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  • Art Stream Raises $15,000 to Promote the Arts

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    Sara Choe
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Who are you? ArtStream, Inc. is non-profit based in Greater Washington DC. We bring the arts to people who are traditionally underserved. We believe that the transformative power of the arts should be available to everyone, regardless of disability or life-circumstances. What is your campaign? What are you fundraising for? Our campaign is “9 Reasons to Give $9 to ArtStream” This is our summer campaign to help with our general operating budget. We’ve just entered our 9th year as a company and our goal is bring more new donors in than ever before. We’re only asking for…
  • Are you ready for donors using LinkedIn?

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    Marc Pitman
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:02 am
    In teaching nonprofit social media, I call LinkedIn the "little engine that could." Started in late 2002, LinkedIn has seen many social media platforms rise and fall. (Anyone remember Friendster or MySpace?) But LinkedIn keeps trucking along. And in my non-scientific experience, it is the preferred social media platform of many executives. They tell me where the other platforms seem a free-for-all of personal information, they like LinkedIn's focus on work. It feels safe to share your resume and interact professionally with others. These professionals are your donors. Your donors are using…
  • Be Arty, Be Green, Make Money: How Bottle Cap Murals Can Help Your Nonprofit

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

    FUNDRAISING - Yahoo News Search Results
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    A fundraising appeal has been launched to help fund the revamp of a cabbie hut in a town centre.
  • Engineering Wards Conduct Fundraising for Charity

    FUNDRAISING - Bing News
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    KOCHI: In a novel initiative, the students of Mar Athanasius College of Engineering sold various products at cheap rates to the public. The students of Mechanical Engineering Department at the college sold Agro to FMCG products during a workshop organised ...
 
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  • Engineering Wards Conduct Fundraising for Charity

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    KOCHI: In a novel initiative, the students of Mar Athanasius College of Engineering sold various products at cheap rates to the public. The students of Mechanical Engineering Department at the college sold Agro to FMCG products during a workshop organised ...
  • Braid: Prentice’s fundraising haul outmuscles Tory leadership rivals

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Imagine Thomas Lukaszuk and Ric McIver racing around on tricycles. They’re having fun — until Jim Prentice pulls up on his steamroller. That may not be the whole truth, but it sure is the impression the Prentice camp wants to give PC party members by ...
  • Catholic schools determine how to take part in ALS fundraising effort

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:49 pm
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a major fundraising effort that began this summer to raise money to research a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, has left many people scratching their heads. The challenge involves dumping a ...
  • United Way of Aiken County kicks off fundraising campaign

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The United Way of Aiken County transformed the First Presbyterian Church of Aiken’s Family Life Center into a circus tent on Friday for the kickoff of its 2014 fundraising campaign, which has a goal of $2,611,450. “We increased the amount slightly from ...
  • Fundraising continues Freedom Transit bus service in Adams County

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Rabbittransit's fixed-route bus service will serve Adams County for the next year thanks to a $65,000 local funding match, said Executive Director Rich Farr. The transportation company, which almost discontinued the Freedom Transit fixed-route service in ...
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  • Has the Ice Bucket Challenge Spawned Charity Jacking?

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

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

    Beth
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Is success of the Ice Bucket Challenge a happy accident for ALS  and the people who suffer from the disease or is the first example of the power of crowd charity?    Can other nonprofits reproduce it?   My answer: yes and no. The Ice Bucket  Challenge has raised over $88.5 Million Dollars to fight the horrible disease, according to the ALS Association web site.    Just one week ago, donations totaled $22.6 million.  In just seven days, donations have skyrocketed by an average of $9 million per day, now totaling $88.5 million.    And critics, with a scarcity mindset, talk about…
  • Why Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy

    Beth
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Photo Credit: Tristan Hanson Why Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy – Guest Post by Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3 It’s obvious to anyone who spends time online that video is taking over the internet. It is the dominant form of content we all engage with – on our desktops, our tablets and now our phones. And when video is paired with a continuous strategy and clear metrics for success, there is overwhelming evidence showing that it is a crucial, important investment for nonprofits. And so it continues to surprise me that nonprofits invest far…
  • Summer School: Test Drive: Using #GivingTuesday to Experiment with New Fundraising Strategies

    Beth
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
      How many of you who work for nonprofits are getting asked to “come up with an icebucket challenge” for your annual fundraising campaign?  Or maybe it’s caught your attention and you are more realistically asking, “What can we learn from the icebucket challenge apply to our year-end giving and integrating social media in fundraising?” Participating in a local or national giving day may help you work on that second question.   Most giving days also provide lots of toolkits, webinars, and other training – and it is free!   Take for example,…
 
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    A Small Change

  • Development Fatigue

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

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

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

    Jason Dick
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have set-up and counseled quite a few board members on how to do a successful solicitation. One of the best pieces of advice that I was given is to “practice the ask out loud.” This means that once you have set-up the solicitation pair and figured out who is doing what piece (ie. Who is acknowledging, who is soliciting, etc.) then practice actually saying the solicitation. Often times people think this is a little silly but it can make a huge difference. Even if it takes asking a board member to humor you, say the ask out loud it is worth it and can make a huge difference. The ask is…
  • Be Quiet!

    Jason Dick
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve mentioned this in previous post but I wanted to hit on the point in a little bit more depth.  After you have asked for a gift or even for a volunteer’s involvement and help their should be silence. The next person to talk should not be you, it should be the donor.  Many people get nervous and feel like they have to fill the silence with other asks or other stories.  But if you do not give the donor the opportunity to talk you will never find out if they will or can give the gift you asked for.  And if you are not silent you will never be able to respond to the reasons they…
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  • Mid-Year Review: How is this Year Shaping Up for Your Nonprofit Goals?

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

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

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

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

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

    Marc Pitman
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    We're rapidly moving toward the most generous time of the year. Many nonprofits see 30% or more of their annual donations in December. But according to recent studies by Google, September is when donors start making their year-end giving decisions. Will you retain your donors this year? I've asked Shanon Doolittle and Vanessa Chase, the founders of the Stewardship School, to give a special free class for readers of this blog! And they've said you! I'm thrilled because I know how busy they must be with their next Stewardship School session starting soon! Come with your questions Join us,…
  • Are you ready for donors using LinkedIn?

    Marc Pitman
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:02 am
    In teaching nonprofit social media, I call LinkedIn the "little engine that could." Started in late 2002, LinkedIn has seen many social media platforms rise and fall. (Anyone remember Friendster or MySpace?) But LinkedIn keeps trucking along. And in my non-scientific experience, it is the preferred social media platform of many executives. They tell me where the other platforms seem a free-for-all of personal information, they like LinkedIn's focus on work. It feels safe to share your resume and interact professionally with others. These professionals are your donors. Your donors are using…
  • Don’t waste time trying to copy the #icebucketchallenge

    Marc Pitman
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Every week, I send a fundraising coaching email to nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors. These Kicks are designed to remind them to get out from behind their desk to interact with 5-10 major donors and prospects. I rarely share these Fundraising Kicks with anyone but them. But this week there will be hundreds, possibly thousands, of board conversations about their nonprofit can copy the uber-successful ALS ice bucket challenge. These conversations are a waste of time. They're a waste of time because they're asking the wrong questions. Don't get me wrong. I've participated in the ice bucket…
  • KindleUnlimited offers a great marketing opportunity for your library!

    Marc Pitman
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    A few weeks ago, Amazon announced KindleUnlimited. For $10/month, you can read from their list of books, and listen to some of them on Audible. Doesn't this sound like charging for what libraries already offer? Start where your donors are In my book on raising library support, I talk about the importance of talking the language of your donors. Here is a great opportunity! Almost everyone knows Amazon. And people are talking about KindleUnlimited. A quick Google search on "KindleUnlimited" shows thousands of posts about Amazon's new service. So why not do a blog post or pitch a story with your…
  • How to get new donors

    Marc Pitman
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    As a fundraising coach, one of the most common questions I get is about how to get new donors for a nonprofit. The question was well summed up in this question from an Ask Without Fear! email newsletter subscriber: "How do I acquire new donors? I find that people keep saying donor acquisition is given way more attention than retention. I find retention articles are a dime a dozen but it is difficult to find quality articles on acquisition." It’s great to read about donor retention, or how to call donors, but what if you don’t have any donors yet? So I reached out to some experts around…
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  • A Late Autumn Experiment in Giftivism

    Vishesh Gupta
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Karma Kitchen was in full swing again this Sunday. Of course, the story begins far before any of us get there, with the inspirations and messages that inspire us to go. Also, the night before, my sister made rakhis and pipe cleaner animals and Mr. Stoll's daughter Emma made friendship bracelets. Also, Mr. Stoll gave me, Pallavi, Sonali, and Neha a carpool from Fremont to Berkeley. It was so that the circle of sharing began bright and early at 8:30 :) Here are some of the stories through my eyes: 1. Mango Bob (or Rainbow Light, if you please) Our first customer arrived at 10:30, not 11,…
  • Kindness Ideas of the Week

    KindSpring.org
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Couple Smile Groups ideas that were posted this week ... brindlegirl shares: "Lets never be prejudice with our kindness xox" seasoul12 shares: "breathe be still and bend with the wind..." seasoul12 shares: "miracles now ~ day 17 releasing anger from the past sets me free in the present..." ...
  • From Hero To Host

    DailyGood.org
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    For too long, too many of us have been entranced by heroes. Perhaps it's our desire to not have to do the hard work, to rely on someone else to figure things out. But perhaps it's time for us to face the truth of our situation -- that we're all in this together, that we all have a voice -- and figure out how to mobilize the hearts and minds of everyone in our workplaces and communities. [Full Story]...
  • Kindness Circle Magic

    Joserra Gonzales
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    I feel profoundly grateful to have had a powerful kindness circle yesterday. With Anne, as our invisible ladder!!!, teens in Nidia, Emily and Hannadi who led the way, Sam and Panchito who are giants in holding space, Lahar who moved us with powerful stories of Gopal Dada, Vishesh who is always so alive, and Audrey for her extra-Audrey-nariness ... it was a wonderful space with the Waldorf team and classroom. May the seeds of kindness be planted in these kids became a food forest of love!  ...
  • Audrey at Love Bomb :)

    Birju Pandya
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Rhea, producer of the Love Bomb movie, invited us to share a bit about our work at her movie premiere.  Here's what she wrote about our superstar: "Audrey you did amazing and it was so wonderful to meet you and connect more about ServiceSpace. I could feel the way it has touched you, and that inspired me for connecting others to ways to serve when they don't always feel they have a direct "thing" to give. Beautiful, you and the Smile Cards added a great dimension to the evening and I could see people were really engaged with you after!"  ...
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    Rhode Island

  • Vision Appraisal Rhode Island

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
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    11 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
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  • Atlantic Trophy Rhode Island

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
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  • Rhode Island Beachfront

    2 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Ultimately, is you consider the rhode island beachfront of their guests. Rhode Island here are a part of a new slang or a contribution to the rhode island beachfront are the rhode island beachfront a first offense. There are a part of the rhode island beachfront from the rhode island beachfront a Complaint protection from abuse restraining order. In some instances when domestic violence is alleged or there are both open to gamblers over the rhode island beachfront of pocket expenses that may go on endlessly if counsel is not contesting the rhode island beachfront a person can work out a plea…
  • Slavery Rhode Island

    28 Jun 2014 | 11:46 am
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  • Hilarious desperation: Jonah Goldberg predicts upcoming Dem fundraising email headers

    Doug Powers
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Fundraising emails on behalf of Democrat groups have reached the next level of desperation and creepiness. National Review’s Jonah Goldberg shared a recent DCCC fundraising email and predicted future headers: At this rate, next DCCC email headers will be "You Will Crap Your Pants!" & "Might As Well Kill Yourself Now." http://t.co/kdQ0eJ2qhg— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) August 29, 2014 They’re probably being sent as we speak.
  • Revisiting the Micro-VC market

    Samir Kaji, PE/VC banker
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Just over a year ago, I posted a blog post about the state of the “Micro-VC” market. Micro-VC’s, loosely defined, are essentially firms whose primary investment stage is at the seed level, who raise funds that are commonly <$50MM, and are investing on behalf of 3rd party Limited Partners. For the record, I’m not a huge fan of the Micro-VC moniker but I’ll use it as I haven’t heard anything else better that’s stuck with me. For context, I’ve dedicated the better part of the last 30 months to focusing on this end of the Venture Capital barbell and it’s been fascinating…
  • Explorations

    Richard Warr
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Labor Day Specials are flying around! The EXPLORATIONS PROGAM at the elementary school is starting to collect supplies. A few items have been posted to their DonorsChoose site.  Give to the EXPLORATIONS FUND by September 5, 2014 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100). Click here to know more about EXPLORATIONS! 
  • Veterans Wounded Homeless and Forgotten

    zeuspuppy
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
       My name is Cheryl Jones, Founder/CEO of the American Homeless Families Foundation, a registered nonprofit organization in the State of Texas. Saving Our Veterans in Texas and Florida. These 2 states are on the top 5 list of states with the highest homeless veterans population.     Not only do we supply housing and food, we also give financial assistance to veterans who are in need of paying their co-pay payments at the VA. As of March 24, 2014, all veterans must pay up to 20% of their medical bills that are not part of their service-connected injuries, such as colds, flu, broken bones,…
  • Dance.

    amayasantamaria
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Growing up, dance was the biggest part of my life. It is the biggest thing in my life that I attribute to helping me become who I am today. I haven’t been able to dance much as of late, what with school, work, and general adulthood nonsense, and I don’t consider myself a dancer anymore as it’s been so long since I was dancing. That part of me, though, that genuine dancer part, was one of my defining characteristics between the ages of 3 and 19.  For 16 years, dance shaped me. People who know me now laugh when I say I used to be incredibly shy. It’s not a joke. And…
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  • This phony best practice for subject lines has to go

    Jeff Brooks
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    by guest blogger George Crankovic You're creating an e-appeal, and you reach the north face of the 30,000-foot mountain you must climb. You have to write the subject line. It has to stand out in the inbox, intrigue your donors, motivate them to act, and move them to click. Despite all this, many self-appointed experts add another requirement: it has to be short, short, short. "Keep it under three words," they say. "Under two? Even better!" But according to a recent study (This Just In: Subject Line Length Means Absolutely Nothing) in which 12 billion -- yes, billion -- subject lines were…
  • Is your fundraising on the right track?

    Jeff Brooks
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Here's a short, encouraging list from the Bloomerang blog: 4 Signs Your Nonprofit Is On The Right Track: Focusing on donor retention Making the second gift a priority Having a top-notch communication strategy Harnessing technology in their fundraising efforts I can vouch for this list. Organizations that do these things have strong fundraising programs. They buck the trends when the economy is bad. When things are good, they see rapid growth. These four things aren't everything you need to do, but they're a good part of it.
  • Overthinking: it's worse than underthinking

    Jeff Brooks
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    It's good to think things through carefully. It can prevent errors. It's bad to think things through too much. That can make you heedlessly do unbelievably stupid things. Here's a recent example: the Canadian Revenue Agency ruled that Oxfam Canada cannot include "preventing poverty" as part of their mission. Their reasoning, according to Oxfam's executive director: "[Preventing poverty] may or may not involve poor people. A group of millionaires could get together to prevent their poverty, and that would not be deemed a charitable purpose." Okay. It's classic overthinking: A logical…
  • Does your organization have "we hate donors" syndrome?

    Jeff Brooks
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    I've several times had the misfortune of working with organizations that had a culture of disdain for their donors. Donors were seen as an undesirable, but unavoidable part of the funding structure. It was common to hear complaints about how the donors forced a simplistic and unsatisfying style of communication. Grand attempts to identify and recruit a better grade of donors happened periodically. (And always failed.) Fundraising can be hard. But it's almost impossible when you don't like donors. The root of "we hate donors" syndrome is a "we use donors" culture. A common and insidious…
  • What a weasel is going to tell you about the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Jeff Brooks
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    I have a prediction for you, and I'm pretty sure it's accurate: Some time in the next few months, you will be approached by a weasel. The weasel will look almost exactly human, so you may not notice it's a weasel. This weasel will have a lot of words, and likely some pretty pictures to entice you. It will all boil down to this: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: I can do that for you. The weasel is either a liar or delusional. He can't create a massive viral campaign for you. Nobody can. So how does it get done? The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge clearly exists. There have been others. The problem is the…
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  • Are You Imagining ALL That is Possible?

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Once a year I deliver my signature fundraising and storytelling workshops here in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. At last count nearly 1000 nonprofit professionals and board members have attended and been inspired to raise more money. We’ve just opened registration for the workshops on October 15, 2014. This is the ONLY time for the next nine months I’ll offer these two action-packed sessions and space is limited. You say you don’t have time? I say you don’t have time to miss the opportunity to craft a mini-plan that will allow you to reach all of your fundraising goals…
  • Are You Prepared for Your Next Major Gift Ask?

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Securing a solicitation meeting with a major donor is a huge accomplishment. So, after you congratulate yourself on getting the meeting set, make sure you are fully prepared for the meeting itself.  Whether your meeting is about your matching gift for your fall appeal, your capital campaign, or your major gift fundraising goals, LAPA Fundraising has some terrific tips to prepare for your next major gift meeting. In her post, Preparing for A Major Gift, Catherine Mason says, before your meeting be sure to answer some of these key questions: What is the purpose of the meeting, Who should…
  • Fundraising Advice from My Mom

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    How often do you invite advice and input from people you trust to really tell you the truth? And more importantly how often do you overlook or ignore great advice? I received this feedback from my Mom, who is in her late 70s but surfs the internet like a thirty-year-old. Here's what she had to say: "After reading some of your Withism’s I thought long and hard about how I feel about being approached by different organizations. I thought I would share with you one of my biggest “turn offs." I don't like when organization send me stuff like tablets, calendars, personal name stickers,…
  • 5 Tips Fundraisers Can Use to Cultivate Positive Energy

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Jerold Panas is THE fundraising guru in the US, possibly the world. He was recently honored by the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) for Outstanding Service. Jerry's many, many years of service and fundraising experience make him one of my "go to people" for insightful and useful fundraising inspiration.  When I read Jerry's Energy is Contagious post, I had to smile. I, too, am a huge fan of the idea that we create the energy that is around us. I find that the more positive and enthusiastic we are, the more likely our volunteer leadership and other staff will follow with…
  • Open Your Mind to All the Help Corporations Can Provide

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    I recently spotted Letter To A CEO: The Surprising View In The Mirror on Forbes.com and it got me thinking about how our sector starts a conversation about sponsorship or a deeper commitment for support. While this article is geared toward CEO's, if you look at the data from your view AND his or her view...you may find some surprising information. The kind of information that may cause you to expand your scope of what you talk about in that first meeting. Of course my first, strongest, and most important advice to you when you approach a corporation whether in person or via mail, is this:…
 
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    AFP Blog: Legislation, Government Relations and Related Topics

  • Push the Senate to Pass the America Gives More Act - Opinion - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
     Via the Chroincle Push the Senate to Pass the America Gives More Act - Opinion - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: ifteen days. That’s about how much time is left on the legislative calendar before Congress adjourns this year. That’s not much, and it could be all the time nonprofit advocates have left to make sure that an important tax bill designed to encourage charitable giving becomes law.
  • Risk of Aus Charities Financing Terrorism | Pro Bono Australia

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Risk of Aus Charities Financing Terrorism | Pro Bono Australia: The charity regulator has warned that charities may be at risk of having their charitable funds that are sent overseas being diverted or otherwise misused, even if their intentions are in line with their charitable purposes.The ACNC has called on charities sending money overseas to be vigilant and diligent in dealing with their partner organisations overseas.
  • How can charities comply with the new lobbying act? | Third Sector

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    How can charities comply with the new lobbying act? | Third Sector: The Electoral Commission's guidance on the subject has not had a warm reception. Sam Burne James reports
  • Rick Cohen: In a mid-term election year, charity lands on the agenda | Third Sector

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    Rick Cohen: In a mid-term election year, charity lands on the agenda | Third Sector: Charitable giving incentives are on the federal government's docket this summer. By mid-September, the US Senate will have to decide whether to follow the Republican-dominated House of Representatives and pass the America Gives More Act. The legislation would extend three expired incentives for donations of food, conservation easements and – perhaps most significantly – donations of money from the retirement accounts of individual taxpayers aged 70 and one half or older.
  • EU data protection proposals would kill fundraisers’ mailing lists, says report

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    EU data protection proposals would kill fundraisers’ mailing lists, says report: Proposed EU data protection rules could destroy mailing lists relied on by charity fundraisers, and would present “the biggest challenge in fundraising for a generation”, according to a report published this week by marketing agency Medialab.The EU has announced plans for a comprehensive reform of data protection rules which will require individuals to give explicit consent before a company or charity can process their personal data. The rules could come into force as early as 2017.
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • Organizations contribute in Tharu youths' relief collection drive for rain disaster victims

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Organizations contribute in Tharu youths' relief collection drive for rain disaster victims: he organization has provided Rs 5000 in cash as well as biscuits, noodles, water purifying medicine, clothes and other utensils. Similarly, Social Welfare Club of Kathmandu Collage of Management also donated the goods worth Rs 11500 to be given for the flood and landslide victims. Likewise, the youth
  • Gap years: Voluntourism – who are you helping? - Telegraph

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Gap years: Voluntourism – who are you helping? - Telegraph: Gap years: Voluntourism – who are you helping? If you’re looking for opportunities abroad, check your skills match and you will be helping, rather than hindering, says Rose Dykins
  • NEW YORK: Nexus Global Youth Summit — Millennials Transform Philanthropy | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    NEW YORK: Nexus Global Youth Summit — Millennials Transform Philanthropy | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online: NEW YORK — More than 500 next-gen inheritors and social entrepreneurs convened July 24-25 at the 4th annual Nexus Global Youth Summit, held at the United Nations. Nexus, the world’s largest network of millennial philanthropists, is led by Co-founders Jonah Wittkamper and Rachel
  • Orlando 12-Year-Old Named 2014 Peggy Kirk Bell Award Winner - Cybergolf

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Orlando 12-Year-Old Named 2014 Peggy Kirk Bell Award Winner - Cybergolf: Two years ago he decided not to accept gifts for his own birthday party, instead turning it into a fundraiser to underwrite the parties of kids who had never had their own birthday celebration. Though not even a teenager, Johnny now has a 501(c)3 charitable designation for "A Birthday Party Wish, Inc." because he, with the
  • Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech - capradio.org

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech - capradio.org: To counter that, a growing number of nonprofits are popping up in Oakland to help young blacks and Latinos break into the industry. The Goal Is Exposure Every afternoon this summer, Armstrong is in the offices of a small nonprofit called Hack the Hood. Her job is to fix websites for clients. "I'm trying to do an
 
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    AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology

  • Supermarkets donate profits from #icebucketchallenge to MND Association

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Supermarkets donate profits from #icebucketchallenge to MND Association: Tesco has announced that it will donate the profits made from an increase in sales of ice to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which has now received over �3m through donations from the ice bucket challenge.The supermarket giant, which sold more than 36 million ice cubes over the last week alone, has so far pledged to donate �20,000 to the charity. The amount is expected to increase after further ice sales over the weekend.
  • We’re crash testing digital campaign tools – and here’s what we’ve found

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    We’re crash testing digital campaign tools – and here’s what we’ve found: From big listening platforms like Radian6 to email testing tools like 8seconds, we’re working with Greenpeacers everywhere to experiment with new tools and tactics and see if they add value to our work and campaigns.
  • Four Lessons Brands Can Learn From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Four Lessons Brands Can Learn From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: But, there are four characteristics of this trend that put it above the rest. In fact, this ice bucket challenge has four important lessons for brands. So, marketeers, take note:
  • Macmillan: We did not hijack #icebucketchallenge

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Macmillan: We did not hijack #icebucketchallenge: Macmillan has hit back against accusations on social media that it has hijacked #icebucketchallenge, saying the craze has been raising money for cancer charities in New Zealand since July.The challenge has peaked in publicity in the last week as celebrities in the US continue to nominate each other, while showing off their famous friends, to pour iced water over themselves and donate money to American charity ALS Association.
  • Ice-Bucket Torrent Reaches $8.6-Million in a Day and Douses Ex-President – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Ice-Bucket Torrent Reaches $8.6-Million in a Day and Douses Ex-President – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Ice-Bucket Torrent Reaches $8.6-Million in a Day and Douses Ex-PresidentThe flood of “ice-bucket challenge” donations to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease reached a new crest Wednesday as the ALS Association reported taking in $8.6-million over a 24-hour period, Time writes.
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    AFP BLOG: International News

  • Supermarkets donate profits from #icebucketchallenge to MND Association

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Supermarkets donate profits from #icebucketchallenge to MND Association: Tesco has announced that it will donate the profits made from an increase in sales of ice to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which has now received over �3m through donations from the ice bucket challenge. The supermarket giant, which sold more than 36 million ice cubes over the last week alone, has so far pledged to
  • Coyne: Charitable tax credits should be abolished | canada.com

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Coyne: Charitable tax credits should be abolished | canada.com: It has been no summer of love for Canada’s charities. A number of prominent charitable groups, among them PEN Canada, Environmental Defence Canada, Amnesty International Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation, have faced audits by the Canada Revenue Agency; the rest, it seems, are up in arms about it. Because so many of those who
  • Singapore badminton icon Susilo re-emerges for record-breaking charity rally | Fit To Post Sports - Yahoo Sports Singapore

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Singapore badminton icon Susilo re-emerges for record-breaking charity rally | Fit To Post Sports - Yahoo Sports Singapore: A new Singapore record for the most number of unique hits in a badminton rally was set on Sunday afternoon at the ‘Hanwell Longest Rally’ at Changi City Point. Former national shuttlers Ronald Susilo, Ashton Chen, Xing Aiying and Terry Yeo, along with Minister of Parliament
  • Risk of Aus Charities Financing Terrorism | Pro Bono Australia

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Risk of Aus Charities Financing Terrorism | Pro Bono Australia: The charity regulator has warned that charities may be at risk of having their charitable funds that are sent overseas being diverted or otherwise misused, even if their intentions are in line with their charitable purposes. The ACNC has called on charities sending money overseas to be vigilant and diligent in dealing with their
  • Rice, Not Ice, in Indian Version of Charity Bucket Challenge – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Rice, Not Ice, in Indian Version of Charity Bucket Challenge – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Rice, Not Ice, in Indian Version of Charity Bucket Challenge A journalist in India has launched a “rice-bucket challenge,” encouraging people by social media to donate a bucket of the staple food to alleviate hunger, NPR reports. Since Manju Kalanidhi kicked off the effort
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    Donate a Car to Charity - CharityCar.us blog

  • 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…
  • Ford Experiments with Lightweight Concepts

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

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

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

  • The Next Generation of Volt is Here

    jg
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    GM’s Volt was a smash success on the auto market, so much so that they decided to make the next generation.  General Motors will show the next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in at the Detroit auto show in January, Chevy’s top marketer said today. Tim Mahoney, Chevy’s global chief marketing officer, disclosed the plans at the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich. He also revealed a teaser photo that showed the redesigned 2016 Volt’s rear badge and a more sculpted decklid. The next-gen Volt is expected to arrive in showrooms sometime in late 2015. GM…
  • McLaren Announces P1 GTR To be Displayed in August

    jg
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    If you have ever played any racing game, you know how incredible the McLaren is.  McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche have all come out with their hybrid-powered hypercars, vehicles that boast the bleeding edge of what is possible with today’s road-car technology. The next step, at least in the case of McLaren and Ferrari, is to push that bleeding edge just a hair further, with even faster, more focused versions of the P1 and LaFerrari. At the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, McLaren will be the first to give us a glimpse of that boundary-pushing machine. The British automaker has…
  • Aging Population of America’s Cars

    jg
    10 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Cars in America aren’t getting any younger. The average age has remained over 10 years old. The combined average age of all light vehicles on the road in the U.S. was 11.4 years as of Jan. 1, same as the year before, says IHS Automotive and its Polk subsidiary. That’s still at the highest levels since Polk started tracking it For another year, that’s a record level — and now trucks have hit the same level as cars. “In our history of tracking, we have seen a gradual increase in the average age of vehicles on the road,” says Mark Seng, director of aftermarket…
  • Fuel Economy Slowly Improving

    jg
    8 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Good news for SUV drivers, their vehicles are getting better fuel economy than ever before, according to a study released at the end of April. Over half of the vehicles sold this year deliver over 23 mpg, with one in nine topping 30 mpg, the study showed. Even some traditional gas guzzlers are now yielding mileage once considered a stretch for small cars, industry and government data reveals, though automakers still face a stretch achieving the 54.5 mpg target facing them in 2025, observers warn. “This has been remarkable,” said Mark Cooper, research director for the Consumer Federation…
  • Humans Replace Robots at Toyota

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

  • Fundraising Friday | August 29, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    What?  No Marketing Department?  New from The Agitator. How to Encourage Supporters to Donate Birthdays to Your Cause

. New from Jeff Brooks via Bloomerang.  Is your fundraising on the right track?  Yeah, it really IS that simple. What’s a nonprofit ‘Impact Report’ and how can it help you better communicate with your donors?  Two stellar examples in this week’s What’s in my Mailbox?  

 Our new Tuesday feature, What’s in my Inbox, features email communications from small shops just like yours.  This week:  Mr. Holland’s Opus…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit Impact Reports

    Pamela Grow
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    How are small nonprofit organizations using the power of direct mail to love their donors? Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. When I mention a minimum of 12 ‘touches’ per year to clients and Grow Report readers, I’m often met with slack-jawed dismay. “Twelve touches??? We can’t afford 12 newsletters a year!” Yes, if your donors are true partners, if you’re thinking of them as the ‘friends’ that they are to your work, 12 touches a year is the minimum. Several of those touches will be thank you’s. And, yes, some will be newsletters, both print and…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

    Pamela Grow
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    How are small nonprofit organizations using the power of email to love their donors? Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox. Nearly two decades have passed since the release of the movie, Mr. Holland’s Opus. I love how Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation‘s  recent email reminded supporters of the timeless beauty of the film…and why music matters for children. Related Posts:Fundraising Friday | August 29, 2014Your Fast Track to Year-End Online Giving | 3 Quick FixesFundraising’s Ruby SlippersNovember Nonprofit Blog Carnival | Giving Thanks and…Thanks for Signing…
  • Keeping your fundraising real

    Pamela Grow
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    In the midst of every other nonprofit organization trying to figure out how to create their own ice bucket challenge, Simple Development Systems member Rachel Stephenson Ramjattan shared with me this inspirational story of how Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill developed a life-changing relationship with a next-door millionaire and his wife (click to read the entire story) Ron, the communications director of Zoo Miami, was approached in 1993 by an elderly gentleman after he’d given a talk.  The man explained that he was inspired and handed Ron a check.  He asked that it be used in a way that…
  • The only Ice Bucket Challenge video you really need to see

    Pamela Grow
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Related Posts:Fundraising Friday | August 22, 2014Keeping your fundraising realA personalised video thank you that you can emulateThe DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards | Are you in?Nonprofit Storytelling with Video | Three Unbreakable Rules
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits by us

  • Things That Fundraising Managers Need To Keep In Mind When Working With Millennials by K. Michael Johnson

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

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

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

    Hank Lewis
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Please Note: We are in the process of switching from posting half of each of two different articles each week to posting only one piece each week. So, over the next ten weeks, some will be in the old format (two halves) and some will be in the new format. August 13: Checklists – A Valuable Tool for the Nonprofit – Part I by Bill Huddleston Addressing the challenge of being able to filter out unnecessary information and acquire/apply actionable and useful knowledge. August 20: Four Major Donor-Retention Sins by Jonathan Howard The success/growth of your direct mail fundraising program lies…
  • 1. A Different Kind of Scheduling … and Grants & 2. Transitioning: For-Profit Sales to Non-Profit Fundraising by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. A Different Kind of Scheduling May Help Improve Your Grant Proposals by Jayme Sokolow As grant proposal professionals, we are very focused on schedules. In fact, it is one of the first things we do when making a decision to bid. There is, however, another kind of scheduling that we often slight when developing proposals, and that is our own schedules. According to Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (2014), we might learn something about how creative people structure their days by studying the lives of artists. Around 1822, Ludwig van Beethoven usually slept eight hours and…
 
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    Event Fundraising Blog

  • Guest Blog: A Process for Improvement (How to A/B Test)

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

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

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

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    When I was in college, a children’s literature professor taught me a phrase that has stuck with me whenever I’m trying to write. She said, “You don’t bark at a cat.” What she meant was: Keep your audience in mind when you’re writing. In the context of the course I was taking, she meant that we should write the way a child wants to read. As I started writing emails and websites for fundraising events for my career, “you don’t bark at a cat” meant that I should get to know my audience and write content that will speak to them.As…
  • Retaining Volunteers

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Retaining volunteers is one of the most important aspects of executing a successful event year after year. It is the dedication of returning volunteers that helps us pave the way to our end result of happy participants.  Here are few ways to help communicate and engage with volunteers in order to bridge the gap between registration and event.Clearly communicate expectations. Outline when volunteers should expect to receive information and the time frame. This will help volunteers feel informed and comfortable with their responsibilities, while fostering excitement and enthusiasm for…
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

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

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

    janetlevineconsulting
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    One of the really irritating interview questions that development often have to endure is the one that asks how many donors will the candidate bring with her. The answer, of course, is none, for donors–cultivated and stewarded correctly–belong to the … Continue reading →
  • Transactional and Relational Fundraising

    janetlevineconsulting
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:14 am
    On a pretty regular basis, some charity or other does something that brings in megabucks. Today that charity is ALS with the ice bucket challenge. It’s wonderful that an organization can raise tons of money. And so every other organization … Continue reading →
  • The Personality of Fundraising

    janetlevineconsulting
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Fundraising is fundraising. Read all the books, blogs, articles, and while styles differ, the information is pretty much the same. And yet, fundraising for YOUR organization is not the same as fundraising for someone else’s, and it is this customization … Continue reading →
 
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    FeedBlitz News

  • 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…
  • The FeedBlitz REST API

    Phil Hollows
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    The REST API is an XML-based API. It is, like FeedBlitz itself, complex and at times may be challenging to use. For simple use cases, such as integrating a FeedBlitz subscription mechanism into your site or service, we recommend using one of the APIs I’ve already covered this week, or a plugin / widget that has already done the work for you. If you’re building such a plugin, widget or tool, then depending on your use cases you may need to delve into the REST API in some depth. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level:…
  • The FeedBlitz Simple API: Adding Subscriptions Programmatically

    Phil Hollows
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you’re a plugin developer, PHP guru, or a web programmer who wants to do more with FeedBlitz but the REST API is daunting, we’re rolling out a new set of features in a “Simple” API that is much easier to use.  This API needs an API key, which you can get here after you log in. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level: Intermediate Good for: Adding a subscriber from a popup, plugin, or web site back end The function of this “Simple” API is to start the FeedBlitz dual opt-in process for…
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    GiveForward

  • 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…
  • Music as Therapy

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

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

  • Last Day for Early Bird Discount on How to Maximize Your Non-Profit Fundraising Events

    Joe Garecht
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    This is a reminder that today (Friday, August 29th) is the last day to get a special early bird discount when you register for our new class How to Maximize Your Non-Profit Fundraising Events.  Early bird registration closes at 7 PM. During this 7 week multimedia class,  you’ll learn everything you need to know to dramatically increase the amount you raise from your organization’s events, including: How to find and sell bigger sponsorships for your events 10 ways to sell more tickets then ever before Strategies for holding better silent auctions, raffles and other revenue…
  • Solid Strategies for Raising More Money at Your Next Fundraising Event

    Joe Garecht
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    If your non-profit wants to raise more money at its next fundraising event, then you owe it to yourself to check out our newest class on The Fundraising Authority: How to Maximize Your Non-Profit Fundraising Events. During this 7 week, multimedia class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to raise dramatically more at your fundraising events, including: How to find an event host committee that will help you raise more money than ever before 9 strategies for finding major sponsors for your events Step-by-step plans for creating better event invitations that bring in more revenue And…
  • What Small Non-Profits Can Learn from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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

    Joe Garecht
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    People don’t read letters that look boring or tedious to read.  Think about it — when you pick up your mail, do you read long sales letters, or text-heavy updates from organizations you support, written in 12 point type with no pictures or headlines?  Of course not — these types of letters look like a chore to read.  And no one needs another chore in their life. If you want donors and prospects to read your fundraising letters, you need to make sure that letter looks interesting, exciting, and enticing… so interesting, in fact, that the person can’t help but…
  • How to Get Lapsed Donors to Start Giving Again

    Joe Garecht
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Every non-profit has lapsed donors. These are donors who used to give to your organization, but for one reason or another, they have stopped giving. (Generally, someone isn’t considered a “lapsed donor” until they have stopped giving to your non-profit for more than one year). You may have 1 lapsed donor, or you may have 10,000 lapsed donors. Either way, your lapsed donors are incredibly important to your ongoing fundraising success. Why Lapsed Donors Matter Intrinsically, most non-profits know that their lapsed donors matter… that’s why so many organizations refuse to ever take…
 
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    Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates

  • What’s Next for Fundraising after the IceBucketChallenge: 5 Predictions

    Admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    It’s a new day in fundraising, now that we have all seen the astonishing success of the #IceBucketChallenge phenomenon. I, for one, am scratching my head in incredulity as I watch the fundraising totals and new donors stream into the ALS organization. This morning, August 29, ALS is reporting 2.1 million new donors and $94 million raised! Whew. And how absolutely wonderful! Prediction: Fundraising will never be the same again. Why? Well, an emerging new fundraising tool – social media – has now demonstrated that it can raise big – I mean huge – money. The ALS Challenge is a…
  • How to Knock Off the Ice Bucket Challenge and Make Social Media Work for Your Cause

    Gail
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Seems like everyone these days is either buzzing about the #icebucketchallenge  . . . or they are actually participating in it by dumping ice water on themselves. ALS says it has raised $31.5 million since July 29, compared to $1.8 million in the same period last year. They have added over 600k NEW donors.  Pretty impressive! Your board and executive leaders are probably all wondering how YOUR organzation can pull something like this off. So let’s make this teachable moment to help everyone understand how social media actually works . . . and how nonprofits can get their OWN cause to…
  • The Zen of Raising Money from Individual Donors

    Admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    Can you tell if this person is wealthy? Here’s a brilliant guest post from my NYC buddy Andrea Kihlstedt. I think you will like it! When your folks say, “We don’t know anyone with money,” here’s some inspiration for them – and for you: _________ I’ve been volunteering for a small arts organization here in New York City teaching them how to raise money. The two people who founded the Center, I’ll call them John and Jesse, have created a remarkable program based on their passion for photo journalism. They’ve spent a huge amount of time and energy…
  • 6 Steps to Creating The Fundraising Results You Really Want

    Gail
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Want mega productivity in the coming year? Want to raise as much as you possibly can? Then let’s get cracking on your smart, systematic fundraising plan. I’m talking about a plan that gets everybody in your organization on board. a plan that uses your energies and connections in the smartest, most efficient way. a plan that everybody can buy into and where everybody takes on a supportive role. Today I’m giving you 6 steps to create a plan that will deliver the fundraising results you really want. Want extra help to create your plan? Then, join us on Monday August 11 at 2pm…
  • Use the Word “Profit” to Get Your Board’s Attention!

    Gail
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    Who’s making the decisions about fundraising budgets and investments at your organization? Is it the board members? Is it the CEO? Do these decision makers need to understand more about fundraising? Sometimes fundraising staffers can’t get their leaders to consider important strategic investments in fundraising. The problem is that the decision makers look at fundraising as a “cost center” and not as a “profit center.” Another problem is that sometimes people making investment decisions often don’t really understand how fundraising works in terms of return on investment.
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    Online Fundraising Today

  • Back to School Fundraising Ideas

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

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

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

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

    Maureen
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:26 am
    Environment for the Americas is holding a series of free, bird-focused programs for youth (ages 6-9) this summer. On Friday, June 27, Boulder Bird Day commences with a nature hike entitled “Birds Abound Around You” during which the children will enjoy learning about how to observe birds and discuss bird behaviors. This special environmental fundraising event holds a second activity for the kids “Bird Identification: Getting Started” on July 12 focused on learning the basics of bird identification based on their silhouettes or beaks, along with learning how to properly use…
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    Fundraising Detective

  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

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

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

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

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

    Fundraising Detective
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    It was the Institute of Fundraisng National Convention last week. Convention is always a highlight of the year for me - and last week was no different.  I picked up a ton of great ideas and insight. Met friends old and new and debated about some of key things impacting on fundraising today. It was a great three days and i'll be sharing some content and ideas in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here is a little post-convention reading! The theme of the conference was 'Proud to be Fundraiser' and I'd highly recommend (where ever you are in the world) to download the new…
 
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    CoolData blog

  • 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 […]
  • Mine your donor data with this baseball-inspired analysis

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

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

  • How Privileged Are You?

    Roger Craver
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Sometimes even fundraisers need food for the soul. Tom and I serve up over-sized portions on techniques, strategies and tactics, and other helpful (we hope!) stuff to help you with your job. We’re a bit light on the broccoli equivalents. Not that we’re opposed to balanced mental nutrition for fundraisers, it’s just that sometimes it’s easier to reach for the bag of chips. In The Agitator’s Blog Roll (look on the right hand column of The Agitator’s homepage), you’ll find a listing for Simone Uncensored. When I check this out it’s kind of like going to church, but
  • Do It By The Numbers

    Tom Belford
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    I’ve been doing some end-of-summer cleaning out of my Agitator ‘inspiration bin’. The place where I store things to write about. I realized that I had gathered a heap of ‘number stuff’ … all fairly recent items, but my how they accumulate! So here are few for you list keepers. 3 Things You Can Do Now In Response to Current Fundraising Trends [Focuses on retention, digital integration and, a bit of a worthy surprise, planned giving.] 3 Nonprofit Marketing Trends You Absolutely Need To Know [Warning: these guys really push video; probably why I listed this…
  • Through The Prizm

    Tom Belford
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Remember PRIZM, the market segmentation tool originally developed by Claritas (now owned by Nielsen) and widely used in the 90s? We used to have great fun looking up zip codes to see which had the most people characterized as ‘Blue Blood Estates’, ‘Bohemian Mix’, or ‘Shotguns & Pickups’. There were (still are) 60-odd segments or ‘clusters’ deemed to illustrate the American marketplace. Or more specifically (for the times), to help visualize your archetypal customer and the key characteristics that might help you better locate and market to…
  • No Marketing Department?

    Tom Belford
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Rarely do I disagree with creative/copywriting whiz Jeff Brooks. But in a recent excerpt from his new book, The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand (see, I flogged it), he argues that one of the six signs of a well-run nonprofit is that it has no marketing department. Jeff argues: “…the very existence of a marketing department lets everyone else in the organization off the hook. They can accurately say about marketing, ‘That’s not my department.’ Marketing is too important to leave up to marketers. If marketing isn’t built into your entire organization, you will…
  • Buy Roger’s Book … Or Else!

    Tom Belford
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Roger has written a book on donor retention. It’s titled: Retention Fundraising: The New Art and Science of Keeping Your Donors for Life. And FINALLY … it’s ready to order! I’ve read the book four times now in its various draft iterations. And learned more each time. And I thought I was already on top of the subject. This book has been a labor of love for Roger (despite his protestations), because he’s passionate about fundraising … and more specifically, passionate about helping you succeed at fundraising. And so he’s picked as his focus what he regards as the single…
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    ModaVive

  • Celebrate Style that Gives Back with ModaVive, StyleBee + More

    ModaVive
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Next Thursday, come out and be a part of our mission to refashion giving by letting women fundraise for great causes with their closets – not wallets. Plus, blowouts and makeup with StyleBee. Along with blowouts and mini makeup sessions with our fabulous beauty partner StyleBee, it’s a chance to shop our inventory of new and secondhand apparel (including vintage and our super popular $5 bins) and accessories that give back up to 60% to charitable causes and consign or donate items from your own closet to help make an impact with items you’ve loved but will no longer wear:…
  • Video: Measuring for a Better Fit, Pt. 1

    ModaVive
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Getting the right fit – one that you love and works with your own personal style – is one of the biggest challenges of online shopping. But measuring a garment you love and making a note of those measurements can help get a fit you love. Gloria shows you how: Why did we decide to make a video about measuring a dress? We were brainstorming at ModaVive HQ one day and agreed that knowing your measurements makes shopping accurately online so, so much easier. Then Gloria, our resident stylist and marketing lead, came up with a great tip: sure, you can measure yourself, but you can also…
  • Introducing the Designer Vault

    ModaVive
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
      Have you heard the word? Our Designer Vault is now live. The reason to visit, like, right now? It’s stocked our most premium inventory, including couture Bob Mackie gowns and fall jackets by Chanel, Prada and more. Along with pieces worthy of fall galas to wear-anywhere dresses and hard-to-find vintage in great condition, you’ll find formal and evening gowns by Oscar De La Renta, Naeem Kahn, Ungaro, Roberto Cavalli and John Galliano, as well as pristine-condition custom Bob Mackie gowns (not that we’re bragging or anything). If you want more day-to-day wear, look for…
  • Back to School Style that Gives Back

    ModaVive
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Back to school essentials are always in style: comfy kicks, a big bag in a fun print, a military jacket and go-anywhere white tee. Get back-to-school ready – whether or not you have plans to be in a classroom anytime soon – in an on-trend military jacket and super versatile white Vince tee. Throw on some leggings, those Chucks you wrecked at Coachella and metal accessories to complete the look. What’s shown here: 1. Battlefield Jacket, $35, Illia Leisure. Feel good factor: 60% of the cost of this item benefits Girl Up. 2. White Long-Sleeve Tee, $22, Vince. Bonus: When you…
  • Wake Up: Music for Monday

    ModaVive
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Who doesn’t need a little help in the motivation department on Monday? A perfect companion for your third cup of coffee or 4 p.m. late afternoon slowdown, here’s a playlist to get those spirits lifted early in the week. Compiled by our peanut-loving summer intern Sarah M., who never, ever makes fun of anyone. Ever. What to do next: listen, desk dance, repeat. #motivationmonday | Listen for free at bop.fm
 
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    Fundraising Ideas & News | Blog | YouCaring.com

  • The Fundraiser For The Last Ice Bucket Challenge You Need To See: The Human Side of ALS

    YouCaring.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    With endless videos of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" in your Facebook feed, it may be easy to forget what you're supporting. In this YouCaring fundraiser, Anthony's loved ones make it very clear the human side of the research we're all supporting. Watch the video below and visit the fundraiser for Anthony.
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Medical Fundraiser for Child Facing Lifetime of Huge Medical Challenges

    YouCaring.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    We stumbled across your website while searching for a means to help a family in our community. Our fundraiser was easy to set up with great support from the "YouCaring" team who responded promptly when we had any questions. It was very successful and the family who benefited are incredibly grateful and humbled by the generous donations and the caring messages. We are thrilled our goal of $100,000 was exceeded. Thank you for enabling us to help this family. MJ Reich, Deb Sabatino, Ruth Ward, Dori Martin and Sue Willms Alex's Story: Love Alone is Worth the Fight
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Fundraiser to Save Home for Mom

    YouCaring.com
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Through our fundraiser, we were able to raise the money to help my mom save her house. There were people that helped us out that we didn't even know. There are people out there in the world that care. My mom's taxes were paid for the property, which was her mobile home. She has dogs and birds and would not have had a place to take them. So to try and help, a friend of mine suggested we try YouCaring to raise the money. I had a few people in my family skeptical of this and didn't think it would work, and we surprised them when it worked. Every time someone donated to this, I teared up just…
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Funds Help Organization Care for Abused, Abandoned Pets

    YouCaring.com
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    My family and I are very active in the animal rescue community. There is constantly a need for medical attention for animals that are abused, neglected, injured, or just dumped into the elements. YouCaring has given us a way to connect with a huge community to meet those financial needs.Annabelle was found wandering a back alleyway, with eye and ear infections and a toenail that had grown all the way around and pierced through her foot. With the help of the YouCaring fund we were able to get her healthy and she has since been adopted out to a wonderful family. Thank you,Kirk…
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Online Fundraiser Helps Family Recover from House Fire

    YouCaring.com
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    The fundraiser that I put together to help my brother after his home was destroyed by fire and he lost virtually everything he owned was a complete and total success! I'd like to thank the YouCaring staff for helping me succeed and make this campaign possible. Before I started I researched and looked at several of these types of fundraiser websites and it seemed obvious to me that YouCaring.com was the only one to align with for this fundraiser. All of the other sites I saw took a small percentage from each donation as a fee to help run the website. In addition, PayPal takes it's cut from…
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • Your Organization Profits With a Raffle Fundraiser

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

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

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

    Raffle Tickets
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Fundraising: Plan To Succeed With A Fundraiser Fundraising can be a hit and miss affair. Often, particularly in the smaller organizations, the fundraising tasks are given to people with little or no fundraising experience. It is extremely important for those people to understand that fundraising is a discipline. It should be approached as such, and any fundraising effort should be preceded by a properly thought out fundraising plan. Planning a successful fundraiser is a plan to succeed, failing to plan your fundraiser is a plan to fail. It’s not particularly difficult to develop a…
  • 5 Tips to Starting a Successful Non-Profit

    Raffle Tickets
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    5 Tips to Starting a Successful Non-Profit Starting a non-profit requires careful planning and thorough execution. It is a challenging endeavor, and not everyone succeeds in creating a sustainable and successful non-profit. Here are 5 useful tips before you start your non-profit: Make a realistic assessment of your idea Being passionate about a non-profit idea is one thing, and being realistic is another. You need to assess the potential and viability of your idea in the prevailing economic conditions and environment. Financial sustainability of your non-profit is critical. You need to ask…
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    Common Sense Fundraising

  • 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…
  • 22 Crowdfunding Sites (and How To Choose Yours!)

    admin
    28 Jan 2014 | 11:28 pm
    BY Eric Markowitz It’s not just Kickstarter anymore. Here’s a road map. Crowdfunding used to be pretty simple. Artists, inventors, and filmmakers posted their ideas, and funders chipped in a few bucks to make something happen. Kickstarter, the site that triggered the crowdfunding movement, was the cornerstone. In three years, the site has helped launch more than 95,000 projects. Today, there are scores of crowdfunding sites. Indiegogo, Bolstr, Fundable–the list goes on. With the SEC poised to allow projects to offer equity, crowdfunding has the potential to revolutionize how…
  • Year-end Fundraising in a Snap: 5 No-Brainer tactics to implement by December 31

    admin
    10 Nov 2013 | 10:57 pm
    By Marcie L. Wagner, CFRE 1. Year-end visits or phone calls Visit or call your top 2013 donors and your top LYBUNTS and ask for a year-end gift; however you define “major donors” for your organization. A smaller nonprofit may consider a one-time gift of $100 a top donor; others define a top gift as $5,000. If your list is too big to manage, bring in your board members to assist with the calls. 2. Prepare and send two year-end, “story-telling” appeal letters – double-down by integrating your year-end appeal through all social media avenues Send your first appeal…
 
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    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies

  • Utilizing a Raffle in a Retail Setting Can Have Great Outcomes

    Bruce Hassel
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Utilizing a Raffle in a Retail Setting Can Have Great Outcomes “Impact a Life” college scholarship essayist  James McKenna takes an interesting and informative look at utilizing raffle tickets to attract and retain customers for your store or retail setting, while also impacting the community in a very positive way. Thank you James, and best of luck with your studies! To read  James McKenna’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Utilizing a Raffle in a Retail Setting Can Have  Great Outcomes You can help  James McKenna’s pursuit of a scholarship award by clicking the…
  • How to Make Your Raffle a Sure Fire Hit

    Bruce Hassel
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    How to Make Your Raffle a Sure Fire Hit Kelcy Taylor Lancaster offers a wealth of tips for holding a better raffle in her “Impact a Life” college scholarship essay. Follow along as Kelcy offers up some great ideas for organizing, promoting, and maximizing your organization’s next raffle fundraiser. To read Kelcy Taylor’s informative and helpful scholarship essay, go here >>>  How to Make Your Raffle a Sure Fire Hit You can help Kelcy Taylor Lancaster’s pursuit of a scholarship award by clicking the “sharing is caring” buttons below. To motivate volunteers,…
  • Selling Raffle Tickets is Beneficial Way For Any Group to Raise Money

    Bruce Hassel
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    Selling Raffle Tickets is Beneficial Way For Any Group to Raise Money Many thanks to Brittany Willow Bolton for her fine and insightful “Impact a Life” college scholarship essay that highlights why selling raffle tickets for your fundraiser is a great way to raise money. Brittany offers up some wonderful and personal insights as to why holding a raffle is not only a great fundraising opportunity but also specifies how it helped a specific group raise funds for a worthy cause. To read Brittany’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Selling Raffle Tickets is Beneficial Way For…
  • Raffles Are a Good Source of Revenue for Charities

    Bruce Hassel
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Raffles Are a Good Source of Revenue for Charities How can businesses derive promotional and customer loyalty/retention benefit by utilizing a raffle in their marketing efforts? Richard Lewis Murdick examines that question and more in his insightful “Impact a Life” college scholarship essay. Hats off to Richard for such a unique and interesting view of raffles for business. To read Richard’s scholarship essay, go here >>>   Raffles Are a Good Source of Revenue for Charities You can help Richard Lewis Murdick’s pursuit of a college scholarship award by…
  • A Raffle Fuels Excitement for Your Busisness

    Bruce Hassel
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    A Raffle Fuels Excitement for Your Busisness Feel the excitement as “Impact a Life” college scholarship essayist Amelia Kealoha Pacheco details why a raffle can add excitement to your business promotional tactics. Thanks Amelia for such a unique and helpful view of raffles for business. To read Amelia Kealoha Pacheco’s scholarship essay, go here >>> A Raffle Fuels Excitement for Your Busisness You can help Amelia Kealoha Pacheco’s pursuit of a college scholarship award by clicking the “sharing is caring” buttons below. Raffles fuel customer loyalty and…
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    Fundraising Compass

  • Grant Seeking? Upping your Odds of Funding

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

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

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

    gisraeli
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:24 pm
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society It takes a remarkable degree of optimism to be a fundraiser since rejection by prospects is a normal occurance… part of the business. One grant-seeking professor told me that his (better-than-average) rate of success was getting one out of every five proposals funded by government agencies. Prospect researchers are one degree removed from the action as fundraisers interact directly with prospects and they require an even stronger dose of optimism in their constitution and daily desk work……
  • The Challenges of Proactive Research for Major Gifts

    gisraeli
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society Here’s a list – my explanation why prospect research for major gifts is difficult and why it’s hard for fundraisers and researchers to identify realistic viable prospects. When you reach the end of the list, reflect back on all you’ve read. 1. Assets: first, the prospect must have the right level of assets. Of course, this can vary as a major gift can set up a multi-year museum exhibit for $50,000 or a $5,000,000 gift can name two academic chairs. 2. Affinity: is the prospect…
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    Double the Donation

  • DonorPerfect Matching Gift Integration Guide

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

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

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

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

    Adam Weinger
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    At Double the Donation, our goal is to share the most useful and relevant information on matching gifts with our readers and customers. Yet as a small team we know we can’t cover every topic. Recently we can across an article on Matching Gifts by Megan Hill on Professional Grant Writer’s website. We thought she could bring a unique perspective to our audience and extended an invitation for her to guest post on our blog. Fortunately she said yes so below is her article on how to foster relationships with companies by starting with employee matching gifts:   The world of…
 
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    CauseVox

  • Two Killer Methods To Tell a Social Impact Story

    Hila Mehr
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The social impact story you tell in your CauseVox crowdfunding video is critical–both for success in raising the most funds, but also in the message you are sending about your cause. An unfortunate trend in social impact storytelling is something known as “poverty porn.” You know it when you see it–the sad music, dehumanizing photos, simplification of issues, and an infomercial-style plea to “make a difference.” And you’ve seen it in campaigns like KONY 2012. The problem with social impact storytelling, especially when it comes to photos and videos, is that even if your…
  • Art Stream Raises $15,000 to Promote the Arts

    Sara Choe
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Who are you? ArtStream, Inc. is non-profit based in Greater Washington DC. We bring the arts to people who are traditionally underserved. We believe that the transformative power of the arts should be available to everyone, regardless of disability or life-circumstances. What is your campaign? What are you fundraising for? Our campaign is “9 Reasons to Give $9 to ArtStream” This is our summer campaign to help with our general operating budget. We’ve just entered our 9th year as a company and our goal is bring more new donors in than ever before. We’re only asking for…
  • CauseVox Feature Focus: Impact Metric

    Jenna Sauber
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We hope you’ve been enjoying our CauseVox Feature Focus series so far, where we share insights and updates about some of our community’s favorite features. If you haven’t had a chance yet, read about our Site Editor and Blog Tool. This week we’re focusing on the CauseVox Impact Metric. CauseVox Impact Metric This little tool is not only a customer favorite, but one of ours as well, and more importantly, donors love it. So what is it? The Impact Metric is an automated counter set to show the impact of your nonprofit crowdfunding campaign as it progresses, based on a unit of impact that…
  • How to Convert Donors Into Longtime Supporters

    Hila Mehr
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    You’ve launched your nonprofit crowdfunding campaign, and the donations are rolling in. Congrats! But how do you convert those one-time givers into longtime supporters and advocates of your mission when the campaign comes to a close? And why should you care? Your work doesn’t end when the nonprofit crowdfunding campaign ends—that’s when the hard part of implementation kicks into high gear. And as a nonprofit, the fundraising never ends. People are supporting your mission financially through the crowdfunding campaign, but they are also experts, resources, words of wisdom, and potential…
  • 9 Nonprofit Experts to Follow On Twitter

    Hila Mehr
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Twitter can be a great resource for staying up to date on nonprofit news, marketing skills, and expert insights into the sector. You can also engage with nonprofit experts by tweeting them your questions or opinions, or joining in on Twitter chats. Here are 9 must-follow nonprofit experts who regularly use Twitter to share their wisdom: Beth Kanter – @Kanter With 39.1k tweets and 403k followers, Beth may just be the queen of nonprofits on Twitter. She runs a popular blog on how nonprofits can take advantage of social media, and co-authored the book “The Networked Nonprofit” which…
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    Tony Martignetti

  • Nonprofit Radio for August 29, 2014: Your Personal Brand

    Julia Campbell
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the August 29, 2014 archived podcast My Guest: Dorie Clark: Your Personal Brand Dorie Clark – photo credit Aleks Karjaka Think about going out on your own? Are you already? You should meet Dorie Clark. Employee? You…
  • Nonprofit Radio for August 22, 2014: Integrate Social And CRM & Technology And Organizing

    Julia Campbell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the August 22, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Bryan Giese & Jenn Smith: Integrate Social And CRM  With Bryan Giese and Jenn Smith at NTC How do you integrate social media data into your CRM database? What social media…
  • Nonprofit Radio Knowledge Base: Online Engagement

    Julia Campbell
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
      Video interview with Beth Kanter, master trainer & speaker, from Fundraising Day 2013: Online Engagement & Measurement Aria Finger, DoSomething.org‘s COO on Mobile Engagement Amy Sample Ward, Nonprofit Radio’s social media contributor & CEO of Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN): Get Engaged Video with Jay Frost, CEO of fundraisinginfo.com, from Fundraising Day 2012: From Engagement to Action Online Shari Ilsen & Lauren Girardin, from NTC, the Nonprofit Technology Conference on “Engagement: Motivating & Measuring” Nonprofit Radio…
  • Nonprofit Radio for August 15, 2014: Female Technologists & Hiring Geeks

    Julia Campbell
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the August 15, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Dahna Goldstein, Rose de Fremery, Tracy Kronzak: Female Technologists  Dahna Goldstein, Rose de Fremery, Tracy Kronzak Women are underrepresented in nonprofit…
  • A Taste Of Nonprofit Radio

    Julia Campbell
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
      Featuring: – Naomi Levine, executive director, NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising – Seth Godin, author & thinker – Craig Newmark, founder, craigslist & craigconnects – Andrew Noyes, when he was manager, public policy, Facebook – Aria Finger, COO, DoSomething.org & CEO of TMI – Ami Dar, founder, idealist.org – Charles Best, CEO, DonorsChoose.org – Marc Ecko, CEO, Ecko Enterprises – Majora Carter, public radio host – Eric Saperston, chief creative officer, Live In Wonder – the music…
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    DonorDriven Blog

  • Infographic: Seniors are big givers to Millennial events.

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    As the population grays, seniors are playing a bigger and bigger role in online fundraising. According to recent numbers from Dunham and Company, seniors are now just as likely to give online as those under 65. And as Baby Boomers head for retirement we’re gaining more seniors. It's easy to make assumptions about who seniors give to, but don't. Even if your events focus on Millennials, you may be missing out on donations from senior. DonorDrive stats show that Grandma and Grandpa are giving to their grandkids events. Though...
  • Growing events through donor renewal.

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

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

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    As the word crowdfunding becomes more and more a part of our vocabulary, nonprofits are questioning its use as part of their revenue stream. It seems like crowdfunding is money for nothing: a site just hands you the cash they raise for you, right? While you'd expect saying yes is a no brainer, crowdfunding is not without its downsides, as many established nonprofits are discovering.
  • Storytelling that gets donations, Part 8: What makes a captivating story?

    24 Jun 2014 | 8:52 am
    In this series we've covered many of the basics of storytelling as well a specific tactics that you can use to coach your supporters. All great advice, but it's not just the elements that make a story. Great stories all have a less-tangible essence that makes them so captivating that we're engrossed in them, can't forget them and (more importantly) move people to tap the donate button:  
 
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    Blog - Selfish Giving

  • The Real Man Behind the Success of the Ice Bucket Challenge

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

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

    Joe Waters
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    The conundrum of retail fundraising is that you can raise millions at checkout. But your success hinges on the support of an underpaid and uncertain ally: cashiers. Fortunately, your friend is their friend. Jennifer Askjaer and Sally George of Swell Giving Explain how social impact can soothe the savage beast.We've all stood in a checkout line and been asked: ”Would you like to donate a $1 to this worthy cause?”  Most of us have said yes on some occasion, either motivated by the public shaming or a true desire to help. Whatever the reasons, there are plenty of donors out there…
  • CauseTalk Radio Ep99: The Generation Companies, Nonprofits Can't Live Without: Millennials

    Joe Waters
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Craig Bida Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to marketing and communication expert Craig Bida about Millennials and the future of social responsibility.  Millennials are a huge audience - roughly 80 million strong. They - and their commitment to social impact and making the world a better place - can't be ignored. Craig offers some examples of how companies are changing the way they do business to bring about the change on which Millennials are so insistent.Craig explains how companies need to engage Millennials top-to-bottom in a company, and not just on a carefully…
  • Forget Zombies, Get Ready for The Goodpocalypse

    Joe Waters
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Millennials, social business and media and mobile are converging to create a golden age of good. Here’s how nonprofits can thrive in a world turned right-side up.I’m kind of bummed that there won’t be a zombie apocalypse anytime soon. I’ve watched so many shows and movies about zombies that I’m sure I know enough to survive in a world turned upside down. What I’m unsure of is if I’ll ever get a chance to outrun a zombie, or to relish my stockpiles of food and supplies. Sigh.I realized all this one night when I was watching my favorite TV show The Walking Dead. Amidst all…
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