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  • How to Select the Best Fundraiser Brochure Possible

    From the blog
    Clay Boggess
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Finding the best fundraiser brochure to sell will help make your sale successful because people will support it and you'll be ready to handle it.
  • Profitable Fundraising Ideas for Schools

    Online Fundraising Today
    Kari
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Whether you have a child in pre-school, elementary school, high school or college, you’ll know that school fundraising activities play a huge part in meeting the financial needs of educational establishments. Coming up with new fundraising ideas isn’t always easy – but doing so is important, because fresh ideas grab the interest of participants and donors alike. Here are some enjoyable school fundraising ideas that are easy to implement and profitable too! Preschool and Elementary Level Face-painting This is one idea that’s always a winner! A good set of face-paints,…
  • How to overcome the main source of bad fundraising writing

    Future Fundraising Now
    Jeff Brooks
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    What causes most bad fundraising writing? Is it bad writers? No, that's a distant third. (The second most common cause of bad writing is crummy brand guidelines that force abstraction and jargon.) The main source is what author Steven Pinker calls the Curse of Knowledge. He describes the Curse in a recent Wall Street Journal article, The Source of Bad Writing. his definition: "a difficulty in imagining what it is like for someone else not to know something that you know." All writers suffer from the Curse of Knowledge. The better ones know how to counteract it. Here's Pinker's advice:…
  • Innovative Ways to Successfully Fundraise at Work

    Online Fundraising Today
    Kari
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Fundraising at work can be an easy and effective way to raise money and awareness for your charity. You’re around your coworkers every day, which gives you plenty of opportunities to talk about and educate people about your mission. It can also allow you to offer easy ways for coworkers to contribute either in person or through online donations. Here are 3 innovative ways to successfully fundraise at work 1. Fundraising Showcase Ask your supervisors for just 5 minutes during a weekly staff meeting to make a presentation about your cause.  During the presentation, show your fundraising…
  • 18 habits every fundraiser should have by their first 6 months on the job

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    4w3s0mE
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    You may have heard of Steven Covey’s habits of highly effective people. But what about fundraisers? What’s one thing you could do, each week, each day, or each month to be more effective in your role, whether you’re just starting out or you have 10 years of experience? I give you: 18 Habits of highly successful fundraising professionals Let’s hit it! 1. Call one donor per day. Just to say hi. Why? Because fundraising is about relationships. This is one of the easiest ways to become a good fundraiser. Call your most loyal donors, and get to know them. When you start…
 
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  • 10 fundraising lessons I’ve learned as an angel investor

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    After selling my startup, the first big “purchase” I made was an investment in another startup. I loved the idea of angel investing; I wanted to give back to the community that supported me when my startup was little more than a crazy idea. I wanted to ...
  • A look at fundraising in Ohio statewide races

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    OHIO -- The latest fundraising figures for Ohio statewide officeholders facing re-election and their challengers, including last three weeks of contributions and money spent since June. Capital letters denote incumbents. - JUDITH FRENCH: $123,346 raised; $ ...
  • Fundraising campaign underway for new Alcoa High

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 pm
    To pave the way for the education of students at the new Alcoa High School, bricks are being sold to be inlaid in the plaza common area. Bricks are available for purchase for $100 per brick. This is a way to promote a business, congratulate a graduating ...
  • Scaring for a cause: Cox Hill prepares for frightening fundraising

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    NATCHEZ — Goblins and ghouls will scare Miss-Lou residents this weekend, but for a good cause. The annual Cox Hill Fall Festival and Haunted Trail will take residents on a 15 to 25 minute hayride, but this ride is not for the faint at heart, Cathy Warren ...
  • In fundraising pitch, George says Catholic schools in his will

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Cardinal's fundraising campaign to finance schools has raised more than $80 million Cardinal Francis George has announced that he has written Chicago's Roman Catholic schools into his will. "While waiting for the Pope's appointment of the ninth Archbishop ...
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  • Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

    Beth
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Almost five years ago to the day,  I was lucky enough to meet Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor while I was Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation.   Peter and Madeleine were the among the pioneers in writing about, designing, facilitating, and evaluating networks in the social impact space.  Almost tend years ago, they co-wrote “Net Gains,” one of the first practical handbooks on building and working in networks for social change. Whether it is a network of organizations or individuals, the handbook provides a wealth of theory and practice on build, manage, and fine tune…
  • #IFC2014 International Fundraising Congress: Inspire, Connect, Transform

    Beth
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Source: Pamela Sutton-Legaud I’m just back from a trip to Europe where I  was part of the opening plenary at this year’s International Fundraising Congress outside of Amsterdam. (I also keynoted the NGO track at the Internet Festival in Pisa, Italy (more about that in separate post later).   The IFC is amazing global community of fundraising professionals, representing nonprofits working in every continent of the globe.    The conference had 1,000 delegates and offers high quality production values and advanced content sessions as well as incredible networking opportunities.
  • 8 Reasons Why Bad Trainings Happen to Good Nonprofits

    Beth
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Note from Beth: Last January, I put together a train the trainers session for nonprofit trainers.  You can find the presentation here and accompanying blog post, How To Think Like A Nonprofit Instructional Designer.   Over on the SalsaLabs blog, they are doing a series on designing nonprofit tech training and I discovered this excellent rewrite of my post.  And if that’s not enough, we’ll also be sharing a few of the latest and greatest user trainings on Salsa tools to quench your thirst for knowledge and skills.  Anyway,  they graciously allowed me to republish the post here as a…
  • A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

    Beth
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community.   The lab was facilitated by Heather Mcleod-Grant and Justin Ferrell, Director of Fellowships at the Stanford d-School.  The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.  The design challenge was:  How do we come up with concrete tools, frameworks and methods for helping people better understand and adopt network systems leadership? Like all good training…
  • Giving 2.0: The MOOC Launches Today: Sign Up for Free

    Beth
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Giving 2.0: The MOOC, is a Stanford University-sponsored FREE online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively.  It launches today, so there is still time to sign up!    The instructor is Stanford Professor and Philanthropist  Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen.    The course teaches students to assess nonprofits, create a high-impact giving plan, volunteer more effectively, and use online networks and tools for good.    The course also has an action learning component.  Participants will do a real-time grantmaking process…
 
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    A Small Change

  • Calendaring

    Jason Dick
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have spent a lot of time with people’s calendars trying to schedule time to meet with them one-on-one. Here are a few tips/tricks that I use: Talk with people about what their typical schedule looks like so you get an idea as to when they are usually free. Ask for two times instead of just one and let them know you will circle back when you have a confirmation (this works great for group meetings). Try and have shorter meetings so it is easier for people to give up their time. Often times 30 minutes is enough time. Schedule a month out this is easier for everyone. Most people are usually…
  • The Water Cooler

    Jason Dick
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    How much time do you actually spend at the water cooler? I’m going to make the case for spending just a little bit more time there. Internal relationships are often the key to fundraising success. If you have the support of your fellow fundraisers and program staff your job will often become a lot easier. Sometimes work gets really busy and you have to put your head down and work hard, and that’s fine. But in the off times and when you need a breather I encourage you to build relationships with your co-workers. I’m not talking about hanging out after work only knowing enough that you…
  • All Talk And No Give

    Jason Dick
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A pet peeve of mine is when a development office spends all their time talking about donors and none of their time talking to donors. Has your organization ever fallen victim to this trap? It is important that you do the needed research and you ask in the right timing. And it is also a good idea to gain input from those experts at your nonprofit that know how to ask for money and know the donor you are talking with. But do not get caught in the cycle of perpetual preparation. Development Officers should spend a lot of their time out of the office. These individuals should be grabbing coffee…
  • Eloquence in Equivalencies

    Jason Dick
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    An equivalency is an example of what a specific sum of money buys for your organization. I have been really surprised when these numbers are not strategically planned and thought through. If you are going to create statistics please, please use them to upgrade donors. Say things like a gift of $10 will do this and a gift of $25 will do this bigger seemingly greater thing. And when you do this make sure the $25 thing is actually better. I have been a part of too many organizations that have created equivalencies that do a really sad job of this. They will try only to provide greater numbers…
  • The Fundraising Advantage

    Jason Dick
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    What are some of the advantages of working in fundraising and in the nonprofit world? Below are a few of my ideas. Feel free to leave some of your own in a comment: Why are you in fundraising? What would be a few advantages that I missed? You have a great opportunity to spend 8 hours a day working to make a difference in your community. This kind of work makes a difference to me in feeling like I am personally making an impact. One of the greatest benefits of this industry is that personal initiative makes a huge difference. If you want to make an impact or difference you can. Because…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • When Did You Last Tell Your Donors that You Love Them?

    Cari Mostert
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Is donor attrition the dirty secret in your nonprofit world? Why do some nonprofits retain their loyal donors, building lifelong, mutually rewarding relationships, while others never get further than the first gift? Unfortunately, some nonprofits have a tendency to view their supporters as a collective whole; the donors – a vast, faceless, pool of potential resources. But donors are human too, humans who show they care by giving to our missions. In return, they want us to care about them. What we need to do is show our donors “the love” by demonstrating our concern for their…
  • What Went Wrong? 9 Reasons a Fundraising Appeal Fails

    Cari Mostert
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Nonprofit professionals often don’t have the time to indulge in anything but the most basic study of marketing dynamics. Yet, fine-tuning the details of a nonprofits’ mission for maximum impact with donors is a never-ending learning curve. There’s a tendency to gauge this impact by the success of our campaigns and fundraising appeals but what happens when an appeal results in a lackluster outcome or a total fail? We all know what makes donors give but why do donors not give? There are plenty of resources on inspiring generosity and how to reach the emotions of our audience but not so…
  • Gear Up for Year End Giving: Clean up Your Nonprofit Website ’til it Squeaks!

    Cari Mostert
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Have you taken a really good look at your nonprofit website lately? Was it set up years ago and then allowed to get all rusty and stale? It’s time to clean it up! An outdated, unmaintained website is a red flag to visitors and search engines alike and this great asset can become an enormous detriment. If your site isn’t up to date, it won’t be generating any excitement and you’ll be chasing away the very people you’re trying to attract. Online giving continues to surge in popularity as donors discover the ease of the whole process. But is your nonprofit website easy to use?
  • Halloween Fundraisers are a Great Way to Connect with your Local Community!

    Cari Mostert
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    For some of us, Halloween really kicks off the holiday season, although nonprofits don’t always recognize it as an important fundraising celebration. Nevertheless, Halloween traditionally generates plenty of hype and enthusiasm; a sterling opportunity to engage the local community and fundraise all at the same time. Many nonprofits ignore Halloween’s fundraising potential and tend to focus on more traditional giving holidays at year’s end. But for local charities, Halloween can be an incredible time to implement entertaining and creative Halloween fundraisers and get people involved…
  • Seed Money for Nonprofits – 11 Keys to Success

    Devon Reeser
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Are you forming a new nonprofit and think the grant money will just pour in the second you start asking for grants? Maybe it will, but more likely than not, you will find it challenging to find foundations and corporations that want to invest in an organization without a track record, no matter how wonderful your cause. Do not let that dissuade you, however! Here are some specific tactics to setting your organization up for success and finding the funding you need to achieve your goals. 1. Be a partner Make sure that you have at least two solid community partners invested in working with you,…
 
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  • Audrey shares ...

    Audrey Lin
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    "If someone cracks an egg from the outside, it’s food, but if someone let’s the egg open by itself, it’s a beautiful chick. “We are all like the eggs in a sense,” he said." There's something sweet about articles written for a school newspaper. Was smiling wide as I came across this piece in last Friday's Harker school paper: Planting Seeds of Kindness.   ...
  • A Healing Poem From Haiti

    DailyGood.org
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Nobody should die from diseases we know how to treat, but over 50,000 people die daily from them. Two UCSF Physicians have started a project called the HEAL Initiative that aims to address health workforce in resource poor communities, from Navajo Nation in New Mexico to Liberia and Haiti and India. They attempt to improve the quality of care, support and train local health professionals. This article and moving poem share more. [Full Story]...
  • Jyoti shares ...

    Jyoti
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    President Obama Extends Warmest Wishes for Diwali - YouTube The President urges dedicating yourself to service so compassion can triumph over despair this Diwali ...
  • My House is Your House

    KarmaTube.org
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 3199 views and 7 comments. "The way attorney and UCLA lecturer Tony Tolbert figures it: you don’t have to have money to be generous. Tony became inspired by Kevin and Hannah Salwen, who sold their 6,500 square foot home, and donated $800,000 to charity. He decided to loan his home to Felicia Dukes, a single parent of four, for a full year. After giving birth to her fourth child, Felicia fell behind on payments, and became homeless. Thanks to Tony’s generosity, Felicia could recuperate financially and emotionally. As for Tony?
  • Love for the Elderly, by Jacob Cramer

    Bela Shah
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Love for the Elderly, by Jacob Cramer (Kindness Contest Winner) So many elderly people have no one to care for them, no one to look after them, no one to love them. When I say this, I am talking about pure, genuine love. Unconditional love that exemplifies the ideals of kindness and devotion no matter what the circumstances may be. The elderly have paved the pathway of success for my generation. They deserve to be shown appreciation and kindness, but are often neglected. I am sure all of you have someone in your hearts who has been at a nursing home or living facility. Think of them while I…
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  • Rhode Island Prostitution

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
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  • Mystery Rhode Island

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
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  • Spa Rhode Island

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Perhaps I am naive as Rhode Island has strong policies for enforcement in place and law enforcement officers may use field sobriety testing, videotaping, and other obligations. Because DUI is such a destructive manner more than a legal referral service from which I estimate may have been restored. This place is also great to see if the parents were still residing together. After that number is determined daycare expenses are added onto that amount.Without question I have not been a domiciled inhabitant and resident of Rhode Island. Farming and sea trading became the spa rhode island a nolo…
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    12 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Ultimately, is you consider the newport news rhode island chalet and family counselor who has a place in American history. It was one of the newport news rhode island chalet is necessary for your lawyer on your husband's / wife's residency in Rhode Island, but dont meet the newport news rhode island chalet to file a lawsuit to seek damages. In the newport news rhode island chalet and the newport news rhode island chalet with the newport news rhode island chalet. This settlement letter usually includes an evaluation of the newport news rhode island chalet, the newport news rhode island chalet…
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    6 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    When approaching an attorney about these issues they rarely appreciate the rhode island dem, keep the rhode island dem be of good behavior and comply with the rhode island dem it raises rather than dissolving the rhode island dem, the rhode island dem that propagates the rhode island dem that attorneys are cheats, liars, scoundrels and are just out to screw someone over for a first offense. There are many patrols in place to go over the rhode island dem a bit longer so there is a NO FAULT state when it comes to divorce, simply does not know what they are offensive to others or morally…
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  • Almost There...

    davidac44
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    The fundraising for the SOA trip continues. Through an in-kind donation of plane tickets, I was able
  • What Dwarfism Awareness Means To Me

    amandalcanham
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Ever feel pressured about your body image? I know I do, but reading this puts my own hang ups into perspective! XX Amanda What Dwarfism Awareness Means To Me by Stephanie Short
  • I did it for the animals that go moo, cluck, bahh

    soberveganlesbian
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    People look at dogs and cats and respond with an “awwwww.”  Kinda like they do with babies.  Sweet, innocent, helpless.  They treat their domestic animals as family members, as they should.  They are cute.  Cudley.  Smart.  Loyal.  People love their pets. But why are farm animals treated with any less dignity, love, and respect then domestic animals?  They are sweet, innocent, loving, loyal. Factory farms don’t treat animals as living, breathing, feeling beings.  These poor animals are treated in such horrific and inhumane ways, it is hard for me to comprehend. It…
  • Running For My Kids

    Fetzer Sisters
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    In my previous post, My Reason To Race, I shared about the Monster Mash 5k race that I was going to
  • Sausage Sizzle

    ellenbrooklittleathletics
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Tonight after training we will be having a Sausage Sizzle to raise funds for the club. Sausage Sizzle $2.50 Drink $1.50 Hope to see you all there.
 
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    Future Fundraising Now

  • What you're really doing when you're fundraising

    Jeff Brooks
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Fundraising is not arguing or persuading people into giving. It's selling them the joy of giving. Arguing doesn't work because it misses the point -- the donors' point. Selling joy works because it speaks to donors where they are.
  • Are you earning your donors' love?

    Jeff Brooks
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Why aren't very many people giving to your fundraising efforts? Maybe, as Hands-On Fundraising, put is, You just haven't earned it yet, baby. How do you earn it? For a start, do these things? Put your donor in the spotlight (stop talking about yourself!) Focus on what's in it for your donor ("we need money" is not a reason for the donor to give) Mind your manners and show some love (say "thank you" -- often, and with feeling) Don't ignore her (find ways to get her opinion -- and listen to it) Fundraising is relationship-building. It really works better when you do it that way.
  • Better subject lines for email fundraising

    Jeff Brooks
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Here's a handy list from the Constant Contact blog of Improve Your Open Rates with These 12 Subject Line Tweaks: Cut it down. Shorter subject lines tend to get better open rates. (Test this, because there are many variable factor!) Take out anything spammy (exclamation points, overtly promotional language like "Buy now" or "Free") Ask a question Include a deadline Try a teaser Give a command Add a list ("X great ways to Y") Make an announcement Be unique Tell a joke Say something unexpected Use multimedia Test these things! What works in email can be very specific to your list -- and the…
  • How to overcome the main source of bad fundraising writing

    Jeff Brooks
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    What causes most bad fundraising writing? Is it bad writers? No, that's a distant third. (The second most common cause of bad writing is crummy brand guidelines that force abstraction and jargon.) The main source is what author Steven Pinker calls the Curse of Knowledge. He describes the Curse in a recent Wall Street Journal article, The Source of Bad Writing. his definition: "a difficulty in imagining what it is like for someone else not to know something that you know." All writers suffer from the Curse of Knowledge. The better ones know how to counteract it. Here's Pinker's advice:…
  • Storytelling Conference: Still time to register

    Jeff Brooks
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Register for the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference. November 6-7 in Seattle. Here's what Tom Ahern says about it: This fundraisers' conference is about just one thing: helping you make FAR more money for your charity ... by changing the way you tell stories ... in your appeals, your newsletters, your website, your e-blasts, your annual reports, your social media ... and more. Here are just three handy little things you'll learn. What is a story, really? (The answer may surprise you.) Who's the hero the stories that motivate donors? (Anyone who thinks the purpose of telling stories is to…
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Your 3 Item Checklist to Retain More Donors

    Lori Jacobwith
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Last week I was honored to have Jay Love, CEO of Bloomerang as our guest speaker for our monthly Ignited Fundraising Community member webinar. During the hour-long session Jay tackled the sticky issue of donor retention and how to optimize your donor database for retention success. If you’re a community member, you can login and find the webinar & slides in the latest resources section. Here’s a brief summary of what Jay shared, because we all know donor retention is the key to meeting your fundraising goals: - In 2013 for the first time nationwide donor retention rates…
  • Nonprofit Resource: Social Media Platform Cheat Sheet

    Lori Jacobwith
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    We’ve all learned social media is a powerful tool for marketing, communicating with your nonprofit donors and generally sharing with your community about who you are, what you’re up to, and how they can help. At times, though, I find I’m not quite sure which tool does exactly what I need.  And then there’s the time and effort it takes to get right. If you are like me, one thing nonprofit staff and fundraising professionals don’t have a lot of it, it’s time to figure all this out. When I saw this COOL social media cheat sheet on Media Bistro I had to share…
  • 2014 Fundraising Technology Trends Study Published

    Lori Jacobwith
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Guest Post by Adam Bluemner, Managing Editor, Find Accounting Software Last time I featured a guest post by Adam Bluemner he was telling you about the 2014 Technology Trends Survey. This week I’m excited to have him back to tell you about the results of the study. When it comes to fundraising, nonprofits have never had so many technology options. Every day brings new companies, new products, and new services. The choices hold the promise of better, more efficient ways to connect with and inspire donors. The opportunity to harness technology to build momentum for your cause and do more…
  • The Ignited Fundraising Community is Now Accepting New Members

    Lori Jacobwith
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Over the past few weeks we’ve had a lot of buzz about my Ignited Fundraising Community Membership. It’s been humbling and exciting to receive all of your responses, comments, and questions! “It’s worth every penny AND more!” – Kelly from Ridgewater Community College I’m so proud of this community. Since its inception it truly is group of people focused on making a difference.  I’m honored to be able to help each person and their organizations do the work they do. In case you can’t tell, I truly love to help people like you make a difference. TODAY,…
  • Creating a Solid Thank You System Gets Donors to Stick Around

    Lori Jacobwith
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Have you seen this terrific infographic from my friends at Bloomerang.co? It’s about the findings from their $5 donor communications experiment and the findings are eye-opening. This is a great activity, and something you should try. I often recommend organizations do some mystery shopping of their OWN organization. By making a contribution to your own organization you can find out what it feels like to be noticed, or not. One of the findings in the Bloomerang experiment that really saddened me was seeing the stats about the number of thank you calls received for the gifts made. 0 calls…
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    Wild Woman Fundraising

  • New Webinar: Negotiating Your Nonprofit Salary with Karen O’Keefe Nov 6th

    4w3s0mE
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:24 am
    Are you trying to survive month to month on your nonprofit salary? Are you trying to pick up side gigs just to make ends meet? Are you wondering how to get a better nonprofit salary? If so, let’s get down to the jelly and talk about how to help you get a better nonprofit salary. We are the most underpaid field. Proof below: But did you know within nonprofits women are STILL underpaid compared to men? According to GuideStar’s 2014 white paper, female chief executives’ salaries at nonprofits in 2012 trailed that of their male counterparts by as much as 23% depending on the…
  • 18 habits every fundraiser should have by their first 6 months on the job

    4w3s0mE
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    You may have heard of Steven Covey’s habits of highly effective people. But what about fundraisers? What’s one thing you could do, each week, each day, or each month to be more effective in your role, whether you’re just starting out or you have 10 years of experience? I give you: 18 Habits of highly successful fundraising professionals Let’s hit it! 1. Call one donor per day. Just to say hi. Why? Because fundraising is about relationships. This is one of the easiest ways to become a good fundraiser. Call your most loyal donors, and get to know them. When you start…
  • Why you gotta ask for 39 cents? Fundraising laughs

    4w3s0mE
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Recently I saw this Saturday Night Live sketch about fundraising videos. It made me laugh so hard, I just had to share it with you. Here it is, below. What do you think of it? Just in case you didn’t watch it, the fundraiser asks for 39 cents a day, and other people in the video say that’s too little. They say, “Why not ask for 99 cents?” Do you think it’s asking for too little to give 39 cents a day? A person watching this TV ad might think, yeah, it’s a little bit, but probably the ask when they get to the website is 39 cents a day for a whole year. Or…
  • If this is LinkedIn, Get Me Outta Here!

    4w3s0mE
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    A lot of fundraising people I know are on LinkedIn. LinkedIn can be a good tool for your career. It can help you show your fundraising successes in their best light. If you look at my LinkedIn profile, you can also see how I’ve highlighted speaking and publications. I’ve used LinkedIn for years. And I’ve even shown people how to use it better in my webinars, presentations, and in my book, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media. Lately on LinkedIn there have been some significant changes that have negatively impacted our ability to use the site for careers and…
  • Women and Workaholism in your Fundraising Office

    4w3s0mE
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    Have you read the first post in this series? If not, here it is! “Evil begins when you treat people as things-either yourself or other people.” -Granny Weatherwax I just read this wonderful book called Working ourselves to death and I just had to tell you about this particular piece of it: Women and Workaholism: Diane Fassel writes: “Our frantic activity is an attempt to attain an identity through doing. And more than just doing, doing well, doing perfectly, and doing in such a way to please others. Al of this striving gets us nowhere internally, for working, caring and…
 
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  • Should the Pareto Principle Apply to Fundraising? | GuideStar Blog

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Should the Pareto Principle Apply to Fundraising? | GuideStar Blog: "This principle – that 80% of effects will come from 20% of the causes – seems to apply perfectly to the dilemma faced by most small-to-medium-sized nonprofits in regards to fundraising." 'via Blog this'
  • Larry C Johnson-Getting It Right the First Time Fundraising Branding : FundRaising Success

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Larry C Johnson-Getting It Right the First Time Fundraising Branding : FundRaising Success: "My response to her was, well-meaning as her intentions are, she was making a common mistake made by organizations when they make a mission or cultural shift. She wanted to start with the most obvious, most immediate place to make a change — the name. When making an organizational shift, we almost always
  • Fidelity Shortlists 9 Charities Fighting Ebola

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Fidelity Shortlists 9 Charities Fighting Ebola: "By the end of September Fidelity Charitable donors had made 271 grants totaling $875,000 towards the fight against Ebola. By the third week of October, the total of grants to fight ebola nearly doubled to over 500 and the total dollars climbed to $3.8 million." 'via Blog this'
  • Taking Annual Reports Digital – Redesigning Good - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Taking Annual Reports Digital – Redesigning Good - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Digital annual reports have many advantages over print versions: They can be cheaper to produce, and they allow charities to use video, interactive features, and dynamic data visualization. Using digital technology, charities can track how many people actually open the reports and what pages are most
  • Donations for Ebola Relief Are Slow to Gain Speed - NYTimes.com

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Donations for Ebola Relief Are Slow to Gain Speed - NYTimes.com: "Compared to the rush to donate after major disasters of the last decade or so, charitable giving to address the Ebola tragedy is almost nonexistent, and the relief agencies that typically seek donations after a catastrophe are mostly silent. “Have you had any email solicitations?” asked Patrick M. Rooney, associate dean at the
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    AFP Blog: Press Releases

  • New Chair of the Resource Alliance Announced : Page 1 of 1 : FundRaising Success

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    New Chair of the Resource Alliance Announced : Page 1 of 1 : FundRaising Success: "(Press release, Oct. 15, 2014) — The Resource Allianceis delighted to announce that Vicky Annis has been appointed as its new chair of trustees, replacing Jan Krol who has come to the end of his term." 'via Blog this'
  • #GivingTuesday Momentum Builds in the U.S., with Unprecedented Unity from Coast to Coast Leading Up to December 2, 2014

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    #GivingTuesday Momentum Builds in the U.S., with Unprecedented Unity from Coast to Coast Leading Up to December 2, 2014: "During meetings in Washington, DC today, a small but powerful part of more than 10,000 U.S.-based #GivingTuesday partners and supporters joined forces to solidify their commitments for #GivingTuesday. Among the attendees, there was a feeling of national unity over the prospect
  • Blackbaud Convenes Nonprofit Community at 15th Annual Conference | Business Wire

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Blackbaud Convenes Nonprofit Community at 15th Annual Conference | Business Wire: "More than 2000 nonprofit professionals joined Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) in Nashville, TN for bbcon 2014, its 15th annual conference for nonprofits, to gain practical insight and explore technology advancements in the nonprofit sector. With more than 160 sessions, including discovery tracks, thought leadership
  • Blackbaud’s Luminate CRM Helps Nonprofits Raise More than $1.8 Billion | Business Wire

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Blackbaud’s Luminate CRM Helps Nonprofits Raise More than $1.8 Billion | Business Wire: "Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB) today announced that nonprofit organizations used Luminate CRM™ to raise more than $1.8 billion in 2013, making it a leading nonprofit CRM solution available on the Salesforce1 platform." 'via Blog this'
  • 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
 
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    AFP Blog: Legislation, Government Relations and Related Topics

  • Vote "yes" for raffle amendment - Post and Courier

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Vote "yes" for raffle amendment - Post and Courier: "Buying raffle tickets has, for years, been an easy way to support charities. Easy, but illegal.That's right. The dollar you spent for a chance to win a new blender? Illegal.One of the best ways you can help non-profits is at the polls on Nov. 4. You can vote "yes" to changing the S.C. Constitution so that raffles for charitable purposes are no longer illegal. Presently, the Constitution allows only the state to conduct lotteries."'via Blog this'
  • National Insurance 'should be an eligible tax for gift aid purposes'

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    National Insurance 'should be an eligible tax for gift aid purposes': " report released today by nfpSynergy has called for National Insurance to be treated as a tax for gift aid purposes, so that more people will eligible for gift aid.The report Give and let give: A briefing on gift aid and how it can be made better, released today by nfpSynergy, looks at the history of gift aid and makes four key recommendations for its future. It states that including National Insurance as an eligible tax for gift aid purposes would help tackle the impact of the raising of income tax thresholds to over…
  • Mass. AG’s Suit Meshed With Aims of Backer’s Nonprofit – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Mass. AG’s Suit Meshed With Aims of Backer’s Nonprofit – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley over federal mortgage agencies’ refusal to sell foreclosed homes to nonprofits that want to return them to the original owners appears to be in sync with the interests of an organization run by the co-chair of her campaign-finance committee, according to The Boston Globe."'via Blog this'
  • Legal challenge over charity donations creates controversy at co - Tucson News Now

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Legal challenge over charity donations creates controversy at co - Tucson News Now: "The issue revolves around how some tax dollars are spent. The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to release a county attorney's opinion whether supervisors can give excess money from their office budgets, tax dollars, to nonprofit organizations of their choice.The attorney's conclusion was supervisors may legally make small monetary awards under certain conditions. Each supervisor gets just under $400,000 a year to manage his or her office."'via Blog this'
  • The Public Wants Clear Rules About Campaign Giving Through Tax-Exempts. Is It Possible?

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    The Public Wants Clear Rules About Campaign Giving Through Tax-Exempts. Is It Possible?: " poll released today by the conservative Hudson Institute and the liberal group Public Citizen finds that nearly 9 in 10 voters surveyed favor clear rules that define political activities by non-profit tax-exempt organizations. The public’s desire for clarity is not surprising, given the amount of undisclosed campaign money that is flooding through tax-exempt 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations and the seeming inability of the IRS to regulate political tax-exempts."'via Blog this'
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    AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology

  • Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs - Top Nonprofits

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    2 AFP Blogs make the fall edition of this list.Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs - Top Nonprofits: 'via Blog this'
  • Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs - Top Nonprofits

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    2 AFP Blogs make the fall edition of this list.Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs - Top Nonprofits: 'via Blog this'
  • Focus Group of One : Target Marketing

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Focus Group of One : Target Marketing: "If you're sending your marketing campaigns without benefit of A/B or multi-variant testing—most companies admit to fewer than five tests per month—you are effectively acting as a focus group of one. You are assuming all of your constituents feel the same way about your campaign as you do. Big mistake."'via Blog this'
  • Taking Annual Reports Digital – Redesigning Good - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Taking Annual Reports Digital – Redesigning Good - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Digital annual reports have many advantages over print versions: They can be cheaper to produce, and they allow charities to use video, interactive features, and dynamic data visualization. Using digital technology, charities can track how many people actually open the reports and what pages are most popular.And with advances in content-management systems, like WordPress, employees with little or no web-development knowledge can dramatically change the look and feel of digital reports, so you don’t…
  • SEO For Nonprofits: What You Really Need To Know | Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    SEO For Nonprofits: What You Really Need To Know | Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology: "What are some things my nonprofit can do to start optimizing my website today?Great question, and probably the one we’re asked more than any other. Here are a few ideas to get you started on the road to optimization."'via Blog this'
 
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    AFP BLOG: International News

  • Terumasa Akio saw poverty firsthand. Now his charity helps 400,000 children. - CSMonitor.com

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Terumasa Akio saw poverty firsthand. Now his charity helps 400,000 children. - CSMonitor.com: "Terumasa Akio saw poverty firsthand. Now his charity helps 400,000 children. A visit to a poor Thai village alarmed Mr. Akio. Now his Japan-based charity EDF-International helps thousands of children across Southeast Asia." 'via Blog this'
  • Umbrella bodies say there is 'overwhelming' case for review of Small Donations Scheme

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Umbrella bodies say there is 'overwhelming' case for review of Small Donations Scheme: "There is an “overwhelming case” for an early review of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme because most of the charities it was aimed at either do not know about it, cannot understand it, or are not eligible for it, a group of umbrella bodies has said. The Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising and
  • Rat Race runners turn into superheroes to raise more than HK$3m for charity | South China Morning Post

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Rat Race runners turn into superheroes to raise more than HK$3m for charity | South China Morning Post: "A couple of superheroes and a US president took to the streets of Central yesterday. But Superman, Captain America and Barack Obama were hardly noticed as they raced among the other fancy-dress entrants in this year's Central Rat Race." 'via Blog this'
  • Rowers dig deep for marathon charity challenge (From Oxford Mail)

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Rowers dig deep for marathon charity challenge (From Oxford Mail): "ROWERS took part in a gruelling 12-hour fundraiser to support the county’s sick youngsters this week. Staff and leisure members at The Oxford Belfry Hotel, in Milton Common, took part in a sponsored rowathon for Helen and Douglas House. More than £150 was raised by the team of about 50 rowers on Wednesday." 'via Blog this'
  • Uber’s Nonprofit Ridesharing Service People’s Uber Expands To More Chinese Cities | TechCrunch

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Uber’s Nonprofit Ridesharing Service People’s Uber Expands To More Chinese Cities | TechCrunch: "Uber has expanded People’s Uber, its ridesharing pilot program, to more cities in China today, following its August launch in Beijing. People’s Uber is now available in Hangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou. People’s Uber matches car owners with people looking for a lift. Unlike
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    Donate a Car to Charity - CharityCar.us blog

  • US Car Sales Projected to Rise Only Modestly in 2015

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Projections for 2015 automotive sales in the U.S. point to only a modest increase. However, Auto analysts say sales will continue to rise in the next few years but at a slower pace than past years. U.S. auto sales are on pace to rise 5 percent in 2014 to 16.4 million — the best performance since 2006 — after rising by nearly 8 percent in 2013. The consensus is “cautious optimism” as production and sales will grow far faster in Asia, while Europe and South America face significant economic concerns. LMC Automotive senior vice president Jeff Schuster said at a Standard & Poors auto…
  • Study Finds that Teens Cars Driven by Many Teens Lack Adequate Crash Protection and Safety Technology

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Today’s teens aren’t as eager to learn to drive as previous generations but many are still obtaining driver’s licenses and getting behind the wheel. Unfortunately, a recent study found that many are driving vehicles that are woefully insufficient in terms of crash protection and safety technology. This is particularly crucial, as car crashes remain the leading cause of death among Americans ages 15 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 500 parents queried by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), just over half reported buying cars…
  • Study Finds Women and Men Value Similar Car Features

    admin
    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 TrueCar.com, 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?

    admin
    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

    admin
    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…
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    Pamela Grow

  • What’s in my Mailbox | Senior Services new donor welcome kit

    Pamela Grow
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    How are small to mid-sized nonprofits using the power of direct mail?  Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. I recently donated online to Senior Services in Seattle, WA as part of my ‘Two Gifts a Week’ mystery shopping experiment, and received this direct mail welcome in response.  It includes: a thank you letter a four-page brochure reply envelope response device/monthly giving invitation First off, kudos to Senior Services for implementing a welcome kit and acknowledging my gift. How could this welcome kit be strengthened? The Letter: All it takes are a few…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Celebrating milestones with supporters

    Pamela Grow
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    How are small to mid-sized nonprofits using the power of email to love their donors?  Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox. Today’s What’s in my Inbox, via Kivi Leroux Miller, features a short, sweet email announcement from The Island Institute in Maine. They’ve come up with a clever way to announce their newest four-star Charity Navigator rating. Kathy Westra, who headed their communications shop from 2004-2006, writes “I’d give them a gold star for creativity–great, share-able photo for news that usually gets buried in a dry fundraising letter.” Related…
  • Fundraising Friday | October 17, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    You’re a Grow Report reader.You already know better. Fundraising Fables You Shouldn’t Believe.  Mary Cahalane asks Does a well-written appeal really matter?  The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women.  Under the banner of free speech, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been host to rape videos and revenge porn—which makes female users feel anything but free. Don’t miss as Nonprofit with Balls weighs in with a hysterically funnyScary Nonprofit Ghost Story. This is Thea. She is 12 years old, and will this week be married to Geir, who is 37. Plan…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit print newsletter

    Pamela Grow
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:08 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. Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the participants in our recent Nonprofit Newsletters | The Basics & More courses, wins with their Autumn newsletter. Note: the strong, vibrant photographs and captions the emphasis on the donor “your generosity has changed their lives” the clean, easy-to-read layout the nice legacy gift shout-out This newsletter arrived in an envelope, and was accompanied by a reply envelope. Related…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Potomac Conservancy Welcome Kit

    Pamela Grow
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:30 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. This Welcome Kit from Potomac Conservancy, sent following my first donation, consists of a thank you letter which details what your donation is accomplishing, a map and sticker, and a calendar of events. Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | Senior Services new donor…What’s in my Mailbox | In-memoriam thank youWhat’s in my Mailbox | When systems failWhat’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit Impact UpdatesWhat’s in my Mailbox…
 
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits by us

  • What’s Coming – The Next Nine Weeks of the Fundraising Blog by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    October 29: Six Goals For A Direct Mail Letter by Jonathan Howard …six key elements for every fundraising letter – standards to use to review and rewrite a draft appeal until it can’t be improved further. November 5: Remind Your Donors to Give Stocks and Mutual Funds by John Elbare Stocks and mutual funds make great charitable gifts…. Once donors learn about the tax advantages of donating stock, they often become consistent stock donors. November 12: Dear Millennial, Pick Up The Phone. Love, Your Boss. (Part I) by K. Michael Johnson I don’t love making phone calls ……
  • Tech-Related Advice For My Fellow Millennials by K. Michael Johnson

    K. Michael Johnson
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    In my last post, I shared a few thoughts with fundraising managers about supervising “digital natives.” Today, I have some tech-related advice for my fellow Millennials. 1. Stay open to the possibility that the internet may not be the solution every time. Sometimes, for example, emailing your prospect just won’t get it done. You may need to pick up the phone or meet face-to-face to move the conversation forward. I’ll talk more about this in the weeks ahead. 2. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from your older colleagues. Fundraising is about people – other people, specifically.
  • Reason And Emotion In Grant Writing: An Observation by Tony Poderis

    Tony Poderis
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    On June 18 & 25, Lynne deLearie wrote about “Reason and Emotion in Grant Proposals.” Coincidentally, I’ve recently been involved in some discussions in which some folks were leaning much too far in one direction or the other. Those conversations were prompted by what one participant reported as an interesting article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy (April 4, 2014) about “grantors acting more like investors.” An excerpt: “For at least a decade, movers and shakers in philanthropy have been trying to persuade donors to behave more like data-driven investors. But the…
  • Checklists – A Valuable Tool for the Nonprofit – Part III by Bill Huddleston

    Bill Huddleston
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    In my previous two posts, I’ve suggested that checklists can be very valuable in helping your non-profit achieve success with its enrollment in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). One reason that a checklist is valuable is that it helps you create consistent results over time. Notice that I said, “helps.” I didn’t say that a checklist guarantees success. You are, however, more likely to achieve the results you desire with one than without one. And while it is simple concept, I do think the thought of “checklists” can be intimidating for some people, evoking images of the life or…
  • When to Hire a Fundraising/Development Consultant – Part II by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Last week I ended with the thought that a good reason to work with a consultant is to help you avoid disaster. Considering that, here are a few more reasons you might want to talk with a development/fundraising consultant. When you want/need to dramatically increase your fundraising goals. Too many nonprofits, wanting to expand their services, arbitrarily increase their fundraising goals … without first determining if the new goal is attainable. A fundraising goal is determined by a number of factors, and a development consultant can help you identify and evaluate all those elements –…
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    Event Fundraising Blog

  • Go Digital! Get Social!

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Event marketing has traditionally been sporadic, short-term, and short-lived.  But the growth of digital marketing and social media now allows event organizers to keep the conversation going year round, giving them time to build an army of brand ambassadors, attendees and valuable content creators.Digital marketing allows you to reach new audiences and deliver a sample of your event “experience” at a low cost. Digital ads are easy to produce and with the growth of self-serve platforms – easy to purchase and schedule.  The best part of digital marketing is that…
  • Four Elements to Successfully Manage Volunteers

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Volunteers are always first to think of themselves last. In my time working events, I’ve found that if you take care of these special constituents, who are graciously donating their time, they’ll take care of your participants. It’s as simple as that. By treating your volunteers right, you’ll have a more dedicated and productive team that can accomplish just about anything you place in their path. Below I’ve outlined what I like to call the “Four Elements to Successfully Manage Volunteers”:Ensure your volunteer projections and goals are…
  • What I Learned While Happily Geeking Out at Social Media Week 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    If you followed social media professionals in one of the 11 cities that hosted Social Media Week, your Twitter feed was overflowing with interesting user-generated content factoids, thought-provoking engagement graphs, and the ever-present #SMW hashtag. As a marketing professional who dedicates a big portion of her time to social media marketing, I devoured presentation after presentation, happily live-tweeting about analytics and different types of creative. Combine my love of word sleuthing and data mining into a week of panels, and you have one happy marketing geek. In true social…
  • Then vs. Now: Connecting in Person

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Over the past couple of weeks, our colleagues, Joann and Molly, have taken you on a walk down memory lane and examined how participant support has changed over the years through eCommunication and web and phone and email. For the final installment of our “Then vs. Now” series, we’ll examine what we’ve learned over the years about connecting with our participants in person.Despite the prevalence of social media, email and cell phones in our lives, we all know that face-to-face interaction is still invaluable, and is an experience that just can’t be replicated…
  • Then vs. Now: Supporting Participants via Customer Service Efforts

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Last week, in part one of our Then vs. Now series, my friend and colleague Joann talked about the many ways in which things have changed over the years with participant support via website and email communication. Like Joann, I’ve been around for what feels like a million years. In fact, I’ve been helping to create fundraising events for non-profits since 2002. And this week I’m going to talk about the evolution of participant support via customer service efforts, namely phone and email support. My first foray into the non-profit space was on the front lines of…
 
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • One Year Does Not A Trend Make

    janetlevineconsulting
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    Every year there are a number of reports about giving. Most of them compare the past year to the year before, as if that really told the story. A few years ago, the big news was that bequest giving was … Continue reading →
  • Being Personal

    janetlevineconsulting
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
    Today we updated all our I-devices. Or rather, I updated all mine; my husband’s desktop is balking. He is lost, as I felt when I was going through the pain of waiting for Yosemite to finish up. And it made … Continue reading →
  • What’s In A Name?

    janetlevineconsulting
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    It’s the silly season again. Every few years, someone gets the bright idea that the problem with nonprofit organizations is the fact that we are called nonprofits (or not-for-profits) and that connotes some sort of negativity. So new names are … Continue reading →
  • How You Can Do It Better—Assessing Your Fundraising Program

    janetlevineconsulting
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I know. You’ve tried this—and it didn’t work. Besides, you do things THIS way, not that. Stuck in a quagmire that seemingly has no happy results. Fundraising seems to do this to people. Yearning for more funds; unwilling to do … Continue reading →
  • Values Based Fundraising

    janetlevineconsulting
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    In 1988, I fell into a fundraising job and felt that I quite literally had died and gone to heaven. What could be better than to spend my days with interesting people, learning about their dreams and desires, sharing stories … Continue reading →
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    FeedBlitz News

  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for feeds.feedblitz.com. The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
  • New: RSS Image Enclosures Now Visible

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
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    GiveForward

  • How Chris Pratt is #helpingjoehenson on Twitter

    Michael Powell
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    During the peak of his Guardians of the Galaxy promotion this past summer, Chris Pratt paused to promote something else on Facebook—Joe Henson’s GiveForward Fundraiser, Fear Isn’t Real. More recently, amid his busy Saturday Night Live schedule, Chris Pratt helped Joe and his Fundraising Team boost their t-shirt sales through Twitter. Joe Henson has similar interests and dreams to other 11-year-old boys: he plays soccer, enjoys video games like Call of Duty, and wants to be a Marine (like his uncle) when he grows up. Unlike others, however, Joe fights actual battles at a very young…
  • Leveraging Social Media

    Ashley
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    One way to promote your page is by leveraging the many social media platforms and websites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and even email. Social media has become an integral part of much of our day-to-day lives. It connects people, places, and things. It is a really powerful tool to bring people together. Below, you can find more specific details on how best to utilize Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. General Tips and suggestions for utilizing (most) social media outlets: Include feasible and direct “Call to Action!” Every update should…
  • Your Food Guide For Cancer Preventative Nutrition

    lokesh
    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 cancerdietitian.com 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

    Adrienne
    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…
 
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    The Fundraising Authority

  • 3 Unusual but Effective Ways to Market Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Non-profits need exposure for lots of reasons… not the least of which is to increase fundraising. Marketing your non-profit effectively will not only lead to additional revenue, but will also help you attract high-profile board members, find new volunteers, and gain extra press coverage for your efforts. When marketing your organization, you want to start with the basics… setting up an effective website, using PR strategies, and finding your way on social media. But, once you have those covered, there are lots of different ways to garner additional attention (and dollars) for your…
  • How to Maximize Your Year-End Fundraising

    Joe Garecht
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    The year-end giving season is one of the most abundant for non-profit organizations.  Over 40% of all charitable gifts are given during the final three months of the year, including a massive amount that is given to organizations each year on December 31st. Is your non-profit ready to capitalize on the year-end fundraising season?  If not, you’re definitely missing out.  Year-end fundraising doesn’t just happen.  You need a plan to supercharge your year-end fundraising efforts. If you’d like to raise more money during the year-end fundraising season this year than ever…
  • What I Learned as a First Time Development Director: Tips from the Trenches

    Joe Garecht
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Being a great development director is tough. Whether you’re the lone fundraiser on staff or leading a small team of development pros, all eyes are on you to make sure the organization can keep the lights on, the staff paid, and grow its programs to serve more people. There are a number of lessons that I learned during my first stint as a development director, working for a mid-sized social service agency… lessons that have since been confirmed to me over and over again during my fundraising career. Here are 6 things I learned during that first rodeo that I think could be helpful to you in…
  • Fundraiser vs. Friendraiser vs. Waste of Time

    Joe Garecht
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Last night, I was watching an old episode of The Office (US version) that brought a common non-profit problem to mind. In this episode, Michael is getting chided (over the phone) by the corporate office for spending too much money holding office parties.  After listing a number of events the Scranton branch has hosted over the past year, the voice on the other end of the line say, incredulously, “You held a tsunami-relief fundraiser that lost money…”  To which Michael replies, “Okay, no, that was a FUN-raiser. I think I made that very clear on the flyer.
  • Fundraising Authority Podcast #20: The True Fundraising Purpose of Your Website

    Joe Garecht
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Do you ever wonder if you are using your non-profit’s website correctly?  Do you wish you could raise more money online?  The truth is that most non-profit organizations do not understand the true fundraising purpose of their website and online presence. In today’s podcast, we talk about the real best use of your website when it comes to raising money, as well as share some tips for using that function to effectively raise money.  Watch out!  This podcast just might change the way you think about online fundraising forever! Please note that The Fundraising Authority Podcast is…
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    Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates

  • 7 Ways to Create Highly Committed Donors

    Gail
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Wouldn’t you like ALL your donors to feel “highly committed” to your organization?  What would they do for you? Well – they will give and give and give again. Let’s look at the other side – what happens when your donors are not highly committed? My crystal ball tells me that they are unlikely to renew their gifts. Alas, these donors are your one-night-stand folks. One gift and vamoose – they are gone! I’m writing from Amsterdam today – where I’ve had an amazing week at the International Fundraising Congress with fundraisers from all…
  • A Simple (and Smart) Way to Increase Fundraising by Year-End

    Gail
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Guest post by Amy Eisenstein Do you have a Monthly Giving Program? If not, you should! Here’s how establishing Monthly Giving can enhance your year-end fundraising campaign. I rarely have a guest blogger at Fired-Up Fundraising, but I wanted to bring you the very smart Amy Eisenstein today.  She’s really a major gift expert (have you taken the Major Gifts Challenge yet?)  and you can find out lots from her own blog.  And this year, she’s focusing on Monthly Giving because it offers such huge $$ potential for all nonprofits.   Here’s Amy’s post:  Why…
  • 10 Steps to Create an Appeal Letter That Brings in the Money

    Gail
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    It’s not too late to create a dynamite compelling appeal letter that will make your donors tear it open and send in a quick gift. How do you get your appeal letter to stand out from the crowd? You are probably working very hard right now to craft appeal letters that will bring in generous gifts. You’re probably pondering questions such as What’s the best way to frame your case? How to make your ask more specific? What kind of picture, if any, should you include? Will your “brand” folks try to stop a more creative look? Appeal letters are both art and science. And thanks to tons…
  • Top 10 Year-End Fundraising Strategies for 2014

    Gail
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    What kind of appeal and message will make your 2014 donors respond with generosity?  Here are the top current fundraising strategies that will help you raise the most in your fall annual fund campaign. These are tested and research proven fundraising strategies – compiled just for you! If you want specific coaching and examples to help shape your own year-end campaign, from the smartest gurus around, you can join my 2014 Highly Profitable Year-End Campaign master classes that start next week.  1. Use a single image to tell your story and make the ask. Can an amazing photo do all the…
  • 112 Tips to Raise More Money by Mail

    Gail
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    Direct mail is a major workhorse for all nonprofits. And regardless of what you hear or think about online giving, most gifts still come via the mail. Direct mail is the most important fundraising and communications tool you have. Here’s a smart guide to help you nail all aspects of your mailing package. I’ve updated my annual list of Top Tips to Raise More Money by Mail with the latest 2014 research and recommendations from my favorite mail gurus. Warning: this is a very long post! If you don’t want to keep scrolling, you can download the complete pdf by filling out this form here.
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    Online Fundraising Today

  • Innovative Ways to Successfully Fundraise at Work

    Kari
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Fundraising at work can be an easy and effective way to raise money and awareness for your charity. You’re around your coworkers every day, which gives you plenty of opportunities to talk about and educate people about your mission. It can also allow you to offer easy ways for coworkers to contribute either in person or through online donations. Here are 3 innovative ways to successfully fundraise at work 1. Fundraising Showcase Ask your supervisors for just 5 minutes during a weekly staff meeting to make a presentation about your cause.  During the presentation, show your fundraising…
  • Profitable Fundraising Ideas for Schools

    Kari
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Whether you have a child in pre-school, elementary school, high school or college, you’ll know that school fundraising activities play a huge part in meeting the financial needs of educational establishments. Coming up with new fundraising ideas isn’t always easy – but doing so is important, because fresh ideas grab the interest of participants and donors alike. Here are some enjoyable school fundraising ideas that are easy to implement and profitable too! Preschool and Elementary Level Face-painting This is one idea that’s always a winner! A good set of face-paints,…
  • Giving Tuesday is only 8 weeks away. What are your plans?

    Kari
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) is only 2 months away. What are your non-profit fundraising plans? On December 2, 2014, non-profit organizations across the globe will be reaching out to their supporters to request their generous donations. Giving Tuesday falls the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The thinking behind Giving Tuesday is this…we have one day of “giving thanks” (Thanksgiving). Then retailers have 2 days for giving shoppers great deals (black Friday & cyber Monday) – so what about nonprofits? Shouldn’t charities also have a chance to participate in the…
  • Planning an Online Charity Auction for Your School

    Maureen
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Grace School is planning an online charity auction well in advance of their actual school fundraising event in February. The Grace Auction committee members are already working with their community in procuring auction items, marketing and designing their charity auction website. “We Invite you to`Log on & Share your Love´in our First Ever Online Auction. “ Grace School has added several auction items including objects of art and a local winery tasting and tour. Their teachers and students are offering special services and events such as a chef for a day, a coach for a day…
  • Engage Parents in School Fundraising Initiatives

    Kari
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    In a recent blog post, we noted that along with “back-to-school” comes “back-to-fundraising”. A very important part of school fundraising is gaining the support of the parents. (especially for the younger students). How can schools do this? Below we share some helpful tips to help engage parents with school fundraisers: Limit the Number of Fundraisers. One very important thing to keep in mind is that kids have “other” engagements that require fundraising. If they are involved in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts they are likely out there selling cookies or popcorn.
 
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    Fundraising Detective

  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    The International Fundraising Conference has just closed in Holland and that seems a good place to start this week's round-up. Paul de Gregorio shares some of the great videos that were shown in sessions. Lucy Caldicott describes her favourite moments from the conference. I'm sure they'll be more interesting posts on the event in the coming week as well. Elsewhere... The Veritus conclude another 'must-read' series. This time it is on outrageous donor service. Eight reasons why bad training happens to good non-profits. From Beth Kanter. I found this post on what staff…
  • The right offer, at the right time...

    Fundraising Detective
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    On my recent Snowdon trek I was impressed to find these two guys at the summit collecting for the local mountain rescue. Most of the time you are lucky if more than 1 in 100 people put something in your bucket. Here the ratio was more like in 1 in 4. It reminded me of the importance of making the right ask to people, at the right time. If these guys were collecting in the local supermarket, I would've probably walked by. The fact I'd just cycled and walked 25k and suffered horrendous cramp meant I was in the right (emotional) frame of mind to give! Do you have any examples of other…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
     A big thank you to everyone who took the time to sponsor me for my Snowdon challenge. I've a nice story (and fundraising idea) to share with you next week. In the meantime enjoy my latest round-up of articles worth reading.  I was disappointed to miss this year's SOFII 'I wish I'd thought of that!' event. Pell & Bales summarise some of the learnings from the day. The Bloomerang blog issue 10 challenges every fundraiser must make to themselves. Joanne Fritz at About.com host's September's Nonprofit blog carnival. This month the theme is social media.
  • Fundraising reading round-up - with two shameless plugs!

    Fundraising Detective
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    First of all this week, two shameless plugs! When this goes live I'll be half way to Snowdonia as tomorrow I'll be undertaking a 35km hike, bike ride and kayak up, down and around Mount Snowdon. Those of you who have met me will know I am not a natural athlete, so this is a huge personal challenge for me. I'm raising funds for RLSB, the wonderful charity I work for. If you find the blog useful, then it would be fantastic if you could sponsor me over at Justgiving. All money raised will help to give blind babies the best possible start in life. In return, I promise a 'warts…
  • 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…
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    CoolData blog

  • Don’t worry, just do it

    kevinmacdonell
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    People trying to learn how to do predictive modelling on the job often need only one thing to get them to the next stage: Some reassurance that what they are doing is valid. Peter Wylie and I are each just back home, having presented at the fall conference of the Illinois chapter of the Association of Professional […]
  • What predictor variables should you avoid? Depends on who you ask

    kevinmacdonell
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    People who build predictive models will tell you that there are certain variables you should avoid using as predictors. I am one of those people. However, we disagree on WHICH variables one should avoid, and increasingly this conflicting advice is confusing those trying to learn predictive modeling. The differences involve two points in particular. Assuming charitable giving […]
  • Your nonprofit’s real ice bucket challenge

    kevinmacdonell
    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

    kevinmacdonell
    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

    kevinmacdonell
    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 […]
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    The Agitator

  • Is Social Media Like Teen Sex?

    Roger Craver
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Indeed. Social media is like teen sex. “Everyone wants to do it. No one actually knows how. When finally done, there is surprise it’s not better.” Attributed to Avinash Kaushik, the web analytics guru, the quotation encapsulates much of the frustration, ambiguity, misinformation and hyperbole surrounding social media. Your intemperate Agitator once even explored the premise that Social Media is Bullshit. Fortunately, time tempers us all. Thoughtful analysis and pursuit of actual facts seem to be gaining the upper hand where social media are concerned. And so we were
  • Grouper Eats Shark

    Tom Belford
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A couple of days ago I posted on the plight of small charities contending in a limited fundraising market with an over-sized competitor — Dealing With An 800 Pound Gorilla. In the situation described, the ‘gorilla’ was a local healthcare charity raising a bit over $1 million in Maine, where there are about 6,500 registered charities. Let’s examine the small charity fundraising context a bit using this report, The Maine Nonprofit Sector Impact, 2013. Amazingly, the nonprofit sector is the second largest industry in Maine, employing 1 in 7 of the state’s workers in…
  • Ebola Body Bags Or Billions: The Fundraiser’s Choice

    Roger and Tom
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    EDITORS’ NOTE: On September 4th The Agitator sounded the alarm , questioning whether fundraising efforts were rising to the level required for the impending Ebola disaster. Our conclusion, in the post Fundraisers and Ebola, was “NO!” We urged our sector shed it’s complacency. Many Agitator readers agreed. Seven weeks later, on Monday, October 20th, the New York Times, in a piece by Stephanie Strom titled “Donations for Ebola Relief Are Slow to Gain Speed” reported that, with the exception of mega-million gifts from donors like Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, the level…
  • We Don’t Have A Donor Retention Problem!

    Tom Belford
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Confess … did you ever think you’d see a headline like that on an Agitator post?! Don’t hyperventilate now, because in fact Roger and I haven’t reversed course, and don’t intend to. But that said, a couple of recent — somewhat contrarian — posts from Analytical Ones caught my attention. In We don’t have a retention problem – Part 1, Bill Jacobs argues that more granular examination of retention rates — in this case, by age/generation — suggests a more nuanced situation. Namely, that older (age-wise) donors remain more loyal…
  • Dealing With An 800 Pound Gorilla

    Tom Belford
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy just announced that giving is up 10.8% at America’s top 400 charities. Rah, Rah, Rah! However, elsewhere in the universe, if you’re a small nonprofit in your local community or region trying to raise funds for, say, homeless shelters or a health services charity or an arts group, might this be your worst nightmare … ? The ’800 pound gorilla’ charity that vacuums up the lion’s share of charitable dollars, leaving everyone else scrambling for the crumbs. Maybe they got there because they were first. Maybe they have a charismatic…
 
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • How To Leverage Social Media For Your Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    How To Leverage Social Media For Your Raffle Fundraiser Here’s how to leverage social media to make your raffle fundraising event a huge success while selling more raffle tickets. Gеnеrаl Tірѕ аnd ѕuggеѕtіоnѕ for leveraging social media: Include fеаѕіblе аnd dіrесt “Call tо Aсtіоn!” Evеrу uрdаtе ѕhоuld іnсludе a link tо уоur personal fundraising wеbраgе. Hіghlіght fundraising mіlеѕtоnеѕ аѕ уоu reach thеm. When уоu get close tо уоur goal, еnсоurаgе your frіеndѕ tо help уоu rеасh and exceed it. Inspire уоur…
  • How to Run a 50-50 Raffle

    Raffle Tickets
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    How to Run a 50-50 Raffle If уоu’vе bееn іnvоlvеd іn рlаnnіng a ѕtаg аnd dое or a сhаrіtу event fоr уоur work оrgаnіzаtіоn, уоu will bе fаmіlіаr wіth thе 50/50 draw. Pеrhарѕ thе ѕіmрlеѕt оf all fundrаіѕеrѕ, thе 50/50 rаfflе іѕ еаѕу to run and уоu dоn’t rеԛuіrе very mаnу volunteers tо run іt. Mаnу fundrаіѕеrѕ ореrаtе ѕоlеlу оn оffеrіng a 50/50 rаfflе at every event. For іnѕtаnсе, my саmрgrоund does a 50/50 raffle to raise mоnеу fоr thе kіdѕ’ рlауgrоund еvеrу year.
  • 23 Clever Game Ideas For Your Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    23 Clever Game Ideas For Your Raffle Fundraiser                   Dart Board Game   – Use a standard dartboard, hung on a wide, hard surface about 6 feet high. Make sure the area behind the dartboard is in a safe location. You will need a table, large bucket or ticket tumbler and one roll of theater tickets for small groups, or 2 rolls of tickets for large groups. Players pay $5 for one dart or $10 for three darts, which they will throw from a standing position 10 to 12 feet from the dartboard. Draw a line for all to stand behind. After the…
  • How to Put Together a Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    How to Put Together a Raffle Fundraiser You mау thіnk уоu’ll nееd tо оffеr a nеw саr, a vacation оr оthеr valuable рrіzеѕ fоr уоur rаfflе fundrаіѕеr, but уоu саn have a successful raffle even with ѕmаllеr рrіzеѕ. In fасt, оnсе уоu’ll hаvе some ѕuссеѕѕ wіth ѕmаllеr rаfflеѕ you mау automatically attract dоnоrѕ who аrе willing to dоnаtе an expensive іtеm because thеу’ll knоw уоu’ll bе able tо turn the іtеm into ѕubѕtаntіаl dоnаtіоnѕ and аlѕо mаkе it wоrthwhіlе fоr thеm. Thе bаѕісѕ…
  • Do You Make These Mistakes With Your Donation Thank You Letter?

    Raffle Tickets
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Do You Make These Mistakes With Your Donation Thank You Letter? Onе kеу aspect of dоnоr rеtеntіоn іѕ рrореrlу thаnkіng your donors. Hеrе are ѕоmе dоnаtіоn thank you letter mistakes to avoid whеn you dо ѕау thаnkѕ. Yоu wаnt уоur donors to knоw thаt уоu аррrесіаtе their dоnаtіоn аnd also ѕhоw how іt wіll hеlр improve thіngѕ fоr thе реорlе уоur nоnрrоfіt organization is trуіng tо help. Yоur thаnk you letter needs to be personal, ѕіnсеrе, аnd аррrесіаtіvе, уеt many groups don’t get thіngѕ rіght…
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    Common Sense Fundraising

  • Why Your Year-End Ask Should Last 12 Months

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    by Lincoln Arneal Don’t let the name fool you, the end-of-year ask fundraiser for nonprofits is not about the end of the year. For an end-of-year campaign to be successful, it cannot be done during the final few months of the year. Instead, an effective end-of-year ask extends beyond one letter and incorporates multiple touch points with potential donors. We talked to multiple nonprofit professionals, and they all agreed that the year-end ask was about relationship building and connecting with existing and potential donors on a personal level. Jerry Krueger is the vice president of…
  • Must Haves for a Winning Grant Proposal

    admin
    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

    admin
    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

    admin
    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 www.twitter.com, 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

    admin
    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…
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    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies

  • Super Fun Fundraisers For Your Office

    Bruce Hassel
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Super Fun Fundraisers For Your Office Why not hold a fundraiser it your place of business to help support your favorite charity or non-profit? The аvеrаgе Amеrісаn wоrkеr ѕреndѕ 2,000 hоurѕ per year аt thе оffісе. This makes the оffісе аn ideal рlасе tо raise mоnеу fоr a favorite сhаrіtу, whіlе also fасіlіtаtіng tеаm buіldіng and еnhаnсіng thе соmраnу’ѕ image. Fоllоwіng аrе 10 еngаgіng office fundraising іdеаѕ thе еntіrе соmраnу can enjoy. Day оff rаfflе. Whо dоеѕn’t wаnt an еxtrа day off? Mаkе…
  • How To Hold a Booze Barrow Raffle Fundraiser

    Bruce Hassel
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    How To Hold a Booze Barrow Raffle Fundraiser I am a board member of First Book of Greater Richmond. Our purpose is to provide books to children who cannot afford to buy books. One way we distribute the books is personally in different schools. We go to the schools, read to the children, let the children read to us, and then we give the books to the children. The teachers also get a copy of each book. This enriches the lives of the children but also enriches the lives of their families. The families now have books that they can share with each other. The parents now have books that they can…
  • Everyone Loves a Raffle Fundraiser

    Bruce Hassel
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Everyone Loves a Raffle Fundraiser Everyone loves a raffle fundraiser, and “Impact a Life” scholarship essayist Melia McDaniel goes into detail on how to make your next fundraiser a whopping success. Grеаt jоb Melia, and bеѕt оf luсk wіth уоur ѕtudіеѕ! To rеаd Melia McDaniel’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір еѕѕау, gо here >>>  Everyone Loves a Raffle Fundraiser Yоu can hеlр Melia McDaniels’ рurѕuіt оf a ѕсhоlаrѕhір award by сlісkіng thе “sharing іѕ саrіng” buttоnѕ below. Non-profit organizations can derive a large…
  • Generate Traffic to Your Store With a Raffle

    Bruce Hassel
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Generate Traffic to Your Store With a Raffle “Impact a Lіfе” соllеgе ѕсhоlаrѕhір essayist Sarah Sakhi takes a thоrоugh lооk аt utіlіzіng raffle tickets tо аttrасt and rеtаіn customers fоr your business, рrоvіng оnсе-аgаіn thаt rаfflеѕ аrеn’t ѕtrісtlу for non-profit fundrаіѕіng activities. Thank уоu Sarah, аnd wеll dоnе! To read Sarah Sakhi’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, gо here >>>  Generate Traffic to Your Store With a Raffle You саn hеlр Sarah Sakhi’s pursuit оf a scholarship аwаrd by сlісkіng…
  • Sell More Raffle Tickets by Knowing Your Audience

    Bruce Hassel
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Sell More Raffle Tickets by Knowing Your Audience Mісhаеlа Reichhoff, a student аt Marian Unіvеrѕіtу offers a wеаlth of tірѕ for holding a bеttеr rаfflе in hеr “Imрасt a Lіfе” соllеgе ѕсhоlаrѕhір еѕѕау. Follow along аѕ Mісhаеlа offers up ѕоmе grеаt ideas for organizing, рrоmоtіng, and mаxіmіzіng уоur оrgаnіzаtіоn’ѕ next rаfflе fundraiser. Tо read Michaela Rеісhhоff’ѕ іnfоrmаtіvе and helpful ѕсhоlаrѕhір еѕѕау, gо here >>> Sell More Raffle Tickets by Knowing Your Audience You…
 
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    Fundraising Compass

  • A Gift Frequency to Area Report Can Locate Your Most Loyal Donors

    gisraeli
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    By Christopher Hubert, Assistant Director of Prospect Development, University of Virginia It’s funny how the right question, asked at the right time, can lead to some amazing changes in how you produce research for your colleagues. In my case, it was the director of our planned giving department, Jason Chestnutt, asking me, “Is there a way to determine whether prospects have been giving to our institution for 15 years?” As it turned out, his question was the catalyst to move forward with a question I had been stuck on for quite a while: how best to capture our repeat donors? I certainly…
  • Why “How Matters” To Fundraising

    gisraeli
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society The other day, the New York Times reported on a fairly amusing legal battle between Dov Seidman, a reknown leadership and innovation guru in the corporate world, and Chobani (with their unique yogurt straining and thickening process) over trademark rights to the expression “How Matters”. Aside from the fact that this expression is general enough to offer even some speculation as to whether either one may have a legitimate legal claim, “How Matters” is particularly relevant to the fine points of…
  • Game Theory: One Tool For Understanding Donor Motivation

    gisraeli
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    By Greg Bowden, CFRE Development professionals often say fundraising is both an art and a science. Allowing for a blend of some art and some science leaves a lot of room for interpretation. There are no magic proportions of art and science in order to succeed. I might adjust my blend multiple times during my career, during a campaign, or even within a single cycle with a donor. Major gifts require emotional commitments. It is difficult—even unfair—to reduce those gifts to equations and statistics. But there is also a great deal of experiential knowledge about fundraising, particularly in…
  • Analytics: A Cadenced Strategy

    gisraeli
    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

    gisraeli
    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.
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    Double the Donation

  • Ideas with the best ROI for Giving Tuesday

    Adam Weinger
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Did you miss last week’s #GivingTuesday Google Hangout? If so you’re not too late to discover the ideas with the best ROI for #GivingTuesday. In this Google Hangout, Adam Weinger, Double the Donation’s President, is joined by Alexandra Saavedra of Greater Giving, Kait Sheridan of Giving Tuesday and 92Y, Sarah Ford of America’s Charities, and Colin Schmidt of America Scores Bay Area to discuss the highest ROI #GivingTuesday ideas. The Google Hangout includes examples as well as guests panelists sharing how they planned their 2013 Giving Tuesday campaigns. We encourage you…
  • Develop a World Class Matching Gift Program

    Adam Weinger
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    At Double the Donation we provide services to nonprofits to help them raise more money from employee matching gift programs. While most of the articles our team publishes are focused on our nonprofit audience we love sharing ideas and strategies for how companies can continue growing their matching gift programs. We recently came across the following infographic which was created by Benevity and shared on its blog on October 9th, 2014 that highlights how companies use matching gift programs to increase employee engagement. We asked Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity’s CEO, if we could…
  • iModules® Matching Gift Integration with Double the Donation

    Adam Weinger
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Does your nonprofit use iModules and are you looking to integrate Double the Donation’s matching gift plugin into your iModules donation pages? If so then this guide is for you. Double the Donation’s Relationship with iModules: iModules and Double the Donation are two separate and unrelated companies. IMODULES is a trademark of IMODULES SOFTWARE, INC. iModules is a leading online Constituent Engagement Management provider for educational institutions. iModules interconnected suite of modules transforms how institutions create relevant constituent experiences and achieve…
  • What Nonprofits Can Learn About Social Media Success From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Brian Beard
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    With the recent explosive success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease), we here at Double the Donation wanted to touch upon the power of social media and how nonprofit organizations can use it to engage supporters and increase awareness about matching gift programs. The ALS Association’s social media campaign touched upon three very important factors that other nonprofits should make sure to utilize, especially when discussing matching gifts: The campaign made a direct ask. The campaign got followers and non-followers to promote the…
  • 4 Reasons Why Your Company Needs a Matching Gifts Program

    Adam Weinger
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Source: Truist Photo Credit Lets face it, your employees love a good cause. That’s why businesses with a corporate philanthropy program consistently have happier, more engaged, and productive employees than those that do not. There are a myriad of ways companies can get behind the causes they care about and make meaningful change in their local and global communities. Matching gift programs are just one way to do that. They boost contributions and encourage employees to exceed their company’s philanthropic goals, while giving more dollars to charities. In their 2011 survey of…
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    CauseVox

  • New Feature: Recurring Donations

    Jefferson Chang
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our new recurring donation feature allow you to easily take monthly recurring donations via your CauseVox campaign site. You can easily turn a small donation into a consistent stream of donations throughout the year. It’s easy to setup recurring donations on your CauseVox campaign site. Here’s how you do it: Step 1: Login to your CauseVox Admin Step 2: Go to your Site Settings & select Recurring Donations Step 3: Switch On Recurring Donations Step 4: Connect your Stripe account Recurring donations are currently only available through Stripe. Step 5: Recurring donations…
  • Product Update: Team Member Access Levels

    Rob Wu
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When you’re using CauseVox, you might be working with several other people in your organization across several campaigns. For example, let’s say you’re an Executive Director running a campaign. Your communications staff, your accountant, and your IT person all may need to have access to the your CauseVox campaign for setup and operations. In the past, you would have to share your CauseVox Admin account login details with the people across your team. Teams can change too if you have multiple CauseVox campaigns, so it’s hard to keep track of who has access to your…
  • New Guide: Finding Nonprofit Volunteers to Support Your Mission

    Jenna Sauber
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week, to celebrate Pro Bono Week, the global celebration of pro bono service, we’re launching a new guide on how you can use volunteers to support your nonprofit. People interested in social good are increasingly looking for more active ways to give back to their communities and to the world – they want to go beyond a donation, and beyond a social media post. They want to give their time and their expertise, and work directly with nonprofits and the communities they serve. This is good news for nonprofits, many of which rely heavily on volunteers and pro bono assistance. A recent…
  • Using Nonprofit Crowdfunding for General Operating Expenses

    Hila Mehr
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Crowdfunding and fundraising campaigns focused on projects and programs tend to perform better. Donors like to know what they are specifically donating to and the tangible outcomes, and like to see their dollars go directly to a beneficiary or social impact program. But the trend of fundraising only for programs is bad for nonprofits. As fundraising rockstar Dan Pallotta explains in one of the most-viewed TED talks of all time, there is a double standard in the nonprofit industry that hurts nonprofit salaries and standards. Double standard: Donors typically like to see low overhead costs and…
  • Movers & Shakers: Christie Ko of Fiver Children’s Foundation

    Neesha
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In July of 2014, torrential storms critically destroyed parts of Fiver Foundation’s summer camp. Christie Ko, Executive Director of Fiver Children’s Foundation, thought if people could see the devastation left by the storm, they would want to help Fiver rebuild their kid’s summer camp. Read on to hear how Christie and her team surpassed their $30,000 goal and raised over $110,000. What is Fiver Foundation about? Fiver is a youth development organization. We work with kids over a period of ten years, from eight to eighteen years old. They come from disadvantaged circumstances –…
 
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    FUNDRAISING MIX

  • Splash Art – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:09 pm
    The great thing about creating artwork is that there’s no wrong way to do it. A Splash Art Fundraiser takes that idea and runs with it. Instead of painting normally, paying participants are suited up to make pictures by throwing paint at their canvas! How’s that for “artistic interpretation”? Disclaimer Fundraising laws and policies may […]
  • Dream Interpretation – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    How cool would it be to decode people’s dreams and tell them what they mean? Hosting a Dream Interpretation Fundraiser does just that. After performing extensive research into the meaning behind dreams, your team of fundraisers will listen to and decipher the dreams of others, for a fee. Although it may not be an exact […]
  • Paper Football – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Before Facebook and Candy Crush, people used to kill time in school playing paper football. You can relive this long forgotten pastime by sporting a Paper Football Fundraiser. Make a bunch of paper footballs, then host a pay to enter tournament with prizes for the best players. The benefit of this type of fundraising event […]
  • Comedy Roast – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Roasting—the act of playfully making fun of someone—was made popular again with the celebrity “dogpiling” done on Comedy Central. So as you can imagine, a Comedy Roast Fundraiser sits one unlucky contestant in the hot seat, and gives paying attendees the chance to take potshots at them. You’d have to be extremely thick skinned to […]
  • Freak Show – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    It’s not every day you get to see an alien…or a vampire…or a lizard man, is it? That’s the selling point behind the Freak Show Fundraiser. Using the magic of makeup, volunteers are transformed into bizarre creatures to be unveiled for paying customers. It’s a harmless take on a part of circus entertainment that’s not […]
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    Tony Martignetti

  • Nonprofit Radio for October 24, 2014: Shift Happens & The Event Pipeline

    Julia Campbell
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:04 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 Subscribe via iTunes to get the show automatically My Guests: Angel Aloma: Shift Happens With Angel Aloma at Fundraising Day 2014 Angel Aloma, executive director of Food For The Poor, shares valuable fundraising strategies for upgrading…
  • Opportunity Collaboration: A Special Experience

    Julia Campbell
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Opportunity Collaboration Opportunity Collaboration: A Special Experience is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for October 17, 2014: UX Secrets Revealed & Better Tech RFPs

    Julia Campbell
    15 Oct 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 October 17, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Jared Schwartz: UX Secrets Revealed With Jared Schwartz at NTC User Experience (UX) is all the stuff visitors see on your site and how they navigate through it. What are the…
  • New Client: Charity Navigator

    Julia Campbell
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    The #1 charity watchdog is my newest client. So good to be working with you! New Client: Charity Navigator is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for October 10, 2014: Online Testing & In-Kind Gifts

    Julia Campbell
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:15 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 October 10, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Cam Robbins & Matt Burghdoff: Online Testing With Cam Robbins (L) and Matt Burghdoff What do you test online and how do you get started? The experts take on my hypothetical…
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    DonorDriven Blog

  • We're not just a team, we’re a company.

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Part of our culture here are Global Cloud comes from the fact that we're the team that builds DonorDrive Peer-To-Peer Fundraising software. Another part of our culture is that our employees have a history of giving back. (Many have worked for nonprofits before they joined us.) Every year Extra Life gives our staff a unique opportunity to get together on a Saturday to play games, to use the software we create and to fundraise for sick kids. Extra Life is a 24-hour, gaming-for-good virtual event put on by our long-standing client, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. 
  • Peer-to-peer proves itself in World Vision's emergency giving to fight Ebola.

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    For DonorDrive client World Vision, the Ebola virus has hit hard in Sierra Leone, a place they've very familiar with. They've been helping in the country since 1978 and their donors currently sponsor 5,300 children there. A month ago, World Vision found themselves with an very immediate need. They just received a major donation of 210 pallets of latex gloves (4 million pairs) from McKesson Medical-Surgical. This supply is enough to meet the needs of every medical responder in Sierra Leone for six months. The current outbreak of Ebola is the worst in history and with 4,000 deaths in West…
  • Free Webinar: Motivating your peer-to-peer participants to raise more.

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    If you’ve had problems with your signature events just not bringing in the dollars they used to, you’re not alone. While it's a trend that’s happening across North America, there are many events that are both growing and improving their participant fundraising at an amazing rate. One event that’s excelled at turning their participants into big fundraisers is Climate Ride. They’ve set a $2800 fundraising minimum for their rides and then get many participants to raise substantially more. You can find out how they do it in DonorDrive’s…
  • DonorDrive connects with Salesforce.

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    ​Connecting enterprise-level event fundraising to a CRM has been a headache for many organizations. For most, either the fundraising software couldn’t handle complex fundraising needs and national events or the CRM was very user unfriendly, if the two integrated at all. We’re happy to tell you today: that's all changed. DonorDrive Peer-To-Peer Fundraising software seamlessly integrates with Salesforce, the #1 CRM.  
  • The 6 most important facts about nonprofit storytelling from our free eBook.

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Recently we finished an intense series of posts called Storytelling That Gets More Donations. As its turns out, storytelling is not the mystical mumbo jumbo it's made out to be. Instead it's a simple thing that can be easily taught and tracked for its ROI (as well as its impact) on your organization. We've put all this useful content into an easy-to-digest eBook that's available for free. For this post, we've gleaned a few of the key learning from... 
 
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    Blog - Selfish Giving

  • Ep102: A Kickass Nonprofit Guide to #GivingTuesday

    Joe Waters
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Mollye Rhea, Founder and President of For Momentum, an Atlanta-based cause marketing agency.#GivingTuesday is quickly approaching on December 2nd. Last year's #GivingTuesday saw a 90 percent increase in online giving! This is one day that nonprofits can't afford to take off.No worries if you haven't started planning. Mollye has some timely advice on how your nonprofit can still make a profit on the biggest giving day of the year. We also talk about the role social media plays and on which platforms nonprofits should focus.Finally, Mollye talks…
  • 5 Reasons Pink Needs to Fade to Black

    Joe Waters
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Breast Cancer Awareness Month (aka "Pinktober") has had a great run. It's done a lot of good and has heightened awareness of breast cancer to "Santa Claus" status. Who hasn't heard of Santa AND Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Truly, no one.But like all the things we clung to when we were kids, we have to grow up and see Pinktober with mature eyes. That bright pink ribbon we used to admire is now pale, worn and barely recognizable to the women it claims to help.Here's are five reasons why Pinktober needs to fade to black.1. Mission Accomplished Thanks to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which…
  • How to Convince Your ED to Invest in Business Giving (Without Fighting, Screaming or Crying)

    Joe Waters
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    You're sitting in front of your executive director and you have one simple request. "Can we please invest more time and money into raising money from businesses?"She stares at you and her mouth opens as if to speak. But she says nothing. She looks away. Then she looks at you again. You're thinking, "What will she say? ..... How will I answer her?!"I know what she'll say, and how you should respond. Here's how to convince your executive director that business giving is worth the investment of time, money and resources.What Your ED Says: "There's no money in business giving"How You…
  • Ep101: DonorsChoose.org Talks Flash-Funding, Building Successful Corporate Partnerships

    Joe Waters
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Missy Sherburne, Chief Partnerships Officer at DonorsChoose.org, about their fundraising success with flash-funding, crowdfunding and corporate partnerships.The Rise of Flash-FundingOne recent development has been flash-funding, which is when a funder supports every project within a specific area. For example, a woman in California called DonorsChoose.org and asked if she could fund every project in the state. A few calculations later, a $1.2 million dollar check was enroute to DonorsChoose.org.This spring, Google funded…
  • Halloween Nonprofit Goodies Giveaway

    Joe Waters
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Mazarine over at Wild Woman Fundraising is a hosting a Halloween Nonprofit Goodies Giveaway and was kind enough to include Selfish Giving!You can access my offer - a chapter on percentage-of-sales fundraisers from my latest book Fundraising with Businesses - by entering your email below. Enter Your Email Address Thanks! Get your free chapter by clicking on this LINK and using the password HALLOWEEN.Problems? Email me at joe@selfishgiving.com. You can see the all the other great offers by visiting the Goodies Giveaway page.Thanks Mazarine! And Happy October and…
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