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  • Facebook Launches Donate Now Button for Nonprofits: Field of Dreams?

    Beth’s Blog
    Beth
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Yesterday, after a planning call with colleagues for a  session I’m moderating at IFC called “Viral Fundraising Campaigns One Year On,”  I noticed a promoted post in my stream for the ALS Icebucket Challenge with a donate button.     Wow, two juicy news events in one post! Facebook has rolled out the “Donate Now” button for all ads and brand pages which makes it easier than for nonprofits to ask Facebook audiences to donate. But, is the feature a field of dreams for nonprofits?  When Facebook rolled out the donate button feature in 2013 for a small group of…
  • Are you giving donors the right clues?

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    Marc A. Pitman
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    When we're close to a system or procedure, we just assume everyone else knows what we know. We do this all the time with donors and board members. It's like we've set up a system of roads but only put half the road signs up. I explain more in this short video. (I tried to do a Periscope broadcast, but it failed. So I created this video instead!) The post Are you giving donors the right clues? appeared first on FundraisingCoach.com.
  • 18 Email Subject Line Strategies That Will Increase Your Open Rates

    Wild Woman Fundraising
    Mazarine
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:37 pm
      Are you tasked with sending out your nonprofit’s e-newsletter? Has it been a few weeks or a few months since you sent out your last one? Is it because you get discouraged? Do you wish you knew better ways to get people to open your enewsletter? If so, read on!   Change your subject line. Use these words (sparingly) and watch your open rates climb! 1. Free. Maybe your open house is free. Or there’s 4 ways to advocate for your cause, and you’re offering a free pdf about this! 2. New. You can share all about your new website, your new monthly giving program, your…
  • How to Shutter a Nonprofit: One Example and Some Tips | Nonprofit Quarterly

    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    How to Shutter a Nonprofit: One Example and Some Tips | Nonprofit Quarterly: "The storyline of this particular closing will not be unfamiliar to many of our readers. The founder was ready to step down and the co-founder did not want to be the executive director. After a search, a new ED was hired, but was not a good match for the organization and left. After considering options like continuing
  • Activity Status Updates for Your Fundraising Success

    Ignited Fundraising
    Lori Jacobwith
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Whether you are a Fitbit activity tracker or managing an annual fundraising campaign it seems we all focus on our activity status updates. I’ve trained waitresses, restaurant owners, marketing and fundraising staff, and even public speakers. After training others for more than 30 years I know for a fact that a status update truly does help keep people on track and achieving or exceeding their goals. A Fundraising Success Matrix (download it here) is a tool I created to use when working for an extended time with a team that wants to increase their individual donor fundraising. This simple,…
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  • Fundraising for Farley

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:23 am
    GRIMSBY — When a loved one is sick, we don't have to worry about their care. In Ontario, our health care costs are covered by our Ontario Health Insurance Plan. But when that loved one is a pet, we sometimes struggle to cover the cost. Available to ...
  • Nonprofit Organizations Encouraged to Apply for Fundraising Hunting Tags

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:16 am
    California-(AmmoLand.com)- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites nonprofit organizations to help wildlife by auctioning big game hunting license tags for the 2016-17 season. Proceeds from the sale of these tags are returned to CDFW ...
  • Methodist University announces $1M endowment fundraising challenge

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:10 am
    Methodist University announced a $1 million scholarship endowment challenge Friday at its Fall Opening Convocation, the school said in a news release. In effort to grow the university's endowment fund, the board of trustees agreed to match, dollar for ...
  • Effort to save old Peoples Bank meets fundraising deadline

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:57 am
    The Warwick Foundation announced late Monday that it had raised the last of the money needed to save the old Peoples Bank from demolition. Monday was the extended deadline granted by Langley Properties, the 1960s-era building's owner. The community pitched ...
  • Fundraising appeal launched to repair leaky St Stephen's Church in Tivoli

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:53 am
    St Stephen's Church in Tivoli requires urgent repair works to be undertaken to safeguard its Grade II* listed Middleton building and has launched the St Stephen's Roof Appeal. The appeal has been set up to raise in excess of £120,000 to carry out the ...
 
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  • Help Empower Women Rights Organizations in the Ukraine

    Beth
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:53 am
      A branch of my family tree is from the Ukraine.   At the age of 13, my grandfather left his country and ended up as a refugee in America.    Despite harsh conditions, he made a new life in a new country, but never forgot his homeland. Now, almost 100 years later, I have an opportunity to give back to my ancestral homeland.  I’m giving my support as well as sharing my teaching and technology skills with Women’s Rights organizations in Ukraine.   The project is called “Tech2Empower,” organized by Wake, an organization on a quest to leverage technology for women’s…
  • #Buypens – Social Media and Crowdfunding Helps Syrian Refugee

    Beth
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    People who know me well, know that I have an obsession with pens and magic markers.   So, when this viral fundraising campaign – #BuyPens – to help Syrian refugee came across my radar, it immediately caught my attention. When Gissur Simonarson, an activist from Oslo, Norway, shared a photo on Twitter last week of a father selling pens on the streets of Beirut as he cradled his sleeping daughter, the tugged at the heart strings of the 6,000 followers on Twitter.    Within hours, requests poured in from around the world to help the man, a refugee from Syria, in the photo. But…
  • Facebook Launches Donate Now Button for Nonprofits: Field of Dreams?

    Beth
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Yesterday, after a planning call with colleagues for a  session I’m moderating at IFC called “Viral Fundraising Campaigns One Year On,”  I noticed a promoted post in my stream for the ALS Icebucket Challenge with a donate button.     Wow, two juicy news events in one post! Facebook has rolled out the “Donate Now” button for all ads and brand pages which makes it easier than for nonprofits to ask Facebook audiences to donate. But, is the feature a field of dreams for nonprofits?  When Facebook rolled out the donate button feature in 2013 for a small group of…
  • New Playbook Resource: How To Engage Alumni

    Beth
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    I am a huge fan of Playbooks in the nonprofit sector as a capacity building tool.  A playbook is an online resource that is basically knowledge capture around a specific practice or type of program.  The playbook collects, organizes, and synthesizes best practices from “bright spots” and others adopting this practice.    A good playbook incorporates lessons learned, case studies, resources, checklists, and other useful materials for other organizations that want to improve their practice or adopt it.    It can help raise the practice in a field quickly and for individual…
  • How Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Can Build Emotional Intelligence Skills: There’s An App for That!

    Beth
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    For the past few months, I’ve been designing curriculum and materials and facilitating a Nonprofit Emerging Leaders online peer learning project with Third Plateau Impact Strategies.  It’s a pilot project supported by the Packard Foundation that tests different approaches to emerging leaders professional development.   We created The Emerging Leaders Playbook which served as the “text book” for the training. Emotional Intelligence and Emerging Leaders Training Inside Out The peer learning curriculum emphasizes practical emotional intelligence 2.0 skills. Daniel Goleman who…
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  • 5 Delicious Fundraising Ideas to Celebrate National Sandwich Month

    admin
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:56 pm
      August is National Sandwich Month.  Why not celebrate with some fun and delicious fundraising ideas! Here are a couple appealing thoughts to get your creative juices flowing and your tummies rumbling. Hold a “Sandwich Day” lunch or dinner event at a fun venue. Have a special day to bring supporters to a specific location for specialty sandwiches. It is a delicious way to support your organization or cause while enjoying a fun sandwich themed event with friends. Host a battle or showdown for the best sandwich event. Have celebrity chefs, community figures and or school faculty…
  • Heads or Tails

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Generate More Funds at Your Event with a Quick Game of Heads or Tails Heads or Tails Fundraising Game Do you want to add more fun and raise more funds at your event?  Why not try a quick game of Heads or Tails.  It is a simple fundraising idea, easy to manage and all guests can participate.   All you need is a two-sided coin, an energetic presenter, a willing audience and a prize for the winner. Heads or Tails is a perfect revenue boost for events where your audience is seated.  However, it can be adapted to fit most gatherings.  We recommend playing it towards the beginning of your…
  • Start Planning you Fundraiser During the Summer Downtime

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Summer Vacation on the Beach Summer is a great time to rest, relax and recharge your batteries. It is also a great time to establish your fundraising calendars and begin planning for those events. Many nonprofit organizations slowdown in the summer while volunteers and donors are on vacation, students are out of school, and employees take much deserved time off. Summer fundraising is not as popular for many groups because of schedule conflicts, but that does not mean it has to be an unproductive time. If you are looking for some summer fundraisers check out our favorite summer fundraisers.
  • How to Host a Pajama Fundraiser

    admin
    1 Feb 2014 | 6:31 am
    There are different variations of the pajama fundraiser, but there’s one common theme: pajamas! The idea is that your participants pay (or get sponsored) to come to work or school in their pajamas. Everyone enjoys a day of casual, comfortable dress while raising some much-needed funds for your organization. As the pajama fundraiser is so flexible, you can modify to suit all kinds of groups. Rather than having a pajama-wearing day at school or work, you could instead have a sleepover night where people get in their pajamas very early on. Choose whatever works best for your particular…
  • How to Run a Restaurant Fundraiser

    admin
    1 Feb 2014 | 6:29 am
    You’d be hard pressed to find many people who don’t enjoy a meal out with friends and family, which makes a restaurant fundraiser one of those ideas that’s guaranteed to be a sure-fire hit for your organization. By working out a deal with a local restaurant you can bring them customers, raise funds and enjoy a special night out all at the same time. Another benefit of this type of fundraiser is that it doesn’t need much in the way of preparation, beyond getting the word out about the event. The restaurant will already be equipped to prepare all the food you need (and…
 
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  • 5 Basics to Begin Donor Segmentation

    Cari Mostert
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    Do you remember the saying, “Begin with the end in mind,” that great bit of advice given by the late Stephen Covey? In the business of growing nonprofits, how would this principle apply to one of our biggest assets, our donors? Successful donor segmentation from the start is a key strategy to great donor communications and the beginning of the end of that nonprofit nightmare – donor attrition. Beginning with the end in mind, it’s critical to understand the steps needed to boost our donor’s engagement, earn their loyalty, and keep them actively supporting our cause. There are no…
  • Host a Poker Tournament Fundraiser!

    FundraisingIP.com
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Few games have endured modern history with as unfaltering popularity as poker. The classic game is simply unique in how it combines skill and luck for engaging and unpredictable play. Universally loved, poker has become a game appropriate for casual settings amongst friends, online or in government regulated casinos. Poker is an effective means of fundraising for numerous reasons. First, it’s highly social in nature. For many, getting to know your opponents is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game. Providing you don’t end up taking yourself or the game too seriously, you’re…
  • Quick Quiz! What Fundraising Mix is Most Effective for Your Nonprofit?

    Devon Reeser
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Don’t waste thousands of dollars in planning and hundreds of hours going after the wrong funding opportunities! Take our quick quiz to determine what a good fundraising mix is for your particular organization:     Question 1: How have you supported your organization to date? We haven’t! We’re just getting started. (1 point) We have received one or two large grants for our work and rely on the in-kind support of volunteers and small donations to fill in the gaps. (2 points) We have a handful of major donors, mostly from an actively giving board of directors, and a few…
  • Get Ready for Fall Fundraising! 12 Tips for Your Nonprofit

    Devon Reeser
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    August may be the slowest month for nonprofit fundraising in the entire calendar year – so use it to your advantage to plan, be on your toes, and be successful in the fall! Here are 12 helpful tips to start preparing for your nonprofit’s fall fundraising. 1. Set your fall fundraising goals Follow this easy to use checklist to set goals for the new fundraising season before you do any planning. You need to know how much money you are planning to raise, for what programs, and for what particular purpose to be effective in your events and other donor appeals.     2. Put yourself…
  • Restaurant Fundraiser! – A Step-By-Step Guide

    Devon Reeser
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Make the most of restaurant fundraiser opportunities by being prepared and focusing your marketing efforts to take advantage of online resources! Thousands of restaurants across the country actively support nonprofits by offering percentage of sales fundraising opportunities. For example, Chuck E. Cheese’s has given more than $10 million to schools by giving back 15% of sales to schools on particular days in local communities.  Here is a step-by-step guide to 1) find the best venues for your particular size nonprofit or group and 2) advertise your fundraiser with little time and cost to…
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  • How To Tell a Powerful Fundraising Story

    Marc A. Pitman
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:44 am
    We've all heard that science proves stories are more powerful than statistics. Kendall Haven's book Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story goes into great detail about hundreds and hundreds of studies. We've seen storytelling seminars for nonprofits and read the blog posts extolling the virtues of stories for fundraising. But how do we actually tell powerful stories? Three simple steps to telling a powerful fundraising story Since human beings are wired for story, you'd think it would be easy for us to tell our nonprofits' stories, don't you? And that is a huge part of…
  • Happy National Bow Tie Day!

    Marc A. Pitman
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    I love National Bow Tie Day! I knew I'd worn bowties since kindergarten but a while back, my mother found a picture of me wearing a bow tie when I was 3 years old! It seems that my father went through a brief bow tie phase back in the 1970's. I must've caught it from him - but never recovered! To celebrate, I'm sharing pictures of people who've "tried on" a bow tie with my bow tie business card. You can see the over 150 pictures: on Facebook or on Google+ How would you look in a bow tie? Here is a sneak peak at the over 150 images in those albums...including me at 3 years old! Who do you…
  • [Guest Post] Telling Your Story In the Grant Proposal Budget

    Marc A. Pitman
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    I'm thrilled to introduce you to Diane H. Leonard, GPC. Diane is an accomplished grant professional who's been providing provided grant counsel to nonprofit organizations of all sizes for over a decade. Since starting her firm - DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLC - in 2006, she has secured more than $32 million dollars in competitive grant funds for clients from the government (federal, state, and local) and private foundations. So naturally, when a reader asked about how to share his story in the budget section of his grant applications, I reached out to Diane!
  • Are you giving donors the right clues?

    Marc A. Pitman
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    When we're close to a system or procedure, we just assume everyone else knows what we know. We do this all the time with donors and board members. It's like we've set up a system of roads but only put half the road signs up. I explain more in this short video. (I tried to do a Periscope broadcast, but it failed. So I created this video instead!) The post Are you giving donors the right clues? appeared first on FundraisingCoach.com.
  • [Guest Post] Communicate More Often to Renew More Donors

    Marc A. Pitman
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    Today's guest post is by Dennis Fischman. Dennis is the creator of the Communicate! blog, dedicated to helping nonprofits win loyal friends and getting the support they need. In this post, he shows you how to use what you already have to communicate in multiple channels through the magic of repurposing. Dennis will be presenting the next Nonprofit Academy session called: Delight Your Donors With Better Communication (and Spend Less Time Doing It). You can find more about Dennis on his site at: http://www.dennisfischman.com/ Communicate More Often to Renew More Donors by Dennis Fischman It’s…
 
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  • Savraj shares ...

    Savraj Thind
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:44 pm
    My daughter works for a law firm that specializes in immigration law. Recently she helped a very destitute woman get her permit to work here. The woman was so thrilled to receive the permit, that she bought my daughter a drug store gift certificate and my daughter's boss some milk for her baby who is due to arrive next month. These were such beautiful and genuine gestures of kindness and appreciation given by a woman whose entire family was killed in war. She cried as she hugged and thanked my daughter and told her that God will follow and bless her whole family. My daughter…
  • Defeated, a Man Sat Down by Vinod Kumar Shukl

    Jyoti
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Vinod Kumar Shukl's Hindi Poem - Hatasha se ek vyakti beyth gaya tha, translated by me.  Defeated, a man sat down A man, I did not know Defeat, I knew So I went to this man And offered my hand He took my hand to stand He did not know me He knew an offered hand We both walked together We did not know each other We did know walking together Discovered on YouTube through Manav Kaul's reading of it at 1:40m here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkU8N5ikBjs...
  • Sonam shares ...

    Sonam Yangden
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    "Anything can make me stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn." - Kurt Vonnegut....
  • Learning to Not Know

    DailyGood.org
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:10 am
    For centuries, our ancestors have gathered around the proverbial fire, so to speak--holding space for unity and peace. In many ways, these 'circles' have helped to foster dialogue, to grow community, and engage in a shared path of understanding. In this lovely interview, Kay Pranis, a national leader in restorative justice, discusses the wisdom within our collective knowledge, and the blessing our interconnection brings. Please take a moment to be inspired by her brilliant introspection. [Full Story]...
  • Savraj shares ...

    Savraj Thind
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Delicious Dinner Today I cooked a vegetarian meal for my friend and I. I made Dahl (Indian style lentils) and rice and salad. It was a nutritious meal full of great vegetables like onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, potatoes and peas. I decided to make a cucumber and radish salad as well but didn't have a cucumber. My friend asked if I needed anything else for the feast and when I said I could use a cucumber, sour cream and more ginger he was right on it! He said he'd pick up those items while on his bike ride. He asked if I wanted an English or field cucumber and I said that a field…
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  • SALE - Red Skull Shambala

    HappyChloe
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:59 am
    With Halloween coming way too soon for my taste, how about an adjustable red shambala bracelet with skulls? Another item priced to be liquidated in time for Halloween! Only $5!
  • SALE - Stackable Agate Double Bracelets

    HappyChloe
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:55 am
    These two bracelets are double stackables bracelets made with multiple rows of agate beads. The beads are so small I used clear wire, but with the clear beads, I really liked the look. Being some of the first I made of this style, priced to sell at $5 each.
  • Oaks Park, Portland- Walk, Roll, or Stroll

    ccestaff
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:54 am
    September 13th, 2015 Volunteers are needed from 8:30-12. Lunch will be provided. Most likely volunteers would be selling raffle tickets, running the cake walk, check points, water station, serving lunch, selling MHKC gear, etc. Contact information: allan@mhkc.org.
  • A Vote For Tempo, Is A Vote For Education

    Wireless For Education
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:34 am
    Vote Here: http://ift.tt/1EHq3S0 Tempo Wireless Is Looking For Your Vote. They want to be voted as the nation’s #1 Wireless Company. Tempo Wireless is the only cell phone company that has partnered up with Reworking Wireless LLC to donate a percentage of phone bill revenue to local schools and nonprofit institutions. To help them make a difference visit http://ift.tt/1Ofu01e Vote Here: http://ift.tt/1EHq3S0 #phoneplans #fundraising #fundraiser #school
  • School Fundraising Through Cell Phones

    Wireless For Education
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:07 am
    Schools and other organizations can raise thousands of dollars every quarter through this fundraising plan. Visit WirelessForEdu.com #fundraising #fundraiser #phoneplans #school
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  • List Deal! Save $400 off the L.A. Jewish Journal Email List Now!

    Yoav
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    Rent the L.A. Jewish Journal email list for an early Rosh Hashana marketing campaign for $80o! That’s $400 off the regular rate of $1,200! This offer is for a limited time only. As of this moment, the open dates include: · 8/24 · 8/25 · 8/27 · 8/28 · 8/31 Details: · Dimensions: maximum size 600 x 900 pixels · Specifications: JPG or TIFF file format · URL: Up to you · Creative Deadline: Three business days prior to start date · This offer is available until the space is filled This offer is time sensitive and available until filled. If interested email yoav@negevdirect.com or…
  • New List: Negev Direct Jewish Demographic Database – U.S. Cell Phones

    Yoav
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    297,000+ cell phone numbers of potential Jewish donors, buyers and subscribers in the U.S.. Need to reach your target audience on the phone they’re around the most? This list gives you access to cell phones, the phone people carry with them for a good part of each day. *Please check how the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) regulations apply to or affect your client. https://www.fcc.gov/document/telephone-consumer-protection-act-1991 The post New List: Negev Direct Jewish Demographic Database – U.S. Cell Phones appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • WETA in DC is looking for a data-geek to join their team

    Yoav
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in DC is looking for a data-geek to join their team. If you’re interested/know someone DM me. Details: Manager, Data Strategy & Management (DSM): WETA, Washington DC’s leading public broadcasting station, is looking for an all-star fundraising database manager. Experienced in working with fundraising database(s), the Manager will partner closely with WETA’s fundraising teams to understand and solve their data challenges and meet their data needs. The successful Manager of DSM is a whiz at extracting and analyzing data from…
  • Limited Time Sale on the Times of Israel Email List!

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

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

    Jeff Brooks
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:09 am
    You and your donor together are a world-changing duo of heroes. But what pair-of-superheroes model are you following? Are you the following the Batman Model? Batman is the Boss. Robin is the helper, the sidekick. All is well as long as Robin does what Batman tells him what to do. Batman gets all the glory. And a way cooler costume. The Batman Model in fundraising puts the fundraiser in the starring role. The donor is the helper whose donations help enable the work. Batman fundraising is full of phrases like: Please donate so we can... Help us help the children... Support this great work...
  • Is your fundraising aimed at your donors -- or at your accountant?

    Jeff Brooks
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:13 am
    Many fundraisers are specifically charged with raising "unrestricted support" for their organization. To make life easier for their accountants? To make it worse, some of those fundraisers seem to be in a perpetual snit about donors' penchant for supporting the cause in specific ways. So their fundraising often ends up berating donors to get it right and make unrestricted donations. That's a costly mistake, as this recent post at Clairification notes: Why You Should Stop Scolding Donors to Make Unrestricted Gifts. The funny thing is, most donors, when asked, are happy to give unrestricted…
  • How the quest for vanity metrics can scuttle your fundraising

    Jeff Brooks
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
    Remember how the American Cancer Society ran a huge experiment (stopping direct mail donor acquisition for a year and a half) to learn something that pretty much everyone should already know? Here's another similar case. This one looks more purposeful. As reported in the HubSpot Marketing Blog at How a Blank, 4-Minute Video Got 100,000 Views, an agency called Solve posted a four-minute video to YouTube that is nothing but blank white nothingness. Four whole minutes of it. And they got more than 100,000 views. As of this morning, there have been more than 150,000 views! (You can see the blank…
  • 6 things I've learned from 25 years of fundraising testing

    Jeff Brooks
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    One cool thing about working at a fundraising agency is you are involved in a lot of fundraising campaigns. And a lot of tests. Here are some of the things I've learned from hundreds of tests over the course of more than 25 years... Simple wins. Every test I've ever seen where one panel is more complex than the other, the simple one wins. Simplicity is your ultimate secret weapon in fundraising. Why is it so rarely used? Because it's much more difficult to make what you do simple than it is to just describe the complexity. Pretty loses. I don't quite want to say "ugly wins," because it's more…
  • How to turn your mistakes into fundraising gold

    Jeff Brooks
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    Your organization makes a mistake and a donor complains: catastrophe, or opportunity? I hope you said opportunity. Because it's an excellent chance to deepen your relationship with a donor who wants a relationship. (Think about it: A donor who's apathetic would be unlikely to complain. The complainer wants to work things out. Here's some help on responding to those complaints from MarketSmart, at Why mistakes are awesome and what to do about them: Be glad they called. Respond promptly. Apologize profusely and mean it! Be real! Bend over backwards to make it right. Make sure you made it right.
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  • Activity Status Updates for Your Fundraising Success

    Lori Jacobwith
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Whether you are a Fitbit activity tracker or managing an annual fundraising campaign it seems we all focus on our activity status updates. I’ve trained waitresses, restaurant owners, marketing and fundraising staff, and even public speakers. After training others for more than 30 years I know for a fact that a status update truly does help keep people on track and achieving or exceeding their goals. A Fundraising Success Matrix (download it here) is a tool I created to use when working for an extended time with a team that wants to increase their individual donor fundraising. This simple,…
  • Hurry & You Can Get Feedback on Your Year-End Appeal!

    Lori Jacobwith
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:11 pm
    I’m giving feedback on pre-submitted fundraising appeal letters TOMORROW, August 20. My goal is to have your fall appeal stand out from the crowd this year. Here are just a few things I’ll cover on tomorrow’s webinar: The three things people read BEFORE they read your letter. How many times should you make an ask in your appeal? What’s the best use of the P.S.? How to give your letter the “you” test. If you send me a draft of your year-end appeal letter for THIS YEAR by the end of the day today (August 19). . . I’ll give you feedback on it tomorrow during my Ignited Fundraising…
  • This Digital Storytelling Site Made Me Weep With Joy

    Lori Jacobwith
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Anything with the word storytelling in the title catches my eye. I’m a passionate teller of stories and a passionate teacher of how to share powerful stories. So, when I read through the blog post “Isn’t it time for a new story? Innovative approaches to nonprofit storytelling.” I was awestruck when I found a totally inspiring digital storytelling page. The folks at Volunteer Toronto have taken the to time post more than 100 stories on their Tumblr website Volunteers of Toronto. #VolunteersofTO Take a moment and visit the site and get inspired. Often I’m asked by over-worked and…
  • My Sources for Inspiration: 45+ Resources for Fundraising Professionals

    Lori Jacobwith
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    I love to read. I read for both business and pleasure regularly. Which is why I’m delighted and honored to find the book I co-wrote with 7 of my esteemed colleagues:  The Essential Fundraising Handbook for Small Nonprofits made this list of the Top 20 Fundraising Books! It’s a rewarding feeling that our collaboration can be a source of knowledge and inspiration for people working in the nonprofit sector. It got me to thinking about the resources I turn to when I need inspiration, advice, or ideas.  Check out the list below for a some of my “go to” reads: I’ve…
  • Summer Story: Wild & Crazy Donor Recognition

    Lori Jacobwith
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I absolutely love it when an organization gets creative with their donor engagement and recognition. At Clare Housing in Minneapolis their mission is a serious one: To end AIDS in Minnesota through equitable access to housing and healthcare. Raising awareness and fundraising dollars for a serious mission doesn’t have to be dark or solemn. When done well, with fun, play, and even some whimsy the work generates action, dollars, and awareness. Annually the organization must raise nearly $600,000 from the community to close what I call their annual funding gap. The gap is the difference between…
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    Wild Woman Fundraising

  • 18 Email Subject Line Strategies That Will Increase Your Open Rates

    Mazarine
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:37 pm
      Are you tasked with sending out your nonprofit’s e-newsletter? Has it been a few weeks or a few months since you sent out your last one? Is it because you get discouraged? Do you wish you knew better ways to get people to open your enewsletter? If so, read on!   Change your subject line. Use these words (sparingly) and watch your open rates climb! 1. Free. Maybe your open house is free. Or there’s 4 ways to advocate for your cause, and you’re offering a free pdf about this! 2. New. You can share all about your new website, your new monthly giving program, your…
  • Is your nonprofit workplace like George Orwell’s 1984?

    Mazarine
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:51 am
    Did you read the New York Times story about working at Amazon? According to the New York Times, at Amazon individual performance is measured continuously, with come-and-go relationships between employers and employees. Nearly every fundraiser I have known has left or been fired because of bad nonprofit culture and unrealistic expectations. What’s the deal at Amazon? According to the Guardian, people are being worked to death, with an openly hostile culture and unrealistic expectations, not just in the warehouses, but in the corporate offices. Maybe they don’t keep ambulances…
  • 3 Brutally Honest Appeal Letter Critiques Part 3

    Mazarine
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Did you read my first terrible appeal letter? If not, here it is! Did you read the second brutal appeal letter critique? Here it is. Here’s the last brutal appeal letter critique, HRC’s 2015 appeal letter.   I got this letter because I gave a small donation to Human Rights Campaign at Portland Pride in 2014. It’s 4 pages long, so I am not going to type out this entire letter for you. But I will tell you what’s right and wrong with it. What is wrong with this letter? It says “Dear Friend.” The call to action is to add the equality symbol to your key…
  • 3 Brutally Honest Appeal Letter Critiques Part 2

    Mazarine
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Did you read my first terrible appeal letter? If not, here it is! This second brutally honest appeal letter critique is brought to you by the VNSNY. This appeal letter was sent to my great aunt from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. It reads, in its entirety, “Dear Friend of VNSNY, When you support the Visiting Service of New York (VNSNY), you give an immeasurable gift to countless New Yorkers. Your donations help ensure that our services are accessible to those who need them, regardless of their ability to pay. I am so grateful for your continued support of our work. Whe you…
  • 3 Brutally Honest Appeal Letter Critiques Part 1

    Mazarine
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Sooooo I was cleaning out my files the other day and I found the first appeal letter I ever wrote. Join me in 3 brutally honest appeal letter critiques, starting with my very first appeal letter! Appeal Letter 1: 2006 domestic violence appeal letter that I wrote So, what did this appeal letter say? It reads, in its entirety, “Dear Friend, Thank you for your previous support of (our nonprofit). We’re writing to let you know it’s an exciting time to be involved with (our nonprofit)! Last year we provided shelter for 385 women and children, answered 2,991 crisis line calls and…
 
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • McWhopper for Charity? McDonald's Says No - NonProfit PRO

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    McWhopper for Charity? McDonald's Says No - NonProfit PRO: 'via Blog this'
  • How to Shutter a Nonprofit: One Example and Some Tips | Nonprofit Quarterly

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    How to Shutter a Nonprofit: One Example and Some Tips | Nonprofit Quarterly: "The storyline of this particular closing will not be unfamiliar to many of our readers. The founder was ready to step down and the co-founder did not want to be the executive director. After a search, a new ED was hired, but was not a good match for the organization and left. After considering options like continuing
  • Opinion: Requiring Colleges to Spend More From Their Endowments Would Be Bad for All Nonprofits - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    Opinion: Requiring Colleges to Spend More From Their Endowments Would Be Bad for All Nonprofits - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: " effect, Professor Fleischer’s proposal is a recipe for shrinking the size of endowments altogether in the not-so-long term. He might rather like that idea, in fact, given the extent to which he criticizes investment funds and their managers, who, he implies, receive
  • Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Here’s What Happened to the Money | Money.com

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Here’s What Happened to the Money | Money.com: "One year ago, icy water inundated the Internet in what may have been the online equivalent of the largest chain letter ever—the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In endless autoplaying Facebook videos, people hoisted buckets filled with ice water, announced their philanthropic intentions, and upended the buckets over their
  • Survey: Education Fundraising Up 5% For 2015The NonProfit Times

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Survey: Education Fundraising Up 5% For 2015The NonProfit Times: "Fundraisers at schools, colleges and universities in the United States estimate that donations to their institutions grew 5.1 percent during the academic year that ended June 30, according to survey results released this month by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Conducted twice a year, the CASE
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    AFP Blog: Press Releases

  • National Philanthropy Day

    6 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    National Philanthropy Day: "2015 National Philanthropy Day Honorees! National AFP has announced its 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honorees: six of the most outstanding, committed and inspiring donors and volunteers from across North America. Honorees will be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Honors event in New York City on November 12 at the 92nd Street Y. " 'via Blog this'
  • Foundation Center - Press Release - New Report Analyzes $1.8 Billion in Global Human Rights Funding

    16 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    Foundation Center - Press Release - New Report Analyzes $1.8 Billion in Global Human Rights Funding: "New Report Analyzes $1.8 Billion in Global Human Rights Funding New York, NY — July 16, 2015. Released today, the 2015 edition of Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking analyzes $1.8 billion granted by 774 foundations in support of nearly 11,000 organizations worldwide.
  • Ruffalo Noel Levitz Raises One Millionth Dollar for AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - AFP Foundations for Philanthropy - AFP

    17 Jun 2015 | 5:57 am
    PRESS RELEASE Ruffalo Noel Levitz Raises One Millionth Dollar for AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - AFP Foundations for Philanthropy - AFP: "The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy congratulates and thanks Ruffalo Noel Levitz for reaching one million dollars in raised revenue on behalf of the foundation and AFP’s U.S. chapters through its cooperative Annual
  • ACCESS DEPARTURES

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

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    Foundation Center - Press Release - Foundation Center Introduces Foundation Landscapes: Education: "Three Prominent Foundation Leaders Join Foundation Center Board of Trustees New York, NY — April 20, 2015. Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, has elected leaders from three of the most prominent U.S. foundations to its Board of Trustees. Earl Lewis,
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    AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day®

  • National Philanthropy Day

    6 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    National Philanthropy Day: "2015 National Philanthropy Day Honorees! National AFP has announced its 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honorees: six of the most outstanding, committed and inspiring donors and volunteers from across North America. Honorees will be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Honors event in New York City on November 12 at the 92nd Street Y. " 'via Blog this'
  • YMAD a finalist for National Philanthropy Day honors - News - Kiowa County Signal - Kiowa County, KS - Kiowa County, KS

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    YMAD a finalist for National Philanthropy Day honors - News - Kiowa County Signal - Kiowa County, KS - Kiowa County, KS: "South Central Community Foundation’s (SCCF) youth philanthropy program, Youth Making a Difference (YMAD) has been named a finalist for the National Philanthropy Day Honors, recognizing extraordinary charitable work by individuals and organizations from across North America."
  • Finalists Selected for National Philanthropy Day® Honors Recognizing Top Donors, Volunteers - Press - AFP

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

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

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

  • Judge: Huguette Clark Estate Cannot Reclaim Hospital Gifts - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Judge: Huguette Clark Estate Cannot Reclaim Hospital Gifts - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A Manhattan court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Huguette Clark's estate in a bid to recover more than $4 million the reclusive copper heiress donated to the hospital where she spent her last two decades, The New York Times reports."'via Blog this'
  • The AFP Blog: Board Engagement Beyond Fundraising

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    The AFP Blog: Board Engagement Beyond Fundraising: "Board Engagement Beyond FundraisingWe’re fundraisers. Our goal is to inspire people to engage with our charities, typically leading to gifts of money and time.But that engagement can lead to other important activities as well—such as advocacy and lobbying. We cannot forget the impact that public policy can have on our organizations, and in turn, the impact of grassroots support from our donors and supporters."'via Blog this'
  • Nonprofits Ask Obama to Reverse Rule Allowing Religious Groups to Discriminate - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    21 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Nonprofits Ask Obama to Reverse Rule Allowing Religious Groups to Discriminate - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Nonprofits Ask Obama to Reverse Rule Allowing Religious Groups to DiscriminateBy Alex DanielsIn a letter sent today, a group of 130 nonprofits urged President Obama to rescind an administration policy they say gives blanket protection for discrimination by religious groups that receive federal money."'via Blog this'
  • Nonprofit Revitalization Act One Year Later | New York Law Journal

    7 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    Nonprofit Revitalization Act One Year Later | New York Law Journal: "One year has passed since the Nonprofit Revitalization Act, the most sweeping reform of New York's nonprofit laws in decades, took effect, and the early indicators are positive. Nonprofits are adapting to the new statute, implementing necessary governance reforms while benefiting from a more streamlined and modernized regulatory framework. Helpful guidance from the Attorney General's Charities Bureau and some recent amendments, passed but not yet signed into law, will further aid the transition. But the real test is still to…
  • Senate Report Cites I.R.S. Mismanagement in Targeting of Tea Party Groups - The New York Times

    6 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    Senate Report Cites I.R.S. Mismanagement in Targeting of Tea Party Groups - The New York Times: "ASHINGTON — A Senate committee on Wednesday closed a two-year investigation with unanimous agreement that mismanagement at the Internal Revenue Service led it to improperly target conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. But a report by the panel did not suggest that any laws were broken, and Republicans and Democrats were divided over whether White House politics was behind the problems."'via Blog this'
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • Young philanthropists learn many skills - KPCNews: Kpcnews

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Young philanthropists learn many skills - KPCNews: Kpcnews: "Are 6-12 year-olds too young to learn about philanthropy? Kendallville Day Care Center staff don’t think so." 'via Blog this'
  • North shore Community Foundation aid Habitat for Humanity's ReStore | NOLA.com

    7 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    North shore Community Foundation aid Habitat for Humanity's ReStore | NOLA.com: "The Northshore Community Foundation's Youth Philanthropy program aims for active engagement in the hopes of inspiring our youth to plan, act, and give for the common good of their community." 'via Blog this'
  • Pint-sized, ice cream-selling philanthropist raises thousands for charity

    5 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    Pint-sized, ice cream-selling philanthropist raises thousands for charity: "Five-year-old Haylen Astalos is offering sweet frozen treats for an even sweeter cause this summer, raising thousands of dollars for charity, $2 at a time. The pint-sized Alberta philanthropist came up with the idea for his money-raising ice cream stand after he turned five-years-old, Astalos' mom Tabitha Astalos told
  • Bettendorf boy grows out hair for charity in honor of late sister | WQAD.com

    4 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Bettendorf boy grows out hair for charity in honor of late sister | WQAD.com: "For more than two years a Bettendorf boy has been on a mission to grow his hair out for charity. Blake Anderson, age 11, was on a mission was in honor of his sister, who died from cancer when she was 13 years old." 'via Blog this'
  • Study: Children from poorer families are more altruistic than wealthier kids - Quartz

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    Study: Children from poorer families are more altruistic than wealthier kids - Quartz: "Children from less privileged families are more likely to behave altruistically than their wealthier counterparts, according to a study of 74 pre-kindergarten toddlers by the University of California, and published in Psychological Science." 'via Blog this'
 
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    AFP BLOG: International News

  • Donors, charities must plan to capitalize on change to capital-gains tax - The Globe and Mail

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:28 am
    Donors, charities must plan to capitalize on change to capital-gains tax - The Globe and Mail: "The 2015 federal budget has provided a great opportunity for charities to unlock more private wealth for public good. Now is the time for all charities and prospective donors to start planning to capitalize on this opportunity. Effective Jan. 1, 2017, donors who sell private company shares or real
  • Volunteers can help to plug the £4.6bn funding hole | Rob Jackson | Third Sector blogs

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:25 am
    Volunteers can help to plug the £4.6bn funding hole | Rob Jackson | Third Sector blogs: "The National Council for Voluntary Organisations recetly announced the findings of its review of the financial sustainability of the voluntary sector’s finances. The headline findings from the review is that the sector faces a £4.6bn projected shortfall in income by 2018/19." 'via Blog this'
  • TCS donates $35 million to Carnegie Mellon - The Times of India

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    TCS donates $35 million to Carnegie Mellon - The Times of India: "This week, the two hoary industrial-philanthropic contemporaries are again on the same page with the contribution from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) of a $35 million gift to Carnegie Mellon University, described as the largest corporate gift to CMU, and the biggest from outside the United States. The donation will fund a new
  • IoF Convention to move to Barbican after 10 years at London Metropole

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    IoF Convention to move to Barbican after 10 years at London Metropole
  • Nonprofits - International Charity Activities

    24 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Nonprofits - International Charity Activities: "A 501(c)(3) organization may advance its “charitable” purpose through international activities. But there is much that needs to be considered when operating in a foreign country, including –" 'via Blog this'
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    Pamela Grow

  • The Power of Non-Profit Storytelling | British Heart Foundation knocks it out of the park

    Pamela Grow
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The British Heart Foundation’s recent campaign packs one heck of a hard-hitting, emotional punch, driving their point home: heart disease is devastating. And heart disease is particularly devastating in how it can impact your children, forever changing their lives. This point is illustrated in a brutally honest way, through a narrative depicting a brief father and son interaction, brought to life within the walls of a dreary yet average grade school classroom, where students are hunkered down, working quietly and diligently. The young boy looks up to see his father standing before him.
  • Fundraising Friday | August 28, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    If you read only one post this week, read this one, via the Veritus Group, where Jeff Schreifels shares Tyre’s story as a chef at Atlantic City Rescue Mission. It’s a powerful reminder of both the power of storytelling – and why we do what we do. Could you find a more perfect example of a non-profit donor enewsletter than this one, from Feeding America? This week’s What’s in my Inbox. Our very own Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection has been awarded a Bloomie Award! Facebook Launches Donate Now Button for Nonprofits: Field of Dreams? New from Beth Kanter. Kris from Nonprofit…
  • What’s in my Inbox | The perfect non-profit email newsletter?

    Pamela Grow
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    Why should your nonprofit be regularly communicating with your supporters via email? Well, the reasons are legion: it’s fast, it’s cheap (while not free, email must be one of the cheapest acquisition tools available), when done right, it’s got a terrific return on investment, unlike social media, email provides you with the opportunity to create a one-on-one relationship with your subscriber/supporter …and best of all: IT WORKS. But, getting back to that ‘when done right’ point: are you creating the kind of email newsletters your supporters love? Are they joyful? Donor-centered?
  • Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | Atlantic City Rescue Mission

    Pamela Grow
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today’s cross post was originally published on the Veritus Group’s Passionate Giving blog. This story exemplifies the power of storytelling in our work – and the reasons why we do what we do. Special thanks to Jeff Schreifels.  The other day I was meeting with some really good people at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, in the heart of Atlantic City, New Jersey. We were there to help them build a major gift program and start developing real relationships with donors. If you ever wanted to see a city in turmoil, this is the city to visit. I won’t go into all the details,…
  • Fundraising Friday | August 21, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Does your organisation have ‘Busy-ness Syndrome?’ A cure is at hand! If you haven’t already seen it, don’t miss this week’s Power of Nonprofit Storytelling, where we share the video of the loyal dog that’s gone viral.Have your tissues ready. What is one of the major revelations my Simple Development Systems’ members point to again and again as having exploded their fundraising? “Since we’ve increased our donor communications, we’ve tripled our revenue.” See four Nonprofit Newsletters Done Right | Examples to Inspire You. This week’s What’s in my Mailbox highlights…
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Donor Research: The Basics by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:01 am
    There are a number of ways to categorize research on (prospective) donors. One of the obvious ways is by whether or not they are current constituents, another is whether they’ve yet been donors to your organization. For the first category, your research would be focused on identifying groups of people whose interests might suggest that they’d be interested in your mission and the activities in which you are involved to pursue your mission. There are companies that compile lists of people based on what magazines they read, what tv shows they watch, where they live, how they vote, at what…
  • Serious Fundraising is Based on Establishing the Right Relationships by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:01 am
    Last week’s posting noted that (except for the donor acquisition process) you should not be in the business of cold-solicitation, and that your organization should have done some research on your prospective donors. And, btw, even if someone has given previously, s/he is still, for the purposes of this discussion, a prospective donor. That posting also referenced the concept of having the right person asking for the right amount, at the right time, and under the right circumstances. Also noted was that once you have a “relationship” with your prospective donor, the questions of who the…
  • Getting Your (Potential) Donors To Want To Give by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Last week the focus was on learning about and understanding what your constituents and potential donors like about you. Now, assuming that you’ve mastered that aspect of the development process, let’s look at what else you need to know about your potential donors; and, what you would have to do to influence those potential donors. Once you know which aspects of your mission and which program(s) are most important to your constituents, the next question is: How do you turn those interested/concerned constituents into regular donors … even major donors ?? The easy answer goes back to…
  • Do You Know What Your Donors Like About You? by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    Fundraising is all about getting your potential donors to want to give to you — if they want to, they will; if they don’t, they won’t !! Too many nonprofit board and staff members don’t understand that little bit of rocket science. Too many board and staff members are focused on “how wonderful the organization is,” on doing good works, and on helping people, often to the exclusion of what their constituents really think/want. To turn potential donors into actual donors, there are three things that impact that transition: (1) What your current donors like about you; (2) What…
  • Major Donor Stewardship by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    For this discussion, I refer you to one of my earliest postings, What Is A Major Gift? for a definition of that term, and I add one additional criterion … that it is not a one-time gift “Stewardship,” in the context of development/fundraising, is doing what needs to be done to keep donors feeling good about having given, and doing what needs to be done to get them to want to keep giving. “Stewardship” is, in effect, “Cultivating” the donor in anticipation of when they are ASKed for their next gift. The two terms are essentially synonymous, with the latter taking place before…
 
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    Wakeman Agency

  • When Bad Things Happen to Good Organizations

    wake101
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Bad things can happen to good organizations, just like they can happen to good people. Unintended consequences from deeply rooted issues, as well as unpredictable life events, can strike nonprofit organizations just like they do everyday individuals. The post When Bad Things Happen to Good Organizations appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • The Changing Role of the Event Planner

    wake101
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Job Vacancy – Event Planner: Coordinate events, booking entertainers, decorating facilities, ordering flowers, hiring wait staff and sampling menu. Serve as timekeeper and resource planner, managing invitations and assets (projectors, printers, lighting). The post The Changing Role of the Event Planner appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Going Back to School: Signs Your PR or Event Team Needs a Reboot

    admin
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Wakeman Agency’s “This Week in Social Change” feature takes a snapshot at high-impact headlines and happenings in the social-change space. We consistently mine the nonprofit and social-change landscape, assessing opportunities to learn from disruption in action, innovation in the works and even eye-opening missteps along the way. The post Going Back to School: Signs Your PR or Event Team Needs a Reboot appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • August 2015 Newsletter from The Wakeman Agency

    wake101
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Take Out, the monthly newsletter of The Wakeman Agency, is your one-stop shop for a rundown of the agency news. Get in the know about some upcoming events, Wakeman successes and, of course, the very best from our blog on PR, event planning, media relations and communications strategies for nonprofits and socially responsible businesses. To have the newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up today. The post August 2015 Newsletter from The Wakeman Agency appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • This Week in Social Change

    admin
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Wakeman Agency’s “This Week in Social Change” feature takes a snapshot at high-impact headlines and happenings in the social-change space. We consistently mine the nonprofit and social-change landscape, assessing opportunities to learn from disruption in action, innovation in the works and even eye-opening missteps along the way. The post This Week in Social Change appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
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    Event 360

  • Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day Recap #2

    Molly Fast
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:50 am
    The Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day kept the Event 360 team on their toes. Last week we heard from Vehicle Coordinator, Liz Parks. Next up is Robin Shapiro, who played the role of Route Participant Liaison, affectionately called the “caboose.” In this role, Robin is responsible for working with the “back of the pack” walkers, ensuring no one gets left behind by motivating, supporting, and encouraging them and offering solutions to stay on track. Tuesday, August 18th (Prep Day) As is the case for many working mamas, my event week begins with lots of preparation to make sure that…
  • Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day Recap #1

    Molly Fast
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day kept the Event 360 team on their toes. This recap is from Liz Parks who played the role of Vehicle Coordinator. In this role Liz is responsible for managing all event-related vehicles in order to meet the transportation needs and expectations of event staff and crew members. Monday, August 17 (Travel Day) I left home at 8:40 a.m. and arrived in the Twin Cities at 1:50 p.m. and headed to the car rental to get a minivan. I plugged in the phone GPS to find my hotel. Once there, I got organized and waited for Tami Gray to arrive for dinner. Tuesday, August 18…
  • Event 360 Spotlight: Jillian Schranz

    Molly Fast
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Jillian Schranz! Position: Director of Business Development Start Year: 2006   What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? Waitress, PF Chang’s and Intern, Planned Parenthood Chicagoland Area (true story). Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? The role of coach coordinator on the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk seemed exciting, challenging and purposeful. I fell in love with the event life and the…
  • Event 360 Spotlight: Matt Tremback

    Molly Fast
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Matt Tremback! Position: Senior Accountant Start Year: 2009 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? Starting at Event 360 as an intern in college, the job right before was as a bar-back at my uncle’s wine bar. At the beginning of my internship, I was actually working both of those jobs. Before that, I was building backyard ponds and doing construction. Standard run of the mill background for an accountant. Was there anything in…
  • Susan G. Komen Michigan 3-Day Recap #2

    Molly Fast
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We previously heard from Molly Fast who staffed the first Susan G. Komen 3-Day of the season earlier this month. We’re now going to hear from Field Marketing Coordinator, Ann Love, who works behind the scenes all year long executing local programming to ensure walkers are well-trained and have fundraised for their participation in the Michigan 3-Day. Michigan is my home event and, after walking it three times and crewing it seven, I’m anxious to kick-off my second time as the local Field Marketing Coordinator (FMC). We’re the first event and I always get a little nervous. I want to…
 
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • That End of the Year Appeal

    janetlevineconsulting
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    As summer draws to a close and we head into September, a lot my clients are thinking end of the year. That means end of the year appeals. And I spend a lot of time trying to convince them not … Continue reading →
  • Do it NOW

    janetlevineconsulting
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:31 am
    When I first went to work in the nonprofit sector, I was surprised at how the word immediately, as in “I need this immediately,” was translated. Coming from the for profit world, immediately meant NOW. But that, I found and … Continue reading →
  • Understanding Roles and Responsibilities

    janetlevineconsulting
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:20 am
    Well, no. This isn’t really about boards. It’s about staff. Particularly development staff. What is the role and what are the responsibilities of the development director? I sit through a lot of meetings where it is clear that no-one, including … Continue reading →
  • What’s In A Name?

    janetlevineconsulting
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Every year or so, someone write about how organizations in our sector need a new name. Non or not for profit, they posit, is a negative and we need to position ourselves in a more positive light. And every time … Continue reading →
  • Fundraising–Just Do It

    janetlevineconsulting
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Somedays I feel as if I am a broken record. And surely, I’ve written this posting again and again. What else is there to say about fundraising? It’s about relationships. It must be intentional. Consistently and clarity are all important. … Continue reading →
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    GiveForward

  • Join the “Thinking of You” Community Contest and win up to $250!

    Michael Powell
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:57 am
    Emotional support is just as meaningful as financial help during life’s challenges. But it’s not easy to find the right words for someone facing a scary diagnosis, the loss of someone they love, or any kind of major change. That’s why “Thinking of You” is a new feature on Community Pages. Now, with the click of a button, people can easily express what’s hard to say: “I’m thinking of you and you’re not alone.” To show the impact of communities giving emotional support, GiveForward’s hosting a “Thinking of You” Community Contest during the week of August 31st –…
  • 5 Tips For Collecting Great Silent Auction Items

    Michael Powell
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    A silent auction is a great way to raise money for someone you love who’s facing a challenge. But procuring items for a silent auction can be hard; most people don’t have Cubs tickets or baskets of wine and truffles lying around. That’s why Zach Hagopian of Accelevents, a mobile bidding system for silent auctions and raffles, created this quick guide to making item collection easier. A silent auction gives your community another way to show their support.   1. Start with friends and family. As you begin your search for raffle prizes or silent auction items, a great place to start…
  • Lila May has a one of a kind birthday party

    Michael Powell
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Lila May celebrated her fifth birthday, prom, and wedding — all at once. Lila May’s fifth birthday party had much of what you’d expect: birthday cake, princess-themed decor, and pastel balloons. But weeks before her birthday, Lila May’s doctors told her parents some heartbreaking news: Lila May, who’s been battling neuroblastoma since she was two, is no longer able to receive treatments. Doctors don’t expect Lila May to see her sixth birthday. With this news, Lila May’s parents decided to plan an unforgettable event. After their community chipped in resources and ideas, a…
  • Los “10 mejores” estrategias de recaudar fondos

    Liliana
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
      Las diez mejores cosas que usted puede hacer para recaudar fondos para un ser cuerido. (This post is a translation of Our Top Ten Fundraising Tips). 1. Personalice su página de recaudación de fondos con una descripción sincera y fotos personales. La mayoría las recaudaciones de fondos que hacen lo mejor son los que realmente hacen un esfuerzo para contar sus historias. Explique a sus donantes la razón que usted está recaudando dinero y por qué es tan importante para usted. Si sus amigos y familiares sean que usted está apasionado acerca de sus esfuerzos de recaudación de…
  • #EthansNotAlone Against Mental Illness

    Michael Powell
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Ethan, 13, is struggling with mental illness. He has bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, and autism. According to his family, Ethan’s one of the most severe mental illness cases his doctors have ever seen. One doctor even noted that “of all the difficult cases, Ethan is not only in the 1%, but in the 1% of that 1%.” To keep Ethan and his family safe, he’s currently living in a residential treatment center. This means Ethan’s miles away from his home, friends, school, parents, and little sister, Brecklin. Understandably, Ethan feels lonely, isolated, and frustrated.
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    The Fundraising Authority

  • 3 Things You Must Give Your Board if You Want Them to Succeed with Fundraising

    Joe Garecht
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Every non-profit wants to have a board of directors that is enthusiastic and capable when it comes to fundraising. Yet so many organizations are disappointed with their board members’ fundraising efforts. Likewise, many board members I have spoken with want to be better fundraisers, but just don’t know how. I have found that there are three key things you need to provide for your board if you want to them to excel at fundraising. They are: #1 – Provide Your Board with Motivation It may seem hard to believe, but many of your board members may not know that your organization needs to…
  • How to Make Successful Fundraising Asks

    Joe Garecht
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Asking… nothing inspires more stress and trepidation in non-profit fundraisers.  The thought of sitting across the table from a potential donor to ask for $50,000… or $1,000… or $200… can be enough to make even seasoned fundraisers quake. If you shiver at the thought of making fundraising asks in-person or on the phone — or you are looking for some strategies to help you get more donors to say “yes!”  — then I invite you to join me for our newest class at The Fundraising Authority: The Art of the Ask: How to Successfully Ask Anyone for a Donation to Your Non-Profit This 4…
  • The 3 Goals of Your Donor Stewardship Program

    Joe Garecht
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    Every non-profit understands the goal for its donor prospecting program: meet new people and get them to make a donation. Getting that first check is the primary purpose of everything your fundraising staff does after meeting a new prospective donor. Yet, many organizations aren’t quite as certain what their goals are after that first gift comes in. They know they should thank the donor for his or her gift. Likewise, they’re pretty sure they should stay in touch with the donor in the hope that they will make additional gifts in the future. But other than that… most donor stewardship…
  • How to Campaign-ize Your Fundraising for Maximum Results

    Joe Garecht
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    Capital campaigns are extremely effective at raising large amounts of money in a relatively short period of time. They’re a lot of work, but non-profit fundraisers have developed a system over the past 50 years for running successful capital campaigns for organizations large and small. The lessons they have learned running capital campaigns need not be reserved for those times when your non-profit needs to build a new hospital or library.   If your organization needs to raise a significant amount of money quickly (because of a new project, new hires, expanded capacity, unexpected…
  • Fundraising Authority Podcast #25: Understanding Charity Registration

    Joe Garecht
    25 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    Whether they know it or not, most non-profits in the United States are required to register in the states where they carry out fundraising solicitations.  But what exactly constitutes a “fundraising solicitation?” and how do you know where your non-profit is required to register? Our guest today is one of the country’s foremost experts on charity registration.  Tony Martignetti is the founder of Martignetti Planned Gift Advisors, the host of Tony Martignetti Non-Profit Radio, and the author of Charity Registration: State-by-State Guidelines for Compliance.   Listen to…
 
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    Sharing the Goodness

  • Top 10 Promotional Ideas for School Fundraisers

    Alice Curley
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Successful fundraisers don’t just happen – they require time, planning and promotion. BiddingForGood has helped schools and nonprofits run over 29,000 online auctions, and we know that the right promotion can make all the difference. Schools are uniquely positioned to reach out to their parent and local communities, and we’ve compiled this list of Top 10 Promotional Ideas for School Fundraisers to help make sure you cover all the bases Backpack flyers Schools usually have a dedicated day when all homebound print communication is sent to parents via their students. Get the necessary…
  • Quality Item Images Inspire More Bids

    Alice Curley
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    There are many advantages to putting your auction online, and one of them is being able to inspire more bidding through the use of images. For example, even the best description of a great trip, doesn’t quite capture how amazing the trip will be. Online you have a great opportunity to grab your bidders’ attention and inspire more bids with excellent images. Before they even go to your event, bidders have a chance to look through all of your items and images and decide what they want to bid on. They can bid before they even get in the door, and they will have much more motivation to bid…
  • BiddingForGood is Acquired by FrontStream Holdings, Adding Best-in-Class Auction and Event Management Services to FrontStream’s Set of Philanthropic Solutions For Nonprofits and Corporations.

    Alice Curley
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Cambridge, MA– July 27, 2015 – FrontStream Holdings LLC, the foremost provider of philanthropy solutions for nonprofits and corporations, has acquired BiddingForGood. This move is the latest in a series of strategic moves made by FrontStream and is consistent with their commitment to the development of a completely comprehensive platform for nonprofits and corporations. BiddingForGood is the most widely recognized platform for online auction and event management and gives fundraisers a cloud-based, intuitive, and easy-to-use, solution that helps them raise more money by offering anytime,…
  • The Art of the Scramble: How to run an amazing auction with very little time

    Alice Curley
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    It’s July 22nd, and the powers that be have decided you need to run an amazing auction on August 22nd. You have no auction team, no items, no promotional plan, no venue, you have nothing but a complete lack of time. What do you do? For starters, you put your auction online. Take finding a venue, booking a band, finding a caterer, hiring an auctioneer, and all the hassles of running an event off the list of things to be stressed about. And then… Round up the usual suspects Reach out to the friends and colleagues you know you can count on. They’ve been volunteers before and they know the…
  • What Successful Auction Chairs Do Differently

    Alice Curley
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    They get started early Who is thinking about their fall auction in July? The most successful auction chairs are. They know that they need to start planning now. Organizing their donor lists, writing their donor solicitation letters, and creating their donor solicitation plan isn’t put off until September. They know how important it is to start early. They still relax and relish the summer months, but they make item solicitation part of their summer activities   They always ask for help The most successful auction chairs don’t go it alone. They know how important it is to have a great…
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    Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry

  • To Create a Plan that Is Truly Transformational – Ask These Questions

    Gail Perry
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    Do you want to raise the kind of money that not only funds your mission — but also actually transforms your organization? What does it really take to pull off something like this? Why do some organizations tackle huge goals and aspire to incredible heights?   And others are content with just limping along, aspiring for only small, incremental increases in revenue? I sometimes wonder why so many nonprofits are content with being small-time. I actually think it is a failure of organizational vision. And possibly commitment. Because transformational results ARE possible. Here’s what you…
  • Is Your Organization Aiming for the Fundraising Bull’s Eye?

    Gail Perry
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Have you heard about the latest fundraising dart game?  It’s called “Aim for the Fundraising Bull’s Eye.” It’s the game of searching, searching for the fundraising strategy that will finally pay off. The problem is – that it’s a guessing game. When you have to guess your way to increased fundraising contributions and gifts – it’s doubtful that you’ll actually hit the bulls eye.   Let’s see where your organization stacks up in the “Aim for The Fundraising Bull’s Eye” game.   Let’s see how efficient and effective your own fundraising program, strategies…
  • The Dark Side of Fundraising When You Don’t Have a Plan

    Gail Perry
    7 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    Come stroll with me through The Dark Side. This is what happens when your organization doesn’t have the proper elements in place for fundraising. There’s no way you can get good results from your fundraising strategies. (Don’t worry — I promise to lead you back to the light!) Communications Deep in the heart of The Dark Side is the Valley of Inconsistent Messages. It’s a nice place to visit — because it’s sorta funky and offbeat. There are materials, brochures, web messages, appeal letters – all saying different things. And they point you in many different directions.
  • How a Smart Fundraising Plan Can Transform Your Fundraising AND Save Your Butt

    Gail Perry
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    It’s that time again. It’s fundraising planning time. Want to spend your time in reactive or proactive mode? The fiscal year closed on June 30. And I bet you are working now on your detailed operational  fundraising plans for the coming year. Why not take time right now to create a complete Fundraising Plan that can catapult your fundraising to new heights – one that can even transform your results? Why not step back right now and lay plans to upgrade all your various fundraising programs. I’d love to help you create a Transformational Fundraising and Solicitation Plan…
  • How to Run Successful Capital Campaigns: An Interview with Amy Eisenstein

    Gail Perry
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    Is your organization looking to raise more money this year? Do you want to learn the steps to meet your fundraising goals? If so, then you are in luck. Amy Eisenstein from Tri Point Fundraising and I recently spoke about the key steps in preparing for a successful capital campaign. You can find our introduction to the basics of capital campaign fundraising in the video below. To discover the true secrets of capital campaign success please visit Capital Campaign Magic, a joint project between Andrea Kihlstedt and I where you will receive newsletters, webinars, and coaching that…
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    Fundraising Detective

  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    Summer holidays have delayed the publication of my latest round-up, so today's is a bumper edition. Happy reading!  Lots of good blogs at 101 Fundraising Richard Turner says 'Vive la fundraising revolution!' Rachel Beer: When less can be more. Matthew Sherrington unearths some fundraising advice from the late, great Harold Sumption. Look forward to seeing the full pamphlet on SOFII! Angela Cluff takes a look at blue ocean strategy (one of my favourite strategy books).  Two of my favourite fundraising writers share their thoughts on UK fundraising. Charlie Hulme asks who is…
  • Fundraising Reading Round Up

    Fundraising Detective
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    Another week, another round of soul searching by fundraisers. There's been a lot of hot air, but also some insightful and stimulating commentary. Let's hope we can use this insight to improve our great profession. If you haven't already done so then please get involved with the current Institute of Fundraising consultation and complete their survey asking for evidence. Let's begin this week with some of the analysis and response to the current crisis: Richard Turner explains why the solution is simple. Margaret from the Fundraising Collective discusses whether the current…
  • Fundraising Controversy: What Does the Data from 10 Top Charities Tell Us?

    Fundraising Detective
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Every fundraiser in the UK will be aware of the sustained attack fundraising practices have had from the media, MPs and other commentators. Whilst some of the criticisms may be legitimate (if overblown) others have been little more than hatchet jobs and extremely damaging to our profession.  There have been numerous articles in the sector press, blogs etc with people queueing up to give their opinion. What I have been surprised at is the lack of analysis that has been undertaken to understand why the Olive Cooke case has been the catalyst for so much scrutiny and abuse of fundraising.  Many…
  • Fundraising Reading Round Up

    Fundraising Detective
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    Next week is the annual Institute of Fundraising National Convention. It is usually my favourite three days of the year as I learn new things, meet friends old and new and find inspiration in the words and actions of others. Please do say 'hello' if you see me! Rogare have picked some of the sessions to look out for and I shared some conference tips with Fundraiser magazine. I recently contributed a tip (along with 28 other fundraisers) on stewardship to the Nonprofit Easy blog. There are some great tips, so do check it out. Giles Pegram writes about the unhappy philanthropist at UK…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    The fall-out from the Olive Cooke case rumbles on in the UK and it has featured heavily in the sector press over the last two weeks. I'm not going to dwell too much on it today, but instead focus on articles that can help improve your fundraising and make giving the joy it should be! However, I did want to share this one post on fundraising ethics by Ian MacQuillin at Rogare. It advocates taking a longer term view and formulating a new theory for fundraising ethics. Also worth a read is #dontaddtothehype by Di Flatt. Recruiting good quality fundraisers is one of the hardest parts of a…
 
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    CoolData blog

  • Exploring associations between variables

    kevinmacdonell
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:57 pm
      CoolData has been quiet over the summer, mainly because I’ve been busy writing another book. (Fine weather has a bit to do with it, too.) The book will be for nonprofit and higher education advancement professionals interested in learning how to use multiple regression to build predictive models. Over the next few months, I will adapt various […]
  • Data mining in the archives

    kevinmacdonell
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:24 pm
      When I was a student, I worked in a university archives to earn a little money. I spent many hours penciling consecutive index numbers onto acid-free paper folders, on the ultra-quiet top floor of the library. It was as dull a job as one can imagine.   Today’s post is not about that kind of […]
  • A new way to look at alumni web survey data

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

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

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

  • Algebra For Fundraisers

    Tom Belford
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Awhile back I read yet another exclamation about the rapid rate of online fundraising growth. Fundraising blogs are littered with such exclamations. For example, in this reference to 2014’s fundraising performance: “…online giving grew almost five times faster than overall giving, which grew at 2.1 percent, while online giving grew at 8.9 percent.” Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m genuinely thrilled — for all the fundraising efficiency reasons we all understand — that more and more donors are making their gifts digitally. After all, I do use a…
  • Do Or Die Time

    Tom Belford
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We’re now into that ‘do or die’ time of the fundraising year. Surely you’ve laid your plans for the big year-end push … exactly how many mail and email appeals will you squeeze into the next 122 days? How many of those will be in the last 10 days?! Pamela Barden’s recent post — Fundraising’s Wellness Check — in NonProfitPro provides a good set of boxes to tick as you evaluate your healthiness for the big push. She offers 15 ‘vital signs’ to check. I think it’s a pretty good checklist. While she doesn’t explicitly…
  • Engaging Your Donor’s Reptilian Brain

    Tom Belford
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I’m a pretty basic guy. So ‘reptilian’ pretty much sums up my brain activity. So I was thrilled to contemplate what I might learn when I saw this headline on Roger Dooley’s Neuromarketing blog: 7 Ways to Engage Your Customer’s Reptilian Brain. Gotta be some fundraising insights there. And I wasn’t disappointed. 1. Speak to the pain of your audience Nothing like the high road! “The reptilian brain is more concerned with avoiding pain as a means of survival, than it is with gaining pleasure. As a result, talking about the direct benefits of your…
  • Fixing Hidden Leaks #5 — Online Forms

    Roger Craver
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This is the 5th in a series of posts on identifying and fixing hidden leaks in the donor retention bucket. -The Editors In the field of product development ‘the minimum viable product (MVP)’ is the product with the highest return on investment versus risk. When it comes to nonprofit websites and forms it seems to me we should be applying a similar principle to assure the highest online participation from donors with the minimum risk of frustrating and losing them. Noted web-designer Derek Featherstone calls this ‘minimally viable
  • Don’t Forget the Port-A-Potty

    Roger Craver
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The Agitator pays little attention to event fundraising. Probably it’s because Tom and I are a bit past our prime marathon days. Additionally, for the fancier events we long ago exchanged our too-tight tuxedos for ‘relaxed fit’ jeans. Or truth be told, maybe it’s because we have absolutely no expertise in this area. Whatever the reason, we’re guilty of some degree of neglect on this subject. So, I was fascinated by an Infographic sent along to us by Linda Parker at Maximillion,   the event creator firm in London and Edinburgh. (Although the firm is based in the UK the…
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    Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog

  • Bursting With Pride

    Paige Kutilek
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Waking up for San Francisco Pride Parade this year felt like a moment to fully grasp, so I took a mental photo to store in my memory for years to come. The previous day the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage to be legal nationwide, which is why the event felt monumentally different than previous years […] The post Bursting With Pride appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
  • How Much Will It Cost to Raise Your Child?

    Paige Kutilek
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    The joy of becoming a parent is both gratifying and life changing. As your child gets older they will encounter many new life experiences, and watching them grow will give you a sense of purpose and fill you with pride. However, it is no secret that having a child is expensive. How much will it […] The post How Much Will It Cost to Raise Your Child? appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
  • Silent Auction Fundraising

    Grace Culhane
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Silent auctions can be an invaluable tool to augment and invigorate your crowdfunding campaign. Unlike traditional auctions, they give guests the chance to mill about and socialize while looking at the items up for auction. This format provides your guests with a little more privacy and frees them from being stuck in a chair for […] The post Silent Auction Fundraising appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
  • Fundraising Ideas for College

    Paige Kutilek
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:38 pm
    In the last of a three-part summer series on fundraising ideas for youth and college students, we focus on crowdfunding to pursue your academic goals and future success. Our other installments profiled fundraising ideas for kids and fundraising ideas for teens. Now, it’s time to give it the old college try! Individuals who strive to attend college are making […] The post Fundraising Ideas for College appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
  • Children’s Charities: Eight Great Causes to Support

    Paige Kutilek
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:19 pm
    From providing a golden retriever service dog for a youngster with a disability to building schools in communities hit by natural disasters, children’s charities deliver priceless services and programs to the next generation—all due to compassionate donors. Deciding to support one of these organizations is a noble decision, and the crowdfunding model enables individuals to take it one […] The post Children’s Charities: Eight Great Causes to Support appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
 
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • A Raffle is a “Dream” Fundraiser for Churches

    Raffle Tickets
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    A Raffle is a “Dream” Fundraiser for Churches Thеrе wаѕ a brand nеw gуm for thе kіdѕ tо рlау іn. Twо nеw ѕаnсtuаrіеѕ wіth brаnd nеw pews fоr Gоd’ѕ сhіldrеn to sit оn. New іnѕtrumеntѕ fоr the gоѕреl bаnd, іnсludіng a соuрlе new bаnd mеmbеrѕ. New сlаѕѕrооmѕ tо brіghtеn the future оf thе young kіdѕ so еаgеr to lеаrn. Thіѕ is a drеаm I drеаm mаnу tіmеѕ іn a night. Thе only wау to achieve thіѕ drеаm was tо fundrаіѕе mоnеу ѕоmеhоw. Until one dау, the idea finally came tо mе,…
  • Stimulate Business With a Raffle

    Raffle Tickets
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    Stimulate Business With a Raffle Businesses nowadays have a wealth of resources and ways in which they can grow their customers and their popularity. There are the more traditional ways, via word of mouth, print and television advertising, coupons, etc. And of course now, with the benefit of technology, there are more sophisticated ways of having your business become better known through social media and the Internet. With these different ways of promotion, it’s hard for a business to choose one that will not only be the most popular amongst the general public, but that also will have…
  • A Winning Raffle Fundraising Formula

    Raffle Tickets
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    A Winning Raffle Fundraising Formula There аrе many instances thаt rеԛuіrе a уоuth organization to earn ѕоmе extra fundѕ tо hеlр іtѕ members. Onе of the mоѕt effective ways оf earning mоnеу is the Rаfflе. In thіѕ fundrаіѕіng event уоu саn еаrn income оn each tісkеt but оnlу hаvе tо pay expense оn оnе рrіzе. To better undеrѕtаnd the раrtісulаrѕ оf a Rаfflе fundrаіѕеr lеt’ѕ ѕеt uр a hуроthеtісаl ѕіtuаtіоn. Thе 4-H equine group wаntѕ tо ѕеnd some оf іtѕ mеmbеrѕ tо thе state соmреtіtіоn…
  • Raffle Fundraisers Stand the Test of Time

    Raffle Tickets
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Raffle Fundraisers Stand the Test of Time Non-profit оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ unlіkе profit mаkіng organizations саnnоt get lіѕtеd іn the Stock Exсhаngеѕ аnd rаіѕе fundѕ. However thеrе are numеrоuѕ ways in which ѕuсh organizations can rаіѕе fundѕ. The bеаutу about such fund raising activities іѕ that it аlѕо hеlрѕ іn buіldіng the tеаm in аddіtіоn tо gаrnеrіng funds. Onе ѕuсh time tеѕtеd mеthоd is through raffles. Rаfflеѕ аrе оnе type оf fundraiser whеrе уоu hаvе аlmоѕt total соntrоl оvеr thе еxреnѕеѕ…
  • How to Hold a Chinese Auction Style Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm
    How to Hold a Chinese Auction Style Raffle Fundraiser A rаfflе іѕ a grеаt way tо raise fundѕ for a gооd cause. Thеу rеԛuіrе less mаnроwеr thаn other fundrаіѕіng mеthоdѕ, hаvе a high potential fоr rеturnѕ, аnd саn bе dоnе at rеlаtіvеlу lоw cost, especially if уоu gеt a ѕроnѕоr оr donation. A nоn-рrоfіt can bеnеfіt even furthеr by using еmрlоуіng a Chinese аuсtіоn, a variant оf thе trаdіtіоnаl raffle. With many ѕmаll giveaways instead of оnе lаrgе prize, it encourages more ticket sales and рrоvіdеѕ thе…
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    Andrew Olsen's Fundraising Fundamentals

  • Guest Post: Two of the biggest mistakes nonprofits make

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:49 am
    As I continue with the second installment in this series on the biggest mistakes nonprofits make, I’ve asked veteran nonprofit executive and fundraising consultant, Jim Shapiro, to share his thoughts on two of the biggest mistakes we in the sector Continue reading →
  • WEBINAR: Maximizing the Middle

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:13 am
    Middle donors, like middle children, are often overlooked. Most nonprofits have defined major gift programs, and annual giving programs for lower level donors. Very few, however, spend the effort to create strategies aimed at their mid-level givers. This is a Continue reading →
  • Guest Post: The two biggest monthly giving mistakes nonprofits make

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    I’m launching a new series focused on the biggest fundraising mistakes nonprofits make. To kick off this series, I asked my friend Erica Waasdorp, author of Monthly Giving. The Sleeping Giant to share her thoughts on the biggest mistakes nonprofits Continue reading →
  • Google Grants vs. Paid Search Campaigns

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Sometimes otherwise smart fundraising consultants give bad advice. I saw that happen last week. A senior-level consultant from a typically reputable fundraising agency completely missed the mark on digital strategy. In this instance, a local social service nonprofit was told Continue reading →
  • Your donors are tired of being crappily asked

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
    Last month Marc A. Pitman wrote on the myth of donor fatigue. Something Marc said stuck with me, and hit home like a hammer when I got an email solicitation from Catholic Charities USA (below). First, check out what Marc Continue reading →
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    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies

  • Maximizing Your Raffle Events’ Effectiveness

    Bruce Hassel
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:34 am
    Maximizing Your Raffle Events’ Effectiveness Iѕ уоur nоn-рrоfіt оrgаnіzаtіоn, сhurсh оr ѕсhооl іn nееd оf rаіѕіng fundѕ fоr a worthy рrоjесt? Rаfflе tісkеt ѕаlеѕ аrе еffесtіvе (and ѕіmрlе) fundrаіѕеrѕ! “Imрасt a Lіfе” соllеgе ѕсhоlаrѕhір essayist  Samuel Baquera dоеѕ a ѕрlеndіd jоb іn outlining thе mаnу bеnеfіtѕ аnd a fоrmulа fоr hоldіng a successful rаfflе fundrаіѕеr. Samuel is a music student at Oral Roberts University. Tо rеаd Samuel Baquera’s іnfоrmаtіvе…
  • A Raffle Mission

    Bruce Hassel
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    A Raffle Mission Whо wаntѕ tо knоw thе bеѕt wауѕ your nоn-рrоfіt оrgаnіzаtіоn саn benefit frоm a rаfflе fundraiser? Megan Johnson, a student at Northeastern University with a major in International Affairs, hаѕ tаkеn an interesting and personal lооk аt thе fоllоwіng “Imрасt a Life” ѕсhоlаrѕhір topic: Dеѕсrіbе hоw nоn-рrоfіt оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ, (including church grоuрѕ, civic grоuрѕ, уоuth sports оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ) саn best derive benefit for thеіr fundrаіѕіng effort bу hоldіng a raffle fundraiser. Offer…
  • A Raffle Can Be a Popular and Effective Way to Stimulate Business

    Bruce Hassel
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    A Raffle Can Be a Popular and Effective Way to Stimulate Business “Impact a Life” college scholarship essayist  Keegan Hill takes an interesting look at utilizing raffle tickets to attract and retain customers for your business, proving once-again that raffles aren’t strictly for non-profit fundraisers. Keegan is a student at the Young Americans College of the Performing Arts. Thank you Keegan, and best of luck with your studies! To read Keegan Hill’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  A Raffle Can Be a Popular and Effective Way to Stimulate Business You can help Keegan…
  • To Donate or Not To Donate, That Is The Question

    Bruce Hassel
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    To Donate or Not To Donate, That Is The Question Hats off to “Impact a Life” scholarship essayist Matalin Staser who takes a very scholarly and scientific look at the fundamentals of non-profit fundraising. Matalin is a student at the University of Southern Indiana. Thanks so much Matalin for your fine essay and best of luck with your studies! To read Matalin Staser’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  To Donate or Not To Donate, That Is The Question You can help Matalin Staser’s pursuit of a scholarship award by clicking the “sharing is caring” buttons below.
  • Top Tips for Maximum Raffle Ticket Sales

    Bruce Hassel
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Top Tips for Maximum Raffle Ticket Sales Mаnу thanks tо Taylor Smith fоr a wеll thоught оut аnd informative “Impact a Lіfе” соllеgе scholarship essay thаt hіghlіghtѕ whу ѕеllіng raffle tісkеtѕ for your fundrаіѕеr is a grеаt way tо raise money for your good cause. Taylor explores ѕоmе insightful rеаѕоnѕ as tо whу holding a rаfflе іѕ not оnlу a grеаt fundrаіѕіng орроrtunіtу but also offers several specifics on how to make a raffle more successful. To read Taylor’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, go hеrе >>>  Top Tips…
 
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    Fundraising Compass

  • Mind the Gender Gap – Women’s role in philanthropy – A Canadian Perspective

    gisraeli
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    By Mark Bowman, Prospect Researcher and Proposal Writing Specialist Sometimes we men just don’t get it – especially when it comes to giving and philanthropy. As a prospect researcher and fundraising consultant in Ottawa (Canada’s capital) for the past decade, I’ve often heard the refrain that “Women don’t write the big cheques”. Really? This assertion misses the fundamental point that men and women have different perspectives, in part due to their gender. There are distinct differences in our approaches to philanthropy and community engagement and in the way men and women…
  • Brushing Shoulders with China’s Nouveaux Riche

    gisraeli
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    By Melody Song Senior Development Officer, Calgary Zoo The dinner was in a private dinning room with high ceilings and grand windows looking out to the dancing lights of downtown – a jungle of glass towers and pedestrian streets, bustling at all hours in this massive urban capital of one of China’s most populated provinces. Above the enormous round table was a beautiful modern chandelier, which set the quiet, but extravagant tone of the whole decor. The room also came with a private bathroom, bar, and a team of waiters. Our host, Mr. Zhang was a successful local entrepreneur,…
  • Know Your Audience: Storytelling Through the Generations

    gisraeli
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    By Sandra Larkin, Writer, Fundraiser, Communicator Because we are literally hardwired to learn through stories, storytelling is perhaps the single most powerful communication tool available to fundraisers. Stories stimulate not only the analytical parts of our brains, but those that process sensory information, memory and emotion. Inside our heads, we share the experiences that happen in the story; we hear the crowd’s roar, smell popcorn and hotdogs, see the halftime band marching onto the field, lean forward with anticipation as the ball soars through the air. A well-told story connects…
  • What Fundraisers Want

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

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

  • Corporate philanthropy 101: Encouraging corporate giving with your CRM

    Adam Weinger
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    At Double the Donation our goal is to provide nonprofits with the resources they need to raise more money from corporate giving programs. We regularly receive questions from nonprofits on what sorts of information they should collecting within their CRMs and how to use this information. So we reached out to Tim Sarrantonio from NeonCRM for advice and asked him to share his top tips (see below) on how to encourage corporate giving with your CRM. Although every donor — regardless of donation size — is important, there are some donors that require some . Corporate donors, who often have…
  • How Nonprofits Can Use Matching Gifts to Improve Donor Retention

    Abby Larson
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    In recent years, donor retention rates have been hovering slightly above 40%. This means that if you have 100 donors, roughly 60 of them are only making one-time donations. If the focus on donor retention isn’t strong and comprehensive, a nonprofit organization will need to concentrate on acquisition of new donors instead, an importantly vital but often more costly pursuit. There are numerous ways to boost donor retention ranging from simply interacting with donors more to utilizing social media. However, did you know you can also improve donor retention by using matching gift…
  • Using Social Influencers to Market Matching Gifts

    Abby Larson
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    We were recently talking with our friends over at Attentive.ly and had an idea for an article about marketing matching gift programs to social influencers! Social influencers can be useful tools to help you get the word out about matching gifts to other donors. Some of the biggest take aways from that article are: Use social media to specifically target your key social influencers. Utilizing Facebook and Twitter will help your nonprofit find out what supporters are most interested in and will help you know when to send out appropriate calls to action and asks to important social influencers.
  • Five Colleges and Universities Promoting Matching Gifts in their Online Fundraising

    Adam Weinger
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Donations to colleges continue to reach all time highs with charitable contributions totaling almost $38 billion annually. Alumni and other donors linked to universities enjoy giving back to the institution that helped shape them into the adults they are today and there are ways for alumni to support colleges and universities even further without asking them to open their wallets twice. Colleges who promote matching gift programs can double or even triple the generous donations that they receive from many alumni. Let’s look at examples from five colleges and universities promoting…
  • What Happens After a Donor Makes a Matching Gift Submission?

    Nina Sullivan
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    HURRAH! You’ve done it. Your nonprofit has gotten a donor to see the light and submit a matching gift request. Now what? The most difficult work is done. Your promotional effort has worked. The responsibility is now in the hands of the donor’s employer — at least momentarily. Well, you can sit back and twiddle your thumbs … but not for long. Pretty soon the ball will be back in your court, and it’ll be your turn to handle things. The donor’s company is not going to blindly accept their employee’s submission. The donor’s submission process is…
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    CauseVox

  • Tips For An Effective Fundraising Appeal

    Kat Kuehl
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Arguably, your fundraising appeal is one of the most important parts of your nonprofit crowdfunding campaign. It’s the heart of your cause. The meat and potatoes of your mission. The crucial part where you tell supporters what your goal is and why they should care. You know your crowdfunding campaign inside and out. But, you can’t fall into the trap of thinking that your audience knows everything about it too. An effective campaign summary is key for informing supporters, as well as leading them to feel connected to your cause. Seem like an overwhelmingly daunting task? Have no fear.
  • Boost Your Earnings With Facebook’s “Donate Now” Button

    Kat Kuehl
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    There’s no denying the power of social media, and you’re likely already harnessing its incredible influence in order to spread the word about your crowdfunding campaign. But, did you know that now you can give your Facebook page some added oomph? Facebook recently rolled out a new feature that makes garnering donations even easier! Nonprofits can now install a “Donate Now” button at the top of their Facebook page. Instead of forcing users to wade through the clutter and hunt for donation information, this well-placed call to action cuts out the confusion and leads them directly where…
  • Turning Trends Into Tactics This #GivingTuesday

    Candace Cody
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    While you may have read our last post “4 M’s That Motivate #GivingTuesday,” in this post we aim to explore what it looks like to turn the trends surrounding both fundraising and #GivingTuesday into practical strategies to help you raise funds this year. Giving is on the rise, increasing 7.1% last year and moving the GDP for giving  from 2% to 2.1%. While that increase may not sound earth shattering, maybe this fact will: the GDP around giving hasn’t moved up or down in the last 40 years.  So how do you tap into the new trend of giving to generate funds for your organization? Check…
  • How To Address Negative Comments & Feedback About Your Crowdfunding Campaign

    Kat Kuehl
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    We’ve all seen the rude, crude, and downright nasty comments online that result in double takes and dropped jaws. There’s no doubt that the Internet provides a great outlet for conversation and self-expression. However, as with anything, there’s a flipside. The perceived anonymity and invincibility that the Internet provides can give people false courage and a sense of entitlement to post whatever they think or feel, no matter how insensitive. Dealing with negative comments and feedback can require a delicate balance. You need to address the post in a professional, courteous manner,…
  • Why Blogs Are A Great Asset For Your Crowdfunding Campaign

    Kat Kuehl
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Getting your point across in a concise and effective manner is crucial to the success of your crowdfunding campaign. Facts, statistics, and mission statements are necessary for keeping your supporters educated and informed. But, sometimes that corporate-like approach can feel a little stiff, impersonal, and disengaging. Supporters can start to crave a more conversational, personal connection. This is where your crowdfunding campaign’s blog comes into play. You may think of a blog as a completely unnecessary hassle. However, authoring a blog strictly for your campaign can be a huge asset in…
 
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    Fundraising Mix

  • 500 Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    9 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Coming up with ideas for fundraisers is uphill battle for a lot of people. It helps to have something to look at to get the ball rolling… Here’s a list of 500 fundraising ideas to help out! All the ideas were collected between 2013 and 2015. Click on the name of any fundraiser on the […]Continue reading...
  • [#174] Hashtag Bag – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    #ThankGodForHashtags! Imagine how boring the Internet would be without them! *cringes* Hosting a Hashtag Bag Fundraiser is a fun and easy way to showcase your love for these little labels, and raise some money while you’re at it! It’s really simple. All you do is cut out pieces of poster board, write clever hashtags on […]Continue reading...
  • [#173] Control Booth – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Nobody likes being told what to do, but you better believe that everybody loves to tell other people what to do! Well guess what? At a Control Booth Fundraiser, you get to do just that. People pay to choose two volunteers to perform an action written on a piece of paper, like “High Five”, “Dance” […]Continue reading...
  • [#172] Bite Count Contest – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Most people don’t take notice of the number of times they bite into their food while eating it. But at a Bite Count Contest Fundraiser, the amount of times you dig is the only thing that matters!! Like the name suggests, this fundraising event is a pay-to-enter eating contest. Unlike the traditional ones where the […]Continue reading...
  • [#171] #1 Headband – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Tournaments are usually held with a specific set of guidelines. Teams, of however many members, are divided up and pitted against each other. The losers of these matchups are sent to the lower brackets while the winners continue climbing the ranks. At a #1 Headband Fundraiser, the rules are arranged radically different. People pay to […]Continue reading...
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    Tony Martignetti

  • Nonprofit Radio for August 28, 2015: Fundraiser Incentive Pay

    Susan Chavez
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I love our sponsor! Do you want to find more prospects & raise more money? Pursuant is a full-service fundraising agency, leveraging data & technology. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio and tune in. Listen to the August 28, 2015 … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for August 28, 2015: Fundraiser Incentive Pay →
  • The 15NTC Videos: 1-4

    Susan Chavez
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio video interviews from the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference, hosted by NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network. These are the first of 25 #15NTC videos, on YouTube at realtonymartignetti. NTEN Deserves Your Attention featuring Amy Sample Ward Best Video Storytelling with Yasmin Nguyen & Sheri Chaney Jones Keep Your Site Current After Launch, guests Farra Trompeter … Continue reading The 15NTC Videos: 1-4 →
  • Nonprofit Radio for August 21, 2015: Online And At Risk & Your Board’s Role In Executive Hiring

    Susan Chavez
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I love our sponsor! Do you want to find more prospects & raise more money? Pursuant is a full-service fundraising agency, leveraging data & technology. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio and tune in. Listen to the August 21, 2015 … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for August 21, 2015: Online And At Risk & Your Board’s Role In Executive Hiring →
  • NY Times: Stop Stealing My Guests

    Susan Chavez
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Nonprofit Radio guests are routinely stolen by The New York Times. I implore them to stop.  Will MacAskill on Nonprofit Radio first, then in The New York Times Jen Shang, first on Nonprofit Radio then in The New York Times
  • Nonprofit Radio for August 14, 2015: Doing Good Better

    Susan Chavez
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I love our new sponsor! Do you want to find more prospects & raise more money? Pursuant is a full-service fundraising agency, leveraging data & technology. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio and tune in. Listen to the August 14, … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for August 14, 2015: Doing Good Better →
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    DonorDriven Blog

  • Who Owns the Peer-to-Peer Donor?

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    With peer-to-peer fundraising there's a new challenge facing nonprofits regarding the ownership of donor information. In the past, ownership was fairly simple: A donor wrote a check or charged their credit card to make a donation. The donor’s home address then determined their “home” office/chapter. The home office became owner of that donor, became the receiver of donor funds, controlled future communication and owned solicitation of the donor.
  • Infographic: DIY Superstars

    20 Aug 2015 | 1:19 pm
    As DIY fundraising has become a standard revenue stream for so many nonprofits, many organizations are building strategies to maximize the effect of their DIY programs. In the past, we’ve reported on some amazing personal campaigns, like a boy with diabetes who raised $150,000 for his bar mitzvah, a climber who raised $60,000 as he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and a guy who ran across the Brooklyn Bridge in stiletto heels to help rebuild a center for homeless teens. While these are wonderful stories, they’re the exceptions to the rule. Many DIY campaigns will generate a few hundred…
  • DonorDrive, ImportOmatic, Raiser's Edge and your data.

    18 Aug 2015 | 5:53 am
    We're delighted to announce that DonorDrive is among a select group of software providers that Omatic has chosen to sync with Raiser's Edge™ and Raiser's Edge NXT™ through their new ImportOmatic® 3.0. We decided to use this opportunity to talk with Omatic about how important constituent data has become to nonprofits.  Over the past few years there's been a growing value that nonprofits put on their data. Emily Dalton, product manager for ImportOmatic explains one reason for this shift is the wider and easier access nonprofits have…
  • How to get your board to fundraise online.

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    It’s likely you still have board members who can write a big fat check. But they’ve probably never introduced you to their friends in the same way your participants have. Board members can be incredibly well connected with many philanthropic contacts and peer-to-peer fundraising is a great way to set up that introduction to your organization. Here are some ways to get your board to start fundraising:
  • The 10 best peer-to-peer fundraising tips

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    When you work for a nonprofit you know the importance of making the ask. But in peer-to-peer fundraising it’s your supporters who make the ask.  Not everyone is an expert and many times it can be frustrating that they seem reluctant to do it. Here are some proven methods DonorDrive clients are using to get better fundraising performance from their event and campaign participants.
 
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    Selfish Giving Blog - Selfish Giving

  • Ep132: White Castle's In-Store Fundraising Spikes 48%. What's On The Menu?

    Joe Waters
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Jamie Richardson, Vice President at White Castle, about the quick-serve chain's register fundraiser for Autism Speaks that raised $909,000 - a 48 percent increase over the previous year.Megan, Jamie and I discuss: White Castle's hamburger & onion scented candle benefits Autism Speaks.  The storied past of White Castle. "What Ford did for cars, White Castle did for hamburgers!"In the 7th year of their program with Autism Speaks, White Castle grew its program to nearly $1 million.The importance of engaging, gamifying and incentivizing White…
  • Ep131: Finally, A Cellphone Company That Connects Your Calls to a Cause

    Joe Waters
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan I talk to Mark Epstein, Co-founder & CEO of The People's Operator (TPO).The People's Operator is a socially conscious mobile provider based in the U.K. has launched its service stateside with the help of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. The company donates 10% of its subscribers' monthly bills to a cause of their choice. In addition, the company donates 25% of its profits to charity as well.Megan, Mark and I discuss: Mark Epstein, The People's Operator How The TPO began and how Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales got involved.The beginnings of TPO in the U. K. and…
  • Ep130: The Rise of Effective Altruism, Or Generosity for Nerds

    Joe Waters
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to William MacAskill, associate professor at Oxford University and author of a great new book: Doing Good Better.  William MacAskill, Doing Good Better Will is one of the cofounders and leading voices of Effective Altruism, which he calls "Generosity for Nerds."Effective Altruism is all about maximizing your positive impact on the world (through volunteering, charitable donations, etc.), and it's been getting a lot of traction lately.Megan and I learned about Will from an excellent  article in The…
  • Ep129: What Nonprofits Can Learn from the Reboot of the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Joe Waters
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Rob Goldstein, Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Development, ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA, about the 2015 Ice Bucket Challenge.ALS TDI is one of 18 ALS-related organizations in the Collaboration for the Cure that are working to coordinate a successful Ice Bucket Challenge this month.Megan, Rob and I discuss: Rob Goldstein, ALS TDI The kick-off of the 2015 Ice Bucket Challenge on July 31st at Fenway Park in Boston.How ALS TDI is behind cutting edge research to help those affected by ALS.Who…
  • Ep128: How One Nonprofit in Brazil is Scoring Big with Cause Marketing

    Joe Waters
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Marco Crespo, Business Director at the Ayrton Senna Institute in São Paulo, Brazil, about the rise and development of cause marketing in the world's 5th largest country.Megan, Marco and I discuss: Marco Crespo, Ayrton Senna Institute The background of Ayrton Senna Institute, an education-focused nonprofit organization created by the sister of three-time Formula One world champion, Ayrton Senna.How the Ayrton Senna Institute partners with companies in Brazil.Why percentage-of-sales fundraisers are the dominant cause…
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    The Storytelling Non-Profit

  • Storytelling Stale? 7 Tips to Keep it Fresh!

    Vanessa Chase
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is the sixth post in a special 12-part monthly series — Powerful Nonprofit Stories: Finding, Framing, and Finishing. Read Jennifer’s previous posts in the series – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. My 15-year-old is interested in writing. Not as a career (yet), but just because. Recently, he found himself backed into a familiar corner: writer’s block. I told him to take a storytelling time-out. Not as punishment — but just long enough to...
  • 4 Qualities Every Stewardship Story Must Have

    Vanessa Chase
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    There are a lot of uses for stories in philanthropy programs. We can use stories as a part of fundraising asks. We can use stories in donor communications, as well as donor stewardship. Using stories in donor stewardship is great for a number of reasons. As we know from the work of Penelope Burk, donors want to know how their gift was use and what impact that gift had.  But not all stories used in donor stewardship are equal. Today,...
  • FAQs about Major Gifts and Storytelling

    Vanessa Chase
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    Last week I reviewed It’s Not Just About the Money by Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels. This is a tremendously powerful book on major gifts and I greatly enjoyed reading Richard and Jeff’s advice. Today, Richard and Jeff of Passion Giving are joining me for a Q&A session on major gifts and storytelling. Question: In the book you mention the importance of knowing your organization story as a part of creating a strong culture of philanthropy. Do you have any...
  • 3 Ways Donor Segmentation Can Help Your Nonprofit Tell More Engaging Narratives

    Vanessa Chase
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Donors shouldn’t be treated like one singular entity. Your donor population is made up of unique individuals who deserve to be treated as such. Donor segmentation helps nonprofits make the impersonal personal without sacrificing too much time and resources on behalf of staff. A donor segment consists of a group of donors and/or prospects who all fall into a similar communication category. By that I mean that all donors in a given segment are suited to a particular type of...
  • The Storytelling Non-Profit Lunchtime Hangout – August 2015

    Dona Krebs
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    On Monday, August 10 I hosted our second Lunchtime Hangout. This month’s topic was a discussion on how to get your board members involved in storytelling. I offered a few tips and shared my experience both as a fundraiser and board member. During this month’s Hangout, I mentioned a few resources that you might be interested in checking out. Books to Read Firing Lousy Board Members by Simone Joyeaux The Ultimate Board Member’s Book by Kay Sprinkel Grace Sample Board...
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    Hands-On Fundraising

  • 5 ways to rock your fall fundraising

    Mary Cahalane
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:48 am
    Ah, those crisp new days of fall! Back to school, falling leaves… who doesn’t love it? Me. I don’t love it. You have to pry summer from my grasping hands. But fall comes – and winter behind it – regardless. And with it, your biggest fundraising season of the year. Have you planned to make the most of the next 4 months? Here are 5 points to keep in mind. Don’t plan on one mailing to do the job. Do plan to communicate often – but keep it relevant Don’t limit your plans – use every tool you can use well Don’t forget to get personal Pay…
  • The gift they want from you

    Mary Cahalane
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    I’ve been writing a lot about the role of emotion in fundraising. That’s because it’s so important! But let’s take it another step. Fundraisers often talk about relationship fundraising as opposed to transactional fundraising. You know donors aren’t ATMs and shouldn’t be treated that way. But there is an exchange that happens with a donation. It’s a mistake to think donors only give us money and get nothing in return. And I’m not talking tote bags, folks. I’m talking emotional satisfaction. Do you know about emotional triggers? These triggers activate the…
  • Why Mr. Spock can’t raise money

    Mary Cahalane
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    Emotion rules Poor Spock. He’s caught between his tidy Vulcan logic and messy human emotion. Most of the time, he relies on Vulcan cool. That wouldn’t work well for fundraising, though. Human beings don’t make purely rational decisions. This isn’t my guess; it’s science. We make decisions in the older part of our brains. They’re based on emotion and cues developed through evolution. We’ve learned to quickly identify danger (Lion! Hide!) and opportunity without first having to sift through logical arguments for and against taking action. Emotion gets us to the…
  • Fundraise better: what you need to know about empathy

    Mary Cahalane
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
      Empathy – the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions: the ability to share someone else’s feelings While sympathy is compassion for someone else’s situation, empathy is feeling their pain. Sympathy keeps its distance. Empathy is a powerful connection to someone else. We’ve evolved to feel empathy because it’s useful in understanding other people. Studies suggest brain cells called mirror neurons might be key to social behavior. These cells might drive our ability to empathize. Being able to feel what others feel…
  • 5 reasons to ditch your annual appeal

    Mary Cahalane
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
      Are you still depending on an annual appeal – a single annual solicitation – for your individual giving program? Many smaller organizations are. But if you’re one of them, you ought to reconsider. Here’s why. 1. You need money all year To accomplish your mission, you probably need funds. (If not, congratulations on that gigantic endowment for operating expenses! You can stop reading now.) Donors give because they want to help accomplish your mission. It’s a way for them to feel part of the good work you do together. What happens if you can’t fund the…
 
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