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  • Fundraisers go above and beyond – they deserve respect from charity colleagues

    FUNDRAISING - Yahoo News Search Results
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Fundraising teams are not the necessary evil – we care about the cause as much as those on the front line delivering vital services Related: As a charity professional, I dread being asked what I do for a living It might seem blindingly obvious but, for me, a third sector organisation cannot function without a fundraising team. For one, there would be no money to fight the cause we believe in and ...
  • Making tracks to James Bay in support of victims of crime

    FUNDRAISING - Bing News
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    “It was important to pay homage to all victims of crime, which was the reason for the trip,” he said of his latest fundraising effort for Toronto Victim Services. The arduous journey offered a glimpse at the life of Canada’s early explorers and ...
  • Nonprofit Crowd Funding Success Formula: Robust Planning, Networks, and Blessings

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    Beth
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    After publishing this post about Save the Children’s Crowd Funding Campaign – where I mentioned the Dalai Lama Foundation’s successful campaign, I noticed this tweet in my stream from Brian Rusch the former deputy director for the DLF: Woohoo! The crowd-funding campaign I ran for the Dalai Lama Foundation got a shout-out on @kanter‘s blog today! http://t.co/7FZnJT2rLq — Brian Rusch (@alohalife) March 25, 2015 I’m always on a higher path of learning. So, I reached out to Brian to learn more about the inside story of their success and lessons learned.   The…
  • Value Offers

    A Small Change
    Edward Sumner
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    What a privilege and help it is when our supporters and prospects provide candid feedback to us.  I mean, really candid feedback.  The kind that can sting a little bit, but, will without a doubt help us to strengthen our relationship with those that are giving said feedback as well as help us improve our efforts to connect with others.  Here are some helpful examples: ‘I don’t have a lot of time, just tell me what’s new.’ ‘A couple email updates a year will suffice for me, no need to keep in touch.’ ‘I don’t do events.’…
  • 18 Fundraising Resources for Environmental Nonprofits

    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas
    Devon Reeser
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    ?Whether you are looking for new prospects, or some fresh fundraising ideas for Earth Day, you need a crash course in proposal writing, or you have no idea how to get started about development planning, these resources are musts for any conservation, environmental education, or green activist group! Grants These sites will help you hone a prospect list and loan ideas about where you can look for funding: 1. Fundsnet Services has 17 pages of the best foundations funding environmental nonprofits.   2. The Center for Nonprofit Excellence regularly updates an impressive list of national…
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    FUNDRAISING - Yahoo News Search Results

  • Fundraisers go above and beyond – they deserve respect from charity colleagues

    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Fundraising teams are not the necessary evil – we care about the cause as much as those on the front line delivering vital services Related: As a charity professional, I dread being asked what I do for a living It might seem blindingly obvious but, for me, a third sector organisation cannot function without a fundraising team. For one, there would be no money to fight the cause we believe in and ...
  • Jeb Bush fundraising is a family affair

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's fundraising swing through Texas this week will be a family affair.
  • Clinton fundraising to key on primaries, Democrats say

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:03 am
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s fundraising team plans to raise money only for the presidential primaries when she launches her 2016 campaign and initially will avoid general-election fundraising.
  • New ToeJam & Earl game hits fundraising goal on Kickstarter

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The creators of ToeJam & Earl managed to meet their fundraising goal for ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove, a new game in the quirky, 24-year-old franchise, in the final days of their Kickstarter campaign. Developer Humanature Studios aimed to raise at least $400,000 to fund development of its new ToeJam & Earl. The ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove Kickstarter campaign comes to a close on ...
  • Clinton campaign to focus on money for primaries

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's fundraising team only plans to raise money for the presidential primaries when she launches her 2016 campaign and initially will avoid general election fundraising.
 
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  • Making tracks to James Bay in support of victims of crime

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    “It was important to pay homage to all victims of crime, which was the reason for the trip,” he said of his latest fundraising effort for Toronto Victim Services. The arduous journey offered a glimpse at the life of Canada’s early explorers and ...
  • Color of success: Loving Elementary far exceeds fundraising goal

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    LOVING >> Loving Elementary School students were able to kick back and enjoy a color run Friday after raising more than double the money needed to purchase a new sound system for their gym. The run was a reward for a job well done, said teacher Victoria ...
  • Spring Run event sets new participation, fundraising records

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Spring Run event sets new participation, fundraising records Generosity and golf participation reached new record levels at the eighth annual Spring Run Charity Classic on March 21. Check out this story on news-press.com: http://newspr.es/1bG25vj
  • Higher Ed Notebook: Salem is halfway in its fundraising goal

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Salem Academy and College, the oldest women’s educational institution in the nation, has announced a $60 million fundraising campaign, the school said in a statement. The institution has already collected more than $30 million toward its goal. The ...
  • Cruz claims GOP leadership blocked his fundraising after shutdown

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    GREENLAND, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said Saturday that the House Republican leadership had made it next to impossible for him to get money from Super PACs after he filibustered the Affordable Care Act in 2013 — an action that helped trigger a 16 ...
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  • Nonprofit Crowd Funding Success Formula: Robust Planning, Networks, and Blessings

    Beth
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    After publishing this post about Save the Children’s Crowd Funding Campaign – where I mentioned the Dalai Lama Foundation’s successful campaign, I noticed this tweet in my stream from Brian Rusch the former deputy director for the DLF: Woohoo! The crowd-funding campaign I ran for the Dalai Lama Foundation got a shout-out on @kanter‘s blog today! http://t.co/7FZnJT2rLq — Brian Rusch (@alohalife) March 25, 2015 I’m always on a higher path of learning. So, I reached out to Brian to learn more about the inside story of their success and lessons learned.   The…
  • Crowdfunding: Can Partnering With An Internet Celebrity Make Your Campaign An Overnight Success?

    Beth
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Ask any high school boy who likes video games who PewDiePie is and they will tell you that he is the most watched video personality on YouTube.  The main focus of PewDiePie’s videos is his commentary and reactions to various video games as he plays, captured on video and shared on his YouTube Channel. PewDiePie’s channel is the most subscribed channel on YouTube,and reaches over 34.8 million subscribers. Currently, the PewDiePie channel has received over 8 billion video views.  Due to his popularity, PewDiePie’s coverage of indie games has created an Oprah effect on video…
  • Case Study: How Human Rights Watch Leverages Employee Personal Brands on Twitter

    Beth
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    There are no better champions for your organization’s communication’s strategy than your staff.  Leveraging the networks and personal brands of your staff as champions can help your organization’s communications strategy have more impact.    With a few guidelines and a little  training, employees can use social channels effectively  in service of  your organization’s mission AND their own learning.  I asked colleagues what nonprofits had good employee champion programs and Chris Tuttle pointed me to Human Rights Watch. I interviewed Jim Murphy,  Senior Online Editor,…
  • A Few Good Tools To Manage Your Online Professional Network Connections

    Beth
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    Flickr Image: Myles Grant The last two posts I published on professional networking, “Smart Professional Networking Online” and “Tidying Your Online Connections” prompted some great discussion when I shared on Facebook. Heidi Ketroser Massey and Nancy Schwartz asked about tools to help manage the process. This post was inspired by that discussion. Back when I first started working, my best professional networking tool was my Rolodex. Whenever I met someone new, the business card would get added to it, along with some notes on how we met and their expertise. Whenever I…
  • What If Your Fitbit Could Also Track Your Environmental Footprint?

    Beth
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    Here is pic of super cool blue band @fitbit that CEO @parkjames wears. Not commercially available #atlantichealth pic.twitter.com/5vE4aEvk4i — Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) March 18, 2015 Yesterday, I participated in two seemingly unrelated events that generated that question.    Fitbit and fitness/health apps offer many benefits — they help us become more aware of our healthy habits by measuring and producing data. The social component of the apps, sharing data with friends and competitions helps us sustain behavior change.   On a systems level, the aggregated data can help public…
 
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  • Value Offers

    Edward Sumner
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    What a privilege and help it is when our supporters and prospects provide candid feedback to us.  I mean, really candid feedback.  The kind that can sting a little bit, but, will without a doubt help us to strengthen our relationship with those that are giving said feedback as well as help us improve our efforts to connect with others.  Here are some helpful examples: ‘I don’t have a lot of time, just tell me what’s new.’ ‘A couple email updates a year will suffice for me, no need to keep in touch.’ ‘I don’t do events.’…
  • Good question!

    Edward Sumner
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    I’m always impressed and grateful when a current supporter or prospect asks good questions.  First and foremost, it indicates that they are really considering our agency and mission carefully which means if I answer these questions well, a positive giving decision may follow.  Secondly, the questions the ask create opportunity for our relationship to deepen.  Lastly, good questions keep me sharp!  Some examples I love to hear, and aim to respond to carefully and creatively are: What impact are you actually having on the people you are seeking to serve? How are you measuring success?
  • But you said you were going to give!?

    Edward Sumner
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Ok.  This is a real time situation.  Happening now.  I’ve got 4 or 5 folks that I’ve been building relationships with and over email and in person they have committed to giving a gift to the agency I have the privilege of representing.  We’ve had some great interactions, they are supportive of the mission and aiming to respond by investing financially.  Awesome stuff. But, here’s the thing, it’s been weeks and in a few cases months since these commitment were made and well, no gift yet.  No meat in the pan so to speak.  I’ve sent a few reminders but…
  • That first impression.

    Edward Sumner
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Last week my colleague here at A Small Change, Jason Dick, wrote up a great piece on how wearing something that’s got a little color can impact donor interactions.  I couldn’t agree more.  In fact, I think there are a number of other small things, when considered, we should also commit to as we are representing our agencies and aiming to make a great first impression.  We should also stay committed to these things when we are meeting with supporters that we have the privilege of knowing well. On the fashion front, do think about what you are wearing (speaking to the guys here…
  • Colored Shirts

    Jason Dick
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    There’s no doubt about it, color makes everything more fun. Would you rather sit in a dark and colorless room or a well lit one with a vibrant painting?  We are all drawn to color. Color also makes you more noticeable. I am so glad that we are moving away from a culture where men can where only grey and blue. You watch a show like Mad Men and the only difference in their suits is the cost, the color schemes are all the same. I’ve always enjoyed wearing colors because again, its just more fun. But, there is some practical value here also as color is more memorable for donor…
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  • 18 Fundraising Resources for Environmental Nonprofits

    Devon Reeser
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    ?Whether you are looking for new prospects, or some fresh fundraising ideas for Earth Day, you need a crash course in proposal writing, or you have no idea how to get started about development planning, these resources are musts for any conservation, environmental education, or green activist group! Grants These sites will help you hone a prospect list and loan ideas about where you can look for funding: 1. Fundsnet Services has 17 pages of the best foundations funding environmental nonprofits.   2. The Center for Nonprofit Excellence regularly updates an impressive list of national…
  • Direct Mail and Free Gifts to Boost your Fundraising on a Budget

    Devon Reeser
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Despite the virtual Smartphone and email era we are in, direct mail is still the best way to attract new donors, both young and old, to your organization. While most might assume seniors prefer snail mail, Forbes reported that even 18-34 year olds respond better to paper in hand. And young and old alike want to be offered something in return for their gift.  What do you offer then if you have a nonexistent budget and seemingly nothing to offer? And what is the cheapest and best way to both send what could be an expensive appeal and then get that gift to new donors? Follow these tips for a…
  • Your Favorite Sports Are Charities? The Truth of the 501(c)(6) Tax Loophole

    Devon Reeser
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    The NFL is a multi-billion dollar industry – but did you know that it is classified as a charity? The recent economic downturn made the public, and in turn Congress, nationally challenge the NFL and other professional sports associations – namely the NCAA, the NHL, the PGA, and the US Tennis Association – for making money but not paying taxes. Are they getting away with tax evasion, however, as Senators claim? Read here to learn the background of why sports associations have exempt status and whether or not it actually matters much for the rest of America. Tax law code from a different…
  • How to Attract Corporate Sponsorship – 6 Steps

    Devon Reeser
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    From the DONNA Breast Cancer Marathon to the Purina Paws for the Planet, corporations seem to have their names on nearly everything charitable.  Corporate sponsorship spending is directly tied to corporate earning – as earnings increase this year as projected, more money will be available for sponsorship. By following these simple steps, you can attract those corporate sponsors to your cause. 1. Pick the right program or event You don’t want to ask your local Starbucks to sponsor your summer camp for kids – you want to ask your local Chuck E. Cheese’s or your local Ronald McDonald…
  • 8 Essentials for Your Organization’s Case Statement

    Cari Mostert
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are your fundraising efforts standing on the firm foundation of an outstanding case statement? Of all the documents an organization uses to aid fundraising, the case statement is one of the most important. The case statement (or case for support) is used by a nonprofit as a basis for all communication and solicitations with donors. As a primary tool for fundraising, a nonprofit’s case statement needs to be professional and accurate; a two to ten page (or more as needed) document that grabs the reader’s attention and can be presented as simply as a fact sheet or as intricately as a folder…
 
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  • 71 sessions to help your hospital fundraising – for free!

    Marc A. Pitman
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    If you raise money for a hospital, or are thinking of moving into that career, you need to register for the The Hospital Fundraising Summit. It's coming April 6 - 12 and gathering 48 of us, giving over 70 sessions! The schedule for The Hospital Fundraising Summit I've just heard that the schedule for The Hospital Fundraising Summit is now final. Each session is available for viewing for 24 hours only, starting at 08:00 am Eastern Time. Here is the schedule, arranged by track. (Mine sessions are in the "Grateful Patients" and "Donor Communications" sections. HOSPITAL ANNUAL GIVING Bloom, Carl:…
  • [Guest Post] 4 Fundraising Questions for Your Board Chair

    Marc A. Pitman
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    I like John Fulwider. His energy, optimism, and experience make a powerful force for helping nonprofits. I suppose this is in part because of his expertise with Gallup's StrengthsFinder. He knows every organization and every leader has strengths and he's skilled at building on them. His new book Better Together: How Top Nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs Get Happy, Fall in Love, and Change Their World is a great example of that! In this post, I've asked him to share some ideas from his research for the book. You can find out more about John at his site www.JohnFulwider.com and you can reach him…
  • [Question Marc] Help! My board wants to do another event!

    Marc A. Pitman
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:18 am
    Dear Marc, Help!! My board wants to do ANOTHER fundraising event! We're already doing 10 events a year. How can I tell them we don't have the resources to do another one? Stressed in San Diego My Answer Dear Stressed, Oh no! I definitely feel your pain! I think your board is living out the "when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" truism. In fact, does your board meeting look like this? Don't worry, you're not alone. You have to believe the board isn't trying to kill your team but that they are truly trying to help. It's just that they don't know how to help. So…
  • Celebrating your nonprofit – The Nonprofit Blog Carnival

    Marc A. Pitman
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    The February Nonprofit Blog Carnival generated some interesting comments but not many blog posts. The call for posts was for creative ways to celebrate you cause. We seem to be a creative bunch...Many people said they loved this topic. But there weren't any blog post submitted. In looking around, I did find that the most creative time for nonprofits seems to be around anniversaries. Here are some posts on that and one on a surprising tweak that can lead to celebrating your cause: In a post on Kivi Leroux Miller's blog, Carol Goglia of Communities Foundation of Texas shares how her group…
  • A surprising tweak to increase donor retention

    Marc A. Pitman
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:36 am
    I've worked alot on donor retention and often written about the importance of keeping the donors you already have. But in a recent webinar on storytelling for nonprofits, I had a rude awakening. The webinar was presented by the legendary fundraiser Ken Burnett. He was talking about how effective stories can be in the answering the donor's question, "Did my gift make a difference?" Then he dropped a bombshell: Ken said that when a donor makes a gift, the need to know "Did my gift make a difference?" is almost instantaneous! When it comes to answering that question, 2 weeks is too slow. It is…
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  • Be A Ladder - Not A Leader

    Jyoti
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    I have nothing against leaders. I just don't have the inclination to be one, although I do take initiatives to do what I am moved to do. In ServiceSpace I have encountered the idea of being a ladder, instead of a leader. Here is sharing some instances of how being a ladder manifests in my professional life. One of my professional roles is as an editor for an academic double-blind peer-reviewed journal, where I get to read the peer reviews and convey a decision back to the author. I mentor the reviewers to be respectful and always find positives in the manuscript, since authors put a lot…
  • A Gang You'll Want Your Kid to Join

    DailyGood.org
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    The words 'gang' or 'posse' have negative connotations for most people. But not for Deborah Bial. After an aha-moment with a college drop-out, she would go on to form the Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive college access programs in the United States. How successful is the program? The list of former Posse graduates is undeniably impressive: Harvard grads, doctors, a college dean, a filmmaker, and a CEO, just to name a few. [Full Story]...
  • Cubs: The Family Stories That Bind Us In This Life

    Trishna Shah
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:54 am
    This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on The Family Stories That Bind Us In This Life. Take a look."Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves." - Gail Lumet Buckley...
  • On Vivekananda, Tracelessness, Work, And Purity

    Preeta Bansal
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:31 pm
    In working to put together some bios for some beautiful upcoming Awakin call guests, I've been struck by how many of these beautiful souls live their lives without a digital trace, or little of one, and how privileged I feel to be able to work to try and assemble their stories into something so prosaic as a biographical narrative -- helping to bring forth some of their ideas and visions and ways of being to the world. This all has reminded me of a beautiful passage about work and impurity, tracelessness and purity from Vivekananda, in Karma Yoga: "The greatest men in the world have…
  • First Times.

    Rushabh Gandhi
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    So finally Vipassana happened for the first time. I am grateful to this space and specially to Jignasha for making the magic happen. It was necessary to start with this because I haven't written anything after that. So much of over whelming gratitude is what I have been feeling that the "need" of "doing" anything just for the sake of it has disappeared. I feel like I am in space where I am trying to filter out the stuff which I used to do for satisfying my own ego or to show it off from what I really feel like doing and what I believe in.  Today, just a few…
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  • Rhode Island Fairs

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
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  • 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.
  • Nonprofit Dysfunction and the Beloved Community

    Jeremy Gregg
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As the nation reflected on the legacy of MLK, I was reminded of Dr. King’s belief in “the beloved community.” That concept — which the King Center articulately differentiates from the idea of the Peaceable Kingdom — should be the ultimate Vision Statement for the nonprofit sector. Whether we are in the business of feeding the hungry, ... Read More The post Nonprofit Dysfunction and the Beloved Community appeared first on Jeremy Gregg. You can find author Jeremy Gregg on Twitter at @JeremyGregg.
  • 9 TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Should Watch (and 1 that changed my life)

    Jeremy Gregg
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:46 am
    Earlier tonight, I republished on StackStreet an old blog that I wrote a few years ago about the amazing organization “Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.” As I was doing so, I dropped by NFTE’s Twiter feed . . . and was grateful to discover the list below. A great list of videos worth watching (and “ideas worth spreading”) from the NFTE Blog | NFTE: “Nine  TED ... Read More The post 9 TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Should Watch (and 1 that changed my life) appeared first on Jeremy Gregg. You can find author Jeremy Gregg on Twitter at…
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  • Account Manager, Digital

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Stephen Thomas Ltd (ST) is a full-service marketing and fundraising agency dedicated to marketing for a better world. We execute campaigns in all channels – direct, digital, and mass. We work exclusively with non-profit organizations and are located in downtown Toronto, just steps from the hip Distillery District. Right now, we are seeking a Account Manager, Digital. You will be responsible for the creation and management of online marketing and digital campaigns for our clients, including creative, web, mobile and email. You will be required to work on standalone projects and as part of…
  • University of Toronto retains Stephen Thomas!

    admin
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The University of Toronto has hired Stephen Thomas of Toronto to develop direct response strategy and campaigns for its annual fundraising initiatives. The 18-month assignment includes campaigns for all of the university’s divisions and faculties under the umbrella brand, “Boundless: The Campaign for the University of Toronto.” Stephen Thomas won the account in a competitive review, based on the work is has done for the university’s fundraising efforts over the past four years. The first initiative the agency will work on will be a spring campaign encompassing print, telemarketing and…
  • Starting to Trade and Communicating to your Donors

    Scott Jeffries
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    In my previous blog, The Misunderstood List Trader, I explored the basic strategy of list trading from a fundraiser’s perspective. I do find it (significantly) easier to explain trading to my peers in fundraising and marketing. But what about broaching the topic with your average donor – how does that messaging look? Well, let’s start at the beginning. The opt-out. Your first touch point will be the opt-out you provide to your donors. Before contacts on your list can be traded, you must first comply with PIPEDA regulations and give donors an opportunity to decline to be traded (i.e.
  • Happy Holidays! Give Smart

    admin
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    The holidays are a great time to give. Whether we give of our time, our or money. There are numerous great non-profits to give of your time and money. We are particularly proud to have worked on this digital campaign for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Canada (MSF): http://www.thestar.com/ Here is what your money can do when you donate through the MSF Warehouse Catalogue: $20 buys a stethoscope $30 buys a rapid HIV test $70 buys a protective suit for Ebola care $90 sends a doctor or midwife into the field for a day $1,060 provides a fully equipped medical kit As Katelyn…
  • Giving Charities more than CSR Scraps

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Marketers need to form real partnerships with charities, says Taslim Somani, VP at Toronto shop Stephen Thomas. No question, corporate cause marketing is on the upswing…. Among the potential drawbacks, the most common is when the corporate brand overshadows the cause itself….  In the end, the corporate brand wins because of its association with a good cause, but the charity arguably gets the “scraps.”  Of course, these issues can be mitigated or eliminated through honest and open collaborative discussions between the corporate marketing entity and the participating charities.
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  • 6C: Bead Lake Boat Launch Host

    lornecoyle
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Date Added: 03/26/2015 Location: Newport, WA Description: Description:  A summer host is needed to staff the Bead Lake Boat Launch on the Newport Ranger District, Colville National Forest from mid-May through mid-September.  Bead Lake is a natural lake formed in a glacial basin which covers over 720 acres in beautiful northeastern Washington.  The lake is locally known for its extremely clear water.  We need an energetic, enthusiastic couple or single individual t… from Volunteer.gov Natural Resource Volunteer Opportunities on Public Lands…
  • March McKinley Messenger and Weekly Papers!

    mckinleyptc
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Click to read more! March McKinley Messenger Casino_Gala Family Solicitation Ltr Casino_Gala Family Solicitation Ltr (SP) Summer Reading Skills Programs Champion Youth Programs America’s Youth Outreach Self Defense
  • Fundraising For Vanuatu - New & Old Approaches

    Sam McNeill
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Damages from Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu. Creative Commons: UNICEF Pacific, 2015 Over the weekend of 14-15t
  • Spring Fling

    Rachel
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Join our Coolidge Community on Friday April 10th for an evening of family fun, complete with an ice cream sundae bar, a round or two of Bingo and our annual themed basket raffle. We have two seating times available for your convenience. For each seating, we will serve ice cream for the first half hour, and then Bingo and the basket raffles will be conducted over the remaining half hour. (There is a set of baskets raffled at EACH seating, so winners can leave with their baskets.) Order forms are due back by Friday, April 1st.
  • Fundraising 101....

    The LADA Group
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
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    Future Fundraising Now

  • How to produce more effective email newsletters

    Jeff Brooks
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:51 am
    Email newsletters can be a powerful tool for engaging with your donors and others. Rich and inexpensive, they can really tighten your relationships. Here are some useful tips from Social Media Marketing Hacks For Nonprofits: Top 5 Nonprofit Email Newsletter Mistakes: Adding total strangers to your list without their permission. (This is spamming. Anyone who does it deserves the bad results that will follow.) Giving Subscribers Content That Isn't That Interesting. Sending Your Newsletter to Everyone. (You have different audiences with different needs. Segment them and create separate, relevant…
  • Frustrated fundraisers sometimes blame donors for their pain

    Jeff Brooks
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    There's a sloppy set of assumptions floating around the fundraising community that I believe does deep harm to our work and ourselves. It's the trope that fundraising is basically dishonest, but it has to be that way because donors force it on us. If fundraising were really like that, I'd go find something honest to do, like sell used cars. You can see the "donors make us dishonest" attitude in this recent post at the Guardians' Voluntary Sector Network blog: We must hook donors in but I feel downright sick at the picture charities paint. In charity marketing we know that we manipulate the…
  • The number that can make fundraisers seem like seers and mind-readers

    Jeff Brooks
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    By now just about everyone in fundraising is awake to the importance of donor retention (thanks, in part, to Roger Craver's excellent book, Retention Fundraising). Here's a great post at The Agitator about how to measure retention before it happens: LTV ... The GPS For Fundraisers. You see, retention -- the percentage of donors who give again -- alone only tells you part of what you need to know. The higher the percentage, the better, of course. But what should you do about that? Lifetime Value (LTV; some call it "Long-term Value," meaning the same thing) tells you what donor retention is…
  • Save your fundraising call to action from these errors

    Jeff Brooks
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    The most important thing you do in, any fundraising situation is the call to action. If the call to action is weak (or non-existent), you're wasting everyone's time -- your own, your donors', and the poor trees who gave their lives for the paper you're misusing. Here's some help on your call to action, from Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog: Five Ways to Sabotage Your Call to Action. Assuming One Size Fits All. Don't send the same message to everyone. Prospects are different from donors. Long-time donors who've supported you for years are different from brand-new donors. Know what kind of…
  • How to make your home page a donor-friendly place

    Jeff Brooks
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    When people google your organization, there's a good chance they'll end up on your home page. What they do next depends on what they find there. Here are some ideas from the Classy blog: 4 Ways to Engage Donors from Your Nonprofit Home Page. Consider having these things on your homepage: Present a Clear Donate Button. (And if you're serious about getting it clicked, you'll make sure it strongly contrasts with the rest of the page. Don't let the brand police tell you otherwise!) Tell Donors Exactly How to Get Involved. Specific, non-symbolic, non-ambiguous calls to action that they can take…
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  • Numbers Don’t Lie: Major Gift Fundraising By the Numbers

    Lori Jacobwith
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Take a moment, right now, click the link, and check out this Major Gift Fundraising infographic from the wise team at Bloomerang. Individual donor fundraising is my passion. And major gift fundraising is THE tool to grow your individual donor fundraising exponentially. Whether you already do major gift fundraising or not yet, there’s some great stuff to ponder and dissect with your team. Please, don’t hold back. Go forth and invite people to make a major gift to your organization! The post Numbers Don’t Lie: Major Gift Fundraising By the Numbers appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.
  • Before, During & After: Sharing Your Story at Nonprofit Events

    Lori Jacobwith
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It’s spring event season. Just about everyday I am providing clients with storytelling edits and coaching speakers for their upcoming events. It’s a hectic and exciting time of year, so I figured I’d give you a hand. I’ve gathered up a bunch of resources you can use to help guide you in sharing your story at nonprofit events. First, I have a free eBook Mission Possible: Checklists for Successful Storytelling, which you can download FREE! In this book I’ve gathered together a few of my favorite storytelling tips. Here’s a small sample, of what you’ll…
  • Using Powerful Stories to Stand Out From the Crowd

    Lori Jacobwith
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Since the beginning of time we’ve used storytelling to convey our experiences. The buzz, now, in the 21st century is for nonprofit organizations to share impact stories often and through every mode of communication possible. I, myself, teach people to create and share two-minute stories, six-word stories, and short, powerful mission moments. We’re all on such a race to talk about the people we serve that we’ve forgotten sharing a story is both an art and a science. And the timing of when you share it matters. The result: A lot of, what I call, “reports” about people swirl around us…
  • Change Your Success Story: What’s on Your Not-To-Do List?

    Lori Jacobwith
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I’ve taken the suggestions from this Business Insider post, Things successful people do NOT do every day, and adapted them for those of us in the social sector. How many of these are you still doing? 1. Wait until you’re sure you will succeed. You don’t increase revenues from individual donors because you don’t know how to ask for money. OR You don’t ask because you know you aren’t good at it, yet. Stop waiting! You can’t get yeses until you ask. 2. Multi-task during a meeting. I love this: “The easiest way to be the smartest person IN the room is to be the person who pays the…
  • 7 Powerful Ways Board Members Can Help & NOT Ask for Money

    Lori Jacobwith
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As we close out the month of focusing on how to change your board story here is a list I share at my fundraising action planning sessions and other coaching and training I deliver. When board members embrace one or more of these actions I’ve seen, first-hand, the organizational culture shifts dramatically. The list contains a number of simple tasks I’ve talked about before. While they seem simple, I promise, these actions have the power to change the bottom line at your organization. And most importantly they have the power to build an engaged, committed and well-prepared board. Click on…
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  • Successful crowdfunding for poetry and the arts

    4w3s0mE
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    Hello and welcome! This interview is part of our series with wild woman fundraisers on how to do a more successful crowdfunding campaign for your nonprofit. Today we are chatting with poet and managing director of Kundiman, Cathy Linh Che. Ms Che and her committee raised over $11,600 with crowdfunding on Indiegogo in 2013. Mazarine Treyz: Let’s get started! Cathy, can you tell us a little bit about you? Cathy Lin Che: My name is Cathy Lin Che. I’m the current managing director of Kundiman which is an Asian American nonprofit organization. Cathy Linh Che Treyz: What is your campaign…
  • Perfect timing: How to make the most of your fundraising day

    4w3s0mE
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
     The magical expanding job One of the things that is so troubling about our nonprofit jobs is that they seem to expand to fill in the time available. We have huge roles, we cannot go away from our desks for even a moment, right? Did you know Winston Churchill swore by his afternoon nap? He wrote, “Nature has not intended mankind to work from eight in the morning until midnight without that refreshment of blessed oblivion which, even if it only lasts twenty minutes, is sufficient to renew all the vital forces.” John F. Kennedy napped for 1 to 2 HOURS every day he was president. Maybe you…
  • Is your nonprofit fragile?

    4w3s0mE
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:52 am
      So in 2011 I wrote about a book called The Black Swan, by Nassim Taleb. good book. He now considers it an appendix to this 2012 book, called Antifragile. Who is Nassim Taleb? He’s someone who has spent his life in pursuit of knowledge, specifically about randomness. He spent 20 years working as a financial trader and he is now a professor of risk engineering at NYU’s Polytechnic institute. What’s the deal? Why should you care what some professor of risk engineering says? Well, because our nonprofits are pretty darn fragile. What does fragile mean in this context? It means…
  • How I came to fundraising: Carrie-Ann Goodfellow, Manager of Development

    4w3s0mE
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:17 pm
    This week we’re taking the journey of Carrie-Ann Goodfellow, manager of development! Most of us never planned to be in fundraising. I have yet to meet someone who decided to be a fundraiser in high school. Most of us didn’t know this was a career that existed! That is, until we had to-out of necessity of needing funds for our nonprofits, or out of urgency of needing a job. It’s been a long journey for us! All of the twists and turns are so interesting to watch. We think we have to hide how we don’t really know what we’re doing. Well, this story series is aimed at…
  • What happens when you don’t pay a living wage

    4w3s0mE
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:23 am
    This article is in response to a Forbes interview with Lauren Burke, called “The Martyr Mentality: How A ’30 Under 30′ Lawyer Qualifies For Public Housing” In 2013 lawyer Lauren Burke partnered with three of her former clients and founded Atlas: DIY (Developing Immigrant Youth) a cooperative empowerment center for immigrant youth and their allies. Lauren Burke talks about living on less than minimum wage in New York, and qualifying for public housing. She says, “Given the way things are currently set up, this is a zero sum game. If I take even $5,000 to pay…
 
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  • Clash at Koret Foundation Shows Perils of Cloudy Succession Plans - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Clash at Koret Foundation Shows Perils of Cloudy Succession Plans - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Board members at the Koret Foundation have spent a good deal of the past six months prepping their lawyers and sniping at one another when they could have been devoting their energy to grants designed to help the poor and celebrate Jewish art and pursuing other priorities of the San Francisco
  • Disrupting Charity: What is the future of philanthropy? | The Agenda

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Disrupting Charity: What is the future of philanthropy? | The Agenda: "In 2012, DoSomething, a nonprofit organization focused on creating grassroots social change, discovered text messaging was the best way to communicate with its youthful audience. They didn’t anticipate the consequences." 'via Blog this'
  • MPs wrong to recommend a new class of umbrella lotteries, says chair of Lotteries Council | Third Sector

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    MPs wrong to recommend a new class of umbrella lotteries, says chair of Lotteries Council | Third Sector: "In response to a report on society lotteries, Clive Mollett says it underestimates the important contribution made by 'more professional forms of fundraising'" 'via Blog this'
  • Miami philanthropist Kirk Landon dies at 85

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    Miami philanthropist Kirk Landon dies at 85: "Landon was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award by the Miami chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2011. In 2004, he made the single largest individual donation in Florida International University's history to create the Landon Undergraduate School of Business. "They're producing tomorrow's leaders," he told the Miami Herald.
  • Gifts Rename Buildings at Yale and Indiana U. - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Gifts Rename Buildings at Yale and Indiana U. - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A 14-story tower on Yale University's campus will be renamed for David Swensen, the longtime manager of the school's endowment, following a $25 million gift made in his honor, Bloomberg writes. The donation was made by Peter Baldwin, a Yale alumnus and New York University historian, and Lisbet Rausing, also a
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    AFP Blog: Legislation, Government Relations and Related Topics

  • Five things charities need to know ahead of the general election | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Five things charities need to know ahead of the general election | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "On Tuesday political representatives from Labour, the Conservatives, the Green Party, the Lib Dems and Ukip debated their stance on the voluntary sector at the Social Leaders Debate, which was hosted by Acevo and Charities Aid Foundation. Here are five things that charities learned."'via Blog this'
  • Nonprofit Tax-Exemption Approvals Double, Thanks to Simplified Form - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Nonprofit Tax-Exemption Approvals Double, Thanks to Simplified Form - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "he Internal Revenue Service approved 94,365 applications from organizations seeking 501(c)(3) designations in fiscal year 2014, more than double the number approved in the previous two years.The one-year jump was due to the introduction of an alternative, three-page electronic version of the 26-page form 1023, the IRS said in its 2014 Data Book, an annual report released Tuesday. The electronic option, 1023-EZ, first became available in July 2014 and provides a streamlined way for…
  • AFP Texas Lobbying Event a Huge Success - Member News - Member - AFP

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    AFP Texas Lobbying Event a Huge Success - Member News - Member - AFP: "AFP Texas Lobbying Event a Huge SuccessMarch 25, 2015AFP chapters from across Texas came together in Austin at the State Capitol building in early March to raise awareness of philanthropic and fun"'via Blog this'
  • Charities snared in effort to limit power of Kansas unions | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    Charities snared in effort to limit power of Kansas unions | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star: "A proposal to bar public employers from deducting union dues was amended last week to include a ban on non-mandatory deductions, such as charitable contributions, for state employees and school districts.That move — drawing stiff opposition from United Way chapters — could torpedo the much broader legislation backed by conservatives and business groups."'via Blog this'
  • Charity soliciting on roads is 'against the law' in Michigan, says MDOT | MLive.com

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Charity soliciting on roads is 'against the law' in Michigan, says MDOT | MLive.com: "While a recently enacted Flint Township ordinance mimics state law to stop solicitors and panhandlers on roads, a Michigan Department of Transportation official said it can be enforced statewide."Charities have to find ways to accomplish what they're doing in a legal fashion," said Linda Burchell, Davison Transportation Service Center manager for MDOT."'via Blog this'
 
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • Orlando Bloom, UNICEF Ambassador, Shows Liberian Youth What They Can Do To Fight Ebola

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    Orlando Bloom, UNICEF Ambassador, Shows Liberian Youth What They Can Do To Fight Ebola: "The star joined members from Adolescents Leading an Intensive Fight Against Ebola (A-LIFE). The group aims to get young people involved in a social platform developed by UNICEF that enables “U-Reporters” to communicate via text message about Ebola-related issues." 'via Blog this'
  • Deadline for The Oklahoma Group coming up - OUDaily.com: Campus

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Deadline for The Oklahoma Group coming up - OUDaily.com: Campus: "plications for Oklahoma Group, a group that provides first-hand experience for OU students to work with professionals and nonprofits, are due March 31." 'via Blog this'
  • 3 Starting Points for Raising Do-Good Kids | Louise Storm

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    3 Starting Points for Raising Do-Good Kids | Louise Storm: "If you were to look under my dining room table on any given evening, you'd see four sets of little feet wiggling around. While my husband and I never dreamt we'd enjoy such a full table, our gratitude for this merry bunch is only matched by our sense of responsibility to do well at this parenting thing. All of us -- mammas, grandpas,
  • UT fraternity members ready to hit the road for charity - Toledo Blade

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    UT fraternity members ready to hit the road for charity - Toledo Blade: "s two Southview High School graduates now in their sophomore years at the University of Toledo embark on long-distance cycling trips this summer, they figure their bikes will play secondary roles in their journeys. Conor Welsch will participate in the Journey of Hope" 'via Blog this'
  • Elementary students donate hair to charity | WANE

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    Elementary students donate hair to charity | WANE: "FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Several nervous elementary students sat in front of their class mates ready to get a special haircut for charity. Ten students at Cedarville Elementary School got eight-inches of their hair cut off during an assembly on Monday." 'via Blog this'
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  • Tim Cook to donate his fortune to charity | WMDT.com Maryland-Delaware

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    Tim Cook to donate his fortune to charity | WMDT.com Maryland-Delaware: "Cook, who is close to becoming a billionaire, says he will pay for his nephew's college education, then donate the rest of his wealth to philanthropic projects, according to Fortune.Cook isn't the first top executive to give his money away."'via Blog this'
  • Tech Is Everyone's Job | NTEN

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Tech Is Everyone's Job | NTEN: "Let’s face it: It’s 2015. Technology is a central part of how we do our work, communicate, and even fundraise. The idea that technology – from decisions to training and even testing new tools – would be something reserved for a single staff person or department simply doesn’t meet the needs we have as organizations anymore. I am not saying, of course, that I think a technology or I.T. staff role or department isn’t necessary! Quite the contrary: I think the opportunity for the staff person or people serving in a technology or I.T. capacity to…
  • 25 Must-Read Nonprofit IT Blogs — BizTech

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    25 Must-Read Nonprofit IT Blogs — BizTech: 'via Blog this'
  • Dirty data be gone! Five tips to spring-clean your database - Information, research and resources for fundraisers and their leaders

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Dirty data be gone! Five tips to spring-clean your database - Information, research and resources for fundraisers and their leaders: "What about your database? When was the last time you conducted some spring cleaning on your donor data so that data pulls, analysis and reporting didn’t require extra manual manipulation? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to run a mailing list or generate a report knowing that the information could immediately be sent to the mail house or presented to your senior leadership team? It is possible. It just requires some vigilance with key data points."'via Blog this'
  • 5 Low-Cost Technology Resources for Nonprofits - Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    5 Low-Cost Technology Resources for Nonprofits - Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology: "The average nonprofit budgets 1-2.2% of total annual spending for technology, according to the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report from NTEN. Quite often, the majority of that budget only covers IT staff salaries and infrastructure overhead, leaving nonprofits with very little remaining to invest in new, cutting-edge technology resources."'via Blog this'
 
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  • Fundraising Friday | March 27, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    New from Beth Kanter, Crowdfunding: Can Partnering With An Internet Celebrity Make Your Campaign An Overnight Success? We’ll be partnering later this year with one of our own SDS members, who has run a couple of scathingly successful crowd funding campaigns, to bring you an all new training. Hey, if you’re the kind of fundraiser cited by the blogger in this post by Jeff Brooks, well let’s just say it’s time for a new job for you. You’re in the joy and opportunity business, so own it! Craig Linton, the Fundraising Detective, weighs in with Find your purpose and…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Good donor focus gets lost on a ‘dear friend’ letter

    Pamela Grow
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:17 pm
    This renewal letter from Glide, features plenty of donor-focused writing (lot’s of ‘yous,’ lots of references to what the donor is making possible), a strong story (and photograph) in Yolanda, and a really terrific two-page impact statement.  A few ways this piece could have been stronger (click pieces to read): an actual ask (too much pussyfooting around) this letter should have been segmented and personalized (my name was on the response device) a closed outer envelope rather than open window Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | In-memoriam thank youFundraising Friday | March…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Does clicktivism really help?

    Pamela Grow
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Does clicking to send a message to Washington really make a difference? Moms Clean Air Force Team makes it all about you, starting with their subject line Look what you did. In this short, inspiring email, they make it clear that your click made a difference. “Polluters may have money, but we have something more important: We have hundreds of thousands of voices, speaking up for what’s right. We have you.” Well done! Related Posts:What’s in my Inbox | Storytelling on a budget and…Fundraising Friday | March 27, 2015What’s in my Inbox | Empowering…
  • Fundraising Friday | March 20, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    Donor Retention 101: How well do you REALLY know your donors? (5 Tips) How well do you know your donors? Really? Beyond LYBUNTS and SYBUNTS, beyond generation demographics, giving level, or preferred giving channel? Here are five tips to deeper relationships. How to heal an unappealing fundraising appeal. New from Mary Cahalane. Jeff Brooks’ Help! My boss wrecks our fundraising every time! 3 things you can do will give you solid tactics for dealing with bosses and boards who argue with your methods. I always over-prepared for any possible confrontations. How do you handle the dreaded red…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Sheer engagement from Greenpeace

    Pamela Grow
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    In terms of sheer engagement, what could be better than this email from Greenpeace? Starting with the personalized, hard-to-resist-opening subject header: Is this you Pamela?, Greenpeace asks the reader to take a quiz to determine if you ‘have what it takes’ to be one of their select brave, nervous volunteers, ready for a secret mission. Success! The results (shareable on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook) assure me that I have a ‘determined courage,’ a lot like Greenpeace activist Brikesh Singh, inspiring curiosity to learn more about Brikesh. Fun stuff. I’m definitely engaged. And…
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  • Income From Events

    Hank Lewis
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:01 am
    A recent email asked: “What percentage of a non profit’s budget should come from fundraising events?” I have a problem with the word, “should.” That implies that all nonprofits should be raising money through events. That is so wrong!! That is a question that is (so) often posed by people new to the nonprofit world, people who can’t see very far into the future of their organizations. To ensure ongoing/continual levels of income, an organization MUST create/cultivate a constituency that will support it over the long term. And, a nonprofit MUST have a long term…
  • What Nonprofits Should Know About Bequests

    Hank Lewis
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    Unlike all of the other planned giving mechanisms, a bequest program doesn’t require major technical expertise and specific financial instruments. It’s easy, it’s fast, it can pay off substantially, and the dollars from bequests comprise close to 90% of all planned gifts. Many non-profit organizations refuse to get into planned giving because of the perception that it’s all about technical wording and/or complicated financial instruments. That’s a misperception. Most planned gifts mechanisms do require some degree of technical expertise, possible…
  • A For-Profit Corporation Hosts An Event to Benefit a Non-Profit

    Hank Lewis
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:01 am
    A recent communication asked: “I have a potential non-profit client that was approached by a for-profit corporation, with a similar mission, that wants to contribute to the non-profit all or some of the net proceeds from a Gala Anniversary Event organized by and for the for-profit entity. The structure is not yet in place so the question is ‘How involved can the non-profit be in the planning, inviting, marketing, etc. of the Anniversary Event for an otherwise non-affiliated for-profit?’” There are three issues suggested by that question: 1. The simple answer to “how involved can…
  • Who Should Raise The Money? – Part Two

    Tony Poderis
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    (Continued from Last Week) Surely, anyone can see that there is a huge difference between selling a Ferrari, and “selling” a nonprofit institution. The automobile salesperson is responsible for selling cars. In “selling” a nonprofit institution to its (potential) donors, the development professional has the dual responsibility, along with volunteer leadership, for helping to keep a community asset healthy and strong for current and future generations, and for helping the donor satisfy his needs through his giving. It’s that simple. One is about the value of a “product,” and the…
  • Who Should Raise The Money? – Part One

    Tony Poderis
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    Not long ago, I received an email from the CEO of a large nonprofit medical center. She referred to an article I had written that was completely at odds with what she was told by the president of a major fundraising consulting firm the hospital is going to hire. The consultant was advising the hospital to only have their paid staff make all key solicitations. To reinforce his assertion, he said to her, “You would not send out an amateur to sell a Ferrari, so why would you put at risk a major donor in such hands?” My response was to point out that selling a Ferrari is a completely…
 
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  • Overused Buzzwords and Phrases in the Workplace

    wake101
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have the same buzzwords been in your playbook a bit too long? Are the metaphorical pages in your daily dictionary becoming weathered, filled with overused catchphrases and once-trendy expressions that still monopolize your business meetings, presentations and watercooler conversations? The post Overused Buzzwords and Phrases in the Workplace appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Take Out: Event Planning & Public Relations Strategies To Go (March 2015)

    wake101
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Dear Friends, I love being a woman! And during Women’s History Month, I can’t help but feel even more grounded keep reading The post Take Out: Event Planning & Public Relations Strategies To Go (March 2015) appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Introducing Tameka Mullins, Social Media Manager

    wake101
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tameka Mullins is a relative newcomer to The Wakeman Agency, having joined the team in late 2014. But she’s a veteran of the PR, marketing and communications world, as a bona fide and vetted pro, with no shortage of industry contacts and impressive capstone projects, to boot. The post Introducing Tameka Mullins, Social Media Manager appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Infographic: The Power of One in Nonprofit Fundraising

    wake101
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Even in the social-change space, we sometimes underestimate the power of the individual. But we know that, when mobilized, the game-changing impact of the individual can be vast. This also pays dividends when it comes to raising funds for worthwhile causes. The post Infographic: The Power of One in Nonprofit Fundraising appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Reasons Why Your ‘Successful’ Event is Really an Epic Fail

    wake101
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Each year, your nonprofit organization’s roster of stand-out events breaks out in full swing, amid accolades, anticipation and applause. Your event planners and public relations squad have honed in on a formula that works. The post Reasons Why Your ‘Successful’ Event is Really an Epic Fail appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
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  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Kiki Setterlund

    Molly Fast
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Great People is one of the six core values that guides the work we do at Event 360. We have been fortunate enough to find some of the best of the best in the event business. (We’re not biased or anything!) And in an attempt to share a little bit more about who we are, we’re introducing our new series: The Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Each week you’ll get a glimpse into the personal and professional life of someone who works at Event 360. We can’t wait for you to learn more about why we do the work we do! Name:  Kiki Setterlund Position:  Crew & Volunteer Coordinator Start…
  • Seven Ways to Raise Your Event Satisfaction Results

    Patrick Riley
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    Written by Mark Dolce Just put on a great event. Okay, good night. Thanks for coming. Drive safely. Seriously, if all you had to do was put on a great event, then every great event would see significant, year-over-year growth and we could retire to Barbados already. We know that’s not the case. However, there are several things you can do to raise your event satisfaction in addition to producing a solid event. Here’s why you should care. High satisfaction creates positive word-of-mouth, which is one of your best and least expensive recruitment tools out there. Start with Your…
  • Event Participant Profiles

    Patrick Riley
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Written by Jim Hennessey and Katie Zupancic At Event 360 we build our marketing and event experiences around the participant. But how do we know who the participant is and what will resonate with them? We use Event Participant Profiles. Participant profiles (personas) are fictional characters/stories that represent the typical participants at our events and the new audiences we are trying to reach. The profiles are useful in crafting marketing messaging and tactics. They are also useful in designing on event experiences and almost any other participant touch point (emails, merchandise,…
  • Baby Boomer Volunteers

    Patrick Riley
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Kiki Setterlund I think about volunteers. A lot. As a Crew & Volunteer Coordinator for the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day, it’s my job to recruit, organize, train and work alongside roughly 300 – 400 volunteers at any given time to put on a successful event. As I work on volunteer recruitment for the 2015 season, I’ve been thinking about how to engage a particular segment of people — the baby boomer generation. In 2013, the first members of this generation started enrolling in Medicare and in 2014 the last boomers turned 50. Together they represent a gigantic…
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside

    Patrick Riley
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Wait … Isn’t that a holiday song? Didn’t Puxatawny Phil say spring was on its way? As an Angelino, I can’t really complain about the cold but I’m in our Chicago office getting a small taste of real winter weather and I can understand why it’s affecting all aspects of an event cycle from marketing to production. We’re seeing events with slightly lower registrations specifically in the Northeast. While our Production teams live and breathe the weather, it’s not on the top of the list for a Marketing team. Understandably so. To try and get in front of this, we just tested a new…
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • End The Nonprofit Poverty Mentality

    janetlevineconsulting
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
       As someone who has spent the last 25 years in the nonprofit sector and the 15 before that toiling in various and sundry for profit endeavors, I would be the first to say there is a definite difference between … Continue reading →
  • As If By Magic

    janetlevineconsulting
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:42 am
    I may have confessed this before. I am a creature of habit. As such, I am extraordinarily consistent in the things I do. Every single day, for example, I clean the house. I don’t necessarily do it well, but I … Continue reading →
  • Getting Donors/Keeping Donors

    janetlevineconsulting
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    The board fund development committee members were sitting around, talking about who hadn’t yet made their annual gift and what they needed to do to get that gift. It was an important conversation, but it wasn’t the only conversation they … Continue reading →
  • Get Out of My Way

    janetlevineconsulting
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    Fundraising, at its most basic level, is about building relationships. The beginning of the most famous definition of successful fundraising talks about “the right person asking the right prospect.” That right person can open doors that would otherwise stay firmly … Continue reading →
  • Time to Refresh

    janetlevineconsulting
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    I’m in my 8th year of consulting. That’s much longer than I’ve stayed at any other job. Not surprising for a fundraiser—we stay, on average, for 16 months, then move on to greener pastures. Greener pastures is what I’ve been … Continue reading →
 
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    GiveForward

  • How Amelia Coffaro Treats Cancer with Yoga

    Michael Powell
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Amelia Coffaro is a treasured GiveForward celebrity. In 2013, she and her creative community famously raised $65K for her breast cancer treatments by selling beautiful, unique photography prints. During her fundraiser, she even stopped by our office to say “hi” and meet our staff. We were starstruck by her grace, kindness, and intelligence. Today, Amelia is cancer-free and sharing her insights with others as the founder of an oncology-based yoga program in Milwaukee. We caught up with Amelia to learn more about yoga’s role in her life, especially related to her cancer…
  • How to Write Off Your Tax Deductible Medical Expenses

    Erica Alhorn
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Tax season tends to bring out the panic in all of us, whether you’re a CPA who ends up sleeping only 2 hours per night because you’re busy finding ways to inject caffeine into your bloodstream, or you’re just a regular ole’ citizen who just wants to make sure the forms get filed in time (and correctly) to Uncle Sam. We’re no tax experts here at GiveForward, but there is a little known secret that we want you to know about: you can write off certain eligible deductible medical expenses on your taxes! If you choose to itemize your deductions instead of taking the…
  • West Syndrome is no match for Project Marcelo

    Michael Powell
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    In 2011, doctors diagnosed Marcelo Mugica with West syndrome. West syndrome, or infantile spasms, is a type of epilepsy most common in babies between 3 and 12 months old. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, West syndrome typically causes brief seizures that occur in rapid succession. After his diagnosis, Marcelo’s aunt created a GiveForward Page that raised a whopping $50,000 in one month! This support helped Marcelo’s family cover his medical expenses, including a major surgery to remove half his brain. Today, Marcelo walks, talks, and knows all his ABCs. To help others navigating West…
  • Acknowledge your Donors

    Kelli
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    As many of you know from reading Leveraging Social Media and/or from personal experience, social Media can be an extremely powerful fundraising tool. This is especially true for acknowledging your donors. As your GiveForward fundraising page starts receiving donations, you can tag each new donor and thank them through your Facebook account. Stay Classy calls this the “Tag and Thank.” I call it one of the easiest and most effective ways to increase donations and build awareness, but that name is a bit long, so we will stick with “Tag and Thank.” Tagging and thanking provides the…
  • Dress in Blue Day for Colon Cancer

    Michael Powell
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    On March 6th, 2015, thousands of people will participate in Dress in Blue Day. Dress in Blue Day has nothing to do with an iridescent dress that hijacked our newsfeeds this week. Instead, it involves a much more meaningful topic: colon cancer. According to the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. Although 90% of cases involve people 50 and older, colon cancer affects both men and women of all ages. Currently, there are more than 1 million Americans living with colon cancer. For Dress in Blue Day and National Colon Cancer…
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    The Fundraising Authority

  • Last Day to Register for our Social Media for Non-Profits Class

    Joe Garecht
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    This is a reminder that today (Friday, March 27th) is the last day to register for our new class Social Media for Non-Profits: How to Raise More Money and Get More Attention for Your Non-Profit through Social Media. During this 6 week multimedia class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to supercharge your non-profit’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest.  Click here for a complete class syllabus. The course runs completely online, and you can have as many people from your organization participate as you would like, at no additional cost.
  • 7 “Quick and Easy” Ways to Raise More Money for Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Ok, I admit it – the title of this post is a little misleading. Nothing is really, truly easy when it comes to fundraising. But – and anyone who has been fundraising for more than a few years can back me up on this – some things are easier than others. Lots of non-profits need to raise more money in a hurry, for one reason or another. And many of those organizations start the process of raising more with extremely complex, time-consuming plans. They write huge grant proposals, cold call large donors, or try to hold a new gala event. These are hard ways to raise more money. I’m not…
  • Fundraising Authority Podcast #23: The Power of Storytelling for Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Do you know the power of telling great stories?  Does your non-profit use storytelling to help it raise more money and build better relationships with donors? Our guest on today’s podcast is Vanessa Chase, an expert in non-profit storytelling.  In addition to some great tips on collecting and sharing stories for your organization, Vanessa teaches us how to develop a culture of storytelling at non-profits big and small.  Join us for a great conversation! You can read more from Vanessa at her site The Storytelling Non-Profit. Please note that The Fundraising Authority Podcast is also…
  • Tips for Finding New Facebook Followers for Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Posting compelling content on Facebook is nice, but it won’t do you much good if no one ever sees it. For the most part, the only people who will see your content on a regular basis on Facebook are those folks who have “liked” your organization’s Facebook page. Thus, you’ll want to get as many of your current supporters, donors, and volunteers to like your page as possible, and then expand your reach by introducing your page (and your organization) to new people and networks on the site. Seed Your Network The first step in building a strong following on Facebook is to seed your…
  • How to Find New Donors on Social Media in 15 Minutes per Day

    Joe Garecht
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networking sites can be a valuable resource for finding and cultivating new donors, stewarding current donors, and raising money for your non-profit.  And… despite what you may have heard, effectively using social media doesn’t mean spending hours online every day. In fact, the savviest non-profits spend just 15 minutes on each social media site per day! How effectively is your non-profit using social media?  If you’d like to learn the secrets to finding tons of new donors and raising lots of money through social media (without…
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  • Why people don't give

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

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

    peter maple
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Well which do you tend to do? I was reflecting yesterday that doing nothing, if done as a considered action is often the best management activity you can indulge in, as long as you're sure that is the right thing to do. There's often an imperative to do something and it can be a devastating course of action. Mindfulness is becoming an overused term but when applied to reflection and quiet consideration can be extraordinarily powerful.The Quakers, or the Society of Friends, are an interesting bunch of people. They’ve been hugely influential in social change for the better and the development…
  • Carpe Diem

    peter maple
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    You might have noticed that I've been banging on about death quite a lot lately, though in relation to fundraising and giving, with very good reason.Many charities pussy foot around the D word and even if they do get round to asking, ever so humbly, for a legacy - tend to do it in an unstructured, ad hoc, sort of way. Mind you asking, is a lot better than not asking! Look at the differences in Legacy Income for Shelter compared to Crisis. Both formed around the same time for similar issues about homelessness. Shelter have asked consistently for legacies, Crisis haven't. Result Shelter's…
  • 2015 and still dying to give

    peter maple
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    The New Year tends to get us reflecting on the past year, decade, century and so on. 2015 promises, I believe, some interesting anniversaries and reflections. 800 years since the Magna Carta, 70 years since the end of the second world war and 50 years since the death of Winston Churchill. I was talking to an old friend about the death of my wife in August 2014 and she told me a sad story of a mutual friend who, in November, was taken to hospital suffering from severe chest pains. It transpired the next day after tests, that he had experienced an Angina attack. Unfortunately, during the night,…
 
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    Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry

  • How to Drive Major Donors Away and Kill Off Your Major Gifts Program

    Gail Perry
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Hint: Your donor says to you, “I’m not an ATM.” Have you ever had the sense that your major gift prospects are fleeing from you? Do they turn down your invitations for events, tours, even private VIP get-togethers? Do they refuse to see you with comments as: “You don’t need to spend time with me!” Or “I’m too busy – call me in two months.” “What happened?” you are thinking to yourself. “What did I do, or say?” Hint: Do they ever say to you, “I feel like an ATM for your organization and I’m tired of it.” The donor says “I am not an…
  • Your Major Gift Fundraising Questions – Answered!

    Gail Perry
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Q: Should we include a major gift prospect in our email blasts which include asks? Yes, but you should personalize these appeals, acknowledging your prospect’s relationship with your cause, if at all possible. It’s a mistake to remove your prospect from all your communications – including appeals. Why? Because it may take months to prep them for a really big ask- and they need those small fundraising and connecting touches all along. Once, one of our major gift prospects said to me. “Why don’t you all ever ask me for money? It’s weird, and I’d like to give a little something…
  • 5 (Very Simple) Steps to Build a Major Gifts Program from the Ground Up

    Gail Perry
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    Major gifts are the “big win” in fundraising. All nonprofits hope for the large gifts that help fund important programs and solidify your financial base. We all know that the return on your investment of time and energy is much higher in major gifts than in other types of fundraising. Then why don’t all organizations press forward with a major gifts program? It’s because the time and effort to develop a major gifts effort is more than many organizations can spare. People tell me they are nervous about approaching major donors. Or they don’t think they have the prospects. Sometimes…
  • How to Get the Most Out of a Major Gift Visit!

    Fired-Up Fundraising
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    You finally have the meeting with Mr. Big. What’s next? What do you do? What do you say? It can be tough to keep your eyes on the prize when you get in front of your best major donor prospects. And it’s easy to get distracted and go the wrong direction! And let’s not forget: Your real goal is NOT money. It’s NOT to make a presentation either. In your first real visit to this donor, you’re after something way more important. What you really want: a warm, friendly relationship. So what’s that mean, anyway? It means that after this visit, your prospect just might…
  • The #1 Secret of Raising Lots of Money? Face Time With Major Gift Donors

    Gail Perry
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    Don’t we love closing big major gifts!  And we all know that is where smart fundraisers should be spending their time. But it can be really tough to get out of your office. And that’s a problem when you’re trying to raise serious money. After all, to get to know your donors, you’ve got to spend time with them. It’s that simple (and that complicated). My free webinar this week on “How to Make a Successful Call on a Major Gift Prospect” maxed out at 1000 attendees within hours, so I scheduled a second one, which also maxed out! I’m presenting it again Thursday…
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    Online Fundraising Today

  • Bike-a-thon Crowdfunding Success – Ride for a Reason

    Maureen
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    The 7TH annual Ride for a Reason bike-a-thon from Oakland to the Capital to support education and raise essential funds for Oakland schools is happening on March 15. Last year, 250 students, teachers, parents and community members pedaled to Sacramento to draw attention to the crisis in funding for education. “We once had the best schools in the nation. Working together, we can proudly restore public education in California!” Every rider creates an individual fundraising page and seeks pledges for their 109-mile ride. A 45-mile ride is in place for novice riders, families, and…
  • San Jose Sharks Wine Tasting Event

    Maureen
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    On March 5 Sampling with the Sharks will be hosted by the San Jose Sharks Foundation, a wine tasting fundraiser. To entice donor prospects they have chosen a venue few can resist, tasting the finest wines of Northern California. Attendees of this exclusive event will be mingling with The San Jose Sharks players, coaches and broadcasters. “The San Jose Sharks are as deeply involved with the neighborhood we live in as we are with the game that we play. As role models, we feel responsible to give back to the community that so strongly supports us.” Building strong relationships…
  • Valentine’s Day Fundraising Auction

    Kari
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, and many people are scrambling to buy their loved ones Valentine’s presents. Although Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular holidays for buying presents for others, it isn’t one that is planned months in advance (like Christmas). And, since it falls just 6 short weeks after the biggest “gifting event” – people may be fresh out of ideas. A Valentine’s Charity Auction could be the perfect way to Give to Loved Ones…while also Giving Back.  This type of fundraiser is perfect for any organization…
  • The VALUE of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising for Nonprofits

    Kari
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Nonprofits work hard year after year so they can spread awareness and continue to bring funds in to help support their worthy causes. But the reality is, that the way funds are raised is changing. Receiving money through grants or corporate sponsors is becoming more challenging. For this reason, nonprofits need to find fresh and new ways to raise money for their cause. One type of fundraiser that’s becoming increasingly popular is peer-to-peer fundraising. Through the action of crowdfunding individuals can help nonprofit organizations reach their fundraising goals…resulting in a…
  • The Crowdfunding Plunge

    Maureen
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    The Pitts-burrrrg Drowned Hogs are getting ready for the annual plunge into the Chilly Mon to raise money and awareness for Circle C Youth and Family Services’ work with at-risk kids in Pittsburgh. On January 31, 2015, brave swimmers will embrace the cool water and take pledges for their beloved nonprofit organization, and enjoy the camaraderie of this unique crowdfunding event. “A Drowned Hog can be anyone with an adventurous spirit and a willingness to raise funds and take a quick dip for Circle C’s programs for kids! Got cold feet? It’s OK! Support your favorite Drowned…
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    Fundraising Detective

  • Find your purpose and 'why' – lessons from the saddest donor letter I’ve ever read

    Fundraising Detective
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    I believe understanding the ‘why’ and purpose about your cause is fundamental to fundraising success. It’s the reason I put it in the centre of my chart on relationship fundraising. This was brought home to me recently by a letter I received from a donor. It’s fair to say it brought a tear to my eye and illustrated why people give and the joy that donating can bring*. “I have been a supporter for several years now and thank you greatly for all the excellent work you do amongst the children in the nursery. Lives are altered and valued with all your efforts. “I am in the sad…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    I've just had the pleasure of spending three days in Israel with the Amnesty fundraising team there. They are one of only two NGOs actively fundraising on the streets of Israel and it was fascinating learning more about their programme. Tel Aviv was an interesting city (we didn't get chance to visit elsewhere) and the hummus was amazing! The visit meant I had to delay my latest reading round-up, so without further ado, let's get on with it... Jeff Brooks describes two types of complaints and explains how to respond to each. Fearless Fundraising with a four-part series on e-mail…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    I started a fab new job at Amnesty International last week, hence the delay in posting my usual round-up of fundraising stories that have caught my eye recently. Enjoy! Beth Kanter hosts the January Nonprofit Blog Carnival. This month's topic is personal productivity and there are lots of great posts to catch up on. Lucy Gower on failure: have you seen any beautiful failures recently that are worth sharing? Tom at Pell & Bales compares telephone fundraising to a 19th century folk song. It's a week late, but this post from Pamela Grow on showing donor's some love during…
  • Fundraising reading round-up

    Fundraising Detective
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    January is nearly over and it's time for another reading round-up. Enjoy! Complained about your marketing team recently? Think again says Kivi Leroux-Miller.  Why donor experience matters. Paul de Gregorio shares a short, but powerful story about his mum and customer service. Lots of great posts on 101 Fundraising. I particularly liked these two: Why use the 'WHY' in 2015 Are you addicted to acquisition? Lucy Caldicott urges fundraisers to remember the 'why' behind your cause. Phone agency Pell & Bales shares five top tips to build great donor relationships.
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    It's time for my first reading round-up of the year. There's lots of great stuff as bloggers start the year with a blogging bang! I was delighted to read Rogare's announcement that relationship fundraising is going to be the topic for their first. A big thanks to Bloomerang and Pursuant for partnering on this important topic. As I said last week, I'm going to be blogging on the subject a lot more in 2015. Have you started thinking about your Christmas 2015 appeal? Read Mark Phillip's post on the ghosts of Christmas past before you do. The 2014 Fundraising…
 
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    The Agitator

  • The Hidden Cost Of Complexity

    Roger Craver
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Given a choice, the harder something is to use the less people will use it. The more difficult something is to read the fewer people will read it. Most organizations don’t bother measuring the difficulty donors have in using their online donate pages. Nor do they bother measuring the readability of what they write and stick in the mail. Countless hours and dollars are spent in meetings and on designers creating ‘award winning’ web pages that glow in the dark. Virtually no time and effort is spent measuring the ease
  • Greenpeace Reveals

    Tom Belford
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    You might recall that not long ago I buzzed excitedly about a recent campaign launched by Greenpeace. With a tantalising dollop of mystery, Greenpeace asked recipients of their email message to do an online assessment to see if they had what it takes to be a Greenpeace campaigner … maybe to be selected to join a secret Greenpeace mission. I found it impossible to resist completing their online survey. Unfortunately I didn’t have what it takes to make the team. But a couple of days ago I received the ‘big reveal’ as to the secret mission involved — Save the
  • To Go .ngo, .ong, Or Not

    Roger Craver
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Last week the Chronicle of Philanthropy pointed out that beginning March 17th charities around the world are eligible to register for website addresses with the additional domains of ngo and ong. Agitator reader Greg Worley wrote asking us to weigh in with an Agitator opinion of whether or not adding these domains is worth it to U.S. organizations doing business internationally? First, some background on the reasons behind this development. Seems like the Public Interest Registry (the folks register and track those thousands upon thousands of groups with an .org
  • What’s In A Job Title?

    Tom Belford
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:42 pm
    We all know that job titles can be either very misleading, sometimes actually disguising — and often overstating — what the person really does with their time (‘Chief Executive’, for example), or on the other hand, helpfully precise (e.g., Production Manager, Direct Mail). To get a sense of the range of people who are reading The Agitator, I pay attention to the titles of the party faithful who communicate with us. Typical titles include: Director of Development Director of Planned Giving Corporate Parterships Manager Membership Director VP Communications Copywriter…
  • Be Happy. No Water!

    Tom Belford
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:02 pm
    What a difference a day or two makes. On Friday, I was greeted by several sources pointing out that it was World Happiness Day. And who other than the troubador of happiness Pharrell Williams was addressing the United Nations on the subject. There are a variety of ‘world happiness’ measures floating around. If you want to know how happy you should feel, given the country you’re living in, try the Happy Planet Index … it’s a shocker. I was inspired to put together this short collection of ‘Be Happy’ music videos. Pharrell…
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  • Why people don't give

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

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

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Well which do you tend to do? I was reflecting yesterday that doing nothing, if done as a considered action is often the best management activity you can indulge in, as long as you're sure that is the right thing to do. There's often an imperative to do something and it can be a devastating course of action. Mindfulness is becoming an overused term but when applied to reflection and quiet consideration can be extraordinarily powerful.The Quakers, or the Society of Friends, are an interesting bunch of people. They’ve been hugely influential in social change for the better and the development…
  • Carpe Diem

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    You might have noticed that I've been banging on about death quite a lot lately, though in relation to fundraising and giving, with very good reason.Many charities pussy foot around the D word and even if they do get round to asking, ever so humbly, for a legacy - tend to do it in an unstructured, ad hoc, sort of way. Mind you asking, is a lot better than not asking! Look at the differences in Legacy Income for Shelter compared to Crisis. Both formed around the same time for similar issues about homelessness. Shelter have asked consistently for legacies, Crisis haven't. Result Shelter's…
  • 2015 and still dying to give

    2 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    The New Year tends to get us reflecting on the past year, decade, century and so on. 2015 promises, I believe, some interesting anniversaries and reflections. 800 years since the Magna Carta, 70 years since the end of the second world war and 50 years since the death of Winston Churchill. I was talking to an old friend about the death of my wife in August 2014 and she told me a sad story of a mutual friend who, in November, was taken to hospital suffering from severe chest pains. It transpired the next day after tests, that he had experienced an Angina attack. Unfortunately, during the night,…
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • Churches Cаn Bеnеfіt Greatly Frоm Hоldіng a Rаfflе Fundrаіѕеr

    Raffle Tickets
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Churches Cаn Bеnеfіt Greatly Frоm Hоldіng a Rаfflе Fundrаіѕеr Nоn-рrоfіt оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ hоld a lot of rеѕресt wіthіn thеіr own community. Sресіfісаllу, churches саn bеnеfіt greatly frоm hоldіng a rаfflе fundrаіѕеr. If you thіnk аbоut іt, реорlе who attend сhurсh do so bесаuѕе thеу wаnt tо. They wаnt tо give thеіr tіmе and mоnеу to that оrgаnіzаtіоn bесаuѕе they bеlіеvе in thе rеѕult аnd program thеу are runnіng. With that ѕаіd, сhurсhеѕ wіll bеnеfіt frоm a raffle…
  • Promoting Your Business With Raffle Tickets

    Raffle Tickets
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    Promoting Your Business With Raffle Tickets In order fоr a buѕіnеѕѕ to attract сuѕtоmеrѕ іt must аdvеrtіѕе whаt it has tо оffеr. Promoting a соmраnу wіth mеthоdѕ ѕuсh as bіllbоаrdѕ, tеlеvіѕіоn advertisements, аnd rаdіо advertisements, аrе a great wау to gаіn аwаrеnеѕѕ. However, аttеntіоn rесеіvеcas, ѕаlеѕ will increase, and by еxtеnѕіоn, wіthоut thе аррrорrіаtе аmоunt оf advertising, ѕаlеѕ wіll dесrеаѕе. It іѕ сlеаr thаt there іѕ a correlation bеtwееn thе two. Hоwеvеr,…
  • Let’s Maximize Raffle Ticket Sales!

    Raffle Tickets
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Let’s Maximize Raffle Ticket Sales! Mаxіmіzіng ѕаlеѕ fоr rаfflеѕ can bе сhаllеngіng. Nоn-рrоfіt organizations ѕhоuld fосuѕ fіrѕt оn mеmbеrѕ оr сuѕtоmеrѕ, that аrе аlrеаdу рrоѕресtѕ. Thеrе has tо bе a great rеwаrd on buying thе raffle tісkеtѕ, that іѕ kеу. Thе incentive must be grеаt. Trірѕ , tv’ѕ, оr mаѕѕаgеѕ аrе ѕоmе of mаnу grеаt prizes. There hаѕ to bе motivational value bеhіnd the rаfflе .Yоu should gіvе thе tісkеt buуеr thе іnѕіdе ѕсоор оf whу thеу wоuld lоvе…
  • How to Plan Your Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    How to Plan Your Raffle Fundraiser Rаіѕіng fundѕ fоr different оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ, grоuрѕ, churches, schools оr other еntіtіеѕ саn bе сhаllеngіng. Thеrе are ѕоmе guіdеlіnеѕ that саn bе followed tо make the raffle mоrе еffесtіvе аnd роѕѕіblу a bеttеr ѕuссеѕѕ. Dереndіng оn time frаmе bеtwееn the desired raffle аnd thе dеѕіrеd gоаl thаt one wіѕhеѕ tо rеасh some things should bе соnѕіdеrеd. Thе fіrѕt thіng thаt ѕhоuld bе соnѕіdеrеd even bеfоrе thе rаfflе starts is hоw muсh іѕ thе…
  • Rаfflеѕ a Sоlutіоn in Mоtіvаtіng and Crеаtіng Customer Loyalty

    Raffle Tickets
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    Rаfflеѕ a Sоlutіоn in Mоtіvаtіng and Crеаtіng Customer Loyalty Amоngѕt fоr-рrоfіt retail businesses, the uѕе оf rаfflеѕ іѕ a great approach tо rеtаіnіng аnd еnсоurаgіng сuѕtоmеr lоуаltу аnd rеtеntіоn. Raffles kеер сuѕtоmеrѕ еngаgеd аnd іntrіguеd аbоut рrіzеѕ, incentives, аnd the uѕе оf thе fundѕ rаіѕеd during a raffle еvеnt. I wоrk for the nаtіоn’ѕ lаrgеѕt grосеr аnd thіnk that оffеrіng a mеаnѕ tо get individuals involved аnd еxсіtеd аbоut contributing a ѕmаll amount for big…
 
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    Fundraising Fundamentals

  • Using technology to increase nonprofit capacity

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    For profit organizations have long embraced technology – specifically sophisticated CRM systems – to capture data and help them better engage, communicate and enhance relationships with their customers. This is an area where nonprofits can reap significant benefit by having…Read more ›
  • 3 reasons your nonprofit needs a mobile website

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    There’s been a lot of talk about mobile lately. To be fair, the chatter has been going on for a few years, but it finally appears we’re approaching a tipping point. There are three reasons you need a mobile site.…Read more ›
  • 2015 Challenges and Opportunities

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    2015 could be a pivotal growth year for your nonprofit! With so many challenges, and so many great opportunities, nonprofits need to focus on a number of key areas in order to grow. Three of the most challenging areas are…Read more ›
  • Optimization: The Secret Weapon In Online Fundraising

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Many nonprofits are taking advantage of optimization testing to conduct small experiments that drive huge increases in revenue. If optimization testing isn’t in your organization’s digital plan for the year, add it now. For a relatively small investment, you could…Read more ›
  • Using Data To Drive Donor Insights

    AndrewOlsenCFRE
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    What data points does your nonprofit use to develop insights and new strategies to better engage your constituents? If you’re like most nonprofits, it probably depends which department head you ask. Development maintains the donor database that houses biographical data…Read more ›
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    Common Sense Fundraising

  • 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…
  • Why Your Year-End Ask Should Last 12 Months

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

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

  • Raffle Tickets a Great Way For Non-Profits to Support Their Mission

    Bruce Hassel
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Raffle Tickets a Great Way For Non-Profits to Support Their Mission Many thanks аnd gratitude  to “Imрасt a Life” scholarship writer Horace McNeil for tаkіng оn thе fоllоwіng еѕѕау tоріс ѕо сrеаtіvеlу: Describe how non-profit organizations, (including church groups, civic groups, youth sports organizations) can best derive benefit for their fundraising effort by holding a raffle fundraiser Thаnk you ѕо muсh Horace for your wеll-dоnе essay -  аnd bеѕt оf luсk wіth your ѕtudіеѕ! To rеаd Horace McNeils’ ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, go…
  • If Your Cause is Heart Moving Your Raffle Will Succeed

    Bruce Hassel
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    If Your Cause is Heart Moving Your Raffle Will Succeed Mаnу thanks tо Moyra Zuniga fоr a particularly  wеll thоught оut аnd informative “Impact a Lіfе” соllеgе scholarship essay thаt hіghlіghtѕ whу ѕеllіng raffle tісkеtѕ for your fundrаіѕеr is a grеаt way tо raise money. Moyra explores ѕоmе wonderful аnd реrѕоnаl rеаѕоnѕ as tо whу holding a rаfflе іѕ not оnlу a grеаt fundrаіѕіng орроrtunіtу but also offers several specifics on how to make a raffle more successful. To read Moyra’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, go hеrе…
  • Non-Profits Raise Funds With an Efficient Raffle

    Bruce Hassel
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Non-Profits Raise Funds With an Efficient Raffle Mаnу thanks tо Mawal Sidi fоr his wеll thоught оut аnd informative “Impact a Lіfе” соllеgе scholarship essay thаt hіghlіghtѕ whу ѕеllіng raffle tісkеtѕ for your fundrаіѕеr is a grеаt way tо raise money. Mawal dishes оut ѕоmе wonderful аndinsightful rеаѕоnѕ as tо whу holding a rаfflе іѕ not оnlу a grеаt fundrаіѕіng орроrtunіtу but also offers several specifics on how to make a raffle more successful. To read Mawal’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, go hеrе >>> …
  • Benefits of Implementing a Raffle with your Fundraiser

    Bruce Hassel
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    Benefits of Implementing a Raffle with your Fundraiser Many thanks and a tip o’ the hat to Garett Williams for his well thought out and informative “Impact a Life” college scholarship essay that highlights why selling raffle tickets for your fundraiser is a great way to raise money. Garett dishes out some wonderful and insightful reasons as to why holding a raffle is a fantastic way to raise money for a non-profit. To read Garett Williams’ scholarship essay, go here >>>  Benefits of Implementing a Raffle with your Fundraiser You can help Garett Williams’…
  • Everyone Has a Chance and Hope When Raffle Tickets are Involved!

    Bruce Hassel
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Everyone Has a Chance and Hope When Raffle Tickets are Involved! Mаnу thanks tо Helen Holthaus fоr her wеll thоught оut аnd informative “Impact a Lіfе” соllеgе scholarship essay thаt hіghlіghtѕ whу ѕеllіng raffle tісkеtѕ for your fundrаіѕеr is a grеаt way tо raise money. Helen dishes оut ѕоmе wonderful аnd реrѕоnаl rеаѕоnѕ as tо whу holding a rаfflе іѕ not оnlу a grеаt fundrаіѕіng орроrtunіtу but also offers several specifics on how to make a raffle more successful. To read Helen Holthaus’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay,…
 
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    Fundraising Compass

  • Thanking Your Donors: Do It Right!

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

    gisraeli
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    By David Munshine, President, The Munshine Group “Life isn’t about the money you make, it’s what you do with your life to impact others.” –from the “2014 Millennial Impact Report” Attracting younger supporters is a big challenge for nonprofits. Most fundraising strategies are geared to the older population (those born before 1945). While this group is generous—79% give to charity—year by year their numbers are shrinking. So organizations need the next generation of donors to replenish that pipeline of support. This includes millennials—those born between 1981 and…
  • The Allure of Proactive Research

    gisraeli
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:29 am
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society Why didn’t you do my research first?, said my irritated colleague. I had an appointment! If you’re a prospect researcher and you’ve ever heard these words, then you may have fallen into a common occupational trap. My intention in today’s post is to caution novice prospect researchers who tend to wander from their assigned duties of reactive research to the promised land of proactive research. The former is what our colleagues ask for when they’ve already gone through the…
  • If You Believe in Predictive Modeling

    gisraeli
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    By Lawrence C. Henze, J.D., Principal Consultant, Target Analytics, Blackbaud Sorcery, black magic, supernatural, paranormal, hoax, alien influence; these terms are but a smattering of ‘explanations’ given over the centuries of humankind for mysterious phenomena that defy rational thought. Until recently, using predictive modeling or statistical analytics to identify gift prospects also bordered on the inexplicable. For many, statistics or math are areas of study to be taken only as required. Over the years, my personal favorite is the use of the term ‘fairy dust’. Well thanks to J.M.
  • 18 Great Resources Every Fundraiser Should Know About

    gisraeli
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    By Helen E. Brown, President, Helen Brown Group Here at the Helen Brown Group, we get lots of questions from clients that aren’t just about prospect research, relationship management or analytics…and finding the answers to non-traditional questions is a lot of fun for me and the team! So I thought you might like to see the answers to some of the questions we’ve gotten lately from clients asking “where would you recommend that I look for…?” Everything on the list is free (or worth every penny). Enjoy! Campaign planning tool: the gift range calculator This is the site you head to…
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    Double the Donation

  • 10 Types of Corporate Giving Programs

    Alex
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    It has never made sense to me why money doesn’t grow on trees. Why else do banks have branches? Alas, money is hard to come by. You’ve got to wake up with the sun, strap on those boots, and tend to real trees that grow apples and bananas and other fruits you can sell. Actually, fundraising doesn’t have to be that hard. Thanks to companies both big and small, nonprofits can raise money from corporate giving programs. This is money that companies want to donate, and all nonprofits have to do is remind donors and volunteers to seek these funds. We’ve got not one, not two,…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Marketing Matching Gifts

    Alex
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    Earth has always been spherical, but it took until the Greek philosopher Pythagoras in the 6th century BC to dispel the myth of a flat world. Likewise, matching gifts exist, but a lack of donor awareness could be holding your fundraising back. The most common reason why people don’t submit matching gift requests is because they don’t know if their employer offers such a program. Corporate giving is a big deal, with 65% of Fortune 500 companies offering matching gift programs. Furthermore, promoting matching gifts increases donation response rates by 71%, and the average donation…
  • Our Favorite Fundraising Books for Nonprofit Management (Updated March, 2015)

    Alex
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Double the Donation team loves Netflix as much as everyone else, but we also love books. Our interests range from The Hunger Games to Anna Karenina to Harlequin romance novels. What we all have in common is a fervent interest in reading about the nonprofit industry, and a recent conversation got us thinking about our favorite nonprofit books. The discussion got heated. Tape dispensers went flying. Water was spilled. One of us had to break out a band-aid because he got a paper cut while trying to do some actual work. The following list did not come easy, but the Double the Donation team…
  • Matching Gift Team Execution

    Alex
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    You’ve got a matching gift leader and hopefully a team to back her up. What should your dedicated team be doing? Marketing matching gifts, of course, which all starts with planning, and might be best executed via word of mouth. Develop Your Matching Gift Plan Once you have a matching gift team in place, here’s a visual model of the sort of streamlined process that you’ll want to follow: Baseline Current Revenue and Determine Information to Provide to Donors It’s amazing how few organizations know how much they raise from matching gifts on an annual basis, so don’t worry…
  • Select Your Matching Gift Leader and Develop Your Matching Gift Team

    Alex
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    A great deal of matching gift success hinges on having a go-to person or team dedicated to controlling the matching gift process. The process includes the incorporation of influences across the entire spectrum of fundraising. Matching gift success starts with a leader: Your go-to matching gift guru who will coordinate your matching gift strategy. While you may have a membership team, a marketing team, and accountants, you need someone who can conglomerate each department’s efforts to maximize your matching gift potential.   Identify Your Matching Gift Champion When a major donor calls,…
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    CauseVox

  • Crowdfunding Fundamentals from School Bake Sales

    Khaled Allen
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nonprofit crowdfunding is a relatively new term, but it’s been around as long as school bake sales and community carwashes. Most of us have tried these accessible forms of fundraising, so we can learn a lot about crowdfunding fundamentals. Sadly, these classic fundraisers are going out of style. Even schools are now benefiting from current crowdfunding techniques. But the crowdfunding fundamentals are still there. Here are 4 basic techniques that work learned from school fundraisers. Give Volunteers Ownership Fundraising isn’t a piece of cake, and one crowdfunding fundamental is to…
  • Friendly Selling Techniques That Will Move Your Donors

    Khaled Allen
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    “Have a minute to save a life?” Everyone dreads the canvassers who wait in the middle of the street and call you down to press you for donations. Most people make a point of avoiding eye contact and pretending to be on their phones. It’s not that we don’t want to help, but we don’t like that kind of high-pressure fundraising. When fundraising one-on-one, how can you get people’s attention with a more effective touch? Here are some pointers on fundraising from the new approach to selling, according to the book To Sell is Human, by Daniel H. Pink. Pay Attention With the Internet…
  • Help Your Cause Stand Out with Great Nonprofit Branding

    Khaled Allen
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    How many nonprofits are there that do exactly what you are trying to do? Maybe the answer is none, in which case, you are in a great spot! More likely, there are quite a few, and you may be struggling to stand out from the others. How can you make you cause appear one-of-a-kind so you’re not fighting for attention? The answer lies in nonprofit branding. What is a Brand? First of all, let’s get clear about what a brand is and how it applies to a nonprofit. When most of us think of a brand, we think of a symbol of some company – McDonald’s golden arches, the Nike swoosh – but a brand…
  • How to Fundraise for International Women’s Day

    Jenna Sauber
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    International Women’s Day, on March 8 every year, has been celebrated since the early 1900s, but has gotten more traction in recent years as the international development community has amped up its efforts online and offline. Now, hundreds, if not thousands of organizations raise funds and run awareness and advocacy campaigns for this global day of recognition, focusing on issues from maternal and reproductive health and child marriage, to education and entrepreneurship. Women and girls is a resonant issue in the nonprofit community, and it provides a great opportunity for organizations of…
  • Keys to Brilliant Nonprofit Storytelling Part 4: Story Structure

    Khaled Allen
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the fourth and final part of our series on nonprofit storytelling from the Storytelling for Business course by Kevin Allison at the StoryStudio.org. If you’re just joining us now, make sure to catch up on Parts 1, 2, and 3 to learn about the basic requirements of a story, how to account for your audience, and how to use scenic writing to pull your listeners in and get them invest. Today, we’re finishing up with the element that ties them all together: structure. The Basics of Structure Every good story has a structure that follows a basic pattern, including stories that are…
 
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    FUNDRAISING MIX

  • Suggestion Box – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:36 pm
    One of the best ways for a business to remain relevant is to listen to its target audience. Hosting a Suggestion Box Fundraiser can provide useful insight to an organization, and raise money for a cause at the same time. Just collect donations for each suggestion, then enter each one into the box they are […]Continue reading...
  • Coloring Page – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Filling in a coloring book is a staple of childhood. It let’s us express ourselves at an early age, an exercise that has profound effects on the developing mind. A Coloring Page Fundraiser taps into that phenomenon by selling single sheets of outlined drawings to willing participants. It’s simply a matter of finding an artist […]Continue reading...
  • Mocktail Bartender – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    A bartender once said the bar scene was fun until she had to work in it. Trying it out for size at a Mocktail Bartender Fundraiser might make you appreciate the culture just that much more! This fundraising event is a pay-to-enter contest to see who can make the best non-alcoholic mixed drink. Each entrant […]Continue reading...
  • Balloon Ceiling – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:59 pm
    A glass ceiling is a seen as a false symbol of hope. But a balloon ceiling? That’s a lot less depressing! Hosting a Balloon Ceiling Fundraiser is pretty simple. You charge people a small amount of money to release a balloon to the top of a room. Once everyone has participated, you take a picture […]Continue reading...
  • Target Practice – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:51 pm
    How do you turn the thrill of a firing range into a family friendly event? You use suction cup arrows, duh! Hosting a Target Practice Fundraiser, you charge people for the chance to shoot non-lethal arrows at a target to practice their aiming ability. This fundraising event is one of the easier ones to put […]Continue reading...
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  • Nonprofit Radio for March 27, 2015: Peer-To-Peer 30 Report & Successful Giving Days

    Susan Chavez
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% New 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 Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Subscribe via iTunes to get the show automatically. My Guests: David Hessekiel: Peer-To-Peer 30 Report The Peer-to-Peer 30 Fundraising Report reveals…
  • Why Planned Giving Levels Your Donor Playing Field

    Susan Chavez
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:37 am
    Planned Giving fundraising–because it’s giving from estate & retirement plans–makes it possible for donors at all levels (including small and modest donors) to make a major gift. Why Planned Giving Levels Your Donor Playing Field is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for March 20, 2015: Your Board As Brand Ambassadors

    Susan Chavez
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:17 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the March 20, 2015 archived podcast. My Guest: Roger Sametz: Your Board As Brand Ambassadors Does your board know the basics of your brand? Do you? How many volumes in your story library and how do you build your board’s…
  • A Caution For Your Planned Giving II

    Susan Chavez
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    “A Caution For Your Planned Giving,” last week’s video. Elderly Donor Sues University for Return of $12 Million Gift. A Caution For Your Planned Giving II is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for March 13, 2015: Bring Joy To Your Donors

    Susan Chavez
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the March 13, 2015 archived podcast. My Guest: Marcy Heim: Bring Joy To Your Donors Marcy Heim has over 30 years thinking about and perfecting major donor relationships. She’s the Artful Asker and we’ll examine the…
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    DonorDriven Blog

  • Jeromy Adams of Extra Life invites other nonprofits to join them.

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Jeromy Adams found himself in a unique predicament with his wildly successful Extra Life Event: only a select few knew about it. For a few years the 24-hour marathon of video gaming for good had flown under the radar of the popular media while raising millions for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event was legendary in the gaming community, but no national media outlet had ever mentioned it. “I kind of wanted to keep it a secret because it didn’t seem like many were noticing what we were doing. We were kind of getting a head start in this space.”
  • Does your fundraising pass Google’s smartphone test?

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    Mobile has become a huge issue for nonprofits. Having been much slower to adapt to mobile than the commercial world, many organizations have failed to address the mobile issue or assumed that their software providers were handling it. But falling revenues, both online and off are showing the sad truth for many organizations that are not mobile ready. We’re at the point that more than half of web traffic, search traffic and ecommerce is through mobile devices. For online donations, the more alarming statistic is that the bounce rate for mobile users on mobile-unfriendly pages is…
  • DonorDrive P2P Professional Forum Scholarship recipient learns how hike her revenue.

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    Back in December 2014, Brecka Putnam (who runs Ultimate Hike and is the Manager of Signature Events for CureSearch) wrote an essay that landed her the DonorDrive Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum scholarship. Her award was a trip to the P2P Professional Forum Conference in February in Orlando. This is the most attended Peer-to-peer fundraising conference in North America, packed with learning and networking opportunities specifically within the peer-to-peer space. This year we decided to dig deep to find out exactly what impact our scholarship can have on an…
  • Attracting young professionals to your organization, Part 3: Structuring your group.

    10 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    For a young professional group to thrive there must be structure, but not something with the overbearing rules that your traditional structure may have. You’ll still want to have a hierarchy with officers. That’s one thing that will actually attract some of your leaders. They're building their resume. They’re still looking for leadership opportunities. From your point of view, you need a structure for who’s going to run your meetings. You have to start your group with an existing board member or volunteer. But what you don’t want to do is have that older…
  • Attracting young professionals to your organization, Part 2: Landing Millennials.

    10 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    If your organization has been trying to get Millennials involved through conventional methods, well—there’s the problem. While young professionals want to help your organization, they typically don’t want to be part of the traditional structure. Whether you call this your Young Professionals Group or come up with a more creative name (better yet, let them think it up) it's important that they have an organizational structure they can call their own. You need to make them feel empowered. We’re tempted to micromanage them, but don't. That’s the quickest…
 
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    Selfish Giving Blog - Selfish Giving

  • Ep117: Starbucks' Race Together: Critics Should Wake Up and Smell the Courage

    Joe Waters
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Phil Haid, Co-Founder and CEO of Toronto-based Public Inc. about Starbucks controversial cause campaign: Race Together. While aimed at starting a conversation around race issues in America, the campaign has drawn a lot of criticism.Naysayers call Race Together ill-timed and self-serving. But our guest Phil Haid has a different perspective. He describes the campaign as a bold and ambitious effort by Starbucks that while not perfectly executed is unflinching and a great example of a company "walking the talk." On today's episode, Megan, Phil…
  • The Cause Marketing Fundraiser Matrix

    Joe Waters
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    One of the most persistent questions I get from my readers is: "Which cause marketing fundraiser is the best?"It's not always an easy question to answer because it depends on your business partner. While pinups, register programs, donation boxes and are great fundraisers for retailers and other B2C businesses, they won't work for an accounting firm. You'll need a different fundraiser!Still, it's helpful to be clear on which cause marketing fundraisers raise the most money and are the easiest to execute. It's also good to know which fundraisers are lucrative but harder to execute,…
  • Ep116: How Soles4Souls Raises Money with Stride Rite, PUMA

    Joe Waters
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Buddy Teaster, CEO of Soles4Souls. Nashville-based Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit focused on fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty.   Soles4Souls advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners. They distribute those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged…
  • Ep115: How Nonprofits Can Identify, Sell & Close New Corporate Partnerships

    Joe Waters
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Mollye Rhea, President of For Momentum, an Atlanta-based cause-related marketing agency. With Mollye, we tackle one of the toughest issues for nonprofits: how to identify, sell and close new corporate partnerships. It's not easy! Fortunately, we have one of the best partnership experts in the business on today's show. Since Mollye founded For Momentum in 2003, she's helped over 60 clients with projects ranging from setting strategy to valuing campaign ROI. She and her team have built more than 75 partnerships, raising tens of millions for…
  • Ep114: Pay-it-Forward Pizza Feeds Homeless with Slices & Sticky Notes

    Joe Waters
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Mason Wartman, owner of Rosa's Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia. Over the past several month's Mason has become a media darling for his efforts to feed the homeless in his neighborhood. He's even appeared on Ellen!Like all great ideas, Mason's is simple but powerful. When customers buy a slice of pizza they can buy another for someone in need. Rosa's walls are lined with sticky notes and well wishes that the homeless can redeem for a free slice.Since the program began last year, Rosa's has given away 11,000 slices in a neighborhood that needs…
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    The Storytelling Non-Profit

  • Free Resource Friday

    Vanessa Chase
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been reading The Storytelling Non-Profit blog for any length of time, you probably know that I’m a big fan of the handwritten thank you note. I think it’s one of the most delightful ways to thank donors. April is National Letter Writing Month, which seems like a fabulous reason to write more letters to donors! The amazing folks over at Egg Press are sending out free National Letter Writing Month kits that include 4 cards and a pen!...
  • 3 Ways to Steward Donors with a Story

    Vanessa Chase
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This time of year many non-profits are sending out Spring appeals. That means that you will have donations rolling in and donors that you will need to say thank you to. I personally believe that donor stewardship is the most important task in the fundraising process. If you don’t say thank you (and say it well), your donors will not know their impact, they won’t feel appreciated, and eventually they will stop making donations. The Donor Retention Cure The best...
  • Alternatives Ways to Tell a Client Success Story

    Vanessa Chase
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last week I taught a custom webinar for Progressive Executive Education on storytelling for non-profits. We covered a lot of ground from talking about the 5 Cs of storytelling to tips for creating culture of storytelling. At the end of the webinar we did a question and answer session. Lots of great questions were asked, but one in particular sticks out in my mind. “Our organization helps infants. Aside from using their parents to tell their story, how else can...
  • Making the Most of Your Events

    Vanessa Chase
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Giving back to the community has become one of the true definitions of a Good Samaritan. Over the years, it’s pushed non-profit organizations and charities to find new ways of connecting with their donors. They look to maximize donations all while making it easier for the donor to give. Add the simplicity of the Internet and the compassion of giving, and you have a new way of paying it forward. Planning the event Every detail is crucial to a successful...
  • 5 Ideas to Improve Your Monthly Giving Program

    Vanessa Chase
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    People most often associate me with non-profit storytelling and donor communications. But in a past iteration of my career, I managed a monthly giving program of over 3,500 monthly donors. Yep, it was a huge monthly giving program! From my experience managing and growing that monthly giving program, I’ve learned a few things about monthly giving. Today I want to share with you 5 ideas to improve your monthly giving program. Acquire through the phone, upgrade through the mail. Not...
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    Hands-On Fundraising

  • How to start an annual giving program

    Mary Cahalane
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    What I learned years ago, and how it might help you. Many of the organizations I’ve worked with have been small to medium sized. And that’s no surprise since most nonprofits in the US are small. They’re eager to build a solid fundraising program, but most continue to depend on grants. I think that’s a mistake. A program that builds relationships with individuals gives you a broader base of support. It reaches farther into your community. And it can help your organization grow. Maybe my experience will help. Many years ago, I began my fundraising career at a respected regional theater.
  • How to heal an unappealing fundraising appeal

    Mary Cahalane
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
      I don’t know why, but I continue to be surprised at major nonprofits – who have the means to do it right – mailing out solicitations that miss. We got one the other day, from a large hospital in our state. I’ll admit, I opened it with some curiosity. I was hoping I might see something swipe-worthy. I didn’t. Disappearing donor Remember when I wrote about “that guy”? Well, he made an appearance here. The letter is almost all about the organization. Bullet after bullet about how great they are. First, and most unforgivable, the donor disappears except when asked to give.
  • How to be heard in a noisy world

    Mary Cahalane
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    What does your attention cost? I was reading an article in Sunday’s New York Times about the cost of our attention. The author’s point was that in today’s world, our attention – our mind-space – has become commodified. Ads at the checkout line, logos in every possible space – they’re filling our eyes and ears and demanding our attention. And all for some company’s profit. I read, nodding. I understand the value of quiet (or focus… I do work with music on) for just thinking. The best thinking only happens when we have our brains to ourselves. It’s precious today.
  • Try indulgence to improve your next appeal

    Mary Cahalane
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    It’s not often that you come upon an interesting study that helps with a project you’re working on right then. That happened to me this week, and I thought I’d share, in case it’s helpful to you, as well. I’ve been working on an appeal for a brand new organization. They’re focused on hunger issues and they need to raise money to get started. We’d been working on an appeal for monthly gifts. For a new organization, having that steady source of support – both financial and emotional – would make a huge difference. I wanted to talk about a…
  • If you tease me, make it worthwhile

    Mary Cahalane
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    You’ve seen it, I’m sure. A little bit of copy on the outside of the envelope. Its job? Get you to open the envelope and read the letter inside. It seems to be almost standard for fundraising appeals these days. But it shouldn’t be. Teasers can be very effective – if they’re good. Otherwise, you risk turning off the reader, making the package look as mass-produced as it is… and sending your letter to the recycling bin. If you’re not sure your teaser copy is great, you’re probably better off going with a plain envelope with a real stamp. (You…
 
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