike Dooley since 2004 when his inspirational recorded program, Infinite Possibilities : The Art of Living Your Dreams, helped me move beyond a painful divorce. And I’ve been subscribed to his daily enews, Notes from the Universe, for years now. Founded in 1998 as an email sent out weekly to 38 addresses, Notes from the Universe has now blossomed into a daily email sent to over 600,000 subscribers in 185 countries. These Notes are brief, personalized emails directly from “The Universe.” Last Monday’s email contained, in one sentence, the secret to…
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits by us

  • Two Topics This Week: 1. Starting a Bequest Program & 2. Being Quick and Genuine With Your Thanks by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. Your Bequest Program: It’s Easy Getting Started by John Elbare, CFP The simple bequest, which is a charitable gift in a donor’s will (or living trust), still accounts for most planned gifts. Bequest marketing should be a part of every fund raising program. Simple marketing messages can reap huge future revenues for your organization. All of your loyal donors are good prospects for a bequest. Let them know that you are interested in gifts by will. The idea of arranging a bequest simply does not occur to most people. Provide them with a steady stream of reminders. Put your bequest…
  • Checklists – A Valuable Tool for the Nonprofit – Part II by Bill Huddleston

    Bill Huddleston
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    In January 2009, a US Airways jet taking off from LaGuardia airport jet hit a flock of geese 3 minutes after takeoff and immediately lost power in all engines. With two minutes of altitude left, Captain Sully and his crew reached for their checklists dealing with loss of engine power and emergency landings; and, in what is now known as the “Miracle on the Hudson,” safely executed an emergency “landing” on the Hudson River. This is a great example of bravery, coolness under pressure, flawless execution, maybe divine intervention (I’ll leave that up to you), and a least a little good…
  • Things That Fundraising Managers Need To Keep In Mind When Working With Millennials by K. Michael Johnson

    K. Michael Johnson
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. A Love Note From Your Millennials Dear Boss, The Internet, The Internet, The Internet. Love, Your Millennial. I had a boss who would yell questions at us from his desk chair. Didn’t matter what people were doing, or who was around. If he wanted to know something, he’d just blurt it out and expect an answer. Now, we, his mostly-Millennial staff, weren’t really bothered by his gregarious personality. But his questions tended to be the type that could be easily answered with a quick internet search. This we found a little annoying. So, our running-joke response became, “Did you Google…
  • A Two-Fer: 1. Direct Mail Donor Retention & 2. Making Your Grant Proposals Visually Appealing by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. Four Major Donor-Retention Sins by Jonathan Howard You know that the key to net gains and year-to-year growth of your direct mail fundraising lies with your donor retention rate. Helping first time donors become loyal friends can generate as much as an 80 percent return on investment. That’s a pretty great business model. But few nonprofits get it right. Here are some key reasons why American philanthropy’s donor retention stinks. Stingy thank-yous. I just sent you money to change kids lives or save the world. Now I want swift assurance that my money is making that important…
  • Checklists – A Valuable Tool for the Nonprofit – Part I by Bill Huddleston

    Bill Huddleston
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Are you feeling overwhelmed? I think for many of us, that answer is, “Yes” – at least part of the time … or in some aspect of our lives. You’ve probably heard it said that the amount of information a person living in the Middle Ages would have been exposed to in his or her lifetime is equivalent to the amount of information in a single Sunday New York Times !! And that example is from the 20th century; and now, in the 21st century, the amount of information that we are exposed to daily has increased exponentially. And, with that “overload,” the challenge of being able to…
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    Event Fundraising Blog

  • Then vs. Now: Supporting participants via your website and eCommunications

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    This month, we take a look at how customer service and participant communications have changed for events over the past decade in our series: Then vs. Now. We'll look at changes in technology, tactics and the state of the event industry.I’ve been helping to create fundraising events for non-profits since 1998, before anyone slapped an “e” in front of “communication” to create a name for the work I do every day. Back then, we wrote and published printed newsletters, mailing them to participants’ homes. Because of the lead time involved in printed…
  • Event Safety & Security – 3 takeaways from the NCS4 Conference

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    As en event production professional for over 11 years I find it interesting to see how different organizations handle the safety and security of their events. From the staff to participants to the general public, there are quite an array of issues that can come up, and even more possible resolutions. Managing these situations takes skill and finesse, and of course, planning. Attending the annual National Spectator Sports Safety & Security Conference in July brought a revitalized interest in the measures taken to create a safe and secure event. The practices and resources available are…
  • Guest Blog: A Process for Improvement (How to A/B Test)

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    For the past two years, we’ve been working with Cameron Corda and his team to optimize our MuckFest® MS event series website. In this post, he’ll give us an introduction to the A/B testing process and insights into how we’ve applied it.A process for improvementHow many times have you been in a meeting where the process goes something like this?●      There are lots of ideas in the room, commonly beginning with “I think this might work…”●      The decision makers select their…
  • Production Expense Budgeting 102 – Focus on Income

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    Production Expense Budgeting 102 – Focus on Income In the beginning of July, we posted a blog titled “Production Expense Budgeting 101” which focused on expenses. Today we are back with Part 2, which will focus on income. We are always striving to find   ways to offset costs to our events while still producing a safe and fun experience for our participants. Take a look below at four ways we’ve identified any organization can incorporate to enhance the bottom line: Charge for Items Previously Free. Without nickel and diming participants, look at…
  • Event 360 Explores: The Great Lakes Relay

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Over a certain weekend in July, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you can find Event 360’s Jason Mahakian running in Northern Michigan. After all, for the past 10 consecutive years, he’s been part of a team participating in the Great Lakes Relay. According to Jason, it’s an event that is executed flawlessly where “the race directors do a great job of sending out all of the necessary information needed to complete the event stress-free. Through relentless planning and strong attention to detail, the event staff is able to provide an incredible experience for…
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • Accentuate the Postive

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    It’s hot and humid—something it rarely is in Los Angeles—and I am in a really cranky mood. I’ve spent too many weekends facilitating really good board retreats where it feels like things are about to take that big step forward, … Continue reading →
  • Fundraising Metrics

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    It’s been several weeks since the Development Director moved on to (perhaps) greener pastures. Her boss has been going through things, and yesterday stated that she was shocked at how much had been left undone. I was shocked because I … Continue reading →
  • When To Jump Ship

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    In the last several weeks, I’ve gotten panicky calls from Executive and Development Directors who have just been or on the verge of being fired. That’s not unusual. Ours is a volatile business and all talk of sustainability and stability … Continue reading →
  • Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    I was complaining—as I sometimes am too wont to do—about my inability to get my husband to leave the house once he gets home from work. He’s always been a homebody, but as we get older, he hunkers in more, … Continue reading →
  • When Should a Board Become Tactical?

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:02 am
    Of all the issues that seem to divide Board and Staff of nonprofits is the question of what, really, are the board’s roles and responsibilities. They are legion and yet, you could define it with two words: Oversight Supporter The … Continue reading →
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  • Your Food Guide For Cancer Preventative Nutrition

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
     Phytochemicals!   Nutrition is certainly an important component of over-all good health as well as helpful in balancing a diet that be helpful in cancer preventative measures. I recently attended a webinar hosted by Triage Cancer called Fighting Cancer With Your Fork by Julie Lanford, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN and founder of Let’s start off with a quiz! Are phytochemicals good for you or bad? If you guessed good, bingo! Phytochemicals are naturally occurring compounds found in plant-based foods. So far, 900 types of phytochemicals have been discovered and they all work in…
  • Magic The Gathering: Why Gamers Are Crowdfunding All Stars

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Crowdfunding + Gamers = Magic No, really. Tony Pagliocco has been competing in Magic: The Gathering tournaments for more than 15 years, a passion he shares with his teenage daughter, Mariah. When Mariah was struck by a car as she walked home from school, the tragedy shook their entire community of friends, family, and loved ones. Word also traveled swiftly through the MTG community. Fellow players suggested to Tony that he start a fundraising page, as people were already looking for a way to pitch in. And pitch in they did: Mariah’s fundraiser collected more than $15,000 in the first 24…
  • Interview with Jacqueline Dooley, Author of Doorways to Arkomo

    Michael Powell
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Jason Gurley designed Doorways to Arkomo’s cover. Jacqueline Dooley is a mother, author, and entrepreneur. She recently self-published Doorways to Arkomo: The Spirit Oak’s Gift, a novel exploring a unique friendship between two 11-year-old girls. Sorel, a princess in Arkomo, strives to save the lives of her family while Grace, a young New Yorker, fights cancer and hospitalization. Jacqueline kindly agreed to field a few of my questions about her life and the world she’s created through her writing: Could you tell me more about the inspiration behind Doorways to Arkomo? What…
  • Music as Therapy

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Music is a language of energy, a “vibe” of emotions and joy. It speaks to our core desires and feelings. Music can also be a mirror to help us better understand our own inner-world of thoughts, emotions and feelings. Although it has been around for 100 years, there is an emerging field of music therapy which is beginning to document the psychological and physical effects of listening to music. Studies suggest that music therapy can make a positive impact on patients with various medical ailments such as (but not limited to) brain injury, Muscular Dystrophy, cancer, autism,…
  • The Fault in Our Stars: Not a “Cancer Book”

    Michael Powell
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    “Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse if our sun, we will not survive forever” (12). Recently our staff read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. As the novel involves families coping with cancer, we hoped it would give us greater insight into the lives of people using GiveForward. While that certainly happened, we also arrived at a consensus that we all face uncertainty and should celebrate the everyday experiences life offers. Cancer is not an illness that plagues some, leaving the rest of us to merely…
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    The Fundraising Authority

  • Activating Your Prospects = More Donors

    Joe Garecht
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    For many non-profits, the process of turning new prospects into donors goes like this: We meet a potential donor, talk to them, add them to our newsletter list, invite them to a non-ask event, stay in touch with them, and then make an ask. There’s nothing wrong with that process. The cultivation process relies on communicating with our donors, and staying in touch with your prospects through e-mails, newsletters and phone calls is key to turning new prospects into donors who write checks to our organizations on a regular basis. But… if you want to increase the number of prospects who turn…
  • How to Raise More Money through Grants for Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    The process of applying for grants can seem mysterious… what do grant funders want? How much money do they have available? Where do I find them? It can also be extremely frustrating… why aren’t we winning bigger grants? Why aren’t we winning ANY grants? The good news is that finding and winning grants doesn’t need to be mysterious or frustrating… and it doesn’t need to take up all of your time either. If you want to raise more money through grants for your non-profit, then I invite you to join me for our newest class on The Fundraising Authority: The…
  • Eight Fundamental Concepts for Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Events

    Joe Garecht
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Fundraising events are a staple part of non-profit development programs worldwide. Your goal as a fundraiser is to make sure that you are maximizing your events to raise as much money as possible, without wasting valuable time and resources. As you plan your fundraising events large, small and in-between, there are eight fundamental concepts that you should keep in mind to ensure that you are raising as much as possible: #1: Fundraising events are still fundraising. Many non-profits focus on the event part of fundraising events – they find a great headliner, hire a nice band, find a good…
  • Did You Know that Non-Profit Fundraising Isn’t Just for Fundraisers?

    Joe Garecht
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    What’s the fundraising culture like at your non-profit? Do you work at an organization where everyone is focused on development… or one where the board tells you to “raise $1 million and come back when you’re done!”? Do you raise money for a non-profit that asks every staff member to help out with fundraising events, meetings and mailings… or one where the development staff is holed up in a corner, so that the program staff isn’t “bothered” with fundraising? Far too many organizations treat fundraising like it’s a “necessary evil” — like the development team is…
  • What Small Non-Profits Can Learn from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Joe Garecht
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:39 pm
    It’s all over the place. From celebrities to your Facebook friends, newscasters to rock bands, it seems like everybody is taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And, as a result, the ALS Association has raised over $62 million in the past month alone, compared to just $2.5 million in the same period last year. The Challenge has led to some memorable video (including George W. Bush getting doused by Laura, and Conan O’Brien taking the plunge). It has also led to controversy (The ALS Association funds at least one embryonic stem cell research study, leading many Catholics and evangelical…
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    Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates

  • Listen Your Way to the (Major) Gift

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    What’s the toughest lesson to learn in major gift fundraising? To know when to shut up. Here’s how to set yourself up for failure – or success with your major donor. Just imagine: Here you are, ready to meet with a major donor prospect. You’re getting ready to walk into her home, and you are all prepared. You’ve got your materials, your script, your presentation all set. And you are probably going to bomb out. Why? Your donor doesn’t want to listen to a presentation. She’s not interested in listening to you go on and on and on about how great your organization is and what…
  • The Zen of Raising Money from Individual Donors

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Can you tell if this person is wealthy? Here’s a brilliant guest post from my NYC buddy Andrea Kihlstedt. I think you will like it! When your folks say, “We don’t know anyone with money,” here’s some inspiration for them – and for you: _________ I’ve been volunteering for a small arts organization here in New York City teaching them how to raise money. The two people who founded the Center, I’ll call them John and Jesse, have created a remarkable program based on their passion for photo journalism. They’ve spent a huge amount of time and energy…
  • 5 Tips for Making Your Donors Love You

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    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…
  • What’s Next for Fundraising after the IceBucketChallenge: 5 Predictions

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    It’s a new day in fundraising, now that we have all seen the astonishing success of the #IceBucketChallenge phenomenon. I, for one, am scratching my head in incredulity as I watch the fundraising totals and new donors stream into the ALS organization. This morning, August 29, ALS is reporting 2.1 million new donors and $94 million raised! Whew. And how absolutely wonderful! Prediction: Fundraising will never be the same again. Why? Well, an emerging new fundraising tool – social media – has now demonstrated that it can raise big – I mean huge – money. The ALS Challenge is a…
  • A General Unrestricted Ask is LAZY Fundraising

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    I’m going out on a limb here to challenge one of the oldest and most cherished fundraising habits in our sector. Not to fear! I’m also showing you how to take that general ask and make it sharper, more urgent, and more compelling. I remember when everyone’s fall appeal letter was a General Unrestricted Ask. Is yours still? Is your ED or boss still insisting on it? Here’s the problem: In 2014, a General Unrestricted Ask is not going to light a fire in your donors. The post-recession 2014 donor has changed. She has trust issues with you — and all her favorite nonprofits. One of…
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    Online Fundraising Today

  • How Technology is Changing Philanthropy

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Recently a study was published on Computer Science Zone – “Charity and Technology: How Tech is changing Philanthropy” We thought this article was particularly interesting to our customers and partners as we all work together to help you raise more money by bringing your charitable causes online – helping you reach more people and raise more money for your cause! Like all other areas of business and our personal life, technology changes the way we think and behave. What does this mean for philanthropy? with the internet and increasing usage of mobile devices and social…
  • Back to School Fundraising Ideas

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    It’s back-to-school time…which also often means school fundraising time! Many schools choose to host their school fundraising events at the beginning of the year. Why? Well, for one…students, parents and teachers are all enthusiastic about the new year. There are many forms parents must read and sign…and therefore this becomes a great time to introduce you upcoming fundraising events throughout the school year.  This is also often the time when the school PTA starts recruiting members and volunteers to assist with PTA fundraising campaigns. So what kind of school…
  • Paradise Empowers Golf Fore Kids

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Paradise Empowers Golf Fore Kids commences on August 26, 2014. This dynamic charity golf tournament provides funds for tutoring to help children improve their grades, life skills workshops to fortify and enable them to make better life choices, classes to stimulate their minds, bodies and souls such as piano lessons, and educational and cultural field trips to children who otherwise may not have been afforded such opportunities. “Our one-on-one and group-sponsored activities successfully encourage kids to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams.” The schedule for the Paradise…
  • Charity Golf Tournament Supports National MS Society

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    On August 14th the MS Golf Outing commences to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Each heroic fundraising campaign held worldwide in support of this organization raises funds towards researching multiple sclerosis (MS) which is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. “This event has been a huge success year after year.” “The format is a four-person scramble, and awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams for the Low Gross…
  • Online Donations – 5 Factors Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Today most nonprofit organizations have integrated some type of online payment processing to collect donations on their website.  Yet, collecting online donations isn’t just as simple as putting a “donate now” button on your home page. With so many different options available, how does your nonprofit know which one to choose? Below we highlight five factors your organization will want to consider if you wish to collect online donations. 1. Functionality. What exactly do you want your donation website to do? Are you looking to simply process online donations for a…
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    Fundraising Detective

  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    A little bit later than usual, it's time for another fundraising reading round-up. Enjoy. August's Nonprofit Blog Carnival is now live. This month the topic is raising awareness for your cause and is hosted by Kivi's Nonprofit Communications blog. Donor Relations Guru shares a strategic donor relations plan. The Hilborn blog with a reminder that it costs money to raise money. Another mystery shopping test, another set of disappointing results. Bloomerang are the latest to discover the poor level of donor care in our profession. Kivi Leroux Miller shares a great list of…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    There is only place to start this week- the ALS Ice Bucket challenge meme that has taken over the world! There has been a lot of blogs on the subject. Here are a small selection of my favourite: A good starting point is Network for Good's article on why the #icebucketchallenge works. Beth Kanter wonders if a slow news cycle is a factor in it's success. Seth shares his views on slacktivism. Simon Scriver looks at some of the criticism the campaign has received. Though, to be honest, it's the introduction that I loved! In the UK there has been controversy as Macmillan Cancer Care…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    It's the middle of the summer holidays, so only a short round-up this week. There's still some gems that I hope you'll enjoy. Happy reading! A top street fundraiser shares some of his secrets at Fundraiser Magazine. I hope we read more from frontline fundraisers rather than directors and agencies. Great to read James' everyday experiences. The centenary of the start of the World War 1 inspired Tobin Aldrich to blog about some of the lessons we can learn. Also, if you haven’t read it already, then Tony Charalambides has written two great posts on fundraising in Great War…
  • Welcoming Donors and Securing Second Gifts from the Nonprofit Blog Carnival

    Fundraising Detective
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Welcome to the July Nonprofit Blog Carnival. This month I've assembled the best articles and resources on welcoming your donors and securing that all important second gift. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed. I hope you enjoy reading the articles and pick up some tips that you can put into action to boost your donor retention. General Tips and Advice Erik Anderson (Donor Dreams Blog) took the time to ask his colleagues and friends 'What do you do to welcome donors to your cause to surprise and delight them?' He had a great response and there is a fab collection of…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Next week I'm hosting July's nonprofit blog carnival. The subject is 'welcoming donors and reducing attrition' and I've already had some great submissions. If you'd like to contribute then it's still not too late! Send me your experiences and i'll share with them with other readers. In the meantime, here's what I've been reading recently:  Angela Cluff from the Management Centre on how to build a fundraising strategy from scratch. How to raise more money online tomorrow by Simon Scriver. Bloomerang share the top ten qualities of a successful…
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    CoolData blog

  • Your nonprofit’s real ice bucket challenge

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    It was only a matter of time. Over the weekend, a longtime friend dumped a bucket of ice water over his head and posted the video to Facebook. He challenged three friends — me included — to take the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS research. I passed on the cold shower, but this […]
  • Score! … As pictured by you

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    During the long stretch of time that Peter Wylie and I were writing our book, Score! Data-Driven Success for Your Advancement Team, there were days when I thought that even if we managed to get the thing done, it might not be that great. There were just so many pieces that needed to fit together somehow … […]
  • Eliminate your duplicate data row problems with simple SQL

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    We’ve all faced this problem: Duplicate rows in our data. It messes up our reports and causes general confusion and consternation for people we supply data to. The good news is you can take care of this problem fairly easily in an SQL query using a handy function called LISTAGG. I discovered this almost by accident just this […]
  • Mine your donor data with this baseball-inspired analysis

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    I’ve got baseball analytics on my mind. I don’t know if it’s because of the onset of July or because of a recent mention of CoolData on Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog, but I have been deeply absorbed in an analysis of donor giving behaviours inspired by Silver’s book, “The Signal and the Noise.” It might give […]
  • How our sector is getting its butt kicked by just about everyone

    25 Jun 2014 | 5:24 pm
    There isn’t a lot to do at my wife’s family summer cottage when it rains, especially if I’ve forgotten to bring a book. I find myself scanning the shelves for something — anything — to read. On one such recent rainy weekend, I picked up a book my niece had left on a table. It was […]
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    The Agitator

  • New Automated Fundraising Tool. Free. Forever.

    Roger Craver
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today were adding a valuable, new tool to The Agitator Toolbox. The Donor Commitment Feedback Widget for Nonprofits has been designed, tested and proven by the folks at our sister company DonorVoice and is being given to Agitator readers for: $30/month $0 (Free). That’s right. FREE. And how long will this price last? Forever. Hard to beat. How much time will it take? It’s very simple to setup (Tom and I both did quickly and we don’t write code for a living) – literally 5 minutes – and requires zero staff
  • The Downtrodden Strike Back: Fundraisers Rate and Expose Lousy CEOs and Boards

    Roger Craver
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    OK. Got your message from Friday’s Agitator post that it’s not only about the stupidity of fundraisers. We simply have to begin to change things at the top. With or without T-shirts, here’s what has to happen. If the problem is CEOs and top management who don’t listen or care, then let’s call them out for the disasters they cause. As the saying goes, “sunlight is the best disinfectant”. So, here’s what I propose: The Agitator will begin to publicly publish the ‘Best’ and ‘Worst’ nonprofit CEOs and boards as
  • In Praise Of The Fundraising 6000

    Roger Craver
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I love you. At least I know I do professionally. The very fact that you’ve logged on to today’s Agitator, or visited/searched our website sometime in the last week means you’re curious. And, of course, that you can read. I’m convinced by our studies that 57% of all folks who claim they’re ‘fundraisers’ don’t read. Of that 57 %, 100% believe they can write. That’s why almost everything they do regarding copy and case studies and communications sucks. Frankly, I don’t worry about that 57%. They neither care nor matter
  • Donors Need To Give

    Tom Belford
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Here are three takes I’ve recently come across on the ‘needs’ of donors/ customers. Moving from the sublime to the practical to the humorous … Writing in Fundraising Success, Richard Perry is the most inspiring, and his perceptions are well-previewed by his article’s title: Donors Need to Give More Than You Need the Money! Perry says that donors “give with joy”. Giving adds liberating significance to the work people do to accumulate money. As Perry puts it: “When they give, they transfer their talent and labor to the cause your organization…
  • Needed: An Incentive To Fight For The Future

    Tom Belford
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The past two days, Roger has written about thank you’s and their importance to retaining donors. See here and here. Increasing the lifetime value of a donor file by increasing retention rates seems like a ‘no brainer’ when it comes to improving an organization’s fundraising performance. But someone needs to identify and set that specific performance metric as a high priority; then take the necessary steps to attack the goal; and then be held accountable for the result. Has that happened in your organization? Or does your nonprofit follow more the scenario described in…
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    Fundraising Ideas & News | Blog |

  • The Fundraiser For The Last Ice Bucket Challenge You Need To See: The Human Side of ALS
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    With endless videos of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" in your Facebook feed, it may be easy to forget what you're supporting. In this YouCaring fundraiser, Anthony's loved ones make it very clear the human side of the research we're all supporting. Watch the video below and visit the fundraiser for Anthony.
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Medical Fundraiser for Child Facing Lifetime of Huge Medical Challenges
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    We stumbled across your website while searching for a means to help a family in our community. Our fundraiser was easy to set up with great support from the "YouCaring" team who responded promptly when we had any questions. It was very successful and the family who benefited are incredibly grateful and humbled by the generous donations and the caring messages. We are thrilled our goal of $100,000 was exceeded. Thank you for enabling us to help this family. MJ Reich, Deb Sabatino, Ruth Ward, Dori Martin and Sue Willms Alex's Story: Love Alone is Worth the Fight
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Fundraiser to Save Home for Mom
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Through our fundraiser, we were able to raise the money to help my mom save her house. There were people that helped us out that we didn't even know. There are people out there in the world that care. My mom's taxes were paid for the property, which was her mobile home. She has dogs and birds and would not have had a place to take them. So to try and help, a friend of mine suggested we try YouCaring to raise the money. I had a few people in my family skeptical of this and didn't think it would work, and we surprised them when it worked. Every time someone donated to this, I teared up just…
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Funds Help Organization Care for Abused, Abandoned Pets
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    My family and I are very active in the animal rescue community. There is constantly a need for medical attention for animals that are abused, neglected, injured, or just dumped into the elements. YouCaring has given us a way to connect with a huge community to meet those financial needs.Annabelle was found wandering a back alleyway, with eye and ear infections and a toenail that had grown all the way around and pierced through her foot. With the help of the YouCaring fund we were able to get her healthy and she has since been adopted out to a wonderful family. Thank you,Kirk…
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Online Fundraiser Helps Family Recover from House Fire
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The fundraiser that I put together to help my brother after his home was destroyed by fire and he lost virtually everything he owned was a complete and total success! I'd like to thank the YouCaring staff for helping me succeed and make this campaign possible. Before I started I researched and looked at several of these types of fundraiser websites and it seemed obvious to me that was the only one to align with for this fundraiser. All of the other sites I saw took a small percentage from each donation as a fee to help run the website. In addition, PayPal takes it's cut from…
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • Raffle Tickets to Promote Your Business

    Raffle Tickets
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Raffle Tickets to Promote Your Business Kids and adults alike feel a thrill at the announcement of a raffle. Toys! Gift Cards! Electronics! Free stuff! If the cost of ticket is reasonable for the prizes offered, you’ll find a wide array of people scrambling to win. For small businesses, a raffle could draw customers in- initially for the prospect of garnering free trinkets, but then developing a curiosity in the institution it derived from. For larger and more well-known companies, a raffle gives the corporation a fun aspect as well as helps retain customer loyalty. In today’s world…
  • Creating Great Non-Profit Websites

    Raffle Tickets
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Creating Great Non-Profit Websites Quality web design and maintenance can be pricy. Therefore it’s not surprising that when building websites non profit and charity organizations often come up lacking in both design and features. By necessity, these organizations provide a minimal budget for advertising purposes – including website design and hosting. However, with a few creative solutions, non profit websites can be just as dynamic as those of mega corporations. There are a variety of free or low cost website hosting options available. Many of these offer simple template design,…
  • Your Organization Profits With a Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Your Organization Profits With a Raffle Fundraiser In this time and day non-profit organizations rely mainly on fundraisers to help cover the cost of expenses. These non-profit organization can get the most out of any fundraiser by having a raffle fundraiser. A raffle brings in opportunities to give donated items to a person that buys Raffle tickets and wins a drawing. However if the company wants to bring in as much customers as they can to sell raffle tickets they will need prizes that are worth the money to spend on tickets. These items can be donated items or antique items. What ever the…
  • School Raffles

    Raffle Tickets
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    School Raffles One of the most common and probably the oldest kind of fund raising activity is the raffle. Raffles are fun and enjoyable other than being totally effective. It involves ticket raffle sales, drawing of the ticket numbers and winning items that are either donated or sponsored. Usually, for simple raffles, the winnings or the prizes are donated by good hearted individuals who have sincere sympathy towards the school and the students. These are usually the parents, stake holders and the alumni of the school. The donated items which are to be the prizes of the raffles may vary. It…
  • Why A Non-Profit Fundraiser Should Use Google Plus for Promotion

    Raffle Tickets
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Why A Non-Profit Fundraiser Should Use Google Plus for Promotion In today’s world of media and technology, social networking plays a major role in an event’s promotion. Hence, many event organizers now invest a lot in Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and similar other sites, hoping for the highest returns in the long run. However, Google+ is a new addition to this list and has been proved incredibly helpful for non-profit fundraising. Here, we have come up with a few simple tips that will help you reap the fruits of success by promoting your non-profit fundraising in Google+. Presence…
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    Common Sense Fundraising

  • Must Haves for a Winning Grant Proposal

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Contributed by Simon Peyton Jones, Alan Bundy and Marcie Wagner Writing a winning grant proposal doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact, most on-line grant applications are straight forward and allow an open dialogue with the funding organization if you have questions regarding the proposal. The most substantial part of any grant application is your “Case for Support” or “Statement of Need”. It is this case which will persuade the funder of the value of your proposal. You can improve your “Statement of Need” enormously simply by ruthlessly…
  • Twenty Ways to Increase Website Traffic Via Your Blog

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Contributed by Jayson DeMers This blog pulls from an article written by Jayson DeMers which neatly offers non profits 20 ways to attract website traffic through your blog. Some of the below listed tactics shouldn’t be considered an immediate fix, yet you will be surprised at how swiftly they just may begin to increase your website visitor numbers. Block off a couple of hours and give it a go! Submit your blog posts to StumbleUpon. Promote your blog posts to your email list – Placing a link to your blog on your signature can considerably increase website traffic. Work on your…
  • How to set up a Twitter account in five simple steps

    12 Jun 2014 | 1:49 am
    In the first part of our social media how-to series, we demonstrated how easy it was to set up Facebook page for your non profit. Here, we’ll show you how to use Twitter to reach out to your customers and get your company’s name out there without having to spend big bucks on conventional advertising. Step 1 First, you’ll need to setup a Twitter account. Go to, and enter your full name, email address and the password you want to use for your account. Twitter will automatically suggest a username for you based on your first name and surname, but you should…
  • A Quick Guide to Building and Using Your Non Profit Facebook Page

    25 Feb 2014 | 12:56 am
    The first of a series of blogs – upcoming blogs include: How to Set Up and Use A Twitter Account and Blog to Drive Traffic to Your Website By Marcie L. Wagner, CFRE A free service offered by Facebook; you can not only promote yourself (as most do), it is increasing essential to promote you nonprofit in order to share your stories, photos attached to those stories or photos of your events. A Facebook page for your organization gain you “fans” rather than “friends” through the “like” button. Similar to a personal Facebook page, you want to continually…
  • 22 Crowdfunding Sites (and How To Choose Yours!)

    28 Jan 2014 | 11:28 pm
    BY Eric Markowitz It’s not just Kickstarter anymore. Here’s a road map. Crowdfunding used to be pretty simple. Artists, inventors, and filmmakers posted their ideas, and funders chipped in a few bucks to make something happen. Kickstarter, the site that triggered the crowdfunding movement, was the cornerstone. In three years, the site has helped launch more than 95,000 projects. Today, there are scores of crowdfunding sites. Indiegogo, Bolstr, Fundable–the list goes on. With the SEC poised to allow projects to offer equity, crowdfunding has the potential to revolutionize how…
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    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies

  • Implement These Ideas For a Successful Raffle Fundraiser

    Bruce Hassel
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Implement These Ideas For a Successful Raffle Fundraiser Are you ready to have a successful and profitable raffle fundraiser for your non-profit organization? Makayla Beeny, “Impact a Life” scholarship essay contributor addresses just that topic in a clear and helpful way. Thank you so much Makayla for a job well done -  and best of luck with your studies! To read Makayla Beeny’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Implement These Ideas For a Successful Raffle Fundraiser You can help Makayla Beeny’s pursuit of a scholarship award by clicking the “sharing is…
  • Gaining Loyalty From Your Customers With Raffle Tickets

    Bruce Hassel
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Gaining Loyalty From Your Customers With Raffle Tickets Many thanks and a tip o’ the hat  to  “Impact a Life” scholarship writer Jonathan Wewer for taking on the following essay topic so creatively: Describe how a business (including retail and service) can derive promotional and customer loyalty/retention benefit by utilizing a raffle in their marketing efforts. Thank you so much Jonathan for your well-done essay -  and best of luck with your studies! To read Jonathan Wewer’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Gaining Loyalty From Your Customers With Raffle Tickets…
  • A Raffle is Worthwhile For Businesses of Any Kind

    Bruce Hassel
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    A Raffle is Worthwhile For Businesses of Any Kind “Describe how a business (including retail and service) can derive promotional and customer loyalty/retention benefit by utilizing a raffle in their marketing efforts.” Thank you Donald R. Conklin for your unique and worthy take on the how business of any kind can benefit from a raffle when used as a promotional / marketing tool. Thank you so much Donald for your thought-provoking essay -  and best of luck with your studies! To read Donald Conklin’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  A Raffle is Worthwhile For…
  • Maximizing Raffle Ticket Sales by Soliciting Community Support

    Bruce Hassel
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Maximizing Raffle Ticket Sales by Soliciting Community Support Many thanks and a tip o’ the hat to Marcia Pridgen for her fine and insightful “Impact a Life” college scholarship essay, “Maximizing Raffle Ticket Sales by Soliciting Community Support .” Marcia offers up some interesting insights as to why holding a raffle is not only a great fundraising opportunity but goes beyond that by bringing together community. Marcia is a Freshman student at Liberty University this fall. To read Marcia’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Maximizing Raffle Ticket Sales by…
  • A Successful Fundraiser Stands By Its Mission

    Bruce Hassel
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    A Successful Fundraiser Stands By Its Mission Hats off to “Impact a Life” scholarship essayist Jerome Watts who takes a very scholarly and scientific look at the fundamentals of non-profit fundraising. Jerome is a sophomore at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Thanks so much Jerome for your fine essay and best of luck with your studies! To read Jerome Watts’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  A Successful Fundraiser Stands By Its Mission You can help Jerome’s pursuit of a scholarship award by clicking the “sharing is caring” buttons below. A…
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    Fundraising Compass

  • Analytics: A Cadenced Strategy

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    By Carol Belair, Senior Consultant, Target Analytics at Blackbaud Over the past 19 ½ years, I have worked with thousands of nonprofit clients to recommend strategies for implementing predictive analytics projects and to help them identify specific types of prospective donors. My colleagues and I tremendously enjoy what we do, and have had many clients report tremendous success with our recommendations. One could say that we have made some interesting observations from our clients’ feedback and I believe that one of the most prevalent observations is that clients often feel a sense of…
  • How to Be Heard by Foundations Not Accepting Unsolicited Proposals

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Originally posted by George Ford for Foundation Center’s Eye On FDO blog. (Reprinted with permission of the Foundation Center.) The question of how to attract the attention of foundations that give only to pre-selected organizations (by some estimates, this is as many as 60 percent of all foundations) is a vexing one, and one that we hear frequently from our FDO users, library visitors, and other constituents. Personally, I hear from many FDO users who simply click the “Exclude grantmakers not accepting applications” checkbox on their searches and never see other prospects.
  • Grant Seeking? Upping your Odds of Funding

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    By Tracy Kaufman, Program Associate, Foundation Center Working in the Foundation Center’s busy New York library, we see dozens of scrappy, ambitious nonprofits pass through our doors every day in search of their next grant (or in some cases, their very first grant). The first step through which we typically guide these organizations is pinpointing some specific funders who may have an interest in their cause, whether it’s healthcare, the environment, performing arts, or what have you. However, finding a list of prospective funders is just the first step. When choosing who to approach and…
  • Politics, the Ask and Prospect Research

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    By Greg Alcock, Nonprofit Management and Fundraising Executive Many of us have been taught to politely avoid discussing politics with anyone other than our closest acquaintances. Perhaps the only topics considered more socially taboo would include chatting about personal finances or postmortem legacies with a virtual stranger over dinner. Given that fundraisers regularly break these conventional boundaries, we are either among the most socially inept people on the planet or… the most daring of societal tight rope walkers. Considering that success in our profession requires us to be…
  • Research Alert: Corporate and Foundation Profiling is Easy!

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    By Jen Filla, CEO of, Prospect Research Institute and President of Aspire Research Group Corporate and foundation information is structured information easy to find and present. An article on profiling should be about two paragraphs long, right? That’s like saying that you only need to know size and color to successfully buy someone a pair of shoes. Sure, we could get away with that, but careful customization will help us save time and achieve more. Corporate and foundation research has a lot of potential to strengthen an organization, but unfortunately it often gets brushed aside…
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    Double the Donation

  • Three Examples of Companies Using Facebook to Share Dollars for Doers Information

    Adam Weinger
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    At Double the Donation we not only talk a lot about how nonprofits can raise more money from employee matching gift and Dollars for Doers programs but we also like to highlight ways companies can better manage their employee giving programs. With employee participation rates all over the board it’s clear many companies can do a better job promoting these giving programs to employees. One easy and free way is to use social media. Here are three examples of how companies use Facebook to promote their Dollars for Doers programs. CH2M Hill – Announcing the Launch of  a New Dollars…
  • DonorPerfect Matching Gift Integration Guide

    Adam Weinger
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Does your nonprofit use DonorPerfect for your donor management software and to accept / process donations? Are you looking to incorporate matching gift information into both your DonorPerfect donation pages as well as across your organization’s broader fundraising? If so then this guide is for you. Either follow the steps in the below article or download our complete DonorPerfect matching gift integration guide. Double the Donation’s Relationship with DonorPerfect: DonorPerfect is a leading provider of donor management software which helps nonprofits cultivate donor…
  • Nonprofits: How to Increase Donor Awareness about Matching Gift Programs

    Adam Weinger
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Here at Double the Donation, we often write about the benefits of corporate giving programs, but we also touch upon marketing these programs to your donors. Informing individuals about the possibility of literally doubling donations via matching gift opportunities is step one to extra financial support, but step two is ensuring that these marketing efforts are working! We’ll touch upon some common marketing efforts to get your donors ramped up to submit that matching gift request form to their employer, but also how to tell if your strategy is working.   Marketing Matching Gift…
  • Donation Requests: The Top Companies

    Adam Weinger
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Double the Donation’s core business is providing employee matching gift services to nonprofits yet we also hear from countless organizations that they’re looking for information on requesting donations from companies. Here’s a list of the most common donation requests as well as information on each company’s donation request process and details on the company’s matching gift or volunteer grant programs. Macy’s Donation Requests: Macy’s offers three main methods in which it donates to nonprofits: My Macy’s District Grants Employee Matching Gifts…
  • Unrestricted Matching Gift Revenue Policy

    Adam Weinger
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    In addition to providing matching gift tools and services to nonprofits, Double the Donation’s team manages the largest LinkedIn Group dedicated to helping nonprofits raise money from employee matching gift programs. With matching gift experts scattered across the world the LinkedIn group is a great place to ask questions and learn how other organizations are promoting and handling matching gifts. Last week there was a question about limiting incoming matching gifts to your organization’s unrestricted fund. We’ve heard questions about allocating matching gifts to different areas…
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  • New Guide: How to Plan for a Successful #GivingTuesday Campaign

    Jenna Sauber
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    #GivingTuesday is a one-day annual movement focused just on charitable giving. In the two years since #GivingTuesday was launched, the campaign has engaged more than 10,000 organizations around the world, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2013, collective reporting showed a 90% increase in online giving compared to 2012, and a 270% increase in giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year’s #GivingTuesday, on December 2, will be even bigger, and it’s not too early to start planning how your nonprofit or cause can get in on the action. We’ve pulled together a short…
  • Gearing Up for #GivingTuesday

    Jenna Sauber
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    We can hardly believe it, but yes, fall is essentially here (at least in terms of football, pumpkin spice lattes, and back-to-school), and that means the holiday season isn’t too far away either. Does your nonprofit already have a holiday giving campaign plan, or are you holding onto those last few weeks of summer? In the last few years, the nonprofit community has rallied around a day to call their own during the holidays, which is all about philanthropy. #GivingTuesday was created by the 92 Street Y in New York City and the UN Foundation in DC to counter against Black Friday and Cyber…
  • 4 Traits To Hire For In a Fundraising Professional

    Hila Mehr
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    You’ve decided it’s time to hire your first fundraising professional (yay!). Fundraising can be complicated work and requires a specialized skill-set. Not only do fundraising professionals need to be good at research, but they need to be excellent at schmoozing and strategic thinking. That’s a lot to ask of one person, which is why many large nonprofits have multiple fundraising team members to fulfill these specific roles. If you’re starting out with hiring your first fundraising professional, here are the top four traits you should look for so that you can ramp-up your fundraising…
  • 3 Lessons on Fundraising from J.D. Rockefeller

    Khaled Allen
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Before Rockefeller, wealthy philanthropists gave haphazardly to pet causes and rarely concerned themselves with the results of their giving. J.D. Rockefeller, on the other hand,  was obsessed with measurable results and accountability. He created the modern institution of philanthropy, but he also set the standard for the modern donor. Working in a nonprofit, you probably don’t have Rockefeller’s resources at your disposal, but understanding his criteria for giving can help you tailor your approach to donors and grantmaking organizations. Here are three lessons from the father of…
  • Two Killer Methods To Tell a Social Impact Story

    Hila Mehr
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The social impact story you tell in your CauseVox crowdfunding video is critical–both for success in raising the most funds, but also in the message you are sending about your cause. An unfortunate trend in social impact storytelling is something known as “poverty porn.” You know it when you see it–the sad music, dehumanizing photos, simplification of issues, and an infomercial-style plea to “make a difference.” And you’ve seen it in campaigns like KONY 2012. The problem with social impact storytelling, especially when it comes to photos and videos, is that even if your…
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  • Idea Bank – Fundraising Ideas

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Are you talented in brainstorming ideas? If so, an Idea Bank Fundraiser might be the one for you! Put simply, this fundraising event gathers a bunch of ideas, and then people pay a fee to “withdraw” them. These can be about anything: from Halloween costume ideas to things to do late at night that don’t […]
  • World Records – Fundraising Ideas

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Breaking a world record is an accomplishment that not many people can claim. This fundraising idea, however, will let everyone experience the thrill of breaking one. A World Records Fundraiser charges participants a small fee to submit video proof of breaking a record. Once a predetermined deadline is met, all the evidence is reviewed. The […]
  • Cleanup Job Board – Fundraising Ideas

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    There are very few of us who actually enjoy cleaning up other people’s mess. That’s where the Cleanup Job Board Fundraiser comes in. Participants pay to post a cleaning job, (picking up trash, removing graffiti, separating recyclables), then your fundraising team completes it. Think Craigslist meets Captain Planet, and you’ll have this fundraising event down […]
  • Wanted Poster – Fundraising Ideas

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Seeing your face on a wanted poster in the Wild West was bad, bad news. But here, we’re turning it into a fundraising idea with a twist. A Wanted Poster Fundraiser turns a person’s photograph into an alternate bandit persona from days of six shooters and mangy varmints. As you can probably tell, there’s room […]
  • Cardboard Building – Fundraising Ideas

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:26 pm
    You’d be surprised what an imagination and a few empty boxes can produce… As you might have guessed, a Cardboard Building Fundraiser challenges you to create a building using only cardboard boxes. Once it’s complete, you charge people to take a tour of the makeshift establishment. This fundraising idea is for all you creative types […]
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    Tony Martignetti

  • Nonprofit Radio for September 12, 2014: Your Online Approach Plan & IRS Helps You Market

    Julia Campbell
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:21 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 peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the September 12, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Tulani Elisa, Dottie Hodges & Amanda Heidtke: Your Online Approach Plan With (l to r) Tulani Elisa, Dottie Hodges & Amanda Heidtke at NTC If you want to reach and…
  • Get Off ALS’s Back

    Julia Campbell
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
      Get Off ALS’s Back is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for September 5, 2014: Anniversaries Are Opportunities & Work Smarter Across Email And Social Media

    Julia Campbell
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:24 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 peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the September 5, 2014 archived podcast My Guest: Susan Gabriel: Anniversaries Are Opportunities Susan Gabriel Susan Gabriel, senior associate at Cause Effective, has tips to make your anniversaries–5th or…
  • Nonprofit Radio for August 29, 2014: Your Personal Brand

    Julia Campbell
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 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 peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the August 29, 2014 archived podcast My Guest: Dorie Clark: Your Personal Brand Dorie Clark – photo credit Aleks Karjaka Think about going out on your own? Are you already? You should meet Dorie Clark. Employee? You…
  • Nonprofit Radio for August 22, 2014: Integrate Social And CRM & Technology And Organizing

    Julia Campbell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:21 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 peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the August 22, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Bryan Giese & Jenn Smith: Integrate Social And CRM  With Bryan Giese and Jenn Smith at NTC How do you integrate social media data into your CRM database? What social media…
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    DonorDriven Blog

  • So...what's the plan for next year?

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    It’s that time? Already? We know for most of you, your fall events are well underway, but for everyone it’s time to start thinking about 2015. We have some practical advice for helping you create a schedule that can make 2015 go smoothly: Do it now. What can you move off your plate to devote full attention to effectively planning next year? If you have a schedule firmly in place soon, maybe even before your...
  • Infographic: Seniors are big givers to Millennial events.

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    As the population grays, seniors are playing a bigger and bigger role in online fundraising. According to recent numbers from Dunham and Company, seniors are now just as likely to give online as those under 65. And as Baby Boomers head for retirement we’re gaining more seniors. It's easy to make assumptions about who seniors give to, but don't. Even if your events focus on Millennials, you may be missing out on donations from senior. DonorDrive stats show that Grandma and Grandpa are giving to their grandkids events. Though...
  • Effective onboarding: Fostering talent for your organization's future success.

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    There’s a serious industry-wide problem in retaining nonprofit staff, especially fundraisers. Raising money is a tough job to do. It‘s not for everyone, so there will always be some attrition of fundraising staff and frankly—this is a positive thing. But the real problem is that we lose good people who are capable of being good fundraisers because we don’t train them to be good fundraisers. To fix it, we have to dump our old ideas about onboarding and training. Then we need to invest in new ways to train new staff. The onboarding and training plan…
  • Growing events through donor renewal.

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    I continually hear from organizations using peer-to-peer fundraising for their signature events that they're in a crisis right now. The problem? They've been steadily losing donors. The first thing to understand is that it's not a donor crisis. It's a participant crisis. If you dig deep into your numbers, you'll find that you've also lost those participants in your peer-to-peer events that brought you the donors. We all know that when donors are giving to your run or walk, chances are they're not donating to your organization. They probably donated because a friend was a participant in that…
  • How to eliminate the zero dollar fundraiser

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    What's shocking to most nonprofits in the peer-to-peer fundraising space is how many event participants they have who don't raise a penny. These are usually people who signed up (probably because someone asked them to) but didn't get around to fundraising until they felt it was too late. Maybe they walked in your event, or maybe they quietly (with guilt or embarrassment) bowed out, hoping you wouldn't notice. We tend to write off the zero-dollar fundraiser as just part of doing business. But have you looked at how many you really have? If it's less than 20%...
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    Blog - Selfish Giving

  • Ep100: Crowdfunding for Nonprofits and Businesses: 7 Best Practices

    Joe Waters
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Richard Swart, the Director of Research on Crowdfinance at University of California at Berkeley and author of the World Bank’s Report On Global Crowdfunding, on how nonprofit and for-profit brands can strategically use crowdfunding. Richard Swart Companies across America are partnering with nonprofits and crowdfunding platforms to leverage their social reach and extend their CSR messaging. Crowdfunding has become an accepted CSR activity, with very little downside and incredible potential.For Richard, crowdfunding is when people are…
  • 8 Facebook Contests to Build Your Fan Base, Support Nonprofits

    Joe Waters
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Pouring ice water on your head isn't the only way to raise money with Facebook. Here are eight more ways!The Ice Bucket Challenge proved that social awareness and fundraising need one social network to succeed: Facebook. As the challenge grew, millions of people rushed to Facebook to share their videos and to challenge others to post their videos. While not one dollar was raised for ALS on Facebook, tens of millions of dollars were raised because of Facebook.I've asked my friends at CafeGive, a company that specializes in social media apps that help businesses, nonprofits and marketing…
  • The Real Man Behind the Success of the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Joe Waters
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Who's responsible for the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge? My pick is Jerry Lewis. While others are responsible for the launch and promotion of this very successful fundraiser, Jerry Lewis put muscular dystrophy - of which ALS is one form - on the map.Lewis' annual MDA Telethon raised BILLIONS over four decades. But, more importantly, Jerry's efforts elevated public awareness of an obscure and rare disease. The organizations that are benefiting from the Ice Bucket Challenge - like the ALS Association - wouldn't be in business if it wasn't for the groundwork Lewis laid.In…
  • 7 Things Businesses Can Do Now to Support the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Joe Waters
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Have you heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge? I thought so. Here are seven ways businesses can ACT NOW to support the challenge and raise money to fight ALS!Make a Cash DonationPeople claim that companies don't donate enough money. They're also complaining that the Ice Bucket Challenge is wasting a lot of water and not raising a lot of money. Companies can correct two misconceptions at once. Here's a challenge for when you make your donation. Donate to a local organization that supports ALS patients and caregivers. Identify and support the ones in your community.Last week, I discovered one…
  • Prepare Yourself: In Retail Fundraising, The Cashier is in Charge

    Joe Waters
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    The conundrum of retail fundraising is that you can raise millions at checkout. But your success hinges on the support of an underpaid and uncertain ally: cashiers. Fortunately, your friend is their friend. Jennifer Askjaer and Sally George of Swell Giving Explain how social impact can soothe the savage beast.We've all stood in a checkout line and been asked: ”Would you like to donate a $1 to this worthy cause?”  Most of us have said yes on some occasion, either motivated by the public shaming or a true desire to help. Whatever the reasons, there are plenty of donors out there…
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