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  • #thankful4home: Raising Awareness Around Homelessness

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    Beth
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
      #thankful4home: A Lesson in Project Based Learning & Gratitude guest post by Lisa Colton This fall and winter I’m working with a group of organizations in Chicago to raise awareness around homelessness, alongside screenings of the @Home documentary that features portraits of this issue through the eyes of activist Mark Horvath.  Through an impact-producing grant from the Polk Bros Foundation, we’re helping these local organizations raise awareness of their work and mature their online networks. The Boot Camp includes training, coaching, and project based learning. An awareness…
  • Tickets available for charity fundraising ball

    FUNDRAISING - Yahoo News Search Results
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    A FUNDRAISING ball is being held to raise money for a national children’s cancer charity.
  • Mission or Opportunity

    A Small Change
    Jason Dick
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you work for your non-profit because you believe in the mission of the organization or because it is a good opportunity for you? I do for a combination of both but let me make a brief case for each. Mission keeps the direction clear and gives you another reason to get out of bed. You have to have at least a little bit of passion if you want to be a fundraiser. People have to be convinced that you really believe in what you are doing. If the mission of your organization really makes you tick that is a great thing. Having mission can clarify and motivate you to do the work that you do. The…
  • Empowered Donor-Fundraiser Relationships

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

    FUNDRAISING - Yahoo News Search Results
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    An Australian company that arranged fundraising activities for charities is facing court and fines of up to $51,000 for underpaying a worker almost $8000.
 
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  • Fundraising group calls it a day

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Since Albert Road Keep Fit Club was set up in 1976 members have raised more than £80,000 for local charities, funding guide dogs for the blind and life-changing operations for children that struggled to walk independently. But due to falling membership ...
  • Fundraising pays off with limo ride for Liberty students

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    MADISON – Nineteen Liberty Middle School students walked the red carpet to a limousine for their hard work in fundraising. In October, Liberty’s student body pursued a fundraiser with Cherrydale Farms. Students asked people to buy items from a catalog.
  • Delhi polls: Mumbai leads AAP's fundraising drive

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal in Matunga on Thursday Hemant Padalkar DNA Of the total Rs97.20 lakh raised by the party in this month, Maharashtra's share (33.2%) in funding for Delhi polls has been twice that of the national capital (15.1%). Supporters ...
  • Bill Cosby Steps Down From UMass-Amherst Fundraising Campaign Amid Rape Allegations

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has cut ties with alumnus Bill Cosby amid allegations by women accusing him of sexual assault. A university spokesman told the Boston Globe on Wednesday university officials had asked Cosby to step down as ...
  • Protests and fundraising party rub shoulders in Ferguson, Missouri

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Just three blocks from where a dozen protesters stood in the snow outside a police station, demanding the arrest of a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August, the scene at Marley's bar on Wednesday night could hardly have been more ...
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  • #thankful4home: Raising Awareness Around Homelessness

    Beth
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
      #thankful4home: A Lesson in Project Based Learning & Gratitude guest post by Lisa Colton This fall and winter I’m working with a group of organizations in Chicago to raise awareness around homelessness, alongside screenings of the @Home documentary that features portraits of this issue through the eyes of activist Mark Horvath.  Through an impact-producing grant from the Polk Bros Foundation, we’re helping these local organizations raise awareness of their work and mature their online networks. The Boot Camp includes training, coaching, and project based learning. An awareness…
  • Record-breaking donations on Give to the Max Day in Minnesota

    Beth
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    GiveMN launched its “Give to the Max Day” over 6 years ago.  It was one of the first 24-hour day of giving that rallies and inspires to donate to charities.  On November 13, Minnesotans broke a record Thursday, donating more than $18 million to schools and non-profits.  I have been tracking this giving day since its first Giving Day back in 2009 and every year do a debrief post or interview.  This year, I was lucky enough to get Dana Nelson, Executive Director to do an email interview.    GiveMN and Dana have been a key part of the Knight Foundation Giving Day Learning…
  • Give Miami Day raises record $5.2 million for nonprofits

    Beth
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Community Block Party attendees check out participating nonprofit organizations during the event. Photo courtesy of The Miami Foundation. Note from Beth: It’s Giving Day Season!   I’m working with a network of community foundations, grantees of the Knight Foundation, that are hosting giving days as the facilitator.     The peer learning exchange is experimenting with best practices for Giving Days.     The group is using and adding their knowledge to The Giving Day Playbook.   These strategies are helping community foundations experiment, iterate and implement best…
  • Understanding the New Power of the Collaborative Economy for Social Good Sector

    Beth
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    My colleague, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans have just published an important piece over on the Harvard Business School blog called “Understanding the New Power” that gives us a great high level analysis of how collaborative economy is operating in the social good sector.   The piece talks about how the growing tension between: old power and new power are transforming the way that social good activists do their work.    The article lays out a framework for understanding how power works and how it is shifting. They characterize these two types of power as: Old power works like…
  • A Conversation with Allison Fine About Her New Book #Matterness

    Beth
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Click To Purchase Now Today is the official launch of Allison Fine’s new book, Matterness.  We recently had a delightful email interview about some of the ideas and themes from the book.  You can get your copy now by clicking here. BK:  Hi, Allison, I hear you’ve written another book. What’s Matterness about? AF:  It’s called Matterness: What Fearless Leaders Know About the Power and Promise of Social Media? I was trying to answer a question that has been bugging me for the last ten years, literally for the entire time we’ve known one another. Here’s the question: Why do…
 
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  • Mission or Opportunity

    Jason Dick
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you work for your non-profit because you believe in the mission of the organization or because it is a good opportunity for you? I do for a combination of both but let me make a brief case for each. Mission keeps the direction clear and gives you another reason to get out of bed. You have to have at least a little bit of passion if you want to be a fundraiser. People have to be convinced that you really believe in what you are doing. If the mission of your organization really makes you tick that is a great thing. Having mission can clarify and motivate you to do the work that you do. The…
  • Email Merge Secret

    Jason Dick
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I wrote earlier about how writing informally can be a great strategy to personalize a donor letter. We all use email and receive way to many mass emails. We have become experts at figuring out what is an email we need to read and what we can delete right away. If we put in the subject of our email, “December Newsletter,” or “Seeking Volunteers for Such and Such,” people will know we are emailing a number of people and not just them. Often we will try and say way too much in one message. Volunteers and donors will not respond to an email that asks them to do 3 or 4 different thing but…
  • Mr. Formal or Informal

    Jason Dick
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    When communicating with donors how we talk with them, especially in mass mailings, is really important. Some people really appreciate formality while others want you to tell a compelling story with simple language. A good general rule is the more that you know someone the more informal your writing can be. When writing a solicitation letter if you have never met the individual it is a respectful practice to address them as Mr. or Mrs. I’ve seen many organizations that do this in the address block no matter how long they’ve known the donor. I have found that generally individual donors…
  • Business Before Pleasure

    Jason Dick
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Everyone has a different way of connecting with people. Often times you will use a different strategy when you connect with a donor versus a co-worker or a friend. In fundraising because relationships are so important there is quite a bit of time committed to getting to know donors, volunteers, and staff members. But how much time is too much? I am the kind of person that likes to get a project done so I always have advocated socializing with my co-workers after we’ve finished the projects we are working on. When talking with volunteers often times I know I will see them several times over…
  • Cold Calling or Networking

    Jason Dick
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are all looking for new donors and new partnerships. And how else do you find these relationships without networking or cold calling? Below are a few advantages to each. Networking can work extremely well if you have active volunteers or you have a lot of personal connections. It is always smart to let board members and community volunteers know about your appeals and who you are talking with as often they will know someone at those organizations or have some kind of “in.” LinkedIn can be a great tool. Cold calling takes a lot of work and is a technique if you have a small board that…
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  • 7 Reasons Personal Appeal Letters Are Still the Best Way to Fundraise

    Devon Reeser
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    A globally connected, Facebook-friending, website form-filling society now mostly gives to charity after watching YouTube video testimonials and surfing crowdfunding pages, right? Wrong! Only 7% of giving is online, but 80% of philanthropy is from individuals. (Source: NPEngage.com) People may be giving more online, but they do not give the majority of their charitable donations on the Web. The most effective way to fundraise, above and beyond any other method, is a personal appeal letter for major gift support.  That trend, no matter how seemingly popular Indiegogo or any other new…
  • The Dojiggy Giving Program: Nominate Your Organization for a $1,000 Award!

    FundraisingIP.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The is a post from our sponsor Dojiggy: Every year, non-profits and charities help to make the world a better place. They clean up parks and beaches, work towards a cure for cancer and other illnesses, and feed the hungry and homeless. We at Dojiggy work with many of these wonderful charities every day, and often times we see first-hand the tremendous amount of good they do for people and for the planet. This work inspired us to found the Dojiggy Giving Program, as a way to give back to these organizations.     What is the Dojiggy Giving Program? Dojiggy Giving is a way to help…
  • Hello Social Media: #GivingTuesday is Here Again

    Cari Mostert
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, America, along with other countries who’ve joined the party, will wake up to the third annual #GivingTuesday, a nationwide all-day drive to help raise money online for the greater good. #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to helping others and celebrating the great global spirit of generosity. Seeing that #GivingTuesday falls between Thanksgiving and Christmas, after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, at the start of the busiest time of the year for most of us, the whole celebration could just slip by, under the radar. But #GivingTuesday has captured plenty of…
  • Checklist: Make the Most of #GivingTuesday

    Devon Reeser
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Be ready to make the most of the #GivingTuesday phenomenon this year! This new ‘give instead of get’ holiday season tweeting day showed impressive growth results in only one year – 2013 saw a 338% increase in tweets over the 2012 inauguration year, translating to 90% more gifts (According to Connected Cause). 2014 is forecast to be even more exponential in its growth. So what do you need to do to get involved in this social media extravaganza? #GivingTuesday Checklist   Mark your calendar: #GivingTuesday is December 2nd, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and…
  • What to Stuff: A Nonprofit Proposal Attachment Checklist

    Devon Reeser
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    As if writing proposals for your work wasn’t hard enough, you need to think just as thoroughly about what attachments you are including with it! Too much additional information can counteract your good proposal, while not enough can make you not stand out. You want to give just enough extras, and the right ones, to accent your proposal and make your work shine as better than the rest. Here are two checklists designed to simplify your stuffing, whether you are emailing, sending hard copies, or filling out online applications, for both individual asks and grants. (More checklists here.)…
 
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  • Gratitude!

    Birju Pandya
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    A wonderful song I came across and wanted to share - Happy Thanksgiving!!! ...
  • No Quid-Pro-Quo: Protecting Trade Free Zones

    Jyoti
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    A video call by spiritual leaders Dada Vaswani, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and others, advocated to Stop All Killing (http://www.sak.org.in/) and pledge to be veg(etarian) on Nov 25th. It resonated with me and I shared it on social media. An old friend promptly commented on it, writing: "I promise to go meatless on the 25th, provided 11 vegetarians pledge to go Meat Only for one day in a year. You respect my choice, I'll respect yours. Simple." I was very surprised by this comment. It was similar to the conversations I have with my teenage son, except this person is 53 years…
  • Origins - Exclusive KarmaTube Premiere of Film on Health for 1 Week Only

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    26 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 6409 views and 10 comments. "Wonder why people are getting sicker and the burden of chronic diseases is rapidly increasing worldwide? Pedram Shojai used to run a large medical practice, treating the same ailments over and over again. Four years ago, he embarked on a mission to help people understand the connections between our lifestyles and health, and the vitality of our planet. "Origins" takes us on a journey through the biological roots of where humans came from and where we’ve gone – looking at the advances of our…
  • mindyjourney shares ...

    mindyjourney
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Blessings as sheaves of wheat grind our daily bread Nourishing our souls and spirits anxious to be fed. Wonders stir the pot simmering with varied hues Of all sorts of delicious imaginings that we choose. Set the table with random acts most kind, Bountiful compassion so dearly combined. Pour positive, clean and fresh into a mug Call all guests gathered with a smile and hug. Hands held in circle, we pray dearly grateful For each and every moment heaped on plateful. Inhaling aromas of this sweetly pungent meal We taste the budding emergence of a visionary ideal. Blessings of the feast, my…
  • Sources of Light

    DailyGood.org
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    When Kobun Otogawa was asked in the wake of 9/11, "How can I deal with the enormous fear and anger that I feel about what happened?" He replied simply, "Do one kind thing for someone every day." And though the advice might seem overly simplistic, it does cause us to realize - that it is through our own light that this world can be made a little brighter. [Full Story]...
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    24 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
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    20 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
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    16 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
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    13 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
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    10 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
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  • Would You Pass Up Parole to Serve Others in Prison? This Man Did.

    Jeremy Gregg
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Today, my dear friend Mark L. was released from prison … 20 years, 1 month, and 13 days after he first entered in October of 1994. I met Mark when he joined the Prison Entrepreneurship Program in 2013. He was a member of PEP’s Class “Tenacious” 20, and he graduated in December 2013. Through PEP, Mark earned a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. As impressive as this certificate is (particularly for someone in prison), Mark learned something far more valuable than how to launch and grow a business. He learned how…
  • The Wolves Within You

    Jeremy Gregg
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    (Adapted from a story from Cherokee legend, told in various places online. I edited it here but can take no credit for the idea. – Jeremy) There was once a talented young man whose mischievous ways frequently landed him in trouble within the tribe. One night, his grandfather sat him down for a story. “My son, I can see that your two wolves have begun their war.” The boy was alarmed and asked what the grandfather meant. He continued: “Within each of us, there are two great wolves. One is Evil. His bite has seven hideous teeth: wrath, greed, sloth, lust, envy,…
  • Stress: The Weight of Water

    Jeremy Gregg
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:54 pm
    (The following was adapted from a story that a friend sent to me. I cannot take credit for the idea; this is simply a repackaging of it. – Jeremy) She woke up and noticed that he wasn’t beside her. The clock said 2AM. She rose and went to the bedroom door. The familiar light at the end of the hall showed that he was once again working late in their home office. For weeks, a major work project had been consuming his every waking hour: he would come home late from the office, rush through dinner, and go back to working from home. She went to the door and quietly tapped. His…
  • Leadership Lessons From Prison: The Power of Gratitude

    Jeremy Gregg
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    In my work at the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, I have met hundreds of inmates who are working hard to transform their lives. PEP is not for the faint of heart. Our in-prison program begins with the Leadership Academy: a three-month “prep course” that is focused on character development. The process begins with the “eulogy exercise,” in which our participants write their own eulogy … not as it is, but as they would like for it to be. A participant in the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP). Beginning with the end in mind, our participants work backwards to…
  • I stand among the greatest of men

    Jeremy Gregg
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    I stand among the richest, wisest and strongest of men. How can that be when I lack great wealth, wisdom or strength? Many men have much more money, but few are blessed with richer love. Many men have much more schooling, but few are offered deeper wisdom. Many men have greater power, but few have more strength at their side. My wealth rests in the hearts of my friends. My wisdom, in their heads. My strength, in their limbs. Surrounded by these, my dearest friends, I stand among the greatest of men. Three of the greatest men I know: Al Massey, Marcus Hill and Charles Hearne The post I stand…
 
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  • Bingo Volunteers Sat. November 29th

    Tom Bensberg
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Hello Everyone,  Below is the list of bingo volunteers for Saturday November 29th. Shelby Gregory, Luke Cave, Jakob Lowe, Kiki Turner, Kaitlyn Mullins, Alex Johnson, Isaiah Hagans, Ben Grossman, Julia Hickey, Maria Wright, Will Roberts, Olivia Jennings, Mary Clare Carr Parents:  Beth Hickey, Scott Jennings Supervisors/Assistants: Kim Newton, Tammy Kamer, Kimberly Collins, Lisa Satin, Janet Mullins I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Thanks to everyone who has volunteered!  Michelle Bensberg  mbensberg77@gmail.com
  • Staff Volley Ball Challenge... oh my

    Mrs. Michigan United States
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:49 pm
    November 21 was the much anticipated Staff Volley Ball Game between Glengary Elementary and Mary Helen Guest Elementary.  The kids love it, and the teachers look forward to going up against their rival school staff. … It’s like a non-competitive competition. It doesn’t really matter who wins… unless you don’t. LOL More than anything it’s a lot of fun and the school spirit is through the roof! The Glengarry Elementary VS Mary Helen Guest Elementary Staff Volley Ball Challenge November 21. …lots of fun as Emcee Guess @ 12 Oaks in Novi very generously…
  • Tips on Getting Donations

    bmpame
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    You can use the following to help gather donations for the BMPA: letter-to-parents letter-to-busines
  • Do you want your donors to stick around?

    Mary Cahalane
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    An example from my past Photo courtesy of Riverfront Recapture   Donor retention continues (rightly) to be a hot topic. It risks being like the weather, though: everybody’s talking about it, but nobody’s doing anything about it. I thought about an organization I used to work for. Riverfront Recapture built and programs a series of parks along the Connecticut River in Hartford and East Hartford, CT. Even in the worst of the recession, we had an enviable 74% retention rate. So what the heck were we doing right? Have the right donors Most important, I think, were our donors.
  • Come and sing Handel’s Messiah

    annacpage
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    James conducts 160 singing Messiah How long does it take to organise 160 singers (from umpteen choirs across the country and beyond): registering, giving out scores, settling them in four or five parts ready to sing? Not very long if the forward planning has been done as well as the SMSG Organ Group did this – we had time for a cuppa and welcome, and all ready to start at 10.00am. The day was extremely well organised and flashed past in a very enjoyable fashion. Some were new to the work, and some had sung it many times before, but I’m sure everyone found some little corners of Messiah…
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  • Should you consider address labels in your fundraising?

    Jeff Brooks
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Yesterday, we looked at address-label fundraising and the frequent error people make about them: I don't like them, so they don't work, and they're a stupid way to raise funds. Address labels can work, and often do. Simply writing them off because you hate them would be a big mistake, a classic "everybody-is-exactly-like-me" fallacy. Labels aren't for everyone, and not the right choice all the time. But here's what I can tell you about them: Address labels and other "freemiums" (things sent to donors or prospective donors up-front and unrequested) are common in direct mail. That means many…
  • Why fundraisers send those annoying address labels

    Jeff Brooks
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    Interesting discussion on re:charity, at Why Do Charities Send Address Labels and 4 More Thoughts. It started when a Canadian lawyer kvetched about getting address-label mailings from nonprofits. He makes the common error almost everyone makes about address labels in fundraising: He thinks if he doesn't care for them they are a failing tactic being used stupidly. I can't vouch for all fundraisers. Some may be using labels in stupid, wasteful ways. But not the fundraisers I know. Address labels are a legitimate way to raise funds. They work. They don't work exactly the way other types of…
  • How to exercise your writing muscle

    Jeff Brooks
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:22 am
    Sometimes, writing is hard. Painful. Fruitlessly time-consuming. Here's one way to make it less hard. (I'll never claim there's anything that makes it easy.) It's freewriting. Freewriting is to writing what exercise is to physical health. It's a way to condition and strengthen your writing "muscle." Freewriting was developed and popularized on college campuses by Peter Elbow. You can read about freewriting and some other good writing techniques in his book Writing Without Teachers. Here's how you do it: Set a timer for 10 minutes. Start writing. Don't stop until time is up. Don't pause to…
  • Podcast: Letter from a disgruntled donor

    Jeff Brooks
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:40 am
    A donor writes a letter to the president of the organization. It's an articulate critique of what the donor dislikes about their fundraising: It's simplistic, repetitious, and emotional. What do you do? What do you say? We read an actual letter from a real donor and talk through the right -- and wrong -- response. There's a disastrously bad response that many organizations make to letters like this. There's also an affirming, correct, and revenue-enhancing response. To listen, click here to download the audio file or visit the Fundraising Is Beautiful page here, where you'll find several…
  • Watchdogs: please don't tell us how to raise funds

    Jeff Brooks
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    It seems the charity watchdogs have some new bad advice for fundraisers. GuideStar, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator are telling us what we shouldn't say in fundraising: Nonprofits: Ban These Phrases from Your Vocabulary. The phrases they'd like us to ban: "Only X% of your gift goes to overhead." "Only X cents on the dollar go to overhead costs." It's almost refreshing, really. After years of beating the overhead drum and successfully training donors to look at overhead percentage as a measure of charity deservingness -- they've finally seen the light and changed their…
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  • Tips for Making Authentic, Meaningful Thank You Calls

    Lori Jacobwith
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., a time when we gather with our loved ones and pause to show gratitude for all that we have. While we’ve got giving thanks on our mind, I encourage you, fundraising professionals and nonprofit board members, to pick up the phone and give thanks to your donors. I know in our “text message, Facebook update world” picking up the phone may seem outdated. What if I told you that thank you phone calls help raise MORE money? The impact of an authentic, meaningful voice-to-voice conversation, or even a thoughtful voice mail message is very…
  • Do It! Get Your Board Engaged in 2015

    Lori Jacobwith
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I’m often asked, “How do we get our board to help us with fundraising?” I actually think people are asking the wrong question. I believe the question is: “What should we do differently to cause board engagement?” If you want your board to show up, be educated about your mission, enthused about their duties, talk to others about your organization with passion, share stories about those you serve, invite others to do specific things AND feel great about their board experience, then YOU have to make sure to support them and communicate clearly how they can best serve. In life…
  • Shift the Energy: Connecting With Your Board

    Lori Jacobwith
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    One of the most powerful things we do is create authentic connections with people. I believe the second most important thing we do in our nonprofit sector, after the connection has been made, is cause people to take action. Whether it’s giving time, money, advice, or in-kind support you are often searching for people to do something. I love this definition of connection I read recently in a book by Brené Brown, “the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued…” Neuroscience tells us that as human beings we are hard-wired for connection. It’s why we…
  • Ask for Big Gifts Before Year-End

    Lori Jacobwith
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    We are deep in the fall fundraising frenzy which means I’m spending a lot of time helping organizations who are asking for money right now. In my experience I watch the staff at many organizations spend much of their energy getting ready to talk to people about their financial support rather than doing the work of having meaningful conversations with their supporters and asking for big gifts. Think about it, how much time have you spent this past week on copy for your event invitation, campaign brochure, or your appeal letter? While these are important tasks, I would much rather see…
  • Quick & Easy Tips to Help You Retain Donors

    Lori Jacobwith
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I’m going to piggyback on last week’s three item checklist for donor retention, with five more quick & easy tips to help retain your current donors. 1. Share what you need the money for. How many of your current donors & volunteers clearly understand what it is you are raising money for? Do you share the cost of your programs for one week for one child or one adult? A donor recently told me, “If the organizations I support were not just saying they need money, but were telling me why and what impact that money will have, I may give even more.” 2. Personally contact as…
 
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  • What would I do without you?

    4w3s0mE
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    I want to thank you for reading, for buying my products and engaging my services this year. I am so grateful to you, my readers, customers and clients, because you make this all possible. Here is what you have said about me on Twitter this year-AND THANK YOU for supporting me and Wild Woman Fundraising! Thank you Sheena Greer of Colludo! Thank you Carrie Packard of CarriePackard.com! Thank you the National Council of Nonprofits! Thank you Bloomerang! Thank you Gail Perry! Thank you to Ecology In the Classrooms and Outdoors! Thank you Agents of Good and John Lepp! Thank you Dani Mailing of…
  • Thank you! Yes, you!

    4w3s0mE
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:56 am
    Do you ever think about how your nonprofit depends on partnerships? Partnerships not just with community partners, but with your donors? This post is dedicated to thanking all of my partners this year. When you see these people’s names below, I hope you will look them up, check them out, follow them on Twitter and buy from them. They are incredible partners and have high caliber products and services. 2014 was a year of partnership. Correction. 2014 was a year of MEGA-Partnership.  I created and sustained over 30 partnerships with different organizations, colleagues, and nonprofits. I…
  • Free Webinar: Planning for 2015 on 12/4

    4w3s0mE
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:10 am
    Are you tired of not having a plan every year? Is the whole “oh no we can’t make payroll” thing getting a little old? Or have you been thrown into your role, with no one to guide you and your boss just saying “Do it”? If any of this sounds like you, and you’re tired of being so stressed, check out this webinar! Register here In this webinar you’ll learn: Fundraising planning 101 How NOT to make a fundraising plan Your One-Page Fundraising Road-map Ideas for multiple streams of income Earned income streams that work for nonprofits Putting it into practice If you’re tired of…
  • My First Exprience with Indiegogo-Pokey the Penguin Fundraising

    4w3s0mE
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:16 am
    If this is your first time here, WELCOME! This blog is all about fundraising, HOW TO DO IT! And so today I’m sharing my fundraising journey with a new tool for me, IndieGogo! What is it like? It’s hard to describe, but it’s kind of like the sound of raspberries tastes! Why am I running this fundraising campaign for Pokey the Penguin? I LOVE POKEY THE PENGUIN. I think it is a true treasure of the internet, one of the first webcomics, and I’ve read it since 1999. My friend Summer Unsinn put Pokey the Penguin in her email signature in college, and that’s how I first…
  • Should you be worried about your appeal letter?

    4w3s0mE
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:28 am
    how to send appeal letters in bulk It’s time to start sending out your appeal. Should you be worried? Well, if you haven’t done the background work to make your letter successful, then YES. You should be worried. What is that background work that makes your letter successful? 80% of your success depends on this What does 80% of your success depend on? Your list.   It’s in your list! (That’s where it is!) Do you talk to your list more than once a year? If yes, how often? Do your supporters hear from you once a month or more? If so, that’s a good ratio to…
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    AFP Blog: Press Releases

  • Nonprofit Technology Leader Releases Blackbaud CRM 4.0 | Blackbaud News

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Nonprofit Technology Leader Releases Blackbaud CRM 4.0 | Blackbaud News: "Charleston, S.C. (November 25, 2014) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading global provider of software and services for the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, today announced the availability of Blackbaud CRM™ 4.0. The new release offers customers rich developments in the areas of usability,
  • TCG Annual Report: Nonprofit Theatres Report Recovery Since Recession : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    TCG Annual Report: Nonprofit Theatres Report Recovery Since Recession : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: "(Press release, Oct. 27, 2014) — Not-for-profit theatres contributed over $2 billion to the U.S. economy and attracted 34.9 million attendees, according to Theatre Facts 2013, released by Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Based on the annual TCG Fiscal Survey, Theatre Facts is the only
  • Taproot Foundation Launches Pro Bono Resource for Nonprofits : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Taproot Foundation Launches Pro Bono Resource for Nonprofits : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: "(Press release, Oct. 23, 2014) — The Taproot Foundation launched Taproot+, a first-of-its-kind resource connecting nonprofits that need pro bono talent to business professionals who want to donate their expertise. With Taproot+, nonprofits can define the right pro bono project for their needs,
  • New Chair of the Resource Alliance Announced : Page 1 of 1 : FundRaising Success

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    New Chair of the Resource Alliance Announced : Page 1 of 1 : FundRaising Success: "(Press release, Oct. 15, 2014) — The Resource Allianceis delighted to announce that Vicky Annis has been appointed as its new chair of trustees, replacing Jan Krol who has come to the end of his term." 'via Blog this'
  • #GivingTuesday Momentum Builds in the U.S., with Unprecedented Unity from Coast to Coast Leading Up to December 2, 2014

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    #GivingTuesday Momentum Builds in the U.S., with Unprecedented Unity from Coast to Coast Leading Up to December 2, 2014: "During meetings in Washington, DC today, a small but powerful part of more than 10,000 U.S.-based #GivingTuesday partners and supporters joined forces to solidify their commitments for #GivingTuesday. Among the attendees, there was a feeling of national unity over the prospect
 
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    AFP Blog: Legislation, Government Relations and Related Topics

  • Conference Recap: 501(c)(4)s and Public Policy: What You Need to Know »Blog

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    Conference Recap: 501(c)(4)s and Public Policy: What You Need to Know »Blog: "In purpose, 501(c)(4)s with social welfare purposes may resemble 501(c)(3)s with charitable purposes, but they differ in a few important ways:501(c)(4)s are not eligible to receive deductible charitable contributions;they can engage in lobbying without the restrictions applicable to 501(c)(3)s; andthey can engage in political campaign intervention activities, including endorsing candidates, so long as such activities do not constitute their primary activity.Examples of 501(c)(4)s cited by the panel included the…
  • Why Canada's Charity System Needs To Consider 'Disbenefits' | Blake Bromley

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Why Canada's Charity System Needs To Consider 'Disbenefits' | Blake Bromley: "Previously, I wrote a post about how the leading charity law case, Income Tax Special Commissioners v. Pemsel, requires Scottish charities to conform with English common law. I compared this with Canada's exclusion of Quebec civil law, and its concept of 'bienfaisance,' in determining the meaning of charity in Canada."'via Blog this'
  • Find information on NGO laws and regulation in countries around the world

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    Find information on NGO laws and regulation in countries around the world: 'via Blog this'
  • Harper Government Celebrates National Philanthropy Day by Highlighting Tax Breaks for Charitable Donations

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    Harper Government Celebrates National Philanthropy Day by Highlighting Tax Breaks for Charitable Donations: "The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, today celebrated National Philanthropy Day by applauding the many Canadians across the country who choose to donate to charities and is encouraging them to take advantage of the tax credits available for eligible charitable donations.Minister Findlay particularly highlighted the benefits of the first-time donor's super credit. The new temporary donor super credit provides an extra 25 percent federal…
  • Reporting Changed Mission Statement to the IRS

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    Reporting Changed Mission Statement to the IRS: "Question: What happens if we change our mission statement? Do we have to report it? And what if we change our name?"'via Blog this'
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • Valley Philanthropists Recognized For Good Works

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Valley Philanthropists Recognized For Good Works: "The award for Youth in Philanthropy, one of the four categories, was given to Spotswood High School for its "Blazin' a Trail for a Cure" cancer research campaign. Teachers at the school believe giving back is important for all ages to learn." 'via Blog this'
  • Student philanthropy impacts Dominican Republic - Xenia Gazette - xeniagazette.com

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    Student philanthropy impacts Dominican Republic - Xenia Gazette - xeniagazette.com: "nonprofit school in the Dominican Republic, during SGA’s week of awareness Nov. 3-7. " 'via Blog this'
  • KC region’s young philanthropist of the year helps sick children with pop tabs | fox4kc.com

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    KC region’s young philanthropist of the year helps sick children with pop tabs | fox4kc.com: "KANSAS CITY, Mo. – There was a big event Wednesday night at which the people in our region who raise money for all sorts of charities and not-for-profit organizations honored local champions in community service. And the Young Philanthropist of the Year of The Mid-America Chapter of the Association of
  • Philanthropy in the Classroom | The Community FoundationPhilanthropy

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    Philanthropy in the Classroom | The Community FoundationPhilanthropy: "Each year the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Atlanta Chapter goes into area classrooms to teach students about philanthropy – what it means and how they can be philanthropic. The Kiwanis Club of Atlanta is a sponsor of this effort and joins with the Association of Fundraising Professionals members to read a
  • 13-year-old takes home philanthropy award | Dallas Morning News

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    13-year-old takes home philanthropy award | Dallas Morning News: "The group gave just one standing ovation. It was for the youngest award recipient. Charlsie Doan, 13, received the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award on Friday at the 29th annual Awards Luncheon of the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals." 'via Blog this'
 
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    AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology

  • Know Your Numbers: #GivingTuesday | Case Foundation

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Know Your Numbers: #GivingTuesday | Case Foundation: "So that’s why this year in celebration of #GivingTuesday, the Case Foundation is excited to partner with Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy to support research efforts to identify outcomes from #GivingTuesday and its implications for overall donation trends. Immediately following the holiday, the Case Foundation and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will share an estimate on the total number of dollars donated on #GivingTuesday. The research team will also present broader findings on how #GivingTuesday is…
  • How Bitcoin is Used in Combatting Ebola - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    How Bitcoin is Used in Combatting Ebola - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "A group from Ghana has found a way to deploy cash donations more rapidly and more effectively directly to the front lines of the effort to contain Ebola in neighboring Sierra Leone. The distinctively African twist is that the solution combines Bitcoin and the now-ubiquitous African financial tool, the mobile phone.Bitcoin Against Ebola is a nonprofit founded by Beam, a startup based in Accra, Ghana, which promotes Bitcoin technology as a way for Africans to transfer money cheaply and instantaneously."'via Blog this'
  • European fundraising associations to lobby MEPs over EU data protection proposals

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    European fundraising associations to lobby MEPs over EU data protection proposals: "The Institute of Fundraising has met with fundraising associations across Europe to discuss how to lobby against proposed EU data protection legislation that could damage fundraising.Earlier this month, the Institute wrote to UK MEPs to raise concerns about the new European General Data Protection Regulation, which is due to come into force from 2017. "'via Blog this'
  • Six Ways to Crowdsource Your Nonprofit’s Blog Content | NTEN

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Six Ways to Crowdsource Your Nonprofit’s Blog Content | NTEN: "Your nonprofit organization has a blog. Awesome. You have a plan that outlines post content and frequency. Fantastic. You’re ready to roll up your sleeves and start creating content…wait…that’s a lot of content. How are you going to produce it all? I know! You’re going to crowdsource your blog content.Of course, I believe that your editorial planning should have factored in your ability to deliver; as in get it all written. But projects appear out of nowhere, priorities shift, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. This…
  • Futures Lab update #84: Engagement Using Text Messages, and Corrections via Social Media | Mediashift | PBS

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Futures Lab update #84: Engagement Using Text Messages, and Corrections via Social Media | Mediashift | PBS: "Engagement Using Text Messages, and Corrections via Social Media"'via Blog this'
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    AFP BLOG: International News

  • Hopes rise for Christmas mail as Post Office staff return to work | Labour | BDlive

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Hopes rise for Christmas mail as Post Office staff return to work | Labour | BDlive: "apo also faced threats of class action lawsuits from, among other quarters, magazine distributors and even charities. The Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising said at the weekend its members might have lost a combined R55m over the past six months due to disruptions caused to their fundraising efforts. The
  • Institute of Legacy Management halts merger talks with the Institute of Fundraising | Third Sector

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Institute of Legacy Management halts merger talks with the Institute of Fundraising | Third Sector: "Institute of Legacy Management halts merger talks with the Institute of Fundraising 24 November 2014 by Susannah Birkwood, Be the First to Comment The umbrella body for legacy professionals has been consulting members since April about a proposal for it to become part of the IoF" 'via Blog this'
  • Understanding Charities Group launches to improve public trust in the sector

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    Understanding Charities Group launches to improve public trust in the sector: "A cross-sector alliance of charities has formally launched the Understanding Charities Group, aimed at improving public trust and confidence in charities. It has also outlined four strands of work which will improve understanding of how charities work, improve the public’s trust, empathy and engagement with charities,
  • Why Canada's Charity System Needs To Consider 'Disbenefits' | Blake Bromley

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    Why Canada's Charity System Needs To Consider 'Disbenefits' | Blake Bromley: "Previously, I wrote a post about how the leading charity law case, Income Tax Special Commissioners v. Pemsel, requires Scottish charities to conform with English common law. I compared this with Canada's exclusion of Quebec civil law, and its concept of 'bienfaisance,' in determining the meaning of charity in Canada."
  • Battle of the sexes extends to charitable giving patterns

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Battle of the sexes extends to charitable giving patterns: "Men tend to write cheques quickly, while women will want to build relationships with the organization they’re giving to, they’ll want to do more due diligence before writing the cheques,” says Jo-Ann Ryan, who leads the Philanthropic Advisory Services team within TD’s Wealth Advisory Services.   Ryan hosted two GTA events last week as
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    Donate a Car to Charity - CharityCar.us blog

  • Shelby RTR loosely based on an old classic

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

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

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Today’s teens aren’t as eager to learn to drive as previous generations but many are still obtaining driver’s licenses and getting behind the wheel. Unfortunately, a recent study found that many are driving vehicles that are woefully insufficient in terms of crash protection and safety technology. This is particularly crucial, as car crashes remain the leading cause of death among Americans ages 15 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 500 parents queried by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), just over half reported buying cars…
  • Study Finds Women and Men Value Similar Car Features

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    It may come as a surprise to some, but women and men value similar features when selecting a new car. The top features sought by both sexes are exterior styling and overall value. This is a according to TrueCar.com, an auto buying site that regularly surveys buyers. Past experience with the brand and driving performance are next on the list. But while men usually give an edge to styling and driving performance, women tend to rank safety and fuel economy more highly than men do, TrueCar says. Those small differences are important as women become a larger force in the marketplace. Forty per…
  • How Much Would You Pay for a 1962 Ferrari?

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Apparently someone thought the price tag of 40 million dollars seemed about right.  A red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, which was once involved in a fatal accident, has set the world record for a car sold at auction, going for $38.1 million at a sale in California, auction house Bonhams said. The price offered on Thursday by a bidder whose identity was not disclosed surpassed the $30 million (all figures U.S.) paid last year for a 1954 Mercedes Benz W196 race car, also sold by Bonhams, the auctioneers said in a press release. “We’ve always maintained that we would exceed the current…
 
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  • Canadian Auto Makers Show Support for Movember

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

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

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

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

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

  • What’s in my Inbox | Thanksgiving thanks

    Pamela Grow
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
      Thanksgiving provides the ideal opportunity for nonprofits to simply reach out to their supporters with a message of thanks, no ask.Here are a few that landed in my in-box: UNICEF’s ‘What I am thankful for this year’ email implores readers to send a message of thanks and support to UNICEF workers on the front lines of emergency response. Society for the Increase of the Ministry thanks their seminarians, donors, alumni, staff, and friends in a simple heartfelt way. National Brain Tumor Society thanks their supporters with an opportunity to create customizable Thanksgiving cards.
  • November Nonprofit Blog Carnival | An Attitude of Gratitude

    Pamela Grow
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here in the US, November marks the month of Thanksgiving and showing gratitude for our blessings. In keeping with the theme, for the past few years, our November Nonprofit Blog Carnival has celebrated with inspiring ways nonprofit organizations throughout the world are celebrating the donors who make their work possible. SDS member Rachel Ramjatten of Catholic Charities of Miami says:  “Pam, Thursday was Give Miami Day and we called every donor we had a number for. And every donor received a superhero badge via email within an hour of their gift. One said that she had never ever…
  • Fundraising Friday | November 21, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:12 am
      Is #GivingTuesday worth the hoopla? I’m hearing it from readers and clients alike:what should we be doing for #GivingTuesday?Tuesday, December 2 marks the third annual #GivingTuesday, a manufactured holiday created to inspire action around charitable giving. I’ll be real with you: I’m not advising clients (or you) to spend a lot of time on #GivingTuesday.Why?Your time is limited (especially now at year-end), and my focus – and yours – should be on long-term funding success, not gimmicks.  Do you seriously need yet another distraction? I’m all about getting the…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Email welcome message

    Pamela Grow
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
      When a prospect lands on your organization’s website and signs up for your newsletter, what kind of message do they receive?  Is it the standard yawn-inducing Welcome to XYZ org. We are happy to have you as a member of our community. Your email address and interest preferences have been recorded in our database. In the future, you will receive periodic emails specific to your interests. Privacy is important to us; therefore, we will not sell, rent, or give your name or address to anyone. At any point, you can select the link at the bottom of every email to unsubscribe. “Welcome…
  • Fundraising Friday | November 14, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    What can you learn from the leading fundraising guru’s AHA moments?  I asked some of the leading fundraisers to share their biggest AHA moment with you.  Tom Ahern.  Amy Eisenstein.  Joe Garecht.  Gail Perry.  Sandy Rees.   What they had to share may surprise you.  You’ll definitely have an AHA moment or two yourself. How do you integrate your direct mail with your email?You’re going to love, love, love this week’s What’s in My Inbox and What’s in my Mailbox.We’ve flipped them so you can see first the marvelous direct mail fundraising letter, and then the followup…
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits by us

  • Staff Involvement In Strategic Planning & Keeping in Touch With Donors by Tony Poderis

    Tony Poderis
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    This week, two short and to the point pieces from Tony !! 1. Staff Involvement In Strategic Planning Should/must nonprofit staff be involved in the strategic planning process ?? With all of the discussion that I’ve seen/heard on this subject over the years, with the range of positions respondents have taken – from the globally inclusive to the highly restrictive, and considering the passions that this question and its responses often evoke, I offer, here, my attempt to clarify the issue: • The Board of an NPO has the sole responsibility and authority for…
  • Dear Millennial, Pick Up The Phone. Love, Your Boss. (Part II) by K. Michael Johnson

    K. Michael Johnson
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Many Millennials don’t love talking on the phone … especially with people whose numbers aren’t already programmed into our phones; and, many of us are terrible at it. In fundraising, however, phone skills are a must. This is a continuation of my posting on how to make more and better outreach calls – specifically, introductory calls requesting face-to-face meetings with prospects we’ve never met. 4. Ask questions. As you’re writing your script (see last week’s posting),    remember that your job is to build a relationship with your…
  • Dear Millennial, Pick Up The Phone. Love, Your Boss. (Part I) by K. Michael Johnson

    K. Michael Johnson
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Confession: I don’t love making phone calls. In fact, there was a time when I’d do anything to avoid calling prospects. Like many in my generation, I was far more comfortable emailing or texting, or even sending them messages through LinkedIn. Digital tools are great, but it didn’t take me long to realize that the top performers in our line of work are good on the phone. It’s better for building rapport, and it creates a sense of urgency that email and other tools simply do not. Now, I make at least four outbound calls daily. I still don’t always love it, but I’ve come a long way.
  • Remind Your Donors to Give Stocks and Mutual Funds by John Elbare

    John Elbare
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Stocks and mutual funds make great charitable gifts, yet many non-profits overlook them; and, donors may not think to make those kinds of donations, unless you remind them. Once donors learn about the tax advantages of donating stock, they often become consistent stock donors. Stocks and mutual funds are securities that represent an ownership interest in a single corporation (stock), or an interest in many corporations (mutual funds). Appreciation is when a stock or fund grows in value, which often accounts for most of the profit from investing in a stock. Some stocks pay dividends (a share…
  • Six Goals For A Direct Mail Letter by Jonathan Howard

    Jonathan Howard
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Here six key objectives I set for every fundraising letter I write. I use these as standards to review and rewrite a draft appeal until I can’t improve it further. 1. Create a personal connection. Always use the first person singular (“I,” “me,” “my”), never the snooty-sounding, disembodied “we.” Talk to me as if we are sharing coffee together. Use the word “you” as often as you can. Finding ways to use the word “you” naturally helps make your writing conversational and friendly. 2. Tell a story. I know you’re saving the world. Now, can you show me one specific…
 
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    Wakeman Agency

  • 2014 Public Relations Society of America Gold Medal Winner

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

    wake101
    28 Jan 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Legal Outreach is a 30-year old nonprofit organization that offers educational programs to New York City middle and high school students from underserved communities. In honor of its 30th anniversary, Legal Outreach wanted to host keep reading
  • Announcement – New Office in Silicon Valley!

    Katie Cray
    28 Jan 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Dear Friends, I am excited to announce that The Wakeman Agency is heading west. On February 3rd, we are opening a new office in Sunnyvale, California – the heart of Silicon Valley – just a keep reading
  • Positioning – To Thine Own Brand Be True

    wake101
    11 Aug 2013 | 5:28 pm
    During a recent outing with a friend, the conversation turned to business. She has been a huge supporter of The Wakeman Agency and was truly excited that we had made to the 10-year mark. We keep reading
  • What I Didn’t Learn in Journalism School

    wake101
    22 Jul 2013 | 11:31 am
    By Katie Cray As a proud Northeastern University alumnus (one of the best journalist schools, in my opinion), I can honestly say that I learned a lot in the classroom and through the co-op program. keep reading
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  • Happy Thanksgiving from Event 360

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    As my friend and colleague Ali said, it’s a heartwarming coincidence that Event 360’s event season wraps up so close to Thanksgiving. It gives us a perfect opportunity to share just a few of the things we’re most grateful for this year which includes:Having the privilege to execute 23 events For eight wonderful clients With amazing causes that we adopt as our own With over 70,000 participants and volunteers That have helped raise nearly $30 million dollars In addition to that, we get to work alongside a team of people who are fun, experienced, knowledgeable and…
  • Five Best Practices and Tips for Hosting Tweet Chats and Twitter Parties

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    How do you get any amount of people, who live in different places and time zones, to be in the same place at the same time? Ask them to meet on Twitter for a Tweet Chat! Tweet Chats, also known as Twitter Parties, are one of the many ways social media has been able to unite a group of people for a common cause. Tweet Chats happen every day and at all different times, by having participants follow one specific hashtag in real time. Some are recurring, like #RunChat, which happens weekly, and some are one-time hashtags, meant to promote a cause, brand, or event. Twitter Parties are a great way…
  • Event 360: Here, There and Everywhere!

    13 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Where in the world was the Event 360 team this weekend? Producing three great events for clients we admire and causes close to our hearts. In what turned out to be our busiest long-weekend of the season, our team successfully executed events in San Diego, Dallas and Washington, D.C.What’s the big deal, you ask? Events are kind of our thing. Absolutely! In the past year, we’ve gotten back to our roots and focused on full-service event management. However, this past weekend we proved that we can do small events, huge events, and everything in-between, and we can do them all at…
  • Saluting America's Veterans

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Event 360 has been here, there and everywhere all year long, but in the past few days, we’ve been busy executing three events in three different time zones across the country. Today we have the great honor to help execute The Concert for Valor on the National Mall. We’ll be back later this week to share some highlights, but we wanted to encourage you to tune in to watch the Concert. If you’re lucky enough to be in the Washington, D.C. area, you can watch it live. If not, HBO will be airing the event on their main channel. Or you can watch a free live stream on…
  • Recognizing Your Top Fundraisers at the Event

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    With any event that involves fundraising – whether required or optional – it’s very important to recognize and/or reward those that go above and beyond the call of duty: your top fundraisers.  When an event encourages but does not require fundraising, the bulk of the fundraising work is done by a small percentage of the participants (e.g., 20% of the participants bring in 100% of the funds). I hope it’s obvious why it is advisable to make this group feel special; for without them, your “fundraising event” would simply be an “event.”…
 
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  • Doing It Better

    janetlevineconsulting
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:11 am
    Every so often I have a day where I have absolutely no meetings of any kind and no imminently looming deadlines. “Ahh,” I think. “Finally, a day when I can….” But what I seem to be able to do on … Continue reading →
  • If You Don’t Ask….

    janetlevineconsulting
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:27 am
    It never ceases to amaze me when the Executive or Development Director says, “Oh, they’ll never be a donor.” They, in this case, can be a specific individual or organization or they can also refer to a specific group of … Continue reading →
  • List Making

    janetlevineconsulting
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    I am a list maker. I feel unfinished if I don’t have a list to hand of things to do, books to read, exhibits to see, restaurants to try. I keep lists of current clients, outstanding proposals, projects to finish … Continue reading →
  • The Rights of Fundraising

    janetlevineconsulting
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
    The best definition I ever saw about successful fundraising is that it is the right person, asking the right prospect, for the right amount, at the right time, for the right project, in the right way. You might note that … Continue reading →
  • The Art of Negotiating Great Gifts

    janetlevineconsulting
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    Once or twice a year, after talking about a training or retreat facilitation, the person at the nonprofit lets me know that they are not hiring me because my price was too high or because “a friend” has offered to … Continue reading →
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  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
  • Resolved: Overnight click-through issues

    Phil Hollows
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Although feeds were being served and email sent OK, some publishers experienced click-through issues overnight; the problem has now been resolved. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Any subscribers seeing an error message now need to simply refresh the page. Today, job 1 is to update our monitors to better detect this kind of issue, which unfortunately went undetected by our automated system health tracking.        Related StoriesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing TemporarilyFalse Alarms and Click Through Issues Aug 1 
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for feeds.feedblitz.com. The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
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  • Celebrate #GivingTuesday with your Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

    Ashley
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    One way to promote your page is by leveraging the many social media platforms and websites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and even email. Social media has become an integral part of much of our day-to-day lives. It connects people, places, and things. It is a really powerful tool to bring people together. Below, you can find more specific details on how best to utilize Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. General Tips and suggestions for utilizing (most) social media outlets: Include feasible and direct “Call to Action!” Every update should…
 
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  • Turning Everyday Donors into Major Donors

    Joe Garecht
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Guest Post by K. Michael Johnson You need big donors… who doesn’t?  Sure, you have some… but to truly fulfill your mission, you know you need more.  So, where are they going to come from? I have good news for you. Many of your next major donors are already giving to you.  Studies show that frequency of giving is a better major gift indicator than the size of past gifts. In my world of higher education fundraising, a donor will give for 13 years, on average, before making his first gift of $10,000 or more. So, start with the people who already care about you. We tend to…
  • Non-Profit Blog Carnival: Thinking Bigger in Fundraising (Call for Submissions)

    Joe Garecht
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    2015 is just around the corner.  If you’re like most fundraisers, you’re probably starting to make plans for the coming year… how much you plan to raise, which tactics you want to add to your arsenal, how to grow your annual event… Yet, if history is any indicator, far too many of us will be thinking small about our fundraising for the coming year.   I can’t tell you how many non-profits I speak to that tell me they want to increase fundraising by 2% next year or that they want to find 3 new sponsors for their annual gala. Fundraisers, here’s your…
  • How to Collect Compelling Stories to Use in Your Fundraising Work

    Joe Garecht
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Storytelling has become a hot topic in non-profit fundraising. It went from something that you almost never heard about just a few years ago, to the topic of numerous books, websites and conferences today. There’s a reason for this change: storytelling is extremely important to good fundraising. As fundraisers, we need to be carrying on a constant conversation with our donors. Sometimes this conversation happens in person or on the phone. Other times, we talk to our donors through newsletters, e-mails and snail mail letters. No matter how we are carrying on the conversation, a dialog like…
  • Did Your Organization Raise Less than $1 Million this Year? If So, Read this…

    Joe Garecht
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Today, we are launching a special online class just for non-profits that currently raise less than $1 million per year, but who want to hit the $1 million mark sometime over the next 2-3 years.  If your organization currently raises less than 7 figures, join us for this class: Getting to $1 Million: How to Raise $1 Million or More per Year for Your Non-Profit Your non-profit does great work… and it deserves to have the money it needs to thrive.  During this class, you’ll learn the strategies and tools you need to raise $1 million or more for your organization each and every…
  • There Are 3 Audiences for Your Fundraising Letters – Are You Writing for All 3?

    Joe Garecht
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    One of the most fundamental aspects of writing successful fundraising letters is to understand your audience. You need to step into the shoes of your donors and look at it from their perspective – how do they feel about mail they are receiving? Most people are busy. They work, they raise a family, they have community obligations, bills to pay, things to do. They don’t have a ton of time to read your letter. In fact, most people are constantly on the lookout for junk mail… meaning that when they pick up their mail, most people sort through it quickly to see what is important and what…
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    Association of Grumpy Old Fundraisers who know stuff

  • Still dying to give?

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

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

    peter maple
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    So Stephen Gerrard thinks that by telling the England team how painful not qualifying is, he is going to motivate them to win? Well that worked well didn't it? Sports Psychologists know (or ought to) that to improve your winning edge you visualize, not failure but success! Did Johnny Wilkinson line up his penalty kicks thinking, " this one might veer left?" Not in a month of Sundays. He visualized the ball sailing between the posts. Over and over again. Similarly penalty takers are taught to see the ball in the back of the net, not sailing over the crossbar.The England team were ranked 8th…
  • How to raise more money?

    peter maple
    20 May 2014 | 4:35 am
    That's the holy grail or the question to the answer 42 (sorry Douglas Adams) yes? Well, perhaps not. I did an interview with John Bingham at the Daily Telegraph about the latest OECD report discussing the question of whether, "are we in the UK becoming more generous?" There is some evidence, but my take based on the research and personal observations is that the jury is still out. Consequently any increase in generosity is much more likely to be a legacy of the recession. After all, how many of you really feel better off now than 12 months ago? So maybe we need to be thinking more about those…
  • What's philanthropy got to do with fundraising?

    peter maple
    13 Jan 2014 | 9:10 am
    Seriously, I'm seeing an increasing use of fundraising technique with little regard for the basis case for support. Am I alone in worrying that we are really in danger of alienating potential supporters with repeated, inappropriate demands for money, time and involvement without paying any attention to what the supporters really would like to see? Hands up those of you who have talked to or heard committed supporters moaning about endless appeals, inappropriate asks, six figure salaries and the like? The media will always be ready with a pop but I am not alone in detecting a very worrying…
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    Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry

  • My #1 Year-End Fundraising Tip that Will Bring in the Most Money

    Gail
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Year-end is a terribly busy time for you, I know. There is actually one important step you can do pretty easily.  And it can be highly profitable to your annual fund bottom line. And we all want that, don’t we? This simple tactic can make the largest difference in your year-end fundraising results. So if you could do just one thing in the next 5-6 weeks – here’s what I recommend: Make sure your largest donors from 2013 renew their gifts before the end of 2014. Here’s what to do: 1. Pull a report of all donors who gave in 2013 but who have not given yet in 2014. 2.
  • You Are Doing the Most Important Job in the World

    Gail
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    What is YOUR role in the word of philanthropy?  In honor of National Philanthropy Day, we are stepping back and looking at ourselves and our work. You are making it happen day after day, my friend. Whether you are a board member, CEO or fundraising staff, you are doing such important work. You may not have the support you need from your team or leaders — or enough resources to do good fundraising. But you are still plugging away, creating such good in the world. I just have to tell you how much I personally appreciate what you are doing. There are plenty of people out there in the…
  • Planning a Capital Campaign? How to Get Major Donors Involved Early On

    Gail
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    Planning a capital campaign or a major new initiative? When do you start talking to major donors? Here’s everybody’s first (and most important) question: Do we wait till our strategic plan is fully thought through and laid out? Should we wait till the sketches, footprints and budgets are all complete for our hoped-for new buildings – and THEN go to our donors? My answer is a VERY big “NO!” Don’t wait! Engage your major donors NOW in your strategic visioning conversations! The time to go see your hoped-for major donors is very early on – when these…
  • Phone Calls to Donors = Highly Profitable Fundraising

    Gail
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Are you afraid of the phone? It can be scary to pick up the phone to call a donor or a potential donor! Especially when it’s so much easier to keep your polite distance and send a letter or an email solicitation. But stop a minute and think about your donors: Could it be that people are happy to talk to you on the phone? Might they be happy to have actual human engagement? But people hate getting phone calls, right? “Actually, if the call is done right, then they are grateful to hear from you and you can’t get them off the phone!” People don’t want BAD direct mail or BAD…
  • Is There a Crisis in Fundraising Leadership?

    Gail
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    How do we attract, develop and retain good fundraisers? At last week’s International Fundraising Congress, many of us were transfixed by a provocative conversation about “The Emerging Fundraising Leadership Challenge.” International fundraising guru Tony Elischer, managing director of Think Consulting Solutions, and 5 dynamic women:  Rory Green,  Maria Ros Jernberg,  Joanne Warner,  Elise Ledsinger, and  Lucy Gower led the conversation. (By the way, if you have not discovered Rory Green’s hilarious Fundraiser Grrl Tumbler feed, go there right now and…
 
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    Online Fundraising Today

  • Sitting for Society Embraces Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

    Maureen
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    On November 22 Shambhala hosts their annual Sit-A-Thon entitled Sitting for Society, a fundraiser to provide deep support for Northern California Shambhala Centers. Participants will sit from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in an effort to raise $100,000. Sponsors are asked to make donations in support of the participant’s day of sitting meditation. “Shambhala is based on trust in human dignity. We offer a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented towards modern life.” The Shambhala crowdfunding software is a complete registration and donation management system. Their…
  • Accomplish Your Goals Through Nonprofit Crowdfunding

    Kari
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    Raising funds, expanding your donor base, and building meaningful relationships with people is on the top of every non-profit’s To Do list. But what’s the best way to reach those goals? There are many different methods, but in recent years nonprofit crowdfunding has become a popular way to accomplish all 3 at once – and much more. What Is Nonprofit Crowdfunding? Crowdfunding, as the name suggests, is the act of raising funds for an initiative through a multitude of people. (also refered to as “peer-to-peer fundraising”) This is usually done via the internet, specifically…
  • Chance to Win $1000 for Your Cause

    Kari
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    We are continually inspired by the important work that nonprofit organizations and charities do to make the world a better place. As part of our commitment to helping making your dreams possible, DoJiggy “gives-back” through donating a percentage of our annual profits to further promote this work. While we do not have a particular area of focus, we grant awards where we see the greatest need, as well as the greatest desire to spread the word and gain support for their cause. This year, we will award a total of $5000 to five deserving nonprofits. Each award recipient will receive a…
  • Innovative Ways to Successfully Fundraise at Work

    Kari
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Fundraising at work can be an easy and effective way to raise money and awareness for your charity. You’re around your coworkers every day, which gives you plenty of opportunities to talk about and educate people about your mission. It can also allow you to offer easy ways for coworkers to contribute either in person or through online donations. Here are 3 innovative ways to successfully fundraise at work 1. Fundraising Showcase Ask your supervisors for just 5 minutes during a weekly staff meeting to make a presentation about your cause.  During the presentation, show your fundraising…
  • Profitable Fundraising Ideas for Schools

    Kari
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Whether you have a child in pre-school, elementary school, high school or college, you’ll know that school fundraising activities play a huge part in meeting the financial needs of educational establishments. Coming up with new fundraising ideas isn’t always easy – but doing so is important, because fresh ideas grab the interest of participants and donors alike. Here are some enjoyable school fundraising ideas that are easy to implement and profitable too! Preschool and Elementary Level Face-painting This is one idea that’s always a winner! A good set of face-paints,…
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    Fundraising Detective

  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

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

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

    Fundraising Detective
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    The International Fundraising Conference has just closed in Holland and that seems a good place to start this week's round-up. Paul de Gregorio shares some of the great videos that were shown in sessions. Lucy Caldicott describes her favourite moments from the conference. I'm sure they'll be more interesting posts on the event in the coming week as well. Elsewhere... The Veritus conclude another 'must-read' series. This time it is on outrageous donor service. Eight reasons why bad training happens to good non-profits. From Beth Kanter. I found this post on what staff…
  • The right offer, at the right time...

    Fundraising Detective
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    On my recent Snowdon trek I was impressed to find these two guys at the summit collecting for the local mountain rescue. Most of the time you are lucky if more than 1 in 100 people put something in your bucket. Here the ratio was more like in 1 in 4. It reminded me of the importance of making the right ask to people, at the right time. If these guys were collecting in the local supermarket, I would've probably walked by. The fact I'd just cycled and walked 25k and suffered horrendous cramp meant I was in the right (emotional) frame of mind to give! Do you have any examples of other…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
     A big thank you to everyone who took the time to sponsor me for my Snowdon challenge. I've a nice story (and fundraising idea) to share with you next week. In the meantime enjoy my latest round-up of articles worth reading.  I was disappointed to miss this year's SOFII 'I wish I'd thought of that!' event. Pell & Bales summarise some of the learnings from the day. The Bloomerang blog issue 10 challenges every fundraiser must make to themselves. Joanne Fritz at About.com host's September's Nonprofit blog carnival. This month the theme is social media.
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    CoolData blog

  • How to measure the rate of increasing giving for major donors

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

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

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

    kevinmacdonell
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    It was only a matter of time. Over the weekend, a longtime friend dumped a bucket of ice water over his head and posted the video to Facebook. He challenged three friends — me included — to take the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS research. I passed on the cold shower, but this […]
  • Score! … As pictured by you

    kevinmacdonell
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    During the long stretch of time that Peter Wylie and I were writing our book, Score! Data-Driven Success for Your Advancement Team, there were days when I thought that even if we managed to get the thing done, it might not be that great. There were just so many pieces that needed to fit together somehow … […]
 
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    The Agitator

  • Giving Thanks

    Roger Craver
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chances are there’s not a U.S. Agitator reader online or browsing The Agitator today. Even Tom and I are taking the day off. You see, it’s Thanksgiving. The preeminent day in the U.S. The one holiday all Americans seem to agree on and celebrate. Even celebrate to the extent of traveling thousands of miles, paying exorbitant airfares or increased gas prices for horrendous road trips, all to be with family members they often despise. Every U.S. school kid learns that Thanksgiving is a feast day with origins in the Massachusetts colony of
  • Need Something To Be Thankful For? Back To St Joseph’s Indian School.

    Tom Belford
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    About a week ago I wrote about this story in The Nonprofit Quarterly: “Group Uses Fictitious Children to Boost Fundraising: Poverty Porn?” I guess the title itself suggests that publication’s verdict! Our commenters were more tolerant. Said Chip Heartfield: “It is not clear if the stories are composites or represent one child whose real name is not used for the obvious reasons. As long as they are true, not sure it makes much of a difference. But it seems that CNN was there to do a hatchet job – or at the least is woefully ignorant when it
  • Fundraising Myths And Dark Legends

    Roger Craver
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One of my all-time favorite fundraising copywriters is Tom Gaffny. For nearly 30 years he ran the creative shop at Epsilon and continues to post top results with his firm, Tom Gaffny Consulting. What sets Tom and other great fundraising copywriters apart from the pack is their ability to go way beyond skillfully putting words on paper or digits online. Way beyond. They practice their craft with an understanding that the donor is all that matters. They refuse to write the sort of drivel that satisfies their clients’ institutional ego, packed with jargon, stats and myriad meaningless…
  • On Playing Mozart To A Pig

    Roger Craver
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sometimes when The Agitator offers proven — and always free — advice and tools, but gets few takers, it feels like we’re playing Mozart to a pig. Silence and little response. As Grandma Craver used to say, “It wastes your time and annoys the pig.” Not this time. Sixty days ago we offered a free-forever tool on donor feedback. The claim: it would improve donor retention by a minimum of 15%. The result: 35+ takers. No Mozart and pigs present here. And with 465 caring fundraisers already signed up for
  • Can’t Invent Needs

    Tom Belford
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In a recent post, Seth Godin argues: “I can’t think of a single time that an individual or an organization has created a brand-new worldview, spread it and then led that tribe.” He notes that there were social rebels before there were Harley Davidson motorcycles, and Rastafarians before Bob Marley. His point in Inventing a tribe is — individuals with the attitude, the need were there before we (the marketer) were. He concludes: “Our job is to find the disconnected and connect them, to find people eager to pursue a goal and give them the structure to go achieve…
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    Association of Grumpy Old Fundraisers who know stuff

  • Still dying to give?

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

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

    23 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    So Stephen Gerrard thinks that by telling the England team how painful not qualifying is, he is going to motivate them to win? Well that worked well didn't it? Sports Psychologists know (or ought to) that to improve your winning edge you visualize, not failure but success! Did Johnny Wilkinson line up his penalty kicks thinking, " this one might veer left?" Not in a month of Sundays. He visualized the ball sailing between the posts. Over and over again. Similarly penalty takers are taught to see the ball in the back of the net, not sailing over the crossbar.The England team were ranked 8th…
  • How to raise more money?

    20 May 2014 | 4:35 am
    That's the holy grail or the question to the answer 42 (sorry Douglas Adams) yes? Well, perhaps not. I did an interview with John Bingham at the Daily Telegraph about the latest OECD report discussing the question of whether, "are we in the UK becoming more generous?" There is some evidence, but my take based on the research and personal observations is that the jury is still out. Consequently any increase in generosity is much more likely to be a legacy of the recession. After all, how many of you really feel better off now than 12 months ago? So maybe we need to be thinking more about those…
  • What's philanthropy got to do with fundraising?

    13 Jan 2014 | 9:10 am
    Seriously, I'm seeing an increasing use of fundraising technique with little regard for the basis case for support. Am I alone in worrying that we are really in danger of alienating potential supporters with repeated, inappropriate demands for money, time and involvement without paying any attention to what the supporters really would like to see? Hands up those of you who have talked to or heard committed supporters moaning about endless appeals, inappropriate asks, six figure salaries and the like? The media will always be ready with a pop but I am not alone in detecting a very worrying…
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    Fundraising Ideas & News | Blog | YouCaring.com

  • YouCaring Fundraisers Profiled in CNBC Article

    YouCaring.com
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Crowdfunding can make a difference  – for an individual, a family, a neighborhood, and sometimes even help make the world a better place.   Our YouCaring community of fundraisers and donors plays a key role in making that important movement happen. CNBC knows how this works.  They recently did a story looking at some crowdfunding campaigns that have truly made a difference.  Two YouCaring campaigns were featured. Crowdfunding can make a difference  – for an individual, a family, a neighborhood, and sometimes even help make the world a better place.  …
  • The Fundraiser For The Last Ice Bucket Challenge You Need To See: The Human Side of ALS

    YouCaring.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    With endless videos of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" in your Facebook feed, it may be easy to forget what you're supporting. In this YouCaring fundraiser, Anthony's loved ones make it very clear the human side of the research we're all supporting. Watch the video below and visit the fundraiser for Anthony.
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Medical Fundraiser for Child Facing Lifetime of Huge Medical Challenges

    YouCaring.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    We stumbled across your website while searching for a means to help a family in our community. Our fundraiser was easy to set up with great support from the "YouCaring" team who responded promptly when we had any questions. It was very successful and the family who benefited are incredibly grateful and humbled by the generous donations and the caring messages. We are thrilled our goal of $100,000 was exceeded. Thank you for enabling us to help this family. MJ Reich, Deb Sabatino, Ruth Ward, Dori Martin and Sue Willms Alex's Story: Love Alone is Worth the Fight
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Fundraiser to Save Home for Mom

    YouCaring.com
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Through our fundraiser, we were able to raise the money to help my mom save her house. There were people that helped us out that we didn't even know. There are people out there in the world that care. My mom's taxes were paid for the property, which was her mobile home. She has dogs and birds and would not have had a place to take them. So to try and help, a friend of mine suggested we try YouCaring to raise the money. I had a few people in my family skeptical of this and didn't think it would work, and we surprised them when it worked. Every time someone donated to this, I teared up just…
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Funds Help Organization Care for Abused, Abandoned Pets

    YouCaring.com
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    My family and I are very active in the animal rescue community. There is constantly a need for medical attention for animals that are abused, neglected, injured, or just dumped into the elements. YouCaring has given us a way to connect with a huge community to meet those financial needs.Annabelle was found wandering a back alleyway, with eye and ear infections and a toenail that had grown all the way around and pierced through her foot. With the help of the YouCaring fund we were able to get her healthy and she has since been adopted out to a wonderful family. Thank you,Kirk…
 
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • Let’s Have a Successful School Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Let’s Have a Successful School Raffle Fundraiser If уоu аrе ѕtrugglіng for school fundraising іdеаѕ, whаt better way to raise mоnеу fоr уоur саuѕе thаn rеturn tо thе basics аnd include a raffle аt уоur nеxt fundraising еvеnt! Raffles аrе a regular feature іn many a fundrаіѕеr and саn bе a grеаt success if thеу are run wеll. Thеу are fun fоr еvеrуоnе involved, рrоvіdіng excitement fоr thе buyers оf tісkеtѕ thаt саn be ѕhаrеd with thе оrgаnіzеrѕ. In аddіtіоn raffles саn bе very lucrative fоr the…
  • How To Get Publicity For Your Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    How To Get Publicity For Your Fundraiser Gеttіng аdvаnсе mеdіа соvеrаgе оf your fundrаіѕіng еvеnt саn wоrk wоndеrѕ fоr уоur bоttоm line. So, whаt ѕhоuld уоu emphasize іn your рrеѕѕ rеlеаѕе that will increase your chances of gеttіng mеdіа соvеrаgе fоr уоur fundrаіѕеr? Yоu ѕhоuld аlwауѕ еmрhаѕіzе thе bаѕіс еlеmеntѕ оf nеwѕ соvеrаgе, аkа the 5 W’s. Television broadcasting lеgеnd Tom Zalaski еxрlаіnѕ just whаt mеdіа outlets lооk fоr іn уоur рrеѕѕ rеlеаѕе in the аrtісlе…
  • Sell More Raffle Tickets With These Four Tips

    Raffle Tickets
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Sell More Raffle Tickets With These Four Tips A rаfflе саn bе a nice boost to thе bоttоm line for your non-profit fundrаіѕіng еvеnt.  Rаfflеѕ mаkе particular ѕеnѕе аt silent auctions bесаuѕе people come with mоnеу tо ѕреnd, аnd оftеn wait around until thе rаfflе winner іѕ аnnоunсеd, meaning they wіll hаvе mоrе tіmе to vіеw and bіd on items.  Thеу can also be uѕеd at low and mіd-lеvеl fundrаіѕіng еvеntѕ аnd dіnnеrѕ, but nоrmаllу аrе nоt appropriate fоr hіgh-dоllаr bаllѕ and galas. Before аddіng a…
  • Follow These Tips For a Successful Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Follow These Tips For a Successful Raffle Fundraiser A ѕuссеѕѕful fundraising rаfflе саn tremendously boost your fundrаіѕіng еffоrtѕ when executed рrореrlу wіth thоrоugh рrераrаtіоn. Thе last thіng thаt nееdѕ tо hарреn is that thе rаfflе fails causing аn оrgаnіzаtіоn dеfісіt. Check with local or ѕtаtе gaming officials аѕ tо thе lеgаl іѕѕuеѕ gоvеrnіng a rаfflе as thе fіrѕt ѕtер in planning a successful fundrаіѕіng raffle. Thе Stаnd-аlоnе Rаfflе Thе ѕtаnd-аlоnе rаfflе іѕ the mаjоr…
  • How To Double Your Raffle Ticket Sales

    Raffle Tickets
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    How To Double Your Raffle Ticket Sales A raffle саn bе a nісе boost tо the bottom line fоr уоur nоn-рrоfіt fundraising event.  Raffles make particular ѕеnѕе at silent auctions bесаuѕе реорlе соmе with mоnеу tо ѕреnd, and оftеn wait аrоund until thе raffle wіnnеr is аnnоunсеd, mеаnіng thеу will hаvе more time to vіеw and bid оn іtеmѕ.  Thеу can also bе uѕеd аt lоw and mid-level fundrаіѕіng events аnd dіnnеrѕ, but normally аrе nоt аррrорrіаtе for hіgh-dоllаr bаllѕ and gаlаѕ. Bеfоrе adding a…
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    Common Sense Fundraising

  • Board Member Tips to Managing Staffing Issues

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

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

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

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Contributed by Jayson DeMers This blog pulls from an article written by Jayson DeMers which neatly offers non profits 20 ways to attract website traffic through your blog. Some of the below listed tactics shouldn’t be considered an immediate fix, yet you will be surprised at how swiftly they just may begin to increase your website visitor numbers. Block off a couple of hours and give it a go! Submit your blog posts to StumbleUpon. Promote your blog posts to your email list – Placing a link to your blog on your signature can considerably increase website traffic. Work on your…
  • How to set up a Twitter account in five simple steps

    admin
    12 Jun 2014 | 1:49 am
    In the first part of our social media how-to series, we demonstrated how easy it was to set up Facebook page for your non profit. Here, we’ll show you how to use Twitter to reach out to your customers and get your company’s name out there without having to spend big bucks on conventional advertising. Step 1 First, you’ll need to setup a Twitter account. Go to www.twitter.com, and enter your full name, email address and the password you want to use for your account. Twitter will automatically suggest a username for you based on your first name and surname, but you should…
 
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    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies

  • Raffle Fundraisers to Generate Funding for Non Profit Organizations

    Bruce Hassel
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Raffle Fundraisers to Generate Funding for Non Profit Organizations Mаnу thanks to Lyndale Humphries 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. Lyndale оffеrѕ uр ѕоmе informative insights as to why and how a raffle ticket fundraiser is an ideal way for your organization to raise funds. Lyndale is completing studies in Human Services at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Tо read Lyndale Humphries’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір…
  • Make Your Raffle Fundraiser Irresistible

    Bruce Hassel
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    Make Your Raffle Fundraiser Irresistible If you’re looking for ways to make your next raffle fundraiser a complete success, you’ll want to check out these ideas from “Impact a Life” college scholarship contributor Jeremy Swope. Jeremy outlines several ways to make your fundraising efforts irresistible while raising the maximum amount of funds for your good cause. Thank уоu Jeremy, аnd best of luck with your studies! To read Jeremy Swope’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, gо here >>> Make Your Raffle Fundraiser Irresistible You саn hеlр Jeremy…
  • The Simplicity of a Raffle Can Promote Business

    Bruce Hassel
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    The Simplicity of a Raffle Can Promote Business “Imрасt a Lіfе” college scholarship еѕѕауіѕt  Xena Karalis tаkеѕ an interesting lооk аt utіlіzіng rаfflе tісkеtѕ tо аttrасt аnd rеtаіn customers fоr уоur business, рrоvіng оnсе-аgаіn that raffles аrеn’t ѕtrісtlу fоr nоn-рrоfіt fundraisers. Thank уоu Xena, and bеѕt оf luсk wіth уоur studies! To rеаd  Xena Karalis’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, gо hеrе >>>  The Simplicity of a Raffle Can Promote Business You can help  Xena Karalis’s pursuit of a…
  • Winning With an Award Winning Raffle

    Bruce Hassel
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Winning With an Award Winning Raffle Many thanks and kudos to “Impact a Life” college scholarship contributor Karen Brown who tackles this essay question: Describe how non-profit organizations, (including church groups, civic groups, youth sports organizations) can best derive benefit for their fundraising effort by holding a raffle fundraiser. Offer proposals for a) maximizing the sales of their raffle tickets b) prizes that would encourage and stimulate ticket sales c) suggested ways to motivate volunteers to sell more tickets. Nice work Karen, and good luck! To read Karen…
  • A One Way Ticket to Participation

    Bruce Hassel
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    A One Way Ticket to Participation Many thanks to college student Catherine Starrett for her short but sweet “Impact a Life” scholarship essay. Catherine does a wonderful job describing how a raffle fundraiser impacted her life in a positive way. How can a raffle fundraiser impact your life? Thanks so much Catherine, and best of luck! To read Catherine Starrett’s scholarship essay, go here >>>   A One Way Ticket to Participation You can help Catherine Starrett’s pursuit of a scholarship award by clicking the “sharing is caring” buttons below. Raffle Tickets: A…
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    Fundraising Compass

  • Empowered Donor-Fundraiser Relationships

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

    gisraeli
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    By Jessica Sochol, Digital Content Strategist, Relationship Science Any seasoned nonprofit fundraiser knows that recruiting and developing donor relationships requires a mix of hard and soft skills. Traditionally, the emphasis is on the soft: articulating the cause, recruiting supporters, inspiring passion and building relationships. As data about donors and marketing analytics becomes more plentiful, more minutely examined and more widely accessible, it’s no surprise that organizations are now also appreciating the importance of numbers in addition to handshakes when finding ways to…
  • Co-Membership and Fundraising: Affiliations, Networks and Community

    gisraeli
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society There is a micro-macro relation between the affiliations of your lay people and the prospects you are seeking to connect with (micro) and your overall existing network of lay people, board members and prospects that comprise your organization’s lifeblood – your community (macro). When seeking to connect with a prospect, it is smart fundraising to draw on a lay person who knows the prospect. Since this isn’t always possible, the next best strategy is to introduce and connect people who share…
  • A Gift Frequency to Area Report Can Locate Your Most Loyal Donors

    gisraeli
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    By Christopher Hubert, Assistant Director of Prospect Development, University of Virginia It’s funny how the right question, asked at the right time, can lead to some amazing changes in how you produce research for your colleagues. In my case, it was the director of our planned giving department, Jason Chestnutt, asking me, “Is there a way to determine whether prospects have been giving to our institution for 15 years?” As it turned out, his question was the catalyst to move forward with a question I had been stuck on for quite a while: how best to capture our repeat donors? I certainly…
  • Why “How Matters” To Fundraising

    gisraeli
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society The other day, the New York Times reported on a fairly amusing legal battle between Dov Seidman, a reknown leadership and innovation guru in the corporate world, and Chobani (with their unique yogurt straining and thickening process) over trademark rights to the expression “How Matters”. Aside from the fact that this expression is general enough to offer even some speculation as to whether either one may have a legitimate legal claim, “How Matters” is particularly relevant to the fine points of…
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    Double the Donation

  • #GivingTuesday Matching Gift Facebook and Twitter Posts to Schedule Right Now

    Adam Weinger
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Is your nonprofit promoting #GivingTuesday to donors this year? If so, don’t forget about employee matching gifts. Here are three #GivingTuesday matching gift posts your nonprofit should schedule today to take advantage of Double the Donation providing its matching gift search tools for free during the #GivingTuesday period: FACEBOOK & TWITTER POSTS: In the Days Leading up to #GivingTuesday: We’re excited for #GivingTuesday2014! If you’re planning to donate use this search tool to see if your company will match your donation https://doublethedonation.com/giving-tuesday/ Make sure to…
  • #GivingTuesday is 1 Week Away – Nonprofits Should Add This Matching Gift Article to Their Blogs

    Adam Weinger
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    With #GivingTuesday less than 10 days away, now is a perfect time for every nonprofit to promote employee matching gifts to their donors. We encourage you to take the following paragraphs and add them directly to your blog. Of course you can modify the article however you’d like. Title: Did You Know Many Companies Match Donations To Our Organization? Blog Article: Did you know that companies such as Microsoft, Verizon, General Electric, and many others match donations (view more examples at https://doublethedonation.com/matching-grant-resources/list-matching-gifts-companies/) from employees…
  • Tips for Bringing #GivingTuesday to the Workplace

    Adam Weinger
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
      A hot topic at this time of the year is #GivingTuesday. We received a lot of interest from corporations interested in bringing #GivingTuesday to their workplaces so we reached out to Dustin Joost at YourCause to share a few ideas for how companies can bring #GivingTuesday to the workplace. Guest post by Dustin Joost of YourCause, a leading provider of CSR software If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance that you’re well aware of GivingTuesday. While the estimates of total dollars donated in 2013 on GivingTuesday vary, charity payment processors Network for Good and…
  • Blackbaud® NetCommunity™ Matching Gift Integration with Double the Donation

    Adam Weinger
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Does your nonprofit use Blackbaud® NetCommunity™ to accept and process donations? Are you looking to incorporate matching gift information into both your website as well as the Blackbaud® NetCommunity™ donation process? If so then this guide is for you. Either follow the steps in the below article or download our complete Blackbaud® NetCommunity™ matching gift integration guide.     Double the Donation’s Relationship with Blackbaud® NetCommunity™: Blackbaud® is the leading supplier of software and services specifically designed for nonprofit organizations.
  • Paypal Matching Gift Integration with Double the Donation

    Adam Weinger
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Does your nonprofit use Paypal to accept and process donations? Are you looking to incorporate matching gift information into both your website as well as the Paypal donation process? If so then this guide is for you. Either follow the steps in the below article or download our complete Paypal matching gift integration guide.   Double the Donation’s Relationship with Paypal: Paypal is one of the leading providers of ecommerce solutions and donation processing services for nonprofits. Double the Donation is a leading provider of employee matching gift data and services to…
 
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    CauseVox

  • #GivingTuesday Is Coming: Last Call For Your Community

    Jenna Sauber
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    We are less than one week out from #GivingTuesday, on December 2. We have no doubt your team is busy running around with the final preparations (come back to the blog in a few days for a post on that topic), but is your community ready, too? Depending on your fundraising strategy for the end of the year, #GivingTuesday may be the focal point, or just another opportunity for a hard appeal. Whichever path your nonprofit has chosen, you still need to make sure your audience is aware of your plans. While December 2 may be circled in red on your calendar and ingrained on your mind, that’s likely…
  • 5 Best Practices in Nonprofit Crowdfunding (Presentation)

    Rob Wu
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s been a busy month with speaking engagements on nonprofit crowdfunding. One of our most popular presentations is about the five best practices on nonprofit crowdfunding. Nonprofit crowdfunding is growing exponentially and a new way of funding for most organizations. Here’s our presentation that we gave to raving reviews at Camp Finance (NYCON), 501TechNYC (NTEN), and Society for NonprofitsThis presentations is focused on “beginner” crowdfunders in the marketing/fundraising role. Let me know if you have any thoughts or comments. Share this presentation if you like…
  • Storytelling For Your #GivingTuesday Campaign

    Jenna Sauber
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Read the title of this post again. You may be thinking, “It’s a 24-hour fundraising challenge. How can storytelling be the most important part?” Trust us – and let us explain. On December 2, the #GivingTuesday movement shines a light on thousands of nonprofits doing good in their communities and around the world, in the middle of the most heavily advertised season of the year. Competition for eyes and dollars is stiff. So how do you make your cause stand out? It likely won’t be because of a pretty donation page or a new homepage banner or even a smart hashtag. Simply put: you need…
  • Movers & Shakers: Heather Biscoe of Bayshore Christian Ministries

    Neesha
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    30 days / Goal $10,000 / Raised $14,230 Hailing from East Palo Alto, California Heather Biscoe, the development officer of Bayshore Christian Ministries, needed to raise $10,000. This year marked their 30th anniversary so they set out to ask for $30 from each person in their “$30 for 30 years”campaign. Not only did they exceed their goal, Heather says the campaign was a “boost of encouragement.” Read on to hear more from Heather. What does Bayshore Christian Ministries do in East Palo Alto? Bayshore Christian is a youth development organization. We strive to serve youth holistically…
  • Why You Should Use CauseVox for Your #GivingTuesday Campaign

    Jenna Sauber
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    With so many options for online fundraising these days, it may be hard to decide which platform to use for big campaigns and opportunities such as #GivingTuesday, which falls on December 2 this year. And with thousands of partners and nonprofits participating in this unique 24-hour giving event, there’s a challenge and an opportunity to make your campaign stand out, whether you’re doing it for the first time, or the third time. So, on to the nitty gritty: what do you need in a fundraising platform for a successful #GivingTuesday campaign, and how can CauseVox help make it happen? Let’s…
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    FUNDRAISING MIX

  • Countdown Timer – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:19 pm
    The best way to fundraise is to ask for donations, bar none. However, just asking for money might not be enough. Especially, if everyone else is doing the same… So at the marriage of donation collection and visual representation is the Countdown Timer Fundraiser! Most fundraising drives use thermometers to gauge financial support. The twist […]
  • Fan Sign – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Making fan signs for sports games is a cool way to show team spirit. And for the cash-strapped, it can also be a fundraising opportunity. Hosting a Fan Sign Fundraiser means finding artists to create clever sports posters that people pay for! This fundraising event can take place before, during or even after any sporting […]
  • Food Mixer – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Breaking the ice when meeting new people isn’t always easy. You need some kind of common ground to kick off a conversation… That’s the gimmick behind a Food Mixer Fundraiser. People pay to enter the event, and are given a plate full of just one type of food: apple slices, small sandwiches, or what have […]
  • Synchronized Swimming – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:47 pm
    It takes a certain amount of talent to coordinate a synchronized swimming routine. There’s a lot of work, but the payoff is well worth it. Organizing a Synchronized Swimming Fundraiser might just be what your organization is looking for. You take inspiration from videos of swimming routines, then choreograph one of your own. Once you’ve perfected […]
  • Star Chart – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    It’s become an inside joke for someone to try and sell people a star out of the sky. How exactly do you sell what you don’t own, though? Anyways, it does inspire a clever way to raise money. During a Star Chart Fundraiser, you sell people handmade stars, give them the chance to name them, […]
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    Tony Martignetti

  • Thank You 2014

    Julia Campbell
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Thank You 2014 is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for November 21, 2014: Ask When Not Asking & What Are The Wealthy Thinking?

    Julia Campbell
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the November 21, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Marci Brenholz: Ask When Not Asking Marcy Brenholz at Fundraising Day 2014 Strong, real donor-centered programs will save you money because you’ll hold onto existing…
  • Nonprofit Radio for November 14, 2014: Trust, Mistrust and Betrayal & Why The Rich Give

    Julia Campbell
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the November 14, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Nina Chanpreet Kaur: Trust, Mistrust and Betrayal These by-products of our relationships with donors, bosses and peers can make your success or break your heart. Nina Chanpreet…
  • You Won’t Believe What’s Possible When Nonprofits Team Up

    Julia Campbell
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    You Won’t Believe What’s Possible When Nonprofits Team Up is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for November 7, 2014: LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace & Stop Talking At Me!

    Julia Campbell
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the November 7, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Alison Dorsey: LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace Alison Dorsey is the social impact manager at LinkedIn. She wants you to understand the value of their Volunteer Marketplace and how…
 
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  • Infographic: Give one for the team.

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Recently we did some research and discovered that making your event team-centric is a great way to boost peer-to-peer donations and improve lagging participation. We compared team captains and team members in team-centric events to individuals in highly-successful events that rely mostly on individual fundraisers. Here's what we found: 
  • Infographic: Seniors are big givers to Millennial events.

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    As the population grays, seniors are playing a bigger and bigger role in online fundraising. According to recent numbers from Dunham and Company, seniors are now just as likely to give online as those under 65. And as Baby Boomers head for retirement we’re gaining more seniors. It's easy to make assumptions about who seniors give to, but don't. Even if your events focus on Millennials, you may be missing out on donations from senior. DonorDrive stats show that Grandma and Grandpa are giving to their grandkids events. Though...
  • 6 ways to give little honest thanks.

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    When we say "thank you" to our supporters, we get that urge to follow it with "and we hope we can count on your support again next year." The ask is so ingrained in us it's hard not to put it at the end of our sentences. But the truth is, a little honest thanks—all by itself—is always appreciated by your supporters. And sometimes it can trigger more giving, even without asking. Here are some tips on sending an effective thank you email:
  • Entry is open for the DonorDrive Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Scholarship.

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    The Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum (formerly Run Walk Ride) is North America’s premier conference for peer-to-peer fundraisers. Whether you fundraise through runs, walks, rides or virtual fundraisers, this event provides the most focused conference in this space, including top speakers in the field, focused breakout sessions and the best networking with your peers imaginable. To say everyone walks away from this conference with great ideas and renewed enthusiasm is an understatement.
  • 9 tips to tune-up your year-end giving campaign.

    5 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you've been doing a year-end giving campaign December after December, you probably dread doing another. To spice up your year-end giving campaign a bit, we've come up with a big list of useful tips: Brainstorm for an afternoon. Asking your staff, volunteers or board to come up with year-end ideas probably gets you the same old suggestions. Shake it up by asking a local restaurant that supports your organization for use of their party room for half a day and ask to throw in coffee and snacks. Off-site brainstorming sessions take everyone out of their element and can lead to new ideas.
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    Selfish Giving Blog - Selfish Giving

  • Ep105: Why Nonprofits Can't Ignore Pinterest, How to Get It Right

    Joe Waters
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Image via Mike Mozart on Flickr Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Pinterest expert Jason Miles. He's a 20-year veteran of the nonprofit world and the author of three books, including Pinterest Power. Jason and his wife are also the founders of Sew Powerful, a nonprofit that teaches sewing and tailoring skills to women in Zambia.Jason, Megan and I discuss why nonprofits can't ignore Pinterest any longer and easy ways to get started on the site.We've also included two bonus offerings. The first is Jason's One Tip on Getting Massive Traffic from Pinterest. The second is my…
  • Ep104: Content Marketing and the Future of Nonprofit Fundraising

    Joe Waters
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Russell Sparkman, CEO, Content Strategy for FusionSpark Media about new research on the content marketing practices of nonprofit professionals.  With Blackbaud and the Content Marketing Institute, FusionSpark Media has published its second annual Nonprofit Content Marketing 2015: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends.Russell, Megan and I discuss what is content marketing, the key to its success, the elements of a content marketing plan and why content is the future of fundraising success!Why Content Marketing is so Important"It's…
  • Hey WSJ - Here's a Better Way for Small Companies to Give to Charity

    Joe Waters
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an article on how small companies should give to charities. The article included some good, basic information. But small businesses will need more than the basics if they hope to help nonprofits.Here's how small companies can really help charities - and boost their own bottom-line in the process.How a Small Business Should Choose a Charity The Wall Street Journal advises businesses to choose a cause that's related to their business.Besides having meaning to an owner and employees, the cause should be related to the business. Customers…
  • Cause Marketing Salutes Veterans

    Joe Waters
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    Today we honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces. For many years, I only knew of one veteran in my family. My dad served in the Marine Corp and was stationed at Guantanamo Bay during the early 1950's.But through his research, my twin brother, Jeff, has discovered other family members who served in the military. Of course, they include grandfathers, uncles and cousins.My great-great-grandfather, Edward Waters, served in the Civil War with his brother John and his uncle, Patrick. With the "Fighting Irish" 10th New Hampshire Regiment, Edward fought in many campaigns,…
  • Car Dealer Helps Atlanta Park Shift Into High Gear

    Joe Waters
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    This is a guest post from Sharna Fulton, Director of Communications at Chastain Park Conservancy in Atlanta. Businesses are supporting nonprofits in all sorts of ways, both big and small. Are you a business, nonprofit or do-gooder that has a story to share? I would love to hear from you!As a builder in the upscale Buckhead district of Atlanta two decades ago, Ray Mock never thought he’d one-day care for Atlanta’s most prestigious 268 acre park.But this morning, instead of unlocking doors for new homeowners of a million dollar home, his keys open padlocks on a barn door. Inside is a new…
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