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  • How to Increase Raffle Ticket Sales for Your Non-Profit

    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies
    Bruce Hassel
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    How to Increase Raffle Ticket Sales for Your Non-Profit Iѕ уоur nоn-рrоfіt оrgаnіzаtіоn, сhurсh оr ѕсhооl іn nееd оf rаіѕіng fundѕ fоr a worthy рrоjесt? Rаfflе ticket sales are еffесtіvе (and ѕіmрlе) fundraisers! “Imрасt a Lіfе” соllеgе ѕсhоlаrѕhір essayist  Amanda Schummer dоеѕ a ѕрlеndіd jоb іn outlining thе many bеnеfіtѕ and a formula for hоldіng a successful rаfflе fundrаіѕеr. Tо rеаd Amanda Schummer’s іnfоrmаtіvе ѕсhоlаrѕhір еѕѕау, gо hеrе >>>  How to Increase…
  • Please Donate to Help Nepal’s Earthquake Victims Now

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    Beth
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    The devastating earthquake in Nepal has killed more than 2,400 people and injured about 5,900, residents so far (as reported in the NY Times on Sunday).  Please donate to help Nepal’s Earthquake Victims now. On Saturday morning, I got a news alert on my mobile phone that there had been a devastating 7.9 earthquake in Nepal.   I immediately looked on Facebook to check on my colleague, Robert Rosenthal from VolunteerMatch to see if he was okay.  Robert has been working the last year or so from Nepal.  He has posted that he was not in Nepal at the moment, but was worried about friends…
  • Raffles Are an Easy Fundraiser That Can Have a Massive Payoff

    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies
    Bruce Hassel
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Raffles Are an Easy Fundraiser That Can Have a Massive Payoff Many thanks to Anderson Blackmon for a well thought out and informative “Impact a Life” college scholarship essay that highlights why selling raffle tickets for your fundraiser is a great way to raise money. Anderson dishes out some wonderful and insightful reasons as to why holding a raffle is a fantastic way to raise money for a non-profit. To read Anderson Blackmon’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Raffles Are an Easy Fundraiser That Can Have a Massive Payoff You can help Anderson Blackmon’s pursuit of…
  • How to Write Off Your Tax Deductible Medical Expenses

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    Erica Alhorn
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Tax season tends to bring out the panic in all of us, whether you’re a CPA who ends up sleeping only 2 hours per night because you’re busy finding ways to inject caffeine into your bloodstream, or you’re just a regular ole’ citizen who just wants to make sure the forms get filed in time (and correctly) to Uncle Sam. We’re no tax experts here at GiveForward, but there is a little known secret that we want you to know about: you can write off certain eligible deductible medical expenses on your taxes! If you choose to itemize your deductions instead of taking the…
  • Fundraising for the Nepal quake and other disasters

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    Jeff Brooks
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Yesterday's deadly earthquake in Nepal is a fundraising event for some organizations. Following are some comments on this disaster and disasters in general from a fundraising point of view. Let me warn you that there are capricious and unfair elements to disaster fundraising, just as with the disasters themselves. I don't like these things any more than you do, but I'll aim to share the real issues we face. The main unfortunate thing about disaster fundraising is that the most important driver of donations is the media coverage of the disaster: How deep and prominent the coverage is and how…
 
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  • Please Donate to Help Nepal’s Earthquake Victims Now

    Beth
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    The devastating earthquake in Nepal has killed more than 2,400 people and injured about 5,900, residents so far (as reported in the NY Times on Sunday).  Please donate to help Nepal’s Earthquake Victims now. On Saturday morning, I got a news alert on my mobile phone that there had been a devastating 7.9 earthquake in Nepal.   I immediately looked on Facebook to check on my colleague, Robert Rosenthal from VolunteerMatch to see if he was okay.  Robert has been working the last year or so from Nepal.  He has posted that he was not in Nepal at the moment, but was worried about friends…
  • Nonprofits Need To Nurture the Next Generation of New Leaders

    Beth
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    Flickr Photo by Wesley Fryer Note from Beth: This year I’ve been focusing more and more on leadership professional development in a networked world and finding myself working more and more with younger leaders in the nonprofit sector.     Recently,  I was chatting with Joan Garry, a consultant who works with current nonprofit leaders about the ways that nonprofits need to change in order to nurture the next generation of young leaders for the nonprofit sector.  She had such a great insights about why it is important, what is keeping us from doing it, and how to get beyond those road…
  • Nonprofits: Keep Calm and Mobile Friendly

    Beth
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Click to Test Your Web Site Now Is your web site mobile friendly?  Starting April 21, dubbed “Mobilegeddon”, Google changed the search results and will show mobile friendly sites in search results (while using your mobile phone).    You can test your web site here and find out if you passed the test and if you flunked it, there is some advice on what and how to fix it.  My colleague Amy Gahran, a mobile expert, has an analysis here. My blog passed the test!   For years, I have been monitoring my mobile traffic numbers, asking myself that dreaded question – is it time to…
  • The Engaged Leader: A Strategy for Digital Transformation

    Beth
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    Technology has altered the way to connect and cultivate professional relationships and it is also transforming how leaders lead.  Social media thought leader Charlene Li has published another book titled “The Engaged Leader: A Strategy for Your Digital Transformation” that provides organizational and business leaders with the skills and path to habit change they need to lead in a connected world.  The book offers best practices, examples, and frameworks for leaders who want to nurture and develop a deeper connection with their stakeholders. The book is a call to action for…
  • Meet Gen Z Philanthropist Sejal Makheja, Founder Elevator Project

    Beth
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Perhaps you’ve been reading about Gen Z and that they’re tech savvy, passionate about doing good, and might just shake up philanthropy.    I recently read an article in the New York Times about conference for Gen Z who were learning entrepreneurial skills. That’s where I first read about  Sejal Makheja, 16, a sophomore who lives in McLean, Va. When she was 14, Sejal founded the Elevator Project, an organization that aims to lift people out of poverty through apprenticeship, vocational training and job placement. She said she went to the Gen Z Conference because she wanted to…
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  • Business Sponsors Are Awesome

    Edward Sumner
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    It’s just that simple.  When we have come along side our Champions and coach them into creating pathways for partnership at the businesses they own or work for, inviting these same businesses to sponsor our big events follows naturally and is a win win. Last November, the agency I work for hosted it’s second annual fundraising gala and had the privilege of partnering with 4 different businesses who were featured sponsors at different levels.  We officered a tiered model of sponsorship fee incentives that created space for small to large partners to jump in with us.  The…
  • Let’s Talk Business.

    Edward Sumner
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We’ve had some great responses and feedback on our recent post about finding and cultivating Champions for our agencies, and how their throwing a party can be an effective and fun way to acquire new donors.  Folks have asked about other ways to empower and leverage our champions to diversity our support network, so we’ll offer another here. Most of our champions who are giving generously have jobs.  They work for all sorts of companies doing all sorts of things in all sorts of roles.  And, the reality is that regardless of their specific roles and responsibilities, our…
  • Party On.

    Edward Sumner
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Alright, you’re in good shape.  You’ve identified some champions for your organization and you’re excited, encouraged, and relieved that you’ve got some folks to help broaden and diversify your support network. There are a number of ways that your champions can actively participate in the acquisition of new donors.  One of the most traditional and familiar ways that is hosting or captain(ing) tables at our galas and auctions.  This is KEY.  But, for champions, this can be just the tip of the iceberg. I was having coffee with a new supporter the other day, and I…
  • Where are the Champions?

    Edward Sumner
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We development pros work hard to strengthen the relationships we have with folks who have given to our agencies and we call the process ‘retention.’  We also work really hard to build new relationships with folks who have not given to our agencies before, and when they do give for the first time we call in ‘acquisition.’  Both areas of focus and the strategies and tools we leverage to make it happen are very important to the fiscal success of our development plans. It’s no secret that in particular, doing all the acquisition work all by ourselves is daunting,…
  • How to create a monthly giving program.

    Edward Sumner
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Terrific follow up post on the ‘how to’ of monthly giving from our friend Josh Collier at Tacoma YFC: Okay, you’re sold, monthly giving should be more than an option on a response card. But then, what should it be? Here are three keys to a successful monthly giving program: Invite people to join something (don’t merely ask them to give monthly): Now we’re talking about branding: creating a monthly giving program with a unique name and voice that fits with the mission of your organization. A great example of this is IJM’s Freedom Partner program: “As a freedom partner you…
 
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  • What Nonprofits Need to Know about Donations to Political Campaigns

    Devon Reeser
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    For the 2016 presidential election, more than $6 billion will be donated to political campaigns according to The Wire – and generally the side that raises the most money wins. Where does that money come from and where exactly does it go, however? Political donation law limits the amount of money that one individual or corporation can donate to particular candidates, but there are a handful of outlets for additional donations (some even unlimited and anonymous). If you are thinking of supporting a politician or a specific platform cause this election cycle, make sure you know how the…
  • 50 Inspiring Quotations To Delight And Motivate your Group

    Cari Mostert
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Business gurus, motivational sages and savvy speakers are aware of the value of a timely quotation. Here are some favorite quotations to use whenever delight and inspiration are needed; with your colleagues, your board, in training materials, presentations and donor communications. Even with your morning coffee before tackling the dreaded email tsunami. Emphasize the mission and the message with these inspirational quotations from people who knew (and know) passion, determination and the meaning of grit.     Changing the world “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always…
  • Fun Memorial Day Fundraisers From Around the Country

    FundraisingIP.com
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    For many people, Memorial Day isn’t just an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks to the wonderful service men and women of this country. Memorial Day is also a chance to raise funds for great causes while enjoying the start of some great weather. And for many nonprofits, Memorial Day is the perfect time to create an annual event. The following events are just some of the fun Memorial Day fundraisers happening around the country. Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race What started as a 4-H project in 1934 by Jim Hartley, the Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race has become an annual tradition which…
  • Consider an Entry Level Nonprofit Job to get the Job You Really Want

    Devon Reeser
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The power to do good and make a living wage makes fundraising jobs attractive to those that want to get into the nonprofit game. Even for entry level development positions, however, the best nonprofits seem to want people with college degrees or higher, five years of experience, and connections to funding sources within the community.  It also seems that everyone working at those organizations is way overqualified if anything, and your resume does not even meet the minimum requisites. How do you get those jobs then? The answer is you don’t get them; you work up to them. Here are some tips…
  • Our New E-book Collection of Sample Fundraising Letters!

    FundraisingIP.com
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:12 am
    Are you at a loss for words and don’t know where to start your fundraising letter? How do you best get across how much passion you have for your work? How do you ask for money without sounding shy or rude? Make it easy on yourself and get focused instruction, inspiration and solid samples for your next fundraising letter from our new e-book “Sample Fundraising Letters – A Collection of Sample Fundraising Letters for Many Different Causes”! – Our new e-book contains over thirty sample fundraising letters plus highly focused instructional articles that help you create…
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  • 9 experts weigh in on quite possibly the worst nonprofit mobile friendly advice ever

    Marc A. Pitman
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Just over a week ago, I saw this tweet from a self-proclaimed "social media expert": #Google is requesting all websites are mobile friendly by April. Use #socialmedia instead and avoid the expense of #websiteredesign This is horrible advice. The worst ever. At first, I was embarrassed for this guy. He probably means well. Google is upgrading its search algorithm on April 21 and is using mobile friendliness as a factor. (Click here for more on Google’s Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Update.) Then I started getting worried that nonprofits might actually take his advice. After all, his Twitter bio…
  • [Guest Post] Improve Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising with Prospect Research

    Marc A. Pitman
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    I'm pleased to welcome Bill Tedesco, founder and CEO of DonorSearch, my favorite prospect research tool. Prospect research is so vitally important to successful nonprofit fundraising. But so misunderstood by nonprofit leaders. A veteran of prospect research, Bill shows you how researching your donors and prospects can move your fundraising forward. You can learn more about Bill at DonorSearch.net. And DonorSearch can be reached on Twitter @DonorSearch. Improve Your Nonprofit's Fundraising with Prospect Research by Bill Tedesco Fundraising is like an I Spy book. You’ve got pages and pages of…
  • Fundraising Kick: Fundraising is NOT from a diminishing pie

    Marc A. Pitman
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    Each week, I send out a coaching email to nonprofit CEOs, Executive Directors, and leaders. These Fundraising Kicks are quick emails designed to help them get out from behind their desk and in front of donors. Often they have scripts or task lists. Sometimes they contain attitude adjustment reminders. Here's one I wrote for today. It will definitely help in your fundraising this week. Good morning, Kickers! I’m relieved that last week’s Kick was helpful for so many of you. Thanks for the feedback. And good for those of you making the necessary steps to get out of bad relationships. This…
  • 71 sessions to help your hospital fundraising – for free!

    Marc A. Pitman
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    If you raise money for a hospital, or are thinking of moving into that career, you need to register for the The Hospital Fundraising Summit. It's coming April 6 - 12 and gathering 48 of us, giving over 70 sessions! The schedule for The Hospital Fundraising Summit I've just heard that the schedule for The Hospital Fundraising Summit is now final. Each session is available for viewing for 24 hours only, starting at 08:00 am Eastern Time. Here is the schedule, arranged by track. (Mine sessions are in the "Grateful Patients" and "Donor Communications" sections. HOSPITAL ANNUAL GIVING Bloom, Carl:…
  • [Guest Post] 4 Fundraising Questions for Your Board Chair

    Marc A. Pitman
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    I like John Fulwider. His energy, optimism, and experience make a powerful force for helping nonprofits. I suppose this is in part because of his expertise with Gallup's StrengthsFinder. He knows every organization and every leader has strengths and he's skilled at building on them. His new book Better Together: How Top Nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs Get Happy, Fall in Love, and Change Their World is a great example of that! In this post, I've asked him to share some ideas from his research for the book. You can find out more about John at his site www.JohnFulwider.com and you can reach him…
 
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  • Kabir and the Miscreant

    Jyoti
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Kabir, the fifteenth century mystic poet saint from India wrote (in Hindi)... Burra jo dekhan main chala Burra na milya koi Jo dil khoja apna, Mujh sa burra na koi. When I went out to search for the miscreant, I did not find anyone bad. Then I searched within my own heart, And found the inner miscreant, naughtiest of them all. He wrote this before the modern science-studies about how we project on our outer world, what is within us. And how transforming the inner world can change our experience of the outer world.  ...
  • Karmic Mirrors

    Kozo Hattori
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Yesterday at Karma Kitchen I was in charge of collecting payments from the guests. Previously, as a server, I had promised myself to honor any donation that was given, but to tell the truth, I rarely looked inside the small black leather check holders to see who gave what. Yesterday, I had to look. I literally patted an Awakin Circle friend on the back when he asked me to charge $100 on his credit card for a party of three. When a homeless man left without paying, I felt compassion and joy that he received some love and food for his journey. Then a well-to-do party of four left a five dollar…
  • Helping Nepal

    Suchi Shenoy
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:24 pm
    A close friend in Nepal, Umanga Pandey, runs an NGO called Kehi Garoun, that supports poor, school-going children with simple but vital things: a healthy meal, a sweater, a notebook, shoes.... KG tries to tap into individual support (rather than institutional) and be volunteer-run. Here is a note that KG put out, especially regarding media coverage, that I thought would interest all of you. "We request that media facilitate healing for us, the injured people. As injured we all are - some through bodily damage, many through the loss of loved ones and many more through the loss of…
  • Somik shares ...

    Somik Raha
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Saw this thoughtful article on how to help Nepal: Don't rush to Nepal to help. Read this first | Claire Bennett | The Guardian You may want to help victims of the earthquake, but they don'€™t need unskilled volunteers or aid they can'€™t use. Here'€™s what you can do that won'€™t get in the way...  ...
  • Richard shares ...

    Richard Whittaker
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Just got a wonderful note from a friend. Her daughter [18 yrs old] had learned about Karma Kitchen and took her mother and father to KK Sunday. It was another case of first-timers being blown away. But here's why I'm writing this. The father's son, Jesse, on his own has started a gift economy monetary system based on coins he makes himself. The coin is called a "datti"... It works a lot like a smile card. I don't know if anyone in SSp knows about it, but it seems a natural for some kind of connection to appear. There's a nice video from their home page that's…
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  • Rhode Island Concerts

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
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  • Rhode Island Timeline

    8 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    This can, and often is, very frustrating for clients and people in search of employment opportunities came from a score of countries, mostly from Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, and French Canada. Over the rhode island timeline as these that could be considered by the rhode island timeline at the rhode island timeline it provides, it is an interactive one and it could make a significant amount of cases on the rhode island timeline but profits or losses of the rhode island timeline a collection of more than a few places you can hope for is to be as short as possible. The suspended sentence is…
  • Colonial Rhode Island Occupations

    5 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
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  • Rhode Island Economics

    2 Apr 2015 | 12:52 pm
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  • North Smithfield Rhode Island Police

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
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  • Cuso International Launches New Website!

    admin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Ottawa-based non-profit organization Cuso International has launched a new website at http://www.cusointernational.org. The new site, designed by Stephen Thomas of Toronto, is intended to better promote Cuso’s expanding international development work and to aid volunteer recruitment, fundraising and public engagement. The new site is part of an overall reworking of the organization’s brand, which will extend to all of its communications channels over time. “One of the mandatory elements of the site redesign is that within 10 seconds of landing on the site, the viewer…
  • Countdown to Digital Leap 2015! 

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    The only constant in the digital world — especially in the non-profit sector – is change. Are you up to speed on how digital fundraising and marketing has changed in the year since the last Digital Leap conference?  Stephen Thomas Ltd and Ted Hart of CAF America are pleased to present our 6th Annual Digital Leap conference at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Digital Leap was created to give non-profit marketers and fundraisers a place to network and discover the latest trends and breakthroughs in digital and integrated marketing. Since last year’s conference…
  • Digital Producer

    admin
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Stephen Thomas Ltd (ST) is a full-service marketing and fundraising agency dedicated to marketing for a better world. We execute campaigns in all channels – direct, digital, and mass. We work exclusively with non-profit organizations and are located in downtown Toronto, just steps from the hip Distillery District. Right now, we are seeking a Digital Producer. You will be responsible for the production of digital projects for our client, including creative, web and mobile development, and email development and deployment. You will be required to work on standalone projects and as part of a…
  • Account Manager, Digital

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Stephen Thomas Ltd (ST) is a full-service marketing and fundraising agency dedicated to marketing for a better world. We execute campaigns in all channels – direct, digital, and mass. We work exclusively with non-profit organizations and are located in downtown Toronto, just steps from the hip Distillery District. Right now, we are seeking a Account Manager, Digital. You will be responsible for the creation and management of online marketing and digital campaigns for our clients, including creative, web, mobile and email. You will be required to work on standalone projects and as part of…
  • University of Toronto retains Stephen Thomas!

    admin
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The University of Toronto has hired Stephen Thomas of Toronto to develop direct response strategy and campaigns for its annual fundraising initiatives. The 18-month assignment includes campaigns for all of the university’s divisions and faculties under the umbrella brand, “Boundless: The Campaign for the University of Toronto.” Stephen Thomas won the account in a competitive review, based on the work is has done for the university’s fundraising efforts over the past four years. The first initiative the agency will work on will be a spring campaign encompassing print, telemarketing and…
 
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  • United States Flag Store Supports Community Clothes Closet

    Online Stores
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Jenny R. in Wisconsin included one of our flags in a raffled basket for her cause, Community Clothes Closet. United States Flag Store’s garden flag and holder were tucked in an adorable garden basket to be auctioned off at the fashion show on May 17th in Appleton Wisconsin. The Fox Cities Fashion Show is a community-wide event where volunteers model vintage clothing for a fun-filled afternoon. The Community Clothes Closet will use the proceeds from this fundraiser to keep its doors open to those in need. Jenny says, “Thank you for helping us continue our mission of providing…
  • School Fundraising Through Cell Phones

    Wireless For Education
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    Schools and other organizations can raise thousands of dollars every quarter through this fundraising plan. Visit WirelessForEdu.com #fundraising #fundraiser #school #phoneplans
  • I Will Run Faster Than My Mascara

    Laura
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    I don’t run. If you see me running, you should probably run too, because something is probably chasing me. Things have suddenly got very real: Oxford Half is happening. To donate text LCBS and the amount in £ to 70070 or visit my JustGiving page. I’m scared that my nipples with chafe.
  • getting closer to the golf tournament...

    reccenterwreck
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    In just two short weeks we will be having our annual Lee Co. Rec Center Golf Tournament fundraiser.  I know I have already blogged about it once or twice, but as we get closer we really need your support!  We still need teams to sign up for this event and plenty of people to just come out and show their support for the Rec Center.  Please join me in praying these next two weeks for great weather and a great turn out!  Also, please pray about how you might participate in this event.  The Lee Co. Rec Center needs your support!
  •  Raskin Rising

    Jonathan
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    As one of the few candidates raising money principally – but by no means exclusively – on Act Blue, we can see how Jamie Rsskin is doing in CD8 without much effort on my part. I like that kind of research. When last we looked, just after his 4/19 fundraiser, the total was $76,627 on 141 contributions, an average of $541. Today, a week later, the total stands at $113,408 on 220 contributions, an average of $515. In the past week, Raskin’s take is 79 contributions yielding $36,781, an average of $466. Based on this and what I learned last week (the whispered rumor of $100K…
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    Jewish Donor Blog

  • Limited Time Sale on the Times of Israel Email List!

    Yoav
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    This month and next month only! Rent 70,000 emails from the Times of Israel email list through Negev Direct Marketing for $900/F – that’s 50% off the normal rate! Contact Yoav Kaufman, VP of Digital Media via email yoav@negevdirect.com or call us at 646-201-4080 for details. www.negevdirect.com     The post Limited Time Sale on the Times of Israel Email List! appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Guest Post by Jim Gilbert and some commentary by @yoavkaufman “Direct Mail’s Death Rumors are Greatly Exaggerated (but by whom?)”

    Yoav
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    I’ve been following Jim Gilbert of Gilbert Direct @gilbertdirect  on Twitter for some time. His latest article caught my eye since it’s a question in the back of my mind and I think one that’s on many peoples radar. The topic is direct mail and more specifically, the lifespan of direct mail. Let’s be honest, direct mail is a dinosaur in the world of marketing and fundraising. It’s been around forever and although it changes and adapts, it’s still the senior member of many companies marketing campaigns. Being senior has it’s advantages and…
  • As of Today, We’ve Been Blogging for 7 Years!

    Yoav
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    The Jewish Donor Blog has now existed for 7 whole years! Jan. 2008 – Jan. 2015. 625 posts, so many views and clicks from our awesome readers and we’re still going! BTW, how old is 7 years in blog years? Aren’t blog years like dog years? Thank you!   The post As of Today, We’ve Been Blogging for 7 Years! appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Featured Cause: Mifalot, From Rockets to Soccer: It’s Time to Play

    Yoav
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Please give to this amazing cause today! http://igg.me/at/rockets-to-soccer The post Featured Cause: Mifalot, From Rockets to Soccer: It’s Time to Play appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Shana Tova U’Mitukah to you from Negev Direct Marketing, Inc.

    Yoav
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
      The post Shana Tova U’Mitukah to you from Negev Direct Marketing, Inc. appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
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  • How to make email fundraising work

    Jeff Brooks
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    Want to know how to improve your email fundraising? Here are ten suggestions from the Bloomerang blog, at 10 Steps To A Successful Fundraising Appeal Email: Subject line. Remember what it's for: To get people to open the email. Clean images with small file sizes. Personalized greeting. Use the recipient's name. Unless you know things are likely to go awry. Donor-centric tone. Make it about them, not you. Specific appeal. As them to do one specific thing. Suggest donation amounts. Communicate impact. Show them they can make a difference. Short -- get them to your website. Personalized…
  • Fundraising for the Nepal quake and other disasters

    Jeff Brooks
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Yesterday's deadly earthquake in Nepal is a fundraising event for some organizations. Following are some comments on this disaster and disasters in general from a fundraising point of view. Let me warn you that there are capricious and unfair elements to disaster fundraising, just as with the disasters themselves. I don't like these things any more than you do, but I'll aim to share the real issues we face. The main unfortunate thing about disaster fundraising is that the most important driver of donations is the media coverage of the disaster: How deep and prominent the coverage is and how…
  • Podcast: Fundraising techniques that everyone does: Are they bad?

    Jeff Brooks
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    How often we hear someone say: I will never use that fundraising technique because everyone does it! We see something again and again and think it's hackneyed, out-of-style, and ineffective. Actually, it's usually the other way: Those fundraising "techniques" you see again and again are the things that work. This special podcast for fundraising nerds only includes the cheapest way to get a powerful fundraising education. To listen, click here to download the audio file or visit the Fundraising Is Beautiful page here, where you'll find several listening and subscription options. Or subscribe…
  • Stupid abstraction, not smart action

    Jeff Brooks
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    Does a microscope look like a pistol when you turn it on its side? Ehh ... slightly, maybe. The more important question: Would this ad be any more effective if a microscope looked very much like a pistol when you turn it on its side. No. It wouldn't. Either way, it's a stupid nonprofit ad. It's for Sidaction, a French AIDS charity, but it looks like a portfolio-padder for the ad agency that created it: It's an oddly-dimensioned 4-color piece that has no evident intended placement, and the agency's logo is on the piece (very small, upper right corner). And there's an English-language version.
  • Experts reveal how they get people to click and share

    Jeff Brooks
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    Check out this slide show from Upworthy on how they get people to click on headlines and share the stories: (Or see it here on SlideShare.) You may not think your organization has much to do with the shamelessly sensationalistic Upworthy, but you're almost exactly in the same business as them: Getting people to care. The main takeaways: When it comes to virality, nobody knows how it works. Even the experts don't know. Every time you write a headline (or link), write 25 of them. That increases your chances of finding a good one.
 
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Storytelling Has Power to Heal

    Lori Jacobwith
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I often tell people I have THE best job in the world. Working with many different organizations I get to hear the good news stories from communities around the world. Daily. The stories I hear don’t always have a happy ending. They are not always stories of joy and laughter. What they are, are people sharing their own vulnerability with me. And when they do so, they cause others, including me, to view the world differently. As I conduct my work coaching clients who are the impact speaker for a special event, or the executive director whose job it is to inspire others to make a contribution,…
  • Missed the “Latest in Storytelling” Live Stream? Watch it now!

    Lori Jacobwith
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    [View the story “The Latest in Nonprofit Storytelling” on Storify] The post Missed the “Latest in Storytelling” Live Stream? Watch it now! appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.
  • The Storytelling Question I’m Asked Most Often

    Lori Jacobwith
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Weekly, maybe even daily people ask me “how do I a share a concise, moving story?” I’m passionate about sharing stories about the impact of your work. They help to cause listeners and readers to do MORE when you tell a well-crafted story. But, I’m pretty adamant that the story shared should be two minutes or less. Here are 10 tips for keeping a story concise while still inspiring your readers or listeners: 1. Follow this simple arc of storytelling by putting 30 seconds worth of words to each of the three steps. Image Source: Reliant Studios at Cause Camp 2015 2. Remember you…
  • Join Lori April 16 to Learn the Latest in Storytelling

    Lori Jacobwith
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Storytelling is THE most powerful way to connect with your community. You know this, right? And using stories of your impact will get your supporters excited about taking action. The stories you share can and should cause people to give their time, their talent, their stuff or their money. As a passionate storyteller, I love talking about how to connect others to your mission by sharing a fresh client, donor, or volunteer story. I’ve been collecting questions from my Fire Starters blog readers, my enews readers and my social media connections. Tons of you have submitted responses to…
  • Small Actions Big Impact: How One Act of Kindness Affected 300 People

    Lori Jacobwith
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    We all have times when someone — a donor, a volunteer, a friend, or someone in your family — does something to support you and it’s very helpful. You’re grateful. You thank them for their kind gesture. And then you move on. We’ll this time, for me, is different. A couple of days ago I was up on a stage, connecting this laptop I’m typing on to a projector at the conference where I was about to speak. It was the first time I was going to deliver a session at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) international conference. So, needless to say, I had some nerves.
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    Wild Woman Fundraising

  • How can you inspire generosity?

    4w3s0mE
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    When I was back on the east coast for the holidays, I went to a radical bookstore with my parents in Brattleboro, Vermont. This bookstore was special. And before long, I was browsing around, and I found this book, Inspiring Generosity, and started to read it. It’s by Barbara Bonner, a fundraising consultant and nonprofit veteran. Then my Dad bought it for me for Christmas. (Thank you Dad!) Here are some choice quotes from the book:   “Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life…
  • 5 Common Questions about Nonprofit Crowdfunding

    4w3s0mE
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:37 am
    Are you coming to our crowdfunding webinar on April 29th? Brady Josephson will be teaching us all how to run more effective crowdfunding campaigns. Click here to register. Recently I asked Brady Josephson of RE: Charity and Chimp.net, a crowdfunding company in Vancouver, Canada, if he would answer a few commonly asked questions about crowdfunding. Question 1: What are the best things to crowdfund for?   Specific projects. It doesn’t have to be tangible per se (help us buy a bus or pay for rent) but the purpose and outcomes need to be specific. Typically, new projects or things that…
  • Secrets of crowdfunding success: Interview with Brady Josephson

    4w3s0mE
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:33 am
    Mazarine Treyz:Excellent. All right. Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising, and I am so pleased to introduce to you today Brady Josephson. And he has the wonderful blog recharity.ca. You should all go check it out and join his email list. Today we’re going to be talking about crowdfunding and sort of some of his advice on that. Thank you so much for joining us today, Brady. Brady Josephson:Thanks for having me. MT: So Brady, who are you, and how did you get involved in fundraising? BJ: I’ll try to give you the short version. So today, I work for a…
  • Fundraising Career Conference Rocked Hardcore

    4w3s0mE
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:48 am
    Whew! It’s over! Wow! What an intense three days! We learned from Vanessa Chase, Tom Ahern, Claire Axelrad, Linda Lysakowski, Kishshana Palmer, Phil Gerard, Sheena Greer, Joanne Oppelt, Brenda Riehl, Pearl Waldorf, Mari Watanabe and Rebecca Davis. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sure to share some tidbits from their sessions with you. If you’d like to learn more about our speakers and how they can help you, many of them are listed under “Find a Consultant” at the bottom of this website. If you went to the fundraising career conference, leave a comment and let us…
  • What would it take to make your fundraising 100% more effective?

    4w3s0mE
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:50 pm
    If you are a nonprofit board member, and you are wondering why your fundraising staff doesn’t stay, it may be because you are not paying them enough. Recently I was talking with a nonprofit executive director who had put out a job description for a development officer role, and was paying $30,000 a year. She expressed surprise to me that they only had 9 applications for the job. I told her, “it’s not that the job isn’t good, it’s that it’s paying too little for what you want them to do. You need to pay a higher hourly wage and have someone part time. Then…
 
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    AFP Blog: Press Releases

  • Foundation Center - Press Release - Foundation Center Introduces Foundation Landscapes: Education

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    Foundation Center - Press Release - Foundation Center Introduces Foundation Landscapes: Education: "Three Prominent Foundation Leaders Join Foundation Center Board of Trustees New York, NY — April 20, 2015. Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, has elected leaders from three of the most prominent U.S. foundations to its Board of Trustees. Earl Lewis,
  • Tomorrow's Philanthropy Groundbreaking Research Impact of Philanthropy : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    Tomorrow's Philanthropy Groundbreaking Research Impact of Philanthropy : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: "(Press release, April 9, 2015) — Rogare, Plymouth University's fundraising think tank, and the Resource Alliance, have joined together in a two-year research collaboration to explore different philanthropic behaviors and how they deliver value to human well-being around the world" 'via
  • Abila Launches Abila Elevate™ Fundraising Platform : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    Abila Launches Abila Elevate™ Fundraising Platform : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: "Press release, March 23, 2015) — Abila, provider of software and services to nonprofits and associations, today announced Abila Elevate. Elevate is a smart, intuitive, easy-to-use, cloud-based fundraising solution that turns data into knowledge so that fundraisers can better know and engage with donors and
  • Miami Children's Hospital Becomes Nicklaus Children's Hospital : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Miami Children's Hospital Becomes Nicklaus Children's Hospital : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: "Press release, March 19, 2015) — Originally founded as Variety Children's Hospital in 1950, Miami Children's Hospital unveiled a logo featuring its new Nicklaus Children's Hospital name, during a press conference with golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara. The new name is effective March 20
  • IU Philanthropy Alumnus Joins White House Staff - Newsroom - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    IU Philanthropy Alumnus Joins White House Staff - Newsroom - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick: "INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Dave Wilkinson, a former Jane Addams Fellow at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, has been named Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Under Wilkinson's leadership the Office will be focused on
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    AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day®

  • Joyce Jenereaux to become next Detroit Free Press publisher

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Joyce Jenereaux to become next Detroit Free Press publisher: "Jenereaux also serves on the boards of the Detroit Economic Club, the Inforum Center for Leadership, Detroit Public Television and CATCH. In 2013, she was presented with the Neal Shine Award for Media Commitment to Philanthropy by the Detroit chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals." 'via Blog this'
  • Mervis receives regional award for philanthropy - Commercial News: Local News

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Mervis receives regional award for philanthropy - Commercial News: Local News: "With that attitude of setting a good example for others, Mervis was honored recently for her 50-plus years as a volunteer and civic leader. Mervis was named Outstanding Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of East Central Illinois during a ceremony in Champaign. She was one of six National
  • The AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day Every Day

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:44 am
    The AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day Every Day: "National Philanthropy Day Every Day I hope you’re working on submitting your nominations for our National Philanthropy Day Honors program. Anyone can submit a short, “selfie” video—just you talking to the camera, speaking from the heart as you describe how your nominee is changing your the world." 'via Blog this'
  • Harris Frank honored with Spirit of Philanthropy Award - St. Louis Jewish Light: Local News - Harris Frank honored with Spirit of Philanthropy Award: Local News

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Harris Frank honored with Spirit of Philanthropy Award - St. Louis Jewish Light: Local News - Harris Frank honored with Spirit of Philanthropy Award: Local News: "The Association of Fundraising Professionals of St. Louis (AFP) honored Harris Frank with the Spirit of Philanthropy Award during the organization’s National Philanthropy Day Awards ceremony on Nov. 13. " 'via Blog this'
  • Slettens, Held honored by philanthropy group

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Slettens, Held honored by philanthropy group: "The Tribune offers tips of the hat to the Sletten family and Sletten Construction for generosity and philanthropy over the years, and to talented fundraiser Judy Held of Great Falls. All were honored last month at a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Billings by the Montana chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. " 'via Blog this'
 
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • Telecom operators slash call rates to quake-hit Nepal - The Economic Times

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:13 am
    Telecom operators slash call rates to quake-hit Nepal - The Economic Times: "Telecom operators MTS India and Tata Teleservices today said they have slashed charges for calls made to earthquake-hit Nepal to support disaster relief efforts. State-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL, and private companies like AirtelBSE -1.83 % and Idea CellularBSE 2.03 % have already announced reduction in charges or
  • The Daily Pennsylvanian :: Students pledge 10 percent of future income

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    The Daily Pennsylvanian :: Students pledge 10 percent of future income: "or the rest of their lives, four Penn students have decided to give 10 percent of what they earn to charity.  On Monday, the students joined Giving What We Can, a national organization whose 1,000 members have pledged to donate 10 percent of their future lifetime income to charities working to eradicate poverty. Part of a
  • Philanthropist by Design | Planned Giving Design Center

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Philanthropist by Design | Planned Giving Design Center: "Rod:    What we focus on is helping advisors do a lot better with communication and building relationships with the clients and then helping the clients prepare their kids for what they’re going to get which helps keep the family together.  That doesn’t happen without good communication, so that’s a key point for all of it." 'via Blog
  • Teen-focused nonprofits receive grants - Waynesboro News Virginian: The News Virginian

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Teen-focused nonprofits receive grants - Waynesboro News Virginian: The News Virginian: "Several local nonprofits were recognized Wednesday night and received grants from the Youth Philanthropy Council for their work with teens and young adults. This year, the council was able to increase their grant funding to better support causes that support teens, including CASA for Children and the
  • Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.org Moves to Crisis Charity She Founded - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.org Moves to Crisis Charity She Founded - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Nancy Lublin announced Tuesday that she is stepping down from DoSomething.org to take the helm at Crisis Text Line, the nonprofit she founded in 2013. After 12 years as chief executive of the youth volunteerism charity DoSomething.org, Nancy Lublin announced Tuesday that she is stepping down
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    AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology

  • Google and Facebook Help Nepal Earthquake Survivors and Contacts Connect - NYTimes.com

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    Google and Facebook Help Nepal Earthquake Survivors and Contacts Connect - NYTimes.com: "Google’s Person Finder was tracking about 6,300 records as of Monday evening. Anyone can enter a person’s name, biographical information and photograph into Google’s database. You can specify whether you are that person, are seeking information about that person or have reason to believe the person is either alive or missing. Google does not review or verify the data."'via Blog this'
  • NPT Blog -5 Data Points That Can Change Everything

    28 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    NPT Blog - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "These are the tried and true: first gift amount; offer or product responsiveness; mission affinity and relationships; multi-channel, multi-action; and, demographics,” said Lisa Smith, senior vice president of data insights and integration at Pasadena, Calif., agency Russ Reid. She, Diane Clifford and Mary Beth McIntyre showed attendees of DMA Nonprofit Federation 2015 Washington Nonprofit Conference just where to look."'via Blog this'
  • Nepal earthquake: Drones used by Canadian relief team - Politics - CBC News

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    Nepal earthquake: Drones used by Canadian relief team - Politics - CBC News: "Many of those striking aerial images were shot by drones gliding above, the kind of eye-in-the-sky technology that Canadian relief teams will begin deploying as soon as today over the stricken mountainous areas between India and Tibet.​"'via Blog this'
  • Facebook to match your donations to Nepal relief efforts after massive quake

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Facebook to match your donations to Nepal relief efforts after massive quake: "Facebook is urging its members to donate to the emergency response teams responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck near Kathmandu, Nepal, over the weekend — and the social network will match contributions up to $2 million.Facebook has added a message at the top of the News Feed to encourage its members to donate funds to the International Medical Corps. Facebook's matching funds will go toward local search and rescue organizations."'via Blog this'
  • Person Finder: 2015 Nepal Earthquake

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Person Finder: 2015 Nepal Earthquake: 'via Blog this'
 
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    Pamela Grow

  • What’s in my Inbox | Covering a catastrophic event (& treating supporters like insiders)

    Pamela Grow
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Saturday’s catastrophic earthquake in Nepal has already left nearly 1,000 dead. Many more are feared trapped under rubble, officials say. Possible, a nonprofit healthcare company that delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the poor, wins with this email sent shortly after the quake. Copywriter Lisa Sargent noted that the email appealed to her because “they very subtly bring emotion and authenticity.” Spend some time on the Possible site as well for a primer on a clean, simple, compelling web presence. Splash works with foreign governments & builds local businesses to create…
  • Fundraising Friday | April 24, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    Are your donors ‘insiders?’ Understanding this thing called donor-centricity is critical to your fundraising success. Winter is coming, and the donor-centric fundraising model must evolve. New from Nonprofit With Balls. Lisa Sargent shares Ushering in the Age of Donor Realism: Six Ways My Donor-Centric Copy Is Shifting. Mother’s Day is right around the corner. New from Nancy Schwartz. Net neutrality is a critical issue for nonprofits. The State of Relationship Fundraising – A Conversation, Part II covers the seven key drivers that increase donor satisfaction, increase commitment…
  • Are your donors ‘insiders?’ Understanding donor-centricity

    Pamela Grow
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Have you been feeling like you don’t quite ‘get’ this donor-centered stuff? Have you even (maybe?) thought that it’s all a load of crap? You’re not alone. For many fundraisers, “donor-centered fundraising” is just another jargon-y loaded catchphrase. And now there’s talk about a shift from donor-centered…to community-centered. To see what I mean, take some time to read my friend Vu’s (Nonprofit With Balls) post, Winter is coming, and the donor-centric fundraising model must evolve. And then, read this very eloquent response from my dear friend, Lisa Sargent:…
  • Mastery vs. Information Overload. How Are You Coping?

    Pamela Grow
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I remember my first fundraising job like it was yesterday. Whoa. Working for a grantmaking foundation vs. working for an all-volunteer nonprofit meant that I went from… Plush offices…to a desk in the hallway, shared with a volunteer Seamless technology…to printers that seized up whenever I tried to print more than 50 pages A generous education allowance…to paying out of pocket for books and training. And, because of the simple reason that I had read hundreds of grant proposals, I had the audacity to think that I knew something about fundraising. Was I ever wrong! It took…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Storytelling + Donor-Centered + Design = Big $$$

    Pamela Grow
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Remember Michelle Brinson, storyteller for Nashville Rescue Mission? They’re the organization that raises over $2 million a year from their print newsletter alone through the power of their strongly donor-focused storytelling. But what do you get when you complement superlative storytelling with evocative design? Michelle has shared Nashville Rescue Mission’s latest read for us. Michelle says: “Storytelling is a powerful tool in a fundraiser’s toolbox. But if you really want to pack the punch, find a way to mesh the power of visual storytelling with the written word. When you can…
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • The Fundraising Plan: For a New Organization

    Hank Lewis
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    As noted last week: (1) The fundraising plan addresses (where appropriate) mass solicitation (mail, email, telephone), individual solicitation (major gifts), foundation applications, corporate solicitation and special events; and, (2) A fundraising plan, more than anything, must be a reflection of reality. In crafting a plan, “reality” derives from experience. For example, only if you’ve previously done direct mail can you project how much you will need to spend for that activity and how much you’re likely to raise from that activity in the coming year. For a new nonprofit, without…
  • The Fundraising Plan: An Introduction

    Hank Lewis
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    This is one of the most important aspects of a successful Development program, but it’s a subject that needs a lot more attention than it gets. An organization’s development/fundraising plan, once formulated, provides the map, the guidelines for doing what must be done to raise the funds an organization needs to operate/survive. Sticking with the “map” analogy for a moment, it shows you the route you must take to get to where you want/need to be … and where you want to end up. A Fundraising Plan addresses what will need to be done in order to raise a dollar amount that has,…
  • The Last Step In The Development Process !!

    Hank Lewis
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    Back in February, I posted a piece “Development As A Profession Vs. Development As An Activity,” in which I noted that the Development process includes the establishment of relationships with potential donors (individuals, foundations, corporations), with the purpose of learning their needs and how the satisfaction of those needs can/will correspond with the satisfaction of the needs of the nonprofit organization – specifically, financial support of the nonprofit. The Development process involves the education of the prospective donors as to the mission, programs, successes and needs of…
  • Some Thoughts on Budgeting for A New Nonprofit

    Hank Lewis
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    This is a follow up to last week’s post on “special event income.” The person who asked the question that engendered that posting didn’t provide enough information for me to be able to address her specific circumstances. So, I got another note, expressing disappointment … and maybe a little annoyance. This time my correspondent wrote: “I was asked to develop a budget for a small project ($30,000 a year). We have designed and embarked upon a campaign of grant writing and solicitation of yearly pledges (from individuals and organizations) to fund the program. I believed that…
  • Income From Events

    Hank Lewis
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:01 am
    A recent email asked: “What percentage of a non profit’s budget should come from fundraising events?” I have a problem with the word, “should.” That implies that all nonprofits should be raising money through events. That is so wrong!! That is a question that is (so) often posed by people new to the nonprofit world, people who can’t see very far into the future of their organizations. To ensure ongoing/continual levels of income, an organization MUST create/cultivate a constituency that will support it over the long term. And, a nonprofit MUST have a long term…
 
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    Wakeman Agency

  • April 2015 Newsletter from The Wakeman Agency

    wake101
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Take Out, the monthly newsletter of The Wakeman Agency, is your one-stop shop for a rundown of the agency news. Get in the know about some upcoming events, Wakeman successes and, of course, the very best from our blog on PR, event planning, media relations and communications strategies for nonprofits and socially responsible businesses. To have the newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up today. The post April 2015 Newsletter from The Wakeman Agency appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Press Release – The Wakeman Agency Named Public Relations Agency of Record for SENetwork

    wake101
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Agency and organization rejoin forces in awareness-raising efforts for misophonia and selective sound sensitivity syndrome NEW YORK CITY, NY –  The keep reading The post Press Release – The Wakeman Agency Named Public Relations Agency of Record for SENetwork appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Three Ways to Get Your Old Flame Back

    wake101
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    It can happen to the best of us. In our youthful shortsightedness, we might have let a good one get away. Or in the rush of our daily lives, perhaps we put a true friend on the backburner one too many times, and now we’d do anything to get that ally back on our side. The post Three Ways to Get Your Old Flame Back appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • How to Make Yourself Attractive to the Media

    wake101
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    The media landscape has forever been disrupted by innovation, as technologies re-frame national conversations and democratize news coverage via citizen journalists, YouTube stars, social media darlings and their related ilk. The post How to Make Yourself Attractive to the Media appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • How Relevant is Your Special Event in Today’s Market?

    wake101
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    Charity auctions. Wine tastings. Formal awards dinners. Black tie galas. Feel-good races. Fundraising walks. Many nonprofit organizations repeat the same roster of events each year, or ask simply, “Which type of fundraising event should we have next?” rather than looking under the surface at more critical factors. The post How Relevant is Your Special Event in Today’s Market? appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
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    Event 360

  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Alyssa Curran

    Molly Fast
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy this week’s glimpse into the personal and professional life of Alyssa Curran! Position:  Social Media Strategy Manager Start Year:  2014 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I owned my own social media and copywriting business. I had a great time live tweeting popular television shows and helping write cookbooks, but ultimately I wanted a full-time role that would let me focus on one brand or one project. Now, I love using social media to help those affected by breast cancer. Was…
  • How to Design an Event T-Shirt

    Patrick Riley
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Molly Anthony & Jason Mahakian Creating a memorable event experience isn’t only limited to finding a scenic route, choosing the ultimate playlist and writing goose bump-inducing speeches. You must also consider that precious piece of the event that participants take home with them: the event t-shirt. This take-away piece has two very important jobs. First, it serves as branding for your event. Every time a participant wears their shirt, they become a mobile billboard and provide free advertising. Most important, it provides an opportunity for conversations about their…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Sarah Coniglio

    Molly Fast
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy this week’s glimpse into the personal and professional life of Sarah Coniglio! Position:  Director – Event Production Start Year:  2003 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? Production Manager at Eventage Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? Having worked with many of the people at Event 360 previously, I knew I would love working with that great team again. If you weren’t working at Event 360 what would you be doing? Traveling the world (more),…
  • National Volunteer Week 2015 – True Superheroes in Our Midst

    Patrick Riley
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Written by Robin Shapiro and Kat Thomas (with the help of other Event 360 superheroes who contributed ideas for this blog) In honor of National Volunteer Week 2015 we want to say, “Volunteers, we love you!”  How could we not?  We rely on you to be the hands that direct traffic, the muscles that set up barricades, the brains that calculate donation totals and so much more.  It is easy to appreciate the services that volunteers provide that bring our events to life. What we don’t often recognize though, is how much you give up to be a volunteer. We live in a world where time is…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Tara Preyers

    Molly Fast
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy this week’s glimpse into the personal and professional life of Tara Preyers! Position: Field Marketing Coordinator, Susan G. Komen Atlanta 3-Day Start Year: 2009 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I was a live-in nanny. Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? The desire to do something more and to work for an event company and travel. If you weren’t working at Event 360 what would you be doing? Well isn’t that the million dollar question…I might be…
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • Connecting the Dots

    janetlevineconsulting
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A confession. I no longer open direct mail. But this was from a place where I had been the Executive Director—although many years ago—and I was curious what they were up to. Alas, not much. They still had “a fabulous … Continue reading →
  • At A Distance

    janetlevineconsulting
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Arms length. It’s the worst way to connect with a prospective donor. Direct mail–when sending to a list that is at least warm–only gets about a 4% positive response rate. Email solicitations tend to be even lower. And newsletters, lower … Continue reading →
  • Activity Breeds Support

    janetlevineconsulting
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:26 am
    Where, a friend asked me, do you get your clients?  She’s new to the consulting game and frustrated that clients didn’t swarm to her door when she hung out her shingle. Ah, the fantasies we all have. So many people … Continue reading →
  • Boards and Giving

    janetlevineconsulting
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    The question that keeps coming up is “Should Board members be expected to give?” I keep wondering why that is a question at all. Of course Board members should give. In fact, if they aren’t already supporting the organization, why … Continue reading →
  • What’s In It For Them?

    janetlevineconsulting
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:03 am
    One of my guilty pleasures is reading the daily horoscope—mine, my husband’s, my kids, my grandkids. Usually I just feel silly wasting time; sometimes something strikes me as (almost) profound. The other day, my husband’s said “You may find yourself … Continue reading →
 
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Turn Facebook Fans Into Email Subscribers

    ahenson
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    When Facebook rolled out their Call-to-Action button, business owners everywhere scrambled to figure out how best to to use this new marketing option.  If you aren’t using Facebook’s Call-to-Action button to encourage page fans to subscribe to your site’s mailing list, you’re missing out on an opportunity to exponentially grow your list — and protect yourself in case a future Facebook algorithm or policy change reduces the visibility of your page even further. Since Facebook page fans are people who have sought you out, they are likely to be your target audience and…
  • Monetize Your Mailings: Introducing the Marquee Ad Unit

    Phil Hollows
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    FeedBlitz is enabling a new, higher earning ad-unit, called a “Marquee” for publishers opted in to our ad network. The marquee unit in testing has significantly boosted earnings, in some cases nearly doubled them. As such, we’re really excited about this new ad format, and have enabled marquees for all publishers currently earning with our email ad network. Marquees go live for everyone using our ad network tomorrow, March 31st, 2015. Marquees don’t always show, but when they do, they appear exactly once per mailing, just under your logo and above the post content. If…
  • Faster Ad Revenue Reporting

    Phil Hollows
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Publishers making the most of their content by monetizing with FeedBlitz’s unique RSS and email ad service can find out how they’re doing more quickly. Ad earnings are now being calculated hourly, with about an hour’s delay, instead of overnight. In other words, checking your ad earnings at 2pm will give you an idea of your earnings through about 1pm today, and the numbers are updated hourly. Ad earnings are reported at My Account | Ad Revenue Share | Opt-In Ad Reports in the left sidebar navigation. If you’re not using our ads and would like to try them out, you can…
  • We’ve Added @Animoto to our Video in Email Support

    Phil Hollows
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    FeedBlitz today enabled support for @Animoto video embedding in emails we send for our publishers; an example using yesterday’s SmartForms announcement video is included here. What this means is that if you embed an Animoto video in a post, FeedBlitz will automatically convert that to a video thumbnail and mail that out instead (videos typically don’t work well in emails, here’s why). You don’t have to do anything special to include the thumbnail — it just works. Like our other supported video platforms (including YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia and more) the thumbnail…
  • SmartForms: The Email Subscription Form Wises Up

    Phil Hollows
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Today I’m delighted to announce the introduction of FeedBlitz “SmartForms” – responsive, adaptive, flexible subscription forms available now, for free, with every active FeedBlitz publisher account. To view the video online, go to https://animoto.com/play/Pvhh0ATjCknt0EUyD700yw What’s Wrong with Email Subscription Forms Today There are several problems with almost every subscription form out there right now, no matter what product, plugin, widget or service you’re using. Very often they’re not responsive — in other words, ill suited for mobile…
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    GiveForward

  • Do You Treat a Cancer Survivor Differently?

    Michael Powell
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    People react strongly when friends experience major life events. You see this phenomenon whenever someone posts an engagement ring photo on Facebook. Regardless of its carats or cut, a diamond unleashes a flood of Likes, Congrats, and Sooooo Happy for Yous! But how do you react to a cancer survivor? Obviously, engagements and cancer diagnoses are very different life events. But with cancer, etiquette isn’t as familiar or established. This leads to varied reactions based on each individual’s perception of illness. Our friend Ed is a stage 4 pancreatic cancer survivor. Since his…
  • Autism Awareness Month

    Michael Powell
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    Autism Awareness Month is in full effect at GiveForward. Yesterday, our team was decked out in blue to recognize World Autism Awareness Day. You probably saw Niagara Falls and the Empire State Building turned blue, too. But what does all this bluish awareness really do for autism? Autism Awareness Month provides a voice for kids like Carter. Carter loves playing on the beach, but his autism causes wandering behavior. Like 1 in every 68 kids, Carter has autism. He’s 6 years old and non-verbal. Carter also wanders. According to Carter’s mom, Amy, “he constantly attempts to wander away…
  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month: Let’s not avoid it.

    Kelli
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Let’s join together this April to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and take action to prevent it, both at home and in the community. Alcohol Awareness Month is held every April to help increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Increase public awareness and understanding: According to the NCADD, “Alcoholism and addiction affects each and everyone one of us, either directly of indirectly.  More than 23 million people, (9.2% of population over the age of 12) have an alcohol or…
  • How Amelia Coffaro Treats Cancer with Yoga

    Michael Powell
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Amelia Coffaro is a treasured friend of GiveForward. In 2013, she and her creative community raised $65K for her breast cancer treatments by selling beautiful, unique photography prints. During her fundraiser, she even stopped by our office to say “hi” and meet our staff. Amelia captivated us with her grace, kindness, and intelligence. Today, Amelia is cancer-free and sharing her insights with others as the founder of an oncology-based yoga program in Milwaukee. We caught up with Amelia to learn more about yoga’s role in her life, especially related to her cancer…
  • How to Write Off Your Tax Deductible Medical Expenses

    Erica Alhorn
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Tax season tends to bring out the panic in all of us, whether you’re a CPA who ends up sleeping only 2 hours per night because you’re busy finding ways to inject caffeine into your bloodstream, or you’re just a regular ole’ citizen who just wants to make sure the forms get filed in time (and correctly) to Uncle Sam. We’re no tax experts here at GiveForward, but there is a little known secret that we want you to know about: you can write off certain eligible deductible medical expenses on your taxes! If you choose to itemize your deductions instead of taking the…
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    The Fundraising Authority

  • Zzz: How Not to Bore Your Donors

    Joe Garecht
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:39 pm
    There comes a time in every fundraiser’s career when he or she needs to ask: am I boring my donors? Do I even know if I could be boring my donors? Think about your own reading habits – what makes you bored? For most of us, the answer is two-fold: first, we get bored if we keep reading the same things over and over again. Second, we get bored if we’re reading something that is overly technical, full of jargon, or just plain hard to read. The same is true of our donors. They get bored if they get the same communications (or type of communications) over and over again. And they get bored…
  • 6 Places to Find Grants for Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Many non-profit organizations rely on grants from foundations, corporations and government agencies to round out their fundraising efforts.  If your non-profit is looking for new grant opportunities, here are six tried-and true places to find them: #1 – Your Board I always start my grant research with my board. They may be helpful, or not, but it never hurts to ask. Some of your board members may be plugged in to grant opportunities through foundations or corporations in the community, not to mention family foundations that their social contacts and business colleagues may control. Go…
  • How to Find More Donors for Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:33 pm
    New donors are the lifeblood of every non-profit.  Organizations need a steady stream of new prospects who can be cultivated, communicated with, and asked to make donations. Does your non-profit have enough new prospects this year to raise the money you need to grow and thrive? If you’d like to learn how to build a strong system to bring in new donors for your organization, then join us for our newest class: The Non-Profit Prospecting Formula: How to Find and Approach New Donors for Your Non-Profit During this four week online workshop, you’ll learn everything you need to know to…
  • Do Your Donors Want Your Fundraising to be More FUN?

    Joe Garecht
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    As non-profits, we tackle some serious issues: disease, homelessness, education, and everything in between. Because we want donors to believe in our mission and support our work, we spend a lot of our time impressing the seriousness of that work on our donors. And rightly so. People need to understand the story behind your non-profit, and the impact of your work, if they are going to want to invest financially in your organization. It is important to remember that your donors are people.   Like all people, they get tired of hearing a steady drumbeat of dire news and “emergency” pleas…
  • How to Set Sponsor Levels and Benefits for Your Next Fundraising Event

    Joe Garecht
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    For most fundraising events, the majority of your money should be raised through sponsorships. Without a strong focus on sponsors, your event will not reach its true potential. If you are setting an ambitious fundraising goal for your event, it will be far easier to reach that goal if you can raise 50%+ of the revenue from large sponsors than if you are trying to raise 100% through individual ticket sales. The first step to selling sponsorships for you event is to define your sponsorship levels and what benefits are included for each sponsoring company / individual. In defining sponsorship…
 
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    Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry

  • Building an Internal Culture of Philanthropy to Support Major Gifts Takes Time and Effort!

    Gail Perry
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Consider THIS provocative idea:    If your organization does not embrace a healthy culture of philanthropy, your organization will NOT SURVIVE outside the next decade. Does that get your attention? Here’s why: The donor landscape is rapidly changing. And fundraising is changing too. Today’s major gifts donors are expecting different things from nonprofits. So if you cannot turn your organization’s eyes toward understanding your donor’s needs and desires…you will not make it. How do we build a culture of philanthropy inside our own organizations? You and I both know that it…
  • Donor-Centered Moves Management: Systematic Cultivation for Your Major Gifts Prospects

    Gail Perry
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    Do you want more major donors? You can have them! Here’s a great tool for building those important relationships with top prospects over time. And we all know that is what will result in the big gift. Today, guest blogger Claire Axelrad of the award-winning Clairification.com blog joins us to discuss Moves Management. What’s Moves Management? It’s a major donor cultivation approach to plan, make and keep track of a targeted number of “moves” or “touches” per year to major gift prospects. Each “move” is targeted to move your prospect along a relationship continuum – from…
  • How to Get Off the Dang Fundraising Treadmill

    Gail Perry
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    I wish you could have been there. It was a chilly winter day. I was in a large back room of a big office building, meeting with the board of a top-notch local nonprofit. This savvy board had gathered with me for a fundraising retreat/workshop. I was interviewing the Development Director — in front of the board — about the organization’s fundraising program. (I always like for the board to hear directly from the staff about their fundraising challenges and opportunities.) Then I asked her the golden question. This is the question that makes board members sit up on the edge of…
  • 32 Ideas From #AFPFC That’ll Make You A Smarter, Happier Fundraiser in 2015

    Gail Perry
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    The AFP Conference in Baltimore this week was the best ever! Here are some of my favorite tweets from the conference, from some of the smartest presenters. Some are inspirational and some are just plain old cutting edge, including wonderful quotes about fundraising from Seth Godin and Whoopi Goldberg. A big thanks to Rory Green @roryjmgreen, who created images with quotes from the conference that took the twitter sphere by storm! By the way, you need to follow Rory’s hilarious tumblr feed: Fundraiser Grrl.  Leave a comment and let me know which of these nuggets you like best!  …
  • How to Drive Major Donors Away and Kill Off Your Major Gifts Program

    Gail Perry
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Hint: Your donor says to you, “I’m not an ATM.” Have you ever had the sense that your major gift prospects are fleeing from you? Do they turn down your invitations for events, tours, even private VIP get-togethers? Do they refuse to see you with comments as: “You don’t need to spend time with me!” Or “I’m too busy – call me in two months.” “What happened?” you are thinking to yourself. “What did I do, or say?” Hint: Do they ever say to you, “I feel like an ATM for your organization and I’m tired of it.” The donor says “I am not an…
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    Online Fundraising Today

  • Community Fundraising through Crowdfunding

    Maureen
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    Leading by example, Boys to Men takes fundraising beyond raising funds for a specific cause. They provide an opportunity to improve an entire community through their efforts and crowdfunding. Craig McClain, Executive Director, had this to say about Boys to Men, a 501c3 mentoring program for at risk boys; “We bring a community of boys and men together to support each other, and by doing so we are able to build a better community. Community, which we are going away from, is so important to our program. Just that one word, community, has so much power.”   On September 19 Boys to Men…
  • Online Fundraising for Nonprofits: Best Practices

    Kari
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    It’s clear that in this day and age, pretty much every fundraising campaign has some kind of Internet presence.  Yet, it’s not as easy as linking to a donation page from your website. In order for your nonprofit organization to be effective with your online fundraising efforts, we recommend following these best practices: Brand Your Fundraising Website Rather than sending people to a 3rd party website (such as PayPal) embed a “Donate” option right from your nonprofit website that gives people an option to make a donation on a branded fundraising website. 7X more money…
  • Keys to the Heart of Successful Fundraising

    Maureen
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Our hearts hold the keys to success, yet how does this pertain to effective online fundraising events? Creating relationships whether through community partnerships or with each donor has a lasting impact on annual fundraising campaigns. Mission statements, photos and event themes driven with emotion have the ability to reach across oceans and befriend your audience to give. Pearls of wisdom in fundraising are expressed by specific examples of successful events: Reach your Crowdfunding Audience Personally Reaching constituents emotionally was done with a great degree of effectiveness by Julia…
  • Bike-a-thon Crowdfunding Success – Ride for a Reason

    Maureen
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    The 7TH annual Ride for a Reason bike-a-thon from Oakland to the Capital to support education and raise essential funds for Oakland schools is happening on March 15. Last year, 250 students, teachers, parents and community members pedaled to Sacramento to draw attention to the crisis in funding for education. “We once had the best schools in the nation. Working together, we can proudly restore public education in California!” Every rider creates an individual fundraising page and seeks pledges for their 109-mile ride. A 45-mile ride is in place for novice riders, families, and…
  • San Jose Sharks Wine Tasting Event

    Maureen
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    On March 5 Sampling with the Sharks will be hosted by the San Jose Sharks Foundation, a wine tasting fundraiser. To entice donor prospects they have chosen a venue few can resist, tasting the finest wines of Northern California. Attendees of this exclusive event will meet The San Jose Sharks players, coaches and broadcasters. “The San Jose Sharks are as deeply involved with the neighborhood we live in as we are with the game that we play. As role models, we feel responsible to give back to the community that so strongly supports us.” The importance of building strong…
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    Fundraising Detective

  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    Due to holidays and a busy work schedule it's been a while since my last round-up. Sorry for the delay! Before I get on to the usual list of links, there are two things I wanted to mention. First of all, I wanted to highlight the Resource Alliance's free Online Fundraising conference on the 13th and 14th May. I'm a big fan of 'free' and there are some good speakers and interesting topics, so thought it might be of interest to you. Secondly, I've already said that I think 2015 will be the year relationship fundraising comes of age. Two important series of articles…
  • Last Call: Contribute an Exhibit to SOFII

    Fundraising Detective
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    The end of April is fast approaching, so I wanted to issue one last push for articles for SOFII as part of April's Nonprofit Blog Carnival. A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. The first two articles are now live on SOFII. You can read about Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation's award winning, cancer slaying, fundraising target smashing video. Also up is story of DEBRA Ireland's awareness day with a clever hook to get people involved. As a quick reminder: The Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration (SOFII) is one of my favourite fundraising…
  • Nonprofit Blog Carnival: A Celebration Of SOFII - Will You Inspire Or Invest?

    Fundraising Detective
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    The Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration (SOFII) is one of my favourite fundraising resources. When I’m stuck with a fundraising problem it is my first point of call for inspiration. However, it is only as good as the exhibits and articles it showcases. The current archive is amazing, but it only features a fraction of all the innovative and inspiring fundraising work that exists. That is why I’m dedicating April’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival to gathering new articles and exhibits for SOFII and I need your help… Get involved and help me gather 100 new articles and exhibits…
  • Find your purpose and 'why' – lessons from the saddest donor letter I’ve ever read

    Fundraising Detective
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    I believe understanding the ‘why’ and purpose about your cause is fundamental to fundraising success. It’s the reason I put it in the centre of my chart on relationship fundraising. This was brought home to me recently by a letter I received from a donor. It’s fair to say it brought a tear to my eye and illustrated why people give and the joy that donating can bring*. “I have been a supporter for several years now and thank you greatly for all the excellent work you do amongst the children in the nursery. Lives are altered and valued with all your efforts. “I am in the sad…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    I've just had the pleasure of spending three days in Israel with the Amnesty fundraising team there. They are one of only two NGOs actively fundraising on the streets of Israel and it was fascinating learning more about their programme. Tel Aviv was an interesting city (we didn't get chance to visit elsewhere) and the hummus was amazing! The visit meant I had to delay my latest reading round-up, so without further ado, let's get on with it... Jeff Brooks describes two types of complaints and explains how to respond to each. Fearless Fundraising with a four-part series on e-mail…
 
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    CoolData blog

  • Planned Giving prospect identification, driven by data

    kevinmacdonell
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:28 pm
    I’m looking forward to giving two presentations in my home city in connection with this week’s national conference of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP). In theory I’ll be talking about data-driven prospect identification for Planned Giving … “in theory” because my primary aim isn’t to provide a how-to for analyzing data.   Rather, I will […]
  • Mind the data science gap

    kevinmacdonell
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
      Being a forward-thinking lot, the data-obsessed among us are always pondering the best next step to take in professional development. There are more options every day, from a Data Science track on Coursera to new masters degree programs in predictive analytics. I hear a lot of talk about acquiring skills in R, machine learning, […]
  • Why blog? Six reasons and six cautions

    kevinmacdonell
    18 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    THE two work-related but extracurricular activities I have found the most rewarding, personally and professionally, are giving conference presentations and writing for CoolData. I’ve already written about the benefits of presenting at conferences, explaining why the pain is totally worth it. Today: six reasons why you might want to try blogging, followed by six (optional) pieces of advice. I’ve […]
  • New finds in old models

    kevinmacdonell
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:14 am
      When you build a predictive model, you can never be sure it’s any good until it’s too late. Deploying a mediocre model isn’t the worst mistake you can make, though. The worst mistake would be to build a second mediocre model because you haven’t learned anything from the failure of the first.   Performance against […]
  • How to measure the rate of increasing giving for major donors

    kevinmacdonell
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    Not long ago, this question came up on the Prospect-DMM list, generating some discussion: How do you measure the rate of increasing giving for donors, i.e. their “velocity”? Can this be used to find significant donors who are poised to give more? This question got Peter Wylie thinking, and he came up with a simple […]
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    The Agitator

  • Disaster Fundraising: Be Honest

    Tom Belford
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Last week I saw a reference to a television (HBO) documentary — Haitian Money Pit — that, among other aspects of political corruption and paralysis, sheds light on the fate of charitable funds raised for Haiti in the aftermath of its 2010 earthquake. As described in the item I read (unfortunately, I wasn’t able to view it … maybe an Agitator reader did and can comment), the film establishes that only a pittance of donated and international aid funds actually made it through to benefit victims of the disaster. The earthquake disaster in Nepal, the scale of which is…
  • Is It Out Of The Question?

    Tom Belford
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Over the weekend I noticed a small report that last week — April 23rd — to be exact, marked the 10th anniversary to the day of the first YouTube video appearing on the internet. As the article commented: “… it was only 10 years ago that we came stumbling out of the Dark Ages and into the light of web videos for all, where we promptly posted whatever the heck we wanted to YouTube for strangers to watch.” That original video, Me at the zoo, all of 18 seconds long, was uploaded by YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim and shot at the San
  • Using Cancer

    Tom Belford
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Let me say at the outset that The Agitator is a HUGE fan of the MobileCause blog. In my view, the advent and use of smartphones will turn out to be as important to fundraising as the advent of the postage stamp. [Go ahead, dispute that one Agitator readers!]. And MobileCause is normally very astute on the subject of mobile fundraising. But today I received an email from MobileCause that disturbed me. Its subject line: U.S. Breast Cancer On the Rise and How to Increase Fundraising Now Then, after a short intro … The Benefits of Mobile Fundraising for Cancer The
  • The Future Of Fundraising: Bright Or Bleak?

    Roger Craver
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Fundraising is in for a bleak future. More bleak than at any time in the past 40+ years. And there’s little evidence fundraisers have the capacity to implement plainly needed changes. This happy piece of insight is delivered in a new, important and thought-provoking series by veteran U.K. fundraiser Ken Burnett. It began running this week. You can get an overview of the treat that’s in store for you in the series’ Introduction. I urge you to read and comment on Ken’s series. He’s been thoughtfully wrestling
  • What Is A Nonprofit Website Visitor Worth?

    Tom Belford
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:10 pm
    61 cents. How do I know that? I’ve just read the superb M+R Benchmarks 2015 report, supported by the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). M+R studied the online fundraising performance of 84 organisations across the spectrum — environment, poverty, animal welfare, health, culture, international — to give the rest of us a treasury of data and insight. From their analysis (be patient, the link is coming): For every 1,000 fundraising messages delivered to supporters, groups in the study raised $40. For every 1,000 advocacy messages delivered to supporters, these groups…
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • When Churches Hold Raffles . . .

    Raffle Tickets
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    When Churches Hold Raffles . . . If сhurсhеѕ run a rаfflе I bеlіеvе it will bе bring a lot оf blеѕѕіngѕ tо thе church community. First іt wоuld raise a lot оf mоnеу to the сhurсh аnd second іt would gіvе back tо thе реорlе who соntіnuе to рrаіѕе the lоrd іn thеіr tіmе оf nееd. Rаfflе tickets соuld be trаdеd fоr сlоthеѕ, ѕhоеѕ, аnу unwаntеd items оr nonperishable food items оr purchased fоr $1.00 еасh. Another way tо rесеіvе a rаfflе ticket іѕ tо earn it bу winning a gаmе. If a реrѕоn wіnѕ a…
  • The Steps to Holding a Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The Steps to Holding a Raffle Fundraiser When nоn-рrоfіt organizations need tо rаіѕе funds, a rаfflе fundrаіѕеr іѕ one of thе bеѕt ways. Raffles аrе not оnlу еnjоуаblе, but thеу can bе ԛuіtе lucrative аѕ wеll. With volunteers аnd соmраnіеѕ dоnаtіng prizes tо ѕuрроrt thе саuѕе, nоn-рrоfіt organizations саn rаіѕе a grеаt dеаl of mоnеу whіlе аlѕо building public support fоr whаtеvеr саuѕе they аrе fighting for or promoting. The fіrѕt ѕtер to benefit frоm a rаfflе fundraiser іѕ to advertise the…
  • Why Not Sell Raffle Tickets to Raise Money for Youth Baseball Leagues?

    Raffle Tickets
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    Why Not Sell Raffle Tickets to Raise Money for Youth Baseball Leagues? Spring іѕ іn the air, and wіth that all thоughtѕ turn tо оur grеаt Amеrісаn раѕtіmе – baseball. Thаt means kіdѕ from асrоѕѕ thе U.S. аnd Cаnаdа wіll be trying оut tо рlау іn a уоuth bаѕеbаll оr softball tеаm. It’ѕ certainly a lоt оf fun bеіng іnvоlvеd іn a youth bаѕеbаll team, but іt аlѕо іnvоlvеѕ unіfоrmѕ аnd еԛuірmеnt, dіаmоnd fees, аnd еvеn trаvеl expenses. And thаt mеаnѕ mоnеу! Hоw will you rаіѕе the needed fundѕ tо…
  • Churches Cаn Bеnеfіt Greatly Frоm Hоldіng a Rаfflе Fundrаіѕеr

    Raffle Tickets
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Churches Cаn Bеnеfіt Greatly Frоm Hоldіng a Rаfflе Fundrаіѕеr Nоn-рrоfіt оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ hоld a lot of rеѕресt wіthіn thеіr own community. Sресіfісаllу, churches саn bеnеfіt greatly frоm hоldіng a rаfflе fundrаіѕеr. If you thіnk аbоut іt, реорlе who attend сhurсh do so bесаuѕе thеу wаnt tо. They wаnt tо give thеіr tіmе and mоnеу to that оrgаnіzаtіоn bесаuѕе they bеlіеvе in thе rеѕult аnd program thеу are runnіng. With that ѕаіd, сhurсhеѕ wіll bеnеfіt frоm a raffle…
  • Promoting Your Business With Raffle Tickets

    Raffle Tickets
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    Promoting Your Business With Raffle Tickets In order fоr a buѕіnеѕѕ to attract сuѕtоmеrѕ іt must аdvеrtіѕе whаt it has tо оffеr. Promoting a соmраnу wіth mеthоdѕ ѕuсh as bіllbоаrdѕ, tеlеvіѕіоn advertisements, аnd rаdіо advertisements, аrе a great wау to gаіn аwаrеnеѕѕ. However, аttеntіоn rесеіvеcas, ѕаlеѕ will increase, and by еxtеnѕіоn, wіthоut thе аррrорrіаtе аmоunt оf advertising, ѕаlеѕ wіll dесrеаѕе. It іѕ сlеаr thаt there іѕ a correlation bеtwееn thе two. Hоwеvеr,…
 
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    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies

  • Why Are Raffle Tickets Important?

    Bruce Hassel
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:42 am
    Why Are Raffle Tickets Important? Why are raffle tickets so important? Raffle tickets and raffles are the “all occasion” fundraiser. For inspiration, have a look at the suggestions offered by Megan Gauler’s “Impact a Life” scholarship essay. Megan is a sophomore at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Thаnk уоu ѕо muсh Megan fоr your wеll-dоnе essay -  аnd bеѕt оf luсk wіth уоur ѕtudіеѕ! Tо rеаd Megan Gauler’s scholarship еѕѕау, gо here >>>  Why Are Raffle Tickets Important? Yоu саn hеlр Megan Gauler’s рurѕuіt…
  • Keeping an Eye on the Prize

    Bruce Hassel
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    Keeping an Eye on the Prize So you’re planning to have a raffle to raise much needed funds for your organization? Certainly one of the more important elements of any successful raffle fundraiser are the prizes to be offered to entice raffle ticket sales. “Impact a Life” college scholarship contributor Kerrigan Stern  has some helpful ideas and tips on just that subject. Thanks so much Kerrigan, and best of luck! To read Kerrigan Stern’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Keeping an Eye on the Prize You can help Kerrigan Stern’s pursuit of a scholarship award by…
  • Raffles Are an Easy Fundraiser That Can Have a Massive Payoff

    Bruce Hassel
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Raffles Are an Easy Fundraiser That Can Have a Massive Payoff Many thanks to Anderson Blackmon for a well thought out and informative “Impact a Life” college scholarship essay that highlights why selling raffle tickets for your fundraiser is a great way to raise money. Anderson dishes out some wonderful and insightful reasons as to why holding a raffle is a fantastic way to raise money for a non-profit. To read Anderson Blackmon’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Raffles Are an Easy Fundraiser That Can Have a Massive Payoff You can help Anderson Blackmon’s pursuit of…
  • The Psychology of Raffles to Help Grow Your Business

    Bruce Hassel
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    The Psychology of Raffles to Help Grow Your Business If уоur businesses іѕ іn nееd of a mаrkеtіng tасtіс to аdd tо уоur аrѕеnаl, hаvе a look at “Imрасt a Lіfе” college ѕсhоlаrѕhір соntrіbutоr Candice Holt for ѕоmе tеrrіfіс and very unique іnѕіghtѕ. Thаnkѕ Candice for уоur соntrіbutіоn, аnd best оf luсk! Tо rеаd  Candice Holt’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір еѕѕау, gо here >>>  The Psychology of Raffles to Help Grow Your Business Yоu саn hеlр  Candice Holt’s рurѕuіt оf a scholarship аwаrd bу…
  • How to Increase Raffle Ticket Sales for Your Non-Profit

    Bruce Hassel
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    How to Increase Raffle Ticket Sales for Your Non-Profit Iѕ уоur nоn-рrоfіt оrgаnіzаtіоn, сhurсh оr ѕсhооl іn nееd оf rаіѕіng fundѕ fоr a worthy рrоjесt? Rаfflе ticket sales are еffесtіvе (and ѕіmрlе) fundraisers! “Imрасt a Lіfе” соllеgе ѕсhоlаrѕhір essayist  Amanda Schummer dоеѕ a ѕрlеndіd jоb іn outlining thе many bеnеfіtѕ and a formula for hоldіng a successful rаfflе fundrаіѕеr. Tо rеаd Amanda Schummer’s іnfоrmаtіvе ѕсhоlаrѕhір еѕѕау, gо hеrе >>>  How to Increase…
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    Fundraising Compass

  • My Letter To Your Vice President

    gisraeli
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    By Armando Zumaya Senior Vice President, Business Development and Campaign, The Mexican Museum Don’t you hate unsolicited advice? I do. So let me give you some. There is a better way to work with your Prospect Research and Management teams. When I lecture and meet my colleagues who lead large development teams, it’s becoming more common to hear smart and nimble prospecting and prospect management teams support VP level staff and their leadership. However, it’s also amazing how many of my colleagues still put their Prospect Research and Management staff way down the organizational chart…
  • I Am A Matchmaker

    gisraeli
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    By Steffanie Brown Manager for Prospect Research & Development Services, Florida Institute of Technology No, you won’t find me behind the scenes on a reality TV show or an online dating website. You’ll find me in an office at a university, though you might also find others like me at hospitals, museums, or social services agencies. I am a fundraising matchmaker. I work in a field known variously as prospect research, prospect development, or other similar titles. However, when I am asked to explain my work to someone who isn’t as familiar with nonprofit fundraising, I often say,…
  • Thanking Your Donors: Do It Right!

    gisraeli
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    By Alicia Cerreto (twitter) Philanthropy Consultant, Alicia Cerreto.com August 4th’s Google Doodle celebrated John Venn, the inventor of the Venn diagram. I spent some time with my five year old son mixing and matching the different pairs: Transport + Tiny = Clown Car Sea Life + Thrives in Cold = Angler Fish Musical + In Space = Commander Hadfield (!) All images from: https://www.google.com/doodles/john-venns-180th-birthday I showed my son the video of Commander Hadfield singing David Bowie’s Space Oddity whilst on board the International Space Station, 250 miles above ground (YouTube it…
  • Attracting the Next Generation of Donors

    gisraeli
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    By David Munshine, President, The Munshine Group “Life isn’t about the money you make, it’s what you do with your life to impact others.” –from the “2014 Millennial Impact Report” Attracting younger supporters is a big challenge for nonprofits. Most fundraising strategies are geared to the older population (those born before 1945). While this group is generous—79% give to charity—year by year their numbers are shrinking. So organizations need the next generation of donors to replenish that pipeline of support. This includes millennials—those born between 1981 and…
  • The Allure of Proactive Research

    gisraeli
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:29 am
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society Why didn’t you do my research first?, said my irritated colleague. I had an appointment! If you’re a prospect researcher and you’ve ever heard these words, then you may have fallen into a common occupational trap. My intention in today’s post is to caution novice prospect researchers who tend to wander from their assigned duties of reactive research to the promised land of proactive research. The former is what our colleagues ask for when they’ve already gone through the…
 
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    Double the Donation

  • Legacy of Hope Austin: Dreams for Kids with Special Needs

    Alex
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    At Double the Donation, we love stories about corporate giving in action. Today we have a story about Cisco’s corporate giving program. Cisco’s Employee Product Donation Program (EPDP) empowers nonprofits by enabling employees to purchase equipment at a 75% discount for donation to qualified nonprofits and schools in the United States. Many companies offer employee product donation programs that provide services and products to nonprofits in need. The following originally appeared on Tech Soup’s blog…
  • Companies with Unique Matching Gift Programs

    Alex
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    If matching gift programs were second graders on a playground, they might sound something like this: “My matching gift ratio is higher than yours!” “Who cares! My company matches bigger gifts than yours.” “My company had the first matching gift program.” “First is the worst! It’s all about matching fundraising pledges.” Those kids could bicker for days and not come to a conclusion about what makes the best matching gift program. Truthfully, all matching gift programs are equally great. Corporate giving supports employees’ passions…
  • Webinar: A Nonprofit’s Guide to Matching Gift Strategy

    Adam Weinger
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:52 pm
    When: April 22, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST Hosts: Frontstream and Double the Donation Overview: For many nonprofits, employee matching gifts are often one of the most overlooked sources of fundraising. Due to limited information about donors, corporate giving programs, and a lack of communication, it’s difficult for nonprofits to cultivate matching gift funds. Given these challenges, too many matching funds slip through nonprofits’ fingers. In fact, an estimated $6-$10 billion in matching gift funds goes unclaimed every year! Don’t miss out on your share.
  • How Nonprofits Can Raise More Money from Millennials

    Alex
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    The millennials don’t want to merely donate money, check a box, and receive matching gifts. They want to engage with the causes they care about. This means giving money, but also donating through service. Kelly Alvarez Vitale, President and Founder of Strategic Philanthropy, claims that millennials have a keen interest in skills-based volunteerism. Young people want to use their individual talents to provide specific services that can help nonprofits to do more. Marketing professionals want to design advertisements for nonprofits, COO’s want to offer strategic plans, and…
  • Companies that Match PAC Fundraising Donations

    Alex
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Companies give to nonprofits in many ways, and one of the most popular methods is through matching gifts. While matching gifts are generally given when an employee donates to a nonprofit, companies are finding new ways to support the causes that employees care about. Companies and employees have political interests that can be funded by Political Action Committees (PAC). The problem for companies is that the Federal Election Committee (FEC) does not allow businesses to fund their own PACs. Employees can donate to company PACs, but employers cannot force them to give. In an effort to increase…
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    CauseVox

  • Pre-Launch Community Building

    Khaled Allen
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    A key ingredient in a successful nonprofit crowdfunding campaign is the pre-launch community building hype that precedes it. The pre-launch period is so important because it gives you the space to create a relationship with donors without the added pressure of an expectation to give. The donor can have the freedom to explore your cause and develop loyalty so that when you do launch, not only will they be on board, they can also help spread the word right from the beginning. Cast a Wide Net Start with a solid content marketing strategy or other promotional tactic. The key here is to find your…
  • What You Can Learn About Crowdfunding From Humans of New York (HONY)

    Tricia Mirchandani
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Over a million people liked his photo on Facebook, taken as he stood on a street in Brooklyn with his lips pursed together but a smile in his eyes. He praised the principal of his school as the most influential person in his life. He wasn’t looking to raise money. He answered a few questions, allowed the man to take his photo, and went on his way. Three days later, Vidal became the face of Humans of New York’s (HONY) most recent crowdfunding campaign. The campaign met its original goal of $100,000 within an hour and went on to raise more than $1 million. This is not the first time that…
  • Tips to Create Shareable Content On Your Nonprofit Fundraising Blog

    Khaled Allen
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the best ways to reach large numbers of donors is through your nonprofit’s fundraising blog, which is basically a free marketing platform! If you can write posts that get shared, your readers will do all the hard work for you. But it can be tricky to create shareable content, and finding the key to viral content is especially difficult. BuzzSumo recently conducted a study of their most shared content, including 100,000,000 (that’s 100 million) pieces of content, and came up with some guidelines on what people share and what falls into the abyss to never be seen again. Here are…
  • Product Update: Team Fundraising and Donation Receipts

    Jefferson Chang
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Team Fundraising Pages Across CauseVox, campaigns that use our personal and team fundraising functionality raise twice as much as campaigns that don’t. To help increase that factor, we’ve released a major update to our team fundraising page functionality. All team fundraising pages now include a donate button, and donors can directly make a donation to a team. It is easier than ever before for teams to meet their fundraising goal. The donation is assigned to the team itself and increases the donation progress bar accordingly. In the CauseVox Admin, you can see donations made to teams and…
  • 4 Content Marketing Essentials for Nonprofit Fundraising

    Khaled Allen
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Content marketing is a powerful way to spread your message, but when worrying about shareability, promotion, and SEO, it can be hard to remember some of the essentials to make sure your content is doing the job you need it to. Here are four content marketing essentials for nonprofit fundraising you should make sure you have in every piece of content you share. 1. Call to Action Make sure every piece of content you share includes a clear and powerful call to action. It’s easy to get caught up in the stories we are telling and the emotional impact of our content marketing. We can completely…
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    FUNDRAISING MIX

  • [#170] Ingredients Menu – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    Menus are usually comprised of whole meals that restaurant customers can choose from. At an Ingredients Menu Fundraiser, people are given a list of food ingredients to choose from, and the chefs use those choices to make a meal with! This fundraising idea requires cooks with a large culinary knowledge pool, a great sense of […]Continue reading...
  • [#169] Dressed In The Dark – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:56 pm
    “What, did you get dressed it the dark?” – Is a snarky way to insult someone’s outfit. It implies that you grabbed the first piece of clothing you could find without looking at it. Take that concept, turn it into a fashion show and add the word fundraiser…and guess what you get? That’s right, a […]Continue reading...
  • [#168] Quick Cook – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Being able to rapid-fire out food quickly is one of the tenants of the fast food industry. So much so that some restaurants offer a discount if the food isn’t served quick enough. A Quick Cook Fundraiser follows the same idea. People pay for a meal which is timed being prepared. If it takes too […]Continue reading...
  • [#167] Bad Haircut – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Normally getting a bad haircut is cause for an instant refund. But not today! It’s actually the inspiration behind a…wait for it….Bad Haircut Fundraiser! Simply put, this fundraising event lets people pay to receive a butchered up haircut. This can range from shaving in bald spots, to crooked shapeups to even having words written on […]Continue reading...
  • [#166] Victory Lap – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:13 pm
    No matter how successful you become in life, it means nothing if you don’t have anyone to enjoy it with. Cue the Victory Lap Fundraiser, a chance for people to share a moment of triumph together! The premise is simple: you charge people a small amount of people to participate in a massive crowd completion […]Continue reading...
 
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    Tony Martignetti

  • Thank You For Stepping Up

    Susan Chavez
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Thank you, Nonprofit Radio listeners, for stepping up to help Hermandad and saving lives in the Dominican Republic.  Thank You For Stepping Up is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for April 24, 2015: On Your Tech Horizon & Volunteer Issues

    Susan Chavez
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% Our Sponsor: Opportunity Collaboration:This working meeting on poverty reduction is unlike any other event you have attended. No plenary speeches, no panels, no PowerPoints. I was there last year and I’m going this year. It will ruin you for every other conference! October 11-16, Ixtapa, Mexico. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the April 24, 2015 archived podcast. My Guests: Amy Sample Ward: On Your Tech Horizon There are two trends you need to be ahead of: The web…
  • Nonprofit Radio for April 17, 2015: Embrace Emerging Social Media & Your Content Strategy

    Susan Chavez
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% New Sponsor!  Opportunity Collaboration:This working meeting on poverty reduction is unlike any other event you have attended. No plenary speeches, no panels, no PowerPoints. I was there last year and I’m going this year. It will ruin you for every other conference! October 11-16, Ixtapa, Mexico. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the April 17, 2015 archived podcast. My Guests: Lauren Girardin: Embrace Emerging Social Media Snapchat. Tinder. Whisper. Secret. Lauren…
  • Nonprofit Radio for April 10, 2015: The Agitator’s Donor Retention & Wearable And Mobile Tech

    Susan Chavez
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% New Sponsor!  Opportunity Collaboration:This working meeting on poverty reduction is unlike any other event you have attended. No plenary speeches, no panels, no PowerPoints. I was there last year and I’m going this year. It will ruin you for every other conference! October 11-16, Ixtapa, Mexico. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the April 10, 2015 archived podcast. My Guests: Roger Craver: The Agitator’s Donor Retention Roger Craver is The Agitator and his…
  • It Would Be A Double Honor

    Susan Chavez
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    I’m being honored by Hermandad. Together we can save lives in the Dominican Republic.  Hermandad Make a gift to Hermandad It Would Be A Double Honor is a post from: Tony Martignetti
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    DonorDriven Blog

  • How to Build a Better Board, Part 3: Creating resource diversity

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    Diversity is what builds healthy ecosystems. In the same way, resource diversity can build a healthy board that can make your organization thrive. A board full of check writers no longer works. But a board full of volunteers who give time, but no money—that won’t work either. Your board’s resources need to be diverse and balanced. 
  • How to Build a Better Board, Part 2: Shrinking checks and change.

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:07 am
    Since 2008, nonprofits have seen an inevitable change that’s restructuring boards across North America: The traditional big-check writers on the board aren’t writing the big checks anymore. This presents executive directors with a prime opportunity to help reshape their board into one that's better suited to this millennium.
  • Does your fundraising pass Google’s smartphone test?

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Mobile has become a huge issue for nonprofits. Having been much slower to adapt to mobile than the commercial world, many organizations have failed to address the mobile issue or assumed that their software providers were handling it. But falling revenues, both online and off are showing the sad truth for many organizations that are not mobile ready. We’re at the point that more than half of web traffic, search traffic and ecommerce is through mobile devices. For online donations, the more alarming statistic is that the bounce rate for mobile users on mobile-unfriendly pages is…
  • How to Build a Better Board, Part 1: Finding an ally

    8 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If you believe what you hear, nonprofit boards are the mortal enemies of executive directors. It's evidenced in board bashing, which seems to be the pastime of many nonprofit staffs. And how often have you heard a fellow staffer tell you exactly how they'd build the perfect board for your organization? We called in our team of specialists: Ed Lord, Mike Malekoff, Geraldine Carter and Amy Fecker for advice. As a group, they've seen the board dispute from both sides: All have had to deal with a board in their management roles at nonprofits and three are currently (or have served key roles) on…
  • Get the eBook and get a grip on your Millennial problem.

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    So why is it that nonprofits have such a tough time understanding young professionals? Elders have always had trouble understanding youth, but the Millennial Generation seems to really stymie organizations. Some of the conundrums: We're told that this generation is the most passionate ever, yet they don't seem serious about helping your organization. They're connected to every social media platform available, but won't return a phone call. Stats say they're big givers, but not to your organization.
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    Selfish Giving Blog - Selfish Giving

  • Ep120: How Online Giving Can Boost Charitable Impact

    Joe Waters
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Jon Bromley, Founder & CEO of Canadian-based Chimp, an online giving tool.Megan, Jon and I discuss the advantages of online savings banks for giving and how companies can and should join individuals on a platform that is effective and efficient. Jon Bromley of Chimp What is Chimp, which is a blended form of "charitable impact," and how do people use it?The advantages of having an online savings bank for giving. What should donors look for?How the online giving industry is changing, fracturing and consolidating, and what's on the horizon…
  • 14 Cause Marketing All-Stars Share Their Winning Strategies [Ebook]

    Joe Waters
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Megan Strand and I don't have a new episode of CauseTalk Radio for you this week (the show will return next week). But we have an excellent substitute! It's an ebook with some of the best insights and wisdom from our podcast. Megan and I are pleased to present: 14 Cause Marketing All-Stars Share Their Winning Strategies.This 24-page ebook features the advice of some of the top cause marketers on the planet.Clark Sweat at Children's Miracle Network talks about six-figure success with charity pinups.The mother of cause marketing, Carol Cone, explains how purpose works.Missy Sherburne at…
  • Ep119: Do Nonprofits Need a Crowdfunding Bill of Rights?

    Joe Waters
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to David J. Neff, author, speaker and consultant for PwC. Dave is also the founder of Lights. Camera. Help., a nonprofit that is dedicated to encouraging cause-driven organizations to use film and video to tell their stories.On today's show, Dave, Megan and I discuss: David J. Neff, PwC A new crowdfunding bill of rights for nonprofits that Dave and his team are seeking comments and feedback.The best way for nonprofits to use and profit from crowdfunding.The importance of transparency to nonprofit success - and the need for nonprofits to be as…
  • Ep118: Mobile Cause Marketing Trends for Millennials & Gen Z

    Joe Waters
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Gary Zarr, Partner, at Phil & Company, a New York-based cause marketing agency, on their new report on Mobile Cause Marketing and Millennials & Generation Z. On today's show Gary, Megan and I discuss: Gary Zarr, Phil & Company How Phil & Company began and how Gary got involved in cause marketing.The difference between Millennials and Generation Z.Gen Z are scrappy, action-oriented, cause-focused and tech-innate!How organizations like UNICEF, Arts Brookfield and Amnesty International are creating mobile…
  • In Defense of the Humble - Yet Incredibly Annoying - Charity Pinup

    Joe Waters
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Alyson Genovese has written a thoughtful piece on the Realized Worth Blog on re-thinking charity pinups. According to Alyson, charity pinups have several major liabilities.Charity pinups and the millions they raise allow companies to pad their philanthropic totals. Companies profit from other people's money - and not from their own giving or generosity.Yes, pinups are lucrative, but they make companies look lazy. Where's the passion? Where's the commitment? It generally can't be found at the register.Customers. Hate. Pinups. Point taken.For all the money charity pinups raise, how much do…
 
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    The Storytelling Non-Profit

  • 7 Interview Tips You Need to Tell Great Stories

    Vanessa Chase
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    This is the second post in a special 12-part monthly series — Powerful Nonprofit Stories: Finding, Framing, and Finishing. Finding great story leads is tough work. Developing the story can be even harder, but it’s worth the effort because it’s one of the most important parts of the process. Even the best leads can go belly up if the interview doesn’t yield the right material. Here are seven interview tips to help make sure you get what you need for...
  • Free Resource Friday

    Vanessa Chase
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m always on the hunt for useful storytelling resources. Recently I came across a great report from Capacity Waterloo Region called Stories Worth Telling. This is a free guide. Download a copy of Stories Worth Telling.  This guide includes a number of great tips for collecting stories, as well as a treasure trove of other resources and storytelling examples. They also suggest some helpful guidelines for analyzing and developing the story for maximum impact.
  • What Makes a Great Donor Newsletter?

    Vanessa Chase
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Last week I got a great question from blog reader, Allison, about donor newsletters. Allison asked as simple, but great question: “What makes a great donor newsletter?” Newsletters are one of many tools that we have at our disposal to build relationships with donors. But there are a million ways to create and write a newsletter, so what are a few tried and true options? Here’s my take on 5 things that make a great donor newsletter. Be donor-centered First...
  • Storytelling Ideas for Your Donor Newsletter

    Vanessa Chase
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Donor Newsletters are a great tool for communicating impact and stewarding philanthropic supporter. Unfortunately the vast majority of newsletters are pretty underwhelming, which is a huge missed opportunity! Whether you send your newsletters monthly, quarterly or even once a year, don’t let this opportunity pass you by to provide donors with great, value-added content that they will actually enjoy reading. There are a variety of content that you could share in your newsletters. Photos, profiles, updates, interviews, and of course...
  • Inspiring Quotes about Gratitude

    Vanessa Chase
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Having a grateful heart is one of life’s many small pleasures, and one of the joys of being a fundraiser is that gratitude is a part of our job. Of course we also know that showing gratitude to our donors can increase our donor retention rates and money fundraised. But there are some other amazing benefits of being grateful. Did you know that one study found that an act of thoughtful gratitude gave people an immediate 10% increase in happiness,...
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    Hands-On Fundraising

  • Donors ARE heroes. So are you.

    Mary Cahalane
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    We’re in it together, folks. Can we celebrate donors without ignoring everyone else? You bet we can. My friend Vu wrote this in his usual funny and Game of Thrones scented style about donor-centered fundraising. His concern was that in focusing on donors’ roles and making them central, we were ignoring many other parts of our communities. We weren’t noticing the people who aren’t donors but are still needed if our organizations are to be effective. My response was that I think we’re arguing about nothing. I commented on his post, but I thought I’d expand on…
  • Are you planning or drifting into disaster?

    Mary Cahalane
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    Are you looking at the clear road ahead, or at what lies beyond that curve?   We’ve passed the first quarter of the year. Chances are things are getting busy for you now. Maybe a spring event you’re planning. A spring appeal mailing. A big annual meeting. This is when it’s easy to forget your plan and focus on the daily to-do list Who could blame you? You’ve got more than enough things to do. The list is several pages long, and everything needs to be done yesterday. If you take your eye off the “now” ball, you might lose your rhythm entirely, right?
  • Oops! What you learned from your fundraising #fail

    Mary Cahalane
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    Last week I wrote about fundraising mistakes. They’re important, because they’re a wonderful, if sometimes painful, way to learn. I asked for your contributions. So this week, we’ll hear from some friends and colleagues. Their experience might help you. And well, we’ve all been there – it’s a good reminder you’re not alone. Jim reports: A bunch of our long-lapsed donors have emails. I had this clever idea to send a year-end eblast out on December 31st to those donors. I had sign-off on it. The message was fine. I pulled the list, excluding the latest…
  • Fundraising bloopers: I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours

    Mary Cahalane
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Sometimes mistakes are the wake-up call we need Have you ever made a fundraising mistake? I’m hoping you answer “yes”. Mistakes are important in our field. We’re adding daily to our knowledge of fundraising. That new information often comes from mistakes – or in their nicer outfit, experiments. Those of us who love direct mail and email know how important those experiments are. It’s called “testing” and either you build it into your program or if you’re too small, you study what others have learned and hope you can adapt it. The key to…
  • How to start an annual giving program

    Mary Cahalane
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    What I learned years ago, and how it might help you. Many of the organizations I’ve worked with have been small to medium sized. And that’s no surprise since most nonprofits in the US are small. They’re eager to build a solid fundraising program, but most continue to depend on grants. I think that’s a mistake. A program that builds relationships with individuals gives you a broader base of support. It reaches farther into your community. And it can help your organization grow. Maybe my experience will help. Many years ago, I began my fundraising career at a respected regional theater.
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