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  • ‘I’m not really listening to you.’

    A Small Change
    Edward Sumner
    18 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    What?!?!  This is probably the worst thing that we could ever communicate to a prospect or supporter for our agencies.  It is a privilege and huge opportunity to personally secure time with those that we are seeking to draw into closer relationship with us, and so, to tell them we’re not  listening would be just awful.  And, I wouldn’t be surprised if they bailed on us. A dear friend, colleague, and one of the best fundraisers I know was sharing the other day about a really tough season of being so stretched for time, that his 1-1 donor meetings were the only opportunities…
  • The Power of Persuasion – Getting Donors to Answer a Call to Action

    The Storytelling Non-Profit
    Vanessa Chase
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last Monday (as I do every Monday), I listened to the latest episode of This American Life. It’s a podcast and weekly radio show from Chicago Public Media, and each episode never fails to inform and inspire me in some way. The episode that I listened to last week was titled The Incredible Rarity of Changing Your Mind. The Prologue and Act 1 of the show focus on a story of political canvassers who are trying to change voters’ minds...
  • 200 Fundraising Ideas to Raise More Money at Your Non-Profit

    The Fundraising Authority
    Joe Garecht
    15 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Today, we are proud to announce the launch of our newest class here at The Fundraising Authority… 200 Fundraising Ideas to Help Your Non-Profit Raise More Money than Ever Before This 10 week class is a compilation of the best, most innovative fundraising ideas available for non-profit organizations.  If you want to supercharge your organization’s fundraising efforts, you owe it to yourself to check out this class. You won’t hear any tired old fundraising ideas during this class – no “ask your board for names” or “hold a silent auction.” Instead, you’ll get exciting,…
  • Four Simple Ways to Keep Post-Event Buzz Alive for Nonprofit Organizations

    Wakeman Agency
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    8 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    When done well, events can be part of a sustained and integrated strategy that engages audiences, builds support, heightens awareness and expands reach. The post Four Simple Ways to Keep Post-Event Buzz Alive for Nonprofit Organizations appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • How to raise more money. (Hint: It’s not about you.)

    Hands-On Fundraising
    Mary Cahalane
    26 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Who are you celebrating?   Patting yourself on the back hurts. Jeff Brooks warned us last week about the dubious utility of anniversaries in fundraising. You should read it (I read Jeff’s blog every day), but the point is simple: you might care about your anniversary, but donors do not. He’s right. What seems a momentous occasion to staff and board members is meaningless to most of your donors. Why? Because it’s not about your donors. I’ve joked for years that I ought to make “It’s not about you” into a sign. And every development office ought to display…
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  • Hillary Clinton fundraising in Houston next week

    28 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is bringing her presidential campaign to Houston next Thursday, when she's set to appear at a fundraiser here, according to an event invitation. The two-hour reception costs $2,700 to attend, $27,000 to co-host and ...
  • Student Fundraising

    28 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    The Vigo County School Corporation announced Thursday that local schools raised more than $100,000 for charitable organizations. The Vigo County School Corporation announced Thursday that local schools raised more than $100,000 for charitable organizations.
  • SSE Superhero fundraising

    28 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Dad of two Craig Russell, who works for SSE Enterprise Telecoms in Perth, was recently joined by his son, Fraser, and friend Campbell, to abseil down Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow for Teenage Cancer Trust. The superhero trio raised over £5,000 ...
  • UNICEF HK To Seek Fundraising Via WeChat Payment Platform

    28 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    Social platform WeChat has announced that the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) brings in a new payment channel to support world emergency relief work via WeChat’s advanced Payment Platform, enabling donors to easily make contributions to ...
  • Media Release: Fundraising assistant gears up to take part in cycle challenge for North East Sensory Services (NESS)

    28 May 2015 | 3:13 am
    A FUNDRAISING assistant who lost his sight in 2010 is gearing up to pedal 25 miles over hilly terrain in a bid to help raise awareness of a charity that supports people throughout the northeast with severe visual impairment or deafness. Bruce Cruickshank ...
 
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  • Methods and Metrics for Assessing Civic Tech

    Beth
    27 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    Note from Beth: My colleagues at Network Impact have released an important report about measuring and evaluating “civic tech” based on their experience working with Knight Foundation grantees.     It goes beyond just analytics tools to exploring tools, techniques, and data for measuring deep civic engagement, open governance, and inclusive decision-making.   My colleague, Anne Whatley, wrote this summary of what you’ll find when you dig into these two stellar and highly practical reports and resource lists. Methods and Metrics for Assessing Civic Tech, Guest post by Anne…
  • The Art of Facilitating Virtual Meetings with Sticky Notes

    Beth
    26 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Last week, Andrea Kihlstedt and I did a reprise of our Guidestar webinar, “Healthy and Productive Meetings” as a learning session for Guidestar staff.     Guidestar has multiple office locations, so this session was done as a virtual meeting using a platform and apps that offered features like chat, desktop sharing, polling, white board, sticky notes, and audio and video conferencing.   As trainers,  Andrea and I both know the value of “modeling the model,” so we wanted to use and model best practices for designing effective meetings on their preferred platforms.
  • My Most Engaged Follower On Twitter Is @JenniferPreston

    Beth
    21 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    My most engaged follower on Twitter this past week is Jennifer Preston.  I know why Jennifer, who is the VP at the Knight Foundation is one of my engaged followers this week.   Earlier this week I was in Miami to do a social media pre-workshop at the Knight Digital Media Seminar.  Jennifer was observing and tweeting during the session.  (If you want to read the re-caps or view the videos for the seminar itself, the Knight Foundation blog has full documentation here). On the other hand,  my most influential followers is Ellen DeGeneres.  I’m not sure why as I don’t follow…
  • What I Learned From @Sree Sreenivasan Chief Digital Officer of @MetMuseum

    Beth
    20 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    I just spent two days in Miami at the Knight Foundation Media Learning Seminar where I co-facilitate a pre-conference workshop on leading on social channels with Amy Gahran and Stephanie Rudat.   But I also got an opportunity to finally hear the keynote speaker, Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer of the @MetMuseum in person.   I’ve been fan for a long time, but never had the chance to meet or hear him in person. Sree is authentic, humble, and always making connections.   When I asked for a photo of him with the Fast Company magazine that includes the profile of him, he modestly…
  • Why Good Habit Formation Is Important for Nonprofits

    Beth
    19 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Flickr Photo by Celestine Chua For the past few months, I’ve been working on a new project that will launch next month.   It is a leadership professional development project for emerging leaders in nonprofits in collaboration with Third Plateau funded by the Packard Foundation. This pilot project will test a leadership development training model for emerging leaders in environmental organizations that uses a combination of peer learning, coaching, and mentoring. The approach tests a hypothesis that emerging leaders need to have exciting, new assignments as well as the professional…
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  • One simple way to simplify

    Edward Sumner
    28 May 2015 | 3:03 pm
    A simple and helpful perspective shift from Josh Collier: I felt like I couldn’t get anything done. The Tyranny of the Urgent wasn’t just a struggle, it was my daily reality. Not able to do what I love most, I found myself totally discouraged. So I asked my friend David Achata for help. He said he’d recently discovered that the more goals you attempt to accomplish in a given day, the fewer you will actually accomplish. I know, I said the same thing: David, that sounds totally backwards! But it’s actually true. The concept isn’t about planning or goals or priorities. It’s about…
  • Sticky Notes Part II – The Practicum

    Edward Sumner
    27 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    A great follow up post from our friend Josh: 2 weeks ago we talked about my friend and his sticky notes – the big point: your technology doesn’t make your organized, YOU make you organized. All the tech in the world doesn’t change how you approach, prioritize, and organize your life. So, here’s 10 simple tips for getting organized – from theory to practicum Reject the idea that bright, new, and shiny will make you more productive. Only you will make you more productive. Think before you act: “If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the…
  • This is my week, and I’m sticking to it.

    Edward Sumner
    20 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Ok.  Last week we talked about the massive fail of inadvertently communicating to supporters and prospects that we are not really listening to them because we’ve got too many other things on our minds.  Today, I want to offer a general guide to structuring our weeks in such a way that this is less likely to happen. It’s not a perfect plan, but is a plan that’s worked for me.  It is offered with the caveat that things always come up, priority relationships trump plans, and flexibility is always needed.  But, if we go into each week without a solid playbook and without…
  • ‘I’m not really listening to you.’

    Edward Sumner
    18 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    What?!?!  This is probably the worst thing that we could ever communicate to a prospect or supporter for our agencies.  It is a privilege and huge opportunity to personally secure time with those that we are seeking to draw into closer relationship with us, and so, to tell them we’re not  listening would be just awful.  And, I wouldn’t be surprised if they bailed on us. A dear friend, colleague, and one of the best fundraisers I know was sharing the other day about a really tough season of being so stretched for time, that his 1-1 donor meetings were the only opportunities…
  • Sticky Notes – Really?

    Edward Sumner
    13 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Our friend Josh Collier kicks off our first segment on time management: I had this friend who organized his life with sticky notes. I thought he was so disorganized – he literally carried his laptop and a manilla folder filled with printer paper. Each page of paper was covered in sticky notes. What drove me – a borderline organization obsessor – most crazy was that he used different colors of sticky notes with no rhyme or reason! I was sure my methods would always be better. It’s easy to get all gung-ho on technology these days. Want a project management app in the cloud?
 
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  • Considerations for a Career in the Nonprofit Sector

    Cari Mostert
    18 May 2015 | 9:29 pm
    For this generation of cause activists and volunteers desiring to make a difference from the start, the appeal of a charity career has never been stronger. Idealistic, ambitious young graduates are rejecting the idea that a mere paycheck is reward enough for their life hours spent at work. Where other than the nonprofit sector, can an individual – just starting out – impact social reform, change the world and be a force for good while working for a living? Many entering the job market today, see the opportunities offered by the nonprofit sector as more exciting and rewarding…
  • Giving to Nonprofit Hospitals: Is it Really Charity?

    Devon Reeser
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Philanthropists give billions to nonprofit hospitals each year – recently Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg made headlines for a record $75 million gift to the San Francisco General Hospital, for example. In a tight race for philanthropy dollars for nonprofits across the nation, is it fair that hospitals, which operate more like businesses, are considered charities? (Source: CNN.) Health economists estimate that tax breaks for nonprofit hospitals total $12 billion annually, in the name of benefiting their communities. The reality, however, made apparent by mandated studies associated with the…
  • Top 4 Green Trends to Boost Your Environmental Nonprofit Fundraising

    Devon Reeser
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you are an environmental nonprofit, or just a nonprofit going green, certain trends in American philanthropy can help you boost your fundraising! The bottom line is that nontraditional givers are now helping green nonprofits, for nontraditional reasons – and charity to green causes is rising faster than nearly any other giving segment as a result.   According to Charity Navigator, in 2013 giving to environmental causes was up 7.5% to nearly $10 billion, and those numbers are only increasing. The core trends behind that phenomenon are highlighted here – make sure you know who the new…
  • What Nonprofits Need to Know about Donations to Political Campaigns

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

    Cari Mostert
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Business gurus, motivational sages and savvy speakers are aware of the value of a timely quotation. Here are some favorite quotations to use whenever delight and inspiration are needed; with your colleagues, your board, in training materials, presentations and donor communications. Even with your morning coffee before tackling the dreaded email tsunami. Emphasize the mission and the message with these inspirational quotations from people who knew (and know) passion, determination and the meaning of grit.     Changing the world “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always…
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  • [Guest Post] Crowdfunding – Not the Hail Mary You Think

    Marc A. Pitman
    22 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Today it's my pleasure to introduce you to Dana Ostomel, the founder of Deposit a Gift.com. Deposit a Gift allows anyone - nonprofits, schools, or individuals - to raise money and even sell tickets to benefit events. I love that Dana's background is in marketing. She's developed solutions for brands like Snapple, Century21, The Home Depot, and DirecTV. With Deposit A Gift, she brings this experience to help people and organizations in planning and marketing their crowdfunding goal. Dana recently presented an entire session on how to do crowdfunding for The Nonprofit Academy. So I asked her to…
  • Donor Fatigue is a myth

    Marc A. Pitman
    20 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    I firmly believe "donor fatigue" is a cop out, not a reality. In this quick video, I tell you why. And I give you a free tool to fix your next fundraising letter. For more on this, check out: The free fundraising letter email course at" http://fundraisingcoach.com/fundraising-letters/ The new Fundraising 101 video class for board members and "accidental" fundraisers at: http://fundraisingcoach.com/university/courses/fundraising-101/ And the official site for The Nonprofit Storytelling Conference at: http://bit.ly/NPStoryConf The post Donor Fatigue is a myth appeared first on…
  • Millenials aren’t really that different!

    Marc A. Pitman
    7 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Millenials aren't really different. Charities just haven't been paying attention! "Selfie" by Patrik Nygren. Used with permission.https://flic.kr/p/nk9b1wCharities have gotten used to the WORLD WAR II GENERATION's trust in big social programs. Big programs overcame the Great Depression and overcame Hitler, right? So if "everyone does their part" we'll overcome the next hurdle. But their kids, the SILENT GENERATION started questioning the blind dependence on large organizations. Those questions became much louder in the BOOMERS. In fact, Boomers loudly asked questions like, "Your charity is…
  • Helping board members tell their nonprofit story

    Marc A. Pitman
    5 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    "Story Road" by umjanedoan on Flickr. Used by permission.Would you like to jumpstart your fundraising for your nonprofit? One of the most important tools I've seen is helping board members get comfortable telling their own story. Getting board members to be fully present In my work with nonprofits around the world, I find a common element in those with high performing boards: their board members feel released to be fully themselves. This is often evidenced by their ability to share their personal story. It seems basic, but the vast majority of board members I work with discredit the value of…
  • 9 experts weigh in on quite possibly the worst nonprofit mobile friendly advice ever

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

    blueskycollaborative
    28 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    The most effective peer to peer fundraiser asks the right people, makes the ask in person, on the phone or by email, and asks more than once. Fundraising is personal and is done on the ground. If you think, posting...
  • Top 5 Tips for a Better Fundraising Walk/Run

    blueskycollaborative
    26 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    Summer is officially here and for many organizations, that means it is finally fundraising season. So many of our clients rely on a major annual fundraising Walk or Run to raise money for their vital programs. Since we have been...
  • Razoo Crash Leaves MN Charities Empty Handed

    blueskycollaborative
    9 Dec 2013 | 12:38 pm
    http://tech.mn/news/2013/11/14/givemn-website-crash-2013/ http://www.dotcom-monitor.com/blog/index.php/website-uptime/minnesota-give-to-the-max-day-2013-givemn-razoo-website-crashes/ http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2013/11/givemnorg_lost_gobs_of_cash_thanks_to_website_crash.php From the "if its too good to be true it is" files, many charities depending on Give to the Max day in Minnesota were left to fend for themselves when Razoo's donation web service crashed. Razoo, which...
  • Mobile Friendly Design in Peer to Peer Fundraising Software Increases Donations

    blueskycollaborative
    21 Nov 2013 | 9:59 am
    30-40% of the traffic to your Peer to Peer (P2P) fundraising site will come from phone and tablets. Much of this traffic is the result of email referrals by the fundraisers to their friends and family asking for donations on...
  • A Fountain of Knowledge for Nonprofits

    blueskycollaborative
    16 Oct 2013 | 10:53 am
    The Knowledge Fountain looks like a new, valuable resource for nonprofits. Check it out at http://www.kfountain.com/ . It's run by Don Akchin who has done a lot of work in Nonprofit Marketing & Fundraising
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  • What is God? A Nine Year Old's Experience.

    Richard Whittaker
    27 May 2015 | 10:52 pm
    [Excerpt from Jacob Needlman's book, What is God?, that I thought some of you may appreciate.  Also excited about his Awakin Call on Saturday.] The year is 1943. I am nine years old. It is dark night, full summer in Philadelphia, hot, humid. I am aware that my father is sitting outside on the front steps. We have only just moved into these small rooms on this care, newly constructed street pretentiously named Park Lane. The street is an island of low-rent apartments in a sea of wealth: leafy streets, large, gracious old houses -- and all embraced by Philadelphia's…
  • The Man Who Moved a Mountain Alone!

    KarmaTube.org
    27 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 3911 views and 10 comments. "Dashrath Manjhi, also referred to as the “Mountain Man,” spent 22 long years breaking a mountain. It all started when his wife, who was trekking the mountain to bring him food, fell down and got hurt. He said to himself – everyone is born to eat, work and sleep, so why not do one thing in life which is beneficial for his wife and for others and that will serve for a long time to come? He sold his 3 goats so he could buy the hammer and chisel needed to break the 300 foot mountain. After 22 years of…
  • Bradley shares ...

    Bradley Stoll
    27 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    I don't recall how I came across this video but I did :). The first time I watched it I stopped half way through. The next time, I watched to the end. It made me contemplate my own biases. How is my brain wired? What are some things that I do and maybe don't even realize? Just the other day I was outside Casa de Paz and came upon two gentleman. The first, Mark, asked to use my phone. Since he knew Sam, at least by name, I felt an instant connection to him and hence, I trusted him. He called his mom and then had to go. His mom then called me back, thinking I was Sam, and we had a nice…
  • The Role of Empathy in Entrepreneurship

    DailyGood.org
    27 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    "What does empathy look like in action, and how can you incorporate [it] into your business model?" Ashoka, a non-profit organization that looks to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve complex social problems, posed this very radical question. In response, three social enterprises from around the world shared their stories on how they build empathy and compassion. Their methods range from teaching young children in urban schools to cultivate emotional competence, and teaching empathetic financing in banks to teens and young adults, to harnessing our creative abilities to transform…
  • Wisdom of the Tribes about Money

    Birju Pandya
    26 May 2015 | 11:24 pm
    I've been part of a conversation recently with Pancho and elder John Malloy in the ServiceSpace ecosystem. We have been speaking about the role of gifting financially in a way that invites the sacred (to 'compost' money towards real wealth). Here's some of his feedback thus far, which has been moving to read- "as all the chiefs have said since time began shy water /land is not for sale it's said when a white man has extra he puts it in the bank and calls it interest the red man has extra he then shares it w/friends and calls it wisdom gold is called the rock that…
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  • “We had Everything but Money”: A Lesson in Gratitude from a 92-Year Old Country Boy

    Jeremy Gregg
    25 May 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Tonight at dinner, my 92-year old uncle J.D. was telling me stories about growing up on the farm in Winnsboro, Texas​. He proudly described how they grew nearly every bit of food that they ate: no small feat for a family with five growing boys! He gushed over memories of how the neighbors would help each other when the harvests came ... Read More The post “We had Everything but Money”: A Lesson in Gratitude from a 92-Year Old Country Boy appeared first on Jeremy Gregg. You can find author Jeremy Gregg on Twitter at @JeremyGregg.
  • My guest blog for The Miles Foundation

    Jeremy Gregg
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    Below is a copy of my interview with the Miles Foundation, “Shifting the Collaboration Paradigm Between Funders and Nonprofits.” My sincere thanks to Sara Redington, the Director of Communications for the foundation, for her assistance with this post. This interview was conducted in February 2015 shortly after I presented at the Dallas Contributors’ Network. You can also download a PDF of ... Read More The post My guest blog for The Miles Foundation appeared first on Jeremy Gregg. You can find author Jeremy Gregg on Twitter at @JeremyGregg.
  • Obituary for my Beloved Grand-Aunt: Montrue “Monty” Chitsey (1922 – 2015)

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

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

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

    Jonathan
    27 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    One month ago today, I last updated Jamie Raskin’s fundraising totals on Act Blue. Seemed like a good time to check back in. For those who don’t remember, he had raised $113,408 on 220 contributions as of April 27, a week after his kickoff event. As of today he’s raised a total of $169,830 on 325 contributions, an average of $522. That’s $56,422 on 105 contributions, an average of $537, in the past month. As I’ve noted before, all these numbers are online contributions only.
  • Heart and Stroke Update/Bike to School Reminder

    Howard Public School
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Heart and Stroke Update: THANK YOU for helping to make our Heart&Stroke Jump Rope for Heart event a Jumpcredible success! Together, we raised $6668.90 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation – thanks to your support! Supporting kids’ health for more than 30 years, the Heart and Stroke Foundation encourages kids to get active while they collect pledges for heart disease and stroke research. Jump Rope for Heart delivers fun and accessible games with information that encourages healthy eating, daily physical activity and giving back to the community. In addition to raising funds to…
  • A Vote For Tempo Wireless, Is A Vote For Education!

    Wireless For Education
    27 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Vote Here: http://ift.tt/1EHq3S0 Tempo Wireless Is Looking For Your Vote. They want to be voted as the nation’s #1 Wireless Company. Tempo Wireless is the only cell phone company that has partnered up with Reworking Wireless LLC to donate a percentage of phone bill revenue to local schools and nonprofit institutions. To help them make a difference visit http://ift.tt/1Ofu01e Vote Here: http://ift.tt/1EHq3S0 #phoneplans #fundraising #fundraiser #school
  • Interning at Cheekwood // Nashville, TN

    maaainfo
    27 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Article written by Allyson, a graduate student in the dual MAAA/MPA program at SPEA. During the acad
  • Bingo, Bingo, Bingo

    Tom Bensberg
    27 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Good afternoon everyone.We are still needing 11 students and 3 adults for bingo this Saturday, May 30th.  Please email me at mbensberg77@gmail.com if you are available to volunteer.  Please remember that bingo supports our entire band program and without it our fees would be astronomical. Also, click link below for the sign-up sheet for this summer.  There are still 77 students who haven’t signed up for a single spot.  Please take time to review the attachment and let me know if you are available. SUMMER Bingo 2015 sign up The quicker the spots get filled the less I will bombard you…
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  • The key -- and often missing -- ingredient in nonprofit stories

    Jeff Brooks
    28 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    How often have you read a fundraising message that included a "story" like this? Everything is going great for "Jim." He used to struggle with alcoholism, but ever since he came to Awesome Charity, he's been sober, and loving his life. It has the form and appearance of a story, but it's not really a story at all. That's because a real story -- the kind that sinks into the heart and mind and stirs people to action -- features conflict. The Storytelling Non-Profit blog, at C Is For Conflict. And isn't: ... in non-profit stories ... the conflict is quickly rushed through and sometimes not even…
  • Your donors will remember how you make them feel

    Jeff Brooks
    27 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Here's a great quote, from Clairification at Heed Maya Angelou to Retain More Donors: I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou Here are some ways to make donors feel good about giving to your organization: In the first place, make your fundraising about what they can do to make a better place. Not how they can help you make the world better. Give them the action! They aren't your sidekick -- you are their sidekick. Thank them. Really thank them. Specifically for what they did, and…
  • Why the cancer charity scam matters to you -- and what you can do about it

    Jeff Brooks
    26 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    If the recent news about the scam cancer charities getting caught has you feeling smug because yours isn't a scam organization -- you need to think differently about it. Charity scams hurt all fundraisers. Because each scam, even a perceived scam, feeds one the top two reasons people don't give to charity: Why should I give? They'll just waste all my money! The ugly, ugly doings of the Cancer Fund of America and its sibling organizations play right into that narrative, and it rubs off on all of us. Because people don't remember the names of the four specific organizations in the current…
  • Another day, another list of everything you need to know

    Jeff Brooks
    22 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Here's a great list of the things that make fundraising work, from The Agitator at The Keys To Successful Fundraising. Here's the list: An appealing case Competent agency management A reasonable objective A friendly, well-informed constituency Timeliness Numerous points of contact An unhurried period of preparation An adequate scale of giving Substantial preliminary gifts Tested methods Competent direction It's not magic. It's not going to solve all your problems in three easy steps. It's not going to save you from the agony of hard work (In fact, it'll probably force you to do more work).
  • How important is your organization's anniversary to donors?

    Jeff Brooks
    21 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    Congratulations for working at an organization that's been around for at least a year. The more years, the bigger my congratulations. Organizational longevity is (mostly) a good thing. But let's keep that between us, okay? As the Claxon Marketing blog says: No one cares about your anniversary: Should you celebrate milestones? Sure. But make sure you're clear on what you're really doing and why. Don't waste resources celebrating something that other people don't really care about. Every word, every pixel, every square millimeter of paper that you spend proclaiming your anniversary is that much…
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • 10 Actions to Take This Summer to Increase Donor Retention

    Lori Jacobwith
    26 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The time you spend NOW to see, hear, and connect with your current donors during the summer months are, I believe, the key to increasing donor retention in advance of your fall events and annual appeals. With vacations and long weekends upon us, take this as your reminder to schedule some “donor retention” activities for the summer. The fact is, when donors have a high level of trust about what you DO with THEIR financial support, they are much more likely to give again and again. Here’s my checklist of 10 low-cost or free actions you can take this summer to cause your…
  • Winner of the Ignited Fundraising Haiku Contest

    Lori Jacobwith
    19 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Your creativity amazes me! What a fun week, last week was. Take a look at all of the folks who took a “positive pause” to draft and share a fundraising Haiku. The Winner of the Complete Storytelling System is: Mike Miller, Executive Director, River Bend Foodbank A special shout out to two Honorable Mentions: Mary Cahalane, Hands-On Fundraising & Linda Lones, Big Brother Big Sister! Congratulations to everyone who took the time to submit their Haiku! Here are some of the other creative contest entries: Hey, if you are reading this…take 3 minutes and add your Haiku about…
  • Seventeen Syllables Could Win You The Complete Storytelling System

    Lori Jacobwith
    12 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Let’s take a positive pause! I know so often those of us who work in fundraising can get mired down in the day-to-day of too much to do. We can get lost in our hard, important work and forget to take a break and look at all the good we do. So, to help you take a few minutes to look at the bright side of things, I have a haiku contest for YOU and you could win a copy of the NEW Complete ‪Storytelling‬ System! All you have to do is create a haiku that follow the traditional 5-7-5 syllable structure. Craft your haiku about something positive in your ‪‎fundraising‬ work. Then head…
  • A Cool App To Help You Capture A Powerful Story

    Lori Jacobwith
    5 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Have you seen the TED Talk by StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay? A number of people have sent the link to me, knowing I love a powerful story. When she sent the link, my friend Barb said, “everyone needs THIS app.” Dave’s message in his TED talk is about the importance of storytelling.  Dave is a terrific storyteller himself and he really understands how stories make a difference in the lives of the both the people who tell them AND the people who hear them. Dave says, “You know, a lot of people talk about crying when they hear StoryCorps stories, and it’s not…
  • The Long & The Short of It: A Great Example of Varying Story Lengths

    Lori Jacobwith
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A week or so ago I heard a short, inspiring story about a young girl named Maddie while I was listening to NPR. The story was about four-minutes long and talked about how this twelve-year-old girl outed the video game industry for discriminating against girls. Image source: Imangi Studios The story captured my attention so much when I heard it on the radio that later I went looking for it on the MPR website and found that, in fact, there was a longer seventeen-minute version of the story. Both versions of the story are very interesting. Go ahead, I encourage you to listen to them both.  Then…
 
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    Wild Woman Fundraising

  • What is the story of your life?

    4w3s0mE
    25 May 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Ooooh, I was fired from a fundraising job. SHOCKING, right? It was a BAD THING, right? Why did I get fired? Well, with at-will employment, they don’t have to have a reason to fire you. They can just decide they don’t want to see you again. And that’s pretty much what happened, despite raising a ton of money for this nonprofit. It took me a long time to get over the loss of this job. For awhile I had this poor me story that I told myself. Oh, I had been so hard done by. I had such terrible bosses. It was awful. I could not imagine a good boss ever in any nonprofit. I was…
  • Nonprofit Annual Report Master Class Three webinar series

    4w3s0mE
    24 May 2015 | 11:50 pm
    It’s the end of the fiscal year for many of us, and we are working on our annual reports. We (Vanessa Chase of the Storytelling Nonprofit and Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising) are going to do a deep dive into your annual report with this three webinar master class series. Master classes will take place June 16th, June 18th and June 23rd. All recordings will be available to anyone who has to miss a session. Your investment: Early bird: $147 After June 10th: $167 This is an incredible deal, as we usually sell one webinar for $87. You’re getting a significant savings that…
  • How are you doing?

    4w3s0mE
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I want to check in with you. How are you doing?   How are things going for you?   What do you want to see more of here? If you haven’t taken my quick 5 question survey yet, please take it here   Here’s my check in to get started.   I’ve been having a lot of phonecalls with people over the last two weeks, giving out advice like candy.   I’m so grateful to be connecting with so many of my readers! Thank you so much for sharing your problems and successes with me. I love learning more about you.   My mom was here for about a week, and I loved…
  • 4 ways to find what work is most fulfilling to you

    4w3s0mE
    19 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    Are you wondering how to get more satisfaction from your job? Last month, we had 550 people attend the very first virtual fundraising career conference. It was a smash hit, and one of our presenters, Kishshana Palmer, talked about how to use your strengths in the workplace. I decided to delve deeper, since I’d already read the Strengthsfinder 2.0 book and taken the test. What are your strengths? Start here. I’ve shared about managing people with the Strengthsfinder test here and here. There are 34 strengths you can have, according to Gallup, who surveyed 2 million people over 30…
  • Successful crowdfunding for photography

    4w3s0mE
    6 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    This interview is the fourth in our series about how to fundraise for your nonprofit using crowdfunding. Today I am pleased to welcome Tricia Hoffman, Executive Director of Newspace center for photography here in Portland Oregon. Tricia Hoffman has worked in non-profit management for the past 10 years, most recently at Blue Sky Gallery and Photolucida. Previously, she was the Development Director at Mid-America Arts Alliance and Curatorial Assistant at ExhibitsUSA. She holds a BS in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University and an MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford, Hartford…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Checkout-Fundraising Campaigns Raised $388 Million in 2014 - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    28 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Checkout-Fundraising Campaigns Raised $388 Million in 2014 - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Title: 2015 America’s Checkout Champions Organization: Cause Marketing Forum Summary: The annual report found that 77 charity checkout campaigns at the nation’s top retailers and restaurants raised more than $388 million in 2014." 'via Blog this'
  • Arrested Development; why has support fallen for the international aid sector? | nfpSynergy

    28 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    Arrested Development; why has support fallen for the international aid sector? | nfpSynergy: "As well as running research on individual charities or issues, nfpSynergy keeps a close eye on developments in the charity sector as a whole. Our latest findings show that overseas aid and development has seen a decline in popular support in recent years, and I have been considering why that might be the
  • Why Red Nose Day Was No Ice Bucket Challenge : FundRaising Success

    27 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Why Red Nose Day Was No Ice Bucket Challenge : FundRaising Success: ""The telethon has been replaced by the individualized community experience," said Matt Waghorn, director of communications planning at Huge. After much publicity rollout, the Red Nose Day fundraiser was a three-hour event on NBC that aimed to raise money for several poverty-focused charities through singing, dancing and
  • Giving Is Hard: Organizations Make Is Harder - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

    27 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Giving Is Hard: Organizations Make Is Harder - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "After a year-end marathon week of donating to dozens of my favorite charities online this past December, I concluded some nonprofits make it exceedingly difficult for me to give them my money. Every year I vow to spread my donations over 12 months so I don’t go crazy as the end of the tax year approaches. But
  • Which Companies Match Gifts Most?

    26 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    Which Companies Match Gifts Most?: "According to Double the Donation, a firm that advises nonprofits and companies regarding matching gifts programs, about 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies (and many others) match employee donations. But some companies are far more active at contributing matching gifts than most, and that’s because their employee participation rates in matching programs are
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    AFP Blog: Press Releases

  • ACCESS DEPARTURES

    20 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    ACCESS DEPARTURES: "Montblanc and DEPARTURES are pleased to announce the nine honorees in the Montblanc "Great Characters" initiative. The accomplishments individuals—and their passion for giving back to their communities—is illuminating and inspiring. " 'via Blog this'
  • Foundation Center - Press Release - Foundation Center Introduces Foundation Landscapes: Education

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

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

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

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Miami Children's Hospital Becomes Nicklaus Children's Hospital : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: "Press release, March 19, 2015) — Originally founded as Variety Children's Hospital in 1950, Miami Children's Hospital unveiled a logo featuring its new Nicklaus Children's Hospital name, during a press conference with golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara. The new name is effective March 20
 
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    AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day®

  • Finalists Selected for National Philanthropy Day® Honors Recognizing Top Donors, Volunteers - Press - AFP

    27 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Finalists Selected for National Philanthropy Day® Honors Recognizing Top Donors, Volunteers - Press - AFP: "Twenty-four finalists across six categories, including Outstanding Philanthropist and Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, have been announced for AFP’s second annual National Philanthropy Day® Honors, recognizing extraordinary generosity, selflessness, innovation and leadership. More than
  • Joyce Jenereaux to become next Detroit Free Press publisher

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

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

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

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

  • Kremlin Declares Mogul's Science Charity a 'Foreign Agent' - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    28 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Kremlin Declares Mogul's Science Charity a 'Foreign Agent' - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A Russian law ostensibly intended to prevent foreign interests from meddling in the country's internal affairs has ensnared a charity founded by a wealthy businessman to promote science education, Reuters writes. Russia's Justice Ministry has added Dynasty to a register of nonprofits designated as "foreign agents" under a 2012 law that had to date targeted human-rights groups and organizations critical of President Vladimir Putin."'via Blog this'
  • Opinion: IRS the Wrong Place to Police Nonprofit Politicking - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    28 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    Opinion: IRS the Wrong Place to Police Nonprofit Politicking - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Opinion: IRS the Wrong Place to Police Nonprofit PolitickingThe government should leave the Internal Revenue Service to its job of collecting taxes and get the agency out of the business of monitoring nonprofit groups' election activity, a fellow with a group that promotes free political speech writes in a Wall Street Journal column."'via Blog this'
  • Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill introduced - Press releases - GOV.UK

    28 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill introduced - Press releases - GOV.UK: "The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 28 May 2015.The bill would protect charities from people who present a risk of abuse, and give the Charity Commission for England and Wales new and tougher powers to tackle serious abuse of charities. The bill would also give charities a new legal power to invest their funds in a way that provides a financial return and furthers the charity’s aims."'via Blog this'
  • IRS Names Seven New Members to ACT Advisory Panel; ACT will Submit Recommendations at June Meeting

    28 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    IRS Names Seven New Members to ACT Advisory Panel; ACT will Submit Recommendations at June Meeting: Members continuing to serve include AFP CEO Andrew Watt  (see below lists)ACT Members Continuing on the Committee in 2015Employee PlansAlison Cohen, Ferenczy Benefits Law Center, Atlanta.Stuart A. Sirkin, The Segal Company, Washington, D.C.Christopher W. Shankle, Capitol One, Shreveport, La.Matthew I. Whitehorn, Dilworth Paxton, Philadelphia.Exempt OrganizationsVirginia Gross, Polsinelli PC, Kansas City, Mo.David Moja, Capin Crouse LLP, Orlando, Fla.Amy Coates Madsen, The Excellence…
  • Tampa Charity Sues City Over Panhandling Restrictions - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    22 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Tampa Charity Sues City Over Panhandling Restrictions - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A group serving the homeless in Tampa, Fla., has gone to court to block city laws that limit panhandling, saying the measures are unconstitutional and could put the charity out of business, the Tampa Bay Times reports."'via Blog this'
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • Leaside’s CGS lemonade and cookie sale funds to Nepal | The South Bayview Bulldog

    26 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Leaside’s CGS lemonade and cookie sale funds to Nepal | The South Bayview Bulldog: "Kids at Children’s Garden School have fulfilled their pledge to the CGS Principal’s Club by earning and donating $400 to the UNICEF Earthquake Relief Fund in aid of those struck so hard by multiple quakes in Nepal. The Principal’s Club teaches the selfless duty of philanthropy." 'via Blog this'
  • Musical chairs for charity: USA students raise money with childhood game | AL.com

    18 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Musical chairs for charity: USA students raise money with childhood game | AL.com: "As future South Alabama alumni, the weight and responsibility placed on our shoulders will only grow heavier as we grow older, and it is never too early to begin improving the lives of others," she said." 'via Blog this'
  • Dunes Learning Center receives $7,000 from VU students to fund Mighty Acorns : Duneland Community News

    18 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    Dunes Learning Center receives $7,000 from VU students to fund Mighty Acorns : Duneland Community News: "CHESTERTON | Valparaiso University students awarded Dunes Learning Center a $7,000 grant as part of a special American literature and experiential philanthropy course. Traditions of Giving and Serving in American Life introduces students to writings about charity and service, while taking
  • Inspiring youth philanthropy

    15 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    Inspiring youth philanthropy: "Scott knows whereof she speaks. During high school, helping found and fund a nonprofit led her to become a Youth Advisory Council member and leader for In Youth We Trust at the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. “I saw all the facets of philanthropic organizations and how wonderful the work was,” she said. “After that, I knew I wanted to work in philanthropy
  • Students' spring break uncovers 'infectious' work

    8 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Students' spring break uncovers 'infectious' work: "Both girls joined their Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) team of 18 students on spring break from Eastern Kentucky University of Richmond, Ky. For most of the team, including sophomore Campbell and senior Wilcox, it was their first disaster relief ministry experience. The students traded their spring vacations for 12-hour workdays and paid $250
 
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    AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology

  • Ten tips for digital transformation at charities

    28 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    Ten tips for digital transformation at charities: "Last week Kirsty Weakley spent a day immersed in all things digital transformation at CharityComms' conference. She picks out the key themes that emerged."'via Blog this'
  • Mobile Strategy Starts with Collecting Mobile Phone Numbers

    27 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    massnonprofit news ::: "The popularity of smartphones—and expected continued growth across all demographic groups—means nonprofits need to implement a mobile strategy that begins with building a comprehensive database of mobile phone numbers.According to MobileCause, a California-based provider of online fundraising and communications platforms, mobile numbers have become “the most important record in your database...and mobile search is the most common way supporters learn more about your nonprofit.” "'via Blog this'
  • Digital Media Skills

    27 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    Digital Media Skills: "Here's a list of digital media skills for resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews. "'via Blog this'
  • 5 Ways Technology Can Help Your Nonprofit Do More Good : FundRaising Success

    26 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    5 Ways Technology Can Help Your Nonprofit Do More Good : FundRaising Success: "According to "The Science Behind Why People Give Money to Charity," it takes multiple actions to drive someone to give. The first action, simply asking, is one we take for granted. "'via Blog this'
  • Email Subject Line Length Matters SOMETIMES | Nonprofit Marketing | Getting Attention

    26 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    Email Subject Line Length Matters SOMETIMES | Nonprofit Marketing | Getting Attention: "Welcome to our Proof Point series—highlighting research findings to use when advocating for the marketing approaches you know are right.Email subject line length DOES MATTER, as proven by Mail Chimp’s research on open rates for 200 million emails.The best email subject lines are short [50 characters or less]…and provide the reader with a reason to explore your message further."'via Blog this'
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    AFP BLOG: International News

  • Kremlin Declares Mogul's Science Charity a 'Foreign Agent' - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    28 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Kremlin Declares Mogul's Science Charity a 'Foreign Agent' - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A Russian law ostensibly intended to prevent foreign interests from meddling in the country's internal affairs has ensnared a charity founded by a wealthy businessman to promote science education, Reuters writes. Russia's Justice Ministry has added Dynasty to a register of nonprofits designated as "
  • Arrested Development; why has support fallen for the international aid sector? | nfpSynergy

    28 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    Arrested Development; why has support fallen for the international aid sector? | nfpSynergy: "As well as running research on individual charities or issues, nfpSynergy keeps a close eye on developments in the charity sector as a whole. Our latest findings show that overseas aid and development has seen a decline in popular support in recent years, and I have been considering why that might be the
  • NJPAI to hold 1st Jockey's Footrace for charity | Inquirer Sports

    27 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    NJPAI to hold 1st Jockey's Footrace for charity | Inquirer Sports: 'via Blog this'
  • Charity loses courtroom bid for Nina Wang's $14 billion fortune, AsiaOne Asia News

    22 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Charity loses courtroom bid for Nina Wang's $14 billion fortune, AsiaOne Asia News: "Hong Kong's highest court has ruled that a charity entrusted with the late property tycoon Nina Wang's multibillion-dollar estate will have to follow her will to the letter. The Chinachem Charitable Foundation saw its final attempt to exercise greater control over Wang's HK$82 billion (S$14 billion) fortune
  • Parliament Hill Day Builds Trust, Sets Stage for Future Advocacy - Press - AFP

    20 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Parliament Hill Day Builds Trust, Sets Stage for Future Advocacy - Press - AFP: "Last Thursday, May 14, 2015, more than 35 representatives from a variety of nonprofit organizations and associations, including AFP, participated in the first Hill Day in Ottawa to educate Parliament about the importance of Canada’s charitable sector and the impact it has upon society." 'via Blog this'
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    Pamela Grow

  • What’s in my Inbox | Follow-up Impact Report

    Pamela Grow
    27 May 2015 | 5:05 pm
    You’ll find me referring again and again to Mercy Corps email communications, and with good reason. So many lessons in this email reporting 30 days after the Nepal quake. Donor love, check. (“thanks to dedicated supporters like you”) Beautiful photo, check. Clear, clean and simple (What, Where, How). Check. The email redirects to your 30-day Nepal impact report. Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | Low cost easily replicated…Mercy Corps monthly giving program | Interview with Evan…What’s in my Inbox | Covering a catastrophic event…Fundraising Friday |…
  • Fundraising Friday | May 22, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    22 May 2015 | 4:16 am
    You’ve got a direct mail swipe file, your grant swipe file…do you have an email swipe file? This week’s What’s in my Inbox. (Take a minute to comment and tell me which organizations are in your swipe file!) Which is worse: root canal or fundraising? Is your fundraising a pain in the ask? New from Mary Cahalane. Why fundraising is hard – and how that’s our big opportunity. New from Jeff Brooks. New from 101 Fundraising: If you want more money, stop asking for it! Now, this can get confusing, I know. Just remember: your focus needs to be on communicating…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Political fundraising for your swipe file

    Pamela Grow
    19 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    How do you master fun, engaging, ‘donate-able’ email copy? Start by creating your own nonprofit email ‘swipe file’ to keep enewsletters, eappeals, and other communications. And you may want to begin by subscribing to Emily’s List, an American political action committee (PAC) that aims to help elect pro-choice Democratic female candidates to office, and Al Franken, United States Senator from Minnesota. Senator Franken’s ‘exercise in humility’ showcases an excellent monthly giving appeal. Franken’s stuff is always wholly donor-centered (“Your support is the fuel…”…
  • Fundraising Friday | May 15, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    15 May 2015 | 4:22 am
    I’ve been blogging for years on the importance of your organization’s welcome email. Check out this week’s What’s in my Inbox for a couple of exceptional examples. How can you combine your annual report with a soft ask? Solid example from Food for the Poor in this week’s What’s in my Mailbox. My friend Debra Beck with Letter to a young nonprofit board member. Good read. New from Kerri Karvetski (online fundraiser extraordinaire) 8 Commandments for Converting Direct Mail Fundraising Appeals to Email. “There is never a good excuse to disrespect anyone.” A thoughtful reminder…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Miniature annual report celebrates donors

    Pamela Grow
    13 May 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Food For The Poor shares their latest annual report via a personalized letter, a mini (5” X 7.5”) report that covers all the bases, and donor certificate of appreciation. Related Posts:Fundraising Friday | May 15, 2015Simple Development Systems Podcast | Creating Your…Does your nonprofit annual report focus on what really…Protected: Bonus Podcast: Your Annual Report | The Basics…Interview with Angel Aloma | Simple Development Systems…The post What’s in my Mailbox | Miniature annual report celebrates donors appeared first on Pamela Grow.
 
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Announcing The Results Of Fundraising Campaigns

    Tony Poderis
    27 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    The Campaign (Annual, Endowment Or Capital) Is Over And The Goal Has Been Achieved — Life Is Good! Issue a press release and a final newsletter thanking campaign leadership, volunteers and the donors. Single out people who should be commended, and praise the campaign chair. Then, be sure to convene a meeting of the campaign leadership for in an-depth, no-holds-barred, assessment and review of what was accomplished and what was learned. Follow the First Rule in evaluating a completed campaign: Don’t wait! The Second Rule is to get the evaluation done quickly. That way, knowing all that…
  • Another New Nonprofit – Taking Baby Steps

    Hank Lewis
    20 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    The following is a recently received email. My comments/responses are the indented paragraphs. We’re a relatively young 501c3, at about 5 years old, but have relied mostly on dues from members up to this point. Last year we participated in our state’s annual nonprofit day of giving. It is my observation that memberships/dues are not the best ways to raise money. As an organization matures, it becomes easier to raise a lot more from contributions, because people who pay dues very often say, when asked for a contribution, that they’ve already paid/given for the year. We…
  • Fundraising … and A Common, Self-Defeating Behavior

    Hank Lewis
    13 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    I had a conversation, recently, with a board member of an organization – a type of “foundation” that raises funds to support activities designed to advance/sustain their profession, who indicated that the board was “disappointed” with the total dollars that have been raised over their first few years. When the organization was first created, they sought the advice of a development consultant (me) … who explained the basis of successful fundraising: prospect identification; determination of the needs of prospective donors; working with those prospects to find the fit – where…
  • Setting a Fundraising Goal: “You Must Raise ‘X’ Times Your Salary In New Money”

    Tony Poderis
    6 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    A recent email asked: “What is a reasonable goal to ask a development person to raise for a non-profit organization? “Our Executive Director, a former college president, expects me to raise 6 to 8 times my salary in new money, which was the expectation at the college. “Have you heard of that concept before? I’ve been a Director of Development for a few organizations in the past and never heard of this!!” Almost always, when I learn of the impossible situations in which too many good development officers find themselves, I reply in ways intended to ease the pain as best I can…
  • The Development Plan – Measuring Success

    Hank Lewis
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    This time, calling it by it’s correct name !! As previously noted in these postings, “Development” has its focus on the relationships between the organization and its constituents/donors that can result in contributed income, “Fundraising” focuses only on the dollars. For a new nonprofit, immediate funding would probably be needed to ensure survival in the short term, but it’s quality relationships that result in consistent dollars over-the-long-term. It must also be understood that Development Plans are constructed for specific sets of circumstances — there is no…
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    Wakeman Agency

  • Is Your Charitable Organization Sexy Enough?

    wake101
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Most people probably would not describe nonprofit organizations as sexy. Instead, it’s easier to think of Hollywood crushes, designer fashions, luxury vehicles and even awe-inspiring renovations as possessing that magnetic pull that captivates our attention. The post Is Your Charitable Organization Sexy Enough? appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Why Board Members are Like Facebook Statuses

    wake101
    15 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    This just in: The way your friends’ (or kids) update their Facebook relationship statuses and how your nonprofit Board members feel about your organization may have more in common than you think. The post Why Board Members are Like Facebook Statuses appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • What We Learned from Haiti

    wake101
    12 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Fukushima nuclear disaster. The Sri Lanka tsunami. Hurricane Katrina. The Haiti earthquake. When tragedies of epic proportions strike, hearts are touched, and goodwill is inspired at levels just as epic. The post What We Learned from Haiti appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Four Simple Ways to Keep Post-Event Buzz Alive for Nonprofit Organizations

    wake101
    8 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    When done well, events can be part of a sustained and integrated strategy that engages audiences, builds support, heightens awareness and expands reach. The post Four Simple Ways to Keep Post-Event Buzz Alive for Nonprofit Organizations appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Why Becoming a Better Place to Work Improves Your Brand

    wake101
    5 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Having a strong brand is essential for organizational success. When companies and nonprofit agencies think about their brand, they are usually astute enough to consider factors beyond the approved color palette and logo. They frequently consider how certain audiences perceive and interact with them – the media, donors, volunteers, foundations, governmental bodies, clients. The post Why Becoming a Better Place to Work Improves Your Brand appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
 
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    Event 360

  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Jake Geiger

    Molly Fast
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Jake Geiger! Position:  Event Production Manager, MuckFestMS Start Year:  2004 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? AmeriCorp NCCC Team Leader, based in Denver, Colorado Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? The company culture and knowing that I’d be contributing to great causes. If you weren’t working at Event 360 what would you be doing? Traveling abroad. Favorite part of your…
  • Event 360 Partner Spotlight: Gameface Media – Five Tips for Awesome Event Photography

    Patrick Riley
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re proud to work with some of the best vendors and clients in the event business. Today, we’re highlighting our event photography partner, Gameface Media. They consistently deliver high value to our participants and make event marketing much easier because we always have the right photo to convey our message. Written by Marty McCrory Events can be challenging to photograph. There’s action happening everywhere and there’s never enough time. Further, at athletic events, participants move dynamically which makes it tricky to get great photos. As Director of Photography…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Joann Collins

    Molly Fast
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Joann Collins! Position:  Senior Copywriter, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Start Year:  2004 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I worked for CauseForce and prior to that, Pallotta TeamWorks, working on the 3-Day. The last jobs I had in my pre-3-Day life were in the film business, as a screenwriter and creative exec. Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? Patrick Riley! I had just had my first baby and was…
  • Six things to consider when your website goes down

    Patrick Riley
    20 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Written by Katie Zupancic As event producers, we know how important your website is to your event. It’s typically the prime vehicle for registration and likely plays a core role in fundraising and donations. In the case that something causes your website to go down, our team put together a short reference list to transition you from frantically hitting the refresh button to calmly climbing on top of the situation. Broken out by department, we hope this helps your team both identify the outage’s impact on your initiatives and mitigate the impact on your constituents. IT – Once the…
  • You’ve decided to rebrand your event. Now what?

    Patrick Riley
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Erin Kirchhoff It’s an inevitability in the career of a brand manager: you’ll spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to develop, design and create materials for your event, only to rebrand the very next season. So what do you do when the event name, logo and/or tagline changes? Here’s a checklist to help you simplify the process. Take inventory of what you have. It’s important to have a manifest of all the materials that currently exist with the now-outdated logo; be sure to include both digital and printed materials. This will give you an idea of what will need…
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • Making It Count

    janetlevineconsulting
    26 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    “Can’t make our meeting tomorrow,” my client said. “My board member set up a meeting with a potential donor.” OK, so now I have mixed emotions. Great that the board member set up a meeting. Not so great that it … Continue reading →
  • Giving Online

    janetlevineconsulting
    18 May 2015 | 3:10 am
    I keep reading how ” online giving” is on the rise, as if all a nonprofit has to do to increase its fundraising is to put up a donation page on the web. But all the donate now buttons and … Continue reading →
  • Making a Move

    janetlevineconsulting
    12 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Getting a major gift is typically the results of a carefully planned and orchestrated series of moves or touches that brings the prospect closer to the organization. Different prospects start at different points—some are already committed to the organization and … Continue reading →
  • Turning Prospects Into Donors

    janetlevineconsulting
    4 May 2015 | 1:26 am
    Cultivation. The steps you take to turn a prospect into a donor. These steps can range from sending someone a newsletter to a face-to-face visit and all manner of things in between. The trick, particular for larger annual or major … Continue reading →
  • Connecting the Dots

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

  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

    Phil Hollows
    25 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Even FeedBlitz’s amazing support team needs a day off now and then, and so I’ve told them not to come to work today. For everyone else, please note that the offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S.  Stay safe, enjoy the time off if you can, and we’ll be re-opening all bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing tomorrow. Phil        Related StoriesNo Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
  • Hero Images, Thumbnails and Tumblr: RSS Subscriber Emails with Impact

    Phil Hollows
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Want your subscriber email blog updates to be more than a rehash of your blog posts? Splendid! Because now they can be, as the FeedBlitz EZ Template editor just keeps getting better. Want to extract your blog’s main photo and use it as a “hero image” at the top of your mailing for extra impact? Now you can. Perhaps you need thumbnails for daily or weekly digests with many posts? Done and done. In addition to adding more dynamic content such as pins from Pinterest, pictures from Instagram and (New!) the latest from Tumblr, we are now giving you much more flexibility in how…
  • No Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.

    Phil Hollows
    12 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Telephone support will be unavailable today; live chat (from the top toolbar) and email support will still be available during east coast business hours, however. Phone support will be added back on Wednesday, May 13th.        Related StoriesNo Support Today, Monday May 25 2015Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
  • Power Email Marketing with FeedBlitz

    Phil Hollows
    11 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Did you know we have great power email marketing capabilities? While FeedBlitz is best known for its RSS feed powered email automation (corporate engineering motto: If it moves, automate it), we’ve been steadily increasing FeedBlitz’s traditional email marketing capabilities as well. In case you missed it, here’s a quick summary of our “Newsflash” emailing function, which is used for “traditional” (i.e. manually produced) newsletters, updates and sales pieces: New:Draft mailings from blog posts, and then edit before mailing; New: The ability to mail…
  • New: Add Pins, Instagram to your Subscriber Emails!

    Phil Hollows
    4 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    When is an email to your subscribers not simply an email to your subscribers? When it’s a platform for your other social media activity to better engage, inform and entertain your readers, that’s when. Many of you are active on Pinterest and Instagram, curating and creating engaging and persuasive graphics and photos. But most of you are not including those photos in your email updates to your subscribers, and that means you’re missing out on opportunities to broaden your email audience’s experience with your brand, as well as delivering a more interesting mailing.
 
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    GiveForward

  • Coping with Terminal Cancer

    Michael Powell
    26 May 2015 | 5:03 pm
    On February 21st, 2014, Tracy DeBarmore Dorame learned she has terminal cancer: grade 4 glioblastoma. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, glioblastoma “is a devastating brain cancer that typically results in death in the first 15 months after diagnosis.” 16 months after this tragic diagnosis, Tracy’s still fighting. Even though she’s outlived her initial prognosis, she and her family are very aware that she has terminal cancer. Earlier this month, Tracy’s community held an event where family, friends, and clients could celebrate her life and…
  • New Way To Supercharge Your GiveForward Fundraisers: T-Shirts!

    Caiti
    7 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Everybody loves T-shirts. So use them to supercharge your fundraiser! Put the name of your fundraiser front and center on the T-shirt color of your choice, and then sell them to supporters and donors. Here is an example of how your team can use a t-shirt fundraiser to support your campaign. GiveForward Team Supporting Fear Isn’t Real: Helping Joe Henson t-shirt fundraiser   When we first saw the Fear Isn’t Real fundraiser, and saw how its creators were using T-shirts as an additional way to raise funds, we realized that we could make that process simpler. You don’t…
  • Take the Lyme Disease Challenge with us!

    Michael Powell
    6 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    The Lyme Disease Challenge is a worldwide effort to bring awareness and funding to those affected by Lyme Disease. Like last year’s Ice Bucket Challenge, the Lyme Disease Challenge involves performing a quasi-uncomfortable action and daring others to follow suit—or pay up. How do you participate in the Lyme Disease Challenge? According to LymeDiseaseChallenge.org, there are 4 easy steps: Take a bite of a lime and document the moment with a photo or short video (sourpuss faces are encouraged). Share a fact about Lyme Disease to help spread awareness. Post your photo or video, tag 3 friends…
  • Do You Treat a Cancer Survivor Differently?

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

    Michael Powell
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    Autism Awareness Month is in full effect at GiveForward. Yesterday, our team was decked out in blue to recognize World Autism Awareness Day. You probably saw Niagara Falls and the Empire State Building turned blue, too. But what does all this bluish awareness really do for autism? Autism Awareness Month provides a voice for kids like Carter. Carter loves playing on the beach, but his autism causes wandering behavior. Like 1 in every 68 kids, Carter has autism. He’s 6 years old and non-verbal. Carter also wanders. According to Carter’s mom, Amy, “he constantly attempts to wander away…
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    The Fundraising Authority

  • 200 Fundraising Ideas to Raise More Money at Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    15 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Today, we are proud to announce the launch of our newest class here at The Fundraising Authority… 200 Fundraising Ideas to Help Your Non-Profit Raise More Money than Ever Before This 10 week class is a compilation of the best, most innovative fundraising ideas available for non-profit organizations.  If you want to supercharge your organization’s fundraising efforts, you owe it to yourself to check out this class. You won’t hear any tired old fundraising ideas during this class – no “ask your board for names” or “hold a silent auction.” Instead, you’ll get exciting,…
  • Fundraising Authority Podcast #24: Tips and Tricks for Raising More Money through Non-Profit Crowdfunding

    Joe Garecht
    11 May 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Crowdfunding is one of the fastest growing segments of the non-profit fundraising world… as well it should be.  It is a powerful way to raise more money and expand the reach of your non-profit organization. Our guest on today’s podcast is Dana Ostomel, an expert in running successful crowdfunding campaigns.  During our conversation, Dana provided some great strategies and tips for how any non-profit – including yours – can raise a significant amount through a strong crowdfunding campaign.  Don’t miss this episode! You can learn more about Dana and get more…
  • Here Are My Fundraising Pet Peeves… What Are Yours?

    Joe Garecht
    10 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    If you’ve been working in non-profit fundraising for any length of time, chances are you have developed a few pet peeves. Now, I’m not talking about a donor that grates on you or your colleague who talks way too loud on the phone… I’m talking about the fundraising ideas and cultures that really bug you, because you know deep down that those actions and beliefs are limiting your organization’s ability to raise money. Today, I want to share my three fundraising pet peeves with you.  I hope that after reading them, you’ll use the comments section to tell us what your fundraising…
  • How to Add an Online Component to Your Offline Fundraising Activities

    Joe Garecht
    5 May 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Most non-profits know the power of online fundraising.  They ask for donations on  their website, send out occasional fundraising e-mails, and maybe even dip a toe into the crowdfunding waters.  But did you know that your online activities can be a significant boost to your offline fundraising activities? It’s true!  Adding an online component is a phenomenal way to add more reach to your non-profit’s fundraising campaigns (annual, monthly giving, planned giving, capital, etc.) and offline events.  By utilizing online strategies, your organization will be able to include new…
  • For Better Donor Communications, Cut Out the Jargon!

    Joe Garecht
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    In the non-profit world, we have a serious jargon problem. We love telling our donors about our “multidisciplinary approaches,” and letting prospects know that we have “peer-reviewed research” that proves the efficacy of our program. We talk about “capacity building” and “stakeholders.” We tout our “social entrepreneurship” and the number of MSWs, LSWs and LCSWs that work for our organizations. We confuse our donors and make their eyes glaze over with our corporate speak and internal catch phrases. And the end result of all that jargon is, sadly, fewer dollars for our…
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    Sharing the Goodness

  • ALWAYS ASK

    Perry Allison
    18 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Meet Kathy Kingston, guest blogger Kathy is an award-winning consultant, speaker, professional fundraising auctioneer and author.  Her new book, A Higher Bid, How to Transform Special Event Fundraising with Strategic Benefit Auctions is launching later this week on May 20.  We thought you’d enjoy reading her thoughts about the Art of the Ask. How to Master the Art of the Ask for Your Fundraising Auctions At the age of 64, Diana Nyad became the first person on record to swim 51 hours nonstop from Cuba to Florida, in waters teeming with killer sharks and the deadly venomous Box…
  • Gone with the Gala

    Perry Allison
    15 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    My husband and I hosted an annual Christmas party for many years. Our friends had grown to expect that our party would happen every year with the usual boisterous singing and great food and piles of work for us. One year we decided to un-invite everyone. We decided it was time to take a year off and rather than leave everyone guessing, we sent out an engraved un-invitation. It read something like…you are cordially NOT invited to our annual Christmas party. It’s not because of the terrible singing (and you know who you are) or the clean-up that lasts for days, it’s because…
  • Take Time to Reflect

    Perry Allison
    8 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I am lucky to live between Boston and Vermont. I am especially lucky that when I am in Vermont, away from the fray, I am able to look out over my farm and my garden and reflect . It is a practice that I highly recommend, whatever your view. In fundraising, as in life, it is incredibly important to take the time to reflect on what has happened, to peel things back and take a hard look at what has worked and what has not. While there are still lots of galas taking place in May and June, March and April are the busiest months of the year in the auction fundraising world. At BiddingForGood, we…
  • Why How You’re Feeling Matters

    Alice Curley
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    A recent article in the New York Times, The Importance of Naming Your Emotions, explores the topic of acknowledging your emotions in the workplace. We’re taught that emotions should be kept at bay when we’re working. If you’re angry, tired, or sad, you need to keep those feelings to yourself. But, as the author of this article aptly points out, we’re only human. We all have tough days and rough patches. We don’t need to make them harder by stifling our feelings or keeping how we feel a secret. Ignoring how you’re feeling can make the task at hand even more challenging. We…
  • How to Cope With Committee Conflicts

    goodnessinaction
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    So you’re in charge of the auction committee this year! There is a lot to do. For example: Solicit items Build your auction site Promote Lucky for you, you’ve got a team of people to work with. There’s just one problem. They aren’t getting along. You’re keeping a positive attitude. Why can’t they? In meetings you hear a lot of negativity. As much as you try to steer the conversation in a more positive direction, it just isn’t working. What do you do? Get specific. Who is saying what and why? If you notice that one person on your team is always finding reasons not to solicit…
 
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    Association of Grumpy Old Fundraisers who know stuff

  • Why do people stop giving?

    peter maple
    15 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    So do you really know why people who have been giving you money stop?Just done four television and radio interviews about whether high pressure telephone, direct mail, digital and canvassing fundraisers are leading more people to say no. The back story is the so very sad story of the suicide of Olive Cooke who's family say she was "bombarded" by charities to give money and felt pressured into giving. In reality she was profoundly upset about £250 going missing in the post but the "incessant" pressure by charities can't have helped.Whilst I'm the first to defend the right (or even duty) of…
  • Why people don't give

    peter maple
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Many practitioners and academics (me included) spend a lot of time thinking about the reasons behind why people give money to charity. It's a fertile and important area of research as insights can help fundraisers dramatically improve their fundraising effectiveness. In that I'm hoping to publish my doctoral research this summer so watch this space.In the meantime however as I interview charity supporters (and a few non-givers) I'm increasingly intrigued as to when and why people don't give. Claire Axelrad and I have been having an interesting debate in the Major Donor SIG pages about the…
  • 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…
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    Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry

  • This Tip Makes Asking for a Gift Much Easier and More Successful

    Gail Perry
    21 May 2015 | 5:20 pm
    It’s the scariest moment in fundraising. It’s when you sit down with a prospective donor. You look them in the eye. And you ask for a gift. What would happen if you turned the conversation over to your donor? It could be quite different! Here is a high-impact approach suggested by the very smart Andrea Kihlstedt, one of the masters of our business. Andrea lays out six simple steps to secure a wonderfully generous gift from your donor. And it’s step number 3 that is so revolutionary to me! ALL of these steps engage your donor deeply. They let your donor take the lead. Six…
  • Love Song to My Major Gift Prospect List!

    Gail Perry
    15 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    I’m admitting it. I am warped. Maybe it’s weird or something but I just love major gift donors. And I love the hunt to find them. I love deep reconnaissance, finding out what’s in a prospective donor’s heart and mind. I love hearing their story. And I just love figuring out how – just how – can I develop the donor to become as passionate about my cause as I am. It’s just so much fun! So clearly I must be warped? What I love most of all is my Top Prospect List of Major Gift Donors! Why? Because in one place, here is THE list of folks who have the potential to change the world at…
  • My $5 Million Capital Campaign Ask that BOMBED

    Gail Perry
    7 May 2015 | 11:49 pm
    I wish you could have been there. . . . It was a hot summer day in Virginia. I was seated in a small conference room, with one of Virginia’s top business kingpins. There the successful businessman sat —  so smart and so together – at the head of the table. And we all lined up on the other side of the table: the President of a fabulous local college, the wonderful Chair of our capital campaign, the successful businessman’s right hand lady, and me – consultant to the College. And we were there to make a $5 million solicitation. We were going to ask him to name one of…
  • How to Warm Up Your Donors for Big Major Gift Asks

    Gail Perry
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Donors are people just like we are. They don’t want to be surprised by a solicitation. If you have a close relationship with your donor, then you’ll want to lay careful groundwork to prepare her. And you’ll want to do this well before you bring in a delegation to sit down with her for a formal discussion. You should always let her know what is coming, so she will be ready to discuss a gift. Here are some easy and polite ways to ask for permission for an “ask discussion:” Our CEO and board chair would like to come chat with you about the project we’ve been discussing.
  • Building an Internal Culture of Philanthropy to Support Major Gifts Takes Time and Effort!

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

  • Orphan Care Fundraising Tips

    Maureen
    28 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    The AIDS Orphan Care vision is to improve the lives of African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS by providing them with the same things we want for our own kids – food, clothing, a warm bed, an education, health care and the knowledge that somebody cares. In Lesotho, Southern Africa, where 1 in 4 adults has HIV, a whole generation of parents have died of HIV/AIDS, leaving more than 100,000 orphans. “We can let an orphan know that she’s not alone. Let her know that on the other side of the world, someone cares.” Each year they hold the AIDS Orphan Care Walkathon, sponsored by the…
  • Matching Gifts: An Underutilized Fundraising Idea for Nonprofits

    Kari
    12 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    There is a way to raise more money from donors without asking them to give more of their own money. It’s a fundraising method that raises billions of dollars for nonprofits every year. The reason that your donors might not give you this extra money is because there is an unfortunate lack of awareness for these programs. We’re talking about matching gifts, which are a type of corporate giving program that can be one of many strategies to boost all of your fundraising campaigns. What is a matching gift? When employees donate to nonprofits, many companies will match these donations if the…
  • Global Community Fundraising with Walk to Africa

    Maureen
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Lighthouse Medical Missions, through their global fundraising event on May 16, has a goal of reaching 1,000 walkers to partner with them in reaching 25,000 people in the next two years in Africa. “Through Walk To Africa we raise money to send doctors and volunteers on short-term medical relief trips, build schools, clean water projects, establish vocational schools and restore thousands of lives.”  “For six years Santa Monica pediatrician Bob Hamilton refused to consider Pastor Ralph Bowen’s plea to visit Africa. He was busy with his practice and raising 6 children with his…
  • Community Fundraising through Crowdfunding

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

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

  • April's Nonprofit Blog Carnival: A Celebration of SOFII

    Fundraising Detective
    4 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    It's time to share April's Nonprofit Blog Carnival. I'd like to say to a big thank you to everyone who got in touch.  It's definitely a case of quality over quantity, but in the coming weeks there will be great new content on SOFII from the following people - n.b. all links are to the contributor's websites. Roger Craver from the Agitator is sharing some of his archive and curating a history of social movements in the U.S.A. Giles Pegram CBE will be revealing some of the secrets behind the NSPCC 'Full Stop' campaign. Michael Rosen describes how much a good…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

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

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

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

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

  • A new way to look at alumni web survey data

    kevinmacdonell
    11 May 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Guest post by Peter B. Wylie, with John Sammis   Click to download the PDF file of this discussion paper: A New Way to Look at Survey Data   Web-based surveys of alumni are useful for all sorts of reasons. If you go to the extra trouble of doing some analysis — or push your survey […]
  • Predictive modelling for the nonprofit organization

    kevinmacdonell
    5 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
      Predictive modelling enables an organization to focus its limited resources of time and money where they will earn the best return, using data. People who work at nonprofits can probably relate to the “limited resources” part of that statement. But is it a given that predictive analytics is possible or necessary for any organization?   This […]
  • When does a small nonprofit need a database?

    kevinmacdonell
    3 May 2015 | 6:25 am
      I had a dream a few nights ago in which I was telling my wife about a job interview I’d just had. A small rural Anglican church serving British expats was hiring a head of fund development. (I have very specific dreams.) I lamented that I had forgotten to ask some key questions: “I don’t even know […]
  • Planned Giving prospect identification, driven by data

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

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

  • Matching Gifts: Bonanza Or Sham?

    Roger Craver
    27 May 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Every few weeks I wade into the Sea of Sameness that is my pile of unopened fundraising mail. While leafing through the current batch I came across 3 Matching Gift offers. One advances the offer of a 3 for 1 match … another expresses the urgency of a 4 for 1 match … the third breathlessly proclaims a 5 for 1 match plus a pack of free notepads and labels. Clearly, the urban myth — “the higher the match levels, the better the results” — is very much alive. Nearly
  • They’re Looking At Us!

    Tom Belford
    26 May 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Most of the time, when I write about our commercial marketing brethren, I’m talking about stuff they’re doing that we in the nonprofit sector might learn from. Today, the tables are turned. I’ve noticed two articles lately from commercial guys praising nonprofit marketing efforts. Here’s what they like. The first article, by direct marketer Bob Cargill, is titled: How 10 Nonprofit Brands Roll on Twitter. Note the way he calls us mere ‘brands’ … and here, we think we’re doing god’s work! I find that interesting, because often nonprofits…
  • Fixing Hidden Leaks #3: Ban Good Writers From Your Website

    Roger Craver
    25 May 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Nothing will drive website visitors away faster than turning a real writer loose on your website. Here’s the problem. All good writers want people to read what they write. To do this they tell stories. They want to share. They want to explain. They long for the reader to get lost within the writer’s world. No desire could be more destructive when it comes to your website. Get thee away from good and honest writers. Here’s why. Today’s website visitors want information. Statistically, they want it in 9 seconds. That’s
  • How Many Did You Lose?

    Tom Belford
    24 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    With our US readers celebrating Memorial Day on Monday, the majority of Agitator readers won’t be reading this post until Tuesday morning. But do I get a day off?! [If Roger wasn’t such a slavedriver (insisting: “You live in New Zealand, you have no right to be celebrating US holidays!”), I’d be watching the French Open on TV and not writing a post at all. Hoping for my hero Roger Federer to defy his advanced age and critics’ pronouncements of retirement by winning another Grand Slam event. Perhaps world #1
  • I Hate To Rain On Your Parade, But …

    Tom Belford
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Our US readers are heading off today for a well-deserved three-day weekend, with the celebration of it’s-almost-summer Memorial Day. A major parade day when I was a kid in small town New Jersey … we kids got to march in our Scout uniforms or sport team uniforms. I had a choice, since I was both a Boy Scout and played shortstop for my Little League team, the Police (we didn’t have Sting). [We weren’t a terribly creative community, our four teams were named after their sponsors — the Police Department, the Fire Department, the American Legion, and L.E. Carpenter…
 
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    Association of Grumpy Old Fundraisers who know stuff

  • Why do people stop giving?

    15 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    So do you really know why people who have been giving you money stop?Just done four television and radio interviews about whether high pressure telephone, direct mail, digital and canvassing fundraisers are leading more people to say no. The back story is the so very sad story of the suicide of Olive Cooke who's family say she was "bombarded" by charities to give money and felt pressured into giving. In reality she was profoundly upset about £250 going missing in the post but the "incessant" pressure by charities can't have helped.Whilst I'm the first to defend the right (or even duty) of…
  • Why people don't give

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Many practitioners and academics (me included) spend a lot of time thinking about the reasons behind why people give money to charity. It's a fertile and important area of research as insights can help fundraisers dramatically improve their fundraising effectiveness. In that I'm hoping to publish my doctoral research this summer so watch this space.In the meantime however as I interview charity supporters (and a few non-givers) I'm increasingly intrigued as to when and why people don't give. Claire Axelrad and I have been having an interesting debate in the Major Donor SIG pages about the…
  • 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…
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • Winning Approaches to Raffle Fundraising Success

    Raffle Tickets
    28 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Winning Approaches to Raffle Fundraising Success Rаfflе tickets аrе a grеаt wау tо hеlр nоn-рrоfіt organizations rаіѕе dоnаtіоnѕ fоr an іdеа оr рrоjесt thаt thеу wish tо раrtісіраtе іn. A few simple dіffеrеnt аррrоасhеѕ to ѕеttіng uр and dеѕіgnіng a rаfflе ticket еvеnt саn greatly increase raffle sales. To іnсrеаѕе thе ѕаlеѕ of a raffle tickets It wоuld bе beneficial to оffеr рrіzеѕ that реrѕоnѕ оf all аgеѕ would wish to win, ѕuсh аѕ a tоу fоr thе younger аgеѕ. Toys that could bе…
  • Raffle Tickets as a Business Marketing Tool

    Raffle Tickets
    16 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    Raffle Tickets as a Business Marketing Tool Thеrе аrе a numbеr of роѕіtіvе wауѕ an еntrерrеnеur саn effectively create a ѕuссеѕѕful and promising buѕіnеѕѕ dеѕріtе іtѕ size. Small, mid-size, and lаrgе buѕіnеѕѕеѕ аlіkе have a common goal. The ultіmаtе goal іѕ to асhіеvе financial stability; however, thеrе are a fеw аvеnuеѕ thаt seem tо go unnоtісеd whеn planning оn thіѕ venture. Wе will discuss hоw роѕіtіvе еxроѕurе to a targeted audience іѕ a key Publіс Rеlаtіоnѕ tооl, how marketing уоur…
  • How Your Business Can Take Advantage of a Raffle

    Raffle Tickets
    6 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    How Your Business Can Take Advantage of a Raffle Businesses. Thеу’rе places thаt аrе аlwауѕ еxраndіng, аlwауѕ lооkіng tо new орроrtunіtіеѕ fоr people to соmе аnd еnjоу their services as wеll аѕ places that always wаnt to соnnесt, not оnlу with regular customers but people whо lоvе tо соmе back. Return vаluе. Businesses lоvе to сrеаtе rеturn vаluе аnd thrive off of thіѕ, nоt оnlу this but аlѕо wоrd оf mоuth and excitement buіlt frоm the connections people have, community аѕ wеll сrеаtіоn оf…
  • When Churches Hold Raffles . . .

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

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

  • The End is Near for Your Fiscal Year: Fundraising Tips, Tactics and Messaging to Implement Today

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 11:56 pm
    By Marcie L. Wagner, CFRE You may be relaxed and comfortably reaching your fundraising goal OR today you’re feeling the heat and realize you need to hustle a bit more in order to get to your goal. Whatever the scenario, it is always just good business to be as strategic today, as you approach June 30, as you are in racing towards December 31st. So let’s begin some fiscal year-end fundraising chatter. While it will always be a challenge to grab your donor’s attention in May and June in the same measure as November and December – it is documented that the positive payoff will be well…
  • Four Ways to Turn 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…
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    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies

  • Raffles Belong in the Hall of Fame of Fundraisers

    Bruce Hassel
    28 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Raffles Belong in the Hall of Fame of Fundraisers Why іѕ the rаfflе a simple, еffесtіvе, and роtеntіаllу рrоfіtаblе wау tо rаіѕе fundѕ for уоur gооd саuѕе? “Imрасt a Lіfе” scholarship соntrіbutоr Kelly Kaminsky dеtаіlѕ еxасtlу whу уоur organization ѕhоuld соnѕіdеr ѕеllіng rаfflе tісkеtѕ as a раrt оf your nеxt fundrаіѕеr. Kelly is an Integrative Biology major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Great jоb Kelly, аnd best оf luсk wіth уоur ѕtudіеѕ! Tо read Kelly Kaminsky’s…
  • Simple Approaches to Setting Up a Raffle Fundraiser

    Bruce Hassel
    19 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Simple Approaches to Setting Up a Raffle Fundraiser Mаnу thanks to Abagail Brown for a fіnе аnd іnѕіghtful “Impact a Life” college scholarship еѕѕау thаt hіghlіghtѕ why ѕеllіng rаfflе tickets for уоur fundrаіѕеr is a grеаt way to rаіѕе mоnеу. Abagail оffеrѕ uр ѕоmе informative insights as to why and how a raffle ticket fundraiser is an ideal way for your organization to raise funds. Abagail is currently a student at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Tо read Abagail Brown’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, go hеrе >>>  Simple…
  • How Your Community Can Benefit From a Raffle Fundraiser

    Bruce Hassel
    14 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    How Your Community Can Benefit From a Raffle Fundraiser Many thanks to Dustin Blohm for a well thought out and informative “Impact a Life” college scholarship essay that highlights why holding a raffle is a great way to raise money for the benefit of your community. Dustin dishes out some wonderful and personal reasons as to why holding a raffle is not only a great fundraising opportunity but also specifies how it helped the Knight’s of Columbus raise much needed funds. Dustin is an undergraduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology and is studying Biomedical Engineering.
  • Every Large Target Has a Smaller Target in the Middle

    Bruce Hassel
    11 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    Every Large Target Has a Smaller Target in the Middle Mаnу thanks to Logan Jones for a fіnе аnd іnѕіghtful “Impact a Life” college scholarship еѕѕау thаt hіghlіghtѕ why ѕеllіng rаfflе tickets for уоur fundrаіѕеr is a grеаt way to rаіѕе mоnеу. Loganоffеrѕ uр ѕоmе informative insights as to why and how a raffle ticket fundraiser is an ideal way for your organization to raise funds. Logan is enrolled at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington as an aviation major. Logan is an Eagle Scout and has participated in many community events…
  • Selling Raffle Tickets a Super Way to Raise Funds

    Bruce Hassel
    6 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    Selling Raffle Tickets a Super Way to Raise Funds Jasmine Lyons a student аt Five Towns College , Dix Hills, New York, offers a wеаlth of tірѕ for holding a bеttеr rаfflе in hеr “Imрасt a Lіfе” соllеgе ѕсhоlаrѕhір еѕѕау. Follow along аѕ Jasime offers up ѕоmе grеаt ideas for organizing, рrоmоtіng, and mаxіmіzіng уоur оrgаnіzаtіоn’ѕ next rаfflе fundraiser. Tо read Jasmine Lyons’ іnfоrmаtіvе and helpful ѕсhоlаrѕhір еѕѕау, gо here >>>  Selling Raffle Tickets a Super Way to Raise Funds You can hеlр…
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    Fundraising Compass

  • What Fundraisers Want

    gisraeli
    13 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society I’ve gotten better at doing prospect research over the years, primarily because fundraiser colleagues have been generous in describing their work to me. After I provide them research, I follow up with the same five questions: – How was the research useful? – More specifically, in your meetings with the prospect, what research data did you leverage to get additional information from (about) the prospect? – How did the meeting go? – What’s your next step? – Do you…
  • My Letter To Your Vice President

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

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

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

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

  • Matching Gift Participation Rates

    Adam Weinger
    8 May 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Has your organization ever taken a look at which companies are consistently providing matching gift donations to your organization? If you have, you may notice that a disproportionate number of matching gifts come from a select few companies. Survey Results | Participation Varies Widely by Company: The Chronicle of Philanthropy released a report entitled “How America’s Biggest Companies Give” which was compiled from their Corporate Giving Survey. In this survey, America’s largest companies provided employee participation rates for their matching gift programs. The below table…
  • Team Volunteer Grants | Volunteers and Grants, the Best of Both Worlds

    Adam Weinger
    5 May 2015 | 9:46 pm
    You’ve probably already heard of employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs, but has your organization looked into the benefits of corporate team volunteer grants? What are corporate team volunteer grants? Team volunteer grants are corporate giving programs in which a company provides a monetary donation to nonprofits when a group of employees volunteer together. Corporations offer these programs to promote team building and community service. These corporate grant programs have the potential to be a win-win-win for everyone involved. If your organization can design…
  • 5 Proven, Effective School Fundraising Ideas

    Adam Weinger
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    At Double the Donation we’re dedicated to helping nonprofits increase the amount of money they raise with innovative fundraising ideas. We asked our friends at DoJiggy to share five proven and effective school fundraising ideas.   Are you trying to come up with a fundraising idea for your school that will really rake in the dough? Coming up with an effective idea can be a difficult task. You need something that isn’t just effective, but it’s fun for participants and will make people to give to your cause. Well great news! We’ve gathered 5 proven, effective school fundraising…
  • Legacy of Hope Austin: Dreams for Kids with Special Needs

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

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

  • 5 Crowdfunding Blogs To Follow For Success

    Tricia Mirchandani
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    You spend your days making a difference, thinking about the change you want to make, the story you want to tell, and the money you need to make it all happen. You eat, sleep, and dream about the change you want to enact, the people you want to help. You know your world better than anyone else. But do you ever look up to keep an eye on the worlds that exist around you? Your cause is your passion but fundraising is your lifeblood. To make the biggest possible impact, it’s important to stay current with the latest developments in the crowdfunding world. Reading the latest success stories can…
  • Hashtags 101: Tips For Developing The Perfect Crowdfunding Campaign Hashtag

    Kat Kuehl
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    In a world where social media dominates the communication landscape, creating a social presence for your crowdfunding campaign is more important than ever. Having a platform to personally connect and communicate with supporters is key, and hashtags have evolved to be a necessary ingredient in social media communication. Hashtags, which are essentially search terms preceded by a pound (#) sign, got their start on Twitter and quickly gained popularity across all social media platforms. Developing an effective hashtag is a great way to generate buzz and spread the word about your mission. But,…
  • Movers & Shakers: Adam Hutchison of Roots & Shoots Raises $10,000 to Educate Children in Indonesia

    Neesha
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Adam Hutchison set off to Indonesia to pilot a literacy program for WIJABA/Roots & Shoots, hoping to raise $10,000 to continue educating children this fall. By the power of short videos, video editing skills, and a personal touch, he did it! Let’s learn more about Adam and his campaign. Can you tell me about Roots & Shoots and your role with them? Of course! This fundraising campaign was a collaborative effort between The World is Just a Book Away (WIJABA) and Jane Goodall’s program, Roots & Shoots. I represent WIJABA and recently returned from Indonesia where I was able to…
  • 6 Nonprofit Crowdfunding Models That Get Results

    Khaled Allen
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Want to launch a nonprofit crowdfunding campaign but not sure what crowdfunding model is the best for your particular cause? We examined some of the most successful fundraisers on CauseVox to see what crowdfunding models work and broke it down for you. Here are 6 nonprofit crowdfunding models that will get results. 1. Internal fundraising Focusing just on your existing community if you are an already established organization can be a powerful nonprofit fundraising strategy. This works well if you have a tight-knit group already deeply invested in the ongoing success of your organization.
  • How Nonprofits Can Benefit From Cloud Technology

    Jefferson Chang
    12 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    This week we have a guest from Charlotte Ritter is a technology analyst for TechnologyAdvice. She’s a pro at business intelligence, gamification, project management, and other emerging technology. Let’s see what she has to say about cloud technology for nonprofits. — Is your nonprofit addicted to spreadsheets? If you use them for everything from accounting, to contact management, project tracking, budgeting, donor tracking, and more—then you’re not alone. Nonprofits commonly rely on spreadsheets to organize any and all information. Spreadsheets, email, and an internet…
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    Tony Martignetti

  • Nonprofit Radio for May 29, 2015: Emerging Tech Trends & Now Get Buy-In

    Susan Chavez
    26 May 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% Our Sponsor: Opportunity Collaboration: This working meeting on poverty reduction is unlike any other event you have attended. No plenary speeches, no panels, no PowerPoints. I was there last year and I’m going this year. It will ruin you for every other conference! October 11-16, Ixtapa, Mexico. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for May 29, 2015: Emerging Tech Trends & Now Get Buy-In →Nonprofit Radio for May 29, 2015: Emerging Tech Trends & Now Get Buy-In is a post from: Tony…
  • Nonprofit Radio Knowledge Base: Your Career

    Susan Chavez
    25 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    This edition of the Nonprofit Radio Knowledge Base is Your Career: interviewing; consulting; 1099 contractor; and office sexism. Video: Great Interview, Didn’t Get the Job Consider Consulting So You Want to Be A Consultant Sexism in the Office Labor Law: Employee vs. 1099 Contractor Nonprofit Radio Knowledge Base: Your Career is a post from: Tony MartignettiNonprofit Radio Knowledge Base: Your Career is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for May 22, 2015: Linkage, Ability And Interest & Crowdfunding Legal Tips

    Susan Chavez
    19 May 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% Our Sponsor: Opportunity Collaboration: This working meeting on poverty reduction is unlike any other event you have attended. No plenary speeches, no panels, no PowerPoints. I was there last year and I’m going this year. It will ruin you for every other conference! October 11-16, Ixtapa, Mexico. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for May 22, 2015: Linkage, Ability And Interest & Crowdfunding Legal Tips →Nonprofit Radio for May 22, 2015: Linkage, Ability And Interest & Crowdfunding…
  • Nonprofit Radio for May 15, 2015: Creating Communities & Questioning Crowdfunding

    Susan Chavez
    12 May 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% Our Sponsor: Opportunity Collaboration: This working meeting on poverty reduction is unlike any other event you have attended. No plenary speeches, no panels, no PowerPoints. I was there last year and I’m going this year. It will ruin you for every other conference! October 11-16, Ixtapa, Mexico. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for May 15, 2015: Creating Communities & Questioning Crowdfunding →Nonprofit Radio for May 15, 2015: Creating Communities & Questioning Crowdfunding is a…
  • Nonprofit Radio On The Road: Let’s Meet Up!

    Susan Chavez
    11 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    Nonprofit Radio is traveling to Arizona, California and Oregon so let’s meet up.  Phoenix/Mesa, AZ: May 25-26 Los Angeles, CA: May 27-29 Drive LA to San Francisco on PCH: May 30-31 San Francisco, CA: June 1-4 Portland, OR: June 5-8 PDX to NYC: June 9 Nonprofit Radio On The Road: Let’s Meet Up! is a … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio On The Road: Let’s Meet Up! →Nonprofit Radio On The Road: Let’s Meet Up! is a post from: Tony Martignetti
 
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    DonorDriven Blog

  • The 10 best peer-to-peer fundraising tips

    28 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    When you work for a nonprofit you know the importance of making the ask. But in peer-to-peer fundraising it’s your supporters who make the ask.  Not everyone is an expert and many times it can be frustrating that they seem reluctant to do it. Here are some proven methods DonorDrive clients are using to get better fundraising performance from their event and campaign participants.
  • Best Practices for better supporter engagement.

    21 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    If you think you’re “bothering” your supporters by contacting them when not asking them to give or to participate in your event, you’re missing out on a great opportunity. Today’s supporters, especially Millennials and Boomers (probably 50% of your supporters base), expect more engagement from your organization, not less. If you’re not engaging to their expectation, you’re not building the relationship.
  • How to Build a Better Board, Part 4: The nuts and bolts of board construction

    15 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    The right board members that bring the right resources are a necessity to your organization. But it’s also important that you have the structures and protocols in place that help maintain the balance you’ve built. Executive directors can often feel that each committee is just another headache to manage. But having the correct committee structure can make your life (and your board's life) much easier. Committees are also good proving grounds to weed out problem supporters and for proving board candidates. 
  • How to Build a Better Board, Part 3: Creating resource diversity

    15 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    Diversity is what builds healthy ecosystems. In the same way, resource diversity can build a healthy board that can make your organization thrive. A board full of check writers no longer works. But a board full of volunteers who give time, but no money—that won’t work either. Your board’s resources need to be diverse and balanced. 
  • How to Build a Better Board, Part 2: Shrinking checks and change.

    15 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Since 2008, nonprofits have seen an inevitable change that’s restructuring boards across North America: The traditional big-check writers on the board aren’t writing the big checks anymore. This presents executive directors with a prime opportunity to help reshape their board into one that's better suited to this millennium.
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    Selfish Giving Blog - Selfish Giving

  • Volunteering and the Future of Cause Marketing

    Joe Waters
    26 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    I'm excited to be one of the 35 experts in VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engage-ment 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World.I was surprised when VolunteerMatch asked me to contribute a chapter. I just didn’t view cause marketing as connected to volunteering - and I thought the book's editor, Robert Rosenthal, and I agreed on this point!You see, Robert was the guy who dissuaded me from including volunteering in my last book on nonprofit fundraising, Fundraising with Businesses: 40 New & Improved Strategies for Nonprofits.I had considered several volunteer-related…
  • How to Combine Social Fundraising with Cause Marketing to Raise More Money

    Joe Waters
    13 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    A quick look at the Cause Marketing Fundraiser Matrix shows that the easiest and best ways to raise money with businesses are traditional tactics such as charity pinups, register programs, coupon books, donation boxes and round-up programs. As many cause marketers know, these tactics have been around for decades. And while still effective, more and more cause marketers are asking: How can we merge traditional cause marketing tactics with the explosive growth and potential of social fundraising (i.e. empowering one's supporters - particularly through social…
  • Booster, GiveForward Team Up to Help Donors Raise More Money

    Joe Waters
    7 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Booster, the social fundraising platform where you can support your favorite cause by selling T-shirts, is teaming up with GiveForward, one of the top online fund-raising sites for medical expenses, to help fundraisers raise more money.Professional fundraisers call offering supporters multiple ways to give integrated fundraising. The point of integrated fundraising is to never to miss a chance to raise money. You don’t have to be a professional to tap its power. But you do need to think strategically about your fundraising objectives.Take the example of the friends of…
  • Ep121: How Nonprofits Can Recruit and Manage Celebrities

    Joe Waters
    6 May 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Todd Krim, President & CEO of The Krim Group, a Los Angeles-based agency that connects charities with celebrities.Todd, Megan and I discuss how nonprofits can choose the right celebrity for special events, personal appearances and cause marketing campaigns. Todd Krim, The Krim Group How a healthcare lawyer became a broker for charities and celebrities.When a celebrity should be paid, and when they shouldn't.Todd's advice on how to work with any celebrity, including the local celebrities in your own backyard!How charities can be the…
  • Ep120: How Online Giving Can Boost Charitable Impact

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

  • It’s a Love Story

    Vanessa Chase
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I am getting married on Saturday, May 30, 2015 to the wonderful man in the photograph above. Matt and I met at a conference (Web of Change) in September 2013. I was one of a few fundraisers at a conference for political organizers. To say that I was out of my element is probably a bit of an understatement. But I learned so much, had some of the most interesting conversations of my career, and started rethinking how I thought...
  • Surprising Sources of Stories

    Vanessa Chase
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is the third post in a special 12-part monthly series — Powerful Nonprofit Stories: Finding, Framing, and Finishing. Check out part 1 and part 2 of this series. The One Tip You Need to Uncover Story Leads I hear it all the time from nonprofits: We want to tell good stories. But we don’t know where to find them, and we don’t have time to look. In an ideal world, you’d have a surfeit of stories — and your...
  • 3 Non-Profit Stories To Love

    Vanessa Chase
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
      DEBRA Canada This story is a bit unique because it’s actually a story in the Ottawa Citizen.  DEBRA Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) and to heightening Canadians’ awareness of this challenging disease. EB is a rare disease that not many people have heard of, but the story in the Ottawa Citizen does an incredible job of explaining EB and its impacts on people’s lives. This is a must...
  • How To Conduct Better Interviews

    Vanessa Chase
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Every couple of weeks I ask newsletter readers and folks on Twitter what questions they have about storytelling. Last week I got a great question from Jenn, a development officer. Jenn tweeted me to ask: “Interviewing clients seems to always be a struggle for me. I’m never sure what to say and I don’t feel like I get the right information to be able to use the story in fundraising. What can I do to improve my interviews and get...
  • The Power of Persuasion – Getting Donors to Answer a Call to Action

    Vanessa Chase
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last Monday (as I do every Monday), I listened to the latest episode of This American Life. It’s a podcast and weekly radio show from Chicago Public Media, and each episode never fails to inform and inspire me in some way. The episode that I listened to last week was titled The Incredible Rarity of Changing Your Mind. The Prologue and Act 1 of the show focus on a story of political canvassers who are trying to change voters’ minds...
 
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    Hands-On Fundraising

  • How to raise more money. (Hint: It’s not about you.)

    Mary Cahalane
    26 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Who are you celebrating?   Patting yourself on the back hurts. Jeff Brooks warned us last week about the dubious utility of anniversaries in fundraising. You should read it (I read Jeff’s blog every day), but the point is simple: you might care about your anniversary, but donors do not. He’s right. What seems a momentous occasion to staff and board members is meaningless to most of your donors. Why? Because it’s not about your donors. I’ve joked for years that I ought to make “It’s not about you” into a sign. And every development office ought to display…
  • Is your fundraising a pain in the ask?

    Mary Cahalane
    19 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Fundraising or root canal? What would your board members choose?   I lost the good tooth lottery. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had several long and painful stays in the chairs of various dental professionals. Trust me when I say I know from root canals. So it was with an extra “ouch” that I absorbed a friend’s story of a board member wondering which was worse: root canal or fundraising. As a fundraiser, my first instinct is to explain, teach, inform such a board member. Then, of course, they’d know fundraising isn’t painful at all! And this would be…
  • You got this. Advice for a new fundraiser.

    Mary Cahalane
    12 May 2015 | 8:50 am
      I spent last weekend at my alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College. I went for graduation (and meetings). I came home with more than that. During the weekend, I had the chance to talk with graduating seniors. Each of them is bright, talented, eager – and scared.  I get it – it’s hard to leave. I know I didn’t want to. At the graduation ceremony, we heard from the college’s president, Dan Porterfield. He’s an inspiring speaker and managed to make every student and parent feel personally acknowledged. (Fundraisers take note: this is key to your success.) He…
  • How to respond when they challenge your fundraising appeal

    Mary Cahalane
    5 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Calm down! I’ve got you covered. Everybody’s got an opinion I’ve been doing lots of copywriting lately. Case statements, email appeals, and especially mail appeals. I love it. It’s one of my favorite things to do. But over the years, I’ve also noticed I get the same questions. You too? Maybe I can help you head a few off. 1. Does the letter really have to be two (or four, or whatever) pages? No. It doesn’t. But if you want it to be easy to read, you don’t have a lot of room on one side of one page. The first page often has a good amount of space already taken up –…
  • Stop worrying, start thriving. How to know if you need a fundraising plan.

    Mary Cahalane
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
      Many organizations I’ve talked with recently share a problem. They’re either new and need to build a fundraising program. Or they’re not new at all but have never focused on building a fundraising program. In both situations, the answer is a fundraising plan. Some organizations have gotten by for years with only government or foundation funding. But they haven’t been able to grow. And it’s hard to plan their programs. All because they’re always one grant rejection away from disaster. To me, the solution is a diversified fundraising program. One that includes…
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