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  • Save Money – Fundraising Ideas

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    1 Mar 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Knowing how to save money is a ninja skill that will never go out of style. Especially now, when a lot of folks are strapped for cash for even the bare essentials. That’s why hosting a Save Money Fundraiser is such a good idea. Everybody knows the basics already: use coupons, buy in bulk, etc. […]Continue reading...
  • Fundraising group raises £330 for dementia nurses

    FUNDRAISING - Yahoo News Search Results
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    THE Independent Fundraisers of Worcester group has raised £330 for charity through a coffee morning and prize tombola.
  • Disaster Recipe – Fundraising Ideas

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    3 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Some of the best things in the world are created from the worst mistakes imaginable. A Disaster Recipe Fundraiser is a celebration of that idea. It’s a special kind of luncheon that sells plates of food made by mucking up the instructions. Iced coffee is an example, (since normally coffee is served scorching hot.) This […]Continue reading...
  • Coin A Phrase – Fundraising Ideas

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    3 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    It takes a lot of effort for an expression to become a part of pop culture. But that’s what a Coin A Phrase Fundraiser is all about! People pay to submit a phrase to become the focus of a huge campaign to make it popular! Once the final sentence is agreed upon, you transform into […]Continue reading...
  • Collection Raffle – Fundraising Ideas

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    2 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Collecting things is a hobby that most people enjoy. Whether it be hotel keycards, shot glasses or speeding tickets, it’s safe to say we’re all hoarders in our own way. Tapping into that thrill of getting stuff is the Collection Raffle Fundraiser. Collectibles, whether themed or random, are gathered for the event into a great […]Continue reading...
 
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  • Driving Toward Impact With Data Science #15ntc

    Beth
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Photo by Lee Haywood Note from Beth: I’m attending and presenting a session about Walking As Work with Ritu Sharma.   As luck would have it, one of the sessions that I really wanted to go to is scheduled at the same time as ours.   It is a session about being Data Savvy featuring colleagues from Crisis Text Line, Global Giving, and DataKind.   So, in lieu of a cloning machine, I’m publishing this guest post by By Friederike Schuur, DataKind Volunteer. From online shopping to online dating, our daily interactions are increasingly going digital and, as a result, generating a…
  • Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention

    Beth
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    This month’s theme for the nonprofit Blog Carnival is “Breaking Through the Noise,” calling for tips and ideas about how nonprofits can reach their audiences with the right message at the right time given the clutter of online information clamoring for their attention.     Last month, I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Ben Parr’s new book, Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention that is packed with research, insights, and tips about how to capture your audience’s attention.   The book shares how and why our mind pays…
  • Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

    Beth
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    A few months ago, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub.  The workshop used design-thinking based on Luma methodology to help participants develop a communications strategy for measuring impact.      The process took participants through an assessment of the problems facing them, collective brainstorming, and prototyping.   The group included a mix of Google grantees as well as measurement professionals. That’s where I met Kim Kastorff who is the founder of Kimpacto, a San Francisco-based…
  • Two Must Read Reports on Nonprofit Capacity Building

    Beth
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Two reports have been released on the topic of capacity building:   “Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together,” from GrantCraft, a service of the Foundation Center and “Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity” from GEOfunders. This post summarizes gems from both reports.  While the reports are guides to funders, if you do work as a capacity builder, you will find some useful insights for your practice. Supporting Grantee Capacity:  Strengthening Effectiveness Together This report offers an overview of the different types of capacity-building…
  • The Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social Sector Excellence

    Beth
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    “The Performance Imperative:  A Framework for Social Sector Excellence, the result of a  full year of collaborative work by the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, a group of nonprofit leaders coalesced and coordinated by the Leap of Reason team (leapofreason.org), makes it debut today.  The framework details the seven organizational competencies that can help nonprofits achieve high performance and deliver greater social impact – the holy grail of the social sector.    The competencies are: 1: Courageous, Adaptive executive and board leadership 2: Disciplined, people…
 
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  • The Value of Saying No

    Jason Dick
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    This is going to sound a little bit weird but I like hearing “No” from my supporters. Sure, I like hearing yes much more, but “No” is my second favorite answer when I ask for money. The majority of asks that I’ve done in my life result in a vague answer that can be really hard to figure out, does not help in terms of sorting out what to do next. People seem to be afraid to give a direct answer. I love “No” because it allows us to move to another place and I don’t have to read between the lines to understand what someone meant. In fact, I’d…
  • At your event, make sure the Ask is right.

    Edward Sumner
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    We’ve had some really great feedback and thoughts on a recent post highlighting the importance of caring for the little things to make your big fundraising events awesome.  Really excited to learn it has been helpful!  As a result I’ve been thinking more about the not so little things that are also critical to ensure we knock our guests socks off. Arguably, one of the biggest things to absolutely get right at your fundraising dinner, gala, or extravaganza, is the Ask.  This is the part when you Ask for the dough.  Ask for the partnership.  Ask for folks to believe in your…
  • The Power of One

    Jason Dick
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Every board I’ve worked with has board members who are more involved and board members who are less involved. Some of your board members are doers and others are not. If you have a smaller board of 5 to 10 people, then you probably have a board that is almost full of doers. If you have a board of 25+, then you probably know which board members are doers, which ones are only there for the meetings, and which ones you are surprised if you ever see. Every development person loves the doers on their board. I’m not talking about the doer that gets in the way and is always pushing their own…
  • Are you taking notes?

    Edward Sumner
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:24 pm
    It’s always a win during in-person meetings when our supporters and prospects share about their families, work, interests, passions, and other colors that shape their story.  As development professionals, hopefully we have taken some time to craft and consider good questions to get folks talking when we have the opportunity to connect for coffee, a meal, or a tour.  Establishing personal trust and rapport can be a significant factor in gaining favor for the cause and agency we represent, and can at times also play a significant role in a positive giving decision. So, if things are…
  • Showing Off Your Non-Profit: A Word About Tours

    Jason Dick
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    A donor tour is possibly one of the most exciting parts of fundraising. Tours give you the opportunity to show off your organization and talk to your donors face to face. They provide you the chance to share all your organization’s wonderful stories and provide a context for the work that you do. In a solicitation letter you might have a brief story, or at an event you will often share a few facts about your organization, but in a tour you can explain more in-depth exactly who you are and what you do. Here are a few things that I do on my tours that might help you as you give tours.
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  • How to Attract Corporate Sponsorship – 6 Steps

    Devon Reeser
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    From the DONNA Breast Cancer Marathon to the Purina Paws for the Planet, corporations seem to have their names on nearly everything charitable.  Corporate sponsorship spending is directly tied to corporate earning – as earnings increase this year as projected, more money will be available for sponsorship. By following these simple steps, you can attract those corporate sponsors to your cause. 1. Pick the right program or event You don’t want to ask your local Starbucks to sponsor your summer camp for kids – you want to ask your local Chuck E. Cheese’s or your local Ronald McDonald…
  • 8 Essentials for Your Organization’s Case Statement

    Cari Mostert
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are your fundraising efforts standing on the firm foundation of an outstanding case statement? Of all the documents an organization uses to aid fundraising, the case statement is one of the most important. The case statement (or case for support) is used by a nonprofit as a basis for all communication and solicitations with donors. As a primary tool for fundraising, a nonprofit’s case statement needs to be professional and accurate; a two to ten page (or more as needed) document that grabs the reader’s attention and can be presented as simply as a fact sheet or as intricately as a folder…
  • How to Research Your Fundraising Prospects – 7 Online Resources

    Devon Reeser
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Use the following resources to help you figure out the best prospects for your nonprofit or fundraising project – saving you time and money! Deciphering the best prospects for your cause may seem daunting at first, especially if you are new to fundraising. Many nonprofits spend top dollar on hiring development consultants or staff when a web savvy volunteer or staff person could do the background research themselves. Follow these hints on how to use free Internet resources to qualify new prospects for your cause! 1. Google Google’s search engine is the most comprehensive on the Net,…
  • 4 Business Practices Every Nonprofit Should Use

    Cari Mostert
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    You head up a relatively young nonprofit doing good and necessary work, an important asset to the community that you want to grow into something truly significant.  The question is, how do you and your small team of paid staff and volunteers tackle the issues holding the charity back? The following four classic business practices will fit nicely into your nonprofit toolkit. 1. SWOT analysis for nonprofits In a business context, the SWOT analysis allows companies to develop a complete picture of the factors, both good and bad, that can impact on strategic planning and decision-making.  While…
  • 7 Steps to Make Your Nonprofit Brand Known Locally

    Devon Reeser
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Brand and reputation are a huge part of nonprofit success, and nowhere is that brand more important than in your local area, for three reasons: 1) the people who you want to serve need to know who you are; 2) more people will donate to you if you have a strong, reputable brand; and 3) you have a wealth of free advertising available to you if you can make yourself known to local outlets.    Of course, most local, small nonprofits have little to no budget for local advertising. Here are 7 steps to make your entire community know what you are doing, without creating a new budget line! 1. Build…
 
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  • Celebrating your nonprofit – The Nonprofit Blog Carnival

    Marc A. Pitman
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    The February Nonprofit Blog Carnival generated some interesting comments but not many blog posts. The call for posts was for creative ways to celebrate you cause. We seem to be a creative bunch...Many people said they loved this topic. But there weren't any blog post submitted. In looking around, I did find that the most creative time for nonprofits seems to be around anniversaries. Here are some posts on that and one on a surprising tweak that can lead to celebrating your cause: In a post on Kivi Leroux Miller's blog, Carol Goglia of Communities Foundation of Texas shares how her group…
  • A surprising tweak to increase donor retention

    Marc A. Pitman
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:36 am
    I've worked alot on donor retention and often written about the importance of keeping the donors you already have. But in a recent webinar on storytelling for nonprofits, I had a rude awakening. The webinar was presented by the legendary fundraiser Ken Burnett. He was talking about how effective stories can be in the answering the donor's question, "Did my gift make a difference?" Then he dropped a bombshell: Ken said that when a donor makes a gift, the need to know "Did my gift make a difference?" is almost instantaneous! When it comes to answering that question, 2 weeks is too slow. It is…
  • [Guest Post] 3 Tips to Create Sustainable Nonprofit Systems

    Marc A. Pitman
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:18 pm
    I'm honored to introduce Tycely Williams. Tycely impresses me with her ability to create solutions for nonprofits that can be sustained even with small staffs. Here are some of her thoughts on helping let fundraising permeate all the areas of your nonprofit. She'll be expanding on these in her training for The Nonprofit Academy. Tycely is many things, including Regional Chief Development Officer for the American Red Cross. Her website is www.tycelywilliams.com and you can reach her on Twitter @Tycely. 3 Tips to Create Sustainable Nonprofit Systems by Tycely Williams, CFRE Nancy loves her job.
  • [Guest Post] Quitting the Culture Club – Why blaming a lack of culture of philanthropy is just plain lazy

    Marc A. Pitman
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:14 am
    A few weeks back, I was talking with Dan McCormack about an upcoming training. In the midst of our conversation, Dan said he didn't let his team use the term "a culture of philanthropy." His observations were so right, I asked if he'd do a guest blog post on this. I'm glad he said yes! Dan is the President of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation based in Springfield, Illinois and an officer on the Board of Directors for NCDC (the National Catholic Development Conference). You can learn more about Dan at https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielmccormack1. If you've ever been charged with…
  • The biggest mental block to fundraising success – board members and nonprofit leaders

    Marc A. Pitman
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    A couple weeks ago, I asked subscribers to the Ask Without Fear! email newsletter, "What is stopping you?" I've received over 100 responses from nonprofit leaders, fundraising staff, and board members! I'm still sorting through all of them, but a very common one is a variation of, "They'll resent it if I ask them for money." It can also be said as: "I'm bugging them." "They'll think I'm 'using' their friendship." "They'll think I'm being pushy and self-centered to ask them for money." Stop it! Our brains are amazing things. The minute we make an agreement with a thought, our subconscious…
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  • Magic of Throwing Money Out A Window

    Rahul Brown
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Prior to our Business and Values circle last weekend, we asked participants to share a bit about their journeys. To the question of "What is your greatest inspiration?",   Magic. My job in this lifetime is to create magic in a broken world. I am always looking for the places where magic can make a difference- faith in someone, laughter, a kind act at the right moment- it is all fairy dust to me. Yes, I said broken world, deliberately. The world is perfect, whole and complete. And so many of us experience the brokenness of it. The difference between that sense of faith that it…
  • Silent and Listen

    Jyoti
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Listen Silent Notice One within The other Same letters Coexist Words Make sense Because of  Spaces In-between Silent rearranged to Listen...
  • The Invisible Woman

    KindSpring.org
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    When I had breast cancer I had to have a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation (the works). The hardest part of that entire experience was losing my hair. I have strawberry blonde wavy hair down to the middle of my back which I have always considered one of my most attractive features. What was hard about losing my hair, though, was that I lost my anonymity with it. After I lost my hair it was like having a tattoo across my forehead that said "chemo patient." I am a very active, athletic person so to have people looking at me with pity as if I was an invalid or a leper was very hard to…
  • Inspiration from Vinoba

    Guri Mehta
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    Found this passage deeply inspiring from Vinoba Bhave's Memoirs. A contemporary of Gandhi, Vinoba was a man who walked all across India over a span of 13 years, to help provide land for the poorest of the country: "My travels have given me rich experiences, but they may be summed up very briefly. When I considered what words I might use to describe them, the only phrase which suggested itself was 'sakshatkar', direct vision -- they had given me a kind of direct experience of God. I had done my work in the faith that the human heart has goodness in it, goodness ready to be…
  • Staying Optimistic

    Terry Koch
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    Elisabet Sahtouris, Feb. 28's Awakin Call speaker, had some pretty tough and challenging words to say about our future as a result of global warming,. Yet she retains her optimism in spite of that, which is inspiring. During the course of her talk, she said this, which is something I should print out and put up on my refrigerator: "You have so much more fun as an optimist than as a pessimist. You just debilitate yourself if you're a pessimist, and if you're an optimist you'll do something"...
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  • Providence Rhode Island Divorce Records

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
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  • Rhode Island Election Results 2009

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Vacationers will notice that the parties attend the rhode island election results 2009 or failure to attend the rhode island election results 2009 or failure to pay a percentage of that persons adjusted gross income over an entire calendar year. By calculating gross income over an entire calendar year even infrequent overtime becomes an element of child support. The Family Court because the rhode island election results 2009 be saying.... huh... Chris, what the rhode island election results 2009 a penalty for first time offenders. A filing is usually only offered by the rhode island election…
  • Rhode Island Golf Course Superintendents

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:21 am
    Many Rhode Island payroll law requires that involuntarily terminated employees must be even more troubling to know that the arresting officer deviated from the rhode island golf course superintendents a lengthy criminal record of has already been placed on probation or commits a new charge / crime. A person usually will be reported on each member's tax return. If there is any doubt about their decision on both of their divorce case.I mean... this is 12 years you've been represented by a Rhode Island attorney that your child support obligation. Double check your attorney's calculations if you…
  • Rhode Island Historical Society Library

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    Without question I have seen very few people take because usually the rhode island historical society library does not mean that it provides, it is necessary to prove that the rhode island historical society library can still be found in Block Island. It has the rhode island historical society library in his or her focused on the rhode island historical society library as gains or losses of the rhode island historical society library and public buildings. Rhode Island law trained is the rhode island historical society library it easy to travel from one historic site to another, as none of the…
  • Guild Rhode Island

    16 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    Judges may also be ordered to have your child's college education, then that party can get a divorce. If you also want to witness first-hand everything that goes on in their case. To the guild rhode island can appear fairly suspicious and cause considerable nervousness because they don't know what they are sitting in the guild rhode island of conversations that I simply hadn''t been exposed to. To my surprise, I found what I believe to be reimbursed. Many hotels may be made related to felony charges and for an accused. A filing is usually not a crime with domestic implications then the guild…
 
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  • Bid Status

    scottkeating2
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    Recent News in Lancaster: Access information on bid name, status, awarded vendor and tabulations. from Lancaster County, PA – Pages http://ift.tt/1FRLjSE
  • Running with an orange cement mixer

    Nellie Pom Poms
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    There I was just glancing out of the window one Sunday afternoon when I saw what I thought was an orange cement mixer being wheeled down the road. On closer inspection it was actually a man running down the road with an orange cement mixer strapped to his back. I will readily admit my first thought was “bonkers” followed by “crikey, why would anyone run with a cement mixer on their back?”. I thought nothing of it until I saw the same orange cement mixer running along Barkham Road a few days later. I did still think “bonkers” as just saying “run” brings me out in a cold sweat!
  • ERIC Radio 4 Charity Appeal: Join the thunderclap to raise awareness of continence issues

    ericuk
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    ERIC’s charity appeal  On April 5th 2015, ERIC’s fundraising appeal will air on BBC Radio 4. The appeal will be presented by ERIC supporter, author and comedian David Baddiel. We’re using this opportunity to make as much noise as possible about childhood continence so that families, and health and education professionals know where to go for help with managing a bladder or bowel problem and to make sure they get the emotional support they need. We want to shout about the information and support we provide. We need to make sure children and families that are…
  • Red is the New Black

    mcandrew2328
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    What a weekend. How is it that all the big things seem to happen one after the other in the shortest time frame possible? Last week was the start of the culmination of some big projects. Saturday evening was the annual 65 Roses Gala benefitting Cystic Fibrosis. This is an event that we have been a part of for a number of years in different capacities. This year I was working to help coordinate the day of logistics as well as the décor. Like anyone who does fundraising knows you have to keep shaking things up if you want to achieve different and better results. Proud supporters of this event…
  • International Women's Day - Goddess Rising Fernie

    Brina Schenk
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    On Saturday, March 7th, 2015 it looks there is going to be a fantastic day planned just for women to go and get pampered, educated and fed. It seems like a well organized and genuinely passionate day! All profits go to The Goddess Rising Scholarship for Young Women.  There’s also a silent auction on Facebook right now to help raise funds for the scholarship. Throughout the day there are free workshops (plus, child minding for workshops), pampering sessions (that are getting booked fast) and an affordable lunch. Doesn’t sound so bad. You could start the day with pilates, have your…
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  • You're raising funds: take off your shoes!

    Jeff Brooks
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    What's really going on when you motivate donors to give? According to the Veritus Group blog, something deeply spiritual happens. Read The Spirituality of Major Gift Fundraising. The post is about major donor fundraising. But the spirituality of fundraising and giving is no different for any kind of fundraising from any kind of donor. With major donors, you get to watch it happen in person. For the rest of us, you just have to believe it's real: People need to give. It's in our DNA. We will die inside if we don't give of ourselves. [Fundraising] also transforms the life of the ... fundraiser.
  • Are you a good fundraiser? Try this reality check

    Jeff Brooks
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    by guest blogger George Crankovic, Senior Writer at TrueSense Marketing. That fundraising message you just wrote -- it's going to get your donors involved and engaged, right? If you're ready to learn the cold truth, try this: Call a donor out of the blue and start asking questions. You may be shocked. You're likely to find out that your donor: Doesn't know what your nonprofit does beyond something hazy like helping people. And she doesn't really care to know more. Doesn't care what your mission statement says. Hasn't read it, doesn't plan to. Doesn't know what your programs are or any…
  • Fundraising as if it were courtship

    Jeff Brooks
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Fundraising is not unlike courtship, or at least dating. Good dating advice is a lot like good fundraising advice, as you can read in this post from Marketing the Arts to Death: Dating Advice for Arts Marketers. It's aimed at arts marketers, but I think you'll see how the advice works for fundraisers -- in the arts and beyond: Look Nice -- But Don't Overdo It. Keep it simple. Talk Normal. Stay away from your in-house jargon and over-written copy. Don't Talk About Yourself. Talk about your donor. Don't Lecture. You don't to educate everyone. Really, you don't. Ask. Donors don't give to the…
  • 7 videos that can help you be a better fundraiser

    Jeff Brooks
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    I've been inspired by these excellent videos, and I think you might be too. Give yourself a little time and enjoy them! 1. Paul Zak on the future of storytelling A look into the brain science of charitable giving. Here are the two ingredients every story needs in order to move people to give. 6 minutes. View it on its own page 2. Dan Pallotta on how the way we think about charity is wrong Pallotta shows how our industry's focus on overhead dooms many nonprofits to ineffectiveness. Don't get caught in the nonprofit starvation cycle that comes from spending too little on fundraising! 19…
  • How to stop the kind of fundraising that chases away donors

    Jeff Brooks
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    So many fundraisers are that guy. You know the one: The guy who corners you and goes on and on about himself. After a few minutes you're wondering if you can escape by chewing off your leg. That guy doesn't realize he's that guy. A lot of fundraisers don't either. In both cases, they honestly believe going on and on about themselves is as interesting to others as it is to themselves. Hands-On Fundraising has some reality-check advice: You don't want to be that guy. Change the fundraising conversation: Your case isn't about how swell your organization is. It's not a list of selling points.
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  • Change Your Success Story: What’s on Your Not-To-Do List?

    Lori Jacobwith
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I’ve taken the suggestions from this Business Insider post, Things successful people do NOT do every day, and adapted them for those of us in the social sector. How many of these are you still doing? 1. Wait until you’re sure you will succeed. You don’t increase revenues from individual donors because you don’t know how to ask for money. OR You don’t ask because you know you aren’t good at it, yet. Stop waiting! You can’t get yeses until you ask. 2. Multi-task during a meeting. I love this: “The easiest way to be the smartest person IN the room is to be the person who pays the…
  • 7 Powerful Ways Board Members Can Help & NOT Ask for Money

    Lori Jacobwith
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As we close out the month of focusing on how to change your board story here is a list I share at my fundraising action planning sessions and other coaching and training I deliver. When board members embrace one or more of these actions I’ve seen, first-hand, the organizational culture shifts dramatically. The list contains a number of simple tasks I’ve talked about before. While they seem simple, I promise, these actions have the power to change the bottom line at your organization. And most importantly they have the power to build an engaged, committed and well-prepared board. Click on…
  • Accountability = Success

    Lori Jacobwith
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Using Dashboards to Cause Nonprofit Board & Staff to Take Action Changing your board story, our topic of the month, takes time. It also takes changing staff & board leadership behaviors to shift a board culture. One of the tools I recommend when I work with social sector boards is to create a board activity dashboard and a fundraising activity dashboard. Creating the dashboards is the easy part. Deciding what to show on the dashboards is what takes time and intentional conversation. Step 1: Provide ample time for the board members to answer a few key questions. Refer to this post 5…
  • Donor Stewardship Game for Nonprofit Board Members

    Lori Jacobwith
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    At first this may sound like just a silly or simple game. The reality is this is a powerful way to utilize your board members to create a meaningful donor connection and assist you with donor stewardship. This is a stewardship tool you can use often, at any event throughout the year. It’s simple, fun, and you may want to measure the activity for each board member on your board dashboard or engagement display. More about this next week! Board Member Scavenger Hunt  1. Identify which of your board members will be attending your next event. i.e. gala, graduation ceremony, walk-a-thon, live…
  • 5 Ways to Cause Board Members to Maintain Enthusiasm Throughout Their Board Service

    Lori Jacobwith
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The theme of the year for this blog is: changing your story. Today let’s talk about how to change your board story. I spent the past few days creating a new training about how to recruit board amazing members for CharityHowTo. I waded through tons of terrific articles and one of the most common themes I kept reading about was staff wanting their board to be more “engaged.” My answer is to engage you have to BE engaging. The work of the board is NOT: Running an efficient board meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order Reading through pages of financial reports Listening to one or two…
 
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  • Getting the top fundraising positions-you’ve gotta plan!

    4w3s0mE
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:42 am
    Listen to this interview here: Hey and welcome everyone! This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising. Today we’re chatting with Major gifts recruiting guru Phil Gerard of Vancouver BC, all about his journey in fundraising and his session at the virtual fundraising career conference. The conference is April 13th-15th, and if you register before the end of March, you can get the early bird price of just $18! Phil Gérard has been a fundraiser for 16+ years, working in the community service, education and university advancement sectors with a focus on major gifts. A Master of Business…
  • Fundraising matters just as much as programs

    4w3s0mE
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:19 am
    Recently I was reading a book called Zero to One by Pete Thiel. In it, Thiel writes about misconceptions of the tech bubble in the late nineties. He talks about how people wanted to bet on a sure thing, people didn’t want to plan, how they didn’t have to worry about competition, and that sales would just sort of spontaneously happen. When in fact the reverse is true. He writes: 1. It is better to risk boldness than triviality. 2. A bad plan is better than no plan. 3. Competitive markets destroy profits. 4. Sales matters just as much as product. What does this have to do with your…
  • How to succeed with monthly giving and crowdfunding

    4w3s0mE
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:45 am
    Have you ever wondered how monthly giving works? Did you ever want to do it better? Are you curious about monthly giving? Are you curious about crowd-funding? I am. What if you combined monthly giving with crowdfunding? Well this is exactly what people are doing! They’re doing monthly giving in a whole new way- crowdfunding for comics! How does it all work? Well, for the next few weeks I hope to give you an idea of how crowdfunding works for monthly giving! My first interview about monthly giving and crowdfunding is with Sandra Tayler, business manager of Schlock Mercenary, a sci-fi…
  • Book Review: Firing Lousy Board Members

    4w3s0mE
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:38 am
    Let me tell you a short, sad story. Once upon a time there was a nonprofit executive director that wanted to send out an appeal letter. He engaged a consultant to write the appeal letter for him. The consultant did so. He showed it to the board. They said, play your cards right and we’ll fund a fundraising staff person this year. But first, let us get this appeal letter shredded up and put back together. Did any of those board members have fundraising experience? Nope. Was the new appeal letter a piece of crap? Yep. Was the executive director going to send it out anyway because he…
  • How to find 90 donors in the next month

    4w3s0mE
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:02 am
    This is your last chance to get a $20 discount on this course this year! It’s normally $107, and just $87 until the end of the day Feb 28th. Go here to get started. This last December, we found 92 donors in 30 days. How did we do it? I would like to share how we did it. Since 2011, I’ve helped nonprofits find hundreds of donors through my webinars, and in 2013 I premiered this course, Secrets of Finding New Donors. People have told me they have found many more donors through this course. Normally this course is $107. I’m offering it now at a $20 discount of $87 until…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • 5 Nonprofit Cause Marketing/Corporate Partnership Trends for 2015 : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    5 Nonprofit Cause Marketing/Corporate Partnership Trends for 2015 : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: "5 Nonprofit Cause Marketing/Corporate Partnership Trends for 2015" 'via Blog this'
  • Take stock of your communications « Philanthropy North Carolina

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Take stock of your communications « Philanthropy North Carolina: "If your nonprofit has not taken a look recently at your communications strategy, you should. Communicating effectively is fundamental to everything your nonprofit does, including delivering programs; running your organization day by day; raising money; hiring and developing staff; recruiting, training and engaging board members
  • The Top 5 Presentations You Won’t Want to Miss at AFP International 2015

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    The Top 5 Presentations You Won’t Want to Miss at AFP International 2015: "The Top 5 Presentations You Won’t Want to Miss at AFP International 2015" 'via Blog this'
  • The AFP Blog: How Much Are Fundraisers Giving Back?

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    The AFP Blog: How Much Are Fundraisers Giving Back?: "How Much Are Fundraisers Giving Back? As fundraisers, the heart of our work is the impact we have—on our organizations, on our communities and on the world. It’s the core of our profession: inspiring others to get involved and create impact. But what about our own personal ability to get involved and create impact? Do we walk the walk as
  • 5 Things You Didn't Know About Philanthropy | Jean Case

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    5 Things You Didn't Know About Philanthropy | Jean Case: "One of the greatest challenges for philanthropy today is the very term itself --philanthropy. Chances are that when asked, most people would associate the word with wealthy individuals writing big checks to charity. Yet, look up the word and etymologically, it simply means a "love of humanity." Call me a sap, but I've always believed most
 
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    AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day®

  • Mervis receives regional award for philanthropy - Commercial News: Local News

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

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

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

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

  • Document requirement for nonprofits under fire

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Document requirement for nonprofits under fire: "Philadelphia's plan to bring in new revenue by requiring nonprofits and charities to justify their tax-exempt status is not receiving a warm reception.After the city this month sent out letters detailing the requirements, scores of churches called City Council members to complain. The president of the Philadelphia Black Clergy threatened a lawsuit. Two Council members introduced bills looking to relieve the burden."'via Blog this'
  • Document requirement for nonprofits under fire

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Document requirement for nonprofits under fire: "Philadelphia's plan to bring in new revenue by requiring nonprofits and charities to justify their tax-exempt status is not receiving a warm reception.After the city this month sent out letters detailing the requirements, scores of churches called City Council members to complain. The president of the Philadelphia Black Clergy threatened a lawsuit. Two Council members introduced bills looking to relieve the burden."'via Blog this'
  • IRS Delays in Acting on Applications for 501(c)(4) Tax Exemption Persist - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    IRS Delays in Acting on Applications for 501(c)(4) Tax Exemption Persist - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: 'via Blog this'
  • Nonprofit university becomes a 'benefit corporation,' further blurring for-profit divide @insidehighered

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    Nonprofit university becomes a 'benefit corporation,' further blurring for-profit divide @insidehighered: "Late last week the distinction between for-profit and nonprofit college blurred yet again, with the announcement that Alliant International University, a California nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, had become the first of what are expected to be several universities becoming for-profit benefit corporations as part of a new system of health sciences institutions, Arist Education System."'via Blog this'
  • Foundation Ties Carry Political Risk for Hillary Clinton - - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:46 am
    Foundation Ties Carry Political Risk for Hillary Clinton - - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "As Hillary Clinton gears up for a presumed presidential race, a spate of headlines about her family foundation’s acceptance of multimillion-dollar donations from foreign governments and major corporations points up the political risks arising from her philanthropic work, the Associated Press writes."'via Blog this'
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • A Call to All Leaders from Young Leaders: Manifesto for Social Change - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    “The manifesto is trying to give Millennials a process for change, a way to reimagine and fix the systems that aren’t working and gathering tools and resources,” says Golbin-Goodman. Owusu emphasizes that collective action is required saying that the piece “is a call for people to come together and look at the scale of the problems and understand that nobody is going to be able to solve them
  • Best Charity Sites to Teach Kids About Giving

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:08 am
    Best Charity Sites to Teach Kids About Giving: "This poses a challenge. How do you effectively instill in young minds the power of monetary giving, if their entire experience is with pixels on a screen? After all, placing money in a church collection (religion tops U.S. individuals’ charitable giving), is a physical act, one that can then be easily connected to the upkeep and running of the
  • Maryvale student team joins high school challenge to raise funds for Leukemia Lymphoma Society - Baltimore Sun

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Maryvale student team joins high school challenge to raise funds for Leukemia Lymphoma Society - Baltimore Sun: "nksburg resident Brooke Nixon has six weeks to raise $10,000 and she's rounded up a team of fellow Maryvale Preparatory School freshmen to help her do it. The proceeds from their restaurant days at Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread, a swimathon and selling care packages to Maryvale
  • Charitable giving isn’t just for adults | Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    Charitable giving isn’t just for adults | Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin: "Talk about giving a portion of one’s money, or even a portion of one’s time, to charity is not a common one to be had between parents and their young adults. Charity is mostly seen as solely an adult’s cause, one that does not need to be thought about at this time in our lives. I, however, see charity as a much more
  • Student Volunteering Week Begins Today | Alex Swallow

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:52 am
    Student Volunteering Week Begins Today | Alex Swallow: "‘2015 will be the 14th year of Student Volunteering Week in the UK. But student volunteering and social action in the UK has a long history, from university settlements and missions in the nineteenth century to workcamps for the unemployed in the interwar period to CND protesting and Student Community Action after the Second World War and
 
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    AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology

  • "Web Users Vote to Give $246K to Three Boston Area Nonprofits-massnonprofit news ::

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    massnonprofit news ::: "Web Users Vote to Give $246K to Three Boston Area NonprofitsFebruary 27, 2015 — Three Boston area nonprofits will each receive a donation exceeding $82,000 from reddit, a social networking service and news website, sharing 10% of the organization’s gross 2014 ad revenue with seven other nonprofits nationwide.Last week, reddit, which that brands itself as “the front page of the Internet,” announced that it would donate the funds to 501(c)(3) organizations by asking its members to vote over the course of a week for charities included on the Charity Navigator…
  • Social Giving IRL (In Real Life) for Nonprofits - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    Social Giving IRL (In Real Life) for Nonprofits - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Not all social giving IRL has to be tied to hosting a gala or 5K. People gather in places for lots of other reasons, and those are opportunities for the right charities with the right tools. The growth rate of U.S. adults with Internet-enabled phones (already surpassed two-thirds of the population) is huge; most donors can now give wherever they are rather than waiting to get to a desktop screen somewhere. New tools are just now coming into the market, with more players and ideas likely to join soon."'via Blog this'
  • 24 Hours To Raise $1M For Fairfield County's Giving Day | The Norwalk Daily Voice

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    24 Hours To Raise $1M For Fairfield County's Giving Day | The Norwalk Daily Voice: 'via Blog this'
  • Your Mileage May Vary: How Often You Should Post to Social Media

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    Your Mileage May Vary: How Often You Should Post to Social Media
  • #NotByMySelfie – a charity campaign changing how we view older people | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    #NotByMySelfie – a charity campaign changing how we view older people | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "e details: As part of its No One Should Have No One campaign, Age UK has launched #NotByMySelfie. The charity is inviting the public to post pictures of themselves with an older person in their lives on Twitter and Instagram, and also to text donate £3 to help address the loneliness many older people experience. In a survey just before Christmas they found that one in four, or 2.9 million, people aged 65 and over felt that they had no one to turn to for help and support.
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    AFP BLOG: International News

  • Institute of Fundraising calls for more freedom for society lotteries

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    Institute of Fundraising calls for more freedom for society lotteries: "The Institute of Fundraising has called for increases in ticket sales and prize money in society lotteries, in response to a consultation by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The IoF is among several organisations to call for more liberal regulation, including the Lotteries Council, the Hospice Lotteries
  • Prince Harry is quitting the military - and moving to Australia | Business Insider

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    Prince Harry is quitting the military - and moving to Australia | Business Insider: "Prince Harry has made the decision to leave the British armed forces this year, with plans to turn his focus to philanthropy. However before ending his active military role, London’s Evening Standard reports the prince will move to Australia for “several weeks” where he will serve with local units and fulfil
  • How Indian NGOs are marrying Philanthropy with Social Innovations? | Business Insider India

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    How Indian NGOs are marrying Philanthropy with Social Innovations? | Business Insider India: 'via Blog this'
  • Sand Bucket Challenge Follows Chai Jing’s Viral Documentary on Pollution | the Beijinger

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    Sand Bucket Challenge Follows Chai Jing’s Viral Documentary on Pollution | the Beijinger: "After last summer's ice bucket challenge, it seems that all of us are going to have to start pouring buckets of sand on ourselves. Employees at a scenic spot in Sichuan province did exactly that, as they bathed in (dirty) sand in order to raise awareness for the environment, ecns.cn reports. No thanks." '
  • Scouts appoint first commercial director

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Scouts appoint first commercial director: "The UK Scout Association has appointed Mark Hislop to the new role of commercial director. The position was created as part of UK Scouting's strategic plan for 2014-18, and to "spearhead" future fundraising efforts as well as to maximise the potential of the organisation’s commercial activities." 'via Blog this'
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    Donate a Car to Charity - CharityCar.us blog

  • The Unveiling of Discovery Velocity and Its Automotive Programming

    admin
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    Discovery Velocity is a new channel spread across Canada to deliver car-related programming. This channel will introduce old favourites that car enthusiasts have missed since the cancelation of Speed, as well as a variety of new programs designed to appeal to their interests. “We’re looking to provide a really high-adrenaline, really exciting schedule and be somewhere that people can watch things they can’t see anywhere else in Canada,” said Director of Programming, Discovery Networks Lindsay Cowan Dotchison. The new channel takes its name from Discovery Communications’ U.S.
  • Finally some relief comes to Honda in the F1

    admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
      After being left in the dust, Honda motorsport has been awarded the same courtesy that Ferrari and Renault had already been given. Formula One places a significant value on technical innovation. After the regulators handed Mercedes an advantage, the loophole opened up allowing Ferrari and Renault the advantage of updating engines throughout the year. As is often the case, the issue revolves around the specific wording of the regulations. Ferrari and Renault successfully argued that, contrary to its spirit, the letter of the law (or regulations, in any event) didn’t actually…
  • Car thefts down since 1991 all time high

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    You’ll always worry about your vehicle. It comes with the territory, what that weird ticking noise is, letting your kids take it out for the night, keeping the oil maintained, and making sure that the engine is in good and working order. Yet according to the FBI theft of your vehicle is not something most people worry about, because they don’t have to. According to statistics, 2013 showed the lowest number of stolen cars since 1967. There were 699,594 vehicles reported stolen in 2013 – a positive figure no matter how you compare it to years past. Thefts were down by about 20,000…
  • Shelby RTR loosely based on an old classic

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Shelby Mustangs are rare to begin with,  the Galpin-Fisker Rocket proves that you can take something and completely change it to something even better. It’s easy to see that Beau Boeckmann would want to add some interesting new upgrades to the Shelby RTR. He also said that he wasn’t joking when his inspiration for the new Galpin-Fisker Rocket came from some of the blue prints from a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500, or at least some parts did. A joint project for Galpin Auto Sports owner Boeckmann and automotive designer Henrik Fisker (previously of Aston Martin DB9 and BMW Z8 fame before…
  • US Car Sales Projected to Rise Only Modestly in 2015

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

    jg
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    Apple, well known for the highly addictive handheld devices enters a new division of technology after the loss of workers to Tesla Motors. Apple has reportedly been recruiting talent in the automotive industry from companies like Mercedes-Benz. With top talent coming together at a location in Silicon Valley, the possibilities are endless. Among those hires is Johann Jungwirth, who until very recently was President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America. His arrival, plus talk of other automotive engineers joining the ranks more quietly, has a lot of people…
  • Veloster gets a facelift

    jg
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    After getting its mid-life face lift in its home market in South Korea the Hyundai Veloster. It’s as what we thought it would be; minor improvements, same engine, not much new. If you expected the facelift of this car to be more potent to its competitor the Volkswagen Golf, you might just be a little disappointed. As the 1.6-liter four-pot cranks out the same 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Fortunately, there is a bit of important news in the drivetrain department, in the form of a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. The unit that debuted on the i30 in 2014 replaces the…
  • Fun Driving Facts.

    jg
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Sometimes you hear stories about how a boarder guard asked a friend of a friend if they’ve ever smoke a joint. Then they were forced to turn around if they said yes. We all hear them and we all pay no attention to them, because as if they’d ever happen to us. Fat chance right? Here’s the thing, there are some interested driving fact that are out there, that you wouldn’t believe. For starters here’s some ones that I thought were interesting 1) You can get charged for leaving your older kids in the car 2) You can get a ticket if someone takes a video of you texting…
  • Canadian Auto Makers Show Support for Movember

    jg
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Movember madness is in full effect and Canadian car makers are facing off to fight prostate cancer. Inside the Chrysler assembly plant, a wall is lined with 134 plaques bearing the name of an employee who passed away before retirement. “We also have a wall for our retirees,” said Wayne North, union lead at the plant, “but not everybody makes that wall.” The issue of men’s health hits home for North in a number of ways. Aside from the “scares” his brother-in-law has had with prostate cancer, North spends his days working in a factory of 3,000 people, average age 47. According to…
  • New Car Seat Finder Tool Helps Parents Select Right Car Seats for their Children

    jg
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    A new federal push to reduce childhood injuries and deaths on the roads came from the stark and unfortunate facts that every 34 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash and more than a third of children killed in crashes were not in car seats or wearing seat belts. As part of the initiative, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched safety tools and a registration campaign to increase car seat safety. The launch of these tools corresponded with Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14 – 20). The new Car…
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    Pamela Grow

  • What’s in my Inbox | A terrific welcome email from Audubon

    Pamela Grow
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve blogged before about the importance of your email welcome message. After all, when a potential supporter has been intrigued enough to sign up for your organization’s enewsletter, don’t they deserve better than this? Welcome to XYZ org. We are happy to have you as a member of our community. Your email address and interest preferences have been recorded in our database. In the future, you will receive periodic emails specific to your interests. Privacy is important to us; therefore, we will not sell, rent, or give your name or address to anyone. At any point, you can select the link…
  • Knowing These 5 Conversation Secrets Will Make Your Major Gifts Fundraising Amazing

    Pamela Grow
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    A good conversation with a donor has almost nothing to do with what you say. What matters most is how you listen. I have been on countless donor meetings, accompanied by an eager major gifts officer who has so much to say about their organization – they pitch all areas of their non-profit’s mission at lightning speed, and leave the donor a bit dizzy – and quite often completely disinterested. I want to let you in on a secret: major gifts isn’t about being able to make a great pitch, it’s about asking great questions and listening really well. Major gifts officers need to be able to…
  • The five stages of transformational nonprofit storytelling – Rose’s story

    Pamela Grow
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    Ah, storytelling… Its very power is undeniable. It’s got an irresistible pull because it’s such an important part of our lives, and, if you really think about it, nothing beats a great story. Creating unforgettable stories that leave an everlasting impression in your donors’ minds (and hearts) is a crucial component of successful fundraising. Why? Because a fantastic story doesn’t only delight, inspire, and emotionally affect your readers in a meaningful way. Stories also have the power to transform readers into donors who give, and give often. Stories have the ability to spur…
  • If It’s All About That ‘Base, You’re In Trouble!

    Pamela Grow
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    What kind of experience does a donor (or potential supporter) get when they call into your organization? Is it an area of customer service that could use improvement? Today’s guest post is from Rachel Ramjattan. Have you ever been stuck in traffic bebopping along to a hit tune when life takes a strange turn?  It happened to me this morning as my radio played Megan Trainor’s hit song, It’s All About That Bass. You know I’m all about that bass, ‘Bout that bass, no treble When the song ended I was still stuck in my car, stationary on the congested highway like a speedbump in a…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Compelling storytelling from Oxfam Canada

    Pamela Grow
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:54 pm
      Fundraiser Grrl Rory Green is back with another submission from Oxfam Canada. Rory writes “What made it stand out was the envelope, the promise of my supported card inside and the face of the child looking out at me inviting me to open the letter.” Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | Donor newsletter (with a focus…What’s in my Mailbox | Bringing the realities of war…Oxfam’s Latest Email Pitch – Clever or…What’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit Thank You’sKnowing These 5 Conversation Secrets Will Make Your Major…The post…
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  • Who Should Raise The Money? – Part Two by Tony Poderis

    Tony Poderis
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    (Continued from Last Week) Surely, anyone can see that there is a huge difference between selling a Ferrari, and “selling” a nonprofit institution. The automobile salesperson is responsible for selling cars. In “selling” a nonprofit institution to its (potential) donors, the development professional has the dual responsibility, along with volunteer leadership, for helping to keep a community asset healthy and strong for current and future generations, and for helping the donor satisfy his needs through his giving. It’s that simple. One is about the value of a “product,” and the…
  • Who Should Raise The Money? – Part One by Tony Poderis

    Tony Poderis
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    Not long ago, I received an email from the CEO of a large nonprofit medical center. She referred to an article I had written that was completely at odds with what she was told by the president of a major fundraising consulting firm the hospital is going to hire. The consultant was advising the hospital to only have their paid staff make all key solicitations. To reinforce his assertion, he said to her, “You would not send out an amateur to sell a Ferrari, so why would you put at risk a major donor in such hands?” My response was to point out that selling a Ferrari is a completely…
  • Dear Boss, Let’s Try This by K. Michael Johnson

    K. Michael Johnson
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    Get ready because they’re coming. Not only the Millennial generation, but their ideas. Thoughts about how to do things better, thoughts about incorporating new technology, crazy ideas with no grounding in past success or industry-wide best practices. These folks want to make an impact – that’s why they’re working for your non-profit – and they have ideas for how to make it happen. The upside is that you need new ideas. That’s right, if you keep doing things the way you’ve always done them, your organization will stagnate and eventually die. The downside, however, is that…
  • Development As A Profession vs. Development As An Activity by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    A couple of weeks back (on January 28th) Tony Poderis addressed his concerns about the evolution (or devolution) of the fundraising field. Where I agree with Tony, wholeheartedly, I want to address the distinction between the two concepts … as in the title of this piece. All professions, by definition, involve some level of special training/education and, often, a period of “internship” (however that’s defined). No one can decide to be a professional in any field, without learning the rules/practices of that field. No one can be a development professional their first day in…
  • Dear Millennial, There’s Nothing New Under the Sun by K. Michael Johnson

    K. Michael Johnson
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    I’ve definitely ticked off some of my older colleagues with my so-called “new ideas.” Like many Millennials, I bring an entrepreneurial sensibility to my work. I’m not particularly interested in doing things a certain way just because that’s how they’ve always been done. I want to figure out the best way forward as we pursue our goals. Where this often means pitching new ideas to colleagues and superiors, I’ve learned the hard way that there’s a good way to do that, and a bad way…. Before presenting your next bold idea, consider the following: 1.  Fulfill your…
 
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    Event 360

  • #P2P15 – Event Experience Investments that Pay

    Patrick Riley
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    Written by Alison Finkel    Photo by Gameface Media I have been involved with the Susan G Komen 3-Day® for a long time. This year marks my 16th season working on the program. Beginning as a Volunteer Coordinator at Pallotta Teamworks all the way to managing the program as an Account Director at Event 360, it has been the backbone of my professional career. It is the source of many of my proudest achievements and the foundation for lifelong friendships. I truly love the Komen 3-Day – the community of long time participants, the feeling of being in another world when you step onto one of…
  • #P2P15–Day One Recap

    Patrick Riley
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:07 am
    The Peer to Peer Professional Forum Conference kicked off today and the Event 360 team was on-site attending sessions, learning about current industry trends, providing one-on-one consulting to peer-to-peer professionals and enjoying seeing friendly faces, old and new. Here were a few highlights: One-on-one consulting — Our Event 360 team had the chance to speak with a half dozen non-profit event professionals and learn about their events (and hopefully provide some useful advice as well). If you didn’t take advantage of this opportunity, be sure to sign up next year. Our friends at…
  • The Week Ahead: Event 360 at P2P

    Patrick Riley
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Written by Jillian Schranz It’s kind of like the night before summer camp when you get excited to see your new friends and show off your new toys! That’s right, our Event 360 team is headed to Orlando, Florida to attend and participate in the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference this week. As always, we’re looking forward to connecting with peer-to-peer event fundraising professionals from across the country. We’re ready to hear from event fundraisers about their events and how they’re looking to grow in 2015. Most of all, we’re excited to be hosting a session (Event…
  • True Valor Meets All Events Alike

    Patrick Riley
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Written by Kat Thomas, Rick Winquest and Slade Thompson If you’ve ever been a part of producing an event on the National Mall in Washington DC, you know that it is more than a little complicated. There are strict guidelines about what can and cannot be done, which areas are available for event use, how long the public’s access to some of our country’s best known landmarks can be interrupted, and countless government and law enforcement agencies with whom to coordinate. Planning and producing “The Concert for Valor” – HBO’s free, live music and television event with hundreds of…
  • More Lessons Learned in 2014

    Molly Fast
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    On Tuesday we shared lessons learned from four of my Event 360 colleagues. Today I’m sharing one more from David Jordan, our Director of Information Services. What David shared is a lesson learned that, at one point or another, we all find ourselves having to learn. Maybe not directly, but most certainly from a company perspective this is a question everyone likely considers. David’s lesson learned from 2014 is: Sometimes it makes sense to go with a service instead of a purchase. In my private life as a consumer, I prefer to buy rather than rent.  Purchase a car rather than lease one. …
 
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  • Get Out of My Way

    janetlevineconsulting
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    Fundraising, at its most basic level, is about building relationships. The beginning of the most famous definition of successful fundraising talks about “the right person asking the right prospect.” That right person can open doors that would otherwise stay firmly … Continue reading →
  • Time to Refresh

    janetlevineconsulting
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    I’m in my 8th year of consulting. That’s much longer than I’ve stayed at any other job. Not surprising for a fundraiser—we stay, on average, for 16 months, then move on to greener pastures. Greener pastures is what I’ve been … Continue reading →
  • Not Just Grants

    janetlevineconsulting
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:11 am
    The board member was telling me that his organization “doesn’t bother” with individual donors. “Grants,” he said (smugly, I might add), “make so much more sense.   Bigger dollars. Why spend time getting $100 or even $1,000 from a individuals?” I, … Continue reading →
  • Talking Themselves Into A Gift

    janetlevineconsulting
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:21 am
    When I first began facilitating trainings, my audience–like me–were mostly boomers. Learning, we believed, came from lectures given by experts. And, I confess, I loved being the expert. At first I followed the time honored procedure: lecture then time for … Continue reading →
  • Type A No Longer

    janetlevineconsulting
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:28 am
    I’m sitting here, looking at my “to do” list (really, a flip chart so I can’t pretend I misplaced it), and not wanting to do any of it at all. And so I don’t and then, typically, anxiety attacks, and … Continue reading →
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  • Email Marketing 101, Part 4

    Phil Hollows
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    How to be Successful with Email Marketing 101 The previous three articles in the “Email Marketing 101″ series dealt with three core concepts: Why you should be email marketing; When to start email marketing; and How to start email marketing. But email marketing isn’t an end point, or a static goal. It’s an ongoing process. While automation can and does yield significant benefits, you still have to make certain commitments to be successful. If, however, you’re an avid blogger or content marketer, meeting these commitments isn’t going to be a big deal. To…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 3

    Phil Hollows
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    How to Start with Email Marketing Honestly: Don’t over think it. Sending blog updates by email is not only great, but also very much good enough – you’re saving your blog’s subscribers the time and effort to remember to go back to your site. Your content is already great, and now people have invited you to send it to them whenever you write. That’s what they want; so go ahead. Give it to them. Here’s how you get started: Choose a reputable, supported email service (because nobody wants to end up being labeled spammer, right? Right). Behave well, always (ALWAYS) use dual opt-in,…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 2

    Phil Hollows
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    When to Start Email Marketing In the previous Email Marketing 101 post, I talked about why email marketing is vital. Today I’ll talk about when - when to start your email marketing efforts. Good news! It’s a one word answer: Now. No, I’m serious. Don’t delay because “I’m not big enough” or “I don’t have enough traffic.” You simply don’t know when and which subscriber will be the one that buys from you, spreads the word about you, or invests in you. Look at it this way. As you start out, you’re building pages; thinking about SEO; looking at analytics. You’re…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 1

    Phil Hollows
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    Why Email When you think about building your site for the first time, you’re probably also thinking about your Facebook presence. After all, that’s where the people are, right? OK, that makes sense at a superficial level. But there are two problems with emphasizing platforms like Facebook instead of your own site and your own list: Facebook owns Facebook. Building your online presence on someone else’s digital turf which they adjust to please themselves (and not you) is risky. Facebook stinks for engagement. “Stinks” – a bit strong, you say? Well, according to…
  • Superbowl XLIX: On Luck, Preparedness and Execution

    Phil Hollows
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    [Bear with me -- this isn't a sports piece] Wow – that was quite the game. As a Patriots fan living in New England I was very, very vested in the outcome, and I’m obviously happy with the result. But it was a darned close call. As those last few plays unfolded, there was the amazingly lucky catch that put the Seahawks at 1st and 6. Then, out of nowhere, New England got “lucky” twice: Firstly, when Seattle tried an unnecessarily high risk play just to waste time, and secondly when the rookie intercepted the ball, effectively securing victory for New England. Three…
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  • What to Say to Someone with Cancer

    Michael Powell
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    It’s hard to know what to say to someone with cancer. If you’re like most, you blurt an instinctive, “I’m sorry.” Albeit well-intentioned, “I’m sorry” is a sorry substitute for a meaningful connection during a vulnerable time. Sky Khan knows how to react when receiving bad news. She became an involuntary, repeated “bad news teller” after doctors diagnosed her 4-year-old daughter, Kiki, with leukemia last September. After hours of face-to-face conversations and challenging phone calls, Sky heard and saw reactions across a spectrum of appropriateness. These firsthand…
  • Interview with CureWear’s Founder, Alex Niles

    Michael Powell
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:42 am
    Alex Niles receives cancer treatment in a CureWear Patient Shirt. Alex Niles transformed his cancer diagnosis into a business benefitting cancer patients in merely a year. As a healthy, 30-year-old living in New York City, Alex’s diagnosis hit unexpectedly. In response, friends created a GiveForward Page, Smiles for Niles, to gather emotional and financial support for him. While undergoing treatments, Alex discovered a need among cancer patients for comfortable, functional clothing. Personal experience drove him to launch a Kickstarter, CureWear – Apparel with a Purpose. Through…
  • “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…
 
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  • One Big Happy Family

    Joe Garecht
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    How do your donors see themselves?  Do they seem in “awe” of your program staff, or thank your staff for the work they are doing when they meet them at events?  Do your donors say things like, “I’m just glad to be able to help out… you guys (the program staff) are doing the real work…?” You may think that statements like these are a good thing, because they show that your donors really understand and care about your work.  However, in my experience, if your donors say these things, chances are your fundraising program has a big problem. An Artificial Divide When donors are…
  • How to Supercharge Fundraising at Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Are you ready to supercharge fundraising at your non-profit? Do you want to maximize your fundraising events, engage new major donors, raise more money online, and write fundraising letters that make donors want to give? In other words… are you ready to raise more money than ever before? If so, then join us for our one and only fundraising master class:  Supercharge Your Fundraising. This 12 week online course is the most comprehensive course on non-profit fundraising available.  During this class, you’ll learn everything you need to maximize fundraising at your organization,…
  • A 5 Minute Guide to Making Better Fundraising Asks

    Joe Garecht
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Lots of fundraisers get worried about making fundraising asks… they’re not sure the best way to do it, they feel under-prepared for making in-person asks, and they get nervous when it comes time to “pop the question.” Making asks in-person (and on the phone) is one of the most valuable skills any non-profit fundraiser can possess… and nothing moves a non-profit forward like sitting down with your donors to ask them for major gifts to your organization. If you’re not quite sure whether or not you are making the best asks possible… or you get nervous whenever you have to make an…
  • 3 Smart Strategies to Boost Your Online Fundraising

    Joe Garecht
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    The following article by Fundraising Authority founder Joe Garecht first appeared as a guest post on The Guidestar Blog: Gone are the days when non-profits wonder if they really can raise money online. Case studies, news reports and personal experiences have shown that organizations can raise significant amounts of money through websites, e-mail, crowdfunding campaigns and other online strategies. For many non-profits, though, significant online revenue has remained out of reach. Often, these organizations have placed a “donate now” button on their website and gotten involved with social…
  • In Fundraising, Remember to Dance with the One that Brung Ya

    Joe Garecht
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:36 pm
    There’s an old saying in politics: “Remember to dance with the one that brung ya.” It’s poor grammar, but a good reminder that if a politician gets into office and ignores those voters who helped him or her get there, then those voters won’t stay loyal for very long. Did you know that the same basic rule applies to fundraising? Every week, I talk to non-profits that are looking to increase their fundraising. They say things like, “We want to raise 10% more this year!” Or, “We want to triple our fundraising over the next five years!” When I ask them what their plan is for…
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  • So why shouldn't charities pay celebrities?

    peter maple
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Sun, Mirror and the Mail, not to mention Radio 5 (who interviewed me today) have all got very hot under the collar about Barnardo's paying a minor celebrity Binky Felstead (sic) to back a retail campaign. So why all the fuss? Staff get paid, actors and after dinner speakers get paid - you need them under contract to ensure they turn up and do what the say they will. I have intimate knowledge (and the scars) of relying on celebs goodwill when they say they will turn up on a wet Friday night in Shepperton and then get a better offer. By having a contract everyone knows where they are. If…
  • 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…
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    Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry

  • The #1 Secret of Raising Lots of Money? Face Time With Major Gift Donors

    Gail Perry
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    Don’t we love closing big major gifts!  And we all know that is where smart fundraisers should be spending their time. But it can be really tough to get out of your office. And that’s a problem when you’re trying to raise serious money. After all, to get to know your donors, you’ve got to spend time with them. It’s that simple (and that complicated). My free webinar this week on “How to Make a Successful Call on a Major Gift Prospect” maxed out at 1000 attendees within hours, so I scheduled a second one, which also maxed out! I’m presenting it again Thursday…
  • The Fundraiser’s Kiss of Death: Talking Too Much

    Gail Perry
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    What’s the kiss of death for every fundraiser? Don’t talk too much: it’s the kiss of death! What’s THE best way to turn your donor off? And what can you do to make sure your donor never, ever wants to see you again? What can this awful experience be? It’s when you are guilty of being boring. Ok…. step aside for a minute, and put yourself in your donors’  shoes. Remember your own experiences when you have been trapped with boring people? What were they like? Can you remember this?  How long has it been since you were stuck, stuck, stuck in a meeting with…
  • 16 Ways to Get a Meeting With Your Major Gift Prospect

    Gail Perry
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Hurray! You have a major gift prospect who seems to be a great fit!  And, you are trying to figure out how to get to know her so you can get her more involved. But now what? What should you say when you pick up the phone or email your prospect? What will help you get your foot in the door? What will make your prospect more likely to want to meet? There aren’t really any “magic words” that are guaranteed to make any major gift prospect sit up and take notice. But there are ways that can pique their interest, and incline them to say “yes” to a meeting. For example, if…
  • How to Make Your Donors Happy With a Valentine!

    Gail Perry
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    Valentine’s Day: What a great opportunity to show your donors some love! A charming, thoughtful valentine can be your next “move” with your major donors. Why is a valentine such a great fundraising tool?  It can be A super easy way to delight your donors. A touching way to say thank you. A thoughtful gesture that deeply connects donors with your work. AND: A valentine can remind your donors how special YOU think THEY are. I can’t think of an easier fundraising tool than a valentine. Why do I call it a fundraising tool?  You are NOT asking for money with this valentine. But you…
  • 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…
 
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  • San Jose Sharks Wine Tasting Event

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

    Kari
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, and many people are scrambling to buy their loved ones Valentine’s presents. Although Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular holidays for buying presents for others, it isn’t one that is planned months in advance (like Christmas). And, since it falls just 6 short weeks after the biggest “gifting event” – people may be fresh out of ideas. A Valentine’s Charity Auction could be the perfect way to Give to Loved Ones…while also Giving Back.  This type of fundraiser is perfect for any organization…
  • 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…
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  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    I started a fab new job at Amnesty International last week, hence the delay in posting my usual round-up of fundraising stories that have caught my eye recently. Enjoy! Beth Kanter hosts the January Nonprofit Blog Carnival. This month's topic is personal productivity and there are lots of great posts to catch up on. Lucy Gower on failure: have you seen any beautiful failures recently that are worth sharing? Tom at Pell & Bales compares telephone fundraising to a 19th century folk song. It's a week late, but this post from Pamela Grow on showing donor's some love during…
  • 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…
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  • In Fundraising, Beauty is Results

    Moira Kavanagh Crosby
    8 Feb 2015 | 4:51 am
    Like “make it bigger” in graphic design, good direct response fundraisers are well served by a refrain of our own: “Make it plainer.” It’s counterintuitive like so much of direct response fundraising, but it couldn’t be truer. In head-to-head tests, the simplest, least “fancy” email/direct mail/web campaigns almost always win. Like this envelope, for example … … which drove better results than this one: Or this email …   … which generated 4 times the results of its more visually attractive counterparts. Susan Paine of Human Rights Campaign hit the nail…
  • Inspiration, Bloody Marys and other Takeaways from the 2014 Bridge Conference

    Moira Kavanagh Crosby
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Hats off to the DMAW and AFP-DC for another stellar Bridge Conference. Kicking off with pre-conference workshops and the Maxi Awards on Wednesday July 9, through 70+ presentations Thursday and Friday, through the powerful closing session from the founder of Free the Children, #Bridge14 delivered 3 days of nonstop information and inspiration. What happens when you get 1,700 nonprofit do-gooder marketing types together? 1. Steve Nardizzi from the Wounded Warrior Project tears into charity ratings watchdogs calling them out as “ineffective and misinformed” at best and at worst…
  • Habits of Nonprofits with Highly Successful Direct Response Fundraising Programs

    Moira Kavanagh Crosby
    25 Oct 2013 | 2:13 pm
    Having a relevant mission that people want to support is the #1 prerequisite for direct response fundraising success. But it’s not the only one. In fact, it’s not even the most important one when it comes to dollars raised. So why do some nonprofits sail to success in their direct response fundraising efforts when others with equally compelling causes struggle just to leave the dock? Simple: culture. How a nonprofit thinks, acts and operates has everything to do with the ultimate effectiveness of its direct response fundraising efforts. What can your nonprofit do to be more effective?
  • 10 Ways to Improve Your Email Fundraising NOW

    Moira Kavanagh Crosby
    10 Apr 2013 | 11:53 am
    With online giving continuing to grow at a faster pace than giving overall according to the Blackbaud Index, it’s more important than ever for nonprofits to get serious about their online communications and fundraising strategies. And with one-third of online revenue being tracked to email according to the organizations represented in the newly released 2013 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study, it’s absolutely essential for nonprofits to develop and sharpen their email strategies. Whether you’re just getting started or want to build on an established program, here are ten best…
  • A Common Sense Declaration … Or Why Thomas Paine Would Not Have Survived the Copy Approval Process

    Bonnie Catena
    25 Mar 2013 | 6:19 pm
    In January 1776, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, Common Sense, was first published. It’s reported to have sold 500,000 copies in its first year. Considering that the population of the 13 colonies was around 3,000,000, a book would need to sell over 50,000,000 copies (or downloads) to reach the equivalent percentage of Americans today. Commemorating the publication’s anniversary in The Writer’s Almanac, Garrison Keillor recently wrote that Common Sense “explained why the American colonies should declare independence from Great Britain. It was easy to understand, it was popular, and it…
 
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    The Agitator

  • Design Your Donor In

    Tom Belford
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The commercial marketing space is full of chatter about getting ‘customer insight’ and understanding the ‘customer experience’ with the brand and its products/services (now termed ‘Cx’). The parallel phenomenon in the nonprofit space is all the chatter about being ‘donor-centric’. I don’t use ‘chatter’ to be disparaging. I’m happy whenever I see marketing and our unique version of it — fundraising — discussed and approached with the customer/donor as the starting point. Here are two examples. The first, from…
  • Top 10 Secrets Of Successful Storytelling

    Roger Craver
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Included in my personal pantheon of great copywriters and curmudgeons is the late, great British copywriter George Smith. In his Tiny Essential of Writing for Fundraising, George offered this observation on the importance of being succinct, relevant and engaging when it comes to storytelling … “This”, says George, “is the age of Bullshit. We live in a verbally jaded world. We’ve lost our individual voice. Too often it’s as if we’re all reading from a teleprompter. Everyone sounds the same and feels the need to say more than is necessary. Then when the teleprompter stops we…
  • 6 Habits Of Fundraising Excellence, Plus 2

    Tom Belford
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Pamela Barden offered 6 Habits of Fundraising Excellence in an article last week in Fundraising Success. I thought it was a great list, but like all lists, it prompted me to think about whether there was anything I might add. First, her list: Curiosity — questioning and challenging Appreciation of people — donors are not ‘records’ or ‘giving units’ Ability to apply information — finding patterns and actionable insights in the blizzard of available information Passion to learn — vow never to be the person who stopped learning [Editor: if someone…
  • Glass Half Full? Or Half Empty?

    Tom Belford
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    All I can conclude is that Roger and I are mediocre communicators. Or terribly unpersuasive. It’s a good thing we’re not prosecuting criminals in court … or car salesmen! Over the past year in particular we’ve published dozens of posts emphasizing the importance of donor retention. Roger’s even published a book on the subject, Retention Fundraising. But at least by one measure, we’re not doing good enough. According to a report by Kivi Leroux Miller, 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, we’re making only modest progress at best in…
  • Atonement At The Agitator

    Roger and Tom
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We really didn’t plan it this way, but fate intervened wondrously to help reinforce our yesterday’s post on Donor Experience. Our good friend and veteran UK fundraiser Giles Pegram properly and quite publicly noted that his customer experience with yesterday’s Agitator was “negative”. He’s absolutely right. We let him down. We apologize. FORTUNATELY, Giles’ comment provides a perfect illustration on ‘customer experience’. For the fact is, The Agitator recognizes and practices what many or most charities don’t. And that is, despite the best intentions to provide a…
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  • So why shouldn't charities pay celebrities?

    16 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Sun, Mirror and the Mail, not to mention Radio 5 (who interviewed me today) have all got very hot under the collar about Barnardo's paying a minor celebrity Binky Felstead (sic) to back a retail campaign. So why all the fuss? Staff get paid, actors and after dinner speakers get paid - you need them under contract to ensure they turn up and do what the say they will. I have intimate knowledge (and the scars) of relying on celebs goodwill when they say they will turn up on a wet Friday night in Shepperton and then get a better offer. By having a contract everyone knows where they are. If…
  • 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…
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • Rаfflеѕ a Sоlutіоn in Mоtіvаtіng and Crеаtіng Customer Loyalty

    Raffle Tickets
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    Rаfflеѕ a Sоlutіоn in Mоtіvаtіng and Crеаtіng Customer Loyalty Amоngѕt fоr-рrоfіt retail businesses, the uѕе оf rаfflеѕ іѕ a great approach tо rеtаіnіng аnd еnсоurаgіng сuѕtоmеr lоуаltу аnd rеtеntіоn. Raffles kеер сuѕtоmеrѕ еngаgеd аnd іntrіguеd аbоut рrіzеѕ, incentives, аnd the uѕе оf thе fundѕ rаіѕеd during a raffle еvеnt. I wоrk for the nаtіоn’ѕ lаrgеѕt grосеr аnd thіnk that оffеrіng a mеаnѕ tо get individuals involved аnd еxсіtеd аbоut contributing a ѕmаll amount for big…
  • Your Guide to Fundraising for a Non-Profit

    Raffle Tickets
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    Your Guide to Fundraising for a Non-Profit Anу program саn bеnеfіt frоm a fundrаіѕеr thаt utіlіzеѕ thе ѕаlе оf raffle tickets. Non-profit оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ аrе іn аn еvеn mоrе аdvаntаgеоuѕ роѕіtіоn fоr thіѕ opportunity, аѕ реорlе are mоrе lіkеlу tо dоnаtе tо оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ that іntrіnѕісаllу need donor support to еxіѕt. Raffling саn be аn excellent source оf income for a non-profit, and mаxіmіzіng the bеnеfіt frоm this fоrm of fundrаіѕіng саn bе ассоmрlіѕhеd wіth аwаrеnеѕѕ of…
  • What is the Correct Way to Hold a Raffle?

    Raffle Tickets
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    What is the Correct Way to Hold a Raffle? Most реорlе will bе fаmіlіаr wіth thе еxреrіеnсе of ѕhеllіng оut a dоllаr or twо for a tiny lіttlе tісkеt thаt places us into a raffle fоr ѕоmе grаnd рrіzе that has everyone іn thе сrоwd ѕаlіvаtіng аt thеіr chance оf claiming it as their оwn. Mаnу реорlе knоw thе dіѕарроіntmеnt fеlt whеn thеіr numbеr іѕn’t called аnd some luсkу individuals knоw thе hysteria аnd еlаtіоn that rеѕultѕ frоm thеіr number bеіng called! The еntісіng роѕѕіbіlіtіеѕ…
  • 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…
 
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    Fundraising Fundamentals

  • Using technology to increase nonprofit capacity

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    For profit organizations have long embraced technology – specifically sophisticated CRM systems – to capture data and help them better engage, communicate and enhance relationships with their customers. This is an area where nonprofits can reap significant benefit by having…Read more ›
  • 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
    Many nonprofits are taking advantage of optimization testing to conduct small experiments that drive huge increases in revenue. If optimization testing isn’t in your organization’s digital plan for the year, add it now. For a relatively small investment, you could…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 ›
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    Common Sense Fundraising

  • Ten Ways to Move Volunteers into Donors

    admin
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:45 pm
    By Marcie Wagner, CFRE First some quick stats and facts on volunteer giving. According to The Corporation for National & Community Service, volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers. Nearly eight in 10 (79.2 percent) volunteers donated to charity, compared to four in 10 (40.4 percent) of non-volunteers. Overall, half of all citizens (50.7 percent) donated at least $25 to charity in 2013. Here are four tips to move your volunteers to donors. 1. Train Your Volunteers Treat them as if they are a new staff member. Ensure they are prepared with a training…
  • Four Fundraising Resolutions for 2015

    admin
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    By Marcie Wagner, CFRE Donation Optimization Eliminate any links on your landing page that visitors can use to leave your website. Instead offer a clear and SECURE call to action which conveys a sense of urgency and an incentive if they give online. Offer donation giving levels, a link to your privacy policy and again include 3rd party secure giving validation. Finally, make certain your landing page is optimized for mobile. Infographic by johnhayden.com Incorporate Mobile Giving Mobile donations are the best way to give to charity because of convenience, security and cost savings. Since so…
  • Board Member Tips to Managing Staffing Issues

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:18 pm
    By Marcie Wagner, CFRE With information cited from Jan Masaoka The role of the board of directors in personnel administration should be clearly defined for nonprofits in order to limit potential conflict with your Executive Director. Some questions to ask of your board include: should the board approve all salaries, or just the executive director’s? If a staff member has a grievance, at what point can they come to the board? How can the board’s finance committee members, for example, be helpful in hiring accounting staff, but not undermine the hiring role of staff? How can a board…
  • Why Your Year-End Ask Should Last 12 Months

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

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

  • Your Guide to a Successful Church Raffle

    Bruce Hassel
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Your Guide to a Successful Church Raffle It’ѕ tіmе tо rаіѕе fundѕ fоr your church or rеlіgіоuѕ оrgаnіzаtіоn, but уоu dоn’t hаvе a lot оf ѕtаrtuр mоnеу tо gеt your campaign going. What about holding a rаfflе? This сlаѕѕіс fundrаіѕіng mеthоd hаѕ lоng bееn popular fоr its lоw соѕtѕ аnd grеаt роtеntіаl for returns. Wіth ѕоmе саrеful рlаnnіng аnd dedicated vоluntееrѕ, уоur сhurсh rаfflе fundrаіѕеr will be аn оvеrwhеlmіng story оf ѕuссеѕѕ. Hоw Raffles Wоrk Thе рrіnсірlе…
  • 50 Unique Fundraisers for Your Organization

    Bruce Hassel
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    50 Unique Fundraisers for Your Organization If your great organization is looking to raise funds, have a look at these fifty unique and potentially profitable fundraisers. 1. Dаnсе Mаrаthоn: A соntіnuоuѕ, multi-hour еvеnt іn which раrtісіраntѕ raise fundѕ thrоugh pledges. Thіѕ еvеnt blеndѕ dаnсіng, muѕіс, games, fооd аnd a vаrіеtу оf еntеrtаіnmеnt into one аmаzіng еxреrіеnсе. 2. Pеnnу Wars: Teams соmреtе bу dесоrаtіng аnd fіllіng jаrѕ with реnnіеѕ with thе оbjесt of collecting the most реnnіеѕ.
  • 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…
 
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    Fundraising Compass

  • Attracting the Next Generation of Donors

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

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

  • Use Direct Mail to Feature Matching Gifts

    Alex
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Some donors don’t respond to the internet, and others simply prefer a good, old fashioned letter. Many people who make major donations are older and less technologically savvy than the young people who haven’t yet struck their fortunes and aren’t inclined to give. An older generation of donors (and many young donors) still reads through their snail mail, and direct mail is how to reach them. In fact organizations still raise a substantial percentage of their overall funds (often 60-80%) through direct mail. Letters, postcards, paper inserts, newsletters, and return…
  • Feature Matching Gifts on Your Nonprofit’s Ways to Give Page

    Alex
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    A ways to give page is where your donors can access the complete list of options for donating to your nonprofit. Those options might include regular donations, volunteering, matching gifts, and more. A good ways to give page promotes the breadth of a nonprofit’s donation options. Example: Cure JM’s Donation Options / Ways to Give Page (http://www.curejm.org/donate/index.php) Cure JM has two giving options: you can donate or you can apply for a matching gift. The matching gift box is large, easy to read, and is well-integrated into the page layout. Users don’t have to dig around…
  • Feature Matching Gifts in Your Nonprofit’s Facebook and Twitter Posts

    Alex
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    An article from Forbes revealed that, “92% of marketers in 2014 claimed that social media marketing was important for their business, with 80% indicating their efforts increased traffic to their websites.” If you’re trying to raise awareness for matching gift programs, social media offers fruitful options. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter allow you to appeal to your decidedly tech savvy audience, which, in our technologically reliant world, could be a bulk of your donors. Furthermore, a sizable online following offers social proof that your nonprofit is both credible and…
  • NeonCRM Matching Gift Integration Guide

    Adam Weinger
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Does your nonprofit use NeonCRM? Are you looking to incorporate matching gift information into both your website as well as the NeonCRM donation process? If so then this NeonCRM / Double the Donation Matching Gift Integration guide is for you.   Double the Donation’s Relationship with NeonCRM: NeonCRM empowers nonprofit and membership organizations to raise more money, while helping your nonprofit’s staff manage day-to-day processes more efficiently through automation. NeonCRM’s all-in-one database and online forms integrate with any website, auto-feed data into…
  • Feature Matching Gifts in Acknowledgement Emails

    Alex
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the best times to feature matching gifts is in acknowledgement emails to donors. For these messages, form letters are your friends. Install an automated process to change a name here and a few phrases there and voila! You can reach thousands of people with personalized messages in the blink of an eye. There is no need to stray from the form email, unless you have too much time to twiddle your thumbs, but realize that the form of a form email goes beyond a series of universally applicable sentences. There is a physical structure to an email that you can use to better call your donor to…
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    CauseVox

  • How to Fundraise for International Women’s Day

    Jenna Sauber
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    International Women’s Day, on March 8 every year, has been celebrated since the early 1900s, but has gotten more traction in recent years as the international development community has amped up its efforts online and offline. Now, hundreds, if not thousands of organizations raise funds and run awareness and advocacy campaigns for this global day of recognition, focusing on issues from maternal and reproductive health and child marriage, to education and entrepreneurship. Women and girls is a resonant issue in the nonprofit community, and it provides a great opportunity for organizations of…
  • Keys to Brilliant Nonprofit Storytelling Part 4: Story Structure

    Khaled Allen
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the fourth and final part of our series on nonprofit storytelling from the Storytelling for Business course by Kevin Allison at the StoryStudio.org. If you’re just joining us now, make sure to catch up on Parts 1, 2, and 3 to learn about the basic requirements of a story, how to account for your audience, and how to use scenic writing to pull your listeners in and get them invest. Today, we’re finishing up with the element that ties them all together: structure. The Basics of Structure Every good story has a structure that follows a basic pattern, including stories that are…
  • Keys to Brilliant Nonprofit Storytelling Part 3: Scene vs. Narrative

    Khaled Allen
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the third installment on our series on the mechanics of great nonprofit storytelling from the Storytelling for Business course by Kevin Allison at the StoryStudio.org. Part 1 covered the things that make your story different from simply sharing the facts about your nonprofit, and Part 2 provided insight on how to adjust your story to suit your audience. Here, we will be covering the differences between detail-driven scene storytelling and big-picture narrative. Scene vs. Narrative In storytelling, there are two main ways we present information. The first is through scene and…
  • 5 Psychology Tips for Powerful Messaging

    Khaled Allen
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    When you started your nonprofit or social enterprise, you probably weren’t doing it to become a marketer. After all, you’re not selling used cars! Why should you have to do anything more than tell your story with the passion you can have? The nonprofit world needs as much savvy marketing as the for-profit sector, perhaps more. Donors suffer overexposure to every fundraising trick in the book, and the old give-money-or-this-kid-will-starve approach doesn’t work nearly as well as it once did. The reason has a lot to do with the psychology behind how people deal with messaging. Here are…
  • 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…
 
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    FUNDRAISING MIX

  • Coin A Phrase – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    It takes a lot of effort for an expression to become a part of pop culture. But that’s what a Coin A Phrase Fundraiser is all about! People pay to submit a phrase to become the focus of a huge campaign to make it popular! Once the final sentence is agreed upon, you transform into […]Continue reading...
  • Disaster Recipe – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Some of the best things in the world are created from the worst mistakes imaginable. A Disaster Recipe Fundraiser is a celebration of that idea. It’s a special kind of luncheon that sells plates of food made by mucking up the instructions. Iced coffee is an example, (since normally coffee is served scorching hot.) This […]Continue reading...
  • Collection Raffle – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Collecting things is a hobby that most people enjoy. Whether it be hotel keycards, shot glasses or speeding tickets, it’s safe to say we’re all hoarders in our own way. Tapping into that thrill of getting stuff is the Collection Raffle Fundraiser. Collectibles, whether themed or random, are gathered for the event into a great […]Continue reading...
  • Substitute Curse Words – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    When TV networks censor movies by substituting in words for swearing, it can be pretty unintentionally hilarious. Welp, that’s the inspiration behind a Substitute Curse Words Fundraiser. People pay to submit sentences with curses in them that are “translated” into non-offensive alternatives. The funnier, the better! Disclaimer                  […]Continue reading...
  • Save Money – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Knowing how to save money is a ninja skill that will never go out of style. Especially now, when a lot of folks are strapped for cash for even the bare essentials. That’s why hosting a Save Money Fundraiser is such a good idea. Everybody knows the basics already: use coupons, buy in bulk, etc. […]Continue reading...
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    Tony Martignetti

  • Nonprofit Radio for March 6, 2015: 8 Areas Of Nonprofit Excellence

    Susan Chavez
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Subscribe via iTunes to get the show automatically. My Guests: Michael Clark & Melkis Alvarez-Baez: 8 Areas Of Nonprofit Excellence The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee Excellence Awards are based on tough criteria that reveal the…
  • #NonprofitRadio At #15NTC

    Susan Chavez
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Wednesday Interviews: Stop Shooting Videos, Start Unlocking Stories Sheri Chaney Jones & Yasmin Nguyen Effective Distance Collaboration Lisa Jervis & Jeanine Shimatsu Content Strategy Bretty Meyer & Katie Carrus Visual Media For a Social World Jessica Williams, Emma Chadband Y Jenna Cerruti Walking Is Work Beth Kanter & Ritu Sharma Embracing Emerging Social Media Lauren Girardin How to Choose the Right Database Michelle Chaplin & Laura Quinn Considering Consulting to Nonprofits? Julia Reich Does Your Content Strategy Now Trump SEO? Elizabeth Beachy Video Strategy Bridgett…
  • Nonprofit Radio for February 27, 2015: The Convening World & Auctions and Cash Calls, Part Deux

    Susan Chavez
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:17 pm
    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 February 27, 2015 archived podcast. My Guests: Topher Wilkins: The Convening World There’s a new model for convening your organization at what used to be conferences and Opportunity Collaboration is an example. Topher…
  • Nonprofit Radio for February 20, 2015: Mastering Millennials & Your Board Calendar

    Susan Chavez
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:44 pm
    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 February 20, 2015 archived podcast. My Guests: Derrick Feldman: Mastering Millennials Derrick Feldmann, co-author of The Millennial Impact Report, shares the research on how 20-32 year olds connect, get involved and give to…
  • Nonprofit Radio for February 13, 2015: Design Strategy & Digital Strategy

    Susan Chavez
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:49 pm
    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 February 13, 2015 archived podcast. My Guests: Matthew Scharpnick: Design Strategy Matthew Scharpnick has thoughts on what good design is, why it’s important and how to achieve it. What is design strategy and why the…
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  • 8 ways to get your event volunteers to fundraise.

    16 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    It's true that your volunteers give so much of themselves that you hate to ask them for another thing. But what might not be obvious is that they might love to get more involved and fundraise for your events. Though they may not be running or walking, they can certainly fundraise for the event they're helping with. Here are some ways you can improve volunteer involvement and encourage them to fundraise:
  • Self-Directed Fundraising: It's a donor's market.

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    The world of fundraising is pivoting. What’s happening is that we’re moving to the next horizon, which is self-directed fundraising. Where we’re headed is fundraising that’s directed by your donors, not directed by your organization. Organizations that think that the way they’ve raised money through their long-established signature events will continue—are mistaken. Many walks and runs are now 30-year-old products that haven’t been innovated for the times. There’s fatigue, since many of those participating in these events are less likely to…
  • What matters in fundraising today? Check out our report.

    5 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    2015 will be a watershed year for nonprofits. Many organizations are facing multiple problems: a drop off in revenue from their traditional fundraising, inability to attract new supporters, and competition for their fundraising dollars from organizations that seem to come out of nowhere, to name a few.  To help you make these critical decisions, check out our first yearly report The State of Peer-To-Peer Fundraising 2015. Topics include:
  • 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…
 
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  • Ep114: Pay-it-Forward Pizza Feeds Homeless with Slices & Sticky Notes

    Joe Waters
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Mason Wartman, owner of Rosa's Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia. Over the past several month's Mason has become a media darling for his efforts to feed the homeless in his neighborhood. He's even appeared on Ellen!Like all great ideas, Mason's is simple but powerful. When customers buy a slice of pizza they can buy another for someone in need. Rosa's walls are lined with sticky notes and well wishes that the homeless can redeem for a free slice.Since the program began last year, Rosa's has given away 11,000 slices in a neighborhood that needs…
  • Ep113: 3 Trends in Cause Alliances: Data, Startups & Franchises

    Joe Waters
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Maureen Carlson, President, and Brittany Hill, Vice President of Research and Insights at Good Scout, a social good consultancy, about their 2015 Cause Alliances Trend Report.Megan, Maureen, Brittany and I dig into three of the ten industry trends in the report.Data-Driven Cause Alliances. The use of the data we produce and collect will be more important than ever to building effective cause alliances. "Data is really the foundation for your amazing, smarter story," said Maureen. "It's about words and pictures AND NUMBERS."Additional…
  • Ep112: How to Get a Job in Cause Marketing

    Joe Waters
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Alison DaSilva, Executive Vice President, Cone Communications about how to start a career in cause marketing. Alison DaSilva, Cone Communications Alison, Megan and I get calls and emails every week from people who want a job in cause marketing. Most of them are recent college graduates, or might already be already working in fundraising, marketing, advertising or public relations.What they all share is a desire to work at the intersection of philanthropy, marketing and business.On today's show we discuss:Alison's journey to a career…
  • Ep111: How Build-A-Bear Raised $440K by Asking Customers to Share Their Hearts

    Joe Waters
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Tanya Coventry-Strader, Managing Director of Bear Marketing Communications at Build-A-Bear Workshop about their Share Your Heart program to benefit Make-A-Wish.For the second year in a row, Build-A-Bear will commemorate Valentine's Day by asking customers to donate a dollar or more at checkout in their stores or online. Last year, the fundraiser raised $440,000.Since the first Build-A-Bear opened in 1997, the chain has donated $41 million to charities. 20+ Examples of Valentine's Day Cause MarketingFollow Joe Waters's board Cause Marketing -…
  • A Short History of Cause Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Joe Waters
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:21 pm
    American Express coined the term "Cause-Related Marketing" in 1983 Anyone who knows me well knows that I'm a huge history buff! I'll study just about any era or event, but I'm particularly interested in U. S. History during the 18th and 19th centuries.As a cause marketer, I'm obviously interested in the history of cause marketing. I have a hypothesis that it all started in Boston (like all good things do), but I have yet to prove it!What we do know is that cause marketing began in the 1970's when Bruce Burtch organized fundraisers between Marriott Corporation and the March of…
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  • #Storytellingnp Book Recommendations + A Giveaway

    Vanessa Chase
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    During The Storytelling Non-Profit Virtual Conference we heard from a lot of great presenters, and nearly every one of them had great book recommendations to share. Today I wanted to share a complete list of the book recommendations from the conference. The ones that I haven’t read are on my personal reading list for this Spring! (P.S. be sure to read to the end of the post to learn how to win one of these books!) Lead With a Story...
  • Is there a perfect formula for donor stewardship?

    Vanessa Chase
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It is widely accepted that it is more cost effective to retain an existing donor than recruit a new one. As a fundraiser my world was focused on keeping donors engaged with the charity so that they continued to donate and the charity could help more people and save more lives. My donor retention strategy was often a bit “hit and miss.” I relied on instinct rather than having a set formula in place to ensure I was consistently meeting...
  • Day 3 + Day 4 of The Storytelling Non-Profit Virtual Conference

    Vanessa Chase
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re wrapping up this year’s Storytelling Non-Profit Virtual Conference today. It’s been an amazing week of great presentations, a ton of learning and many new connections. On Wednesday and Thursday we heard from Natasha Golinsky, Brady Josephson, and Andrea Brody. We learned some practical tips for collecting stories, ideas for crowdfunding campaigns and tips for creating visuals for stories. Interested in the session highlights? Here are the Storifys for Day 3 and Day 4. Want to see the highlights from...
  • Day 1 + Day 2 of The Storytelling Non-Profit Virtual Conference

    Vanessa Chase
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re 2 days in to this year’s Storytelling Non-Profit Virtual Conference! It’s been a jam-packed two days of learning, great presentations and new connections. So far we’ve had Mazarine Treyz, Marc Pitman, Claire Axelrad and myself present. We’re learned about the 5 Cs of great stories, best practices for email writing, what stories we must tell and how to get our board members involved with storytelling. Interested in the session highlights? Here are the Storifys for Day 1 and Day...
  • No More Check Pictures! Tips for Modern Donor Recognition

    Vanessa Chase
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re anything like me, you absolutely loathe getting the request to include a picture in your newsletter that shows a donor and a staff member holding a gigantic check and grinning ear to ear. While I haven’t completely left behind those types of pictures yet, I have been able to curb some of the desire to include them by showing alternative ways to appreciate our donors. Donor communications expert Tom Ahern says that donors want three things: to feel...
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