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  • The Top 5 Fundraising Sites Your Non-profit Should Be Listed on

    Fundraiser Insight
    admin
    1 Feb 2014 | 6:28 am
    Promoting your non-profit organization is one of your key tasks as a fundraiser. After all, no one can donate funds if they don’t know where they’re needed. The Web gives you access to a global noticeboard that you can use to get exposure and recognition for your non-profit, and setting up an entry on any of these sites is easier than you might think. #1 – Charity Navigator www.charitynavigator.org Charity Navigator lists hundreds of different non-profit organizations split up across several key categories, including the environment, education, health and animals. It enables…
  • Checklist: Attracting Corporate Sponsors for Your Event

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

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    admin
    1 Feb 2014 | 6:31 am
    There are different variations of the pajama fundraiser, but there’s one common theme: pajamas! The idea is that your participants pay (or get sponsored) to come to work or school in their pajamas. Everyone enjoys a day of casual, comfortable dress while raising some much-needed funds for your organization. As the pajama fundraiser is so flexible, you can modify to suit all kinds of groups. Rather than having a pajama-wearing day at school or work, you could instead have a sleepover night where people get in their pajamas very early on. Choose whatever works best for your particular…
  • Our 8 Favorite Summer Fundraisers

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

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    gisraeli
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    By Armando Zumaya Senior Vice President, Business Development and Campaign, The Mexican Museum Don’t you hate unsolicited advice? I do. So let me give you some. There is a better way to work with your Prospect Research and Management teams. When I lecture and meet my colleagues who lead large development teams, it’s becoming more common to hear smart and nimble prospecting and prospect management teams support VP level staff and their leadership. However, it’s also amazing how many of my colleagues still put their Prospect Research and Management staff way down the organizational chart…
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  • LSU sets fundraising record with $193M

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:13 pm
    In the past year, LSU has shattered several major fundraising records — efforts that university leaders say will help the university grow and improve programs — even as state funding remains relatively stagnant. Faced with the possibility of ...
  • Relationship Fundraising Research Sponsored by Pursuant Reaches First Milestone

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Pursuant is pleased to announce that the first phase of the relationship fundraising research conducted by the fundraising think tank, Rogare, has been published. Pursuant, together with Bloomernag, has sponsored the first project to be undertaken by ...
  • Fundraising Begins for Winant Statue, Plaza

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Fundraising has begun for a statue and plaza to memorialize John Gilbert Winant, whose many roles included governor of New Hampshire and ambassador to England during World War II. The memorial, a bronze statue of Winant with his coat over his arm and hat ...
  • Florida Republican Party battles slump in fundraising

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    This should be a time for the Republican Party of Florida to rake in the dollars. It controls the political agenda with a Republican in the governor’s mansion, two party favorite sons in contention for the White House and commanding majorities in both ...
  • San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ Fundraising Down Amid Allegations

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    Aired 8/3/15 on KPBS News. San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts' campaign contributions fell precipitously after abuse of power allegations emerged against him early this year. Contributions to San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ reelection ...
 
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  • What I learned from the @Fitbit Community Manager at #octribe about Walking Communities

    Beth
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Earlier this week, I was honored to present at the #octribe (online community tribe) meet up “Walking Communities: Fit Fanatics Online and Off” with Allison Leahy from Fitbit who manages fitbit online communities.    The #octribe meetup was hosted at TechSoup and organized by long time colleague Susan Tenby who has supported this community of practice for ten years.   The participants include a mix of people from nonprofit and for-profit online communities – and it is an excellent opportunity to learn and network with peers, not to mention have healthy food and drink,…
  • Five Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Learn from Feedback (and Earn More Funding Too!)

    Beth
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    Note from Beth: At the end of the day, organizations that are committed to learning will be more effective at meeting the needs of the people they serve.  Learning is the ultimate result of being “data informed” that is using feedback data to improve results.   GlobalGiving has just launched GG Rewards, a new program rewarding nonprofits that are committed to learning and improving. They have also provided resources for nonprofits to learn how to use tools to get feedback in the Feedback Commons or the DIY Toolkit, and join GlobalGiving to earn points (which leads to more…
  • Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for Latin American NGOs

    Beth
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    I just returned from doing two days of facilitating a Networked Nonprofit training in Mexico City with Oxfam LAC  and participants from offices throughout Latin America, South America, and Caribbean.   The first day focused on networks and strategic use of social media along with some practical skills in content creation and measurement.  The second day was a networked leadership workshop that focused on how participants could use their personal brands on social in service of the organization’s mission and practical leadership skills training. I was lucky enough to be working with…
  • How Can Nonprofits Become Agile Learners?

    Beth
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    Flickr Photo by Ale Nunez I read this wonderful article “Agility Is Today’s Most Critical Leadership Competency” by Julie Winkle Giuliani, author of “Watch Them Grow or Watch Them Go.”   Agility is defined in the dictionary as light and graceful or as a project management approach, but she defines agility as the ability for continuous learning and as a leadership competency in today’s complicated world. The leadership qualities she identifies are what many of us have been described as networked leadership: Expansive, possibility-oriented thinkers, able to…
  • Healthy Nonprofit Work Culture: Shouldn’t That 2 Hour Conference Call Have Been An Email?

    Beth
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    That is a slogan on a t-shirt, and while meant as a joke, it is all too familiar for many nonprofits.   Meetings that waste your time! When we talk about healthy nonprofit work culture, the fit nonprofit, it goes beyond having organizations create wellness policies and practices that encourage staff to eat right, exercise, take vacation time, and get enough sleep.    And, healthy meetings are not just about avoiding salty and sugary snacks.    It’s about creating collective organizational energy and optimizing it so we’re not wasting time and taking into account…
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  • Heads or Tails

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

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

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

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

    admin
    1 Feb 2014 | 6:28 am
    Promoting your non-profit organization is one of your key tasks as a fundraiser. After all, no one can donate funds if they don’t know where they’re needed. The Web gives you access to a global noticeboard that you can use to get exposure and recognition for your non-profit, and setting up an entry on any of these sites is easier than you might think. #1 – Charity Navigator www.charitynavigator.org Charity Navigator lists hundreds of different non-profit organizations split up across several key categories, including the environment, education, health and animals. It enables…
 
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  • A Tool from the Vault – Simple Solicitation Letters

    Edward Sumner
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    The latest iteration of our Fundraising Toolbox series is an oldie but a goodie from the Jason Dick: Giving should be simple. How long was your last solicitation letter? Half a page, two pages? How many stories did you tell? How many statistics from your organization did you quote? If you are like many non-profits today you probably said, “my letter was a page and a half, I told the donor all about my administrative rate, why they should give, how it will help them, what the program they are giving to is, what the program does, where their money went, where there money will go, how many…
  • A Word on the Annual Report

    Edward Sumner
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Ok.  It’s the end of the year.  Dollars have been raised.  Dollars have been spent.  Objectives have been established.  Objectives (hopefully) have been met.  Now, it’s time to shot it from the mountaintops!  Or, more likely, get it down on paper and into an electronic or printed format that looks just awesome.  After all, it’s the Annual Report for crying out loud! We give a lot weight to this tool, and sometimes, perhaps too much weight.  Accurate, compelling, and transparent reporting on our finances and key metrics every year is a unique privilege and…
  • Nothing like a good report

    Edward Sumner
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    As we continue our series on the tools a fundraiser should have, needs to refine, or better pick up if they haven’t in a while, it would be a grand miss to not highlight how effective crisp, consistent, and compelling reporting can be. The agency that I have the privilege of serving with is relatively young, but we have made it a priority to focus on developing and communicating key metrics for operational results.  With great care and by leveraging feedback provided by members of our support community, we’ve come up with 10 specific measures to report how giving is impacting…
  • YOU are a valuable tool!

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

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

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

    Cari Mostert
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Checkout charity – or point-of-sale fundraising – is big business for national nonprofits. But the question here is: Can this type of fundraiser work for smaller, local organizations? Stores everywhere are getting involved, restaurants too and even local utility companies. After all, what harm is there in asking for a dollar or two to support a worthy cause? A cashier requesting your checkout change while you’re at the cash register is hardly going to break-the-bank. Point-of-sale fundraising, or “checkout charity,” has become a popular fundraising approach for…
  • Checklist: Attracting Corporate Sponsors for Your Event

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

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

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

    Marc A. Pitman
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    July can be an odd month in fundraising. Many nonprofits finish their fiscal year, so this is the first month with a new goal. Starting from zero. Even those that don't have fiscal years starting, July is often a challenging month. Donors tend to be less responsive. Even when donors are in your seaside, summer vacation location, they aren't necessarily interested in talking about philanthropy. So in many ways, July is a perfect month for learning. Take Time to Learn Your Craft As Stephen Covey talks about in his "sharpening the saw" story, it's important to invest time in learning your craft…
  • How your nonprofit got into its fundraising mess

    Marc A. Pitman
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    Photo by RachePhotos on Flickr. Used with permission. https://flic.kr/p/4bAUoAWhen people join a nonprofit or start one, they typically think they're going to get to do the "mission" - feeding kids, promoting art, conserving land, caring for the elderly, protecting animals. They rarely think about the funding. (Oddly, many fundraisers often don't seem to understand that their main job is "raising funds.") It's as though people think that money will just fall from the sky. That like water flows to the lowest point, so funding will flow to them. This "rainbow and unicorn" type of wishful…
  • [Guest Post] 9 Shocking Stats that Should Convince Your Church to Start Using Mobile Giving Today

    Marc A. Pitman
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Today I am pleased to introduce you to Tithe.ly and Dean Sweetman. Many of you know, I've pastored a church for years. We were early adopters of online giving because I knew people should be able to give when they were doing bills at home if they wanted. I wish there had been an app like Tithe.ly! In this post, Dean shares why your church should move into mobile giving. He knows. For over 30 years, he's been involved in ministry and building businesses that support the work of the Church. He’s helped plant over 50 churches and raised millions of dollars to spread the Gospel, equip leaders,…
  • Thank you for connecting donors with mission

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

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

    Mia Tagano
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:10 pm
    This evening as we entered the nursing facility, Shirley, sister to Virginia, stopped me to say hello. And, to get a hug. Virginia is on hospice now, she said, tears in her eyes. Tears came to mine as well. I have gotten to know quite a few families over the year and 1/2 that my grandmother has lived here. No one usually comes out alive. They come here to die. I'm so sorry, I said. And, hugged her hard. How is Tony doing? I ask. Tony is Virginia's husband who has been coming daily to see his wife. For 2 years now. He is doing the best he can, she says. Shirley introduces me to…
  • Leaving Home -- Sacred Journey of Chin Shien

    Guri Mehta
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Growing up in Poland, Marek Chodkiewicz heard about some Buddhist monks coming to town. When he volunteered to help with the event, he never imagined that few years later, he would become novice monk and that in summer of 2015, he would take the precepts and become Chin Shien Shr. Below is the beautiful video of his ordination ceremony (also attended by his parents visiting from Poland): ...
  • Savraj shares ...

    Savraj Thind
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Precious Water I love being near water, I love being in the water, and most of all, I love drinking water! It's benefits are countless! Today my act of kindness was to remind my daughters to drink more water. Although they are in their 20's and not living with me, I still text them and remind them to drink their eight glasses now and then! If it's been a while I'll remind them how water can improve our energy levels, mood, concentration, digestion, etc. etc. They may tire of me, but I won't stop. I remind them of how lucky we are to have clean water flowing through our taps, anytime we want.
  • Bradley shares ...

    Bradley Stoll
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    "Wealthy is healthy", is was I overheard on NPR this afternoon. It was Tom (didn't catch his last name) and he's the president of some energy organization. He was arguing to why we should continue to burn coal and against curtailing our use of fossil fuels. His defense was basically, in parts of India women are burning cow patties as fuel, which is dirtier than our burning of coal, so why should we change? Really...that's what he has to offer? I cannot seem to wrap my head around this kind of reasoning. And, I am so bothered by his quote of "wealthy is healthy". Is that the prevailing…
  • Staying Human in a Time of Climate Change

    DailyGood.org
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:10 am
    In scientist M Jackson's new book, While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change, she examines climate change by combining personal stories with scientific exploration. [Full Story]...
 
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  • A Dedication, for Willard Spiegelman

    Jeremy Gregg
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:51 am
    I was surrounded by talented teachers throughout my life. Almost all were good, and some were truly great. But among them all, there stood none greater than my dear W.S. An announcement from my alma mater: “For over forty years, Willard Spiegelman, the Hughes Professor of English, has inspired generations of SMU students with his unique and energetic teaching style. Now, ... Read More The post A Dedication, for Willard Spiegelman appeared first on Jeremy Gregg. You can find author Jeremy Gregg on Twitter at @JeremyGregg.
  • “We had Everything but Money”: A Lesson in Gratitude from a 92-Year Old Country Boy

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

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

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

    Jeremy Gregg
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:42 pm
    I blogged earlier this week about Nonprofit Dysfunction and the Beloved Community. Thanks to those of you who shared it on social media and who sent me encouraging notes about the direction in which I am now heading. One of the more encouraging friends I’ve met along this journey has been Suzanne Smith, the Managing Director at Social Impact Architects. Suzanne is a passionate ... Read More The post Movement Builder: Suzanne Smith of Social Impact Architects appeared first on Jeremy Gregg. You can find author Jeremy Gregg on Twitter at @JeremyGregg.
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  • Marathon Diaries - 2

    thinkingclarely
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:55 am
    It’s been a bit slow since our last check in. I came down with the flu which wiped me out for a few days. On My first day back to the real world my little cat got hit by a car, and it’s been a bit of an emotional roller-coaster ever since. I’ve become sluggish and lethargic and unable to find the energy, time, or desire to get out. So last night I took my first baby steps and ran up to the vet hospital to visit our little dude. It was only just over 2 miles round trip but it was the push that I needed. I slept better, felt better and wanted to get out again… So…
  • A Pizza Oven!

    nbf1
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:22 am
    Check out our new amazing pizza oven outside Berry’s Cafe! A massive thank you to DHL for fundraising a huge amount for the oven and to Land Rover for building the base and fencing around it! The project workers are really excited to use it! We will be looking to build a BBQ next to it so that the decking facilities can be used for events in the future as well as just the Cafe! Thank you once again to DHL and Land Rover. We are always overwhelmed by the support you give to the farm! Lets hope the weather is kind to us and we can enjoy it for the rest of the summer!
  • Study: U.S. Congress doesn't care what Americans want (VIDEO)

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Global Research, August 03, 2015 Represent.Us 30 April 2015 by Represent.Us Have you ever felt like the government doesn’t really care what you think? Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern University) looked at more than 20 years worth of data to answer a simple question: Does the government represent the people? Their study took data from nearly 2000 public opinion surveys and compared it to the policies that ended up becoming law. In other words, they compared what the public wanted to what the government actually did. What they found was…
  • Art for Airfare !

    MixeD MeDia MaYhem
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:39 pm
    HELP STARVING ARTIST  GET TO ARIZONA  Tampa to Phoenix. Airfare Needed FOR Tool ! Selling 11″x18″ signed HD color copies of my original one of a kind MiXeD MeDiA MaYheM ArT !  $30 @ or 2 $50 Select any art on my page from my collection Select Framed Originals also available Www.Facebook.com/lisaadeneka Pick From Any of My Art ☆☆Much more to choose from including select framed originals. I was bought a suprise ticket as a gift b from my ♡daughter♡  I have massive respect for the work of  MJK and a huge fan . This Will be the trip of my life.   After the show in…
  • If You Can Read This . . . You Aren't Out Meeting With Donors

    Sara Leonard
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Image courtesy of bplanet at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Many years ago at a conference I picked up a give away from Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, a large fundraising consulting firm. It was a table tent – a piece made of card stock that folds in order to stand up. It had a simple saying: If you can read this…you aren’t out meeting with donors. I think this should be the mantra of every fundraiser, especially those who are responsible for raising major gifts for their organizations. But it is easier said than done. There are many things in the jobs of fundraisers that keep them…
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  • Painful truths about fundraising they didn't tell you about in school

    Jeff Brooks
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    Here's a revealing post at Medium about the beliefs many people carry into the fundraising profession: Five Things They Didn't Tell You When You Signed Up to Fundraise. Have you ever confronted any of these? No one has to give you money. It's none of your business what other people do with their money. What's important to you might not be to others. People are not heartless or ignorant or selfish if they don't give. Never assume the value is obvious. A lot of bad fundraising comes from fundraisers who have not learned these truths: They think they are entitled to people's donations because…
  • Easy ways to improve your landing pages

    Jeff Brooks
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    I bet you'd like it more of the people who end up on your landing page actually filled it out. Here's some help from the online commercial world, at the Daily Egg: Quick Copywriting Tweaks Proven to Lift Conversions 30% or More. Try these things on your landing pages: Talk More about Benefits, Less About Your Solutions. (Tell them what's in it for them; not how awesome your programs are.) Use Pictures or Video to Tell the Story. Tweak Your Copy to Remove All Buyer Hesitations. (What doubts might donors have to block their generosity? Watch Your Language. (Be clear, direct, and emotive.) These…
  • Trash the blah-blah in your fundraising -- transform it into zing

    Jeff Brooks
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    Your fundraising isn't going as well as it should. You and your colleagues are trying to figure out why. Consensus emerges: Our donors don't realize how effective our programs are. They don't grasp that we're unique in our sector. That we lead in our sector. That our people are teaching the people at other nonprofits how to do it. So you turn up the volume on how awesome your organization is. And your results get even worse. That's because You're having the wrong conversation. Your donors don't give because you're great. They give to put their values to work and make the world a better place.
  • Why every fundraiser should at least consider address-label mailings

    Jeff Brooks
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    I frequently hear from fundraisers who believe premium-based fundraising (address labels and other things sent unasked for) is a force for evil that they must never, ever do. There's no evidence to support that -- nothing that I or any other informed fundraising professional I know has ever encountered. A look at the numbers shows not only gooses the short-term numbers, but can also improve long-term fundraising metrics. That's why Sean Triner, writing at 101fundraising, says I ❤ Premium Direct Mail! He should love it, because it raises an astounding amount of money and motivates millions…
  • "Warm glow" fundraising reaches donors where they are

    Jeff Brooks
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    One of the main reasons your donors give has nothing at all to do with you and your cause. They give because it feels good to give -- the warm glow of altruism. And reminding them of that is often very good fundraising. Here's an interesting test reported at MarketSmart: It's all about the "warm glow". The test was an email that went to Alaska residents, asking them to donate to a state charitable fund. There were two versions: Make Alaska Better, that is, give because it's a worth cause. Warm your heart -- give because it'll feel good. Those who got the Warm your heart message responded more…
 
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Summer Story: Wild & Crazy Donor Recognition

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

    Lori Jacobwith
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I know, I know it’s July and I’m bringing up year-end appeals. If stores can have back-to-school stuff on display, we can, and likely should, start talking about year-end appeals, right? From my experience it takes good planning, all year-long, to create successful end of year campaigns. For many of  you, your year-end appeal brings in half or more of your annual fundraising revenue. So, please don’t leave your big or even small details to the last minute. To help you ignite your planning I’ve dug through my archives to find some helpful resources for you: 1. Check…
  • Your Data Story: Measuring Your Path to Donations and Engagement

    Lori Jacobwith
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I recently had the honor of spending time in Los Angeles speaking at a conference with the wise and very fun Katie Delahaye Paine, author and Queen of Measurement. Click to enlarge Katie discussed measurement effectiveness for nonprofit organizations and shared these Six Steps to Success. (For more information check out Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, the best-selling book Katie co-authored with Beth Kanter.) I got to follow with a session I love to deliver: Using Dashboards to Dazzle Your Staff and Board. (My slides can be found on SlideShare.) When I asked Katie the question: “What is…
  • Is There a Magic Mix of Fundraising Approaches?

    Lori Jacobwith
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:07 pm
    This week I’m honored to present this guest post by Melissa S. Brown, manager of the Nonprofit Research Collaborative and our guest speaker for July’s Ignited Fundraising Community webinar. Do you wish you could find out exactly how much to money to raise by direct mail? Through email? At events? Wouldn’t it be terrific to have a formula or SOMETHING that would help make it easy to create an annual fundraising plan with the exact right mix of fundraising approaches? So what are the approaches you can choose from? Maybe you’ve heard online giving is rising fast and you want to…
  • The Early Bird Raises More Money

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

  • Do you really want to grow?

    4w3s0mE
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:10 am
    Do you really want to grow? Or are you just saying you want to grow? Recently I was chatting with a Canadian nonprofit. They were talking about how they wanted to grow. Then they said, “But we don’t want to collaborate with anyone, we don’t have any succession planning, we don’t want to make a fundraising plan, we’ve never had one, we don’t have a fundraising budget, we don’t want to use volunteers in any different ways, we don’t want to take government money, and we have only had a couple of program success stories in the last 5 years.” Then they…
  • This changed my life.

    4w3s0mE
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:17 am
    I’m not in the habit of talking about my personal stuff on this site. Because some stuff is really, not in any way, related to fundraising. But, if you’d like to know a bit more about my personal life, then read on. I’m about to tell you a story about my healing journey. This is me in Austin, with our dog, Pi, before my healing journey. I was eating wheat, a lot. I had trouble breathing. My joints were hurting me. I was slumped over the computer a lot. Can you tell? But hey, nothing was too bad yet. I could live with this, if this was what it meant to get old. Looking back…
  • The 4 Best Places to Find New Major Donors for Your Non-Profit

    4w3s0mE
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:12 am
    Guest Post by Joe Garecht Nearly every non-profit I have ever worked with has the same item on the top of its fundraising wish-list: find new major donors to give to our organization. Yet almost all of those non-profits have trouble finding mega-donors. They dream of getting big checks from international philanthropists, but miss the major donor prospects right in their own backyards. If you want to find new major donors for your non-profit, you need a plan. Start by using these four strategies, which (in my experience) are the absolute best places to find new major donor prospects: #1:…
  • Having trouble connecting with high net worth donors?

    4w3s0mE
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:57 am
    Have you ever struggled to connect with high net worth donors? Are you feeling frustrated because you make so little, and they have so much? Most of us cannot help but respect people with money. Theoretically, we may feel that it’s foolish to defer to a person just because he is rich, but when we are with that person we cannot help ourselves. Maybe it’s time to have two kinds of self respect. Sure, money is the main way we attain respect from others, and therefore the principal means of social self respect. That’s the first kind of self respect. Our society places such value…
  • How your donors view money

    4w3s0mE
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:48 am
    Do you want more donors? If so, you might wonder where your current donors came from. But what makes your current donors give, and how can you get them to give more? You can survey your donors of course, and the answers might range from, “Someone asked me” to “I feel it’s my duty to give back.” But what’s the reason behind the reason? What does donating truly represent to your donors? According to Jacob Needleman’s book, Money and the Meaning of Life, “Money can be treated as an instrument for exercising our sincerity. When this happens, money…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down, Online Giving Up | Blackbaud News

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down, Online Giving Up | Blackbaud News: "Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down, Online Giving Up Posted on August 3, 2015 by Nicole McGougan The Blackbaud Index debuts new specialty index focused on giving to foundations Charleston, S.C. (August 3, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) today updated The Blackbaud Index with charitable giving
  • Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down, Online Giving Up | Blackbaud News

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    PRESS RELEASE Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down, Online Giving Up | Blackbaud News: "Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down, Online Giving Up Posted on August 3, 2015 by Nicole McGougan The Blackbaud Index debuts new specialty index focused on giving to foundations Charleston, S.C. (August 3, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) today updated The Blackbaud Index with
  • Third-party-warehousing firms fight world hunger « Philanthropy North Carolina

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    Third-party-warehousing firms fight world hunger « Philanthropy North Carolina: "Third-party-logistics (3PL) providers are piloting an innovative warehousing and corporate-social-responsibility partnership with an international relief agency to help address the global hunger epidemic." 'via Blog this'
  • 2015 Mid Year Report on U.S. Charitable Giving | Atlas of Giving - Fundraising Forecasting

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    2015 Mid Year Report on U.S. Charitable Giving | Atlas of Giving - Fundraising Forecasting: "015 first half U.S. charitable giving has been exceptionally (and unexpectedly) strong – up a total of 7.6% to $238.88 Billion from $222.03 Billion for the same period in 2014. Most of this strong giving performance is attributed to the continually good news of improving employment rates. Individual
  • FASB Sees Dissent on Nonprofit Accounting Changes | Accounting Today News

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    FASB Sees Dissent on Nonprofit Accounting Changes | Accounting Today News: "FASB Sees Dissent on Nonprofit Accounting Changes NORWALK, CONN. (JULY 31, 2015) BY MICHAEL COHN The Financial Accounting Standards Board is beginning to hear from not-for-profit organizations and their accountants about the far-reaching changes it has proposed in reporting by nonprofits, and finding there are some
 
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    AFP Blog: Press Releases

  • Foundation Center - Press Release - New Report Analyzes $1.8 Billion in Global Human Rights Funding

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

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

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

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

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

  • Google Isn’t Breaking Up With Social | SEW

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Google Isn’t Breaking Up With Social | SEW: "ast week, Google announced important upcoming changes to the integration of Google+ across Google services and the function of the Google+ platform itself. A public Google+ profile will no longer be required to access other Google services, just a Google account. The changes start with YouTube and over the next few months, users will no longer need a Google+ account to create a YouTube channel, or upload or comment on videos. "'via Blog this'
  • Charity online transactions least likely to be abandoned, research suggests » Charity Digital News

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    Charity online transactions least likely to be abandoned, research suggests » Charity Digital News: "Online transactions on charity websites are the least likely to be abandoned in comparison to other commercial sectors, according to research by the ecommerce platform provider Ve."'via Blog this'
  • Infographic: The leap to mobile. - DonorDrive

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    Infographic: The leap to mobile. - DonorDrive: "The mobile dollar grows ten fold.For every mobile dollar raised in 2012 in DonorDrive, $10.42 in mobile dollars is being raised over the same timeframe in 2015. Smartphones donor dollars are up 942% since 2012. Giving by mobile is outpacing buying by mobile by over 600%."'via Blog this'
  • Nonprofit Text Messaging Campaigns That Work — BizTech

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Nonprofit Text Messaging Campaigns That Work — BizTech: 'via Blog this'
  • Diabetes UK launches mobile phone membership scheme

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Diabetes UK launches mobile phone membership scheme
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    Pamela Grow

  • The Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | Sharing an emotional story in video

    Pamela Grow
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kathleen Kennedy of the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection submitted today’s Power of Nonprofit Storytelling, an extraordinarily compelling video from the nonprofit organization Preemptive Love. “I don’t know if you are familiar with the non-profit Preemptive Love. They work internationally on a bunch of issues in Iraq. I became familiar with them through a blog I read and decided to make a donation a few months back. I was really impressed with what they are doing and I also received one of the most heartfelt thank-you phone calls within a couple days of my donation…
  • Fundraising Friday | July 31, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    Mary Cahalane submitted this week’s Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | Simple. Powerful. Actionable. Still struggling with surveying and donor feedback? Keep it simple. This week’s What’s in my Inbox. In this week’s What’s in my Mailbox, Rachel Ramjattan explains why Food for the Poor’s latest campaign had her at hello. How do you start your day? Implementing this simple daily habit can transform your organization’s individual giving. Let gratitude be the guiding cornerstone of your fundraising and marketing plan. How your crummy thank you feels. New from Mary Cahalane. Are you…
  • The daily habit that makes all the difference

    Pamela Grow
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Ever attended a conference, or paid for a course, and gotten so excited about the potential for your organization…but then failed to act on what you’d learned? Maybe you started your organization’s monthly giving program…and now it’s just an option tacked on to your year-end appeal. Or maybe you even took my Power of Thank You course — but never got around to actually rewriting your thank you letters or applying the program. Hey, it happens to the best of us. Some research points to only 5% of conference attendees actually acting on what they’ve learned! For just…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | The campaign that had me at hello

    Pamela Grow
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    We’re big fans of both the work and the marketing of Food for the Poor (read more here and here). Today’s What’s in my Mailbox comes to you courtesy of Simple Development Systems’ member, Rachel Ramjattan . You probably know that Food for the Poor, Inc. is a direct mail champion! Like many fundraising consultants I enjoy studying direct mail campaigns. After reading so many, it takes a lot to bring me to tears. This campaign did. The “A Bag like this Filled with Food Could Save a Life” campaign had me at, “Hello”. The mail caught my eye. I’ve never received a…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Simple surveying

    Pamela Grow
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve been practicing donor surveying since 2000, and was the first to preach the benefits of regularly surveying . Why? The better you get to know your donors and their reasons for supporting your mission, the easier your marketing becomes. Yet, nonprofit organizations continue to struggle with this practice and typically arrive at surveys that are lengthy, boring, and very much organization-focused. Keep it simple. Make shorter surveying a regular part of your donor communications. Here’s an excellent example from Emily’s List. The email reminds you of why you support Emily’s…
 
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Getting Your (Potential) Donors To Want To Give by Hank Lewis

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

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

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

    Hank Lewis
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    As previously noted, if your phone program is primarily a fundraising solicitation tool, then the goal must be to raise as much money as possible. That happens when all of the elements in a phone program support/enhance each other. We’ve talked about caller recruitment, training, scripting and pre-call mail or email. We’ve also talked about the “relationship” between the prospects, the organization/institution, and the caller. Callers must be judged, primarily, on how they deal with and relate to the prospects. They are not evaluated just on the basis of how many calls they make in a…
  • Telephone Solicitation: Caller Training – The Script by Hank Lewis

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

  • Traditional Media, Facebook Win Credibility Contest

    wake101
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    There is much more to how viewers and readers perceive and vet branded content than meets the eye. While newfangled digital platforms tend to dominate headlines and preferred practices by many media and PR practitioners, what’s old is new again – or, rather, it has never gone completely out of style in the first place. The post Traditional Media, Facebook Win Credibility Contest appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Our Top 5 on Turning 12

    admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    Eyebrow-raising moments, head-scratching successes and outside-the-box opportunities as we reflect on The Wakeman Agency’s 12th year The post Our Top 5 on Turning 12 appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Raising the Bar (and Engagement) by Celebrating Success

    admin
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    In 2005, The Wakeman Agency started working with Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO), a New York-based nonprofit organization that helps enable small business owners and budding entrepreneurs through its signature workshop - a sixteen-week program that can be likened to a mini-MBA. During this program, attendees from underserved communities gain foundational business knowledge in critical subject areas such as sales, finance, human resources and customer service. The post Raising the Bar (and Engagement) by Celebrating Success appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • From The Wakeman Agency Archives

    admin
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    As we celebrate our twelfth birthday this month, we find ourselves reminiscing about the early days. Check out this article about one of our first clients, The Development and Finishing Institute. It was our first media placement in The New York Times and we have been on a roll ever since - building and nurturing deep relationships with a broad group of producers, reporters, hosts, editors and bloggers that cover a variety of beats for some of the most sought after, coveted media outlets. Relationships that have benefited our growing roster of clients. The post From The Wakeman Agency…
  • The Wow Factor of the Wakeman Workplace

    admin
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    According to the Harvard Business Review, more than 100 studies found that the most engaged employees — those who report they’re fully invested in their jobs and committed to their employers — are significantly more productive, drive higher customer satisfaction and outperform those who are less engaged. The post The Wow Factor of the Wakeman Workplace appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
 
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    Event 360

  • Event 360 Spotlight: Aubrey Cushing

    Molly Fast
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Aubrey Cushing Position: Seattle Field Marketing Coordinator, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Start Year: 2012 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? Administrative Assistant. Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? My love for the Komen 3-Day, of course! I was already a team captain, training walk leader and a volunteer, but I wanted to expand my reach and be involved on a larger basis. If you weren’t working at…
  • 10 Tips for Rocking Your Event Social Media

    Patrick Riley
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Alyssa Curran and Katie Zupancic The events industry is all about moments. Unique, shared experiences between participants, volunteers, staff members, and spectators are what will make your event hit #1 on the charts, and why participants want to return year after year. These moments build loyalty, and whether your ultimate goal is fundraising or experiential marketing-related, they have a lifetime far longer than the event itself. Social media is the perfect way to amplify those moments. You can extend the passion and excitement surrounding an event for those who were present, and…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Slade Thompson

    Molly Fast
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Slade Thompson! Position: Senior Event Production Manager, MuckFestMS Start Year: 2003 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? Construction project management. Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? Great work with great people. If you weren’t working at Event 360 what would you be doing? Probably working at an event venue. Favorite part of your job? The hilarity that ensues on event. What do you like to…
  • Making the Most of Feedback – Event Survey Results

    Patrick Riley
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Molly Fast and Sarah Coniglio Whether doing so through post-event surveys or by asking participants you interact with on event, there are so many opportunities to learn how your participants really feel about their event experience. Receiving feedback is critical to the success of your event, the long-term health of your project and the strength of the relationship you build with everyone who does your event. Asking for feedback is critical, but what you actually do with that feedback is just as, if not more, important. Read on for how to set yourself up successfully to get it…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Ali Finkel

    Molly Fast
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Ali Finkel! Position: Account Director, Susan G. Komen Projects Start Year: What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I was working on the 3-Day as part of the Production team at Pallotta TeamWorks. I’ve worked on the 3-Day in some capacity since 1999! Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? I am fortunate to be one of the very first people hired to work at Event 360 and I was really excited for the…
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • Fundraising–Just Do It

    janetlevineconsulting
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Somedays I feel as if I am a broken record. And surely, I’ve written this posting again and again. What else is there to say about fundraising? It’s about relationships. It must be intentional. Consistently and clarity are all important. … Continue reading →
  • Nurture Donors, Don’t Chase Dollars

    janetlevineconsulting
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:40 pm
    I’m on a mission. To move fundraising from the mindset of chasing dollars to that of nurturing donors. And I think it will take more than simply saying “Donor-centered fundraising.” To me it starts with the way we define fundraising … Continue reading →
  • Who can give?

    janetlevineconsulting
    12 Jul 2015 | 11:43 pm
    A friend who works at a nonprofit—not in development—emailed me in distress. Her Development Director asked her to look at a list of volunteers to the organization and tell her what she knew about these folks—specifically, their financial ability to … Continue reading →
  • Encouraging Excellence

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

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

  • Making Video in Email Work with Animoto

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

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

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

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

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

  • #EthansNotAlone Against Mental Illness

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Campaign-ize Your Fundraising for Maximum Results

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

    Joe Garecht
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Every non-profit, no matter how small, needs a plan for finding new major donors and asking them to give to the organization. Major donors don’t grow on trees, but they are out there.  Right now, there are people in your organization’s network that have the ability to make a big, transformational gift to your non-profit.  All they need is some cultivation. If you want to learn a simple, step-by-step strategy for finding and building relationships with new major donors for your organization, then I invite you to join me for our newest class on The Fundraising Authority: How to Find New…
  • Fundraising Authority Podcast #25: Understanding Charity Registration

    Joe Garecht
    25 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    Whether they know it or not, most non-profits in the United States are required to register in the states where they carry out fundraising solicitations.  But what exactly constitutes a “fundraising solicitation?” and how do you know where your non-profit is required to register? Our guest today is one of the country’s foremost experts on charity registration.  Tony Martignetti is the founder of Martignetti Planned Gift Advisors, the host of Tony Martignetti Non-Profit Radio, and the author of Charity Registration: State-by-State Guidelines for Compliance.   Listen to…
  • Stop Guessing: 3 Millennial Donor Engagement Strategies That Work

    Joe Garecht
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Guest Post by Gretchen Barry from NonProfitEasy Millennials have gotten the unfortunate reputation of being difficult to acquire and engage. In reality, they aren’t quite the fundraising challenge people accuse them of being.  Millennials are just like any other donors, some more generous than others, some more capable of giving than others, some more interested in your cause than others. Aim to build lifetime relationships with the millennials that contribute to your cause. If you acquire and retain a donor young enough to be considered a millennial, that converts into years and years…
  • The Rebel’s Guide to Fundraising

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

  • BiddingForGood is Acquired by FrontStream Holdings, Adding Best-in-Class Auction and Event Management Services to FrontStream’s Set of Philanthropic Solutions For Nonprofits and Corporations.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Geronto Philanthropy. Why getting it right with older givers is so Fracking important

    peter maple
    11 Jul 2015 | 2:25 am
    Theo Schuyt has coined the term "Geronto Philanthropy" to describe the giving of older people and I think it is spot on because, as we all know(?) propensity and capacity to give increases with age. He and Rene Bekkers suggest that academics and fundraisers need to think more carefully about the views and news concerning those approaching their prime. As my friend Peter Maguire, another ageing rock god says, "we're not old, just hugely experienced". Theo was talking at the European Research Network on Philanthropy(ERNOP) conference in Paris this week. Schuyt and Bekkers presented some pretty…
  • Time to say no to fundraisers?

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

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

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

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

  • It's time to listen to the Hamster of Fundraising Wisdom

    mark phillips
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    When I was child, we lived in a flat (that's an apartment or condo for my north American readers). Like any small boy, I wanted a pet. I'd have liked a dog or a cat, but the architectural restrictions we lived under meant this was impossible. So instead I got a hamster. I called him Herman. Both because of the alliterative quality of the name and because I liked Fred Gwynne's character in The Munsters. Getting him was far from easy. I only got the go ahead after an extended period of pleading and negotiations that meant I had to agree to a series of tough conditions. I had to…
  • For your fundraising office

    mark phillips
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Times are tough for fundraisers. Faced with the highly critical climate we are currently living through, it can be all too easy to forget that our profession is responsible for some of the most important work undertaken anywhere in the world today. Fundraisers don't just raise money. Fundraisers raise money for a purpose. Fundraisers raise money to fight disease, stop cruelty, stamp out abuse, tackle poverty, confront injustice and protect what society holds most dear. And though there are some fundraising practices and approaches that should be reviewed and must be changed, the need for…
  • What's wrong with fundraising?

    mark phillips
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    When the IOF were looking for speakers for this year's convention, I suggested that I’d like to talk about what I saw was wrong with fundraising.I didn’t realise just how prescient my proposal would be.I don’t blog that much these days, but when I do, it’s normally to highlight a concern. And one of the things I’ve been increasingly worried about is how a significant number of donors are responding to some common fundraising techniques.I’ve been a fundraiser since 1988 and I have never known the antipathy that is currently directed at my profession.Things have to change.We…
  • The Ghosts of Christmas Past are a Fundraiser's Best Friends

    mark phillips
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:24 am
    Christmas is the time when fundraisers get excited about the sound of a man or woman trudging through the snow struggling under the weight of a sack full of gifts. Only for us, it’s the post delivery that gets our hearts beating a little faster. Not the thought of Santa Claus.That’s because Christmas is the season of goodwill. It’s a time when we can expect our donors to be at their most generous. CAF in the UK have found that as Christmas appeals start dropping through letterboxes, the number of people giving rises to over 57% of the population (and to almost 80% of the over 65s).But…
  • Facebook is the future. No it isn't. Yes it is. No it isn't!

    mark phillips
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    On Monday, I shared some thoughts on social media, with a particular focus on Facebook and Twitter. My central point was that there are better routes to leverage the power of our social instinct than these two behemoths of the internet.

 Beate Sorum, of the digital fundraising consultancy - b.bold - disagreed with me. As you'll see from her blog post, she thinks Facebook can be a great fundraising medium. And just because most charities don't have a Facebook plan, show very little care about what they post, fail to engage with followers and have no recognisable personality, it…
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    Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry

  • How a Smart Fundraising Plan Can Transform Your Fundraising AND Save Your Butt

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

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

    Gail Perry
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    Are you planning a major gifts or capital campaign? If so, you had better get to know your donors well before you ask them for a gift! Today I’m running a guest post by my colleague Andrea Kihlstedt. She wrote the book on Capital Campaign fundraising. We’ve partnered on CapitalCampaignMagic.com – where you’ll find terrific capital campaign how-to’s and advice. Andrea and I are offering a free webinar July 28th on a very hot topic: Free Webinar: How to Engage Top Prospects for Your Capital Campaign We just announced the webinar this week and we already have over…
  • How to Turn Regular Donors into Monthly Donors

    Gail Perry
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Monthly giving is one of the great pots of gold for you and your cause. It’s one of the best ways to grow more funding from your current donors, instead of having to beat the bushes for new donors all the time. Don’t forget that monthly giving is also a happy experience for your donors. I personally am a monthly donor to several nonprofits. And I feel glad and contented to know that I am such a die-hard supporter of these special causes. I see all those contributions coming out of my account every month. It doesn’t worry me at all. Instead,  it makes me feel deeply…
  • How to Promote and Close Monthly Giving In Your Fundraising Appeal Letters

    Gail Perry
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Erica Waasdorp, Monthly Giving Guru Can you pull in new monthly giving donors from your regular appeal letters? Yes, you really can. It’s actually quite easy to generate new monthly donors via your regular direct mail fundraising program. Today we have a Guest Post from Erica Waasdorp, Monthly Giving guru. Erica Waasdorp is an international consultant, trainer and speaker with deep direct response experience.  She’s author of Monthly Giving, The Sleeping Giant, an excellent guide to setup a profitable monthly giving program. Erica has directed acquisition, monthly giving,…
 
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    Online Fundraising Today

  • 4 Reasons Your Organization Should Perform Prospect Research

    Lisa
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The term research scares some people. It evokes images of all-nighters in the library in college and annotated bibliographies. You can’t really blame those who fear it. Here’s the thing, there’s one kind of research we should all welcome, especially nonprofit professionals…prospect research. Nonprofits do all they can to maximize funding, from curating an excellent web presence for online fundraising to carefully writing and choosing the materials to go into a direct mail campaign, organizations are always looking for an added edge. Nonprofits, meet prospect research. Prospect…
  • Which Fundraising Event Is Best for Your Nonprofit?

    Lisa
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    So, you’ve decided to host a fundraising event. But how do you decide which fundraising event is the best for your organization? Software Advice, a company that helps nonprofits find and compare fundraising software, tackles that question and more in their new report. Nonprofit market researcher Janna Finch interviewed industry experts and analyzed survey responses from almost 100 event-planning professionals to identify events with the highest return on investment (ROI), and explored how software can help with ease of planning. She found that fun runs and walks are the best major event…
  • Crowdfunding for Homeless and Runaway Youth

    Maureen
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    Helping our homeless and runaway youth is what Ride for New Beginnings is all about, a lively crowdfunding event. Harbor House needs funding for its emergency youth shelter, transitional living program, outreach programs and family crisis intervention services. This year their bike-a-thon has 2 options, a 3 day or a 5 day ride starting on June 26. Individual crowdfunding participants are required to pay a $100 registration fee, which is a great idea in deferring logistical costs and raising more funds. Each crowdfunding participant has created a fundraising page and are multiplying their…
  • Orphan Care Fundraising Tips

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

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

  • Fundraising Reading Round Up

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

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

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

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

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

  • Innovation Series #2: What Causes Innovation

    Roger and Tom
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In this 2nd of our series on “Innovation” drawing from the Agitator vault here’s a post How Does Innovation Occur we wrote eight years ago. Still seems current and if you didn’t read the interview the first time around here’s your second chance. The Editors Tom and Roger  |    July 2, 2007 Here’s an interview courtesy of Guy Kawasaki of Mac marketing fame, with Scott Berkun, author of The Myths of Innovation. Interesting points: “Epiphanies” or “magic moments” are really the culmination of dozens of smaller observations, inquiries, mistakes and comedies that occurred…
  • Innovation Series #1- Are You Up for It?

    Roger and Tom
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    At the end of the day all marketing efforts live or die by execution and innovation. Fundraising is no exception. A number of readers, most recently Mike Browne have requested we revisit the issue of innovation. So, starting with this post–What’s Your Innovation Quotient—  here’s what The Agitator has had to say. We’ll begin with a post from Tom from April of 2013                  -The Editors By Tom Belford   |    April 26, 2013 Here’s an article —Teaching The Old Dog Some New Tricks—  — that caught my attention simply because of its…
  • It’s Not Your Grandma’s Homepage

    Roger Craver
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The newspaper industry is struggling for its life. Of course, that’s not news, but what they’re doing by way searching for life rafts is indeed important and worthy of attention. Not only is their financial survival important, but also a significant part of our civil society fabric is at stake in their future. If they win, we win. Same with lose/lose. So, if you want to keep up with their struggle –and their impressive investment in testing and figuring out the future—I recommend you subscribe (free) to the Neiman Journalism Lab . These are some impressive folks. They don’t pretend
  • The Single Most Important “Fix” for Fundraising

    Roger and Tom
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
     Back in May Ken Burnett served up a thought-provoking finale to his 5-part Future of Fundraising series: Fundraising and the rule of law.  For those who missed this series we especially want to repeat and focus on a key reform we all need to work on –fixing the donor’s experience.   You’ll find Ken’s recommendations set forth in this fifth and final part of his series.                                                                      
  • Wanted: “Retentioneer”

    Roger Craver
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Seems like the hot new job title in Silicon Valley is “Retentioneer.” The term is a combination of “Retention” + “Engineer” = Retentionner.” Tech companies are finally realizing the futility of focusing on growth without fixing the leaky bucket of attrition. In short, they need to fix retention to have any chance of real growth. Sound familiar? With millions and millions at stake in building –and holding – large audiences for apps and other software services the tech sector is learning what many fundraisers have known for
 
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    Association of Grumpy Old Fundraisers who know stuff

  • Geronto Philanthropy. Why getting it right with older givers is so Fracking important

    11 Jul 2015 | 2:25 am
    Theo Schuyt has coined the term "Geronto Philanthropy" to describe the giving of older people and I think it is spot on because, as we all know(?) propensity and capacity to give increases with age. He and Rene Bekkers suggest that academics and fundraisers need to think more carefully about the views and news concerning those approaching their prime. As my friend Peter Maguire, another ageing rock god says, "we're not old, just hugely experienced". Theo was talking at the European Research Network on Philanthropy(ERNOP) conference in Paris this week. Schuyt and Bekkers presented some pretty…
  • Time to say no to fundraisers?

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

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

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

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

    Grace Culhane
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:41 pm
    For couples with limited insurance or none at all, the expenses related to delivering a baby in the U.S. are comparable to that of a new car, or in extreme cases, that of a down payment on a house. Costs are so inconsistent that the ballpark estimate for prenatal care and delivery range from around […] The post Fundraising for Pregnancy Medical Expenses appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
  • Fundraising Ideas for Golf Tournaments: Hit the Green for a Great Cause

    Paige Kutilek
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Supplementing an online crowdfunding campaign with an offline fundraising event is the perfect way to increase donations and raise awareness in your community. Golf tournaments have become progressively popular in recent years, especially for celebrities looking to hit a few bogeys and birdies for a deserving cause. As reported by the Golf Tournament Association of […] The post Fundraising Ideas for Golf Tournaments: Hit the Green for a Great Cause appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
  • Youth Mission Trip Fundraisers

    Paige Kutilek
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:08 am
    The crowdfunding platform serves as a great resource for young people who desire to do extraordinary things. With the help of others looking to donate to a good cause, online fundraising enables youth to embark on important humanitarian causes, such as mission trips that provide aid to communities in need around the world. Parents can […] The post Youth Mission Trip Fundraisers appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
  • Fundraising Ideas for Your Community

    Grace Culhane
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:37 pm
    When you look around your neighborhood or community, do you notice a glaring need that you’d like to address? Do you wonder if, provided the resources, you could improve the lives of those around you? Whether through a community garden, an arts program, a fundraiser for a local charity or another project, you have the […] The post Fundraising Ideas for Your Community appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
  • How Crowdfunding Sites Can Best Work for Your Fundraising Needs

    Grace Culhane
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Crowdfunding is a form of online fundraising that provides individuals or groups with a platform with which to make their own webpage for a cause or project. They then advertise their fundraising campaign online by spreading the link to potential donors. It has become an increasingly popular resource for those looking to raise money efficiently […] The post How Crowdfunding Sites Can Best Work for Your Fundraising Needs appeared first on Compassionate Crowdfunding Blog.
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  • How to Hold a Chinese Auction Style Raffle Fundraiser

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

    Raffle Tickets
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    The Many Wonders of a Raffle Fundraiser Fundrаіѕеrѕ іn gеnеrаl are a grеаt wау to rаіѕе mоnеу fоr аn оrgаnіzаtіоn. From реrѕоnаl experience оf рlауіng on trаvеl ѕоftbаll team, the expenses to bе оn the tеаm are оutrаgеоuѕ. To help rаіѕе thеѕе fundѕ, the ѕоftbаll tеаm саmе uр wіth ѕеvеrаl іdеаѕ, оnе оf thеm bеіng a rаfflе tісkеt fundrаіѕеr. Rаfflе tісkеt fundraisers hаvе ѕеvеrаl bеnеfіtѕ tо thеm. Orgаnіzаtіоnѕ can mаkе ѕurvеуѕ to give оut to thе ѕurrоundіng community…
  • How a Raffle Can Enhance Your Business

    Raffle Tickets
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    How a Raffle Can Enhance Your Business Onе of thе difficult aspects оf оwnіng оr managing a buѕіnеѕѕ іѕ gаіnіng nеw сuѕtоmеrѕ and retaining thе оnеѕ уоu аlrеаdу hаvе. Customers tеnd to look at thе рrісеѕ оf the рrоduсtѕ уоu аrе ѕеllіng, thе quality оf сuѕtоmеr ѕеrvісе аnd thе сlеаnlіnеѕѕ оf thе fасіlіtу. Mаrkеtіng аnd рrоmоtіоn іѕ іmроrtаnt fоr аnу buѕіnеѕѕ. Without сuѕtоmеrѕ, thеrе іѕn’t a buѕіnеѕѕ. If уоu оwn a business, уоu nееd to gеt реорlе еxсіtеd about…
  • A Raffle Can Help Generate Sales For Your Business

    Raffle Tickets
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:46 pm
    A Raffle Can Help Generate Sales For Your Business Businesses thrіvе оff of thеіr customers, аnd wіthоut them thеrе would nоt bе a buѕіnеѕѕ in thе fіrѕt рlасе. Businesses have sales аnd promotions tо саuѕе thеіr customers’ аttеntіоn tо соmе tо thеіr ѕtоrе. They want mоnеу аnd knоw hоw tо get іt, аnd аn аѕресt оf that is соnduсtіng rаfflеѕ. Raffles can саuѕе аttrасtіоn for mаnу reasons. Onе оf thе rеаѕоnѕ rаfflеѕ cause аttrасtіоn frоm customer sales іѕ bесаuѕе rаfflеѕ аrе frее, аnd…
  • Raffles Are For Everyone

    Raffle Tickets
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Raffles Are For Everyone Kіdѕ and аdultѕ аlіkе fееl a thrіll at thе аnnоunсеmеnt оf a rаfflе. Toys! Gіft Cаrdѕ! Elесtrоnісѕ! Free stuff! If the соѕt оf tісkеt іѕ rеаѕоnаblе for thе prizes оffеrеd, уоu’ll fіnd a wіdе аrrау оf реорlе ѕсrаmblіng tо wіn. For ѕmаll businesses, a rаfflе соuld draw сuѕtоmеrѕ іn- initially for thе рrоѕресt of garnering frее trіnkеtѕ, but then dеvеlоріng a сurіоѕіtу іn the іnѕtіtutіоn it dеrіvеd frоm. For lаrgеr аnd mоrе wеll-knоwn соmраnіеѕ,…
 
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  • Why Fundraising Consultants Should Commune Not Compete

    admin
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:56 am
    By Marcie L. Wagner, CFRE Recently a fundraising consultant reached out to me for a face-to-face meeting. I gratefully accepted and the outcome of the meeting exceeded my expectations. We shared stories, offered one another affirmation regarding what we have accomplished over our years of working with non profits, and discovered ways in which we could work together to strengthen the services we provide to clients. Fundraising consultants understand they need to carve out time to market their firm and ensure it can be easily found by those seeking professional fundraising services. But do we…
  • The End is Near for Your Fiscal Year: Fundraising Tips, Tactics and Messaging to Implement Today

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

    admin
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:45 pm
    By Marcie Wagner, CFRE First some quick stats and facts on volunteer giving. According to The Corporation for National & Community Service, volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers. Nearly eight in 10 (79.2 percent) volunteers donated to charity, compared to four in 10 (40.4 percent) of non-volunteers. Overall, half of all citizens (50.7 percent) donated at least $25 to charity in 2013. Here are four tips to move your volunteers to donors. 1. Train Your Volunteers Treat them as if they are a new staff member. Ensure they are prepared with a training…
  • Four Fundraising Resolutions for 2015

    admin
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    By Marcie Wagner, CFRE Donation Optimization Eliminate any links on your landing page that visitors can use to leave your website. Instead offer a clear and SECURE call to action which conveys a sense of urgency and an incentive if they give online. Offer donation giving levels, a link to your privacy policy and again include 3rd party secure giving validation. Finally, make certain your landing page is optimized for mobile. Infographic by johnhayden.com Incorporate Mobile Giving Mobile donations are the best way to give to charity because of convenience, security and cost savings. Since so…
  • Board Member Tips to Managing Staffing Issues

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

    Bruce Hassel
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    Volunteers are the Key to Successful Raffle Ticket Sales So you’re planning to have a raffle to raise much needed funds for your organization? Certainly one of the more important elements of any successful raffle fundraiser are the volunteers who will go forth and sell tickets around the community. “Impact a Life” college scholarship contributor Bradley Clawson  has some helpful ideas and tips on just that subject. Bradley is a civil engineering student at Brigham Young University. Thanks so much Bradley, and best of luck! To read Bradley Clawson’s scholarship essay, go here…
  • Raffle Tickets Are In High Demand In a Small Town

    Bruce Hassel
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    Raffle Tickets Are In High Demand In a Small Town Why іѕ thе raffle a ѕіmрlе, еffесtіvе, and роtеntіаllу рrоfіtаblе wау tо raise fundѕ for уоur gооd саuѕе? “Imрасt a Lіfе” scholarship соntrіbutоr Kayla Leland tells how raffle fundraisers benefit a variety of good causes in her small community. Tо read Kayla’s  ѕсhоlаrѕhір еѕѕау, gо here >>> Raffle Tickets Are In High Demand In a Small Town Yоu can hеlр Kayla Leland’s рurѕuіt оf a ѕсhоlаrѕhір аwаrd bу сlісkіng thе “ѕhаrіng іѕ…
  • The Raffle As An Effective Business Marketing Tool

    Bruce Hassel
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    The Raffle As An Effective Business Marketing Tool “Imрасt a Lіfе” соllеgе scholarship essayist  Nicholas Valles takes аn іntеrеѕtіng аnd іnfоrmаtіvе lооk аt the fоllоwіng еѕѕау tоріс: Dеѕсrіbе hоw a buѕіnеѕѕ (іnсludіng rеtаіl аnd ѕеrvісе) саn dеrіvе рrоmоtіоnаl аnd сuѕtоmеr lоуаltу/rеtеntіоn bеnеfіt bу utіlіzіng a rаfflе іn thеіr marketing еffоrtѕ. Nicholas іѕ a business administration ѕtudеnt at Babson College.  Thаnk уоu Nicholas, аnd bеѕt оf luck with уоur ѕtudіеѕ! Tо…
  • A Community Reaps the Benefits of a Raffle Fundraiser

    Bruce Hassel
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    A Community Reaps the Benefits of a Raffle Fundraiser Mаnу thanks to Megan Privette for a wеll thоught out аnd informative “Impact a Lіfе” college ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay thаt hіghlіghtѕ why hоldіng a raffle іѕ a great wау tо raise money fоr thе bеnеfіt оf уоur соmmunіtу. Megan shares some wоndеrful and реrѕоnаl rеаѕоnѕ аѕ tо whу holding a rаfflе іѕ not оnlу a grеаt fundrаіѕіng орроrtunіtу but аlѕо ѕресіfіеѕ how it hеlреd raise mоnеу for the benefit of her local community. Tо rеаd Megan Privette’s…
  • How a Raffle Saved the Music

    Bruce Hassel
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    How a Raffle Saved the Music Mаnу thanks tо Anton Alvoid fоr a particularly wеll thоught оut аnd informative “Impact a Lіfе” соllеgе scholarship essay thаt hіghlіghtѕ from a personal perspective whу ѕеllіng raffle tісkеtѕ for your fundrаіѕеr is a grеаt way tо raise money. Anton details the reasons why holding a raffle fundraiser and selling raffle tickets was an ideal way to raise money for his school’s music department. Anton plans on attending the University of Minnesota Duluth as a music major. To read Anton’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, go…
 
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  • Brushing Shoulders with China’s Nouveaux Riche

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

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

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

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

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

    Brock
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:27 am
    IAMaFUNDRAISER.com - Where the 'how' is as important as 'how much' Fundraising has never stopped being a challenge for me. Years ago, for a short time, I thought I was a pretty good fundraiser. So much so I even started this blog! Yikes. I’ve learned since then that ability and confidence in your ability are two very distinct things, and they don’t grow in equal measure. The latter that usually jumps out to an early lead, then quickly runs out of steam. The volume of posts here have declined because of this. I’ll sit down to write a new post, then…
  • Alright everyone, it’s time to be heard.

    Brock
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    IAMaFUNDRAISER.com - Where the 'how' is as important as 'how much' If you hadn’t noticed, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter announced today that speaker applications are open until February 27th for their annual Congress. Here’s why this is important: AFP Congress in Toronto is one of the best educational offerings for fundraisers in the country, and amongst the largest in the world. Speakers and delegates come from all over the country and world, and for good reason. I’ve attended six times, and even did a…
  • Are fundraisers guilty of “fundraiser shaming”?

    Brock
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:27 pm
    IAMaFUNDRAISER.com - Where the 'how' is as important as 'how much' I started blogging about fundraising so I could explore and maybe even justify my belief that for professional fundraisers, the ‘how’ is as important as ‘how much’. To show that it’s this belief that legitimizes our profession, and gives us pride in our work. This hasn’t been as easy as I’d expected. The challenge seems to lie in our need to balance bottom-line results with what we’re told is “best practice” from the latest book, conference, or…
  • Fundraisers are activists! Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

    Brock
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:38 pm
    IAMaFUNDRAISER.com - Where the 'how' is as important as 'how much' You’d be hard pressed to find a fundraiser that doesn’t consider themselves an activist to some degree. Ours is a profession full of past and present idealists, campaigners, flag-wavers and the scrappiest advocates for the underdog you’ll ever meet. I like to think I could be at least one of those. But, do my non-fundraising peers see me that way? Donors I meet? The board? My old university pals? My family? I want the answer to be yes, but its probably no. The most effective activist is…
  • Politics, religion, and charity.

    Brock
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:41 am
    IAMaFUNDRAISER.com - Where the 'how' is as important as 'how much' My VP casually said something the other day that I haven’t been able to shake. It’s that slowly but increasingly, charity seems to have been relegated to the same “no-go” zone status as politics and religion when it comes to conversation. Is this true? Does talking about your charity of choice with a new acquaintance really invoke as much awkwardness as probing about their religious beliefs or salary? Is it really that impolite to share your thoughts on charity, even if they…
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  • 5 Steps to Easy Online Donations

    Adam Weinger
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Double the Donation’s blog is dedicated to covering matching gift and volunteer grant programs, yet our readers and customers often ask how they can design easy and effective online donation forms. So we reached out to Ronald Pruitt at 4aGoodCause to share a few thoughts on how nonprofits can draw in additional online donations.  5 steps to easy online donations For individuals looking to support a nonprofit or cause, monetary donations are the easiest and most common way they are likely to give. Regardless, nonprofit organizations must still be taking the correct steps to ensure…
  • America’s Charities’ Snapshot 2015 Survey

    Nina Sullivan
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Have you heard about America’s Charities’ Snapshot 2015? If so, have you participated? America’s Charities is reaching out to leaders in social responsibility regarding the evolution of employee engagement in their respective companies. The results of this landmark research will be released on December 8, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. As indicated by past Snapshots, this year’s survey is well worth a brief moment of your time. Background:   America’s Charities specializes in corporate giving on both sides of the equation. America’s…
  • View the Matching Gift Webinar Hosted by Double the Donation and DonorPro

    Adam Weinger
    18 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    Double the Donation and DonorPro recently co-hosted a matching gift webinar. In case you missed it you can view it anytime on our website. In the matching gift webinar we cover 6 topics: An introduction to matching gifts Top companies Marketing tips Double the Donation demo An overview of how DonorPro and Double the Donation integrate View the Webinar Additional Resources: View the DonorPro / Double the Donation integration press release View the DonorPro / Double the Donation integration guide The post View the Matching Gift Webinar Hosted by Double the Donation and DonorPro appeared first…
  • 4 Things High Performing Nonprofits with Great Leaders Have in Common

    Adam Weinger
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    Double the Donation’s blog is normally dedicated to covering corporate giving yet we know our readers and customers are interested in improving their leadership abilities, always a hot topic. So we reached out to Dan Quirk at DonorPro to share a few thoughts on common traits among high performing nonprofit leaders. As you work to grow your nonprofit and fight for the cause, you’re under pressure to make difficult decisions every day. You deal with more red tape and have to overcome more hurdles than you could have imagined… when really all you want to do is to just educate kids, help…
  • Companies Match Employee Fundraising for Walk, Run, and Biking Events

    Erin Ehrlich
    11 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Did you know many national and even international companies also offer what’s called a “fundraising match program”? This means that a company will match all of the funds raised by an employee for a fundraising activity, including walks, runs, and/or biking events. Companies Matching Employee Fundraising Efforts for Walk, Run, and Bike Type of Events: Intuit, Inc. Intuit is a software company that develops financial and tax preparation software. It has 8,500 employees and offers a comprehensive matching gift program to its employees. Intuit’s matching gift program…
 
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  • 5 Unusual Places To Find Content Ideas

    Khaled Allen
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Inspiration can be hard to come by, especially if you become reliant on a particular source of ideas. Mixing it up by looking for inspiration in unusual places can get your creative juices flowing again and introduce some freshness into your content. Here are 5 unusual places to find content ideas for your nonprofit fundraising: Hobbies Vincent Van Gogh said, “If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.” If you have a hobby you love, you’ve probably noticed that you draw parallels between your…
  • Movers & Shakers: Behind The Scenes Of Advocates’ #Summeroffun Crowdfunding Campaign

    Candace Cody
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nestled in between Worcester and Boston rests Framingham, a historical town in Massachusetts known as the gathering spot for members of the abolitionist movement. Today, the light of social justice still shines in Framingham with Advocates, a nonprofit that has been serving Massachusetts for the last 40 years. They partner with people with mental health needs and disabilities, elders, and those with brain injuries to give them the support they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. In an effort to provide additional programs, Advocates recently launched their #Summeroffun…
  • 5 Sites To Know For Social Good

    Tricia Mirchandani
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Chances are you’ve found yourself in an Internet rut. You begin your day with the same news sources, run into the same publications on your Facebook feed, and check the same sites before signing off at night. Of course, there isn’t anything wrong with staying in touch with your favorite sites, blogs, and online magazines. It’s good to have places you can rely on. But every so often, we need to branch out. Checking out a new site or reading a post on a new blog can introduce you to things you may not have otherwise seen and spark ideas you may not have otherwise had. If you’re ready to…
  • 41 Important Tweets from the Social Media For Nonprofits Conference You Can’t Miss

    Candace Cody
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    On Tuesday, July 21st, The Social Media for Nonprofits Conference kicked off in New York City, organized by Co-Founder and Executive Director of the organization, Ritu Sharma. The day was packed full of intriguing and informative sessions about how to leverage your social media outlets to market your organization’s mission. The speakers included Henry Timms, the Founder of #GivingTuesday, Julie Leary a Digital Strategy Analyst at Whole Whale, Sam McKelvie the Director or Customer Success at Mobile Commons, Caroline Avakian, Founder of SourseRise, Jeff Shuck, the CEO of Plenty, A Panel of…
  • 5 Questions To Ask Before You Start Crowdfunding

    Tricia Mirchandani
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    We live in a time in which the power to raise money to support a project, a cause, a dream is something we all share. It is empowering and incredibly liberating that little stands in the way between you and the funding you need to make dreams come true—be they your dreams or the dreams of the people you work for. Crowdfunding makes possible what wasn’t imaginable just ten years ago. But it isn’t for everyone (or every nonprofit). Below are five questions to ask before you start crowdfunding: Will it help your mission? Most nonprofit crowdfunding campaigns (and, arguably, the most…
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  • Start Your Planned Giving Program Here

    Susan Chavez
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    Start your Planned Giving program with charitable bequests, the most popular planned gift.
  • Nonprofit Radio for July 31, 2015: People Far Away & Files Far Away

    Susan Chavez
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I love our new sponsor! Do you want to find more prospects & raise more money? Pursuant is a full-service fundraising agency, leveraging data & technology. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio and tune in. Listen to the July 31, … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for July 31, 2015: People Far Away & Files Far Away →
  • Nonprofit Radio for July 24, 2015: 250th Nonprofit Radio!

    Susan Chavez
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I love our new sponsor! Do you want to find more prospects & raise more money? Pursuant is a full-service fundraising agency, leveraging data & technology. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio and tune in. Listen to the July 24, … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for July 24, 2015: 250th Nonprofit Radio! →
  • Nonprofit Radio for July 17, 2015: Walk to Work & Keep Current After Launch

    Susan Chavez
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% Our Sponsor: Opportunity Collaboration: This working meeting on poverty reduction is unlike any other event you have attended. No plenary speeches, no panels, no PowerPoints. I was there last year and I’m going this year. It will ruin you for every other conference! October 11-16, Ixtapa, Mexico. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for July 17, 2015: Walk to Work & Keep Current After Launch →
  • 250th Nonprofit Radio!

    Susan Chavez
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    It’s the 250th show and 5th anniversary of Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio! Lots of guests, comedy & giveaways! To win, Facebook or tweet #NonprofitRadio & tell me why you love the show—before July 24th. I’ll pick the winners & shout you out. 
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    DonorDriven Blog

  • The 10 best peer-to-peer fundraising tips

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    When you work for a nonprofit you know the importance of making the ask. But in peer-to-peer fundraising it’s your supporters who make the ask.  Not everyone is an expert and many times it can be frustrating that they seem reluctant to do it. Here are some proven methods DonorDrive clients are using to get better fundraising performance from their event and campaign participants.
  • How to fix a fundraising shortfall: Part 1

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    When your event revenue comes up short, it can be disastrous for your organization. If you can find a quick fix for that shortage of money, that’s great. But it doesn’t really help fix the problem for next year and the years to come. And it’s a problem you must fix for the long-term success of your organization.  This article gives you a series of questions that can help you determine where the problem lies. Don’t worry about blame. Just answer honestly so you can spot the problems.
  • How to fix a fundraising shortfall: Part 2.

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    When the economy is going well it can cover up a lot of faults with signature events. A good economy may have served your event so well that you didn’t notice problems developing. But those issues become obvious when the economy goes sour and the money gets tight. As Warren Buffett said: when the tide goes out, you find out who’s naked. Low tide happened for many signature events across North America that weren’t run well. They had a lot of money coming in because the economy was good and it covered up the fact that the event was growing unhealthy.When the economy turned…
  • The 3 notifications that will improve your event totals.

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    In events that fundraise through peer-to-peer, improving your communications to fundraisers can (and should be) a never-ending process. There’s always a better way to say something, or new programs and successes to share with your constituents. But it's common that organizations don’t update their messaging annually. We know how overwhelming your to-do list is and realize that updating notifications isn’t at the top. So we’ve done some research on this and prioritized each notification’s importance for fundraising. By just updating the top three, you can see a…
  • What makes peer-to-peer donors click the donate button?

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    There has been much research conducted about what motivates people to give. But most of it is focused on donating to the cause itself and not on peer-to-peer giving. The advice from this research, like “state a suggested donation amount,” is good to give your participants for increasing the size of their donations, but it doesn’t answer that fundamental question of what motivates a donor to click the donate button in the first place. Our research shows there are three key factors that motivate giving in peer-to-peer fundraising:
 
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    Selfish Giving Blog - Selfish Giving

  • Ep128: How One Nonprofit in Brazil is Scoring Big with Cause Marketing

    Joe Waters
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Marco Crespo, Business Director at the Ayrton Senna Institute in São Paulo, Brazil, about the rise and development of cause marketing in the world's 5th largest country.Megan, Marco and I discuss: Marco Crespo, Ayrton Senna Institute The background of Ayrton Senna Institute, an education-focused nonprofit organization created by the sister of three-time Formula One world champion, Ayrton Senna.How the Ayrton Senna Institute partners with companies in Brazil.Why percentage-of-sales fundraisers are the dominant cause…
  • From Deadly to Dynamite: How the Ice Bucket Challenge Became a Viral Sensation (and May Be Again)

    Joe Waters
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    The Ice Bucket Challenge returns on Friday, July 31st. Here’s a look back at the origins of last year’s challenge and the potential for another viral home run this summer.The Cold Water ChallengeDangerous, selfish, and wasteful. That’s how news articles in the spring of 2014 described the Cold Water Challenge, a fundraiser that preceded the now famous Ice Bucket Challenge that became a viral sensation last summer.For the Cold Water Challenge, participants jumped into a cold pond or lake, made a donation to charity and nominated someone else to the do the same. Sadly, a few people never…
  • Ep127: GameStop Quadruples High Score, Raises $1.2 Million for Make-A-Wish

    Joe Waters
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Matt Hodges, Vice President of Public & Investor Relations at GameStop. If you or your kids play video games you've probably visited a GameStop. And with over 6,600 worldwide locations it's easy to find a store. Matt Hodges, GameStop Gamers are passionate about their games, but they don't play around when it comes to good causes. Megan, Matt and I talk about a recent GameStop register fundraiser for Make-A-Wish that raised $1.2 million - quadrupling the $310K that was raised the previous year. On the…
  • Ep126: What Companies Want from a Nonprofit Partner

    Joe Waters
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:44 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Mollye Rhea, President of For Momentum, an Atlanta-based cause agency, about their 2015 Corporate Partner Survey.For Momentum surveyed individuals who manage nonprofit partnerships to learn about local and national giving strategies, partnership selections and expectations, target audience and common mistakes.Megan, Mollye and I discuss: How the most common question clients asked For Momentum became the basis for the survey.What hunches did the survey legitimize? What answers surprised For Momentum?How companies are shifting their…
  • Ep125: Men's Wearhouse is Well Suited for Collection Drive

    Joe Waters
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Brandy Rettus, Corporate Giving Administrator for Men's Wearhouse, about their National Suit Drive, which benefits at-risk men transitioning into the workforce.Today on the show, Megan, Brandy and I discuss: Brandy Rettus, Men's Wearhouse How the National Suit Drive began in Washington D. C. in 2003 and last year collected a record 200,000 suits at 1,100 stores.How Men's Wearhouse uses a generous incentive to motivate donors to bring in their old suits.How employees are highly engaged in the program and a big reason for…
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    The Storytelling Non-Profit

  • How to Maximize a Digital Fundraising Campaign Through Strategic Follow Up

    Vanessa Chase
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Many nonprofits utilize digital fundraising to create a catalytic event to drive future donor behavior. A social game or online quiz can be highly successful in terms of acquiring and upgrading donors during the campaign. (Admit it, you took that Chipotle “Friend or Faux” quiz too.) But the real secret to drive future donor behavior is not just getting tons of email addresses from a successful social campaign. It’s having a premeditated follow-up strategy to create a long-term impact for...
  • 13 Ways to use Stories to Raise More Money

    Vanessa Chase
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Telling stories can improve your organization’s fundraising results. I had a client who used a story in their year-end direct mail piece and the average gift size doubled. Pretty incredible! Perhaps you have heard of similar results at organizations that are telling stories. But the question is – is your non-profit telling stories? Not every organization is despite knowing the benefits of storytelling. As I talk to fundraisers and executive directors, what I often hear is that they just aren’t...
  • Panic Attacks Over Storytelling? Relax. The Six As of Story Structure Have You Covered.

    Vanessa Chase
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is the fifth post in a special 12-part monthly series — Powerful Nonprofit Stories: Finding, Framing, and Finishing. Read Jennifer’s previous posts in the series – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Think back to the last webinar or conference you attended. Do you remember any of the statistics cited? Probably not. But I bet you remember stories that were shared. As young learners, stories help us make sense of the world. And when we’re (ahem)...
  • Storytelling Q&A – Collecting Stories

    Vanessa Chase
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    A few weeks ago I hosted a free webinar on non-profit storytelling. There were over 400 non-profit professionals in attendance and a ton of great questions asked. Unfortunately we only had an hour together, so I wasn’t able to get to every question. Today I thought I would take the opportunity to answer a few more questions from the webinar that relate to collecting stories and working with program staff members to collect stories. In other words – creating a...
  • Want to be a better writer? Read more.

    Vanessa Chase
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you an avid reader? I devour books of all sorts. Fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, business books, non-profit books, and books on personal development. Reading is my jam. Every morning it’s the first thing I do. I grab my cup of tea and spend 30 minutes reading. It’s something I really enjoy doing, so I don’t mind waking up a bit earlier to make time for it. Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing a few of my best tips...
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    Hands-On Fundraising

  • How your crummy thank you feels

    Mary Cahalane
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    Put yourself in your donor’s shoes. Sometimes saying thank you is treated as an administrative (boring) necessity. It should be an integral part of building strong donor relationships. But the really sad thing is it’s so easily fixed! Think about the little cartoon above. If your thank you letter reads like a brochure about your organization and the great work you do, you’ve totally missed the point. Thinking about it in more personal terms might help. Take a little imaginative trip with me: Your dear friend lives on the other side of the country. The day before your birthday,…
  • Why you don’t want to be a tool

    Mary Cahalane
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Who do you read to make you think? One blog I like to check in on is Trevor O’Donnell’s Marketing the Arts to Death. As the title says, it’s about arts marketing. But to me, it’s broader. Trevor shows how mistaken arts marketing often is. Because its focus is internal. Because it’s what insiders think is important or impressive. But it’s not about the audience. What’s in it for them? Why would attending be a fun, enlightening, pleasurable experience for them? A recent piece put it succinctly: Are you selling drills or holes? Go ahead, give it a read.
  • How hard are you making it to give?

    Mary Cahalane
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
      Giving shouldn’t be so confusing. The other day as we paid our bills, my husband and I pulled an appeal from our pile to make a donation. Then we turned the response form over and over, trying to figure out what to do. It was a combination return envelope and form. But to mail the envelope, you had to figure out that parts of it were perforated. Then fold and rip those parts away. Then fold it again (though the lines provided didn’t work right). And then put the check inside and lick and seal the envelope. Though it didn’t stick. We resorted to tape. That was a lot of…
  • Are you too pretty to work?

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

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