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  • 5 Tips You Need to Keep the Story Pipeline Flowing

    The Storytelling Non-Profit
    Vanessa Chase
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    This is the fourth post in a special 12-part monthly series — Powerful Nonprofit Stories: Finding, Framing, and Finishing. Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. One of Vanessa’s recent posts was about the #1 storytelling challenge: collecting stories. I couldn’t agree more. Collecting stories strikes fear in even the most seasoned fundraisers. There’s nothing worse than staring at a blank page or screen, wondering how to fill it. It’s too bad storytelling doesn’t have a remote starter, like...
  • Are you stuck in “professional” mode?

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    Marc A. Pitman
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    Today I wore a t-shirt...to make a point! As a nonprofit leader, it's so easy to be "on" all the time. Especially if you live in a small town. I used to spend more time than I'd like to admit wondering if I should get back into "professional" clothes before I went to the store. But when you're "always on," you're boring. No one like 1-dimensional people. In this video, I tell you how to stop being boring and get more effective at fully funding your nonprofit! The post Are you stuck in “professional” mode? appeared first on FundraisingCoach.com.
  • Thank you for connecting donors with mission

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    Marc A. Pitman
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    Happy New (fiscal) Year! For many FundraisingCoach.com readers, today - July 1st - is the start of a brand new fiscal year. The amount raised starts at zero but the goals are set higher. As fundraisers, we rarely get thanked, and that's fine. The nature of our work puts the emphasis on the donors and the impact they create through our nonprofits. But today I wanted to pause and say: Thank you. To all who raise money, thank you. Because of your work, donors are finding the way to invest in their values. Because of your work, people are being fed. Kids are being educated. Land is being…
  • A valuable tool from the archives: Handwritten Notes

    A Small Change
    Jason Dick
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When was the last time you received a handwritten note? I can count on one hand the number of handwritten notes that I’ve received in the last six months. If you eliminate holiday cards and birthday cards that just have a signature on it, then it’s even less. Another remarkable thing about the handwritten notes I’ve received over the last six months is that I can tell you who they were from and what they said. Have you ever received a handwritten note that you didn’t read? How many emails have you received in the last six days? Can you remember even half of them or who sent them? One…
  • Brave South Shields boy smashes fundraising target – as he prepares for final round of radiotherapy

    FUNDRAISING - Bing News
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:09 am
    A brave little boy who is battling cancer is delighted he’s smashed his £1,000 target for charity as he embarks on his final round of radiotherapy. Six-year-old Harrison Cochrane, from South Shields, is battling late stage Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which ...
 
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  • 7 Social Media Toolsets for 2016 by @jeremycaplan

    Beth
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Jeremy Caplan is the Director of Education, Tow-Knight Center Entrepreneurial Journalism and an amazing teacher.  I’ve never met him face-to-face, but I’ve learned some much from reading and using his curated instructional materials.   He recently shared “Toolsets for Social Media,” a brilliantly curated collection of tools.   Before we dig into the content, let me point out why this so brilliant. A stellar example of content curation:   Content curation is not aggregation or a big gigantic list of links.    A content curator vets, filters, organizes, and…
  • What I Learned In London at the Future of Social Conference

    Beth
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    Photo by Social Misfits I am just back from spending a few days in London where I keynoted the “Future of Social” Conference hosted by Social Misfits Media with a talk about Gen Z or as they say in the UK, Gen Zed.   I also facilitated several workshops for London-based nonprofit CEOs and communications directors on developing a strategy for their leadership profiles on social and internal champions (board, staff, and volunteers). The first half of the conference featured talks from three platforms that discussed future trends for social good.  The speakers included: Amanda…
  • Future of Social: Gen Z

    Beth
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:48 am
    I’m thrilled to be spending a few days in London where I am keynoting The Future of Social conference hosted by Social Misfits Media.  I’ll be talking about Gen Z donors and why nonprofits need to engage them in their fundraising and programs.   If you want to learn more about what I’ll be talking about, read this interview in the Guardian. This post includes my slides and summary of the main points I will be making as well as links to resources. Gen Z By The Numbers The demographic profiles of these donors skewed younger, the vast majority being Millennials or Gen Y.    In…
  • Training Board Members As Brand Champions on Social and Beyond

    Beth
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Note from Beth: Last month, I facilitated a workshop for the Knight Digital Media Learning Seminar in Miami on “Leading on Social Media.”  It was an interactive workshop and the content was on how to leverage senior leaders, board, and staff as champions on social channels.     Rachel Calderon, Marketing and Communications Manager, Central Florida Foundation was a workshop participant and after the workshop we brainstormed a design for training her board members to be champions.    She agreed to write up her process and experience – and especially grateful as I’m…
  • How Gen Z Donors Harness the Power of Online Giving

    Beth
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Note from Beth: Next week, I’ll be keynoting the “Future of Social Media Conference” in London hosted by Social Misfits in partnership with Facebook, JustGiving, the Hospital Club Foundation, and the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network.  I’ll be talking about the next generation of donors and how they use social media, mobile, and other technology to raise money for causes they care about.     This guest post is part of many recent posts you have read from my about Generation Z. How Gen Z Donors Harness the Power of Online Giving – Guest Post By Emily Hawkins,…
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    A Small Change

  • YOU are a valuable tool!

    Edward Sumner
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:47 pm
    I had the privilege recently of participating in Jim Shapiro’s Better NonProfit Conference which was designed to help development professionals and other non-profit folks to grow, lead, and fund their organizations.  The speaker line up was solid, content really helpful, and the project reminded me of how valuable other development professionals are to me. I have never come across a professional fundraiser who has it all figured out and I for sure  know I haven’t.  Each of us has unique perspectives that have been informed by years of fighting and flourishing and cumulatively,…
  • A tool for inspiration: Mobile Giving

    Edward Sumner
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:14 pm
    There are now more than 1 billion smartphones on the planet.  And, in a recent study, researchers learned that 9.5% of donations came from mobile devices.  Clearly, this is a huge opportunity for fundraisers and a seamless and user friendly mobile giving interface can be an incredibly helpful tool to increase giving. I’ve done a little bit of testing, and found that there are some non profits out there who really have their mobile giving option dialed in, characterized by: Webpages that are designed to be mobile friendly A singular and integrated giving page that does not require…
  • A valuable tool from the archives: Handwritten Notes

    Jason Dick
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When was the last time you received a handwritten note? I can count on one hand the number of handwritten notes that I’ve received in the last six months. If you eliminate holiday cards and birthday cards that just have a signature on it, then it’s even less. Another remarkable thing about the handwritten notes I’ve received over the last six months is that I can tell you who they were from and what they said. Have you ever received a handwritten note that you didn’t read? How many emails have you received in the last six days? Can you remember even half of them or who sent them? One…
  • That Crowdfunding though….

    Edward Sumner
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    This year I have received many requests to participate in Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe campaigns.  And I mean, like a LOT.  There seems to be an interesting shift taking place and folks feel inclined to raise funds for just about anything, and some of them are amazing causes and products.  Some of them, not so much. So it’s got me thinking about whether or not a crowdfunding campaign can fit into my toolbox and into the annual fundraising plan we have in place.  The answer is, I’m not quite sure yet. Here are some upsides: Leveraged to raise funds for a specific…
  • That ole donor database

    Edward Sumner
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Last week we queued up an intro to our next series of blogs that will highlight thoughts on the tools we need in our Toolbox as fundraisers.  Some of them are old and familiar and may need replacing.  Some of them may be new and we are getting to know how to use them well.  Others may be missing and need to be added asap!  The goal here is to simply increase the likelihood of getting our jobs done more effectively. So if you work as a fundraiser, and have raised any dollars, you have a place where this information is tracked.  It is the <drum roll please> Donor Database!  This…
 
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  • Checklist: Attracting Corporate Sponsors for Your Event

    Devon Reeser
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    More checklists here and here. Use this checklist as a guide to help you create a strategy when planning for attracting corporate sponsors for your event: 1. Enlist board member or volunteer fundraising support You need help! Form a committee immediately of a few dedicated board members, staff, and volunteers to plan and fundraise for your event. 2. Start planning early Define a budget. Use realistic line items based on your event from last year or from a model of another nonprofit’s similar event if your event is new. Give yourself at least six months, better yet a year, to start…
  • You Can Get a Career in the Nonprofit Sector

    Cari Mostert
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Picture this: You work in a vibrant industry – the nonprofit sector – improving the quality of life for countless recipients. Each day you and your colleagues face challenges that define the saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” With passion fueling a profound sense of purpose and meaning in your life, even long days won’t dull the enthusiasm. You’ll talk about the work, learn about it, live it; because, true passion becomes a part of you. Increasingly, our work paradigm is shifting. More and more Americans want jobs they can care about, finding fulfillment in…
  • Our 8 Favorite Summer Fundraisers

    Cari Mostert
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    For the charity sector, summer fundraisers that embrace the spirit and the benefits of the season can truly make for incredible summer events. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, nothing spells summer fundraiser success more than passionate people, promoting a praiseworthy cause and having fun while doing it! Take advantage of summer holidays, long weekends, and warm weather – the perfect recipe for great fundraising opportunities! Following are our eight favorite summer fundraisers. Stage them as they are or diversify, combining a food fundraiser with a sporting fundraiser for example. You…
  • 9 Reasons Why Fundraising is Important for Your Nonprofit

    Devon Reeser
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Nonprofits too often look at fundraising only as a means to making money to accomplish their agendas and pay their staff, so much so that they neglect to integrate fundraising into their plan as a whole. Nonprofits that do incorporate fundraising and development into their organizational strategy are the ones that end up being successful, however. Why? Because fundraising makes your organization stronger and eventually high functioning, in the following ways. 1. Fundraising makes nonprofits plan Nonprofits are almost always borne from good ideas from great people, and they almost always…
  • How to Organize an Online Grassroots Political Fundraiser

    Devon Reeser
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here are 5 simple steps to organize a successful online grassroots fundraiser for your candidate or cause this political season! Top political analysts claim “there are no huge microphones anymore” and that online presence, especially with fundraising, could make or break the 2016 elections. (See Yahoo.com) Obama won the 2012 election because he raised millions online and created a voter base with a grassroots fundraising campaign. The success of Obama’s Organizing for Action platform has led to lots of web-based programs and mobile applications being developed for grassroots…
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  • Thank you for connecting donors with mission

    Marc A. Pitman
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    Happy New (fiscal) Year! For many FundraisingCoach.com readers, today - July 1st - is the start of a brand new fiscal year. The amount raised starts at zero but the goals are set higher. As fundraisers, we rarely get thanked, and that's fine. The nature of our work puts the emphasis on the donors and the impact they create through our nonprofits. But today I wanted to pause and say: Thank you. To all who raise money, thank you. Because of your work, donors are finding the way to invest in their values. Because of your work, people are being fed. Kids are being educated. Land is being…
  • Donor Fatigue – the rest of the story

    Marc A. Pitman
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:06 am
    In his recent post, Jeff Brooks agreed with my “Donor Fatigue” video. And he went a step further. Like a newly minted Paul Harvey, he tells “the rest of the story.” Fundraiser Fatigue I love his concept of “fundraiser fatigue”! He says that we get tired of saying the same thing over and over so we just stop. And then blame the lack of donations on "donor fatigue." Be honest: do you get sick and tired of saying the same thing over, and over, and over? Do you ever worry that you’re telling someone a story that they’ve already heard? It's o.k. All great fundraisers have. I have…
  • Charitable giving grows again!

    Marc A. Pitman
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:22 am
    The new GivingUSA report is out. The estimates of last year's giving, the most recent on record, appear to be the best in the 60 years of tracking. As a sector, we are still impressed by low-growth. But 5% growth is better than no growth! According to GivingUSA's press release: Overall charitable giving in the USA last year was $358.38 billion Individual Giving increased 5.7% in current dollars to $258.51 billion Bequest Giving increased 15.5% to $28.13 billion Foundation Giving went up to $53.97 billion, up 8.2% from last year Corporate Giving did go up as well to $17.77 billion an increase…
  • Are you stuck in “professional” mode?

    Marc A. Pitman
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    Today I wore a t-shirt...to make a point! As a nonprofit leader, it's so easy to be "on" all the time. Especially if you live in a small town. I used to spend more time than I'd like to admit wondering if I should get back into "professional" clothes before I went to the store. But when you're "always on," you're boring. No one like 1-dimensional people. In this video, I tell you how to stop being boring and get more effective at fully funding your nonprofit! The post Are you stuck in “professional” mode? appeared first on FundraisingCoach.com.
  • The Red Cross and Glass Houses

    Marc A. Pitman
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:31 am
    "Why can’t you tell us where you spent the money and what your expenses were? You obviously have that information. Why can’t the public see it?" - NPR's Laura Sullivan to Red Cross' David Meltzer Last night, I was shocked and spellbound to hear NPR devote an entire half hour segment to the special report called: In Search Of The Red Cross' $500 Million In Haiti Relief. NPR and Pro Publica's reporting seems fair, detailed, and well-balanced. Listening to is was like watching a train wreck: fascinating and painful. Years ago, I heard a speaker refer to studies showing that when people see…
 
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  • Beyond The Thermometer: Developing a Culture for Your Peer to Peer Campaign

    blueskycollaborative
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    Successful Entrepreneurs will tell you, "You can't be all things to all people." It's cliched, but undeniable. The same principle applies to your peer to peer fundraising campaign. Take a look at these 4 distinct campaigns and their target audiences....
  • Go Beyond The Thermometer On Your Peer to Peer Site

    blueskycollaborative
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The most common element of peer to peer event and fundraising sites is the home page thermometer displaying the fundraising goal of the event and the amount of money raised to date. This metric is so common and perhaps even...
  • Audubon Society Chapter Birdathons Are As Unique As The Chapters That Host Them

    blueskycollaborative
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Audubon Society Chapters across the United States rely on their annual Bird-a-thons for fundraising and community building. Teams of people set out to identify as many species of bird as they can over a designated time frame. At the same...
  • The most effective way to raise money for your walk or run page

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

    blueskycollaborative
    26 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    Summer is officially here and for many organizations, that means it is finally fundraising season. So many of our clients rely on a major annual fundraising Walk or Run to raise money for their vital programs. Since we have been...
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  • Gwen Austin: Deepening Our Understanding Of The

    Bindi Dave
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:55 pm
    What does homeless mean? One without a home? In our present culture, do we tend to reach out to these people to help them, or do we stay out of their path in our un-centered response of flight, fight or freeze? In a recent Awakin Call with Gwen Austin, these issues were brought to the foreground. Gwen Austin is a community builder and social justice advocate with Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), an organization in Berkeley, California that helps homeless and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, as well as fights the root causes of poverty and homelessness.
  • Jean Watson's Theory Of Human Caring

    Anne-Marie Bauer
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    As part of a new job I've recently started, I have been brushing up on a form of nursing care pioneered by Jean Watson (who is a modern-day sort of Florence Nightingale).  Her foresight in developing a 'Caring Science' is used in hospitals throughout the country.  Unique in this approach is how important it is to embody an approach to caring, and the specificity that defines that embodiment.  For anyone interested in how to physically manifest compassion through action, I thought you might enjoy this overview of the Theory of Human Caring.   ...
  • Bradley shares ...

    Bradley Stoll
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    I've been watching several documentaries on Netflix as of late. Carol said to me, "you might enjoy this one"; Monk with a Camera. What an amazing story about Nicholas Vreeland's journey from a young man to the Abbot of Rato Dratsang. Nicky's reflection on his own photography, about it being virtuous or non-virtuous hit home. In the end, it was fitting and beautiful that Nicky's photography helped to get the Rato Monestary built. There was a point in the film where I wasn't sure if what I heard the Dali Lama say right or not, but I did hear correctly. Nicky, Rinpoche, and His Holiness were…
  • Stories of Humility in Atlanta

    Nipun Mehta
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    Day before yesterday, at the International Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia, I had the opportunity to speak at the annual Jain Convention. Thousands had gathered, civil rights heroes John Lewis and Andrew Young spoke before me, and I then delivered a talk on a first-time topic for me: The Radical Power of Humility  All of you know what kind of energy humility evokes, and then to multiply that in a collective setting -- it was electric, to say the least. :)   ...
  • Money is a Lot Like Water

    Awakin
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:56 pm
    This week's Awakin reading is by Lynne Twist titled 'Money is a Lot Like Water': We’ve allowed this culture of money to shut down our heart, close off access to our soul, and drive us such that we behave in ways that undermine and erode the very center and core of our most human values. I believe it’s possible to transform our relationship with money and the culture of money that we’ve created in a way that resources continue to flow, that prosperity continues to be available, and that all of us can be served, nurtured and empowered to more fully express who we are as the…
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  • HR Coordinator

    Stephen Thomas Ltd
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:34 am
    Stephen Thomas Ltd (ST) is a full-service marketing and fundraising agency dedicated to marketing for a better world. Working exclusively with non-profit organizations, we execute campaigns in all channels – direct, digital, and mass. We work exclusively with non-profit organizations and are located in downtown Toronto, just steps from the historic Distillery District. Right now, we are seeking a part-time (3 days a week) permanent HR Coordinator. You will have a post-secondary education in Human Resource Management, and will be progressing towards your CHRP designation. The Human Resource…
  • Wow! Giraffe signs letter, gets $50,000 gift.

    Stephen Thomas Ltd
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Life Education Queensland, one of the Australian state’s largest children’s charities, has just received a $50,000 gift in response to an intermediate giving direct mail package. The proposal-style mailing, crafted by ST Chairman and Executive Creative Director Steve Thomas, includes a letter signed by Healthy Harold, the organization’s lovable giraffe mascot. An accompanying proposal requests a $1,755 gift — the cost of teaching healthy choices to one child every day of the school year.  But one recipient was so impressed he sent $50,000. Greg Potent, Life Education’s Fundraising…
  • Top 15 digital fundraising learnings from Digital Leap 2015

    Stephen Thomas Ltd
    3 Jun 2015 | 12:37 pm
    “Fundraisers living in a time of digital disruption” – Michael Cervino, Frakture Digital Leap 2015 – The sixth annual digital fundraising and marketing conference hosted by CAFAmerica.org and Stephen Thomas Ltd (ST) – wrapped up another wonderfully successful engagement at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, May 20. The many non-profit marketers and fundraisers from organizations big and small who attended Digital Leap 2015 had the opportunity to gain valuable insights, guidance, and motivation from more than a dozen experts on the latest emerging trends in digital…
  • ST In the News: Digital Fundraising Trends

    Stephen Thomas Ltd
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    Our Director, Digital Innovation, Simren Deogun published an article recently in Direct Marketing Magazine entitled Top Digital Fundraising Trends for 2015. For most of us digital now permeates our lives, whether it’s through our smartphone, tablet, desktop, fitness accessories, or otherwise, we’re constantly wired in. “The application and integration of digital as part of your marketing and fundraising strategy is no longer the future. Digital is now. It should not be talked about as a nice to have or long-term goal. It should be part of every conversation, every interaction throughout…
  • Cuso International Launches New Website!

    Stephen Thomas Ltd
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Ottawa-based non-profit organization Cuso International has launched a new website at http://www.cusointernational.org. The new site, designed by Stephen Thomas of Toronto, is intended to better promote Cuso’s expanding international development work and to aid volunteer recruitment, fundraising and public engagement. The new site is part of an overall reworking of the organization’s brand, which will extend to all of its communications channels over time. “One of the mandatory elements of the site redesign is that within 10 seconds of landing on the site, the viewer…
 
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  • Wonderful news from Bristol...

    Ukulele Kids Club UK
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:34 am
    This is what it’s all about… a new UKC Rock Star in the making! Thank you all for your h
  • Raising Money to Head Back to VA

    apeterson25
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    Hey fambam! So I was planning on heading back to Lynchburg by the beginning of August, but it looks like I’m already getting interviews out there for positions just after filling out some yesterday evening! So I’ve set up one for the 16th of this month with J.Crew, and I kind of need a miracle. I am struggling a lot financially. I have nothing for my car payment which is coming out on the 18th. My phone is an unreliable source of ANYTHING once I leave the state of Texas. Therefore, I would have to get a new phone to even navigate my way 113 miles across the country. I have no gas money.
  • Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure: An Intern's Perspective

    komenstl
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    Guest Writer: Lexie Sprague, Komen St. Louis Public Relations & Marketing Intern It’s May 18, 2015. I’m walking into the welcoming and friendly and entirely pink office that is going to be my second home for the summer. It is my first day as an intern at Komen St. Louis, so of course I am nervous beyond belief. Janet greets me as I walk in. “Hi, Lexie! It’s good to see you again. Come on back, we’re just having a staff meeting.” Oh no, I thought, a staff meeting? Was I supposed to prepare for this? As if I wasn’t nervous enough. I walk into the back room to an intimidatingly…
  • Day 16: Rock Springs, WY to Craig, CO!!

    cowleelizabeth1
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    4:30 AM wake up (woohoo kinda sleeping in!)! Today I am running for my friend’s young cousin, Shannon, who passed away from post treatment effects of her battle with neuroblastoma, Abby Pender, who lost her battle with breast cancer 2 years ago, and Jaime Vanderheyden, who lost her battle with a brain tumor in 1999 when she was just 11 years old. These three girls got me through these never-ending hills to Colorado. So many mountains and hills- my butt is gonna be sore tomorrow! We paused for a second when a man’s dog came bounding over to us…. We seriously considered a…
  • A Vote For Tempo, Is A Vote For Education

    Wireless For Education
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:32 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
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  • 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…
  • As of Today, We’ve Been Blogging for 7 Years!

    Yoav
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    The Jewish Donor Blog has now existed for 7 whole years! Jan. 2008 – Jan. 2015. 625 posts, so many views and clicks from our awesome readers and we’re still going! BTW, how old is 7 years in blog years? Aren’t blog years like dog years? Thank you!   The post As of Today, We’ve Been Blogging for 7 Years! appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Featured Cause: Mifalot, From Rockets to Soccer: It’s Time to Play

    Yoav
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Please give to this amazing cause today! http://igg.me/at/rockets-to-soccer The post Featured Cause: Mifalot, From Rockets to Soccer: It’s Time to Play appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
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  • What I've learned from 10 years of blogging

    Jeff Brooks
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    Ten years ago I became a blogger. I realize that's not very interesting to anyone but myself -- even though in blog years, it's sort of like celebrating your bicentennial. But I've learned a few things from ten years of blogging, and that might interest you: What I've learned Writing what you know helps you know what you write. In work like ours, you have to keep a lot of principles in your head. We all know a lot of things. Writing about those things for ten years means having to go a step beyond knowing. Having a monster to feed is terrifying, but good. Having a blog is like having a pet…
  • How you can be the Warby Parker of fundraising

    Jeff Brooks
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    Do you know about Warby Parker? It's an online eyewear shop that has low prices and great customer service -- one of the new breed of disruptive online businesses that's changing the way a lot of things are bought and sold. You can tell they have something going by the number of Google hits that are something like: _____ is the Warby Parker of ______! Can your organization by the Warby Parker of fundraising? The B2B Marketing Insider as some hints at 5 Marketing Lessons From Warby Parker: Be Original and Relevant Engage with Customers Have a Mission…
  • Stupid video creates shadow version of the cause

    Jeff Brooks
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:26 am
    It must be overwhelmingly tempting. You're a hardworking charity. You're looking for a breakthrough. A creative agency comes knocking. They've won awards for their creative work. You've even encountered their work in the real world. They're ready to do something creative and award-winning for you. That's when the stupid starts. I don't know if that's how it went for Human Appeal, a UK-based international relief organization, but I bet that's close to the reality. Here's the short video they got: Or see it here on YouTube. You might have to watch it a few times to get the concept, so in case…
  • Do your online buttons suck up the click love they deserve?

    Jeff Brooks
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    Here's a quick easy change you can make on your website and emails that just might improve online response. It's form the Daily Egg, at Don't Create a Call to Action & Other Advanced CTA Tips: Don't focus on the word that best describes what a prospect has to do, use words that describe the benefit of taking the next step along your funnel. Make the value of clicking outweigh the cost. For fundraising that might mean instead of the standard Give or Donate, try something that describes the outcome of the donor's gift. Such as: Feed the children Save the trees Adopt a kitten Fight cancer…
  • Thank donors so they want to keep giving

    Jeff Brooks
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    Everyone (including me) has a lot to tell you about how to ask people for donations. Not many tell how to thank those who gave. I have a feeling the way we thank may be just as important and exacting as the way we ask, because it sets up all subsequent giving. Here's some help on thanking from Focus on Philanthropy: How to write thank-you letters your donors will actually read: Don't open with "thank you." Don't bury the "thank you." Don't ask for more money. Do say how the gift will be used -- specifically. Do tell a story! Do use bullet points, bolding and other ways to call attention to…
 
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  • The Early Bird Raises More Money

    Lori Jacobwith
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If I had to venture a guess, I’d say you haven’t raised all the money you need this year. If you have, stop right here. You don’t need to read the rest of this blog post — congratulations for raising all that you need! Click to download the workshop brochure. If you’re not quite there yet, read on.  I’ve got something that will definitely help you raise more money this year. I just opened registration for my wildly popular Fundraising and Storytelling workshops, to be held in Minneapolis on August 6, 2015. You may be thinking, “So what?” Why do I…
  • 6 Excellent Storytelling Resources and Good News

    Lori Jacobwith
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Let’s start with the good news: Philanthropic giving is UP! From the 2015 Giving USA report released June 16: “Americans Donated an Estimated $358.38 Billion to Charity in 2014; Highest Total in Report’s 60-year History.” Click here to download your free Giving USA 2015 Highlights or purchase the full report. Click here to read a thoughtful recap of the giving stats from Ruth McCambridge of the Nonprofit Quarterly. __________ I’ve got 5 excellent resources for you focused on messaging and storytelling: 1. I consider myself a “wordie” – different from but like a…
  • Nonprofit Sustainability: Are You Sure You’re on the Right Road?

    Lori Jacobwith
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Guest post by Kate Barr This week I’m honored to share this guest post from my colleague and friend Kate Barr from Nonprofit Assistance Fund.  Kate is our the guest speaker for this month’s Member Webinar. The question on every nonprofit leader’s mind is about sustainability. Lately, I’ve been ruminating on one question: “How do you know?” How do you know your programs, and the organization, are sustainable? Are you going by gut feeling, or do you have the tools you need to analyze the sustainability of your programs? As an analogy, consider the experience of traveling…
  • Mediocrity Creates Ineffective Boards

    Lori Jacobwith
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    My soap box topic these days is: Changing your story. One of the most powerful ways to change the story of the way people talk about your organization is to focus on your internal communications and accountabilities. Here’s where mediocrity slithers into the picture. I watch staff complain about the actions or in-actions of their nonprofit boards. And I observe a similar sort of complaining take place by board members about staff. Most often nothing is done to change the situation. We accept the status quo even if it is not working effectively. Rather than address the underlying issues, the…
  • 10 Actions to Take This Summer to Increase Donor Retention

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

    4w3s0mE
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:27 am
    Are you not getting enough donations or volunteers signing up through your website? Are you worried your nonprofit website could be better? How can you make a better website? When you look at your nonprofit website, ask yourself, what’s the number one action you want people to take? Then, what’s the second action you want them to take? For most of us, the number one action we want people to take is to give us a donation. But wait a minute. What comes BEFORE a donation? Volunteering? Well, how do they know that you’ll be fun to volunteer with? Maybe they have to get to know…
  • Goal, Motivation, Conflict

    4w3s0mE
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:21 pm
    How do you know if your nonprofit story is any good? Are you stuck with writing a story right now? How can you make it better? Well, first of all, Check out Goal, Motivation, Conflict. Does your story have all three of these things? If not, rewrite it. Mazarine with Goal, Motivation, Conflict So, what’s a principle of Goal? A goal is what your character wants. There’s an external goal- shelter for the night- and an internal goal- shelter long term. And here’s a clue. The goal is not always achieved in your nonprofit story. But it is important that it’s believable for…
  • How can screenwriting help you write your nonprofit story?

    4w3s0mE
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:53 am
      Why do people give us money? It could be because we asked them. Guilt, fear, hope, or even, possibly, because they want more meaning in their lives. But how do we help them find that meaning, through giving to our cause? “Stories are equipment for living.” -Kenneth Burke If Burke is right, then your nonprofit story will give people equipment to find meaning in their lives. That means you hold a powerful tool in your hand. Your pen. How can you help people feel as if their lives had been worthwhile, because they helped your cause? That’s a serious responsibility.
  • Getting so psyched to go to London!

    4w3s0mE
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:12 am
    Have you heard of the National Fundraising Convention? The Institute of Fundraising in London is putting it on in July 2015. Oh happy day! They have invited me to speak about how to get people to click donate on your nonprofit website. If you’ll be at the conference, I’ll be speaking at 11am in Room A on July 6th.   Presenting at the South Seattle SBDC 2015 I’m so psyched! Hard to decide what I’ll do first! Like see the Sherlock Holmes museum See a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre Or the Tate, or the Victoria and Albert Museum, Find this Terry Pratchett Mural…
  • Book Review: It’s not just about the money

    4w3s0mE
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:01 am
    Recently I started reading Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifel’s new book about major gifts. It’s called “It’s Not Just About the Money.” You may have heard of their company, the Veritus Group. What are major gifts? Just the most successful way to fundraise, like ever. NBD. Do you have a major gifts program? If so, do you have hard deadlines and timelines around your major gifts for your nonprofit? Perry and Schreifel talked about how much people emphasize fundraising planning and timelines and deadlines for direct mail, but fail to do so for major gifts. It’s…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Virtual Reality Could Be the Next Big Thing in Charitable Giving | Smart News | Smithsonian

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Virtual Reality Could Be the Next Big Thing in Charitable Giving | Smart News | Smithsonian: "sometimes, all it takes to inspire more charitable giving is a visit to a place or person in need. But not every situation or location is accessible to the average donor. That could be changing, writes NPR’s Linda Poon, thanks to virtual reality experiences designed to increase empathy and charitable
  • Nonprofit Crowdfunds Homes For People In Need, Gives Donors Updates On Families They've Helped

    26 Jun 2015 | 10:54 am
    Nonprofit Crowdfunds Homes For People In Need, Gives Donors Updates On Families They've Helped: "For donors who want to know exactly how their money’s being spent, there’s a new transparent nonprofit that allows its supporters to rest easy. New Story, an Atlanta-based group, identifies families in need, shares their struggles via moving video stories and then solicits donations from supporters.
  • The Power Of Non-Cash Gifts - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

    26 Jun 2015 | 4:48 am
    The Power Of Non-Cash Gifts - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Survey after survey shows that donors rarely cite tax advantages as their most important reason for giving. That is good. It means your donors give because they care about your mission. It is still in the best interests of your donor to maximize the tax benefit of their gifts whenever possible. Likewise, it is in the best
  • Jordan Spieth fulfills promise, plays charity round in Dallas days after winning U.S. Open | Dallas Morning News

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Jordan Spieth fulfills promise, plays charity round in Dallas days after winning U.S. Open | Dallas Morning News: "On Wednesday, however, Spieth was at Dallas National, where he is a member, playing in a round of golf and fulfilling a commitment he made at a Jordan Spieth Family Foundation charity function last October." 'via Blog this'
  • Millennials And The Power Of Influence

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    Millennials And The Power Of Influence: "While many acknowledge they don’t really “get” this generation – our years of work at the Case Foundation, researching, engaging and convening this generation, has placed me squarely (and proudly) in the role of Millennial optimist and enthusiast. Yes, it is true that all young people – including those from generations past – tend to be idealistic.  " '
 
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  • 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,
  • Tomorrow's Philanthropy Groundbreaking Research Impact of Philanthropy : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

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

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

  • 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
  • The AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day Every Day

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:44 am
    The AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day Every Day: "National Philanthropy Day Every Day I hope you’re working on submitting your nominations for our National Philanthropy Day Honors program. Anyone can submit a short, “selfie” video—just you talking to the camera, speaking from the heart as you describe how your nominee is changing your the world." 'via Blog this'
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    AFP Blog: Legislation, Government Relations and Related Topics

  • House Spending Bill Would Protect Nonprofit Politicking - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    26 Jun 2015 | 10:13 am
    House Spending Bill Would Protect Nonprofit Politicking - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A spending measure approved last week by the House Appropriations Committee would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from forging new rules governing political activity by nonprofits, The Washington Post writes."'via Blog this'
  • N.M. Charity Under Investigation Claims Abuse by Regulator - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    N.M. Charity Under Investigation Claims Abuse by Regulator - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "N.M. Charity Under Investigation Claims Abuse by RegulatorA New Mexico nonprofit that works with homeowners to prevent foreclosure has filed a lawsuit alleging that an assistant state attorney general assigned to oversee such groups bullied its staff and harassed a female employee, the Santa Fe New Mexican writes.The case, filed Monday, comes as state officials wrangle with the United South Broadway Corp. over an audit of its spending of taxpayer funds, as reported by the Associated Press."'via Blog…
  • Nevada to tax music events as Vegas becomes festival mecca - The Washington Post

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    Nevada to tax music events as Vegas becomes festival mecca - The Washington Post: "Last month, state lawmakers voted to impose a 9 percent tax on admissions to most live entertainment events, replacing a two-tier tax rate. The original tax had so many exemptions and exclusions that it became a headache to enforce.All events in venues with a capacity of 15,000 or more must pay the fee even if they have nonprofit status — a provision that aims to prevent organizers from avoiding the tax by claiming a 501(c)3 exemption.The measure won’t take effect until October, months after this year’s…
  • Nonprofits fear impact of NC Senate tax plan

    19 Jun 2015 | 7:43 am
    Nonprofit news roundup, 06.19.15 « Philanthropy North Carolina: "Nonprofits fear impact of Senate tax planCharities, churches, hospitals, and colleges and universities say the North Carolina Senate plan to slash sales-tax refunds to nonprofits and cap deductions for donations would reduce services and charitable giving."'via Blog this'
  • IRS Releases Tax Forms of 9 Nonprofits in Computer-Readable Format - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    9 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    IRS Releases Tax Forms of 9 Nonprofits in Computer-Readable Format - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "In a precedent that could help pry open a wealth of information about nonprofit activities, the federal government has turned over nine nonprofit tax forms in a format that computers can read — resolving a court battle waged by open-records activist Carl Malamud."'via Blog this'
 
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • Midway students’ efforts result in covered bus stop - WacoTrib.com: Community News: NeighborPlus

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Midway students’ efforts result in covered bus stop - WacoTrib.com: Community News: NeighborPlus: "he Kindness & Compassion Club was a major component leading to Hewitt Elementary’s Youth Philanthropists of the Year Award presented on National Philanthropy Day by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in November. The KC Club is part of the district’s Rachel’s Challenge program. The group’s
  • Twenty Two Oh Five | Sasha Dichter's Blog

    26 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    Twenty Two Oh Five | Sasha Dichter's Blog: "What I didn’t know, until last night, was that a few of my son’s classmates took it upon themselves to raise money for Acumen as a thank you. They self-organized and went around to other classes in the school, talking about Acumen and asking kids to bring in bottles they would return for the 5 cent deposits. So the $22.05 represents 441 bottles that
  • 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."
  • Area youth philanthopists honored | Local/State News | hutchnews.com

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    Area youth philanthopists honored | Local/State News | hutchnews.com: "he South Central Kansas program is one of three national finalists in the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy category. This unique program gives young high school members a taste of philanthropy. In 2003, South Central Community Foundation hired Maggie Southard as program manager to develop a youth philanthropy program. The
  • 'Philanthroteens': young people who use their pocket money to change the world | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    'Philanthroteens': young people who use their pocket money to change the world | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "“I call them philanthroteens,” she tells the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network. “They want to go out in the real world and do something.” Quoting findings from the Cassandra report, the blogger says nearly half of teenagers in the UK and the US want to volunteer, 32% have
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    AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology

  • Virtual Reality Could Be the Next Big Thing in Charitable Giving | Smart News | Smithsonian

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Virtual Reality Could Be the Next Big Thing in Charitable Giving | Smart News | Smithsonian: "sometimes, all it takes to inspire more charitable giving is a visit to a place or person in need. But not every situation or location is accessible to the average donor. That could be changing, writes NPR’s Linda Poon, thanks to virtual reality experiences designed to increase empathy and charitable giving."'via Blog this'
  • Should your online community be open or closed? | Online Community Results

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    Should your online community be open or closed? | Online Community Results: "If your community is completely open, anyone can see everything, post anything, and participate as a full member of the community. If your community is completely closed, only people with special permission may see or post content and participate. In most cases, private online communities operate best when they have a mixture of open and closed spaces."'via Blog this'
  • Book Review: Plugging the leaky bucket of donors | Third Sector

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:26 am
    Book Review: Plugging the leaky bucket of donors | Third Sector: "hat premise is underpinned by a 2013 study of nearly 2,500 organisations by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in the US, which found that only 65 per cent of them retained new recruits long enough to receive a second donation. For every 100 donors acquired, the study found, 107 were lost through attrition."'via Blog this'
  • Currency of the Future? Bitcoin and Nonprofits - Third Sector Today

    22 Jun 2015 | 6:12 am
    Currency of the Future? Bitcoin and Nonprofits - Third Sector Today: "If you’ve not heard of Bitcoin, I think it could still be classified as ‘Okay’. But give it another few months, and you’ll be left in the dust. In fact, it’s already recognized as a real word in the Apple operating system (get it together, Microsoft)."Some material via AFP Blogs here'via Blog this'
  • Pennies extends its digital donation box to mobile apps

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Pennies extends its digital donation box to mobile apps: "People making payments through companies' retail apps can now make donations at the same time, using a service set up by microdonations organisation Pennies.Pennies offer a "digital donation box" which they have combined with the Judo Payments platform, which is used by companies to allow people to make playments via apps. When people use these retailers' apps they will not have the option to donate to charity at the same time.Pennies uses a model which allows donors to round up their payment to make a donation."'via Blog this'
 
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    Donate a Car to Charity - CharityCar.us blog

  • New Trend, Renting Your Ride

    admin
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    Investments change everyday, and the trends of how people can invest change as well. From silver, to housing, to own a business they are all very different. Today there is a new type of investment, by purchasing a new car to rent out to other people. Car manufacturers are desperately seeking new ways to increase sales, maximize financial returns and address the changing needs of new generations like the millennial, but urging people to rent our their own brand new cars stretches credulity and will fall on stony ground. News this week that BMW’s Mini will offer buyers of its cars the chance…
  • Where to Find the Best New Car Deals

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    This May has been a good month to be in the market for a new car. There are plenty of deals out there on new cars. Regardless of what you’re looking for – an inexpensive sedan, a luxury coupe, a sport utility vehicle for your whole family or a pickup truck to get some work done – there’s a deal for you. Using data provided by TrueCar.com, Autoblog compiled a list of the ten best new car deals for May. Whether you want to lease for the lowest payment possible or have the cash to buy outright, you’ll be able to find a good deal this month. If you’re in the…
  • When Is Your Ride At The End Of It’s Life

    admin
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    We all build that connection with our car, but sometimes it causes more troubles than its uses. At that point in time you might have to get a new car.   Perhaps it’s because of the cost and the sacrifices we make to own and operate them, or because they represent independence and mobility. But regardless, all this emotion can cloud our decision-making process when it comes to parting with our beloved daily driver. Many automakers invest as much time and energy in creating and developing an emotional bond between their products and their customers as they do in designing and building…
  • Technology Allows Insights on Teenage Driving Habits

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Many teenage injuries in emergency rooms are due to preventable car accidents. Overall, teenage drivers drive faster and ride closer to the bumper in front of them than older drivers. Teenagers also are less likely to wear seatbelts then anybody else. Chevrolet has announced that it will offer parents a creepy level of oversight when it comes to letting the kids borrow the family ride, and the NSA-style spying begins with the 2016 Malibu. A system dubbed Teen Driver will debut on the bow-tie brand’s newest mid-size sedan (which itself bows at the 2015 New York auto show). It allows…
  • The Unveiling of Discovery Velocity and Its Automotive Programming

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

  • Classic Cars Brought Back To Life

    jg
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:07 am
    Students participated in the opportunity of a lifetime. Together they restored many well-known auto motives, such as town cars, sports cars, even classics. They all had one goal, for the auto motives to not only look good but to once again run. Toner’s instructor lifted the hood to adjust the choke linkage. A few tense moments later, the 1916 Scripps-Booth Model D roared to life, allowing Toner, a 24-year-old auto restoration student from the Philadelphia suburb of Quakertown, to pull out of his spot and begin a triumphant circuit around the show grounds. You have to expect some car…
  • Young Canadian Drivers Rewarded for Good Driving

    jg
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Should auto insurance be based on age or driving record? New to Canada is a company called Ingenie. It’s an Aviva Insurance company that is now offering better insurance to younger drivers. Normally insurance payments are steep until drivers reach 25. However, with this new UK based company operating in Canada, drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 have the chance to prove they are good drivers and receive lower rates. How this is done is through an internet operated device that will review, record, and evaluate driving habits. This is a first in North America, as most drivers must wait…
  • Apple Technology’s New Development Into the Automotive World

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

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

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

  • What’s in my Inbox | The power of puns

    Pamela Grow
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    How are nonprofit organizations using the power of email to connect with their donors? Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox! Loving this email from the Asheville Humane Society, subject line: Are You Kitten Me??!, submitted by Sandy Rees of GetFullyFunded.com. Sandy writes: The subject line caught my eye right away – I love a good pun! And inside, I love how they have a great promotion going on, they’ve used lots of heart-grabbing graphics, and they’ve made me want to drive to Asheville and adopt a kitten!! Click to download. Related Posts:What’s in my Inbox…
  • The Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    Pamela Grow
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Nonprofit storytelling plays an important role in fundraising, and is integral to the Simple Development Systems methodology. Join us every Monday as we share ways nonprofit organizations are connecting with their donors through the power of storytelling. Earlier this year, I was touched (and promptly donated) by the story of Bruce Almighty, a young cat found in the vicinity of Regina, SK, Canada when he wandered into a yard in the northwest area of the City. From the Regina Humane Society’s GoFundMe page: Gravely concerned by what they saw, the homeowners immediately called the Animal…
  • Fundraising Friday | July 3, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    How do you appeal to shorter attention spans? This week’s Power of Nonprofit Storytelling. I was totally wowed by SDS Member Intervale Center’s new annual report. I think you will be too. What’s in my Mailbox. What does it mean to you when even your most trusted institutions are all about the money…over facts? This week’s What’s in my Inbox. This just in: Online Giving Continues to Experience Double Digit Growth. How are you maximizing your organization’s online giving? Our new Online Giving Masterclass is now open for Early Bird Registration. Don’t miss out. We say it a lot,…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | An Annual Report that celebrates donors

    Pamela Grow
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    How are nonprofit organizations using the power of direct mail to connect with their donors? Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox! How do you create an annual report with the focus on gratitude for everything your donors are making possible? Intervale Center, a Vermont nonprofit with a mission to strengthen community food systems, wows with their latest Impact Report. Simple Development Systems’ Member, Mandy Fisher says: “We’ve come a long way. Here are a couple of things we’ve learned from you – Write donor-focused communication that shares key…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Making the complex seamlessly simple

    Pamela Grow
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    What does it mean to you when even your most trusted institutions are all about the money…over facts? I liked this email, from Dr. Michael E. Mann, Professor at Penn State, on behalf of NextGen Climate, urging me to sign a petition to keep David Koch from serving on the board of The Smithsonian National Museum of History and the American Museum of Natural History. Once I signed the petition, I was redirected to the website of The Natural History Museum’s donate page. A simple, seamless campaign, flawlessly executed.   Join us for an all new Basics & More™ fundraising…
 
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Telephone Solicitation: Caller Training – The Script by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    Our apologies. Circumstances precluded our posting last week … first non-holiday week we’ve missed in five years. We continue, now, with our series on Telephone Solicitation. And, by the way, our use of that term excludes telemarketing, robocalling or whatever you call those intrusive, unwelcome calls that always seem to come at inopportune times. Telephone solicitation for nonprofit organizations is about a personal contact. Two weeks ago we ran out of space (because we want the postings on The Fundraising Blog to be worthwhile reading, easy to read, and short enough so that you’d…
  • Recruiting the Telephone Solicitor by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:01 am
    The key ingredient of an in-house telephone solicitation program is the person making the phone call. [And, btw, with all the (misplaced) emphasis on the use of social media to raise money, keep in mind that the telephone is a “social medium.”] Last week I noted that pre-call mail (snail mail or email) discusses the case and asks prospects to consider a specific dollar commitment. With that done, the caller has minimal need to do that, and s/he can focus on the reason for the call — getting that commitment. The caller should be able to refer to the letter and how it was that person…
  • Effective Telephone Solicitation – Part Two by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    As noted last week, to optimize a caller’s effectiveness, prospects should be prepared for the call. They must know it’s coming, that they will be asked for a specific dollar figure, and what that figure will be. They must understand the need for their support, and they should (hopefully) be made to look forward to receiving that call. Snail mail should go out so as to arrive the day (two days at most) before the call is to be made. Email should go out early on the day before. That way, the prospect has the idea fresh in his/her mind. S/he knows you’re going to call in the next 24-48,…
  • Annual Giving and Telephone Solicitation by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:01 am
    This posting, and the follow-ups, are all about two concepts that push my buttons. The first, “Annual Giving”, makes me grit my teeth; the second, telephone solicitation, makes me twitch in frustration…. The term “Annual Giving,” and the resulting mind-set, have become accepted as part of the environment of (mostly) educational institutions, without awareness of the phrase’s counterproductive impact on the institution’s staff and constituents. Administrations, Development Officers, alumni, parents and friends have come to accept/understand/believe that one need only…
  • Announcing The Results Of Fundraising Campaigns by Tony Poderis

    Tony Poderis
    27 May 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The Campaign (Annual, Endowment Or Capital) Is Over And The Goal Has Been Achieved — Life Is Good! Issue a press release and a final newsletter thanking campaign leadership, volunteers and the donors. Single out people who should be commended, and praise the campaign chair. Then, be sure to convene a meeting of the campaign leadership for in an-depth, no-holds-barred, assessment and review of what was accomplished and what was learned. Follow the First Rule in evaluating a completed campaign: Don’t wait! The Second Rule is to get the evaluation done quickly. That way, knowing all that…
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    Wakeman Agency

  • Do You Kiss on the First Date?

    wake101
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Money. It’s one of the last remaining untouchable topics in a society where ever fewer subjects are considered taboo. But for nonprofits with goals, objectives and missions to realize, being gun-shy about dollars and cents can be a recipe for stagnation or failure. The post Do You Kiss on the First Date? appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Staying Instagram Relevant

    wake101
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    So you’ve launched an Instagram account, and your organization has announced it to the world. Your key stakeholders have been informed, and you have shared the good news about your expanded online presence to friends, followers and fans on your other social media channels. But what now? The post Staying Instagram Relevant appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Help, My Board Won’t Fundraise!

    wake101
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Being a Board member of a nonprofit organization is no small task. In general, Board members are responsible for governance and support – at the most basic essence, dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s legally, financially and ethically, while facilitating operational and administrative needs. The post Help, My Board Won’t Fundraise! appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Getting Instagram Ready

    wake101
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:14 am
    Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. These popular social media sites represent the grand triumvirate of all things social, covering community building, news gathering, topic trending, and professional bridge-building and networking. The post Getting Instagram Ready appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • June 2015 Newsletter from The Wakeman Agency

    wake101
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:24 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 June 2015 Newsletter from The Wakeman Agency appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
 
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    Event 360

  • Your Email Campaign Checklist to Avoid Mistakes and Missed Opportunities

    Patrick Riley
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    Written by Mark Dolce Like it or not and perhaps contradictory to the last tweet from the latest trending social media “propheteer,” email is still the primary tool for communicating with your constituents: everything from simple recruitment messages to sophisticated peer-to-peer fundraising messages. It’s still a special transaction quite distinct from other interactions generated by your other channels of communication. However, because email has an illusion of being free (thanks Gmail!), it’s sometimes treated with the approximate respect of a doormat. This can result in…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Stephanie Winkel

    Molly Fast
    2 Jul 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 Stephanie Winkel! Position:  Twin Cities Field Marketing Coordinator, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Start Year:  2014 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? Right before I started with Event 360, I was the Program Manager of Personal Training for six years at one of the YMCA fitness clubs in the Twin Cities. I was responsible for developing, managing and implementing all of their revenue-based wellness/fitness programs for the club, as well…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Jon Lueders

    Molly Fast
    25 Jun 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 Jon Lueders Position: Seattle Crew and Volunteer Coordinator, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Start Year: 2011 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I simultaneously held down three different positions at my college (The Rochester Institute of Technology), all for the same group on campus – the Student Life Center. I did clerical work in the front office, drone work in the main building, and managed up to 50 other student workers in the…
  • Event Customer Service – Say Yes More than No

    Patrick Riley
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Rene Tamayo Working harder at creating a more positive event experience for your participants and volunteers is not always easy while in the throes of executing your event. However, going the extra mile to create this positive experience can be well worth the effort. In the heat of the moment, while the event is in full speed, event staff are faced with a gamut of participant and volunteer situations that need to be addressed. Given the extensive event protocols in place, sometimes saying “No” to someone’s request or suggestion is the easiest way to go. However each situation…
  • Chefs Cycle – Lessons of Launching a New Event

    Patrick Riley
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Jillian Schranz Over the past two weeks, our team at Event 360 has had the privilege of supporting bi-coastal events for No Kid Hungry. What started as an organizational vision turned into a brand new event series – Chefs Cycle. A true example of mission in action, almost 50 chefs committed to riding over 300 miles in three days on their respective coasts and in doing so, raised over $300,000 to support No Kid Hungry’s mission of ending childhood hunger in America. As part of our partnership, Event 360’s team provided logistical planning, event management, and route scouting…
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • Encouraging Excellence

    janetlevineconsulting
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Maybe I told you this story before. It’s about a friend of mine who was stuck in a middle management position and couldn’t get promoted. She finally went to her boss to ask why. Simple, her boss told her, your … Continue reading →
  • Reboot!

    janetlevineconsulting
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    Like a computer that sometimes freezes, I was feeling in need of a reboot. Fortunately, I had a two-week trip to London, now almost at an end, planned. London for the past few years has been a semi-regular thing, but … Continue reading →
  • Getting the Take-Away You Want

    janetlevineconsulting
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:25 am
    I live in Los Angeles, where everything you want to do is a destination. Because you get where you want to go in a car, it is important to map where you are headed. What freeway(s) to what exit? Which street … Continue reading →
  • Getting It Done!

    janetlevineconsulting
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:41 am
    Every October the organization sends out its end of the year appeal. Except when it doesn’t. And when it does, it’s always a last minute scramble. Ditto for the appeal that goes out (or doesn’t!) in May. And the gala … Continue reading →
  • The Reason Why

    janetlevineconsulting
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:28 am
    You know this. Fundraising is not simply holding out your hand and asking for money. It’s not about telling someone (or some funder) about all your programs and how much you really need their support. It is about building relationships, … Continue reading →
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Making Video in Email Work with Animoto

    Phil Hollows
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Back in March, we extended our support for embedded video in email marketing by adding Animoto to our roster of supported video apps. FeedBlitz continues to be the leading email marketing service with the widest range of video support — all without the hassle and expense of a specialty dedicated video email service. What is Animoto? If you’re not familiar with Animoto, one way to think about is as that it’s a little like video powerpoint. On steroids. And in an Iron Man suit. Animoto takes static content (and video too), splices it all together and makes a dynamic,…
  • Different Forms for Different Pages in WordPress

    Ashley Jackson
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Have you ever wanted different subscription forms for different pages or categories in your WordPress blog? Sidebars do not always have to contain the same content. From our perspective, changing a sidebar is useful if you have individual mailing lists for each category, and want to put the right subscription form in the right sidebar. I recently visited Wordcamp in North Canton, OH and discovered a powerful plugin that accomplishes this easily without extra PHP coding. Download the plugin “Widgets on Pages” and activate (although the plugin shows as not being updated in over 2…
  • Important New Feature: Ad Suppression Through Tagging

    Heather Solos
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    This morning I realized that a key feature was missing from FeedBlitz’s monetization option. Premium FeedBlitz publishers should be able to suppress advertisements from their feeds and mailings without logging into FeedBlitz and making changes to their account. Sometimes we  have to write about things that are too personal, too important, or too sad for ads of any kind to be appropriate. As of today if a post is tagged or categorized as “noads” there will be no ad in that RSS entry or added by that post mailed as a stand alone mailing. You can apply “noads” as a…
  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

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

    Phil Hollows
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Want your subscriber email blog updates to be more than a rehash of your blog posts? Splendid! Because now they can be, as the FeedBlitz EZ Template editor just keeps getting better. Want to extract your blog’s main photo and use it as a “hero image” at the top of your mailing for extra impact? Now you can. Perhaps you need thumbnails for daily or weekly digests with many posts? Done and done. In addition to adding more dynamic content such as pins from Pinterest, pictures from Instagram and (New!) the latest from Tumblr, we are now giving you much more flexibility in how…
 
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    The Fundraising Authority

  • The Rebel’s Guide to Fundraising

    Joe Garecht
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    When it comes to fundraising, non-profits normally don’t rock the boat. Sure, lots of charities might be counter-cultural when it comes to their work, and many organizations’ raison d’etre is to shake up the world with their mission and vision. But when it comes to fundraising, most non-profits stick to the “script.” For the most part, there’s nothing wrong with that. Good fundamentals are the basis of great fundraising. You need to have a plan. You need to use the donor funnel. You need to send out appeal letters, raise money online, and hold your big annual fundraising event.
  • The Simple, Step-by-Step Process for Getting Your Board to Refer New Prospects to Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:34 pm
    One of the best ways your organization’s board of directors can help your fundraising efforts is by referring new prospects to your organization. Board members can serve as “ambassadors” for your non-profit, making introductions to people that could become potential donors in the future. Referrals from board members should be a powerful source of new prospects for most non-profits. So… how do you actually go about asking your board members to make those referrals? I use a simple, 4 step process for getting board members to open up their network and introduce their friends, family,…
  • How to Create a Lead Nurturing Campaign for New Prospects

    Joe Garecht
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Guest Post by Rob Wu from CauseVox “Lead nurturing” is a powerful process that helps businesses move prospective buyers from first learning about their product to becoming a customer. This process introduces and educates potential customers through automated emails and aims to make a new contact ready for a sale. The concept of lead nurturing isn’t just limited to businesses… it applies to nonprofits as well. You need lead nurturing in order to introduce new prospects, such as new email newsletter subscribers, to your nonprofit. Lead nurturing allows you to educate and…
  • How to Find and Win More Grants for Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Do you want to win more grants from foundations and corporations… but you’re not sure how? Do you wish you had a step-by-step plan for writing grant proposals that get funded quickly, without stress or anxiety? Do you need to raise more money for your non-profit? If the answer to any of these questions is, “Yes!” then I invite you to join us for our newest class… The Grant Fundraising Blueprint: How to Find and Win More Grants for Your Non-Profit. During this 4 week multimedia class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to raise more money through…
  • Perfect Fundraising is Impossible. Raise Money Anyway.

    Joe Garecht
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    As the amount of fundraising knowledge available to the average non-profit grows, many organizations get stuck in the pursuit of perfection. They know the way things are supposed to be, and they refuse to implement something new unless they can carry it out 100% “by the book.” Or… they lack perfect information about a donor, prospect, or company, and are wary of approaching that person or entity until they can figure things out completely. Here’s the thing: most non-profits are resource-strapped. They don’t have enough fundraising staff. They don’t have a large enough fundraising…
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    Sharing the Goodness

  • Why Summer Auctions Sizzle

    Alice Curley
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    There are a lot of things that are put on hold for the summer, but your fundraising doesn’t have to be one of them! Here are some of the top reasons that summer is a great time to have a fundraising event. The field of competing events is thinned out Some smart nonprofits, and even schools, have caught on that it’s possible to raise a lot of money over the summer. The number of organizations that raised over $20,000 in a summer auction (between June 1st and September 1st) on BiddingForGood.com rose 64% between 2012 and 2014. But, it still doesn’t compare to the number of fundraising…
  • Why Your Online Auction is Like a Summer Blockbuster

    Alice Curley
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Chances are you’ve heard about the new Jurassic Park movie: Jurassic World. What you may not know is that it grossed $200 million domestically in its first weekend alone. So, why are so many people going to see this movie? They’re a fan of the original Jurassic Park movie. They are friends with, dating, married to, or related to a Jurassic Park fan. They enjoyed the other Jurassic Park movies. So, why not see this one? They’ve heard so much about it they just have to see what all the fuss is about. There have been all kinds of teasers, interviews, mini-trailers, articles, blog posts,…
  • How to Ask for an Item Donation

    Alice Curley
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:16 am
    Before you contact a business for a donation, you’ll want to do a little research on their website about how they handle donation requests. Some businesses strictly accept item requests online to be more organized and efficient. Submitting your request online will get you a faster answer and is more likely to result in a donation. (BiddingForGood offers a service like this to businesses called AIRS) Most companies do still accept donations via letter, email, phone, and in-person requests, but be sure to submit your request online first, if that is their stated preference. When you do…
  • How to Run an Incredible Meeting

    Alice Curley
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    Do you often feel frustrated after your committee meetings?  Do you feel that you are not accomplishing what you set out to accomplish? What do you do when meetings seem endless or unproductive? First, you need to figure out why. Common reasons include: You’re not clear on what you want to get out of the meeting People are getting off topic People aren’t participating or staying engaged All of these challenges can be dealt with. Let’s start with you. It’s important to set an agenda before your meeting and to be realistic about how much you can cover in the time you have. If…
  • American Red Cross Gets Creative with Their Fundraising

    Perry Allison
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Meet our newest Guest Blogger, the folks from Night Owl Interactive, who have dreamed up a very creative way for the American Red Cross to get donations of blood. At BiddingForGood, we are always looking to shine a light on organizations who are doing things in new ways around their fundraising. We also celebrate generosity. This post tells the story of a new flavor of generosity- the willingness to donate your own blood for an important cause. Getting Creative with Fundraising We Night Owls recently launched a new project with American Red Cross. Donating blood is both a very personal and…
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    Association of Grumpy Old Fundraisers who know stuff

  • Time to say no to fundraisers?

    peter maple
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:41 am
    In the wake of the sad Olive Cooke episode the Institute of Fundraising has launched an investigation into standards and codes of practice in the light of recommendations from the FRSB and calls from MPs and Peers to change the law.I did a TV interview with David Garmston yesterday stressing that whilst fundraisers have a duty to ask for money everybody has the right to say no. It's not difficult in the street - or shouldn't be as pursuing someone after they've said no is crap fundraising and won't work. However when does it become too forceful to ask by letter, email or telephone in the face…
  • How do we prevent supporters from stopping their gifts?

    peter maple
    30 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    The very sad saga around Olive Cooke continues. You and Yours ran a piece on Friday about "hard sell" charity fundraising. Dominic Nutt, a public affairs consultant, suggested that gifts to syndicated events can lead to multiple asks and, in effect, a huge increase in the numbers of asks by the charities involved. Similarly single or occasional donations to a number of charities, as a response to their direct marketing asks, can lead each to an increasingly urgent, even desperate, cycle of fundraising letters, emails, SMS messages and phone calls. I talked to one of their researchers…
  • Why do people stop giving?

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

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

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

  • Rebranding Your Nonprofit? 6 Steps to be Sure Your Rebranding Sticks

    Gail Perry
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:50 am
    Can rebranding actually help you raise more money, retain more donors, and communicate more clearly? Can it help you get your message out to the right people, and recruit new members, clients or audiences? The answer is “of course” – IF you do it correctly! Rebranding even has side benefits – like strengthening internal culture, improving staff commitment and confidence, and even (for some organizations) recruiting better board members. (!) Today we have a guest post from one of the smartest nonprofit communicators in our sector: Sarah Durham, President of Big Duck in…
  • How to Write a Fundraising Appeal — Make Your Donor The Hero

    Gail Perry
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    You are planning those fall appeals right now, during the summer months. And it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll construct your appeal. Please Don’t Make Your Letter the Same Old Ask I hope you are not planning to start out with a happy list of your wonderful organization’s achievements. Will you brag about recent awards? (Hope not!) Will you want to start with a recap of all the amazing things your nonprofit has done this past year? (Hope not!) Will you talk about your upcoming 25th anniversary? (Hint, nobody is interested in that!) OK, it’s time to…
  • Top 10 Fundraising Strategies To Raise More Money This Year

    Gail Perry
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:23 am
    Creating your annual fundraising plan can be confusing with all the advice, new strategies and fundraising tools out there. To help you, I am cutting through all the noise to give you my annual list of specific, actionable strategies for you to focus on to have the most profitable fundraising year yet. Here’s what all the fundraising gurus are recommending. Most of these are very simple. They don’t take a lot of time or energy. But making some small changes now can yield huge financial results for you in the future.  Yes! #1 Fundraising Strategy for the Year: Build Up Your…
  • #1 Tip to Create a Donor-Centered Appeal Letter

    Gail Perry
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
    Appeal letters are the bread and butter of nonprofit fundraising. Whether the appeal goes via email or direct mail, you still need a solid, heartfelt ask in front of your donors. It’s a fundamental part of every single fundraising program. So being able to nail a terrific appeal letter is absolutely essential. Everybody’s talking about donor-centered fundraising, but in my opinion, very few nonprofits are getting it right. I hate to say it but I see some well-intentioned crap coming from some of my favorite nonprofits. But listen, I will say right now — that it is really, really…
  • Top Fundraising Strategy to Raise More Money in the Coming Year

    Gail Perry
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:16 am
    Today I am sharing the #1 Strategy that you really need to implement for 2015-16 where the easy money is for your wonderful nonprofit. Build Up Your Donor Loyalty Here’s how you create and nurture a whole cadre — an entire bandwagon, even — of raving fans and donors who just LOVE your organization and would do anything in the world for you. Wow. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have that kind of rabid base of supporters? Bet you could change the world a lot faster if you had donors like that! All the pundits and gurus  – Roger Craver, Lisa Sargent, Pam Grow, John Lepp, Jay…
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    Fundraising Detective

  • 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…
  • Fundraising Reading Round Up

    Fundraising Detective
    29 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    It's been a hectic month, so apologies for the delay between round-ups. I'm hoping normal service will resume and it will be back to fortnightly from now on. Last week I had the pleasure of spending four days with fundraising colleagues from around the world at Amnesty International's internal Skillshare. I learned a lot about fundraising from around the world. One of the most interesting talks was from the UK and their use of virtual reality on the streets of London. You can read all about it in this press release. I was impressed at the quality of the experience and how…
  • April's Nonprofit Blog Carnival: A Celebration of SOFII

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

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

  • 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 […]
  • Planned Giving prospect identification, driven by data

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

  • Let’s Reach for the Peak at the Bridge Conference!

    Moira Kavanagh Crosby
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
        It’s almost here! The 10th Annual Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference kicks off Wednesday July 8. As Co-Chair of this year’s conference along with Deborah Peeples, and humble witness to the extraordinary talent of the committee volunteers and speakers that make Bridge possible, I can assure you there’s no end to the insights you’ll gain, connections you’ll make, and new ideas you will discover at Bridge. To make sure you get the most out of your conference this year, be sure to peruse the schedule in advance to plan your Bridge…
  • In Fundraising, Beauty is Results

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

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

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

    Moira Kavanagh Crosby
    10 Apr 2013 | 11:53 am
    With online giving continuing to grow at a faster pace than giving overall according to the Blackbaud Index, it’s more important than ever for nonprofits to get serious about their online communications and fundraising strategies. And with one-third of online revenue being tracked to email according to the organizations represented in the newly released 2013 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study, it’s absolutely essential for nonprofits to develop and sharpen their email strategies. Whether you’re just getting started or want to build on an established program, here are ten best…
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    The Agitator

  • Laryngitis And Online Conversion

    Tom Belford
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    I spent all of my July 4th holiday nursing a case of laryngitis, brought on by a lingering head cold that defies all intervention. [Any tips?] Looking for a silver lining to my situation, I found two. First, I watched more of Wimbledon than ever before. But to appear productive to my spouse … Second, I actually multi-tasked, canvassing a slew of websites — for nonprofits, publications, and digital consultants — in a search of the magic formula for killer online lead conversion. Guess what? The only magic formula appears to consist of ‘keep it simple’ (because the…
  • Getting The First Gift

    Roger Craver
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Although The Agitator harps incessantly on the importance of donor retention (after all our job is to alert readers to where the real money is), the challenge of acquisition continually simmers on the back burners of our minds. It jumped to the front burner of my brain on Friday while I was decompressing in preparation for the Fourth of July weekend by perusing Tom Ahern’s eclectic blog Luggage is My Life. Tom’s entry for July 3rd comprises this single graphic: Why is heavy frequency so important? Because as the graphic
  • Day Off

    Tom Belford
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It’s Independence Day weekend in the US; today’s the legal holiday. Roger’s off lighting fireworks. I’m engaged in that favorite American 4th of July past-time … watching Wimbledon. Our US fundraising colleagues have a nice three-day window in which to plan the rest of their summer vacations. And to reflect over a beer, wine or gin & tonic on their present work-balance. Speaking of which … This is one of my Dilbert favorites; forgive me for using it again. To our friends in the USA, enjoy your holiday. To
  • The Little Engine That Could

    Roger Craver
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We write a lot about the tactics and techniques of big organizations. After all, they have the money to spend on the fundraising advances that we report. But far too often we neglect results. Especially the results of the small, innovative groups. Enter a tiny Dutch enviro group that shook the world of climate change last week with a most remarkable development. While the major global environmental movements spent hundreds and hundreds of millions on the complex topic of climate change, this one tiny group with the spot-on name of ‘Urgenda‘ rattled, and perhaps, changed the world.
  • Direct Mail Fights Back

    Tom Belford
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    What’s sexiest in your nonprofit these days? Who’s got the hot fundraising job? Email fundraising? Social media? Video? Mobile? Direct mail? Direct mail?! That’s so 20th century. But wait, direct mail is fighting back. Or at least, as reported in Direct Marketing, the (not disinterested) US Postal Service is. Advertising mail accounts for 31% of USPS revenue. The USPS partnered with Temple University’s Centre for Neural Decision Making to study how consumers process physical ads (direct mail postcards) versus digital ads. The result, as headlined by Direct Marketing…
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  • Time to say no to fundraisers?

    24 Jun 2015 | 4:41 am
    In the wake of the sad Olive Cooke episode the Institute of Fundraising has launched an investigation into standards and codes of practice in the light of recommendations from the FRSB and calls from MPs and Peers to change the law.I did a TV interview with David Garmston yesterday stressing that whilst fundraisers have a duty to ask for money everybody has the right to say no. It's not difficult in the street - or shouldn't be as pursuing someone after they've said no is crap fundraising and won't work. However when does it become too forceful to ask by letter, email or telephone in the face…
  • How do we prevent supporters from stopping their gifts?

    30 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    The very sad saga around Olive Cooke continues. You and Yours ran a piece on Friday about "hard sell" charity fundraising. Dominic Nutt, a public affairs consultant, suggested that gifts to syndicated events can lead to multiple asks and, in effect, a huge increase in the numbers of asks by the charities involved. Similarly single or occasional donations to a number of charities, as a response to their direct marketing asks, can lead each to an increasingly urgent, even desperate, cycle of fundraising letters, emails, SMS messages and phone calls. I talked to one of their researchers…
  • Why do people stop giving?

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

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

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

  • Local Fundraiser Visit: Hadrien, the Bravest Toddler We Know

    YouCaring
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:55 pm
    My fellow colleague, Rizwan Minhas, and I recently ventured over to the other side of San Francisco to see how things were going for this little guy. When we arrived, we were greeted by some friendly, smiling faces. Hadrien was anxiously waiting outside, holding his little musical toy in one hand and his mom’s hand […] The post Local Fundraiser Visit: Hadrien, the Bravest Toddler We Know appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
  • Do Good Day at YouCaring: Action in Compassion

    YouCaring
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    What is compassion for us today? Taking time out to buy some essentials and treats for the less fortunate, packaging it all up and hand-delivering it around San Francisco. We hope you can find some time this week to do good by putting the power of kindness in motion! The post Do Good Day at YouCaring: Action in Compassion appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
  • Fundraising Ideas for Kids: Children Standing Up for a Cause

    Lori Tenny
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:21 pm
    School’s out for summer! Without the commitment of scheduled classes, this is an opportune time to teach children, teenagers and young adults heading to college about compassion—and the importance of getting involved. In the first of a three-part series on fundraising ideas for youth, we present a several reasons why kids can and should give back, […] The post Fundraising Ideas for Kids: Children Standing Up for a Cause appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
  • Compassion in Action Gallery: We Heart Art and Philanthropy!

    Lori Tenny
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:40 pm
    In the spirit of the building where our San Francisco office is located—alongside several prominent art galleries— YouCaring opens its arms to imagination. We recently launched our YouCaring Compassion in Action Gallery, which marries art and philanthropy. The gallery is a hub of arts, education and inspiration, aiming to instill in visitors an appreciation for […] The post Compassion in Action Gallery: We Heart Art and Philanthropy! appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
  • The Importance of Donating Blood: Compassion in Action

    Grace Culhane
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:35 pm
    The Facts Someone needs blood every two seconds One in seven people entering a hospital need a transfusion One pint can save up to three lives One out of three people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime 4.8 million Americans per year would die if they didn’t receive a transfusion My Experience The […] The post The Importance of Donating Blood: Compassion in Action appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
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  • Three Ways to Have a Better Raffle

    Raffle Tickets
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    Three Ways to Have a Better Raffle а) Tо maximize the sale оf rаfflе tісkеtѕ уоu соuld іmрlеmеnt bіngо gаmеѕ and реорlе buу thе bіngо bооkѕ аnd thеn fоr еvеrу purchase оf five tісkеtѕ уоu gіvе one raffle ticket free thіѕ wоuld bооѕt sales. Yоu could аlѕо іmрlеmеnt the sale оf raffle tісkеtѕ uѕеd for purchasing fооd frоm a rеntеd food truсk аnd еасh fооd іtеm іѕ a сеrtаіn аmоunt оf tickets. Yоu wоuld hаvе a lіnе оf people for either еvеnt. People lіkе bingo аnd реорlе аlѕо lоvе to…
  • Raffles Are Powerful Fundraisers

    Raffle Tickets
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    Raffles Are Powerful Fundraisers Many companies, business, and like organizations benefit off of the income they receive from customers for their products and/or services. On the other hand, organizations that are non-profit do not receive steady income from customers, and instead focus their time contributing to the well being of the community and it’s members. Non-profit organizations are just that, non-profit. When faced with the challenge of raising money for their cause, these organizations must discover creative and innovative approaches to earn a profit, maintain their organization,…
  • How Exciting Prizes Help Sell More Raffle Tickets

    Raffle Tickets
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    How Exciting Prizes Help Sell More Raffle Tickets Nоn-рrоfіt organizations саn sometimes hаvе a dіffісult tіmе gеttіng donations аnd fundіng, Churches fоr example аѕk fоr dоnаtіоnѕ durіng mаѕѕ but mоѕt people only give a соuрlе of dollars. Nо mаttеr whаt thе оrgаnіzаtіоn is, one of thе mоѕt efficient аnd exciting wауѕ fоr them tо receive ca doubt іn purchasing a rаfflе tісkеt, thе оrgаnіzаtіоn саn gеt friendly vоluntееrѕ whо are еxtrеmеlу еаgеr and mауbе even some-what рuѕhу whеn it соmеѕ tо…
  • Let’s Build Your Business With a Raffle

    Raffle Tickets
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Let’s Build Your Business With a Raffle In order for a business tо further thеіr рrоfіtѕ аѕ wеll as drive hіghеr fооt traffic with their loyal сuѕtоmеrѕ, they can uѕе thе ever-versatile gimmick of a rаfflе. In the buѕіnеѕѕ’ѕ rаfflе, thеу соuld аttrасt thе аttеntіоn of thеіr сuѕtоmеrѕ bу making them enter thеіr nаmе into a drawing fоr a product thаt can bе vеrу useful to thе сuѕtоmеr аt thеіr рlасе оf business. Thіѕ could range frоm a nеw TV, tаblеt, соmрutеr, cell рhоnе, еtс. thіѕ will hеlр…
  • Why Fundraising for Your Non-Profit Should Include a Raffle

    Raffle Tickets
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    Why Fundraising for Your Non-Profit Should Include a Raffle One buys a ticket, perhaps twо оr more, the precise аmоunt bеіng рrороrtіоnаl tо the strength оf оnе’ѕ conscience, оf оnе’ѕ dеѕіrе fоr a рrіzе, of a vоluntееr’ѕ bаdgеrіng, or a соmbіnаtіоn thеrеоf, and оnе lаtеr wаіtѕ in еаgеr аntісіраtіоn whіlѕt the tickets are drawn, еаrnеѕtlу hoping thаt thе numbеrѕ selected wіll mаtсh thоѕе оf thе ticket(s) bought so thаt оnе саn be a lucky winner of оnе оf thе lоvеlу іnсеntіvеѕ…
 
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    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies

  • How a Raffle Helped My Life

    Bruce Hassel
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
    How a Raffle Helped My Life Why іѕ the rаfflе a simple, еffесtіvе, and роtеntіаllу рrоfіtаblе wау tо rаіѕе fundѕ for уоur gооd саuѕе? “Imрасt a Lіfе” scholarship соntrіbutоr Edward Ramirez dеtаіlѕ еxасtlу how a simple raffle enhanced his life, and whу уоur organization ѕhоuld соnѕіdеr ѕеllіng rаfflе tісkеtѕ as a раrt оf your nеxt fundrаіѕеr. Great jоb Edward, аnd best оf luсk wіth уоur ѕtudіеѕ! Tо read Edward Ramirez’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, go hеrе >>>   How a Raffle Helped…
  • Raffle Ticket Sales Success is All About Supply and Demand

    Bruce Hassel
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    Raffle Ticket Sales Success is All About Supply and Demand Maria Garcia оffеrѕ a wеаlth of tірѕ fоr hоldіng a bеttеr rаfflе in her “Imрасt a Lіfе” соllеgе ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay. Fоllоw along аѕ Maria offers up some grеаt ideas fоr organizing, рrоmоtіng, аnd mаxіmіzіng уоur organization’s next rаfflе fundrаіѕеr. To rеаd Maria’s informative аnd hеlрful scholarship essay, gо hеrе >>>  Raffle Ticket Sales Success is All About Supply and Demand Yоu can help Maria Garcia’s pursuit of a ѕсhоlаrѕhір award…
  • Raffles Help Your Business

    Bruce Hassel
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    Raffles Help Your Business If уоur businesses іѕ іn nееd of a mаrkеtіng tасtіс to аdd tо уоur аrѕеnаl, hаvе a look at “Imрасt a Lіfе” college ѕсhоlаrѕhір соntrіbutоr Gema Macote for ѕоmе tеrrіfіс and very unique іnѕіghtѕ. Gema plans on attending Pepperdine University in pursuit of an MBA. Thаnkѕ Gema for уоur соntrіbutіоn, аnd best оf luсk! Tо rеаd  Gema Macote’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір еѕѕау, gо here >>>  Raffles Help Your Business Yоu саn hеlр Gema Macote’s рurѕuіt оf a scholarship аwаrd…
  • Have Your Raffle Tickets Printed “Free” While Helping Local Businesses

    Bruce Hassel
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    Have Your Raffle Tickets Printed “Free” While Helping Local Businesses Is your organization planning on holding a raffle to raise funds for your good cause? That’s awesome! A raffle is a super simple way to raise money for your organization’s needs without a lot of fuss. One of the few expenses of holding a raffle is the price of professionally printing raffle tickets. Why not turn that “expense” into an opportunity by simply asking local merchants if they would help out by covering the cost of printing the tickets? Sometimes donors that can’t make a large prize donation…
  • A New Twist on a Raffle Fundraiser

    Bruce Hassel
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    A New Twist on a Raffle Fundraiser Many thanks аnd a tір о’ thе hаt  to  “Imрасt a Life” scholarship writer Nicolas Barrionuevo for tаkіng оn thе fоllоwіng еѕѕау tоріс ѕо сrеаtіvеlу: Chronicle a successful raffle fundraising campaign you or a family member has been a part of. What results were achieved? How did it help the organization and/or the community it was meant to benefit? How did the experience enrich you? Nicolas is a student of information technology at Florida International University. Thаnk you ѕо muсh Nicolas for your wеll-dоnе…
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    Fundraising Compass

  • 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…
  • I Am A Matchmaker

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

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

  • Matching Gift Ratios and Amounts: How Much Will Companies Match?

    Nina Sullivan
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    You understand the basic concept of matching gifts. You know that in a matching gift program a company will match donations made by employees to a range of nonprofits. That’s the general definition and a good start. However, in order to succeed in acquiring matched gifts you’ll need to understand the nitty-gritty of the program stipulations. Well, here is the nitty-gritty! The amount that a company will match is based on a combination of the matching gift ratios, maximums, and minimums. Let’s break those three components down based on what we typically see in matching gift…
  • The 11 Must-Know Matching Gift Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Nina Sullivan
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    Have you ever been to a movie double feature?  They are great.  You get in the movie going mood, take the time out of your busy life to make it to the theater, buy your popcorn, sneak in your candy, splurge on a huge soda, and then settle in for two great films.  Oh, and most importantly, you’re only paying for one. Matching gifts are fundraising double features; for the time and cost of acquiring one donation, you get twice the funding. However, just like it takes a bit of extra planning and time management skills to get yourself to a double feature, it will take your team a bit of…
  • Benefits of a Matching Gift Screening

    Adam Weinger
    14 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Knowledge is power. And what better way to increase your fundraising than by maximizing the number of donors who submit their matching gift requests. If your organization knows where many of your nonprofit’s donors work then Double the Donation’s bulk matching gift screening could be for you. We’ll screen your entire file, identify which of your donors are matching gift eligible, and provide you with the guidelines, forms, and information you need to bring in additional matching gift funds. Learn more about Double the Donation’s matching gift bulk screenings > Use…
  • Expert Advice on Donor Stewardship Featuring Double the Donation’s President

    Nina Sullivan
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:22 am
    We’ve got some exciting news!  Adam Weinger, Double the Donation President, was quoted in NonProfitEasy’s blog post featuring expert advice on donor stewardship. Adam suggests diversifying your approach to donor acknowledgment, recommending that nonprofits: “Make sure to include matching gift appeals in your donation acknowledgments.  It’s an easy way to let donors know that they might be eligible to double their donation.” Along with Adam, 28 other industry experts offered their best donor stewardship strategies. Jeff Schreifels, Senior Partner at the Veritus…
  • Matching Gift Eligibility: Which Nonprofits Qualify?

    Nina Sullivan
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    Matching gifts are a goldmine for nonprofits, but there are some limitations on organization eligibility. It is crucial that you know where your organization stands in terms of eligibility before seeking out matching gifts. If your organization doesn’t qualify, all of your effort is futile. Since program standards vary company to company, there are no universal guidelines — you cannot know your eligibility for all matching gift programs. However, you can equip yourself with an understanding of the big picture eligibility standards and common exemptions. Fortunately, we’ve…
 
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  • How To Make Your Donor The Hero Of Your Cause

    Khaled Allen
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nonprofits used to take a page out of the consumer marketing playbook: make the consumer feel inadequate, guilty, or broken, and offer your product or service as the only thing that can save them. We used to see videos of starving African children or abject wild animals trapped in cages, and were guilted into donating. But things have shifted. According to Jonah Sachs, creative director of Free Range Media, the kinds of stories that last and which have the biggest impact on humans are myths that follow the structure of the hero’s journey. Here is how to use the hero’s journey myth…
  • Launching a Crowdfunding Campaign for Nonprofits & Social Good [Infographic]

    Rob Wu
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The crowdfunding research firm Massolution found that in 2014, 18.9% of the $16.2 billion crowdfunded went to social causes. This is a huge opportunity for nonprofits as well as social good projects alike. We’ve demystified the process for anyone to launch their own social good crowdfunding campaign, and it’s featured on Mashable. Check it out there or below:  
  • 4 M’s That Motivate #GivingTuesday

    Candace Cody
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    On June 17th, the #GivingTuesday Summit kicked off the season with a day of learning. For those of you unfamiliar with #GivingTuesday, the movement was created with the idea that after all the thanks fall silent and all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday spending comes to a close, we should have a day dedicated to giving back. Henry Timms, the founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y, stepped up to the podium to share some insights about the 4 M’s that are shaping this year’s #GivingTuesday movement for social good. Here are four key points to focus on this year. 1) Mobile…
  • Movers & Shakers: Dabney Schmitt & Team Raise Over $56,000 For Children Of Vietnam

    Neesha
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Dabney Schmitt, a board member of Children of Vietnam, was thrilled to raise over $56,000 to benefit homeless and poor children in Vietnam. To her great surprise over half of their 450 donors were new to Children of Vietnam! Let’s hear more about her story now. What is Children of Vietnam all about? Well, Children of Vietnam is dedicated to working towards alleviating child poverty in Vietnam. We wanted to increase funding for specific programs such as education, good nutrition and safe shelter. These are essential to fighting poverty. A few examples of how we plan to use the money is to…
  • How the Sales Funnel Can Work at Nonprofits

    Rob Wu
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Guest Post by Joe Garecht There’s a lot that nonprofit organizations can learn from our counterparts in the for-profit world. Business budgeting and goal forecasting, A/B testing for marketing messages, and critical path planning can all be very valuable to charitable organizations.  Another concept that has huge applications for nonprofits is the sales funnel. What is the “Sales Funnel?” Simply put, a sales funnel is a list of all the steps a company takes in order to acquire new customers. Generally, businesses break their sales funnel down into several stages, including leads,…
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    FUNDRAISING MIX

  • [#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...
  • [#170] Ingredients Menu – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    Menus are usually comprised of whole meals that restaurant customers can choose from. At an Ingredients Menu Fundraiser, people are given a list of food ingredients to choose from, and the chefs use those choices to make a meal with! This fundraising idea requires cooks with a large culinary knowledge pool, a great sense of […]Continue reading...
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    Tony Martignetti

  • Nonprofit Radio: Important Legal Stuff

    Susan Chavez
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Gene Takagi has been Nonprofit Radio’s legal contributor for four years. Here’s his best advice. So You Wanna Start A Nonprofit (Gene’s 1st time on Nonprofit Radio! Start at 33:50) Board Oversight Basics (start 35:10) Board Oversight Basics II (start 34:20) (Executive) Compensation Clarity (start 31:30) 10 Nonprofit Nightmares (start at beginning) Advocacy & Lobbying (start 31:35) Nonprofit Radio: Important Legal Stuff … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio: Important Legal Stuff →Nonprofit Radio: Important Legal Stuff is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for June 26, 2015: Get Your Emails Delivered & The Open Movement

    Susan Chavez
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:28 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% Our Sponsor: Opportunity Collaboration: This working meeting on poverty reduction is unlike any other event you have attended. No plenary speeches, no panels, no PowerPoints. I was there last year and I’m going this year. It will ruin you for every other conference! October 11-16, Ixtapa, Mexico. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for June 26, 2015: Get Your Emails Delivered & The Open Movement →Nonprofit Radio for June 26, 2015: Get Your Emails Delivered & The Open Movement is a…
  • Travel Tip: Minute Suites

    Susan Chavez
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:20 am
    After a nap at DFW, I’m happy to recommend Minute Suites if you need to nap, work and/or shower in the Atlanta (ATL), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) or Philadelphia (PHL) airports.    Travel Tip: Minute Suites is a post from: Tony MartignettiTravel Tip: Minute Suites is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for June 19, 2015: Smart Donor Engagement & The Right Database

    Susan Chavez
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:58 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% Our Sponsor: Opportunity Collaboration: This working meeting on poverty reduction is unlike any other event you have attended. No plenary speeches, no panels, no PowerPoints. I was there last year and I’m going this year. It will ruin you for every other conference! October 11-16, Ixtapa, Mexico. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for June 19, 2015: Smart Donor Engagement & The Right Database →Nonprofit Radio for June 19, 2015: Smart Donor Engagement & The Right Database is a post…
  • A Tribute To Rochelle Shoretz

    Susan Chavez
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:32 am
    Rochelle Shoretz is the first Nonprofit Radio guest to die. She founded Sharsheret, a breast cancer support organization, and died of the disease. We talked about storytelling.  Nonprofit Radio with Rochelle (start at 32:30) NY Times obituary Sharsheret A Tribute To Rochelle Shoretz is a post from: Tony MartignettiA Tribute To Rochelle Shoretz is a post from: Tony Martignetti
 
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    DonorDriven Blog

  • What makes peer-to-peer donors click the donate button?

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    There has been much research conducted about what motivates people to give. But most of it is focused on donating to the cause itself and not on peer-to-peer giving. The advice from this research, like “state a suggested donation amount,” is good to give your participants for increasing the size of their donations, but it doesn’t answer that fundamental question of what motivates a donor to click the donate button in the first place. Our research shows there are three key factors that motivate giving in peer-to-peer fundraising:
  • The 3 notifications that will improve your event totals.

    25 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    In events that fundraise through peer-to-peer, improving your communications to fundraisers can (and should be) a never-ending process. There’s always a better way to say something, or new programs and successes to share with your constituents. But it's common that organizations don’t update their messaging annually. We know how overwhelming your to-do list is and realize that updating notifications isn’t at the top. So we’ve done some research on this and prioritized each notification’s importance for fundraising. By just updating the top three, you can see a…
  • Giving USA 2015 shows donations up 5%.

    15 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Giving USA 2015 Report is out today and shows a big positive swing for nonprofits. Overall giving is up 5% with $358 billion donated. Broken down, individual giving is up 5.7%, foundation giving is up 8.2%, bequest giving is up 15.5% and corporate giving is up 13.7%. Corporate and bequest giving have made big rebounds from down years. Overall giving in all sectors is up, which we feel shows the sound health of philanthropy in general. The strongest growth in giving was to arts, animal welfare and environmental causes (all smaller categories, 8% of all giving) when compared to…
  • How to fix a fundraising shortfall: Part 2.

    12 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    When the economy is going well it can cover up a lot of faults with signature events. A good economy may have served your event so well that you didn’t notice problems developing. But those issues become obvious when the economy goes sour and the money gets tight. As Warren Buffett said: when the tide goes out, you find out who’s naked. Low tide happened for many signature events across North America that weren’t run well. They had a lot of money coming in because the economy was good and it covered up the fact that the event was growing unhealthy.When the economy turned…
  • How to fix a fundraising shortfall: Part 1

    12 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    When your event revenue comes up short, it can be disastrous for your organization. If you can find a quick fix for that shortage of money, that’s great. But it doesn’t really help fix the problem for next year and the years to come. And it’s a problem you must fix for the long-term success of your organization.  This article gives you a series of questions that can help you determine where the problem lies. Don’t worry about blame. Just answer honestly so you can spot the problems.
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    Selfish Giving Blog - Selfish Giving

  • CauseTalk Radio 124: This Social Enterprise Wants to be the DonorsChoose for Nonprofits

    Joe Waters
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Liz Deering, Founder of 121Giving, a marketplace and crowdfunding platform driven by the real needs of nonprofits and powered by people and brands that care.121Giving wants to serve nonprofits like DonorsChoose helps classrooms get the things they need.On today's show, Megan, Liz and I discuss: Liz Deering, 121 Giving How 121Giving streamlines the process to get nonprofits the supplies they need with a platform that is flexible, comprehensive and easy to use.How 121Giving is a site for both fundraising and for curating the products…
  • Take That Critics: Consumers Like Donating at the Register

    Joe Waters
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:13 pm
    You may hate being asked to donate at the register, but most people don't. That's the finding of a 24-page report released by Good Scout, a social good consultancy that's headed by two cause superstars, Phil McCarty and Maureen Carlson. The big news is that 55 percent of respondents like being asked to give at the register. Consumers also felt positively about the charity and the retailer after donating. Gasp!Even those who disliked giving at the register gave because they felt guilty not donating. New to register giving? Start here: How One Nonprofit Raises…
  • How Businesses, Individuals are Helping the Families of Charleston Shooting Victims

    Joe Waters
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    Businesses and individuals have responded to the the killings at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston last week with donations and fundraisers.The biggest donations to date have come from businesses that have a strong link to Charleston and South Carolina.The Carolina Panthers, the area’s professional football team, donated $100,000 to the families of the victims. Airplane maker Boeing, which employs a large workforce in Charleston to assemble its 787 Dreamliner aircraft, also donated $100,000. Locally, the Charleston business community has responded in…
  • Ep123: How to Do More Good Better

    Joe Waters
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Steve Scheier, author of a new book Do More Good. Better. Steve is also founder & CEO of Scheier + Group, a consultancy that shows non-profits and social impact companies how to make the most of the people they have so they can better deliver on their mission.On today's show, Megan, Steve and I discuss: How meeting "underutilized" people in the nonprofit field encouraged Steve to explore how nonprofit employees could achieve more.How fear of conflict and rejection keeps nonprofit employees from advocating for…
  • Ep122: What Makes a Brand "Good"?

    Joe Waters
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Maria Redin, General Manager and Strategy Lead at GOODcorps, a social impact consultancy that grew out of GOOD Media.GOODcorps has worked with top brands such as Pepsi, The Gap, Starbucks and DICK's Sporting Goods. (BTW, DICK's won two Halo Awards earlier this month at the Cause Marketing Forum conference in Chicago!)Megan, Maria and I discuss new insights from phase one of a three-part research project that explores “goodness” in brands and how consumers perceive what truly makes a brand “good.” Maria…
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    The Storytelling Non-Profit

  • Lead with a Quote—Tips for Writing a Compelling Story

    Vanessa Chase
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are many ways to tell a story. Traditionally we think of a story as having a beginning, a middle, and an end. But many fundraisers often wonder: how do I know where to begin? Two weeks ago, I shared one strategy for beginning your story, which is to lead with a question. In that post, I told you that by leading with a question you can capture your reader’s attention and get him or her thinking about a reality...
  • Non-Profit Storytelling 101—What You Must Know

    Vanessa Chase
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is a lot of information out there about nonprofit storytelling. But for many it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start and what to do first. In today’s blog post, I want to share with you the essentials you need to know in order to be successful in your nonprofit storytelling. Even if you are a seasoned storyteller, this will be a helpful review. What to do before you start telling stories Get buy-in for storytelling...
  • 5 Tips You Need to Keep the Story Pipeline Flowing

    Vanessa Chase
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    This is the fourth post in a special 12-part monthly series — Powerful Nonprofit Stories: Finding, Framing, and Finishing. Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. One of Vanessa’s recent posts was about the #1 storytelling challenge: collecting stories. I couldn’t agree more. Collecting stories strikes fear in even the most seasoned fundraisers. There’s nothing worse than staring at a blank page or screen, wondering how to fill it. It’s too bad storytelling doesn’t have a remote starter, like...
  • Free Resource Friday

    Vanessa Chase
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Do you want to go beyond the basics of nonprofit storytelling? Are you interested in learning advanced storytelling techniques that will help you raise more money? Have I got a treat for you! On Thursday, July 9, I will be presenting a free webinar—The Storytelling Nonprofit Mini Master Class. Watch the video below to learn more about this free webinar and what you can expect to learn. Reserve your seat for The Storytelling Nonprofit Mini Master Class today!
  • What’s Your Process for Collecting Stories?

    Vanessa Chase
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Collecting stories is a constant challenge for many nonprofit professionals. You know your organization is doing amazing work, but if you work in fundraising or communications, chances are you’re one step removed from program work. This means that you do not have direct access to the stories you most want to share with donors. Does this situation sound familiar to you? It’s certainly been an issue for me at various points in my career. You might be wondering what you...
 
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    Hands-On Fundraising

  • Are you too pretty to work?

    Mary Cahalane
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    Have you gotten a really beautiful appeal recently? It could be an email, or it could be a fancy direct mail package. I have to wonder at their effectiveness. So many are pretty to look at, but not moving. And that’s a big problem. Shiny postcards on heavy paper. Four color imagery and brand-specific fonts. Reverse type (because it looks so cool). Tiny print that doesn’t fight the overall loveliness of the design. It’s all gorgeous. And every time I see one of these packages, I shake my head. Something tells me these fancy pieces are not doing what their senders hope they’re…
  • How to use awe to raise more money

    Mary Cahalane
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
      Goosebumps. We’ve all had them. Sometimes it’s just a reaction to cold. But I’m talking about the other ones. You know what I mean. The ones that break out when we’re really moved. The feeling you get when you stare at a starry sky and think about how huge the universe is. Our involuntary reaction to something big or beautiful or meaningful. Something too big to grasp. Awe. It’s an emotion every fundraiser should understand. Because the way it affects people can have huge implications for fundraising. Here’s why: Awe is a positive emotion. It’s our reaction to something…
  • Mom tested, donor approved: when to use your inside voice

    Mary Cahalane
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    Go ahead – be boisterous about your donors and your cause!   My youngest just turned sixteen. So I found myself looking through old pictures, remembering a chubby little guy who is now neither. My visit to old times reminded me of inside voices. When each of my kids was little, I tried to explain the difference between inside and outside voices. Outside voices could be LOUD. But a tired mommy needed quiet voices inside. (She didn’t always get them.) We have inside and outside voices at our organizations, too. You know the difference: what you talk about in the lunch room…
  • Are you making this mistake? Why whining isn’t winning.

    Mary Cahalane
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
      The US presidential election is more than a year off. But the campaign is already underway. There’s a lot of fundraising happening that isn’t about charity. So when one particular appeal caught the media’s attention, I had to look. This email appeal is both entertaining (not in a good way) and educational category (ditto). Have you read about Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s recent email appeal? You can read it all here. It’s about the sacrifices he’s making to run for president and includes lines like this:  >>> Health and…
  • Want to reach more donors? Spill your guts.

    Mary Cahalane
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
      My plea for emotional copywriting. There are some “tricks” you can use to improve your appeal. Simple things, really, like better formatting. I mentioned 8 things you can do to improve your letters here. And how you can improve your writing by keeping it simple here. But there’s one thing you can do that you can’t reduce to a formula or a checklist. And it’s one too many people avoid when they’re trying to write to donors. You’ve got to wear your heart right out there on your sleeve. Maybe even on the front of your shirt. In neon. To make your…
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