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  • Food Makeover – Fundraising Ideas

    FUNDRAISING MIX
    Admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Why does the food in commercials always look better than the food you get served in restaurants? It’s all thanks to food stylists and skilled graphic designers. And while it’s (somewhat) deceptive, it’s also the inspiration behind a unique fundraising idea! At a Food Makeover Fundraiser, people pay a fee to have pictures of food […]
  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

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

    AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    From Peter Campbell's blogA Tale Of Two (Or Three) Facebook Challengers | techcafeteria.com: "A Tale Of Two (Or Three) Facebook Challengers"'via Blog this'
  • Leadership Lessons From Prison: The Power of Gratitude

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

    Too Busy To Fundraise
    janetlevineconsulting
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    Every Thursday, a box of fresh fruit and veggies is delivered to my front door  As wonderful as the produce is–and it is wonderful –what is even more wonderful is the inserted newsletter from the farmer, Thaddeus. His words make … Continue reading →
 
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  • Family give back to children’s charity with Mexborough fundraising evening

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Lee and Nicola Tilson from Kilnhurst, South Yorkshire are giving back to a children’s charity that supported them by hosting a fundraising evening on Saturday 4 th October. Lee and Nicola were supported by The Sick Children’s Trust when their son ...
  • Avenue bags Go Green Cash for Kids fundraising event

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    THE Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns has bagged a Go Green fund raising event for Cash for Kids on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th October between 10am and 4pm. Inspired by the imminent introduction of the 5p carrier bag charge, which comes into force ...
  • $50 million fundraising effort for Winterthur

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Winterthur Museum will announce a record-setting $50 million fundraising campaign on Tuesday to enhance its offerings, invest in its collections and strengthen its scientific and academic scholarship. The museum already has raised nearly $33 million toward ...
  • USC implements new fundraising tool for alumni

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Salesforce, a cloud technology company, announced last week that it is partnering with USC in order to increase fundraising among alumni. Tracey Vranich, vice president for advancement services, is responsible for working with Salesforce in order to bring ...
  • Fundraising dinner (Sept. 30)

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Dress the Child fundraising dinner: At 6 p.m. Sunday at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, 705 S. Telshor Blvd. Tickets are $60 each or $600 for a table of 10. The participating chefs are, from left, Keith LaRoux, De la Vegas Pecan Grill; Tom Agius, Las Cruces ...
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  • The Art of Facilitating Meetings with Sticky Notes

    Beth
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Post-It Note Facilitation of A Network Map - 2012 Pakistan NGOs What’s in your facilitation toolkit?   Mine includes markers, sticky notes, index cards, and flip chart paper.   But wait, paper???   Yes.  And, I’m not alone.  Take for example my colleague Eugene Eric Kim who shares his facilitation toolkit which includes links to his favorite Post It notes and markers. David Lavenda wrote this excellent article in Fast Company about the history of the Post-It notes and their potential for becoming a killer innovation technology.   It talks about the early history of the…
  • Does Rigorous Data Analysis Thwart Effective Storytelling by Non-Profits?

    Beth
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Earlier this month I co-facilitated the “Impact Leadership Track” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson.   Our track was one of three where participants could take a deep dive into a topic and learn from peers through dialogue.  The event also included plenary speakers, including a provocative talk about storytelling with data from Alexandra Samuel. Her most controversial point was: “Rigorous data gathering and analysis can get in the way of effective storytelling by non-profits.” She was speaking to a room filled with nonprofit…
  • How To Train Your Attention and Be Effective When Working Online

    Beth
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Photo by BirgerKing Take a guess. Be honest. How long can you pay attention when working online before your mind wanders?    According to the Statistic Brain site list of attention span stats, in 2000 we had a 12 second attention span compared with an 8 second attention in 2013.   To put this context, a gold fish has an attention span of 9 seconds!    Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. Most educators and psychologists agree that the ability to focus attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one’s goals. It’s no…
  • A Guide to Evaluating Networks

    Beth
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Note from Beth:I met Madeleine Taylor back in 2009 while I was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.  This was fairly early in the Foundation’s exploration of networks and Madeleine came in to discuss her approach to evaluating networks.   We draw a lot of network depictions on napkins and had an amazing conversation. I captured it in this blog post.  Fast forward five years, Madeleine has published a new guide on evaluating networks.  She kindly wrote this guest post about it.   A Guide to Evaluating Networks – Guest Post By Madeleine Taylor Over…
  • NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

    Beth
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Photo by Trav Williams Last week I co-facilitated the “Impact Leadership Track” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson.   Our track was one of three where participants could take a deep dive into a topic and learn from peers through dialogue.  The event also included plenary speakers, including a provocative talk about data methods from Alexandra Samuel.  There were cross-track sessions that ranged from traditional panels to an unconference.    The culmination of these two and half very intense days was an Idea Accelerator Lab.
 
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    A Small Change

  • The Fundraising Advantage

    Jason Dick
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    What are some of the advantages of working in fundraising and in the nonprofit world? Below are a few of my ideas. Feel free to leave some of your own in a comment: Why are you in fundraising? What would be a few advantages that I missed? You have a great opportunity to spend 8 hours a day working to make a difference in your community. This kind of work makes a difference to me in feeling like I am personally making an impact. One of the greatest benefits of this industry is that personal initiative makes a huge difference. If you want to make an impact or difference you can. Because…
  • Measuring the Un-measurable

    Jason Dick
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sometimes because of one situation or another your organization will not give you measurable statistics. Maybe you are working on a venture project that has not yet been created, maybe you’ve been told to raise money for something that is a good idea but has no staff support. Here are a few things I’ve done to survive in this measureless world. Straight away I’ll make sure that I can measure my own fundraising success to help me in building a future case for measurable results. It is important that you keep trying to get these measurable results. Do not settle for doing a bad job at…
  • To Measure or Not to Measure

    Jason Dick
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It is always good to make every attempt to have and provide measurable results to your donors. I have found, that sometimes we do not have the opportunity to do this to the degree we would like to or should. I have been frustrated many times with how little measurable and tangible things that I am raising money for. If we do not have enough measurable tangible results in what you are fundraising for try talking with your. Explain to them how important it is that donors know you have a plan for donation. If you think that is impossible to connect every donor to a specific gift take World…
  • Oh No! Not Another Good Idea

    Jason Dick
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you ever feel like you have way to many ideas?  Or do you feel like you have a lot of great ideas and things you want to do but never end up with time to get them done?  How do you manage your good ideas?  Do you ever find yourself partway through a new book on fundraising and are overcome with the number of programs or techniques you want to change? Every couple weeks there is something new that I want to try and almost every day there is a story or publication that I want to tweak to be more donor-centric.  I’ve found that if you don’t make new ideas a priority they will never…
  • Development Fatigue

    Jason Dick
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you experiencing “Development Fatigue”? Many donors go through “Donor Fatigue” when they have been asked too often for a donation but that’s not what I’m talking about. Do you ever feel like you have been asking too much and just don’t have any more “development” left in you? I think this happens to the very best of us. We have to wear a lot of hats in the development world from motivator to advocate, solicitor to coach, and many more. Often times we have more to do than we can get done in any given day. I know sometimes I am overwhelmed just at the number of things I…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Seed Money for Nonprofits – 11 Keys to Success

    Devon Reeser
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Are you forming a new nonprofit and think the grant money will just pour in the second you start asking for grants? Maybe it will, but more likely than not, you will find it challenging to find foundations and corporations that want to invest in an organization without a track record, no matter how wonderful your cause. Do not let that dissuade you, however! Here are some specific tactics to setting your organization up for success and finding the funding you need to achieve your goals. 1. Be a partner Make sure that you have at least two solid community partners invested in working with you,…
  • Want Rockstar Results? 6 Key Elements In A Nonprofit Plan

    Cari Mostert
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Don’t let all this talk about nonprofit plans, strategic plans, fundraising plans, marketing plans or annual plans get you rattled. Whenever your nonprofit year begins – be it January or June – it’s never too late to put nonprofit planning on the agenda. Even if your organization only comprises yourself, your mother, the green grocer down the road, a local urban farmer, two student volunteers and the dog; all nonprofits started somewhere! Basically, nonprofit planning is setting out the considerations (on paper) that you’ll have hammered out when deciding to start a nonprofit in…
  • Raising Funds and Raising Spirits: Keep Your Group Motivated

    FundraisingIP.com
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    The goal of this article is to motivate you to think about motivation. The most brilliant Fundraising ideas can produce disappointing results if people are not motivated to implement them. There will be no plan of action in what follows, but rather our thoughts intended to provoke your thoughts. To motivate is to stimulate an interest in somebody to do something. In the best of worlds, the motivated person is enthusiastic, meaning that the motivation comes from within. So, one way to motivate a group might be to begin a fundraising drive with an informal meeting – more like a party –…
  • Mid-Year Review: How is this Year Shaping Up for Your Nonprofit Goals?

    Cari Mostert
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    There’s no time like mid-year to evaluate your nonprofit’s performance. Now’s the time to measure how planning and strategizing have paid off and more significantly, what’s working and what needs to be tweaked. No matter whether your fiscal year ends in December or June, at some point, you’ll reach mid-year for your nonprofit and an evaluation will come in handy when moving forward. Are your goals as an organization loosely defined and vague? Mid-year reviews are an outstanding opportunity to not only look back on achievements, but to also look ahead and set positive, stimulating…
  • 5 Things to Put on Your Resume to Get a Green Non-Profit Job

    Devon Reeser
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Lacking the five years of experience, Masters degree, and other checklist requirements to get that green fundraising job you want? Don’t worry! Most non-profit fundraising jobs require someone with skills outside of what can be quantified on a list anyway. The key is to know what those unquantifiable skills are and how to prove that you have them. If you can’t fit the cookie cutter mold of the perfect paper candidate for your ideal job, make yourself stand out by highlighting your prowess in the following five areas.     1. Knowledge and passion for green Most green non-profits…
 
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  • Get jazzed when a donor says “no”!

    Marc Pitman
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    As I wrote earlier this week, some of my coaching clients are being transformed by the idea of keeping on going until we get no. This concept is helping them keep up their endurance in asking. And it's helping donors really connect to causes that matter to them. So I'm thrilled that "Go For No!" author Andrea Waltz will be giving the October webinar for The Nonprofit Academy! "Redefining Rejection: Learning to go for no!" will be held Wednesday, October 8 at 1 p.m. Eastern. Join the Academy or just register for the webinar You can join us for this training (and get information about the…
  • Sometimes, you need to go for no

    Marc Pitman
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:29 am
    I just finished writing my latest "Question Marc" column for FundRaising Success magazine answering a question from "Panicked in Pasadena." Panicked was that way because donors weren't responding to her solicitations. Can you relate? We stop too soon One of the tips I wrote about in the article was this: grab a list of all your assignments and list out the date they told you "non". Can you do it? As fundraisers and nonprofit leaders, we tend to give up too quickly. We tend to attempt a solicitation - or even have a meeting and attempt follow up - but get no response from the donor. Rather…
  • Ebola, Apple’s iPhone 6, and your nonprofit’s successful fundraising

    Marc Pitman
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    Apple iPhone 6 Lines in NYC,Photograph by Kate Arnold FitzpatrickToday the Apple iPhone 6 hits the streets. People are lining up by the hundreds like the line going around the block in this image from New York City. Are they lining up that way for your nonprofit's fundraising? Yesterday I published an article on LinkedIn's Pulse called Ebola, iPhone 6, & your nonprofit's fundraising. In it I look at how storytelling might play a role in people's response to causes and products getting more-or-less equal press. In the next 7 days, the world will spend about 81/2 times more on iPhones than it…
  • 3 inexpensive tools to make your year-end giving amazing

    Marc Pitman
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    In creating an Ask Without Fear! training for the executive directors of the Jewish National Fund of Canada, I was reminded how important September is for the vast number of nonprofits. Even for those like JNF that have religious holidays in the coming weeks, the end of the calendar year can be when a nonprofit's budget is made. So here are three things to do now to make sure this is the best year-end yet! Three tools to make this your best year-end yet Read Roger Craver's Retention Fundraising Last week, I spent less than 3-hours reading Roger Craver's new Retention Fundraising. This is…
  • How to raise more money through donor retention – without throwing money away

    Marc Pitman
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    I spent Labor Day morning reading about the labor of fundraising. I am so glad I picked up Roger Craver's book, Retention Fundraising! These three hours will be with me for years. I'm not new to this. I've been studying donor retention for over a decade. My first product, "Creating Donor Evangelists" leveraged studies done by Gallup and for commercial organizations like Build-A-Bear Workshop to show that donor relations was the most important part of fundraising. But Roger's book showed me aspects about retaining donors that will be affecting my work for years. A product of years of research…
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  • From Anti-war Organising To Building A Sustainable Food

    Fernando Grajeda
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Fighting against mega issues for humanity Haleh Zandhi is an inspiration figure who transitioned from feeling disempowered and frustrated as a result of her anti-war organising struggle to feeling fulfilled by instead channelling a creative solution to an issue close to her heart: food injustice. Her journey started whilst doing a lot of door to door organising and talking to people about increasing militarisation of the Middle East during the Bush years as her family came from Iran. Her tactic and strategy was to lobby people in Congress to make sure that the US didn’t go to war with…
  • Trash Boating

    Colleen Choi
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    I want to share some photos from yesterday's community lake clean up even here in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala. An organization, Fincas Buenas, built a boat out of trash! We had two groups of people picking up trash from the shoreline, and more groups up in the hills. At one point, I was waist deep in water and trash, scooping up bits of styrofoam, plastic, clothing, etc. I got so dizzy I needed to sit down, but couldn't. I could feel the earth and all of the energy that was in that spot. I took a moment to be with the earth, send gratitude and love and let her know that we see…
  • More Than 5 Thousand Join For Kindness Challenge

    Birju Pandya
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Excited to see so many join our Oct 2nd Kindness Challenge (although our focus has been on encouraging the 130+ parallel challenges that are currently being hosted on our platform).  ...
  • Turning Inspiration Into Action

    DailyGood.org
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    We've all experienced fleeting moments of divine inspiration. Perhaps, you've always wanted to write a book, run a marathon, or create an exciting new blog -- only to find that the spark of inspiration is too easily extinguished. It can be frustrating, to say the least. Zen Habits author, Leo Babauta offers some tips on how to translate inspiration into sustainable action. [Full Story]...
  • Get a Life

    Awakin
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    This week's Awakin reading is by Anna Quindlen titled 'Get a Life': There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul. People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore.
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  • Smithfield Rhode Island Zip Code

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
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  • Providence Rhode Island Zip Code

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
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  • Navy Housing Rhode Island

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
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  • Rhode Island And Toys

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Furthermore, when you are dating in Rhode Island, it is usually not a person who is more than old enough to understand each family court judges deserve a pat on the rhode island and toys in terms of DUI penalties. You may face steep fines, jail time, and other assets that may prevent you from paying your child turning 18 and graduating high school. This will mean that it is the rhode island and toys to prove fault grounds in order to end this particular blog post with the rhode island and toys. If your attorney can show that the rhode island and toys on Rhode Island real estate appreciates…
  • Florist Jamestown Rhode Island

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
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  • Leadership Lessons From Prison: The Power of Gratitude

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

    timirier
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    “What I saw in Kabwe made me realise that the one single factor that supersedes everything else is opportunity. Here were children as intelligent and enthusiastic as any child in Ireland but unfortunately, they may never get the opportunity to achieve what I took for granted as a child.” - Ciarán Kilkenny Over 400 people attended the first Edmund Rice Development Big Match Dinner in Croke Park the Friday before the All-Ireland Football Final. The evening was a great celebration of all things GAA, and a demonstration of solidarity and friendship with the people and projects of the Edmund…
  • Concert at Luddendenfoot Civic Institutue

    Neighbourhood Schemes
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:27 am
  • Chemical Reaction

    Paul
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:44 am
    Fire! Reflections on a major incident In the evening of Friday September 12 I received a call from our Deputy Head of Security to alert me to a major fire at the University’s Jubilee Campus. The building ablaze was the unfinished GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry and, during the hours that followed, it was completely destroyed. Fortunately no-one was injured and, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Nottinghamshire Fire Service, supported by their colleagues from Derbyshire, no other buildings were damaged. What it would have looked like From this…
  • Newtown Literary Contributor: John Gorman

    Laura
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Writer John Gorman’s story “A Private Language” was featured in Issue #4 of Newtown Literary]. We interviewed him about his writing, and his answers are below. Check out his blog and GoodReads page for more great writing, and follow him on Twitter! Thanks for taking a moment to share your inspiration behind your piece “A Private Language.” Is this a story about your childhood? Yes, and no. There is a short story by Jack Driscoll called “Wanting Only to be Heard” that I really love, wished, in fact, that I’d written. I was blown away by the urgency of his…
  • Your Sister in Deen

    soulsofislamadmin
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    As salamu aleikum warahmatullah wabarakatu. If you are a female (Muslim or non muslim) and you are looking for inspiration from fellow females, then follow @UkhtikumFiDeen on twitter. Lots of advice is given and shared about problems that young muslim women and even non-Muslim women face today. If you are someone who is holding on to Islam by a thread and need that extra strength to hold on or to get better but don’t know how, then follow @UkhtikumFiDeen or this blog for the help to get you back on your feet again. May Allah guide us all, ameen. Purpose of this account, May Allah bless…
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  • Shana Tova U’Mitukah to you from Negev Direct Marketing, Inc.

    Yoav
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
      The post Shana Tova U’Mitukah to you from Negev Direct Marketing, Inc. appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Featured KICKSTARTER Campaign – Zip Up For Special Needs

    Yoav
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The post Featured KICKSTARTER Campaign – Zip Up For Special Needs appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Case Study: Direct Mail vs. Email Invoices

    Yoav
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Case Study: Direct Mail vs. Email Invoices. An electric utility used the Danish Post test methodology to prove that it would be paid faster and at less expense using paper invoices rather than digital invoices. “Certainly one can’t beat the price of sending invoices by email. At least it appears that way, until one captures all the real costs of doing so.” “When testing the letter versus email question, a Danish utility company was quite enlightened by the outcome. This Fresh Data Case Study will analyze the true costs of both options and present the quantitative results…
  • Israel – Operation Protective Edge

    Yoav
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Treatment of Civilians in Operation Protective Edge: Israel and Hamas The post Israel – Operation Protective Edge appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • The Rolling Stones Played Tel Aviv – Satisfaction

    Yoav
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Rolling Stones played Tel Aviv the other night! So much for the BDSers and their BS. The Stones do seem a beat or two off from their youth judging from this video clip, but it’s great to see them in Israel especially when they encountered so much criticism for this show. I even even heard that Mick Jager peppered his banter with the crowd with a bunch of Hebrew phrases. Sababa…. http://www.timesofisrael.com/mick-jaggers-top-12-hebrew-phrases/ The post The Rolling Stones Played Tel Aviv – Satisfaction appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
 
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  • If you do your fundraising right, somebody will hate it

    Jeff Brooks
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    A lot of fundraisers put amazing energy into making sure they don't offend or annoy anyone. That's like taking all the flavor out of your stew so nobody will dislike it. As WordofMouth.org says, if you're doing it right, Someone has to hate your brand: Your brand loyalists will love you. But, there's no yin without the yang. In other words, if some love you, others will hate you. You can't be everything to everyone and be a strong brand. Aim your messaging at those who get it. Who understand your cause. Who belong to your tribe. Forget everyone else. They aren't going to give anyway. And…
  • Rewrite this fundraising letter P.S.

    Jeff Brooks
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    In direct mail (and sometimes email), the PS is the most important thing you write. It's one of the most-read parts of your message. It's worth spending some time on to make it really sing. Here's the P.S. from a fundraising letter I got the other day:  P.S.      None of our acheivements could have been attained without the sustained and dedicated support of contributors like you. The sentiment is good: "We can't do it without you." Everything else about this P.S. is broken: It's abstract -- not specifically about anything, just the idea. The writing is stilted…
  • Power to the pronoun for stronger fundraising copy

    Jeff Brooks
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    by guest blogger George Crankovic of TrueSense Marketing Most of us think of pronouns like "I" and "we" as mere function words in copy. We use them to start a sentence or move it along to get to the good, meaty words that are marbled with meaning. But there's research (PDF) shows that simple pronouns say a lot more than we think. For example, in both speaking and writing, higher-status people don't use the personal pronoun "I" very much. This contradicts the stereotype of the captain of the boardroom constantly exclaiming "I, I, I." In fact, higher-status people use "I" far less. Lower-status…
  • How terrible are typos in fundraising?

    Jeff Brooks
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Don't worry too much about typos. I know clean, error-free copy is nicer than messy copy, but the odd typo here or there just doesn't matter. There's even some evidence that in fundraising, typos improve response. Maybe some people become more attentive when they find a typo, with enough additional attention to push a few more of them over the line to action. But here's where you should sweat bullets over typos: phone numbers, URLs, zip codes -- get one of those wrong, and you can sink a fundraising campaign faster than you can say "backslash." So proof…
  • Catnip for donors: Why you can't manipulate them into giving

    Jeff Brooks
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    While working on the title of my first book (the one that ended up The Fundraiser's Guide to Irresistible Communications, one of the ideas that came up in brainstorming was this: Catnip for Donors. It was almost good. But I hated that sense that we can do things that will force donors to behave in not-quite-normal ways -- the way cats act with catnip. Fundraising doesn't work like that. That would be unethical. Anyway, it doesn't work. There are no sleezy techniques that cause donors to act against their better judgment. The Neuromarketing blog backs me up on that, at Manipulation vs.
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Creating a Solid Thank You System Gets Donors to Stick Around

    Lori Jacobwith
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Have you seen this terrific infographic from my friends at Bloomerang.co? It’s about the findings from their $5 donor communications experiment and the findings are eye-opening. This is a great activity, and something you should try. I often recommend organizations do some mystery shopping of their OWN organization. By making a contribution to your own organization you can find out what it feels like to be noticed, or not. One of the findings in the Bloomerang experiment that really saddened me was seeing the stats about the number of thank you calls received for the gifts made. 0 calls…
  • Quick Announcement & a Favor

    Lori Jacobwith
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    I’ve got a new website, a new company name AND an updated membership program called the Ignited Fundraising Community ready to launch! It’s been a long process and we’re almost ready to go…. But…one thing is still missing. YOUR wisdom and input. Membership to the Ignited Fundraising Community is a program I’ve delivered for more than five years to hundreds of people you. My program helps you raise more money AND brings directly to you the latest and greatest communication & fundraising tools, tips and tactics from some of best talent you can find. In…
  • Five Ways to Show Gratitude to Donors for World Gratitude Day

    Lori Jacobwith
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    In the social sector we don’t really need a reason to reach out and thank our supporters for their gifts, but September 21, 2014 IS World Gratitude Day. It’s a day that provides a terrific excuse to reach out and show gratitude for all of the gifts that make it possible to do your important work. Image from World Gratitude Day Facebook page World Gratitude Day was unofficially started by an international dinner gathering in Hawaii. The official start was in 1977 by the United Nations Mediation Group. It was created to provide time and opportunity for all mankind to celebrate: Life All…
  • Introducing the Revamped Ignited Fundraising Community

    Lori Jacobwith
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We are just about ready to re-launch the revamped Ignited Fundraising Community! In just a few more days you will have the opportunity to join me to fuel your fundraising when you become a member! I created this exclusive Membership Community in 2009 as a place for fundraising professionals like YOU to fuel up when you need some inspiration, coaching or a place to vent. Since hundreds have joined and report to me that this community has become an invaluable resource.  You don’t have to take my word for it, just listen to what members had to say about why they enjoy being apart of this…
  • Lori Discusses the #ALSIceBucketChallenge on Minnesota Public Radio

    Lori Jacobwith
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    More than $100 million raised since the end of July. Amazing.  A fluke? A new trend? What does this all mean? For one it means new people are giving to ALS. And it means that folks at ALS have a huge task ahead to retain all those new donors. Lori and Tom Weber Yes, I took the challenge, too. Did you? Have a look my #ALSIceBucketChallenge video  Take a listen to hear my take about the Challenge with Tom Weber of The Daily Circuit at Minnesota Public Radio and Stacy Palmer, Editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Click to listen to Lori on MPR Since it’s not likely…
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    Wild Woman Fundraising

  • 15 ideas for virtual volunteers from the Virtual Volunteering Guidebook

    4w3s0mE
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    Do you have a hard time getting your volunteers to stay? Are you just dissatisfied with the quality of the volunteers you have? Did you know there are so many more people in the world who want to volunteer, who are feeling stymied by nonprofits not getting back to them when they try to volunteer with them? It’s true. You’re probably not getting the right volunteer experience on either end because of a lack of good systems to recruit and cultivate your volunteers. But what about fundraising? That’s why we’re here right? Why should you care about volunteers and…
  • I’m a big loser.

    4w3s0mE
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    I fell on my face again. I made a big mistake. Here’s my mistake. Right here. My new logo, the new branding, didn’t fit the fun, the enthusiasm, that I am known for, that I want to continue to be known for. Well, the people have spoken, and I’ve listened! I’m scrapping it. Yep. Thousands of dollars down the tubes. Not to mention hours changing all of the logos everywhere. Going back to this logo  now. I worked with a lovely branding company. They had helped a local soap business rebrand and she was getting tons more sales because of it. I figured they could help me…
  • A winning formula to write your appeal letter

    4w3s0mE
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:21 am
    What makes a good appeal letter? For the last month I’ve been writing you posts and showing you examples and giving you free webinars all about what makes a good appeal letter.   One of the best appeals in the world, ever. By Indra Sinha   You’ve got 10 tips from the full Smile Train direct mail pack. You’ve got How to get your appeal letter to eat its vegetables and take its vitamins. You’ve got 6 guidelines from St. Joseph’s Indian School. You’ve got How to cut the gangrene out of your appeal letter. Not to mention A Tale of Two Cities in Your…
  • 10 Tips To Write a Better End-of-Year Nonprofit Appeal

    4w3s0mE
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    Are you working on your end of year appeal right now? What are you doing? An in-house mailing, acquisition mailing or both?  For those of you playing along at home, What’s an in-house mailing? It’s a letter to your current list of donors. What is an acquisition mailing? It’s when you try to get new donors through a letter that pitches your charity. If you want to expand your donor base and you have a little extra money, you might want to consider an acquisition mailing. If you’re ready to go with your new list of donors but want to see how to write a better…
  • NEW Advanced Webinar: Winning Government Grants and Contracts

    4w3s0mE
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Carroll Bernard Webinar What: Winning Government Grants and Contracts for your nonprofit Pursue and capture Government Grants and Contracts for Your Nonprofit A 90 minute advanced webinar to help you get those government grants and contracts to keep your programs going for years to come! When: October 2nd, 2014 3pm ET, 2pm CT, 1pm MT, 12pm PT Who: Carroll Bernard, 10 years experience as a procurement officer for the US government, 4 years experience helping nonprofits and businesses win government contracts Investment: $150 early bird price: $97 REGISTER HERE   Are you wondering how to…
 
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Nonprofit attempts to revive school libraries - The Philadelphia Tribune: News

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Nonprofit attempts to revive school libraries - The Philadelphia Tribune: News: "A nonprofit organization seeks volunteers and donations to support reopening libraries in public schools facing strained budgets. David Brown, executive director of the nonprofit West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, explained his vision and networked with guests who attended an Open House this past week in the
  • Innovative Fundraising: Donation-Based Voting Music Competition : FundRaising Success

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Innovative Fundraising: Donation-Based Voting Music Competition : FundRaising Success: "Let's be clear, being innovative does not necessarily mean reinventing the wheel. It simply means coming up with a different, intelligent way to fundraise. That's exactly what the Doing Good Network is doing with its Bands4Good Challenge. Taking a cue from the popularity of singing competition hits like "
  • More Doctors Volunteering for Duty in Fight Against Ebola – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    More Doctors Volunteering for Duty in Fight Against Ebola – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "More Doctors Volunteering for Duty in Fight Against Ebola A fear-fueled shortage of doctors and nurses willing to volunteer to battle the Ebola virus in West Africa is easing, reports The New York Times. But experts say it will be a long time yet before field hospitals being
  • The Essence of Sports Philanthropy - Third Sector Today

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    The Essence of Sports Philanthropy - Third Sector Today: "There’s been so much attention focused on the negative actions of a few athletes lately, that it seemed a good time to bring focus to those who do good, and illustrate how sports philanthropy can have impact. Additionally, it provides a great lesson to any type or size nonprofit who is interested in finding a way to increase awareness and
  • [Herald Interview] Philanthropy is about finding shared value: UWW chief

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    [Herald Interview] Philanthropy is about finding shared value: UWW chief: "Philanthropy is not about society’s “haves” giving their wealth to the “have-nots,” but about inspiring governments and corporations to find value via their contributions, according to the chief of the world’s largest nonprofit organization. “Philanthropic activities are just like business projects ― one should first find
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    AFP Blog: Press Releases

  • Blackbaud’s Luminate CRM Helps Nonprofits Raise More than $1.8 Billion | Business Wire

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Blackbaud’s Luminate CRM Helps Nonprofits Raise More than $1.8 Billion | Business Wire: "Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB) today announced that nonprofit organizations used Luminate CRM™ to raise more than $1.8 billion in 2013, making it a leading nonprofit CRM solution available on the Salesforce1 platform." 'via Blog this'
  • MicroEdge Announces Release of DonorCentral Mobile

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    MicroEdge Announces Release of DonorCentral Mobile New York, NY, Sept. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MicroEdge, LLC, the leading provider of solutions to the giving community worldwide, today announced the release of DonorCentral Mobile, a mobile version of its industry-leading online donor portal for community foundations. This release allows MicroEdge's community foundation clients to better
  • Gene Austin Joins Abila Board of Directors - MarketWatch

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Gene Austin Joins Abila Board of Directors - MarketWatch: AUSTIN, Texas, Jul 08, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Abila today announced the addition of Gene Austin, chief executive officer, president and director of Bazaarvoice, to its board of directors. Austin becomes the fifth member of Abila’s board.
  • Participating Nonprofit Organizations Complete 6(th) Annual Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge - WSJ.com

    13 Jun 2014 | 5:48 am
    Participating Nonprofit Organizations Complete 6(th) Annual Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge - WSJ.com: The Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge pairs nonprofit organizations facing a mission critical issue with a team of top-performing Morgan Stanley professionals. Through the eight-week long project, the employees work half-time for the charity, identifying researched, feasible and impactful
  • Abila and Higher Logic Announce New Partnership

    12 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    Abila and Higher Logic Announce New Partnership: Abila, provider of membership and donor management solutions for associations and not-for-profits, announced that Higher Logic, the leading industry provider of cloud-based community software, will be the recommended vendor for community management solutions for Enterprise customers.
 
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • Dutch schools opt out of charity drive for anti-Israel groups | The Times of Israel

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Dutch schools opt out of charity drive for anti-Israel groups | The Times of Israel: "Dutch schools opt out of charity drive for anti-Israel groupsSix schools in Urk, outside Amsterdam, boycott Kinderpostzegels Association’s fundraiser" 'via Blog this'
  • Local product making impact at United Way | News-JournalOnline.com

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Local product making impact at United Way | News-JournalOnline.com: "A communications and public relations major, she interned at the charitable organization, which works with 32 partner agencies. She started as a resource development manager about a year ago and was quickly promoted to assistant director." 'via Blog this'
  • Young folk launch '50 for 50' charity fund-raising, AsiaOne Singapore News

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Young folk launch '50 for 50' charity fund-raising, AsiaOne Singapore News: "A group of 50 individuals aged 18 to 34 has set out to debunk the stereotype of apathetic youth with its very own charity drive. Over the next three months, the group, which calls itself The Social Co, wi" 'via Blog this'
  • The Courier - Your Messenger for the River Valley - Local nonprofits connect with ATU students

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    The Courier - Your Messenger for the River Valley - Local nonprofits connect with ATU students: "More than 325 Arkansas Tech University students learned about volunteer opportunities in the Arkansas River Valley during a community service fair sponsored by the ATU Student Activities Board on Tuesday, Sept. 23." 'via Blog this'
  • Sooke Youth Leadership class are finalists - Sooke News Mirror

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Sooke Youth Leadership class are finalists - Sooke News Mirror: "outh in Philanthropy Award (Ages 11 – 18), presented by TELUS: Edward Milne Community School’s Leadership class The Leadership class from Edward Milne Community School contributes significantly to local and global initiatives. Their annual Cops For Cancer fundraising campaign raised over $7,500 in one week and they inaugurated a
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    AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology

  • A Tale Of Two (Or Three) Facebook Challengers | techcafeteria.com

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    From Peter Campbell's blogA Tale Of Two (Or Three) Facebook Challengers | techcafeteria.com: "A Tale Of Two (Or Three) Facebook Challengers"'via Blog this'
  • Crowdfunding for Nonprofits | Stanford Social Innovation Review

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Crowdfunding for Nonprofits | Stanford Social Innovation Review: "Used strategically, crowdfunding helps nonprofits build meaningful engagement, inform their work, spread their messages, and expand their donor base to increase their overall funding and impact.Crowdfunding is still a relatively new concept, and many nonprofits face the same questions when considering it for the first time. Here’s a look at some of the most common questions:"'via Blog this'
  • IBM Grants Nonprofits Technology Consulting to Help Better Serve the Community - Xtra xtra

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    IBM Grants Nonprofits Technology Consulting to Help Better Serve the Community - Xtra xtra
  • Fundraising Trends: United Way Hops on the Bitcoin Donations Bandwagon : FundRaising Success

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Fundraising Trends: United Way Hops on the Bitcoin Donations Bandwagon : FundRaising SuccessOver the past year or so, Internet currency Bitcoin has received plenty of attention in the nonprofit fundraising sector.Several organizations such as The Water Project, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and the Women's Annex Foundation are already accepting Bitcoin donations, while more and more fundraisers are asking, "Should Your Nonprofit Accept Bitcoin for Donations?"
  • Angie Moore: I Don't Understand the Bitcoin Opportunity for Fundraising : FundRaising Success

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    Angie Moore: I Don't Understand the Bitcoin Opportunity for Fundraising : FundRaising SuccessThere's been a lot of chatter in the nonprofit industry aboutBitcoin. Whether we are comfortable or not, that chatter will only growlouder in the near future.From nonprofit organizations to political campaigns, more and moreinformation about how Bitcoin is being used to raise funds is coming tolight. The marketing and commerce world is moving beyond simply talkingabout the vast potential of Bitcoin to seeing real results. Still, manyquestions remain in my mind. Here are some articles that
 
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    AFP BLOG: International News

  • Govt to dole out festival cash to flood victims | National

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Govt to dole out festival cash to flood victims | National: "KATHMANDU, SEP 28 - The Central Disaster Relief Committee (CDRC) under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) on Saturday decided to provide additional relief amount worth Rs 3,000 and Rs 50 each to families affected by floods and landslides as festival allowances and daily living respectively. A CDRC meeting, chaired by Home Minister
  • [Herald Interview] Philanthropy is about finding shared value: UWW chief

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    [Herald Interview] Philanthropy is about finding shared value: UWW chief: "Philanthropy is not about society’s “haves” giving their wealth to the “have-nots,” but about inspiring governments and corporations to find value via their contributions, according to the chief of the world’s largest nonprofit organization. “Philanthropic activities are just like business projects ― one should first find
  • Anil Agarwal Pledges 75% of his Wealth to Charity | INDIA CSR

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    Anil Agarwal Pledges 75% of his Wealth to Charity | INDIA CSR: "Vedanta group Chairman Anil Agarwal will give away 75 per cent of his wealth of $3.5 billion (about Rs 21,000 crore) to charity, which would make him corporate India’s biggest donor to society." 'via Blog this'
  • HK Tycoons Defend Giant Gift to Harvard's Medical School -

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    HK Tycoons Defend Giant Gift to Harvard's Medical School -: "Harvard University received the largest financial gift in its history earlier in September when the Morningside Foundation, founded by brothers and Hong Kong developers Ronnie Chan Chi-chung and Gerald Chan Lok-chung, donated US$ 350 million to its School of Public Health. Their generosity was widely applauded, but it also prompted some
  • World's 'poorest president' gives most of salary to charity | SBS News

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    World's 'poorest president' gives most of salary to charity | SBS News: "Uruguay’s leader José Mujica must be one of the world’s most unusual presidents – he gives away 90% of his salary to charity and chooses to live a very basic lifestyle." 'via Blog this'
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    Donate a Car to Charity - CharityCar.us blog

  • Study Finds Women and Men Value Similar Car Features

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

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

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Nissan has announced that the Cube is no longer going to be sold in the North America market.  Another class cut-up has graduated from our motor pool. The Nissan Cube’s indefatigable weirdness was likely both its chief selling point and its Achilles Heel, but Autoblog sources say that after a six-year run in the US, the niche player has been scrubbed from the Japanese automaker’s lineup. The move is hardly unexpected – there was confirmation from Nissan Canada that it was pulling the plug on the asymmetric little front-driver in its market back in May, and sales have not…
  • Ford Experiments with Lightweight Concepts

    admin
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    A lighter Ford Fusion, like any lighter car, is something enthusiasts have been championing for years, and now it is becoming a reality. Ford, with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program, has built six Lightweight Concepts. The Ford Lightweight Concept is built on a 2013 Fusion, a car whose curb weight starts at 3,431 pounds and goes progressively to 3,913 pounds for the Energi. This Fusion lost about 800 pounds from stock. It now weighs in at around 2,600 pounds—as light as the Ford Fiesta of which it shares its lightweight, 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder EcoBoost…
  • Smart Phone Apps to Discourage Texting and Driving

    admin
    13 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    The dangers of texting while driving are broadcast almost daily.  Authorities cited distracted driving as the cause of more than 3,300 deaths nationwide in 2012, the latest year available, and thousands more injuries. Surveys show that drivers recognize the danger of distracted driving, and 43 states and the District of Columbia forbid texting while driving, yet large percentages of drivers — including roughly three-quarters of teens and other young drivers — continue to do it anyway. We have not managed to put down our devices long enough to get from point A to point B, even…
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    Charity Car Donation News

  • New Car Seat Finder Tool Helps Parents Select Right Car Seats for their Children

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

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

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

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

    jg
    8 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Good news for SUV drivers, their vehicles are getting better fuel economy than ever before, according to a study released at the end of April. Over half of the vehicles sold this year deliver over 23 mpg, with one in nine topping 30 mpg, the study showed. Even some traditional gas guzzlers are now yielding mileage once considered a stretch for small cars, industry and government data reveals, though automakers still face a stretch achieving the 54.5 mpg target facing them in 2025, observers warn. “This has been remarkable,” said Mark Cooper, research director for the Consumer Federation…
 
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  • Nonprofit Monthly Giving | Interview with Michael Faith

    Pamela Grow
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    Since the original 2011 pilot program, monthly giving has played a major role in the evolution of Simple Development Systems. In the book, Retention Fundraising: The New Art and Science of Keeping Your Donors for Life, Roger Craver notes “One important but not so easy retention win should be on everyone’s list: a robust monthly giving or sustainer program. It’s the fundraising equivalent of going steady.” Many of our original and current members have developed their organization’s monthly giving programs. In today’s post I interview Michael Faith, Executive Director of Living…
  • How can you fundraise SMARTER — not harder?

    Pamela Grow
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    We’re just full of paradoxes, aren’t we? Every day you’re out there, dealing with society’s most complex problems, and yet many of us are given next to no resources. We’re expected to tackle serious issues as homelessness and human trafficking…while having our hands tied by funding restrictions. Of course you need to be savvy about how you spend money. But, as the saying goes: “It takes money to make money.” I see it all the time here in the Philadelphia region. When the economy takes a hit, the first thing organizations do is cut their development budget. Big…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Nashville Rescue Mission

    Pamela Grow
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    How are small nonprofit organizations using the power of direct mail to love their donors? Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. Nashville Rescue Mission’s monthly print newsletter never fails to deliver. Catch the strong cover photograph, and the headline: Called out of the Darkness: You Helped Light Ryan’s Path. Even the standard ‘letter from the executive director’ is given new life with a headline focusing on the donor. This newsletter features powerful photography and enduring storytelling. ‘Lives YOU have touched’ covers numbers served…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Mercy Corps Monthly Giving Appeal

    Pamela Grow
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    Mercy Corps, an international development organization, wins with this urgent donor-focused email monthly giving appeal, and strong monthly giving page.  Resources Best Friends Monthly Giving Email Campaign Interview Related Posts:The best thing your nonprofit can do to increase individual…Creating Your Organization’s Monthly Giving Program5 Links That Will Make Your Fundraising…Nonprofit Monthly Giving | Interview with Michael FaithNonprofit Monthly Giving | The Basics and More!The post What’s in my Inbox | Mercy Corps Monthly Giving Appeal appeared first on Pamela…
  • Simple Development Systems Podcast | Creating a Culture of Philanthropy with Andrea McManus

    Pamela Grow
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Developing a culture of philanthropy is critical to your organization’s fundraising success.  But what does it mean? Here are a few signs, from the pages of Simple Development Systems, that your organization has embraced a culture of philanthropy: Everyone understands the need to raise money and is willing to do what it takes to support the effort, regardless of their role in the organization. Everyone represents the organization – and everyone helps to identify potential new friends. Everyone can articulate a case for giving and how a gift will be used. All of your internal…
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits by us

  • When to Hire a Fundraising/Development Consultant – Part II by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Last week I ended with the thought that a good reason to work with a consultant is to help you avoid disaster. Considering that, here are a few more reasons you might want to talk with a development/fundraising consultant. When you want/need to dramatically increase your fundraising goals. Too many nonprofits, wanting to expand their services, arbitrarily increase their fundraising goals … without first determining if the new goal is attainable. A fundraising goal is determined by a number of factors, and a development consultant can help you identify and evaluate all those elements –…
  • When to Hire a Fundraising/Development Consultant – Part I by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    The need to engage a Development/Fundraising consultant depends not only on whether or not your organization already has the specific expertise it needs; but, also, if an outside perspective is needed to help you identify your strengths and/or weaknesses, or if an outsider is needed to help you break up your internal logjam … and get things moving. This is the first in a two-part series addressing the questions of when and why to engage a fundraising consultant. Please note, fundraising consultants are not fund-raisers – they don’t (shouldn’t) do “it” for you. Consultants can…
  • Two Topics This Week: 1. Starting a Bequest Program & 2. Being Quick and Genuine With Your Thanks by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. Your Bequest Program: It’s Easy Getting Started by John Elbare, CFP The simple bequest, which is a charitable gift in a donor’s will (or living trust), still accounts for most planned gifts. Bequest marketing should be a part of every fund raising program. Simple marketing messages can reap huge future revenues for your organization. All of your loyal donors are good prospects for a bequest. Let them know that you are interested in gifts by will. The idea of arranging a bequest simply does not occur to most people. Provide them with a steady stream of reminders. Put your bequest…
  • Checklists – A Valuable Tool for the Nonprofit – Part II by Bill Huddleston

    Bill Huddleston
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    In January 2009, a US Airways jet taking off from LaGuardia airport jet hit a flock of geese 3 minutes after takeoff and immediately lost power in all engines. With two minutes of altitude left, Captain Sully and his crew reached for their checklists dealing with loss of engine power and emergency landings; and, in what is now known as the “Miracle on the Hudson,” safely executed an emergency “landing” on the Hudson River. This is a great example of bravery, coolness under pressure, flawless execution, maybe divine intervention (I’ll leave that up to you), and a least a little good…
  • Things That Fundraising Managers Need To Keep In Mind When Working With Millennials by K. Michael Johnson

    K. Michael Johnson
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. A Love Note From Your Millennials Dear Boss, The Internet, The Internet, The Internet. Love, Your Millennial. I had a boss who would yell questions at us from his desk chair. Didn’t matter what people were doing, or who was around. If he wanted to know something, he’d just blurt it out and expect an answer. Now, we, his mostly-Millennial staff, weren’t really bothered by his gregarious personality. But his questions tended to be the type that could be easily answered with a quick internet search. This we found a little annoying. So, our running-joke response became, “Did you Google…
 
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  • Then vs. Now: Connecting in Person

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Over the past couple of weeks, our colleagues, Joann and Molly, have taken you on a walk down memory lane and examined how participant support has changed over the years through eCommunication and web and phone and email. For the final installment of our “Then vs. Now” series, we’ll examine what we’ve learned over the years about connecting with our participants in person.Despite the prevalence of social media, email and cell phones in our lives, we all know that face-to-face interaction is still invaluable, and is an experience that just can’t be replicated…
  • Then vs. Now: Supporting Participants via Customer Service Efforts

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Last week, in part one of our Then vs. Now series, my friend and colleague Joann talked about the many ways in which things have changed over the years with participant support via website and email communication. Like Joann, I’ve been around for what feels like a million years. In fact, I’ve been helping to create fundraising events for non-profits since 2002. And this week I’m going to talk about the evolution of participant support via customer service efforts, namely phone and email support. My first foray into the non-profit space was on the front lines of…
  • Then vs. Now: Supporting participants via your website and eCommunications

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    This month, we take a look at how customer service and participant communications have changed for events over the past decade in our series: Then vs. Now. We'll look at changes in technology, tactics and the state of the event industry.I’ve been helping to create fundraising events for non-profits since 1998, before anyone slapped an “e” in front of “communication” to create a name for the work I do every day. Back then, we wrote and published printed newsletters, mailing them to participants’ homes. Because of the lead time involved in printed…
  • Event Safety & Security – 3 takeaways from the NCS4 Conference

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    As en event production professional for over 11 years I find it interesting to see how different organizations handle the safety and security of their events. From the staff to participants to the general public, there are quite an array of issues that can come up, and even more possible resolutions. Managing these situations takes skill and finesse, and of course, planning. Attending the annual National Spectator Sports Safety & Security Conference in July brought a revitalized interest in the measures taken to create a safe and secure event. The practices and resources available are…
  • Guest Blog: A Process for Improvement (How to A/B Test)

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    For the past two years, we’ve been working with Cameron Corda and his team to optimize our MuckFest® MS event series website. In this post, he’ll give us an introduction to the A/B testing process and insights into how we’ve applied it.A process for improvementHow many times have you been in a meeting where the process goes something like this?●      There are lots of ideas in the room, commonly beginning with “I think this might work…”●      The decision makers select their…
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • Mission Driven

    janetlevineconsulting
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    Every Thursday, a box of fresh fruit and veggies is delivered to my front door  As wonderful as the produce is–and it is wonderful –what is even more wonderful is the inserted newsletter from the farmer, Thaddeus. His words make … Continue reading →
  • Boards and Fundraising

    janetlevineconsulting
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Often, when I am working with boards and talking about their role in fundraising, someone (often many someones) crosses her arms and snarls, “I didn’t sign up for this.” And, indeed, she probably didn’t, Whoever recruited her probably said words … Continue reading →
  • The Next Best Thing

    janetlevineconsulting
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    By now, you’ve all heard that famous quote from Einstein about how insane it is to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different outcome. And yet, we all do that. I won’t call out … Continue reading →
  • Fundraising As A Solution

    janetlevineconsulting
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    Regularly, I am reminded why I call this blog “Too Busy to Fundraise.” Because you are. Or, more truthfully, you think you are. And so does everyone else at your organization. Not think that YOU are too busy, but that … Continue reading →
  • Accentuate the Postive

    janetlevineconsulting
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    It’s hot and humid—something it rarely is in Los Angeles—and I am in a really cranky mood. I’ve spent too many weekends facilitating really good board retreats where it feels like things are about to take that big step forward, … Continue reading →
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

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

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

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
  • The FeedBlitz REST API

    Phil Hollows
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    The REST API is an XML-based API. It is, like FeedBlitz itself, complex and at times may be challenging to use. For simple use cases, such as integrating a FeedBlitz subscription mechanism into your site or service, we recommend using one of the APIs I’ve already covered this week, or a plugin / widget that has already done the work for you. If you’re building such a plugin, widget or tool, then depending on your use cases you may need to delve into the REST API in some depth. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level:…
 
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    The Fundraising Authority

  • If Famous Fundraisers Had to Start All Over Again… What They Wish They Had Known

    Joe Garecht
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Last month while doing a presentation, I got asked an interesting question. “If you had to start all over in fundraising – back in your first fundraising job… what do you wish you had known that would have made you a better fundraiser?” It’s a great question. I gave it some thought and then gave my answer (which you’ll see below). And since then, I have thought about this question again and again. So often, in fact, that I decided to reach out to some of the best known fundraising consultants, speakers and authors to get their answers as well. I asked them the same question that…
  • Unleash Your Non-Profit’s Online Fundraising Potential (Tips & Tricks)

    Joe Garecht
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    Most non-profits are frustrated with their online fundraising results. The promise of the Internet is huge: a cheap, easy and effective way to reach millions of people who might want to support your organization. The reality is much smaller, at least for most charities. Most organizations struggle to raise money online, and that difference between the promise and the reality is very, very frustrating. Today, I want to present some simple tips and tricks to unleash your organization’s online fundraising potential… but before I do, it’s important that you understand three simple facts…
  • How to Have a Fundraising Breakthrough for Your Organization

    Joe Garecht
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Over the years, I have talked with thousands of non-profit fundraisers, Development Directors, board members and Executive Directors who have told me that they are extremely frustrated… They’re frustrated because they feel like their fundraising is “stuck.” They’re frustrated because their organization is doing amazing work, but has to fight for every dollar. Fundraising at their non-profit has plateaued… and they just don’t know what to do about it. Do you feel the same way?  Do you wish your organization’s fundraising could break through to a…
  • 7 Tips for Better E-Mail Newsletters for Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Does your non-profit use e-mail newsletters to cultivate and steward donors?  If not, it should… e-mail newsletters are one of the easiest and best ways to stay in touch with donors, update them on your work, and make them feel like part of your team. If you are going to be sending out e-newsletters, though, you want to make sure you are doing it the right way.  You want your donors to sit up and take notice, but you also want to make sure that running your e-mail newsletter program doesn’t take lots of time or cause lots of stress at your organization. Here are 7 tips for…
  • Activating Your Prospects = More Donors

    Joe Garecht
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    For many non-profits, the process of turning new prospects into donors goes like this: We meet a potential donor, talk to them, add them to our newsletter list, invite them to a non-ask event, stay in touch with them, and then make an ask. There’s nothing wrong with that process. The cultivation process relies on communicating with our donors, and staying in touch with your prospects through e-mails, newsletters and phone calls is key to turning new prospects into donors who write checks to our organizations on a regular basis. But… if you want to increase the number of prospects who turn…
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  • Dying to give?

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

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

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

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

    peter maple
    18 Dec 2013 | 9:04 am
    I've just being editing a cracking case for support for a new charity working with people in poverty in Ghana. What is particularly interesting is that Ghana is generally viewed as "middle income country (WHO) but in fact some areas are dirt poor as a young teacher doing VSO in Lawra found to her considerable cost. Remote, hot, very very poor the kids spent all day hunting for food rather than walking several kilometres (in that heat) to sit in a shack.However instead of just getting on with the VSO role (to help improve teaching methods) she set about raising the funds to build a kitchen.
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    queer ideas

  • Why do so many fundraisers like asking for such small gifts?

    mark phillips
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    When Mark Astarita recently compared some charities to pound shops, he was right on the button. Just like the pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap stores found on our high streets, charities have jumped on the discounting bandwagon. You'd like to inoculate a child? Yes ma'am. That'll be £3 please. Kerching! It's never been easier - or cheaper - to change the world. See an ad, call or send a text and within seconds you're being told that you've done something amazing. All you have to do is click on a link to the YouTube video to see the proof. Why pay more?
  • How soon does the sorry window close?

    mark phillips
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    When a friend or colleague is bereaved, it can be hard to know what to do or say. The struggle to find the right words can even end up in avoidance; all because you don't want to upset them through saying the wrong thing. The fact is, grieving people need to be allowed to be upset. They need to be allowed to come to terms with the death of someone they love. They need to be able to remember them in the way that helps the most. And as a friend, one of the very worst things you can do, is to do nothing at all. And what works on a personal level, also works for fundraising. Let me…
  • Why don't all donors care about impact?

    mark phillips
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:47 am
    A new report on donor attitudes has just been published by Ipsos Mori. Undertaken on behalf of New Philanthropy Capital, the survey looks at issues of trust, general levels of satisfaction, thoughts on CEO salaries and the importance of impact. It was this final area that caught my eye. As part of the survey, they asked "How much attention, if any, do you pay to evidence that the organisation is having an impact when you give to charity?". I was surprised to read that only 9% of the respondents said they paid extremely close attention to impact whereas 50% didn't seem to care…
  • The 2014 fundraising decision making flow chart

    mark phillips
    26 Feb 2014 | 3:11 pm
    At the heart of any fundraising programme lies a plan. That plan identifies an audience, details what they will receive, through what communication channels, timings and what actions the recipients will hopefully take. They can be hefty documents akin to a telephone directory or something a little more accessible. The Children's Society for example, has been able to refine their fundraising strategy to the point where it fits on a business card. But no matter what size, a plan is essential. And if you are currently looking at your charity's fundraising plan for the next financial…
  • What happens when Stephen Fry actually does mention you in a tweet?

    mark phillips
    13 Feb 2014 | 4:58 am
    Sit in any discussion about how a charity can promote a campaign on social media and it won't be long before someone suggests asking Stephen Fry to tweet about it. Being very kind, intelligent and rather lovely, he is known to tweet on behalf of a wide range of non-profit organisations. And with over 6.5 million followers, he can drive some serious traffic to a website. So what does happen when Stephen mentions a campaign or a cause in a tweet? Stephen mentioned wecometogether.org in this tweet on Monday the tenth of February at 5.57pm. The site went crazy. Within two minutes we'd…
 
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    Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates

  • Top 10 Year-End Fundraising Strategies for 2014

    Gail
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    What kind of appeal and message will make your 2014 donors respond with generosity?  Here are the top current fundraising strategies that will help you raise the most in your fall annual fund campaign. These are tested and research proven fundraising strategies – compiled just for you! If you want specific coaching and examples to help shape your own year-end campaign, from the smartest gurus around, you can join my 2014 Highly Profitable Year-End Campaign master classes that start next week.  1. Use a single image to tell your story and make the ask. Can an amazing photo do all the…
  • 112 Tips to Raise More Money by Mail

    Gail
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    Direct mail is a major workhorse for all nonprofits. And regardless of what you hear or think about online giving, most gifts still come via the mail. Direct mail is the most important fundraising and communications tool you have. Here’s a smart guide to help you nail all aspects of your mailing package. I’ve updated my annual list of Top Tips to Raise More Money by Mail with the latest 2014 research and recommendations from my favorite mail gurus. Warning: this is a very long post! If you don’t want to keep scrolling, you can download the complete pdf by filling out this form here.
  • Listen Your Way to the (Major) Gift

    Gail
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    What’s the toughest lesson to learn in major gift fundraising? To know when to shut up. Here’s how to set yourself up for failure – or success with your major donor. Just imagine: Here you are, ready to meet with a major donor prospect. You’re getting ready to walk into her home, and you are all prepared. You’ve got your materials, your script, your presentation all set. And you are probably going to bomb out. Why? Your donor doesn’t want to listen to a presentation. She’s not interested in listening to you go on and on and on about how great your organization is and what…
  • The Zen of Raising Money from Individual Donors

    Gail
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Can you tell if this person is wealthy? Here’s a brilliant guest post from my NYC buddy Andrea Kihlstedt. I think you will like it! When your folks say, “We don’t know anyone with money,” here’s some inspiration for them – and for you: _________ I’ve been volunteering for a small arts organization here in New York City teaching them how to raise money. The two people who founded the Center, I’ll call them John and Jesse, have created a remarkable program based on their passion for photo journalism. They’ve spent a huge amount of time and energy…
  • 5 Tips for Making Your Donors Love You

    Gail
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Your donor has just sent in another gift! Hurray! So you reply with a wonderful, personal thank you note. And then you call her to say thanks. In addition to the paper letter that you send. Then what? You have to communicate with her . . .  so you can continue to build that warm, close relationship with her. You’ll send your newsletter. And you’ll send email alerts and updates. But will it matter? Will she pay attention? Will she care? Here are 5 smart tips from my favorite communications expert Kivi Leroux Miller on how to make her pay attention and love you even more. 1. Ask donors to…
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    Online Fundraising Today

  • Planning an Online Charity Auction for Your School

    Maureen
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Grace School is planning an online charity auction well in advance of their actual school fundraising event in February. The Grace Auction committee members are already working with their community in procuring auction items, marketing and designing their charity auction website. “We Invite you to`Log on & Share your Love´in our First Ever Online Auction. “ Grace School has added several auction items including objects of art and a local winery tasting and tour. Their teachers and students are offering special services and events such as a chef for a day, a coach for a day…
  • Engage Parents in School Fundraising Initiatives

    Kari
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    In a recent blog post, we noted that along with “back-to-school” comes “back-to-fundraising”. A very important part of school fundraising is gaining the support of the parents. (especially for the younger students). How can schools do this? Below we share some helpful tips to help engage parents with school fundraisers: Limit the Number of Fundraisers. One very important thing to keep in mind is that kids have “other” engagements that require fundraising. If they are involved in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts they are likely out there selling cookies or popcorn.
  • How Technology is Changing Philanthropy

    Kari
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Recently a study was published on Computer Science Zone – “Charity and Technology: How Tech is changing Philanthropy” We thought this article was particularly interesting to our customers and partners as we all work together to help you raise more money by bringing your charitable causes online – helping you reach more people and raise more money for your cause! Like all other areas of business and our personal life, technology changes the way we think and behave. What does this mean for philanthropy? with the internet and increasing usage of mobile devices and social…
  • Back to School Fundraising Ideas

    Kari
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    It’s back-to-school time…which also often means school fundraising time! Many schools choose to host their school fundraising events at the beginning of the year. Why? Well, for one…students, parents and teachers are all enthusiastic about the new year. There are many forms parents must read and sign…and therefore this becomes a great time to introduce you upcoming fundraising events throughout the school year.  This is also often the time when the school PTA starts recruiting members and volunteers to assist with PTA fundraising campaigns. So what kind of school…
  • Paradise Empowers Golf Fore Kids

    Maureen
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Paradise Empowers Golf Fore Kids commences on August 26, 2014. This dynamic charity golf tournament provides funds for tutoring to help children improve their grades, life skills workshops to fortify and enable them to make better life choices, classes to stimulate their minds, bodies and souls such as piano lessons, and educational and cultural field trips to children who otherwise may not have been afforded such opportunities. “Our one-on-one and group-sponsored activities successfully encourage kids to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams.” The schedule for the Paradise…
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    Fundraising Detective

  • Fundraising reading round-up - with two shameless plugs!

    Fundraising Detective
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    First of all this week, two shameless plugs! When this goes live I'll be half way to Snowdonia as tomorrow I'll be undertaking a 35km hike, bike ride and kayak up, down and around Mount Snowdon. Those of you who have met me will know I am not a natural athlete, so this is a huge personal challenge for me. I'm raising funds for RLSB, the wonderful charity I work for. If you find the blog useful, then it would be fantastic if you could sponsor me over at Justgiving. All money raised will help to give blind babies the best possible start in life. In return, I promise a 'warts…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    A little bit later than usual, it's time for another fundraising reading round-up. Enjoy. August's Nonprofit Blog Carnival is now live. This month the topic is raising awareness for your cause and is hosted by Kivi's Nonprofit Communications blog. Donor Relations Guru shares a strategic donor relations plan. The Hilborn blog with a reminder that it costs money to raise money. Another mystery shopping test, another set of disappointing results. Bloomerang are the latest to discover the poor level of donor care in our profession. Kivi Leroux Miller shares a great list of…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    There is only place to start this week- the ALS Ice Bucket challenge meme that has taken over the world! There has been a lot of blogs on the subject. Here are a small selection of my favourite: A good starting point is Network for Good's article on why the #icebucketchallenge works. Beth Kanter wonders if a slow news cycle is a factor in it's success. Seth shares his views on slacktivism. Simon Scriver looks at some of the criticism the campaign has received. Though, to be honest, it's the introduction that I loved! In the UK there has been controversy as Macmillan Cancer Care…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    It's the middle of the summer holidays, so only a short round-up this week. There's still some gems that I hope you'll enjoy. Happy reading! A top street fundraiser shares some of his secrets at Fundraiser Magazine. I hope we read more from frontline fundraisers rather than directors and agencies. Great to read James' everyday experiences. The centenary of the start of the World War 1 inspired Tobin Aldrich to blog about some of the lessons we can learn. Also, if you haven’t read it already, then Tony Charalambides has written two great posts on fundraising in Great War…
  • Welcoming Donors and Securing Second Gifts from the Nonprofit Blog Carnival

    Fundraising Detective
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Welcome to the July Nonprofit Blog Carnival. This month I've assembled the best articles and resources on welcoming your donors and securing that all important second gift. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed. I hope you enjoy reading the articles and pick up some tips that you can put into action to boost your donor retention. General Tips and Advice Erik Anderson (Donor Dreams Blog) took the time to ask his colleagues and friends 'What do you do to welcome donors to your cause to surprise and delight them?' He had a great response and there is a fab collection of…
 
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    CoolData blog

  • What predictor variables should you avoid? Depends on who you ask

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

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

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

    kevinmacdonell
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    We’ve all faced this problem: Duplicate rows in our data. It messes up our reports and causes general confusion and consternation for people we supply data to. The good news is you can take care of this problem fairly easily in an SQL query using a handy function called LISTAGG. I discovered this almost by accident just this […]
  • Mine your donor data with this baseball-inspired analysis

    kevinmacdonell
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    I’ve got baseball analytics on my mind. I don’t know if it’s because of the onset of July or because of a recent mention of CoolData on Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog, but I have been deeply absorbed in an analysis of donor giving behaviours inspired by Silver’s book, “The Signal and the Noise.” It might give […]
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    The Agitator

  • Doing Versus Wishing

    Tom Belford
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Wearing your fundraiser hat, what are you wishing for today? A 7-figure bequest? An executive director or CEO who values fundraising and likes to do it. A 2% response to your current acquisition mailing? A client who gets it? Any new client? A big fat 3-year foundation grant? A new development director? A record-high retention rate? Someone to explain search engine optimization? A call back from your key major donor? A report that as of 30 September your YTD fundraising revenue is up 25% over this time last year? A promotion? [Go back to previous wish!] OK, you might not
  • Video Fundraising: Meet Chuna

    Tom Belford
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Online video viewing steadily grows, with consumers increasing grouchy and disinterested when marketers don’t provide video support for their marketing messages. Do you think those expectations are any different with fundraising messages? I sure don’t. And I’ll provide some evidence in a moment. First, here’s a report on video viewing that measures mobile video viewing as up 400% over the last two years, up 127% in the last year. These guys project that viewing via mobile devices will account for more than half of all online video views by 2016. Not surprisingly, 1-3…
  • The Idiocy Of ‘Testing’

    Roger Craver
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:57 pm
    One of the great barriers to growth is the idiocy of ‘testing’. Not because testing is bad, but because most fundraisers and their consultants don’t have the slightest idea what real testing is all about. When in doubt, “Let’s test it”. Consequently countless thousands/millions are spent and the result is vapid stargazing, at best. And months and months of time wasted at worst. ‘Analysis Paralysis’, a horribly expensive disease that infects our sector, especially the direct response folks and their consultants, is epidemic. Problem is, everyone talks…
  • No Fire, No Risk, No Challenge

    Tom Belford
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Roger appears to be in an agitated — and agitating — mood. Recently he’s written When Founders Leave, which talks about the progressive loss of ‘fire in the belly’ when nonprofits, especially advocacy groups, are taken over by ‘hired gun’ executives and development directors. And a couple of weeks earlier, he wrote In Praise Of The Fundraising 6000, a title that belied Roger’s core message: “…our trade must rank right down there with DMV clerks, baggage handlers, and many nonprofit CEOs — those in trades who get by with…
  • When Founders Leave

    Roger Craver
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Make no mistake. Most fundraisers today have little fire in their bellies compared to the founders of their movements. That’s not their fault. But it is a reminder that movements and causes pretty quickly run out of steam when founders retire, die or otherwise leave the scene. That’s the principal reason most of today’s advocacy organizations over 40 years old — right or left — are in trouble. No fire in the belly. No founder to keep folks fired up. When the founder or principal mover and shaker leaves the scene
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  • Dying to give?

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

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

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

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

    18 Dec 2013 | 9:04 am
    I've just being editing a cracking case for support for a new charity working with people in poverty in Ghana. What is particularly interesting is that Ghana is generally viewed as "middle income country (WHO) but in fact some areas are dirt poor as a young teacher doing VSO in Lawra found to her considerable cost. Remote, hot, very very poor the kids spent all day hunting for food rather than walking several kilometres (in that heat) to sit in a shack.However instead of just getting on with the VSO role (to help improve teaching methods) she set about raising the funds to build a kitchen.
 
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • Have You Tried a Raffle Fundraiser?

    Raffle Tickets
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Have You Tried a Raffle Fundraiser? Raffles are easy to organize and the tickets are generally easy to sell. However, because raffles are a type of lottery, there are laws that govern this type of fundraising (refer to “Raffle Laws & Requirements“). Before you commit, see what’s involved in planning a raffle fundraiser. This will help get you started. Money Raffle: Monetary raffles can be arranged for just about any price range. Example 1: Sell 300 raffle tickets for $100 per ticket. Income is $30,000. First Prize-$10,000; Second Prize-$5,000; Third Prize: $2,500.
  • Getting Prizes for Your Raffle Fundraisers

    Raffle Tickets
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    Getting Prizes for Your Raffle Fundraisers Raffles are one of the most popular and cost effective ways to raise money for a non profit organization. However, it would not be a raffle if you had nothing to give away! So what kind of prizes should you have? First of all, put yourself in your potential supporter’s shoes – What if someone comes up to you and says they are selling raffle tickets? What prize would you like to win? Here are some prizes that attract many people’s attention: Cars – Sports cars, Luxury cars, SUV’s in this years model. Another great…
  • Raffle Tickets to Promote Your Business

    Raffle Tickets
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Raffle Tickets to Promote Your Business Kids and adults alike feel a thrill at the announcement of a raffle. Toys! Gift Cards! Electronics! Free stuff! If the cost of ticket is reasonable for the prizes offered, you’ll find a wide array of people scrambling to win. For small businesses, a raffle could draw customers in- initially for the prospect of garnering free trinkets, but then developing a curiosity in the institution it derived from. For larger and more well-known companies, a raffle gives the corporation a fun aspect as well as helps retain customer loyalty. In today’s world…
  • Creating Great Non-Profit Websites

    Raffle Tickets
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Creating Great Non-Profit Websites Quality web design and maintenance can be pricy. Therefore it’s not surprising that when building websites non profit and charity organizations often come up lacking in both design and features. By necessity, these organizations provide a minimal budget for advertising purposes – including website design and hosting. However, with a few creative solutions, non profit websites can be just as dynamic as those of mega corporations. There are a variety of free or low cost website hosting options available. Many of these offer simple template design,…
  • Your Organization Profits With a Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Your Organization Profits With a Raffle Fundraiser In this time and day non-profit organizations rely mainly on fundraisers to help cover the cost of expenses. These non-profit organization can get the most out of any fundraiser by having a raffle fundraiser. A raffle brings in opportunities to give donated items to a person that buys Raffle tickets and wins a drawing. However if the company wants to bring in as much customers as they can to sell raffle tickets they will need prizes that are worth the money to spend on tickets. These items can be donated items or antique items. What ever the…
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    Common Sense Fundraising

  • Why Your Year-End Ask Should Last 12 Months

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

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

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

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

    admin
    25 Feb 2014 | 12:56 am
    The first of a series of blogs – upcoming blogs include: How to Set Up and Use A Twitter Account and Blog to Drive Traffic to Your Website By Marcie L. Wagner, CFRE A free service offered by Facebook; you can not only promote yourself (as most do), it is increasing essential to promote you nonprofit in order to share your stories, photos attached to those stories or photos of your events. A Facebook page for your organization gain you “fans” rather than “friends” through the “like” button. Similar to a personal Facebook page, you want to continually…
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    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies

  • Businesses Benefit With Raffle Based Marketing Strategy

    Bruce Hassel
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Businesses Benefit With Raffle Based Marketing Strategy Ever wonder how businesses afford those crazy promotional offers, or why sports events are always raffling off cars and other grand prizes to the fans? If your businesses is in need of a marketing tactic to add to your arsenal, have a look at “Impact a Life” college scholarship contributor Emily Van Horn for some terrific insights. Thanks Emily for your contribution, and best of luck! To read  Emily Van Horn’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Businesses Benefit With Raffle Based Marketing Strategy You can…
  • Planning Your Raffle Fundraiser

    Bruce Hassel
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Planning Your Raffle Fundraiser If your non-profit organization is planning to raise funds with a raffle fundraiser, you’ll want to have a look at Dracena Bell-Smith’s helpful “Impact a Life” college scholarship essay. Dracena is a student at Peru State College and we wish her well in her studies! To read  Dracena Bell-Smith’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Planning Your Raffle Fundraiser You can help  Dracena Bell-Smith’s pursuit of a scholarship award by clicking the “sharing is caring” buttons below. There are some guidelines that can be…
  • Businesses Offer Free Raffle Tickets to Boost Sales

    Bruce Hassel
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Businesses Offer Free Raffle Tickets to Boost Sales “Impact a Life” college scholarship essayist  Dorothy Boozer takes an interesting and informative look at the following essay topic: Describe how a business (including retail and service) can derive promotional and customer loyalty/retention benefit by utilizing a raffle in their marketing efforts. Thank you Dorothy, and best of luck with your studies! To read  Dorothy Boozer’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Businesses Offer Free Raffle Tickets to Boost Sales You can help  Dorothy Boozer’s pursuit of a…
  • Raffles as a Marketing and Revenue Increasing Tool

    Bruce Hassel
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    Raffles as a Marketing and Revenue Increasing Tool “Impact a Life” college scholarship essayist  Anthony Mei takes a thorough look at utilizing raffle tickets to attract and retain customers for your business, proving once-again that raffles aren’t strictly for non-profit fundraisers. Thank you Anthony, and best of luck with your studies! To read  Anthony Mei’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Raffles as a Marketing and Revenue Increasing Tool You can help  Anthony Mei’s pursuit of a scholarship award by clicking the “sharing is caring” buttons below.
  • Raffle Fundraising Tips 101

    Bruce Hassel
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Raffle Fundraising Tips 101 If you would like some great ideas and tips on how to hold a raffle fundraiser for your non-profit organization, look no further than Margaret Bryan’s fine “Impact a Life” scholarship essay contribution. Kudos to Margaret, and best of luck! To read Margaret Bryan’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Raffle Fundraising Tips 101 You can help Margaret Bryan’s pursuit of a college scholarship award by clicking the “sharing is caring” buttons below. Non-profit organizations can benefit from raffle ticket sales in many different ways…
 
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    Fundraising Compass

  • Game Theory: One Tool For Understanding Donor Motivation

    gisraeli
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    By Greg Bowden, CFRE Development professionals often say fundraising is both an art and a science. Allowing for a blend of some art and some science leaves a lot of room for interpretation. There are no magic proportions of art and science in order to succeed. I might adjust my blend multiple times during my career, during a campaign, or even within a single cycle with a donor. Major gifts require emotional commitments. It is difficult—even unfair—to reduce those gifts to equations and statistics. But there is also a great deal of experiential knowledge about fundraising, particularly in…
  • Analytics: A Cadenced Strategy

    gisraeli
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    By Carol Belair, Senior Consultant, Target Analytics at Blackbaud Over the past 19 ½ years, I have worked with thousands of nonprofit clients to recommend strategies for implementing predictive analytics projects and to help them identify specific types of prospective donors. My colleagues and I tremendously enjoy what we do, and have had many clients report tremendous success with our recommendations. One could say that we have made some interesting observations from our clients’ feedback and I believe that one of the most prevalent observations is that clients often feel a sense of…
  • How to Be Heard by Foundations Not Accepting Unsolicited Proposals

    gisraeli
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Originally posted by George Ford for Foundation Center’s Eye On FDO blog. (Reprinted with permission of the Foundation Center.) The question of how to attract the attention of foundations that give only to pre-selected organizations (by some estimates, this is as many as 60 percent of all foundations) is a vexing one, and one that we hear frequently from our FDO users, library visitors, and other constituents. Personally, I hear from many FDO users who simply click the “Exclude grantmakers not accepting applications” checkbox on their searches and never see other prospects.
  • Grant Seeking? Upping your Odds of Funding

    gisraeli
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    By Tracy Kaufman, Program Associate, Foundation Center Working in the Foundation Center’s busy New York library, we see dozens of scrappy, ambitious nonprofits pass through our doors every day in search of their next grant (or in some cases, their very first grant). The first step through which we typically guide these organizations is pinpointing some specific funders who may have an interest in their cause, whether it’s healthcare, the environment, performing arts, or what have you. However, finding a list of prospective funders is just the first step. When choosing who to approach and…
  • Politics, the Ask and Prospect Research

    gisraeli
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    By Greg Alcock, Nonprofit Management and Fundraising Executive Many of us have been taught to politely avoid discussing politics with anyone other than our closest acquaintances. Perhaps the only topics considered more socially taboo would include chatting about personal finances or postmortem legacies with a virtual stranger over dinner. Given that fundraisers regularly break these conventional boundaries, we are either among the most socially inept people on the planet or… the most daring of societal tight rope walkers. Considering that success in our profession requires us to be…
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    Double the Donation

  • What Nonprofits Can Learn About Social Media Success From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Brian Beard
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    With the recent explosive success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease), we here at Double the Donation wanted to touch upon the power of social media and how nonprofit organizations can use it to engage supporters and increase awareness about matching gift programs. The ALS Association’s social media campaign touched upon three very important factors that other nonprofits should make sure to utilize, especially when discussing matching gifts: The campaign made a direct ask. The campaign got followers and non-followers to promote the…
  • 4 Reasons Why Your Company Needs a Matching Gifts Program

    Adam Weinger
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Source: Truist Photo Credit Lets face it, your employees love a good cause. That’s why businesses with a corporate philanthropy program consistently have happier, more engaged, and productive employees than those that do not. There are a myriad of ways companies can get behind the causes they care about and make meaningful change in their local and global communities. Matching gift programs are just one way to do that. They boost contributions and encourage employees to exceed their company’s philanthropic goals, while giving more dollars to charities. In their 2011 survey of…
  • Expert Advice on Taking Advantage of #GivingTuesday

    Erin Ehrlich
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    #GivingTuesday might not be until December, but because planning and preparation are key to any successful campaign, we think the best time to start thinking about how to take advantage of this fundraising opportunity is now! Double the Donation’s team has compiled advice from over 30 experts on how nonprofit organizations can make #GivingTuesday a hit. Good luck! Start Planning Now! Far and away, the most common piece of advice was to start planning as soon as possible. Getting a head start on promotions, social media trends, marketing materials, and getting in touch with donors…
  • Three Examples of Companies Using Facebook to Share Dollars for Doers Information

    Adam Weinger
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    At Double the Donation we not only talk a lot about how nonprofits can raise more money from employee matching gift and Dollars for Doers programs but we also like to highlight ways companies can better manage their employee giving programs. With employee participation rates all over the board it’s clear many companies can do a better job promoting these giving programs to employees. One easy and free way is to use social media. Here are three examples of how companies use Facebook to promote their Dollars for Doers programs. CH2M Hill – Announcing the Launch of  a New Dollars…
  • DonorPerfect Matching Gift Integration Guide

    Adam Weinger
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Does your nonprofit use DonorPerfect for your donor management software and to accept / process donations? Are you looking to incorporate matching gift information into both your DonorPerfect donation pages as well as across your organization’s broader fundraising? If so then this guide is for you. Either follow the steps in the below article or download our complete DonorPerfect matching gift integration guide. Double the Donation’s Relationship with DonorPerfect: DonorPerfect is a leading provider of donor management software which helps nonprofits cultivate donor…
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    CauseVox

  • How Daniel Perrett Raised $20,000 For Chab Dai

    Sara Choe
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Who are you and what is your campaign? As a recent McGill university graduate I came up with the crazy idea ride my bicycle from Montreal to Vancouver–thats about 5000 km/3000 miles. Over the past year I have been exposed to the reality of human trafficking in Canada and I decided that I wanted to ride for an organization working to end modern slavery. So when I learned that Chab Dai, a global anti-trafficking organization, needed funds to create a database of all the Canadian organizations fighting human trafficking I knew that I had found a reason to ride. Why did you choose CauseVox?
  • Movers & Shakers: Kyle Westaway Partner Founder of Westaway Law

    Neesha
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Meet Kyle, a lawyer who represents social entrepreneurs, a billowing niche of clients. When Kyle was developing his own startup he recognized an emerging trend and professional need in the social good world (stay tuned to find out what it is!). This is when he decided to leverage his professional expertise in law for the good of these nonprofits and for profits by starting Westaway Law. Now let’s hear from him. Kyle, what do you do? A few different things. I run a law firm which focuses on social entrepreneurs around innovation and social good innovation and I also co-teach on social…
  • New Guide: How to Plan for a Successful #GivingTuesday Campaign

    Jenna Sauber
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    #GivingTuesday is a one-day annual movement focused just on charitable giving. In the two years since #GivingTuesday was launched, the campaign has engaged more than 10,000 organizations around the world, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2013, collective reporting showed a 90% increase in online giving compared to 2012, and a 270% increase in giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year’s #GivingTuesday, on December 2, will be even bigger, and it’s not too early to start planning how your nonprofit or cause can get in on the action. We’ve pulled together a short…
  • Gearing Up for #GivingTuesday

    Jenna Sauber
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    We can hardly believe it, but yes, fall is essentially here (at least in terms of football, pumpkin spice lattes, and back-to-school), and that means the holiday season isn’t too far away either. Does your nonprofit already have a holiday giving campaign plan, or are you holding onto those last few weeks of summer? In the last few years, the nonprofit community has rallied around a day to call their own during the holidays, which is all about philanthropy. #GivingTuesday was created by the 92 Street Y in New York City and the UN Foundation in DC to counter against Black Friday and Cyber…
  • 4 Traits To Hire For In a Fundraising Professional

    Hila Mehr
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    You’ve decided it’s time to hire your first fundraising professional (yay!). Fundraising can be complicated work and requires a specialized skill-set. Not only do fundraising professionals need to be good at research, but they need to be excellent at schmoozing and strategic thinking. That’s a lot to ask of one person, which is why many large nonprofits have multiple fundraising team members to fulfill these specific roles. If you’re starting out with hiring your first fundraising professional, here are the top four traits you should look for so that you can ramp-up your fundraising…
 
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    FUNDRAISING MIX

  • Food Makeover – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Why does the food in commercials always look better than the food you get served in restaurants? It’s all thanks to food stylists and skilled graphic designers. And while it’s (somewhat) deceptive, it’s also the inspiration behind a unique fundraising idea! At a Food Makeover Fundraiser, people pay a fee to have pictures of food […]
  • Talent Studio – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    Everybody is good at something. It doesn’t matter who you are, there’s at least one thing you can do better than anybody else. A Talent Studio Fundraiser plays off this fact, offering to teach a unique skill or skills to a crowd of people for an entrance fee. These can range from simple things like […]
  • Mystery Appraisal – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    We buy with our eyes; that’s why companies spend TIME making their products as attractive as possible. But have you ever gone shopping using your sense of touch? And no, we’re not talking “Five Finger Discount” diving, either. At a Mystery Appraisal Fundraiser, participants are blindfolded and have to choose merchandise using only their hands. […]
  • Idea Bank – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Are you talented in brainstorming ideas? If so, an Idea Bank Fundraiser might be the one for you! Put simply, this fundraising event gathers a bunch of ideas, and then people pay a fee to “withdraw” them. These can be about anything: from Halloween costume ideas to things to do late at night that don’t […]
  • World Records – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Breaking a world record is an accomplishment that not many people can claim. This fundraising idea, however, will let everyone experience the thrill of breaking one. A World Records Fundraiser charges participants a small fee to submit video proof of breaking a record. Once a predetermined deadline is met, all the evidence is reviewed. The […]
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    Tony Martignetti

  • Nonprofit Radio for October 3, 2014: ALS After Ice Bucket Challenge

    Julia Campbell
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Subscribe via iTunes to get the podcast automatically My Guest: Barbara Newhouse: ALS After Ice Bucket Challenge I’m excited to welcome ALS Association president & CEO Barbara Newhouse! She’ll share the thrills and…
  • Nonprofit Radio for September 26, 2014: Critical Development Committee & Creative Commons 101

    Julia Campbell
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the September 26, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Greg Cohen: Critical Development Committee Greg Cohen is senior associate at Cause Effective. He wants you to understand how important your development committee is to your…
  • Nonprofit Radio for September 19, 2014: Buyer Beware & Managing Your Big Spike

    Julia Campbell
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the September 19, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Don Jean: Buyer Beware Don Jean Don Jean is CEO of FocusedBuyer.com. He’s got tips for buying smarter, from accounting services to zoo animals. How do you start a…
  • Nonprofit Radio for September 12, 2014: Your Online Approach Plan & IRS Helps You Market

    Julia Campbell
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the September 12, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Tulani Elisa, Dottie Hodges & Amanda Heidtke: Your Online Approach Plan With (l to r) Tulani Elisa, Dottie Hodges & Amanda Heidtke at NTC If you want to reach and…
  • Get Off ALS’s Back

    Julia Campbell
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
      Get Off ALS’s Back is a post from: Tony Martignetti
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    DonorDriven Blog

  • Infographic: Making a second ask really pays off.

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Nonprofits are pretty happy when an event participant sends out an email to all their friends and family, talks about their participation in a Facebook update or tweets out the link to their fundraising page. But our recent study finds that almost half of the donations your supporters are raising for your cause are coming from the donor’s second visit (or later) to the fundraising page. To improve your peer-to-peer fundraising, your supporters must make many asks. At DonorDrive, we’ve gathered much client input and have done a lot of testing with user interface design…
  • So...what's the plan for next year?

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    It’s that time? Already? We know for most of you, your fall events are well underway, but for everyone it’s time to start thinking about 2015. We have some practical advice for helping you create a schedule that can make 2015 go smoothly: Do it now. What can you move off your plate to devote full attention to effectively planning next year? If you have a schedule firmly in place soon, maybe even before your...
  • Infographic: Seniors are big givers to Millennial events.

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    As the population grays, seniors are playing a bigger and bigger role in online fundraising. According to recent numbers from Dunham and Company, seniors are now just as likely to give online as those under 65. And as Baby Boomers head for retirement we’re gaining more seniors. It's easy to make assumptions about who seniors give to, but don't. Even if your events focus on Millennials, you may be missing out on donations from senior. DonorDrive stats show that Grandma and Grandpa are giving to their grandkids events. Though...
  • Effective onboarding: Fostering talent for your organization's future success.

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    There’s a serious industry-wide problem in retaining nonprofit staff, especially fundraisers. Raising money is a tough job to do. It‘s not for everyone, so there will always be some attrition of fundraising staff and frankly—this is a positive thing. But the real problem is that we lose good people who are capable of being good fundraisers because we don’t train them to be good fundraisers. To fix it, we have to dump our old ideas about onboarding and training. Then we need to invest in new ways to train new staff. The onboarding and training plan…
  • Growing events through donor renewal.

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    I continually hear from organizations using peer-to-peer fundraising for their signature events that they're in a crisis right now. The problem? They've been steadily losing donors. The first thing to understand is that it's not a donor crisis. It's a participant crisis. If you dig deep into your numbers, you'll find that you've also lost those participants in your peer-to-peer events that brought you the donors. We all know that when donors are giving to your run or walk, chances are they're not donating to your organization. They probably donated because a friend was a participant in that…
 
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    Blog - Selfish Giving

  • The Last Word on the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Joe Waters
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    What's the final say on the Ice Bucket Challenge (IBC)? Did it achieve all its goals, or did people get all wet for nothing?Michael Hoffman, Kivi Leroux Miller and I sat down for a Google hangout to hash out the answers. I couldn't have picked two smarter people to discuss the fundraiser.The Talking Heads  Michael Hoffman is CEO of See3, a digital agency for do-gooders. Michael is "da man" when it comes to online video for nonprofits. He's also a long-time consultant to nonprofit leaders on online fundraising, advocacy and community engagement strategies.Michael had the bright…
  • The Definitive Guide to Fundraising with Products & Services

    Joe Waters
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Purchase-triggered fundraisers - sometimes called percentage-of-sale fundraisers or "buy to donate" programs - with businesses are one of the more common and lucrative types of fundraisers. You'll see plenty of these fundraisers next month during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.During Pinktober, some of the largest companies in the United States donate to breast cancer charities when consumers purchase specially marked products. The percentage or portion of sales donated to charity varies by company and promotion, but the dollars can really add up.While McDonald’s donates just a penny from…
  • Ep100: Crowdfunding for Nonprofits and Businesses: 7 Best Practices

    Joe Waters
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Richard Swart, the Director of Research on Crowdfinance at University of California at Berkeley and author of the World Bank’s Report On Global Crowdfunding, on how nonprofit and for-profit brands can strategically use crowdfunding. Richard Swart Companies across America are partnering with nonprofits and crowdfunding platforms to leverage their social reach and extend their CSR messaging. Crowdfunding has become an accepted CSR activity, with very little downside and incredible potential.For Richard, crowdfunding is when people are…
  • 8 Facebook Contests to Build Your Fan Base, Support Nonprofits

    Joe Waters
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Pouring ice water on your head isn't the only way to raise money with Facebook. Here are eight more ways!The Ice Bucket Challenge proved that social awareness and fundraising need one social network to succeed: Facebook. As the challenge grew, millions of people rushed to Facebook to share their videos and to challenge others to post their videos. While not one dollar was raised for ALS on Facebook, tens of millions of dollars were raised because of Facebook.I've asked my friends at CafeGive, a company that specializes in social media apps that help businesses, nonprofits and marketing…
  • The Real Man Behind the Success of the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Joe Waters
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Who's responsible for the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge? My pick is Jerry Lewis. While others are responsible for the launch and promotion of this very successful fundraiser, Jerry Lewis put muscular dystrophy - of which ALS is one form - on the map.Lewis' annual MDA Telethon raised BILLIONS over four decades. But, more importantly, Jerry's efforts elevated public awareness of an obscure and rare disease. The organizations that are benefiting from the Ice Bucket Challenge - like the ALS Association - wouldn't be in business if it wasn't for the groundwork Lewis laid.In…
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