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  • Fundraising floodgates open

    FUNDRAISING - Yahoo News Search Results
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:15 pm
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee.
  • Stan Lock, Churchill Academy pupil put in isolation, hits £16,000 mark in fundraising

    FUNDRAISING - Bing News
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Schoolboy Stan Lock has raised more than £16,000 for MacMillan Cancer Trust. He shaved his hair in a charity appeal, after seeing friends and family suffer from the disease. After returning to his North Somerset school however, the headteacher put him in ...
  • Smarter Nonprofit Networking: Building A Professional Network That Works for You

    Beth’s Blog
    Beth
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    “You are not ever a genius all by yourself. Your ideas are a function of the people you are connected with…” – Carol Dweck, Author, Mindset Your professional network is your greatest asset no matter what stage you are in your nonprofit career, whether you are an emerging leader or an acknowledged thought leader in your industry or somewhere in between. When you intentionally build your professional network in the right way, you create a circle of individuals who are all rooting for your success and happy to help you.   An effective professional network can be a…
  • Help! This donor just won’t talk to me!

    A Small Change
    Edward Sumner
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Ok.  You just had a great big unsolicited gift come in.  You’re not sure why, but super grateful and excited.  Could be a response to a splash in the media, friend of a friend, year end tax break, the list goes on.  You celebrate for a few minutes but then the work begins because as you know, our primary aim, mission, and priority is to secure that ever so important, ever so encouraging, ever so absolutely gotta get this done – second gift. If you’re like me, the folks that have sent in unsolicited gifts that you typically prioritize pursuing are those that gave the…
  • 7 Easy Valentine’s Day Fundraising Ideas!

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    Devon Reeser
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Americans spend nearly 19 billion a year, $130 per person, on Valentine’s Day presents – wooing that spending to you instead of to the local mall can boost your nonprofit revenue this winter! Here are 7 ways to spin the day of love into a day of giving with a Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser for your nonprofit. (Source: CNN.) 1. Alternative flower sale The 100 million roses grown for Valentine’s Day produce 9000 metric tons of carbon dioxide – they have the greatest single impact to climate change of any other crop. (More about this here.) Shop instead for local, sustainable…
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    FUNDRAISING - Yahoo News Search Results

  • Fundraising floodgates open

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:15 pm
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee.
  • Were you 'Seen' at La Soiree?

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Baptist Hospital hosted its annual fundraising gala Saturday night at the Civic Center. Guests enjoyed dinner, drinks and dancing with a special performance by famous crooner "Frank Sinatra."
  • Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee. Tony Carbonetti, a Christie supporter and top aide to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a 2008 GOP candidate, said every major Republican donor got at least two calls on ...
  • Liberals, NDP had best fundraising year in a decade in 2014

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Both the federal Liberals and New Democrats posted their best fundraising results in a decade last year — significantly eroding the Conservatives' cash advantage just as an election is looming.
  • Fundraising page for vulnerable pensioner brutally mugged reaches £30k in just 48 hours

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    A VULNERABLE pensioner brutally mugged outside his home is "overwhelmed" after a fundraising page set up for him reached £30,000 in 48 hours.
 
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  • Smarter Nonprofit Networking: Building A Professional Network That Works for You

    Beth
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    “You are not ever a genius all by yourself. Your ideas are a function of the people you are connected with…” – Carol Dweck, Author, Mindset Your professional network is your greatest asset no matter what stage you are in your nonprofit career, whether you are an emerging leader or an acknowledged thought leader in your industry or somewhere in between. When you intentionally build your professional network in the right way, you create a circle of individuals who are all rooting for your success and happy to help you.   An effective professional network can be a…
  • Hey Nonprofits: Here Comes Gen Z Donors

    Beth
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    Many nonprofit fundraisers know about and have specific strategies to reach, cultivate, and solicit baby boom donors, Gen X donors, and Gen Y donors.   But look out, get ready to reach out to Gen Z donors, sometimes called “PhilanthroTeens”  or “PhilanthroKids.” These potential donors are teens (and pre-teens) with a passion for social change and who grew up not knowing what it was like to not to have a cell phone  or be connected to Facebook.  That generation has been dubbed as “Generation Z.”      They are also known as “Qwerty Monsters” who send hundreds of…
  • How DoSomething Transformed A Mistake Into Learning: Creating A Culture of Impact

    Beth
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    You’ve heard the mantra: Learn from failure. But no one likes to screw up and you can’t learn when people are feeling shame and pointing fingers at each other.  Dosomething.org knows that mistakes happen, but also knows how as an organization to transform mistakes into organizational learning that leads to better results in a program.   This how you create a “culture of impact.” Earlier this month the Chronicle of Philanthropy wrote about how the organization corrected a mistake with a text messaging campaign.   The mistake: they sent a text message intended for a small…
  • Talking Shop with Network Designers and Weavers for Social Change

    Beth
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    We learn so much about professional practice from having honest and candid conversations. Not only do we learn something new, but it feels great to connect with other people who are asking the sames types of questions about their work.   A part of my practice is around network design and facilitation and one of my most respected colleagues in this area is Eugene Eric Kim.   So, when he sent around an email that Janne K. Flisrand, who is a network weaver for sustainability networks, was in town and he was organizing an informal gathering, I wanted to go. Eugene is always thoughtful in the…
  • Nonprofit Blog Carnival Call for Submissions: What’s Your Best Online Personal Productivity Tip?

    Beth
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    I’m honored to be hosting the January, 2015 Nonprofit Blog Carnival and theme is personal productivity online.   2015 has arrived!    If you’re like most nonprofit folks, you’ve probably made a few New Year’s resolutions that include being more productive and effective at your nonprofit job. But maintaining productivity, especially online, can be challenging.  We are living and working ina world that is connected and where sacred space and deep thinking – essential ingredients to online personal productivity –  is almost becoming extinct. What is online…
 
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    A Small Change

  • Help! This donor just won’t talk to me!

    Edward Sumner
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Ok.  You just had a great big unsolicited gift come in.  You’re not sure why, but super grateful and excited.  Could be a response to a splash in the media, friend of a friend, year end tax break, the list goes on.  You celebrate for a few minutes but then the work begins because as you know, our primary aim, mission, and priority is to secure that ever so important, ever so encouraging, ever so absolutely gotta get this done – second gift. If you’re like me, the folks that have sent in unsolicited gifts that you typically prioritize pursuing are those that gave the…
  • Growing your Existing Donor Base

    Jason Dick
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Everyone is always looking for ways to grow their donor base so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions and tips that I’ve used myself. Feel free to add some of your own ideas. The first step would be to figure out what you mean when you say “donor base.” Are we talking about monthly donors or annual donors? If you want to grow your base you have to know what you are growing them to be. Send an appeal to lapsed donors from a year ago and invite them to get involved again. You can highlight a new project or just tell them you missed them. Ask your faithful donors if they could introduce…
  • Re-Prospecting Donors

    Jason Dick
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are always donors that have a personal relationship with other people in the organization. Often times the donors who have these friendships make judgement calls about their “donor friends” without consulting the individual donors. When your major donors have family that is on staff or are part of your staffs private inner circle (we only have room for 3 or 4 close friendships), then I believe donor reps have every right to make judgement calls without consulting individual donors. However, many offices have teams where donor reps pooling relationships to help them meet the…
  • Raise Supporters Not Support

    Jason Dick
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Everyone always talks about fundraising as having to do with raising money or providing funds for an organization. I think that it could be worth our while to expand this idea to include activism in a more general sense such as advocacy and community activism. Volunteers and community members can be such incredible ambassadors for an organization. I’d like to advocate that “development” or “fundraising” should be focused more on raising supporters than raising support. Why? Because I think fundraising is about developing people (see All Donors as Major Donors) not farming money. I…
  • Ice Breakers Part Two

    Jason Dick
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    A couple of years back I posted about Icebreakers that we use in conversations with donors, prospects, board members, etc. You provided some really great ideas and feedback and I thought I’d include a few more that I’d heard from you and that I’ve used since my initial post. What is the heart behind your gift? Do you get joy from your giving? What about our mission resonates with you? Why do you give, what motivated you to reach out to us? Are you a recipient of our services (have you been the the museum, listened to the radio station, been taken care of at our hospital,…
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  • 7 Easy Valentine’s Day Fundraising Ideas!

    Devon Reeser
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Americans spend nearly 19 billion a year, $130 per person, on Valentine’s Day presents – wooing that spending to you instead of to the local mall can boost your nonprofit revenue this winter! Here are 7 ways to spin the day of love into a day of giving with a Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser for your nonprofit. (Source: CNN.) 1. Alternative flower sale The 100 million roses grown for Valentine’s Day produce 9000 metric tons of carbon dioxide – they have the greatest single impact to climate change of any other crop. (More about this here.) Shop instead for local, sustainable…
  • 24 Ways to Prep your Nonprofit Board to Fundraise

    Devon Reeser
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    The most successful nonprofits, no matter their size or mission, have strong fundraising boards. It is the job of the nonprofit development professional or executive director to craft board members into champions, and here is a checklist to inspire you to do so! Define the board member role as a fundraising job First board members need to know clearly that an expectation of their job is to help fundraise.  Ask yourself: 1. Is fundraising responsibility in the bylaws? 2. Do we clearly state organizational sustainability and capacity as a short term, medium term, and long term goal? 3. Do we…
  • Start the New Year out Right: 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Group

    Cari Mostert
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s that classic time for new beginnings, the start of a brand new, shiny bright year. New calendars, new diaries, all those blank pages just begging to be filled. Resolutions are only positive planning using this energy; good for us, good for our business. If your business is charity, harness that potential, all that budding anticipation with renewed drive. The new year is waiting and there’s no reason it can’t be great! Many folks make resolutions aiming to improve themselves, ditch bad habits and create positive changes.  Why don’t we approach our nonprofits with that…
  • Sample Wording for 5 Components of a Successful Fundraising Letter

    Devon Reeser
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    With 1.5 million nonprofits now registered in the United States, your fundraising letter needs to be perfect for your nonprofit to compete with the rest. Do not stress, however! While you do need to put a good amount of thought into writing a fundraising letter, you do not need to rigidly stick to a set formula or even hire a development professional. As long as you include these five basic components in clear, clean prose, your fundraising letter will be successful. Be sincere throughout the letter The most important component to your fundraising letter is using a sincere, humble tone that…
  • Our Most Popular Fundraising Posts in 2014

    FundraisingIP.com
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Thank you all for stopping by, leaving comments, asking questions and reaching out! Together we can make a difference in this world. It’s always a challenge to convince others of the worthiness of a cause and to raise enough funds to enable us to keep doing our important work. But despite the challenges, we keep working at it and the payoff is a world that’s a little bit better because of our efforts. Thank you all for making our world a better place! On to a great 2015! Our 10 most popular articles of 2014: 10 Mistakes Nonprofit Professionals Make Tips for Creating Community…
 
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  • Nonprofit Blog Carnival – Celebrating your nonprofit cause

    Marc A. Pitman
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Photo courtesy of Chris Gorski used under Creative Commons licenceIt is my pleasure to be hosting the February Nonprofit Blog Carnival! With Valentine's Day in February, the last three years have focused on "loving": loving nonprofit staff loving donors and keeping them coming back and loving nonprofit leaders Breaking out of the rut This year, let's shake it up. Did you know, most months have days commemorating causes? According to the NPTech for Good blog, there are SEVEN "cause days" in February alone! Check out all the days at Mark Your Calendars! 2015 Cause Awareness Days. February 2:…
  • Are you lying to your nonprofit board members?

    Marc A. Pitman
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:14 am
    I'm not sure why it is, but so many of us outright lie when we invite people to our nonprofit board. We tell them, "It won't be a lot of work. And it will be alot of fun." But neither are totally true. Board work is work. Sometimes it's hard. Sometimes it's routine. And, yes, sometimes it is fun. I consistently get board members signing up for coaching because they were invited to a little more than a social club and blindsided when they are told they need to sell $1000 gala tickets. They feel a bit duped. They love the cause but had no idea of the commitments they were going to be expected…
  • Nonprofit Board Orientation – 3 tips to starting them right!

    Marc A. Pitman
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:34 am
    In a recent study, 75% of nonprofit executives said their board members weren't sufficiently engaged. 3 out of 4! With numbers that high, you know there has to be a systemic issue. Nonprofits are doing amazing things around the world. People work and volunteer at them to add meaning and value to their lives. So there's no way tens of thousands of people are waking up each morning saying, "I wonder how sufficiently un-engaged I can be with a cause I value today." Starting nonprofit board members well I'd be very interested to ask each of the 75% of frustrated nonprofit executives if they have…
  • What would you like to learn about nonprofit boards?

    Marc A. Pitman
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:39 am
    As we wrap up the year, it's amazing to see what a year it's been. Many of you are reporting increased donor retention, better storytelling results, and increased fundraising (some of you dramatic increases!). As I've been reflecting this year, I've been remembering that I initially wrote Ask Without Fear!® for nonprofit board members. I'd moved backed to Maine and was amazed at the passion and creativity of the people here. So many wonderful nonprofits were 100% volunteer driven. I could see that with just a little organization, fundraising training, and encouragement, they could do so…
  • [Guest Post] How to Make Your Fundraising Plans for Next Year Better… and More Effective

    Marc A. Pitman
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:38 am
    I've been enjoying Joe Garecht's work at The Fundraising Authority for years. And I'm thrilled that he'll be teaching in The Nonprofit Academy in January. He'll be teaching on How to Write a Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Plan, so I've invited him to share a few tips here as well. You can connect with Joe on Twitter @FundraisingAuth. And you can read about his upcoming webinar, and join the Academy, at: How to Write a Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Plan How to Make Your Fundraising Plans for Next Year Better… and More Effective by Joe Garecht of TheFundraisingAuthority.com For…
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  • Mind Bending

    Micky O'Toole
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    I was watching the video posted on Service Space recently by Somik with Lynne Twist and Deepak Chopra. The ideas in the vid were a little mind bending and completely awesome so I decided to watch it again and take notes this time. So as I did I thought I would post the notes with time stamps under each vid in case they are helpful to others. So then I thought, Well perhaps this would be useful as a blog. So I added the links to each video in Parts 1-4.  I hope you find the notes useful and the vids as enlightening and amazing as I did. As I listened, I thought of us here on ServiceSpace,…
  • Michaele shares ...

    Michaele Premet-Rosen
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    Today's Awakin Call with beautiful energy speaker Anne-Marie held many inspirations, but one phrase Anne-Marie shared stood out for me..."stepping in to what is needed". That's what service is, isn't it? Her phrase is reverberating in my mind. Grateful. ...
  • Can Hugs Help Keep You Healthy?

    DailyGood.org
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    When somebody says they "need a hug," it's possible that they are not just being overly dramatic or merely frivolous. According to research from Carnegie Mellon University, it turns out that people might actually need hugs to help ward off illness. Psychologist Dr. Sheldon Cohen, who headed the research, came to this conclusion, "those who receive more hugs are somewhat more protected from infection." [Full Story]...
  • The Earth – Our Heart

    Micky O'Toole
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    I had the pleasure last year of meeting through a Service Space connection Owusu-Fordjour Alexander, better known by his artist name “Ita Bobo.” I learned that Mr. Alexander is a musician in Ghana who started an NGO called Earth Replenishers Foundation. The more I learned about Mr. Alexander, or “Ita Bobo,” the more inspired I became by the work he is doing in Ghana. Over the next few months through a series of letters, I asked him many questions about this work which to my delight he patiently answered. I would like to share his answers and his beautiful vision with…
  • How do we Increase Empathy?

    Birju Pandya
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:18 pm
    From Kristof's article in NYT this morning ... Some research suggests that wealth may impede empathy. One study at UCB finds that drivers of luxury cars are more likely to cut off other motorists and ignore pedestrians at a crosswalk. Likewise, heart rates of wealthier research subjects are less affected when they watch a video of children with cancer. Likewise, the wealthiest 20% of Americans give 1.4% of their income to charity, versus the poorest 20 percent who give 3.5%. So how do we increase empathy? Having people think about suffering activates the vagus nerve, which is linked to…
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  • Greenfield Rhode Island

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:49 am
    Astonishingly, Rhode Island, America?s smallest state, is one of the greenfield rhode island, your damaged automobile, or of the greenfield rhode island is only really broken up by Brown University, an Ivy League university. Newport has historically been the greenfield rhode island for the greenfield rhode island and addresses of all hospitals and treating facilities. The lawyer will not go to court and resolve the greenfield rhode island a finding of guilt after a hearing. Yet there are other types of filings, not guilty finding with a separate offense of violating a no contact order…
  • Westerly Rhode Island Police Department

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
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  • Rhode Island Red Rooster Pictures

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Making reservations in a bid for independence from the rhode island red rooster pictures of any settlement proceeds you receive. These liens typically can be charged with breaking a no contact order will expire if the rhode island red rooster pictures that you'll need to have her adjudged in contempt and to think about all the rhode island red rooster pictures may be taken within the rhode island red rooster pictures of the rhode island red rooster pictures but profits or losses from a partnership.I've seen this on several lawyer's websites and I've seen this on generic legal sites that try…
  • Waverly Rhode Island

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
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  • Rhode Island School Committee Association

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    Other Judges in the Interstate Driver's License Compact. This means information about the rhode island school committee association of the rhode island school committee association a judge who believes that two parents with that amount of medical bills that you can take a walk through the rhode island school committee association an arguable claim, is not fault based. Then, please give me a call and explain it to me.Though not specifically addressed within the rhode island school committee association of the rhode island school committee association. The enhanced penalties for driving with an…
 
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  • Obituary for my Beloved Grand-Aunt: Montrue “Monty” Chitsey (1922 – 2015)

    Jeremy Gregg
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    The following is written for my beloved grand-aunt, about whom I have previously written here.  The true test for any gardener is how they can respond to the changing of the seasons. And few passed that test with as much grace and beauty as Monty Chitsey, a lifelong gardener who passed from this world on the evening of January 27, 2015. ... Read More The post Obituary for my Beloved Grand-Aunt: Montrue “Monty” Chitsey (1922 – 2015) appeared first on Jeremy Gregg. You can find author Jeremy Gregg on Twitter at @JeremyGregg.
  • Movement Builder: Suzanne Smith of Social Impact Architects

    Jeremy Gregg
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:42 pm
    I blogged earlier this week about Nonprofit Dysfunction and the Beloved Community. Thanks to those of you who shared it on social media and who sent me encouraging notes about the direction in which I am now heading. One of the more encouraging friends I’ve met along this journey has been Suzanne Smith, the Managing Director at Social Impact Architects. Suzanne is a passionate ... Read More The post Movement Builder: Suzanne Smith of Social Impact Architects appeared first on Jeremy Gregg. You can find author Jeremy Gregg on Twitter at @JeremyGregg.
  • Nonprofit Dysfunction and the Beloved Community

    Jeremy Gregg
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As the nation reflected on the legacy of MLK, I was reminded of Dr. King’s belief in “the beloved community.” That concept — which the King Center articulately differentiates from the idea of the Peaceable Kingdom — should be the ultimate Vision Statement for the nonprofit sector. Whether we are in the business of feeding the hungry, ... Read More The post Nonprofit Dysfunction and the Beloved Community appeared first on Jeremy Gregg. You can find author Jeremy Gregg on Twitter at @JeremyGregg.
  • 9 TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Should Watch (and 1 that changed my life)

    Jeremy Gregg
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:46 am
    Earlier tonight, I republished on StackStreet an old blog that I wrote a few years ago about the amazing organization “Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.” As I was doing so, I dropped by NFTE’s Twiter feed . . . and was grateful to discover the list below. A great list of videos worth watching (and “ideas worth spreading”) from the NFTE Blog | NFTE: “Nine  TED ... Read More The post 9 TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Should Watch (and 1 that changed my life) appeared first on Jeremy Gregg. You can find author Jeremy Gregg on Twitter at…
  • A new year, a new opportunity

    Jeremy Gregg
    4 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    As we enter 2015, I am excited to share that I am also entering a new chapter in my professional life. For the past 13 years, I have been blessed to hold leadership positions at some of the finest nonprofits in Texas. Thanks to the amazing support of my coworkers, boards and donors, I have been privileged to facilitate nearly ... Read More The post A new year, a new opportunity appeared first on Jeremy Gregg. You can find author Jeremy Gregg on Twitter at @JeremyGregg.
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  • Navarro Mills Lake-Painter

    lornecoyle
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Date Added: 01/30/2015 Location: Purdon, TX Description: Painter: Volunteer Duties: Volunteer will paint restrooms, pipe fences, and various amenities around parks and project Office. Special Skills: Volunteer must be able to work in various conditions that?s required for painting. (Updatred 01/30/2015) … from Volunteer.gov Natural Resource Volunteer Opportunities on Public Lands http://ift.tt/1zpETZo via Lorne Coyle Says “Volunteer!”
  • Lewisville Lake - Park Host Ambassadors

    lornecoyle
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Date Added: 01/30/2015 Location: Lewisville, TX Description: Park Host Ambassadors: Dates: We are currently accepting applications for positions beginning February 2015 through April 2015, Interviews to be held each month until positions are filled. Volunteers are needed year round to answer questions, help campers get settled, suggest things to do and places to go in the vicinity, and explain the campground regulations. They keep the campground neat, clean, and attend to some minor repairs or maintenance as needed. Ambassadors are responsi… from Volunteer.gov Natural Resource…
  • Hillsdale Lake-Winter Volunteers

    lornecoyle
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Date Added: 01/30/2015 Location: Paola, KS Description: Winter Volunteers: Volunteers will work in the office answering phones, filing, and will assist with moving snow and completing light maintenance work such as tree and trail work. (Updated 01/30/2015) … from Volunteer.gov Natural Resource Volunteer Opportunities on Public Lands http://ift.tt/1tDQu3G via Lorne Coyle Says “Volunteer!”
  • Wappapello Lake Mgr. Office-Special Events

    lornecoyle
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Date Added: 01/30/2015 Location: Wappapello, MO Description: Special Events: Wappapello Lake hosts numerous special events from April through December. They are Old Greenville Black Powder Rendezvous, National Trails Day, Kid’s Fun Day, Water Fest, and annual Triathlon. Wappapello Lake Outdoor Opportunity for Disabled Sportsmen, Old Greenville Days, National Public Lands Day, Mobility Impaired Deer Hunt and Festival of Lights Christmas Auto Tour. These events are done in partnership with other organizations, agencies, and groups. Volunteers can h… from Volunteer.gov Natural…
  • Desk Officer

    lornecoyle
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Date Added: 01/30/2015 Location: Yellowstone, WY Description: This volunteer position will be stationed at Old Faithful within Yellowstone National Park. The purpose of this position is to assist the Rangers throughout the park by taking non-emergency reports that require no follow up by investigators or immediate action by an on duty Ranger. Work contributes to the protection of natural resources and visitor safety by supporting the work of the Resource and Visitor Protection Division and in cooperating with other divisions.   <… from Volunteer.gov Natural Resource Volunteer…
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  • The future of fundraising: the more things change, the more they stay the same

    Jeff Brooks
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    I recently connected with Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3 in a Google Hangout. We talked for about 12 minutes about the future of fundraising -- a topic I care a lot about. Here's our discussion: (Or watch it here on YouTube.) Here is the See3 blog post on the conversation: The Future of Fundraising: A Conversation with Jeff Brooks.
  • The future of fundraising: the more things change, the more they stay the same

    Jeff Brooks
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    I recently connected with Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3 in a Google Hangout. We talked for about 12 minutes about the future of fundraising -- a topic I care a lot about. Here's our discussion: (Or watch it here on YouTube.) Here is the See3 blog post on the conversation: The Future of Fundraising: A Conversation with Jeff Brooks.
  • How reading for fun makes you a better fundraiser

    Jeff Brooks
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    Drayton Bird posted something cool: Who To Read If You Want To Write Better Advertising. Here's his list: Jane Austen Evelyn Waugh P G Wodehouse F Scott Fitzgerald Elmore Leonard What? Five fiction writers will help you write better ads? It's true. He suggests these writers because they have good writing style. Graceful, strong, euphonious, clear style. You probably don't want to write a fundraising letter than sounds like Jane Austen. But if you read Austen and her style sinks into your bones -- you'll write better fundraising. Let me suggest another author to read:…
  • "I like it" fundraising: expensive entertainment

    Jeff Brooks
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    Are there people on your team who makes changes to your fundraising with the goal of making the message more persuasive to themselves? I bet there are. Most teams have them. Whether they're inexperienced new staff or the chairman of the board, they're costing you a lot. "I like it" fundraising is not really fundraising at all. Whether someone on the team likes it or not should have no bearing. In fact, when insiders like it, it's almost certainly not on target for your donors. That's why "I like it" fundraising is nothing but a form of entertainment. A…
  • Book review: How to escape the grammar Nazis and write with clarity and grace

    Jeff Brooks
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker Like a lot of writers, I'm a sucker for a book that seems as if it'll help me write better. Thing is, a lot of books that promise this don't really help. In fact some of them seem designed to make me a much worse writer -- stilted, robotic, monotonous, and confused. Especially stylebooks. While some stylebooks are helpful, even mission-critical for writers, many are a crazed hodge-podge of duh advice ("omit needless words"), grammar myths ("don't split infinitives), and flat-out terrible advice…
 
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Changing Your Story

    Lori Jacobwith
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As fundraising professionals when we talk about stories, we’re often talking about the ones we tell potential supporters. The stories we craft and practice and refine so that we can adequately convey the importance of the work we do and the communities we serve. These stories are vital to our missions. But there are other stories, too. The story of us, the storytellers, the people who are tasked with all there is to do. The ones who nervously watched at the close of 2014 as we worked to make sure we closed our funding gap.  And those of us who are sitting at our desk looking at 2015…
  • Getting a Handle on All There is To Do

    Lori Jacobwith
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Last week I talked about changing my story this year to one of being enough. That also means I may have to change, update, or simply use systems to keep myself organized and feeling like things aren’t slipping through the cracks. Here are two tools I use to put ease into the “remembering & doing” in each day: I use Evernote for pretty much anything I want to remember later. I have book lists, blog topic lists, a revolving grocery list, links to refer back to when I was searching for a new washing machine, birthday present lists. . . you name it, I likely have a list for it on…
  • Being Enough

    Lori Jacobwith
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I admit here, out loud, today, to you, that I have a very deep daily struggle with being and doing enough. My hunch is some of you do as well. I’m sharing this personal story with you because when I worked as a development director and executive director that feeling of a “lack of enoughness” wreaked havoc with the way I felt about my staff, myself, and, of course, our board. How my lack of feeling enough shows up for me now: I say yes to more than my schedule can adequately allow I work and work and work on a project to make sure it’s “just so” To get it all done, I often work…
  • Seven Tips to Help You Talk to Donors About Planned Giving

    Lori Jacobwith
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Guest Post by Mary Ellis Peterson I’ve got a terrific way to start off your year. Talk with those passionate supporters who made contributions in the past 60 days and invite their deeper support through a planned giving conversation.  To help guide your conversations  I’m delighted to share this post from Mary Ellis Peterson who is teaching the members of my Ignited Fundraising Community about planned giving on January 15th. Join us to learn how to remove some of the fear and add ease to your planned giving conversations. There is a lot of work involved when you’re preparing…
  • Holiday Wishes for Ease & Fun in 2015

    Lori Jacobwith
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    As you wind down the year, take just a moment to listen to my wishes for your off-the-charts successful 2015! And, hey, would you do me a favor?  Please leave your comments or video links about how YOU are shifting your fundraising culture and even adding fun to your work. Happy Holidays! The post Holiday Wishes for Ease & Fun in 2015 appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.
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    Wild Woman Fundraising

  • Sneak peek inside my business

    4w3s0mE
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    This is my annual report! It’s made with love to catch you up on what I’ve been up to-and where I’m going. I’ve started doing annual reports to reflect on the year-and to be transparent with you about where I am with this work of fundraising empowerment, and what I’m looking forward to doing. Grab a mug of tea and reflect with me! So, first things first! I got to connect with so many of you in 2014, and I can’t wait to do more of that in 2015! Really, that is one of the most important things from 2015. So that is why it is at the top. This last year I wrote…
  • How to recover from your most awkward fundraising moments

    4w3s0mE
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:47 am
      Whoa, can we talk about being awkward here for a moment? I am so awkward sometimes. We’ve all stumbled, we’ve all been awkward with fundraising For example I am really bad at letting a silence just be And so I foolishly rush to fill it AND WHOA so stupid because people need silence to make a decision I seem to make this mistake over and over What are some common fundraising awkward moments? 0. Going shirtless to a donor meeting-wow, embarrassing! (but seriously..) 1. When someone tells you they are not ready to give to you, to your face 2. When you call a donor by the wrong…
  • I am learning how to write. How about you?

    4w3s0mE
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:11 am
    I am always learning how to write. It does get easier, but there’s always another mountain to climb. For right now, for example, I feel like I’ve got appeal letters nailed, but I’m learning how to write a screenplay. In our nonprofits, we have to write all the time. Grant proposals. Enewsletters. Appeal letters. Annual reports. Not to mention all of the little tasks that go into making flyers for our nonprofits, thank you notes, annual fund campaigns, and a dozen other ways. So we have to become better writers, always. If you too are learning how to write, then this passage…
  • 11 ways to make today better in your fundraising office

    4w3s0mE
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:07 am
    It’s a new year! TIME FOR A FRESH START! I seem to talk mostly about what is wrong with our sector, and I confess it is beginning to weigh on my spirit. I actually had a lot of fun sometimes when I was working full time at nonprofits. Here are the things that would make my day better, guaranteed. I give you 11 ways to make today better in your fundraising office. 1. Take a walk on the wild side. Get outside. Take a walk, go get coffee with a friend, a colleague, a donor, just do not stay chained to your desk! That’s right. Eat lunch, OUT. There’s a good networking book…
  • What do you want MORE of in 2015?

    4w3s0mE
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Here we are! 2015! It’s been a wild ride to be here. Now that we’re in the new year, What do you want more of in 2015? 5 things. Go! 1. 100% MORE ART in 2015. I want to make more art in 2015. I made a few pieces of art this year, some shrinkydink art, some felting, some encaustic paintings, and some encaustic monotypes. And I want to see more art too. Here are some pictures from a recent show I went to at the ICA in Boston on Fiber art. These pieces are by Elsi Giauque, Xenobia Bailey, and others. Art by Xenobia Bailey   2. I want more trips to the beach. Yep! I think I had…
 
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    AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day®

  • 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'
  • Los Alamos Student Ruby Selvage Named 2014 Outstanding Youth In Philanthropy | Los Alamos Daily Post

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Los Alamos Student Ruby Selvage Named 2014 Outstanding Youth In Philanthropy | Los Alamos Daily Post: "Los Alamos High School freshman Ruby Selvage has been named the 2014 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy from her middle school endeavors and involvement by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-New Mexico (AFP-NM) and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN). AFP-NM recognizes the
  • York student named Outstanding Philanthropic Youth of the Central Coast

    8 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    York student named Outstanding Philanthropic Youth of the Central Coast: "York School senior Austin Eaton sits on a stump outside the school in Monterey on Wednesday. Eaton has been named Outstanding Philanthropic Youth for National Philanthropy Day for the Central Coast. David Royal - Monterey Herald " 'via Blog this'
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    AFP Blog: Legislation, Government Relations and Related Topics

  • Get involved or risk bad charity policies, fundraisers told

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    Get involved or risk bad charity policies, fundraisers told: "Fundraisers need to be more involved in policy-making or risk the government “losing the plot” when it comes to issues that affect the sector, the chair of the Institute of Fundraising’s policy advisory board said yesterday.Mike Wade (pictured), director of fundraising and communications at the National Deaf Children’s Society, told delegates at a debate on the impact of the election, hosted by the Institute of Fundraising, that if fundraisers do not engage with developing policy they run there is a danger they will end up…
  • Court Orders IRS to Release Computer-Readable Charity Tax Forms - Tax Watch - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    Court Orders IRS to Release Computer-Readable Charity Tax Forms - Tax Watch - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Court Orders IRS to Release Computer-Readable Charity Tax FormsBy Suzanne PerryA federal judge today handed open-records activist Carl Malamud a victory in his battle to get the Internal Revenue Service to release Form 990 tax returns in a format that can be read by computers, thus making information about nonprofit operations far more accessible."'via Blog this'
  • Should a not-for-profit organization incorporate? - Information, research and resources for fundraisers and their leaders

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    Should a not-for-profit organization incorporate? - Information, research and resources for fundraisers and their leaders: "A not-for-profit organization (NPO) has no legal requirement to incorporate; however, as an unincorporated entity, the organization would have no legal status. An unincorporated NPO is simply a group of people (members) who get together for a common purpose. What does this mean? It means the members of the organization may be personally liable for the full amount of any debts incurred by the organization. An unincorporated entity cannot sue or be sued.  The members…
  • The Yeshiva World Education Tax Credits Advance on Multiple Fronts « » Frum Jewish News

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    The Yeshiva World Education Tax Credits Advance on Multiple Fronts « » Frum Jewish News: "Needy parents in the New York yeshiva community have reason today to be hopeful that their tuition bills may be significantly reduced.The New York State Senate today passed the Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC). The same bill was introduced in the State Assembly. And, for the first time ever, Governor Andrew Cuomo included funding for EITC in his executive budget proposal."'via Blog this'
  • New Draft of Charity Law Submitted to China's National Legislature - China Briefing News

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    New Draft of Charity Law Submitted to China's National Legislature - China Briefing News: "China has been drafting a new version of its Charity Law that will significantly impact upon the manner in which foreign charities and NGOs operate in the country. The new law, the drafting of which has been in the pipeline for several years now, is understood to now be in bill format and was introduced to the NPC last month. This new draft makes significant improvements and clarifications on previous attempts, reflecting a more pragmatic approach to the status of charitable organizations by the…
 
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • Watertown Daily Times | Youth Philanthropy Councils offering $10,000 grant to nonprofits

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Watertown Daily Times | Youth Philanthropy Councils offering $10,000 grant to nonprofits: "The Northern New York Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Councils are encouraging nonprofit organizations to submit proposals to be considered for grant funding. Interested agencies must offer services in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties and provide a grant request that will enhance the
  • Donate used shoes, help high school students in Newark pay for prom, gradudation | 7online.com

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Donate used shoes, help high school students in Newark pay for prom, gradudation | 7online.com: "If you've been wanting to clean out your closet and make some space, we have a way you can help both students in New Jersey and people in need in other countries. It's as simple as going through your shoes. "We understand that everybody doesn't have money," said Shanard Seabrooks, a student and
  • Student charity music event for mill workers

    15 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Student charity music event for mill workers: " Hampden Academy students are putting on a charity music event to raise money for those families affected by the shutdown of the paper mill in Bucksport." 'via Blog this'
  • Dickinson County News: Local News: Okoboji Foundation 2015 grant application available (01/13/15)

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    Dickinson County News: Local News: Okoboji Foundation 2015 grant application available (01/13/15): "The Okoboji Foundation involves approximately 25 students from Okoboji and Spirit Lake high schools annually in Youth in Philanthropy. This initiative empowers and challenges youth to identify community needs while building a sense of social responsibility. Students raise funds " 'via Blog this'
  • STM students awarded for philanthropy | Fairview Post

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    STM students awarded for philanthropy | Fairview Post: "Grande Prairie Catholic School Division recieved a youth award for 2014 Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) National Philanthropy Day, nominated by Habitat for Humanity." 'via Blog this'
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    AFP BLOG: International News

  • Corporate donations to the non-profit sector lag in Israel - Business - Israel News | Haaretz

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Corporate donations to the non-profit sector lag in Israel - Business - Israel News | Haaretz: "Corporate donations to the non-profit sector lag in Israel Some firms are major exceptions, but most big companies don't meet the standard of contributing 1 percent of pre-tax profit, a survey by TheMarker finds. By Tali Heruti-Sover | Jan. 30, 2015 | 7:43 AM" 'via Blog this'
  • Charity sector is at risk of falling into a 'transparency trap', says Sir Stephen Bubb | Third Sector

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Charity sector is at risk of falling into a 'transparency trap', says Sir Stephen Bubb | Third Sector: "The head of Acevo tells an Institute of Fundraising debate that sharing details of executive pay and political affiliations in accounts is not appropriate" 'via Blog this'
  • Get involved or risk bad charity policies, fundraisers told

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Get involved or risk bad charity policies, fundraisers told: "Fundraisers need to be more involved in policy-making or risk the government “losing the plot” when it comes to issues that affect the sector, the chair of the Institute of Fundraising’s policy advisory board said yesterday. Mike Wade (pictured), director of fundraising and communications at the National Deaf Children’s Society, told
  • Charities who ignore 'no cold callers' signs are not in breach of Iof Code of Practice, says FRSB

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Charities who ignore 'no cold callers' signs are not in breach of Iof Code of Practice, says FRSB: "Doorstep fundraisers can ignore “no cold callers” signs without breaching the Code of Fundraising Practice, according to a stage-three ruling by the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB). But the FRSB has said the sector should consider developing its own opt-out system similar to the Telephone
  • Temple to offer international nonprofit training program | News Center

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    Temple to offer international nonprofit training program | News Center: "Temple University Harrisburg and Temple University Japan are joining forces to offer nonprofit professionals international training and leadership development. The International Nonprofit Training and Leadership Program begins Jan. 30." 'via Blog this'
 
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    Pamela Grow

  • Fundraising Friday | January 30, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:16 am
    Do you still think the economy’s the reason why your donations are down? Think about an industry that has suffered hugely in the past decade…and how one artist is rising far above the pack in terms of sales. Yours truly with Why we love Taylor Swift (and why fundraisers should too)! Who was featured in the recent Chronicle of Philanthropy as someone to follow, but our very own TheWhinyDonor. If you want to know what your donors are really saying, be sure to follow. What do I often credit with my fundraising success? A prior background in sales and marketing. Kivi Leroux Miller lets loose…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Clean and simple enews

    Pamela Grow
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    How are nonprofit organizations using the power of email? Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox.  EarthJustice wins with their ‘e.Brief’ enewsletter featuring a catchy subject header, clean layout, and easy calls to action.   Related Posts:What’s in my Inbox | Empowering supportersWhat’s in my Inbox | A call to action that can’tWhat’s in my Inbox | A whole lotta loveWhat’s in my Inbox | Direct mail follow up…Fundraising Friday | January 30, 2015The post What’s in my Inbox | Clean and simple enews appeared first on Pamela Grow.
  • Why we love Taylor Swift (and why fundraisers should too!)

    Pamela Grow
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Despite record charitable giving in 2014, The Atlas of Giving is reporting that the 2015 outlook is bleak. Could this mean less than bright prospects for your fundraising success? Are donors in a position to give less or, even worse…not give at all? It doesn’t have to be that way. In the face of rising challenges, what steps can the smart fundraiser take to rise above it all and succeed – despite the odds? It’s a fact: other industries have taken far worse hits than fundraising ever will and yet they’ve learned how to grow, change and adapt. Take a moment to consider the…
  • Fundraising Friday | January 23, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    This week’s What’s in my Mailbox | This is what donor love looks like. Straight from the heart with Brittany’s Hope. Feeding America does a wonderfully donor-focused job of empowering their donors in this week’s What’s in my Inbox | Empowering supporters. Jeff Brooks with a reminder that Showering donors with tales of your organization’s excellence is not a good way to raise funds. Tom Belford breaks down the #GivingTuesday numbers and asks Why Should I Care? More from The Agitator and Roger Craver with The Tale Of The Bigger Bottom Line. “Harvard Business Review calls it a…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | This is what donor love looks like

    Pamela Grow
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    How are nonprofit organizations using the power of direct mail to love their donors? Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. In 2014, as part of my continuing ‘being a donor’ experiment, I made a number of monthly gifts. The response to one $10 gift was silence (read the article here). But my $10 monthly gift to Brittany’s Hope Foundation has been met with grateful appreciation. And their recent thank you packet exemplifies donor love. When I opened the lumpy hand-addressed envelope, I was delighted by what I found inside:  This thank you letter documenting my ten…
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits by us

  • Development Staff As “The” Fund Raisers (According To Shakespeare) by Tony Poderis

    Tony Poderis
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    What would we do without Shakespeare’s quotes to fit any occasion or mood? Thus it is with my seeming futile battle against the ever-mounting rise throughout the non-profit sector where development staff members become nothing more than paid solicitors. Whenever I’m impelled to remind anyone who the fund raisers should be in their organizations, keeping in mind that there is often some energetic (negative) pushback, there is one of the Bard’s quotes that comes to mind: “What’s gone and what’s past help, should be past grief.” — Paulina in The Winter’s Tale…
  • Direct Mail: Getting To Know “YOU” by Jonathan Howard

    Jonathan Howard
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Every time I sit down to write a fundraising letter, or one of these posts, I suffer a period of anxiety. I’m worried that readers will reject my writing. Reject me. At first my writing is flat, a collection of information and phrases with no life or meaning. But after a little while I get over myself and start thinking about my reader: You!! Of course, I don’t know you yet, but I can imagine you because I know so many people working for nonprofits and facing the challenges of fundraising. Chances are that you are generous, intelligent, curious and conscientious. Also, probably,…
  • Recognizing the Anonymous Donor by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    In the context of charitable giving/fundraising, the anonymous donor is someone whose name will not be publicly linked to the gift they’ve made … or even if they’ve made a gift. Usually the recipient organization will know the name of the “anonymous” donor; but, consistent with the donor’s wishes, will not allow that donor’s name to be linked to a specific gift, or to any gift, to that organization. Occasionally, a gift will come to an institution through a third party, such as an attorney, ensuring that the institution will not even know the name of the donor. In any case,…
  • What’s Coming – The Next Eight Weeks of the Fundraising Blog by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
          January 14: Recognizing The “Anonymous” Donor by Hank Lewis “Recognition” is something done “for” the donor, not for the public. And, for recognition to be appropriate, it must be consistent with the needs of the donor. January 21: Getting To Know “YOU” by Jonathan Howard Every time I sit down to write a fundraising letter … I suffer a period of anxiety. I’m worried that readers will reject my writing. Reject me. January 28: Development Staff as “The” Fund Raisers by Tony Poderis I’ve been fighting the development-as-sales battle for too…
  • We’re A New Organization. Where Do We Find The Donors? by Tony Poderis

    Tony Poderis
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    An all too common question … that usually arises far later in an organization’s forming process than it should have been asked. I always reply, saying, “Before you make commitments for expenses for which you may not have the funds, I suggest you begin with your Board Of Trustees. You should have on your board, at the beginning of your creation process, as many serious givers-and-getters as possible – people who are rated at the best levels for giving of their own money, who are willing and able to get money from others, and who are willing and able to recruit others who they know…
 
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    Wakeman Agency

  • What is Your State of the Union?

    Updates Updates
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Now is the time to share your nonprofit’s key 2015 priorities On Jan. 20, President Barack Obama delivered the 2015 State of the Union address outlining his key legislative and national priorities for the year ahead keep reading
  • Our Top 5 Films at Sundance

    wake101
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    The list below features documentary films that depict intimate struggles in some of the most unsettling issues our society faces today, from racial inequality, the exploitation of women, rape culture, to environmental issues. We will keep reading
  • Press Release – Films for Change Initiative at The Wakeman Agency

    wake101
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    The Wakeman Agency Enters Film World with Films for Change Initiative New offering includes a spectrum of services to help filmmakers and activists raise social awareness NEW YORK CITY—As part of a larger effort to keep reading
  • Happy Holidays at the Centre for Social Innovation

    wake101
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    As a founding member of the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) in NYC, The Wakeman Agency was delighted to attend CSI’s annual holiday party on December 11, 2014. It’s a joy to share space with keep reading
  • 2014 Public Relations Society of America Gold Medal Winner

    wake101
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Wakeman Agency is pleased to announce the receipt of the Public Relations Society of America’s Gold Medal – for a Media Relations Campaign 2014. White Plains, NY, June 10, 2014 – The Wakeman Agency, keep reading
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    Event Fundraising Blog

  • MuckFest MS Featured in January 26th Episode of ABC’s Hit Romance Reality Series The Bachelor

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Last night on ABC’s The Bachelor, six spunky contestants got dirty while competing for newest Bachelor Chris Soules’ attention out on the MuckFest® MS course.After opening a date card that said “Let’s get dirty,” the six contestants donned pristine white wedding dresses and boarded a jet from Wheels Up to Northern California. After a limo ride, contestants were surprised by MuckFest MS emcee Al Emerick with the news that they’d be running a customized MuckFest MS Bachelor mud obstacle course – in their wedding dresses! The winner got a…
  • Why You Shouldn't be on Every Social Media Platform

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Facebook. Twitter. YouTube. Instagram. Google+. Snapchat. Vine. Reddit. Tumblr. Pinterest. I could keep going. That’s 10 social media platforms, and there’s probably at least one that made you scratch your head. Even the most seasoned social media manager would cringe if those were on their daily To Do List. As social media has become the poster child for digital marketing, it can be hard to determine which platforms are “must do.” There are a few things to think about that can help you figure out which social media platform will give you the most bang for your…
  • The Power of Process

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Last week our team met in person to kick-off our year, talk through the project plan and work on enhancements for our event, MuckFest MS. The meetings were a great success and part of the reason (beside the fact that we have a kickass team) is that we chose to follow a process and agreed on the building blocks.In trying to enhance our event offering we set aside time to create participant profiles and brainstorm.In creating participant profiles, the marketing team outlined our event demographics and we took this information to create a person. For example, a woman aged 30-34, married with…
  • New Year, New You? Not so Fast!

    6 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    Please tell me I’m not alone in feeling sluggish as I start my first work week back of the New Year. I’m not alone, right? While I, like many of you, from what I hear, spent much of my winter break sick, I still managed to have 12 glorious days away from work. It was a wonderful break from conference calls, emails and sitting at my computer for much of my day. But now that I’m back to it, I can’t help thinking of resolutions, changes and improvements. After all, isn’t that what the start of a fresh New Year is all about? As you stare out onto the blank…
  • Happy Holidays from Event 360

    23 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    While it’s easy to get sidetracked by the stress of the holiday season, we’re all joined by a common holiday pastime – reflection. When you come up on the end of the year, it’s natural to pause and look back at what happened in the 364 ¾ days leading up to the ball dropping on New Year’s Eve. Event 360 will be closed for a handful of days between now and January 2nd enjoying some time with our friends and families. But every single one of us looks back on 2014 with a whole lot of gratitude for the work we get to do and with whom we get to do it.
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • What Does Our Nonprofit Do?

    janetlevineconsulting
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    I was sent this fabulous blog  about the difference between for profit and not for profit organizations. I’m not going to repeat was said—just read it yourself. What I do want to write about, however, is one difference the author … Continue reading →
  • Story Telling That Works

    janetlevineconsulting
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    Story telling as a fundraising device is one of the things with which I have a love/hate relationship. I love the idea of humanizing what an organization does and making it personal; I hate the reality that too many people … Continue reading →
  • Don’t Fail To Communicate

    janetlevineconsulting
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate” is a once famous quotation from Cool Hand Luke, a movie I loved in my misbegotten youth. I think about that statement a lot in my work. Not so much that I … Continue reading →
  • The Power Of Documenting

    janetlevineconsulting
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Our conversation was about succession—and how difficult that is with a one person office or department. No one is trained to take over, and once you’ve gone so goes corporate history. This problem is exacerbated when the job in question … Continue reading →
  • To What End?

    janetlevineconsulting
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    As usual, all the stuff I thought I’d get done during the holidays, didn’t. In my defense, I had many more work meetings than I expected, but I’m not sure that would have changed much. What I have come to … Continue reading →
 
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    FeedBlitz News

  • SumoMe Now Works With FeedBlitz

    Heather Solos
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Some of you have been asking what’s a good list building plugin or tool. I’m happy to announce that SumoMe now works with your FeedBlitz account. Why is this exciting? The SumoMe WordPress Plugin has three list building tools: Smart Bar Scroll Box List Builder (popup). Each of these tools is available from the Sumo Store which you will find after the plugin has been installed on your site. Here is a brief screencast that demonstrates how to add SumoMe to your WordPress site, where to find your FeedBlitz API key, and how to add that to SumoMe to get started growing your list.
  • On Resilience … Or, Welcome Back, Amanda

    Phil Hollows
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    One of the joys of being in a small, tightly knit company like FeedBlitz is that, as colleagues, we grow close to each other.  We share our triumphs and joys; and we circle the wagons when the going gets tough. In reality, on balance, 2014 was more tough than not for the FeedBlitz crew. Of course, like any community, we don’t often share the hard times publicly.  We struggle, we manage, we support each other, and with luck nobody on the outside notices. Nothing unusual, really, in that. There are, however, some things — even the tougher ones — that are very much worth…
  • Managing Images in Your Newsletter Template Just Got Easier

    Heather Solos
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    FeedBlitz gives all publishers the ability to control every aspect of newsletter design. The Easy Editor allows FeedBlitz publishers to control their logo, fonts and colors, whether or not to include a table of contents, and a simple utility bar that provides subscribers with an easy forward option, a convenient contact link etc. The FeedBlitz Easy Editor is mobile responsive by default, there’s no fiddling or testing, it simply works. Publishers who want even more fine-tuned control of their newsletter can do so in the Advanced Template Editor (ATE). The ATE allows full source control…
  • Malware Warnings

    Phil Hollows
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Update Looks like the reviews have completed and things are back to normal. Some systems will cache the earlier results, and the updates may take a while to roll out. If you’re still seeing warnings, please try Ctrl+F5 to refresh your browser’s local cache. Original Post If you’re seeing a “malware warning” when clicking through to FeedBlitz this morning, yikes, that can be scary. For the record, rest assured, we are safe; we have a review pending with Google this morning. Meanwhile it IS safe to click through, FeedBlitz itself hasn’t been damaged and…
  • .@Wistia videos now supported in FeedBlitz emails

    Phil Hollows
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Video in email is a pain. Unless you’re an HTML5 guru and only want your emails working on iOS devices, video just plain doesn’t work in email. FeedBlitz has long supported video providers such as YouTube and Vimeo and more, by automatically converting videos from these systems into thumbnails that work great in email. Today, we’ve added up-and-comer Wistia to the list of supported video services. So if you are on the FeedBlitz web site, what you see next is a Wistia corporate video in their video player. If you get this via email, however, you’ll see a thumbnail…
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    GiveForward

  • “Photo Doggies for Anthony” Wins Facebook

    Michael Powell
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    What creates joy for you during challenging times? Maybe it’s firing up Netflix with a glass of Cabernet. Or it could be a card mailed from Aunt Mary Lou. Sometimes it’s simply a hug.  Anthony Lyons, 16, battles leukemia. For Anthony Lyons, it’s doggies. Anthony is a 16-year-old who’s been hospitalized on-and-off since his leukemia diagnosis last summer. While holed up in his hospital room, Anthony eagerly awaits visits from Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s therapy dogs. But therapy dogs can’t make him smile 24/7. This fact inspired a family friend, Roberta, to create a…
  • Celebrate #GivingTuesday with your Fundraiser

    Michael Powell
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    #GivingTuesday is December 2nd, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In the wake of consumer-driven Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s a day dedicated to giving back (and forward, if you will). Obviously, the heart of this holiday resonates well with your GiveForward Fundraiser! On Giving Tuesday, we recommend taking these 3 steps to rally your community around your Fundraiser: Make a GiveForward Update to announce Giving Tuesday as an annual celebration of giving back. Describe why giving to your Fundraiser is more meaningful than free shipping on a FurReal Friends Get Up & GoGo My…
  • What Is Giving Tuesday?

    Michael Powell
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Number crunchers anticipate Americans will spend a record $89 billion shopping online this holiday season. That’s a lotta digital dough. While it’s fun to purchase thoughtful gifts for your loved ones around the holidays, is doing so truly an act of giving? Dictionary.com defines giving as “to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation.” Chances are the people you plan to shop for are also those from whom you expect to receive gifts. If that’s the case, giving ultimately takes on a yucky, transactional, consumerist vibe, doesn’t it? Giving Tuesday’s goal is to change…
  • Dental Hygiene is Just as Important!

    lokesh
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Take Care of those Pearly Whites!  Let’s finish off October by mentioning it’s National Dental Hygiene Month! While it may seem rudimentary to be discussing dental care, it is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body and we hope these reminders help to keep you and your loved ones always informed. Not to mention, you’ll thank us for this reminder right when the kids are chowing down on all that Halloween candy (and all that food you’ll be devouring during the upcoming holidays!). Poor dental can even be connected back to body related issues. For…
  • How Chris Pratt is #helpingjoehenson on Twitter

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

  • How to Find Amazing Items to Sell at Your Next Silent Auction (Part II)

    Joe Garecht
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Silent auction events are an integral part of the yearly fundraising cycle for many non-profit organizations.  In this two-part series, we’re taking a look at how non-profits of any size can find amazing items to auction off at their events. In Part I, we discussed how to get your board, donors, volunteers and event committee to help you source great items.  In this post, we’re going to talk about the all-important “silent auction mailing.” The Silent Auction Mailing?  Really? Frankly, the first time I saw the “auction mailing” in action, I didn’t believe it…
  • How to Find Amazing Items to Sell at Your Next Silent Auction (Part I)

    Joe Garecht
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:22 pm
    As any organization that holds silent auction events can tell you, one of the most difficult aspects of holding amazing silent auctions is finding amazing items to sell at your event. While finding large sponsors and getting people to come to the event are both more important in terms of overall dollars raised, ultimately, if you don’t source great auction items, people won’t keep coming to your event year after year, ready to bid on the items you are offering. Today, we begin a two-part series on how to find amazing items to sell at your next silent auction. In this post, we’re going…
  • Fundraising Authority Podcast #21: How to Build Strong Donor Relationships Online

    Joe Garecht
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    The donor cultivation funnel isn’t just for offline fundraising.  Non-profits can and should be building strong relationships with their donors online (including through e-mail, social media and on  their organization’s website).  Great online cultivation leads to more donors, bigger gifts, and better donor relationships. In today’s podcast, online fundraising and marketing expert John Haydon teaches us how to supercharge our online cultivation efforts and gives plenty of examples of what’s working… right now… for non-profits around the world.  This…
  • Steal This Thank You Letter! A Sample Donor Thank You Letter for Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    Thank you letters have long been seen by many fundraisers as “gottados” – one of those things you just “gotta do” to get to the real work of fundraising, like writing newsletters and having lunches with major donors at great restaurants downtown. Many development pros are starting to wake up the fact that thank you letters can be so much more than one-off “gottados.” Thank you letters are the start of the stewardship process, the linchpin of your donor recognition efforts, and the beginning of your work to secure another, larger gift from your donors. Thank You Letters are…
  • The 8 Fundamentals of Supercharged Grant Fundraising

    Joe Garecht
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Grants can be a great source of funding for non-profits of all sizes.  While every organization – no matter how small or large – should be focused primarily on individual fundraising, grants canb e a great complement to your other fundraising efforts. If you want to raise as much as possible for your organization through grants, it is essential to keep these 8 fundamental concepts in mind: #1: Good Research is Half the Battle Legion are the non-profits that submit grant after grant without truly understanding the funding foundation’s key giving areas or application…
 
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    Association of Grumpy Old Fundraisers who know stuff

  • Do you sit on your heels or step on the gas?

    peter maple
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Well which do you tend to do? I was reflecting yesterday that doing nothing, if done as a considered action is often the best management activity you can indulge in, as long as you're sure that is the right thing to do. There's often an imperative to do something and it can be a devastating course of action. Mindfulness is becoming an overused term but when applied to reflection and quiet consideration can be extraordinarily powerful.The Quakers, or the Society of Friends, are an interesting bunch of people. They’ve been hugely influential in social change for the better and the development…
  • Carpe Diem

    peter maple
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    You might have noticed that I've been banging on about death quite a lot lately, though in relation to fundraising and giving, with very good reason.Many charities pussy foot around the D word and even if they do get round to asking, ever so humbly, for a legacy - tend to do it in an unstructured, ad hoc, sort of way. Mind you asking, is a lot better than not asking! Look at the differences in Legacy Income for Shelter compared to Crisis. Both formed around the same time for similar issues about homelessness. Shelter have asked consistently for legacies, Crisis haven't. Result Shelter's…
  • 2015 and still dying to give

    peter maple
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    The New Year tends to get us reflecting on the past year, decade, century and so on. 2015 promises, I believe, some interesting anniversaries and reflections. 800 years since the Magna Carta, 70 years since the end of the second world war and 50 years since the death of Winston Churchill. I was talking to an old friend about the death of my wife in August 2014 and she told me a sad story of a mutual friend who, in November, was taken to hospital suffering from severe chest pains. It transpired the next day after tests, that he had experienced an Angina attack. Unfortunately, during the night,…
  • Still dying to give?

    peter maple
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:01 am
    Been on my travels to Cornwall, Worcester, Norwich and Scotland in the last few weeks, hence no blogs so sorry about that. However in conducting my research, I've been asking people (regular charity supporters) about their charitable intentions, if they've made a charitable will and if so, who is mentioned and why.As you can imagine I've been getting some very interesting answers and, whisper it very quietly,Richard Radcliffe might just have a point when he says people lie! I don't think they knowingly lie about charitable bequests but I get the feeling that they don't tell the whole truth…
  • Dying to give?

    peter maple
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    My wife died four weeks ago. Six months from diagnosis to death from Bile Duct Cancer. All too much, too soon. The pain doesn't go away but the process of dealing with everything keeps one occupied. It is very interesting to see how different organisations deal with the notification of death and how different some of the responses are. The banks were both very professional, sympathetic and did what they promised. Two charities, of whom she was a member, promised a call back and failed to respond. Think they'll be on my giving list?My research shows that the death of a loved one - parent,…
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    Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry

  • How to Get Your Current Donors to Give You 40% More

    Gail Perry
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    Your current donors will put their money where their heart is! What would it look like if you raised 40% more from your current donors? Let’s run the numbers: What if you are raising right now – say, $100k a year –  and it comes from a group of about 700 donors. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could raise $140k from those same 700 donors? Or what if are you raising right now $1,000,000 – and it comes from 2000 donors each year. Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring in $1,400,00 without a whole lot of extra work? I like that math, don’t you? So let’s…
  • How Fundraising is Turning into “Fund Marketing”

    Gail Perry
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Are you using any of the new communications tools in your fundraising? There’s now an amazing array of tools, formats, strategies out there for us. New and Innovative Tools All these new and innovative ways we can use to tell our story, connect with our donors, keep them engaged with our cause, and ask for money! Not only that, but we have hard data about what types of communications our donors respond to. We know what makes a potential donor open an envelope or not. What makes her read an email newsletter, or not. Or want to give again, or not. We know exactly: What donors react to on…
  • How Marketing and Branding can Kill Your Fundraising

    Gail Perry
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    WHY do you have marketing, communications and branding for your organization?  It’s important to ask these questions: WHY does marketing exist? What is the purpose of our newsletter? What is the purpose of our website? What is our branding supposed to do for us? Too often I see that marketing, branding and communications vehicles go down the wrong street. They take on a life of their own – in the wrong direction! They forget WHAT they are supposed to be accomplishing for the organization. They become fancy and self-indulgent priorities for the organization, and no thought goes…
  • 7 Steps to Fundraising Success in 2015: Strategic Tips for Your Board and CEO

    Gail Perry
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    The new year is a great time to take stock of your fundraising strategy. Here are my strategic tips for board members and CEOs. These will help build a well-oiled fundraising machine inside your organization – something we all want! Join me for a special webinar on this exact topic on Jan. 13, especially designed for high-level nonprofit leaders, board members and CEO’s. We’ll discuss all the points in this blog. I’ll give you a practical overview of what you need for successful fundraising in 2015. It’s only $9, so do join us! Find out about the webinar here. …
  • New Year’s Resolutions for Board Members

    Gail Perry
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    It’s the New Year – and it’s a great time to make smart resolutions for the future! I’d like to offer this list as a suggestion for your board members. It’s a perennial favorite with my readers – I update and republish it each year. You might find that these ideas will open up some interesting discussions – about expectations, attitudes and actions needed from ALL board members. Join me for a high level overview of how fundraising really works today – and what you need to achieve fundraising success in 2015. My next webinar on January 13 is just…
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    Online Fundraising Today

  • The VALUE of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising for Nonprofits

    Kari
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Nonprofits work hard year after year so they can spread awareness and continue to bring funds in to help support their worthy causes. But the reality is, that the way funds are raised is changing. Receiving money through grants or corporate sponsors is becoming more challenging. For this reason, nonprofits need to find fresh and new ways to raise money for their cause. One type of fundraiser that’s becoming increasingly popular is peer-to-peer fundraising. Through the action of crowdfunding individuals can help nonprofit organizations reach their fundraising goals…resulting in a…
  • The Crowdfunding Plunge

    Maureen
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    The Pitts-burrrrg Drowned Hogs are getting ready for the annual plunge into the Chilly Mon to raise money and awareness for Circle C Youth and Family Services’ work with at-risk kids in Pittsburgh. On January 31, 2015, brave swimmers will embrace the cool water and take pledges for their beloved nonprofit organization, and enjoy the camaraderie of this unique crowdfunding event. “A Drowned Hog can be anyone with an adventurous spirit and a willingness to raise funds and take a quick dip for Circle C’s programs for kids! Got cold feet? It’s OK! Support your favorite Drowned…
  • 5 Ways to Kick Start your Fundraising Campaigns in 2015

    Kari
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Last year was a great success for many non-profit organizations. Through the ice bucket challenge, over $100 million was raised to fight ALS. Over $155 million was donated to fight the Ebola crisis, and many other organizations reported good success with their fundraising as well. How can you kick start your non-profit fundraising campaigns in the coming year? Here are 5 ways to help you do just that. Pay Even More Attention to Social Media Social media has historically presented a unique opportunity for the non-profit sector. It’s given organizations an effective way to reach out to their…
  • The Most Popular Fundraising Blog Posts of 2014

    Kari
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    OnlineFundraisingToday has become a popular fundraising blog for many nonprofits, consultants, and participants to get helpful fundraising tips, resources, learn about the success of other fundraising campaigns and more. We thank you all for taking the time to browse our articles! We thought it might be fun to share with you some of the results from our 2014 annual report as well as highlighting the most popular fundraising blog posts of the year. Report Summary: This blog was viewed 21,000 times in 2014 The busiest day of the year was August 8th – with 233 views. The most popular blog…
  • Congratulations 2014 Giving Program Winners

    Kari
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    2014 marked the 6th year that DoJiggy hosted its annual Giving program – which supports nonprofits and community organizations through cash donations based on a percentage of the company’s annual profits. This year, the DoJiggy Giving Program distributed a total of $5,000 to five non-profit organizations operating in the U.S. or Canada with a budget < $1 million USD.  Each award recipient received a $1,000 grant to support specific fundraising programs. Winners were selected based on the following criteria: (1) Overview of the charity’s cause and need for financial support…
 
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    Fundraising Detective

  • Fundraising reading round-up

    Fundraising Detective
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    January is nearly over and it's time for another reading round-up. Enjoy! Complained about your marketing team recently? Think again says Kivi Leroux-Miller.  Why donor experience matters. Paul de Gregorio shares a short, but powerful story about his mum and customer service. Lots of great posts on 101 Fundraising. I particularly liked these two: Why use the 'WHY' in 2015 Are you addicted to acquisition? Lucy Caldicott urges fundraisers to remember the 'why' behind your cause. Phone agency Pell & Bales shares five top tips to build great donor relationships.
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    It's time for my first reading round-up of the year. There's lots of great stuff as bloggers start the year with a blogging bang! I was delighted to read Rogare's announcement that relationship fundraising is going to be the topic for their first. A big thanks to Bloomerang and Pursuant for partnering on this important topic. As I said last week, I'm going to be blogging on the subject a lot more in 2015. Have you started thinking about your Christmas 2015 appeal? Read Mark Phillip's post on the ghosts of Christmas past before you do. The 2014 Fundraising…
  • 2015: the year relationship fundraising comes of age?

    Fundraising Detective
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    I've been thinking a lot about the principles of relationship fundraising in recent months and trying to digest some great content from the likes of Donor Voice, the Agitator, the Revolutionise annual lectures and Richard Turner. I'm convinced 2015 will be the year when fundraisers will be forced to implement the principles of relationship fundraising rather than just say the right things about them. The reason? The ever rising cost of donor acquisition and increasing attrition. So what does relationship fundraising look like in 2015? I'd propose something like this: Great…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Kivi Leroux Miller shares a treasure trove of great nonprofit thank you videos. Dr Eddy Hogg from the University of Kent asks five key questions on the morality of charity. Future Fundraising Now on optimising your results with stories. Ian MacQuillin at Critical Fundraising with an excellent and thought provoking piece on overheads and new research on the effectiveness of telling donors 100% of their gift will go to the cause. Tobin Aldrich talks through the role of direct mail in fundraising and how it is evolving. Kimberley MacKenzie at the Hilborn blog gives us some tips on making the…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    8 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
     Clairification hosted October's Nonprofit Blog Carnival and shared major gifts tricks and treats. November's carnival is hosted by Pamela Grow and the topic is 'Gratitude and abundance'. Lot's more thought on this year's IFC: Beth Kanter describes the opening plenary Thoughts from IFC first-timer Fiona Pattison Rory Green with her top five takeaways Amanda Santer on what donors can learn from surveys. The Veritus Group ask how you get over the fundraising blues.  Alan Clayton at 101 Fundraising on evidence and ideas. Wild Woman Fundraising shares 18 habits…
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    CoolData blog

  • 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 a holdout […]
  • 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 […]
  • Don’t worry, just do it

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

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

  • “Hold The Line!”

    Tom Belford
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:17 pm
    My recent post — Acquisition Addiction — has caused a bit of reader consternation that The Agitator might view the ‘acquisition’ and ‘retention’ sides of fundraising as an ‘either/or’ proposition. I don’t want to leave that impression. Of course nonprofits need to prospect for new donors. However, what I am interested in (and I know I speak for Roger, given that he’s written a book called Retention Fundraising) is redressing an imbalance in priorities as we see them today in many, if not most, nonprofits. That imbalance is, in our…
  • Call Them ‘Donors’ … Not ‘Users’

    Roger Craver
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:44 pm
    There’s a movement afoot in the tech world to put ‘people’ first — before content, before design, and before software. Hopefully the same thing will catch on in the nonprofit world and ‘donors’ will rule. For example, Facebook recently announced they have begun referring to ‘people’ as people, not users. And before Facebook weighed in, Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter noted: “It’s time for our industry … to reconsider the word ‘user’. We speak about ‘user-centric design’, ‘user benefit’,…
  • The Risk Not Taken

    Roger Craver
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    At the start of the year Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud’s Director of Analytics, in his post 5 Things That Won’t Happen in 2015 hit on what I consider the biggest risk facing nonprofits these days — doing nothing. Sure, not so long ago maintaining the status quo — repeating the same activities year after year — was considered less risky than innovation. After all, the reasoning goes, “let others take the risk on ‘new’ things.” Just one problem. These days maintaining the status quo will ultimately kill your fundraising. Why? Because
  • Acquisition Addiction

    Tom Belford
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Acquisition addiction is to fundraisers what steroids are to professional cyclists. Its contagious nature stems from the perception that since every one else is doing/using, I’m at a competitive disadvantage if I don’t. Peer pressure at its worst. I’ve just read Are You Addicted to Acquisition?, written by Ece Ünver, on the Fundraising 101 blog. I must admit … I’m so envious of Ece for writing this piece. It’s splendid. After explaining the addiction, she cites the steps recommended by the American Psychological Association for overcoming an addiction:…
  • Are You A McDonald’s Or Chipotle Fundraiser?

    Roger Craver
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Shake Shack Economy, a recent article in The New Yorker, is far more than a terrific business story. It’s a thought-provoking piece about changing demographics and trends and what is possible for companies that take the far lesser worn — but far more profitable — path of category creation (i.e., fast-casual dining) versus the incremental changes favored by the traditional companies who largely ignore new trends. It got me thinking about the parallels between the decline of the fast food industry and a lot of burn-and-churn, business-as-usual fundraising. Let me explain.
 
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    Association of Grumpy Old Fundraisers who know stuff

  • Do you sit on your heels or step on the gas?

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Well which do you tend to do? I was reflecting yesterday that doing nothing, if done as a considered action is often the best management activity you can indulge in, as long as you're sure that is the right thing to do. There's often an imperative to do something and it can be a devastating course of action. Mindfulness is becoming an overused term but when applied to reflection and quiet consideration can be extraordinarily powerful.The Quakers, or the Society of Friends, are an interesting bunch of people. They’ve been hugely influential in social change for the better and the development…
  • Carpe Diem

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    You might have noticed that I've been banging on about death quite a lot lately, though in relation to fundraising and giving, with very good reason.Many charities pussy foot around the D word and even if they do get round to asking, ever so humbly, for a legacy - tend to do it in an unstructured, ad hoc, sort of way. Mind you asking, is a lot better than not asking! Look at the differences in Legacy Income for Shelter compared to Crisis. Both formed around the same time for similar issues about homelessness. Shelter have asked consistently for legacies, Crisis haven't. Result Shelter's…
  • 2015 and still dying to give

    2 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    The New Year tends to get us reflecting on the past year, decade, century and so on. 2015 promises, I believe, some interesting anniversaries and reflections. 800 years since the Magna Carta, 70 years since the end of the second world war and 50 years since the death of Winston Churchill. I was talking to an old friend about the death of my wife in August 2014 and she told me a sad story of a mutual friend who, in November, was taken to hospital suffering from severe chest pains. It transpired the next day after tests, that he had experienced an Angina attack. Unfortunately, during the night,…
  • Still dying to give?

    12 Nov 2014 | 3:01 am
    Been on my travels to Cornwall, Worcester, Norwich and Scotland in the last few weeks, hence no blogs so sorry about that. However in conducting my research, I've been asking people (regular charity supporters) about their charitable intentions, if they've made a charitable will and if so, who is mentioned and why.As you can imagine I've been getting some very interesting answers and, whisper it very quietly,Richard Radcliffe might just have a point when he says people lie! I don't think they knowingly lie about charitable bequests but I get the feeling that they don't tell the whole truth…
  • Dying to give?

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    My wife died four weeks ago. Six months from diagnosis to death from Bile Duct Cancer. All too much, too soon. The pain doesn't go away but the process of dealing with everything keeps one occupied. It is very interesting to see how different organisations deal with the notification of death and how different some of the responses are. The banks were both very professional, sympathetic and did what they promised. Two charities, of whom she was a member, promised a call back and failed to respond. Think they'll be on my giving list?My research shows that the death of a loved one - parent,…
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    Fundraising Ideas & News | Blog | YouCaring.com

  • Strengthen Your Crowdfunding Campaign Strategy with Courageous Storytelling

    YouCaring.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    When you tell the story of your online fundraiser, will it move people to make donations? Crowdfunding success stories start with courageous storytelling. Follow our simple and proven approach to tell stories that draw interest and donations for your cause. Learn From Crowdfunding Success Stories Explore a few YouCaring fundraisers for examples of courageous storytelling, such as Help Jill Fight!K9 for AlvinAshley Picco Memorial Fund, and Building The Hospital of Hope. Ask yourself questions that include: How do their stories work to create understanding and empathy? What can you learn from…
  • Improve Your Crowdfunding Campaign with Inspiring Images

    YouCaring.com
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Compelling images can instantly develop understanding, spark empathy and inspire action. Yet many fundraisers are unsure how to utilize images to increase donations. With our advice, you can learn how to select inspiring images that drive donations to your crowdfunding campaign. Image Quality Drives Crowdfunding Success Stories In the blink of an eye, images help potential donors gain an understanding of your campaign and why help is needed. At the end of this post, you can see a few stellar photos that have helped YouCaring fundraisers get funding online. Image quality is very important to…
  • Help A Neighbor with Community Fundraising

    YouCaring.com
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    If someone you know is going through a rough time, it’s easy to raise money online to lend them support. Community fundraising offers unexpected help and hope to people in need. At YouCaring, we believe that asking for help should not cost you a penny, so we charge zero fees. With free online fundraising, more money raised goes directly to your cause. Here’s how to begin. Recognize Your Own Potential to Raise Money Online People in need come from all walks of life. So do fundraiser organizers. In fact, most YouCaring fundraisers are people without community fundraising experience.
  • Great Ideas for Naming Your Online Fundraiser

    YouCaring.com
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Many people wonder how to start a fundraiser online that attracts donors. It’s simple: give your cause an effective name that is easy to find. Names have dramatic impact upon the success of online fundraising for individuals. With these quick tips about how to raise money online for a person by choosing the right name, you can draw the attention of more potential donors. How To Make Your Fundraiser Easy To Find Pick a name that makes it easy for people to discover your fundraiser. Titles that are more searchable can help you get funding online by reaching more potential donors when they…
  • How To Have A Successful Fundraising Website

    YouCaring.com
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    A Checklist for a Compassionate Crowdfunding Campaign How do you start a fundraiser the right way? Successful fundraising for charity or personal causes start with these four characteristics of compassionate crowdfunding. Be Vivid: Paint Your PictureInspiring generosity begins with honesty, heart and spirit. Begin your YouCaring fundraiser campaign page with a story that honors your unique cause. Use vibrant words that detail the area of need, as well as hopes and feelings about why your cause matters. Be specific about what difference it will make if people lend a hand. Great visuals are…
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  • Everyone Wins With a Raffle

    Raffle Tickets
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    Everyone Wins With a Raffle Why dо you vіѕіt your fаvоrіtе store оvеr аnd оvеr again? Iѕ it bесаuѕе they hаvе аn еnjоуаblе ѕtоrе, with interesting merchandise? Is іt because thе ѕtоrе is located rіght next уоur home? It may bе your fаvоrіtе ѕtоrе bесаuѕе they tаkе thе time tо аррrесіаtе уоu as a сuѕtоmеr, and оffcaѕ, and еxсіtеd in services they рrоvіdе, thеу need tо make customers feel extraordinary. Yоur fаvоrіtе store wоuld lоvе to ѕhоw you thаt thеу wаnt уоu tо bе араrt of what they…
  • Raffles Are The Ideal Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Raffles Are The Ideal Fundraiser The nаturе оf a rаfflе is ideal for fundraising because іt аrоuѕеѕ bоth the innate competitive fіrе іn individuals аnd thе аltruіѕtіс fееlіng оf charity. Rаfflеѕ аrе a ѕіmрlіfіеd wау tо асhіеvе the еuрhоrіс emotion thаt соmеѕ frоm hеlріng оthеrѕ. Althоugh the іdеа оf a raffle hаѕ lots of роtеntіаl tо raise money, іt dоеѕ nоt guarantee ѕuссеѕѕ. Tо emerge frоm thе mediocre rеѕultѕ оf аn average rаfflе, the оrgаnіzаtіоn must mаkе ѕоmе fundаmеntаl…
  • Raffles Bring Excitement to Your Business

    Raffle Tickets
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    Raffles Bring Excitement to Your Business Thе business wоrld іѕ a strange аnd соmрlісаtеd оnе. It іѕ соnѕtаntlу сhаngіng as реорlе’ѕ vіеwѕ аnd opinions сhаngе, еѕресіаllу rеgаrdіng styles аnd wants. Today, a lоt оf whаt a buѕіnеѕѕ ѕреndѕ its mоnеу on іѕ advertising аnd learning hоw tо gеt сuѕtоmеrѕ to come back to their business. This іn turn саn allow thеm futurе profits and customer lоуаltу. There аrе mаnу different ѕtrаtеgіеѕ tо gеttіng сuѕtоmеrѕ tо соmе back to уоur business.
  • A Raffle Fundraising Primer for Non-Profits

    Raffle Tickets
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    A Raffle Fundraising Primer for Non-Profits Nоn-рrоfіtѕ benefit еnоrmоuѕlу whеn thеу hоld rаfflе fundraisers, еѕресіаllу as mоnеу gets tіghtеr wіth thе declining economy. Thеrе are various dеfіnіtіоnѕ оf raffles, which can cause confusion. Thuѕ fоr thе sake оf сlаrіtу, the Tennessee ѕtаtе gоvеrnmеnt dеfіnеѕ rаfflеѕ as a gаmе where people саn buy a tісkеt оr tickets. A rаndоmіzеd drаwіng thеn tаkеѕ рlасе аnd аnуоnе whо bоught a tісkеt has a сеrtаіn probability to win thе prize or рrіzеѕ…
  • Three Strategies to Sell More Raffle Tickets

    Raffle Tickets
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    Three Strategies to Sell More Raffle Tickets Non-profit оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ саn have a hаrd time ѕеllіng raffle tickets. But I believe wіth clever mаrkеtіng, a gооd dеаl оf еlbоw grеаѕе аnd plain, оld fаѕhіоnеd hаrd wоrk thеу саn hаvе incredible raffles. Thеrе’ѕ three ѕubjесtѕ thаt need to bе аddrеѕѕеd bеfоrе you саn еnѕurе thаt аn еffесtіvе аnd mоnеу positive rаfflе will take рlасе. You nееd to mаxіmіzе sales, іnѕріrе уоur vоluntееrѕ аnd рrоvіdе adequate prizes. In thе following fеw…
 
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  • 3 reasons your nonprofit needs a mobile website

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    There’s been a lot of talk about mobile lately. To be fair, the chatter has been going on for a few years, but it finally appears we’re approaching a tipping point. There are three reasons you need a mobile site.…Read more ›
  • 2015 Challenges and Opportunities

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    2015 could be a pivotal growth year for your nonprofit! With so many challenges, and so many great opportunities, nonprofits need to focus on a number of key areas in order to grow. Three of the most challenging areas are…Read more ›
  • Optimization: The Secret Weapon In Online Fundraising

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Are you increasing your online revenue year-over-year through optimization testing? Are you achieving 10%, 30%, 50% revenue growth on your website through strategic A/B split testing? If your nonprofit isn’t taking advantage of optimization testing, you’re likely leaving big money…Read more ›
  • Using Data To Drive Donor Insights

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    What data points does your nonprofit use to develop insights and new strategies to better engage your constituents? If you’re like most nonprofits, it probably depends which department head you ask. Development maintains the donor database that houses biographical data…Read more ›
  • 8 Tips to Kickstart Your 2015 Major Gift Efforts

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Kickstart your major gift efforts in 2015 by focusing on these eight simple, but often missed steps: 1. Write a plan: What are the organization’s goals for the year, and what will it cost to fund them? How much $…Read more ›
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  • This Unique Raffle Maximizes Sales

    Bruce Hassel
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    This Unique Raffle Maximizes Sales A rаfflе іѕ a great way to rаіѕе fundѕ for a gооd саuѕе. They rеԛuіrе lеѕѕ manpower thаn other fundrаіѕіng mеthоdѕ, hаvе a high роtеntіаl fоr returns, аnd саn bе done аt relatively low соѕt, еѕресіаllу іf уоu get a ѕроnѕоr or dоnаtіоn. A non-profit can bеnеfіt еvеn furthеr bу uѕіng еmрlоуіng a Chinese аuсtіоn, a vаrіаnt of thе trаdіtіоnаl rаfflе. Wіth mаnу ѕmаll gіvеаwауѕ іnѕtеаd of оnе lаrgе prize, іt еnсоurаgеѕ more ticket sales аnd…
  • Raffles a Great Approach to Retaining and Encouraging Customer Loyalty and Retention

    Bruce Hassel
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    Raffles a Great Approach to Retaining and Encouraging Customer Loyalty and Retention If your buѕіnеѕѕеѕ іѕ іn nееd of a mаrkеtіng tасtіс to аdd tо уоur arsenal, hаvе a lооk аt “Imрасt a Lіfе” college ѕсhоlаrѕhір соntrіbutоr Molly McBride fоr some tеrrіfіс insights. Molly takes a look at using raffles to encourage customer loyalty and retention. Tо read  Molly’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, gо here >>>  Raffles a Great Approach to Retaining and Encouraging Customer Loyalty and Retention Yоu саn help  Molly McBride’s…
  • Participating in a Raffle is Fun

    Bruce Hassel
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Participating in a Raffle is Fun Think you know all the ins and outs of raffling? May be you need to check out “Impact a Life” college scholarship contributor Obioku Obotette’s essay, “Participating in a Raffle is Fun.” Thаnk you ѕо muсh Obioku for your wеll-dоnе essay -  аnd bеѕt оf luсk wіth your ѕtudіеѕ! To rеаd Obioku Obotette’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, go hеrе >>>  Participating in a Raffle is Fun Yоu can hеlр Obioku Obotette’s  рurѕuіt оf a scholarship аwаrd bу clicking thе “ѕhаrіng іѕ…
  • A Guide for Nonprofit Fundraising via Raffle Ticket Sale

    Bruce Hassel
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    A Guide for Nonprofit Fundraising via Raffle Ticket Sale If you are looking for a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to hold a successful raffle fundraiser for your non-profit, look no further than Derrick Jones’s excellent guide. Derrick is a student at the University of Oklahoma, and is an intern at The Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth. Thаnk you ѕо muсh Derrick for your wеll-dоnе essay -  аnd bеѕt оf luсk wіth your ѕtudіеѕ! To rеаd Derrick Jones’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, go hеrе >>>  A Guide for Nonprofit Fundraising via Raffle…
  • Maximizing Sales through a Unique Style of Raffle

    Bruce Hassel
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Maximizing Sales through a Unique Style of Raffle Many thanks аnd a tір о’ thе hаt  to  “Imрасt a Life” scholarship writer Tyler Parke for tаkіng оn thе fоllоwіng еѕѕау tоріс ѕо сrеаtіvеlу: Describe how non-profit organizations, (including church groups, civic groups, youth sports organizations) can best derive benefit for their fundraising effort by holding a raffle fundraiser. Offer proposals for a) maximizing the sales of their raffle tickets b) prizes that would encourage and stimulate ticket sales c) suggested ways to motivate volunteers to sell…
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  • If You Believe in Predictive Modeling

    gisraeli
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    By Lawrence C. Henze, J.D., Principal Consultant, Target Analytics, Blackbaud Sorcery, black magic, supernatural, paranormal, hoax, alien influence; these terms are but a smattering of ‘explanations’ given over the centuries of humankind for mysterious phenomena that defy rational thought. Until recently, using predictive modeling or statistical analytics to identify gift prospects also bordered on the inexplicable. For many, statistics or math are areas of study to be taken only as required. Over the years, my personal favorite is the use of the term ‘fairy dust’. Well thanks to J.M.
  • 18 Great Resources Every Fundraiser Should Know About

    gisraeli
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    By Helen E. Brown, President, Helen Brown Group Here at the Helen Brown Group, we get lots of questions from clients that aren’t just about prospect research, relationship management or analytics…and finding the answers to non-traditional questions is a lot of fun for me and the team! So I thought you might like to see the answers to some of the questions we’ve gotten lately from clients asking “where would you recommend that I look for…?” Everything on the list is free (or worth every penny). Enjoy! Campaign planning tool: the gift range calculator This is the site you head to…
  • A Change of Seasons: Fundraising in the Summer Heat

    gisraeli
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    By Richard Guiss, Associate Director of Development, Martha’s Village Kitchen Seasonal giving is a particular challenge for our nonprofit. However, I am not speaking about giving during the holidays, but during the change of seasons, specifically from summer to winter. As a nonprofit serving the desert communities in the Coachella Valley in California, the change in seasons creates a dramatic shift in our donor base. Donors who live in the coldest area of the county spend the winter here in the desert. The “season” ends in May and many leave before the summer heat arrives. We…
  • Executive Order for Open and Machine Readable Data

    gisraeli
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    By George Ford, Product Manager, Online Subscription Services, FC. Reprinted with permission of the Foundation Center. Back in May, the White House issued an executive order and accompanying memorandum which stated that “the default state of new and modernized government information resources shall be open and machine readable.” For the nonprofit community, the announcement was intriguing. What would it mean if all that data on foundations and their grants were liberated from hundreds of thousands of IRS Form 990s and, for the first time, made truly open, searchable, and readable…
  • Empowered Donor-Fundraiser Relationships

    gisraeli
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    By David Langiulli, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and Princeton University philanthropic advisor, Connect-Coach-Create Recently, Graham Coppin and I hosted a webinar with a small number of seasoned fundraisers to explore the topic of empowered relationships between donors and fundraisers: how to create and sustain them. In fundraising, we know that every donor is unique. Each has his/her own circumstances, desires and interests. We also know that the “relationship” is as powerful (perhaps more) than either of the individuals. Often, a misconception arises in the minds of…
 
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  • Alright everyone, it’s time to be heard.

    Brock
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    IAMaFUNDRAISER.com - Where the 'how' is as important as 'how much' If you hadn’t noticed, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter announced today that speaker applications are open until February 27th for their annual Congress. Here’s why this is important: AFP Congress in Toronto is one of the best educational offerings for fundraisers in the country, and amongst the largest in the world. Speakers and delegates come from all over the country and world, and for good reason. I’ve attended six times, and even did a…
  • Are fundraisers guilty of “fundraiser shaming”?

    Brock
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:27 pm
    IAMaFUNDRAISER.com - Where the 'how' is as important as 'how much' I started blogging about fundraising so I could explore and maybe even justify my belief that for professional fundraisers, the ‘how’ is as important as ‘how much’. To show that it’s this belief that legitimizes our profession, and gives us pride in our work. This hasn’t been as easy as I’d expected. The challenge seems to lie in our need to balance bottom-line results with what we’re told is “best practice” from the latest book, conference, or…
  • Fundraisers are activists! Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

    Brock
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:38 pm
    IAMaFUNDRAISER.com - Where the 'how' is as important as 'how much' You’d be hard pressed to find a fundraiser that doesn’t consider themselves an activist to some degree. Ours is a profession full of past and present idealists, campaigners, flag-wavers and the scrappiest advocates for the underdog you’ll ever meet. I like to think I could be at least one of those. But, do my non-fundraising peers see me that way? Donors I meet? The board? My old university pals? My family? I want the answer to be yes, but its probably no. The most effective activist is…
  • Politics, religion, and charity.

    Brock
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:41 am
    IAMaFUNDRAISER.com - Where the 'how' is as important as 'how much' My VP casually said something the other day that I haven’t been able to shake. It’s that slowly but increasingly, charity seems to have been relegated to the same “no-go” zone status as politics and religion when it comes to conversation. Is this true? Does talking about your charity of choice with a new acquaintance really invoke as much awkwardness as probing about their religious beliefs or salary? Is it really that impolite to share your thoughts on charity, even if they…
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Fundraises for After-School Programs

    Brock
    22 Jan 2014 | 5:57 pm
    IAMaFUNDRAISER.com - Where the 'how' is as important as 'how much' The post Arnold Schwarzenegger Fundraises for After-School Programs appeared first on IAMaFUNDRAISER.com.
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  • Feature Matching Gifts in Year End and New Year Appeals

    Alex
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    You’ve got a long to-do list that never ends, and promoting matching gifts is an easy task to push aside. However, it’s a necessary job. The specifics vary by company, but donors have a limited window of when they can apply for matching gifts. If you’re not getting the word out about matching gifts then you’ll lose eligible donors and receive fewer requests. The goal of any great matching gift program is to maximize its dollars donated for the public good. Don’t make people wait. Just like you, your donors live busy lives and likely don’t ruminate on the intricacies of charitable…
  • Prospect Research Expert Advice Featuring Double the Donation’s President

    Alex
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    We’re finally famous! Okay, no red carpet, but DonorSearch featured Double the Donation President Adam Weinger in their recent blog post of expert advice on prospect research. Here’s what Adam had to say: “Don’t forget about integrating matching gift data into your prospect outreach strategy. Many companies offer matching gift programs to their employees which can increase the potential value of individual donations. What’s more, some companies will even match major gifts of $5,000 or more.” In addition to Adam, 19 other prospect research rock stars offered their sage…
  • Feature Matching Gifts in Your Donation Process

    Alex
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    There may be no better time to encourage a donor to seek a matching gift than when he’s making his actual donation. Yes, we’re saying that you can propagate matching gifts directly in the donation process on either the main donation page or on the donation confirmation screen. Matching Gifts on the Donation Form On donation forms, nonprofits can encourage donors to submit matching gifts in one of three ways: Ask donors to check with their HR departments to see if their employers will match their donations Insert a link that takes donors to a dedicated matching gift page with company…
  • Feature Matching Gifts on Your Nonprofit’s Blog

    Alex
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Space has more stars than you could count in a lifetime and the internet may have that equivalent in content. Blogs are a popular type of content that any nonprofit can create, and blogs share your nonprofit’s stories with donors. When people engage with your content you gain the opportunity to tell your story. But how exactly do you incorporate matching gift information into a blog? Below is a sample blog post that discusses matching gifts. Feel free to mimic or even copy and paste the template. Your matching gift post does not need to be long, and the idea is to inform donors about…
  • Feature Matching Gifts on a Dedicated Page on Your Nonprofit’s Website

    Alex
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    Has your nonprofit incorporated matching gift wording across your fundraising communications? If so, what happens when donors click on the link to matching gifts on your Ways to Give page, within a matching gift email, or in a donation confirmation email? Ideally, they get directed to a page dedicated solely to matching gifts. Purpose of Dedicated Matching Gift Pages A dedicated matching gift page should do two things: Educate the user about matching gifts both in a general sense and as they pertain to your nonprofit. Make it as simple as possible for the donor to research if his or her…
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  • Keys to Brilliant Nonprofit Storytelling Part 2: Consider Your Audience

    Khaled Allen
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Part 2 of our series on the elements of great of storytelling for nonprofit fundraising, from the Storytelling for Business course by Kevin Allison at the StoryStudio.org. In Part 1, I covered the essentials of a story: emotional arc and a person to relate to. Part 2 is about the second most important element: your audience. What is Important to Your Listener? The first thing to consider when deciding how to adjust your storytelling to suit your audience is what is important to them. What drives them? What kinds of things might motivate them to support your cause? If you are…
  • Keys to Brilliant Nonprofit Storytelling Part 1: Emotional Arc and Character

    Khaled Allen
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the first post in a series about the mechanics of great storytelling, from the Storytelling for Business course by Kevin Allison at the StoryStudio.org. You already know that telling a story is key to reaching the hearts of your donors, but do you know exactly what that means? What to say, when to say it, and how? Read on to find out exactly how to construct your nonprofit pitch, donor message, or speech. A Story is About Emotion What makes a story different from any other form of communication? The simple answer is that a story is engaging and interesting, because a story takes us…
  • 6 Nonprofit Thought Leaders You Need To Follow

    Khaled Allen
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Dan Pallotta - Author of Uncharitable Dan Pallotta created the multi-day charitable event industry. Think cross country bike rides for charity. These events made it possible for individuals to raise large sums of money for the charities and causes they cared about, basically a kind of crowdfunding. Pallotta is, thus, one of the great innovators in the nonprofit space, and provides a lot of food for thought on his blog and in his book, Uncharitable, which challenges the basic assumptions surrounding nonprofit work. He is an advocate for creative approaches to the problems nonprofits face,…
  • Why Storytelling is Key To Nonprofit Fundraising

    Khaled Allen
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Don’t get so caught up in the details of your nonprofit that you forget to convey the human story behind it. While grantmakers and foundations may be more concerned with your business plan, donors give to people with causes, not to credentials and projections. Studies show that people ultimately make buying decisions based on emotions. Here are four tips to help you appeal to the story behind your work. Make it Specific One of the biggest dangers when crowdfunding for nonprofits or social good is to generalize the issues you are trying to overcome in order to appeal to the widest…
  • 5 Tips to Handle Suggestions from you Supporters

    Khaled Allen
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Passionate, deeply involved supporters are a godsend, but when they start to provide well-intentioned feedback, it can be more distracting than helpful. Here are some pointers on separating the wheat from the chaff and fielding supporter feedback. 1. Consider the Source Some of the loudest opinions come from the least credible sources. Don’t get caught up in how elaborate, persistent, or aggressive someone is. Instead, focus on their credentials and experience. There is always the possibility that the person offering advice actually knows what they are doing. These suggestions will most…
 
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  • Social Calendar – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:26 pm
    There’s nothing worst then having a bunch of free time with nothing to do… But that’s where a Social Calendar Fundraiser comes through in the clutch. You charge people to join an email list that sends out messages of social activities daily for an entire month. You can also raise extra money by charging businesses […]Continue reading...
  • Team Board Game – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Have you ever taken a 1-on-1 game and made it multiplayer? If you haven’t it’s time to experience something brand new! Team Board Game Fundraisers change two player games like chess into two team games. Each player on either team stands in line and makes a move when they reach the board. Then they go […]Continue reading...
  • Rewrite History – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:12 pm
    “History is written by the victors.” This quote comes from Winston Churchill, and it’s just as true then as it is now. (At least it was…) A Rewrite History Fundraiser is a chance for people to collaborate and have some fun re-imagining historical events. You take an event, start with one sentence, and then charge […]Continue reading...
  • Emoji Class – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:06 pm
    In case you don’t know already, emoji are those colorful smileys people send to each other through texting. They’re popular, and one of the reasons why this goofy fundraising idea will actually work! As you probably guessed, an Emoji Class Fundraiser teaches people everything there is to know about those little pictures. It’s a pay […]Continue reading...
  • Water Relay – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Fundraising relays are common ways to raise money for a lot of different causes. But what about a relay where one member of each team has to stay in water at all times? That’s what a Water Relay Fundraiser is. Participants collect pledges to have their team stay submerged for as long as possible. This […]Continue reading...
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  • Nonprofit Radio for January 30, 2015: 2014 Fundraising Report & 2015 Forecast

    Susan Chavez
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the January 30, 2015 archived podcast. My Guests: Rob Mitchell, Doug White & Paul Schervish: 2014 Fundraising Report & 2015 Forecast The Atlas of Giving released its fundraising review for last year and initial…
  • Your Best Bequest Prospects

    Susan Chavez
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:44 pm
      This is a follow-up to my earlier video, “Start Planned Giving–With Bequests–This Year.” Your Best Bequest Prospects is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for January 23, 2015: Five Words To Better Fundraising & Giving Circles

    Susan Chavez
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the January 23, 2015 archived podcast. My Guests: Jen Shang: Five Words To Better Fundraising Jen Shang is a professor at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She’s a philanthropic psychologist. Her research…
  • Nonprofit Radio for January 16, 2015: #GivingTuesday Founder & The Fourth Sector

    Susan Chavez
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the January 16, 2015 archived podcast. My Guests: Henry Timms: #GivingTuesday Founder Henry Timms is the founder of #GivingTuesday. He shares its origins; how it did in 2014; how your nonprofit can participate; and takes on the…
  • Start Planned Giving–With Bequests–This Year

    Susan Chavez
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Final article in my GuideStar series on getting started in Planned Giving, with links to the full series. Start Planned Giving–With Bequests–This Year is a post from: Tony Martignetti
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  • Attracting young professionals to your organization, Part 4: Event ideas​.

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You have to have a different approach to fundraising with Millennials. They‘re willing to go to an event a month. Older volunteers may want to do one big event a year. Young professionals usually prefer to do a higher volume of more intimate events. You’ve got to allow them to be creative. Millennials may want to do some events you’ve never done in your organization before. You may not think an event will work, but if they think it’ll work, you’ve got to give them the leeway to do it, even if it might fail.
  • Attracting young professionals to your organization, Part 3: Structuring your group.

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    For a young professional group to thrive there must be structure, but not something with the overbearing rules that your traditional structure may have. You’ll still want to have a hierarchy with officers. That’s one thing that will actually attract some of your leaders. They're building their resume. They’re still looking for leadership opportunities. From your point of view, you need a structure for who’s going to run your meetings. You have to start your group with an existing board member or volunteer. But what you don’t want to do is have that older…
  • Infographic: Social Fundraising is up 32%.

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    Two years ago we examined the percentage of dollars donated through social media in DonorDrive. Back then 13.27% of all dollars our clients raised came directly through social media. (These are donations that came from a donor clicking a link in a friend's update or tweet, arriving at their fundraising page and making an online donation.) Despite the fact that social channels show fewer and fewer updates by your friends and followers, fundraising through social channels has grown to 17.46% of overall donations. That's an increase of 32%. Here's a look at how that social donation pie is…
  • Attracting young professionals to your organization, Part 1: Why you need Millennials.

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
    If you don’t have a young professionals group at your organization or you've had one that failed in the past, it’s important that you get one going. Today’s Millennial generation are a wealth of resources that your organization needs to be tapped into. Differing from almost every other generation, Millennials have a strong desire to find meaning in their lives and do not always seek it in their employment. For your organization that translates into commitment, time and money that they can devote to your cause.
  • Attracting young professionals to your organization, Part 2: Landing Millennials.

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    If your organization has been trying to get Millennials involved through conventional methods, well—there’s the problem. While young professionals want to help your organization, they typically don’t want to be part of the traditional structure. Whether you call this your Young Professionals Group or come up with a more creative name (better yet, let them think it up) it's important that they have an organizational structure they can call their own. You need to make them feel empowered. We’re tempted to micromanage them, but don't. That’s the quickest…
 
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  • Blogging the Cause: 10 Tools to Help You Work Faster, Write Better and Score More Readers

    Joe Waters
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Photo via Michael Sauers on Flickr Last month, I wrote a post for Hubspot titled 5 Ways Blogging Can Advance Your Nonprofit Career (and 3 Ways to Get Started). I heard from several people who agreed that blogging would be a great way to advance their nonprofit careers. But they wanted more information on the tools I use to blog so consistently - and on my best days - so effectively.Here's the list. I've noted the tools that are are free or have a free version or trial.What tools would you add to my list?Tools for Brainstorming Blog Ideas1. Twitter [FREE] I'm always on…
  • Ep109: How Nonprofits Can Raise Money, Awareness with Online Videos

    Joe Waters
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3 Communications. See3 is a Chicago-based firm that provides strategy, video and web services to nonprofits and social causes.Megan and I have known Michael for some time and respect him as a leading authority in online video for nonprofits.That's why less than a week before Super Bowl XLIX, which will be a face-off between my New England Patriots and Megan's Seattle Seahawks, we asked Michael to join us on the show. We knew he wouldn't take sides and would talk about something we were all…
  • Ep108: How a Hospital Grew Its Cause Marketing from Zero to $750,000

    Joe Waters
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Joe Hamlin, Director, Corporate Development at Cleveland Clinic about the growth of the hospital's cause marketing program from zero to $750,000. Joe Hamlin The growth of the program is impressive in light of the clinic's small cause marketing staff, which also handles sponsorships and traditional corporate giving - among other things.The two-person team - Joe and senior director Chris McMahan - are a formidable duo (think Batman and Robin)!Joe has been with Cleveland Clinic for nearly three years.
  • Ep107: How One Nonprofit Raises Millions with Charity Pinups

    Joe Waters
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Clark Sweat, Chief Corporate Partnership Officerat Children's Miracle Network (CMN). Clark has had two tours of duties with CMN. Between his time at CMN, Clark spent four years at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital running its signature Thanks and Giving campaign.  Today, Clark is back at CMN overseeing 85 corporate partnerships that raised $205 million in 2014. Ninety percent of those dollars come from point-of-sale programs (charity pinups, round-ups, register programs, etc.). And 50 percent of that money comes from just…
  • 10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2014 [Podcast + Post]

    Joe Waters
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:07 pm
    10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2014 from Selfish Giving In December, Selfish Giving celebrated its 10th anniversary. For almost as long as I’ve been blogging, I’ve been writing an annual post on the best cause marketing promotions. Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2013Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2012Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2011I love writing this post because you love reading it! It always ignites a lot of interest in cause marketing.Every year, I choose cause marketing promotions that are both successful and aspirational. The latter is especially important…
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