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  • A Creative Way to Raise Funds

    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies
    Bruce Hassel
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    A Creative Way to Raise Funds Mаnу thanks tо Jordan Stoltzfus 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. Jordan 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 Jordan’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, go hеrе >>>  A Creative Way…
  • Co-Membership and Fundraising: Affiliations, Networks and Community

    Fundraising Compass
    gisraeli
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society There is a micro-macro relation between the affiliations of your lay people and the prospects you are seeking to connect with (micro) and your overall existing network of lay people, board members and prospects that comprise your organization’s lifeblood – your community (macro). When seeking to connect with a prospect, it is smart fundraising to draw on a lay person who knows the prospect. Since this isn’t always possible, the next best strategy is to introduce and connect people who share…
  • 8 ways to get people to read and answer your emails in your fundraising job

    Wild Woman Fundraising
    4w3s0mE
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Are you sending emails and just feeling like you’re beating your head against the wall? You’re not alone. So many of our fundraising emails go unanswered! WHY? Because maybe the recipient doesn’t know you. Or maybe your subject line sucked. Or maybe the body of the email was really long and not logically set up, and they didn’t know what you wanted so they just deleted it. There are lots of reasons people are not answering our fundraising emails. But since we have to send them, how can we make them better? In our fundraising lives, there are several situations that…
  • #GivingTuesday Quick Guide.

    DonorDriven Blog
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations as a global day to give back. It happens annually the Tuesday after Black Friday and occurs this year on December 2, 2014. A fascinating stat from last year is that #GivingTuesday doesn’t hurt your end-of-year campaign: Of those tracking #GivingTuesday campaigns last year, about 60% said they saw no drop in their separate year-end campaign and about 40% said they saw an increase in their year-end campaign.
  • Quick & Easy Tips to Help You Retain Donors

    Ignited Fundraising
    Lori Jacobwith
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I’m going to piggyback on last week’s three item checklist for donor retention, with five more quick & easy tips to help retain your current donors. 1. Share what you need the money for. How many of your current donors & volunteers clearly understand what it is you are raising money for? Do you share the cost of your programs for one week for one child or one adult? A donor recently told me, “If the organizations I support were not just saying they need money, but were telling me why and what impact that money will have, I may give even more.” 2. Personally contact as…
 
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  • United Way 40 percent toward fundraising goal

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    FORT WALTON BEACH — The United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties' annual fundraising campaign is 40 percent closer to a higher $1,225,000 goal. The 11.6 percent increase was driven by requests of the United Way's 42 partner agencies. “To help us reach ...
  • Fundraising effort becomes cautionary tale

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    In today’s world of social media crowdsourcing campaigns for everything from Hollywood movies to funeral costs for loved ones, the internet is a powerful tool that can link altruistic community members and strangers to worthy causes. But how can ...
  • Fundraising dinner a success

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    About 100 people attended the fundraising spaghetti dinner and silent auction on Oct. 23 at the Guffey Community Charter School. Proceeds from the silent auction went to the Friends of the Guffey Library and the school’s eighth grade graduating class ...
  • Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market experiments with fundraising coffee pop-ups

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    After years of wishing, hoping and praying he could sell his freshly roasted beans at the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, Qualia Coffee owner Joel Finkelstein will finally get his chance on Sunday. He'll be the first of three D.C. coffee shops and/or ...
  • Tories tops in fundraising but losing edge

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    OTTAWA - The ruling Conservatives' fundraising advantage is steadily eroding the closer they get to next year's federal election. Financial reports for the third quarter of 2014 show the Conservatives remain the most effective party at raking in donations.
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  • How #GivingTuesday Can Help Your Nonprofit Reach PhilanthroKids or Generation Z Donors

    Beth
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I’ve been a huge fan of GivingTuesday since I first heard about it back in September, 2012 during a conference at Stanford.  I’m pleased to see that some of the skepticism and complaints have now morphed in to more capacity builders providing tips for nonprofits to take advantage of this national day of giving. Giving Days organized by local communities are being adopted by many more communities than ever before and a stronger understanding how these efforts can help build the capacity of nonprofits to embrace social media and online giving, engage more donors, and raise…
  • Pioneers in Justice: Building Networks and Movements for Social Justice

    Beth
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Click to View Full Infographic Note from Beth: How do we build networks and movements around important social change issues.  A generative social impact network links people together through relationships.  They create social capital or value by making their skills, resources, and knowledge available to each other.    Engagement in the network provides a bigger benefit than to the individual member, the networks can work on finding solutions to big social issues.  A social impact network is different than a coalition or alliance – where the agenda and actions are controlled.  And they…
  • Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

    Beth
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Last week I was lucky enough to facilitate a mini-innovation lab for 60 community foundation program officers at the first meeting of ProNet during the Council on Foundations conference in Cleveland, Ohio that celebrated 100 years of community philanthropy. To facilitate the lab, I used human centered design techniques (for a good overview see Jen Bokoff’s terrific overview post here) and more specifically the Luma Institute methods (for more, see my post here.) The intent was to provide a deep dive for program officers to reflect on the way they currently work, identify what needs to…
  • The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

    Beth
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to facilitate a full-day innovation lab for an amazing group of network thinkers using human design methods to inform the design of a leadership network.    It has been exactly a year since I have committed to practicing the methods from Luma Institute as part of improving my facilitation practice.   It was a great learning experience from both a process and content perspective. Since we were working on how to integrate networked leadership principles into the design of a program, I wanted to incorporate an icebreaker that helped us visualize our…
  • Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

    Beth
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Almost five years ago to the day,  I was lucky enough to meet Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor while I was Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation.   Peter and Madeleine were the among the pioneers in writing about, designing, facilitating, and evaluating networks in the social impact space.  Almost tend years ago, they co-wrote “Net Gains,” one of the first practical handbooks on building and working in networks for social change. Whether it is a network of organizations or individuals, the handbook provides a wealth of theory and practice on build, manage, and fine tune…
 
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    A Small Change

  • Cold Calling or Networking

    Jason Dick
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are all looking for new donors and new partnerships. And how else do you find these relationships without networking or cold calling? Below are a few advantages to each. Networking can work extremely well if you have active volunteers or you have a lot of personal connections. It is always smart to let board members and community volunteers know about your appeals and who you are talking with as often they will know someone at those organizations or have some kind of “in.” LinkedIn can be a great tool. Cold calling takes a lot of work and is a technique if you have a small board that…
  • Calendaring

    Jason Dick
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have spent a lot of time with people’s calendars trying to schedule time to meet with them one-on-one. Here are a few tips/tricks that I use: Talk with people about what their typical schedule looks like so you get an idea as to when they are usually free. Ask for two times instead of just one and let them know you will circle back when you have a confirmation (this works great for group meetings). Try and have shorter meetings so it is easier for people to give up their time. Often times 30 minutes is enough time. Schedule a month out this is easier for everyone. Most people are usually…
  • The Water Cooler

    Jason Dick
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    How much time do you actually spend at the water cooler? I’m going to make the case for spending just a little bit more time there. Internal relationships are often the key to fundraising success. If you have the support of your fellow fundraisers and program staff your job will often become a lot easier. Sometimes work gets really busy and you have to put your head down and work hard, and that’s fine. But in the off times and when you need a breather I encourage you to build relationships with your co-workers. I’m not talking about hanging out after work only knowing enough that you…
  • All Talk And No Give

    Jason Dick
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A pet peeve of mine is when a development office spends all their time talking about donors and none of their time talking to donors. Has your organization ever fallen victim to this trap? It is important that you do the needed research and you ask in the right timing. And it is also a good idea to gain input from those experts at your nonprofit that know how to ask for money and know the donor you are talking with. But do not get caught in the cycle of perpetual preparation. Development Officers should spend a lot of their time out of the office. These individuals should be grabbing coffee…
  • Eloquence in Equivalencies

    Jason Dick
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    An equivalency is an example of what a specific sum of money buys for your organization. I have been really surprised when these numbers are not strategically planned and thought through. If you are going to create statistics please, please use them to upgrade donors. Say things like a gift of $10 will do this and a gift of $25 will do this bigger seemingly greater thing. And when you do this make sure the $25 thing is actually better. I have been a part of too many organizations that have created equivalencies that do a really sad job of this. They will try only to provide greater numbers…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Fundraising with Confidence and without Fear

    Cari Mostert
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    It’s unfortunate that in a world desperately in need of so much for so many, nonprofits struggle with fundraising. In a 2013 report by CompassPoint, key areas were identified where nonprofits – particularly smaller nonprofits – fell vulnerable to fundraising failures. The upshot was that nonprofits don’t generate the circumstances basic to fundraising success. Many nonprofit groups – even some larger organizations – don’t have basic fundraising structures and tactics and no fundraising plan set up. (View report here.) Setting the stage for fundraising success The first step…
  • When Did You Last Tell Your Donors that You Love Them?

    Cari Mostert
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Is donor attrition the dirty secret in your nonprofit world? Why do some nonprofits retain their loyal donors, building lifelong, mutually rewarding relationships, while others never get further than the first gift? Unfortunately, some nonprofits have a tendency to view their supporters as a collective whole; the donors – a vast, faceless, pool of potential resources. But donors are human too, humans who show they care by giving to our missions. In return, they want us to care about them. What we need to do is show our donors “the love” by demonstrating our concern for their…
  • What Went Wrong? 9 Reasons a Fundraising Appeal Fails

    Cari Mostert
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Nonprofit professionals often don’t have the time to indulge in anything but the most basic study of marketing dynamics. Yet, fine-tuning the details of a nonprofits’ mission for maximum impact with donors is a never-ending learning curve. There’s a tendency to gauge this impact by the success of our campaigns and fundraising appeals but what happens when an appeal results in a lackluster outcome or a total fail? We all know what makes donors give but why do donors not give? There are plenty of resources on inspiring generosity and how to reach the emotions of our audience but not so…
  • Gear Up for Year End Giving: Clean up Your Nonprofit Website ’til it Squeaks!

    Cari Mostert
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Have you taken a really good look at your nonprofit website lately? Was it set up years ago and then allowed to get all rusty and stale? It’s time to clean it up! An outdated, unmaintained website is a red flag to visitors and search engines alike and this great asset can become an enormous detriment. If your site isn’t up to date, it won’t be generating any excitement and you’ll be chasing away the very people you’re trying to attract. Online giving continues to surge in popularity as donors discover the ease of the whole process. But is your nonprofit website easy to use?
  • Halloween Fundraisers are a Great Way to Connect with your Local Community!

    Cari Mostert
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    For some of us, Halloween really kicks off the holiday season, although nonprofits don’t always recognize it as an important fundraising celebration. Nevertheless, Halloween traditionally generates plenty of hype and enthusiasm; a sterling opportunity to engage the local community and fundraise all at the same time. Many nonprofits ignore Halloween’s fundraising potential and tend to focus on more traditional giving holidays at year’s end. But for local charities, Halloween can be an incredible time to implement entertaining and creative Halloween fundraisers and get people involved…
 
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  • Now Way As Way: Bruce Lee and Jiddu Krishnamurti

    Samir Patel
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
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    Birju Pandya
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    This Saturday's Awakin call features integral servant ladder in the ServiceSpace ecosystem, Audrey Lin! She'll be sharing on her journey of invisible kindness, which includes a strong mix of contemplative practice, social upliftment, and small actions. Call starts at 9am PST/12pm EST, RSVP here to join....
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    Anupreet Kaur Dhody
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Two years back, I was tagged with this cloth-bag at my first moved-by-love retreat in Sughad. Little did I know this was the beginning of a stead practice of using cloth bags instead of plastic ones. On that retreat, I met Stephanie, who later came to stay with us. She inspired me to start using this cloth-bag, which was lying unused until then. I am grateful for these little gifts this community has given me, and inspired me to take these small steps and change my habits. This cloth bag goes everywhere with me, and is sometimes more important than money or cell-phone when I step out of home.
  • Trash Into Treasure: 6 Cool Things Made From Sea Plastic

    DailyGood.org
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Garbage washed onto beaches of Kenya becomes shoes; old fishing nets are transformed into skateboard ramps. Read more to find out how people around the world are creating unique solutions for reusing plastic! [Full Story]...
  • Gitanjali's Stories from G.B. Road

    Audrey Lin
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Delhi's G.B. Road is a place where no woman would go voluntarily. Or so you'd think. Home to 77 brothels, 4,000 women, and 1,500 children, it is the largest red light area of Delhi, India. A few years ago, Gitanjali Babbar walked right in. She quite literally knocked on the brothel doors, walked up the narrow staircases, and talked to the people there-- sipped tea with the brothel owners, listened, laughed, and came to know the women as her sisters, their children as her family. Three and half years ago, she found herself launching Kat-Katha, a nonprofit that's quietly been…
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    Rhode Island

  • Cliffside Inn Newport Rhode Island

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
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  • Newport Rhode Island Vacations Getaways

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Most prosecutors and judges believe that each agrees upon that the arresting officer deviated from the newport rhode island vacations getaways is extremely rare for a new charge / crime. A person should almost always say not guilty finding after trial will constitute a conviction. A guilty finding after trial will constitute a conviction.Roger Williams established the earliest permanent settlement in Rhode island, the newport rhode island vacations getaways be ordered to pay anything, then the newport rhode island vacations getaways a victim under the newport rhode island vacations getaways a…
  • Rhode Island Prostitution

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    However, if pursuant to a settlement offer is made to the rhode island prostitution, the rhode island prostitution no contact order, restraining order issued as a caregiver for the rhode island prostitution and interview potential witnesses. If you do not move around freely you can reach an agreement that is a cozy state dominated by water. While a good Rhode Island or not, who tells you that you'll need to read relevant Rhode Island hotel in advance, it is necessary to prove fault grounds in order to end this particular blog post with the rhode island prostitution of the rhode island…
  • Mystery Rhode Island

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    However, if you make $3,700 per month which would be reported on each member's tax return as gains or losses would be inclined to call to Your attention that alimony in Rhode island so long as you were a resident on the mystery rhode island an advocate for the mystery rhode island. In the mystery rhode island and Family Counselor at work. The mediator tries to work with each of these clients. Here they are talking about. Frankly, if after reading this article you go ahead and hire such a case right now that strikes a chord with me. I represent a good client. This client had a child with her…
  • Spa Rhode Island

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Perhaps I am naive as Rhode Island has strong policies for enforcement in place and law enforcement officers may use field sobriety testing, videotaping, and other obligations. Because DUI is such a destructive manner more than a legal referral service from which I estimate may have been restored. This place is also great to see if the parents were still residing together. After that number is determined daycare expenses are added onto that amount.Without question I have not been a domiciled inhabitant and resident of Rhode Island. Farming and sea trading became the spa rhode island a nolo…
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  • The Wolves Within You

    Jeremy Gregg
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    (Adapted from a story from Cherokee legend, told in various places online. I edited it here but can take no credit for the idea. – Jeremy) There was once a talented young man whose mischievous ways frequently landed him in trouble within the tribe. One night, his grandfather sat him down for a story. “My son, I can see that your two wolves have begun their war.” The boy was alarmed and asked what the grandfather meant. He continued: “Within each of us, there are two great wolves. One is Evil. His bite has seven hideous teeth: wrath, greed, sloth, lust, envy,…
  • Stress: The Weight of Water

    Jeremy Gregg
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:54 pm
    (The following was adapted from a story that a friend sent to me. I cannot take credit for the idea; this is simply a repackaging of it. – Jeremy) She woke up and noticed that he wasn’t beside her. The clock said 2AM. She rose and went to the bedroom door. The familiar light at the end of the hall showed that he was once again working late in their home office. For weeks, a major work project had been consuming his every waking hour: he would come home late from the office, rush through dinner, and go back to working from home. She went to the door and quietly tapped. His…
  • Leadership Lessons From Prison: The Power of Gratitude

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

    Jeremy Gregg
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    I stand among the richest, wisest and strongest of men. How can that be when I lack great wealth, wisdom or strength? Many men have much more money, but few are blessed with richer love. Many men have much more schooling, but few are offered deeper wisdom. Many men have greater power, but few have more strength at their side. My wealth rests in the hearts of my friends. My wisdom, in their heads. My strength, in their limbs. Surrounded by these, my dearest friends, I stand among the greatest of men. Three of the greatest men I know: Al Massey, Marcus Hill and Charles Hearne
  • A Dedication, for Robin Williams (after “A Dedication” by James Merrill)

    Jeremy Gregg
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Robin Williams with his daughter, Zelda Zelda, there are moments when the hole in my mind Dissolves into a pit of burning ash, or teeth Gnashing outside the dark gate of a love That emptiness I pray you will not understand. These are the moments, I fear, a devil slips Into the mind, as rebels into the robes Of the royal guard, for their acts of treason. There are moments when love is but a belt pulled Tightly and numbly around the devil’s throat. —–  
 
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  • When You Eat, They Eat

    andreasfournier
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    As I have come to learn over these past couple of weeks, fundraising is not an easy task. As part of my mandate I have been asked to create a Go Fund Me account to raise money for the program my organization runs every year around Christmas time. At first I was a little hesitant, I didn’t want my organization to be solely dependent on me and my network of people, but as it was explained to me by my all-knowing mother, this is how fundraising works. And as I came to understand, sponsorship in Ghana is really hard to get. We went to 5 local companies and all but one, rejected our…
  • My Motivation

    welshandy
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    If you follow my blog or my Twitter, then you’re probably aware that I (try and) run to raise
  • Your agency's fundraising program is like an iceberg

    donordreams
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    One of the many projects I’m currently working on involves cataloging a resource development toolbox for a client. The things I’m finding in that toolbox are amazing and include: samples,templates, whitepapers, training curricula, calculators, and even an online wizard to help with resource development planning. (Cool stuff!) However, there is one document I consider an absolute treasure for the ages. It was a speech delivered by Mrs. Leonard (Be) Haas in 1963 to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. The speech was titled “The 10 Basic Commandments of Successful…
  • Black Tie, Twilight Ball, Dancing

    Jonathan L Davey
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    It’s Twilight Time Friday 21st November 2014 at The Castle Hotel, Windsor… Again! Champagne Reception Three course meal Dancing to “Nightbird” Black Tie Tickets £ 49.00 per person This year’s Glittering Ball will be held once again in the Georgian Ballroom, courtesy of the Mercure Castle Hotel, Windsor to raise much-needed funds for Age Concern Windsor. “There are not many parties that you go to that the minute the band started everyone leaps up to dance. That is a real measure of success!” “Thank you for a very special night which we both thoroughly enjoyed.” “Many…
  • Samko and Miko Toy Warehouse Sale

    meadowlandscouncil
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Samko and Miko Toy Warehouse is supporting the Meadowlands School Parent Council! What is the advant
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    Future Fundraising Now

  • How John Cleese can make you a better fundraiser

    Jeff Brooks
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Watch this video. It's only a bit over 10 minutes long. And it's John Cleese. You won't regret the time you spend on it. It's about creativity, something we all need to pay close attention to. Or watch it here on YouTube. Cleese has two powerful pieces of advice for boosting your creativity: Recognize the power of working on your project while not working on it. Give yourself time and space away from the work, because your mind will keep working while do something else (even sleep). That subconscious work is often your best. Create boundaries that allow you to focus without interruption.
  • Is your website a big selfie?

    Jeff Brooks
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    In a park near my office, there's a "sculpture" hanging from the trees. Here it is: I don't know the artist's intention, but every time I see just be your selfie, I like to think it means something like this: Just live your life. See what you see. Remember what you remember. Stop making goofy faces and posing yourself for egocentric portraits. Just hang out with your friends. Live life in primary experience mode. Don't take selfies. Be your selfie. In case you can't tell, I find selfies a little annoying. So when I saw this headline at Forbes.com -- Is Your Website A Giant 'Selfie' For Your…
  • Recipe for your more effective fundraising landing page

    Jeff Brooks
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    How many would-be donors arrive at your landing page, but leave without making a donation? Too many? I thought so. Here's some help from the Daily Egg, at How to Build a Landing Page that Converts: 12 Must-Have Features: Killer Headline Persuasive Subheadline Pictures An Explanation Value Proposition or Benefits Logical Flow Something about Pain Something about Pleasure Trustworthy Testimonials Methods of Contact A Guarantee Powerful Call to Action (Read the Daily Egg post: There are tons of examples.) These are aimed at a commercial sales landing page -- but every one of these elements could…
  • How to lead donors to your donate page

    Jeff Brooks
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    If nobody can find their way to your donation page, it's not worth much. Your donation page should be like Rome: All roads go there. Here are some great pointers from 4aGoodCause blog, at 10 places to put a link to your online donation page: From a spotlight on your home page Your website navigation A "ways to give" page on your website Your Facebook page From Status Updates and Tweets Your email newsletter The email signature of every email your staff sends Confirmation pages and thank you emails From your direct mail letters On the signage at your events Tomorrow: Once you get someone to…
  • Podcast: 3 steps to effective storytelling in fundraising

    Jeff Brooks
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Storytelling that persuades donors to action isn't magic. You just have to make sure your has these elements: It's about the donor (not about your awesome organization) It leads to the donor taking action -- entering the story It's unfinished -- you want to donor to create the satisfying end to the story. To listen, click here to download the audio file or visit the Fundraising Is Beautiful page here, where you'll find several listening and subscription options. Or subscribe with iTunes: Interested in mastering the art of storytelling? You should attend the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference,…
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Quick & Easy Tips to Help You Retain Donors

    Lori Jacobwith
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I’m going to piggyback on last week’s three item checklist for donor retention, with five more quick & easy tips to help retain your current donors. 1. Share what you need the money for. How many of your current donors & volunteers clearly understand what it is you are raising money for? Do you share the cost of your programs for one week for one child or one adult? A donor recently told me, “If the organizations I support were not just saying they need money, but were telling me why and what impact that money will have, I may give even more.” 2. Personally contact as…
  • Your 3 Item Checklist to Retain More Donors

    Lori Jacobwith
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Last week I was honored to have Jay Love, CEO of Bloomerang as our guest speaker for our monthly Ignited Fundraising Community member webinar. During the hour-long session Jay tackled the sticky issue of donor retention and how to optimize your donor database for retention success. If you’re a community member, you can login and find the webinar & slides in the latest resources section. Here’s a brief summary of what Jay shared, because we all know donor retention is the key to meeting your fundraising goals: - In 2013 for the first time nationwide donor retention rates…
  • Nonprofit Resource: Social Media Platform Cheat Sheet

    Lori Jacobwith
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    We’ve all learned social media is a powerful tool for marketing, communicating with your nonprofit donors and generally sharing with your community about who you are, what you’re up to, and how they can help. At times, though, I find I’m not quite sure which tool does exactly what I need.  And then there’s the time and effort it takes to get right. If you are like me, one thing nonprofit staff and fundraising professionals don’t have a lot of it, it’s time to figure all this out. When I saw this COOL social media cheat sheet on Media Bistro I had to share…
  • 2014 Fundraising Technology Trends Study Published

    Lori Jacobwith
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Guest Post by Adam Bluemner, Managing Editor, Find Accounting Software Last time I featured a guest post by Adam Bluemner he was telling you about the 2014 Technology Trends Survey. This week I’m excited to have him back to tell you about the results of the study. When it comes to fundraising, nonprofits have never had so many technology options. Every day brings new companies, new products, and new services. The choices hold the promise of better, more efficient ways to connect with and inspire donors. The opportunity to harness technology to build momentum for your cause and do more…
  • The Ignited Fundraising Community is Now Accepting New Members

    Lori Jacobwith
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Over the past few weeks we’ve had a lot of buzz about my Ignited Fundraising Community Membership. It’s been humbling and exciting to receive all of your responses, comments, and questions! “It’s worth every penny AND more!” – Kelly from Ridgewater Community College I’m so proud of this community. Since its inception it truly is group of people focused on making a difference.  I’m honored to be able to help each person and their organizations do the work they do. In case you can’t tell, I truly love to help people like you make a difference. TODAY,…
 
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    Wild Woman Fundraising

  • 8 ways to get people to read and answer your emails in your fundraising job

    4w3s0mE
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Are you sending emails and just feeling like you’re beating your head against the wall? You’re not alone. So many of our fundraising emails go unanswered! WHY? Because maybe the recipient doesn’t know you. Or maybe your subject line sucked. Or maybe the body of the email was really long and not logically set up, and they didn’t know what you wanted so they just deleted it. There are lots of reasons people are not answering our fundraising emails. But since we have to send them, how can we make them better? In our fundraising lives, there are several situations that…
  • Epiphany! This struck me like a lightning bolt

    4w3s0mE
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    Recently I was talking with an urban planner from Portland Development Commission, or PDC. He is in charge of getting more economic growth in the city of Portland, specifically in areas like Athletic apparel, Tech, and Manufacturing. Because I am a nonprofit cheerleader, I asked him, “Why not nonprofits? Why not focus on helping them?” He said something that only struck me later for its tremendous significance. He said, “We don’t focus on nonprofits because they bring the median income in a region down. We focus on tech, manufacturing and athletic apparel as well as…
  • New Webinar: Negotiating Your Nonprofit Salary with Karen O’Keefe Nov 6th

    4w3s0mE
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:24 am
    Are you trying to survive month to month on your nonprofit salary? Are you trying to pick up side gigs just to make ends meet? Are you wondering how to get a better nonprofit salary? If so, let’s get down to the jelly and talk about how to help you get a better nonprofit salary. We are the most underpaid field. Proof below: But did you know within nonprofits women are STILL underpaid compared to men? According to GuideStar’s 2014 white paper, female chief executives’ salaries at nonprofits in 2012 trailed that of their male counterparts by as much as 23% depending on the…
  • 18 habits every fundraiser should have by their first 6 months on the job

    4w3s0mE
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    You may have heard of Steven Covey’s habits of highly effective people. But what about fundraisers? What’s one thing you could do, each week, each day, or each month to be more effective in your role, whether you’re just starting out or you have 10 years of experience? I give you: 18 Habits of highly successful fundraising professionals Let’s hit it! 1. Call one donor per day. Just to say hi. Why? Because fundraising is about relationships. This is one of the easiest ways to become a good fundraiser. Call your most loyal donors, and get to know them. When you start…
  • Why you gotta ask for 39 cents? Fundraising laughs

    4w3s0mE
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Recently I saw this Saturday Night Live sketch about fundraising videos. It made me laugh so hard, I just had to share it with you. Here it is, below. What do you think of it? Just in case you didn’t watch it, the fundraiser asks for 39 cents a day, and other people in the video say that’s too little. They say, “Why not ask for 99 cents?” Do you think it’s asking for too little to give 39 cents a day? A person watching this TV ad might think, yeah, it’s a little bit, but probably the ask when they get to the website is 39 cents a day for a whole year. Or…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Brooklyn Community Foundation goes hyper-local | Crain's New York Business

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Brooklyn Community Foundation goes hyper-local | Crain's New York Business: "After six months of borough-wide discussions with residents and local leaders, The Brooklyn Community Foundation on Thursday announced a new plan to refocus and refine its grant-making activity in Brooklyn. The five-year-old foundation with a $60 million endowment will launch a few initiatives in 2015. The largest one—
  • Nonprofits Worth $887.3 Billion To U.S. Economy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Nonprofits Worth $887.3 Billion To U.S. Economy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "The tax-exempt sector in the United States represented 5.4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) during 2012, contributing $887.3 billion to the economy. And of those tax-exempt entities, 501(c)(3) public charities accounted for slightly more than three-quarters of the sector’s revenue ($1.65
  • New Study: Americans Misinformed Before Donating to Charities : Page 1 of 1 : FundRaising Success

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    New Study: Americans Misinformed Before Donating to Charities : Page 1 of 1 : FundRaising Success: "Press release, Oct. 28, 2014) — New data on how Americans donate to charities pinpoints a lack of donor understanding and the need for simple tools to help donors give wisely. The study reveals that Americans consider finances to be the most important indicator of trust, which is a misguided review
  • Reality Check: US Charity Upturn Builds, Driven by Wealthy | MNI

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Reality Check: US Charity Upturn Builds, Driven by Wealthy | MNI: "Andrew Watt, chief executive of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which represents about 30,000 U.S. fundraisers. Watt said overall giving during the first three quarters of 2014 increased by 1.5% to 2% compared with a year earlier, indicating a return to a sustainable level of growth after a double-digit decline
  • Foundations, Companies Gave $380 Million for Sandy Relief, Study Finds | News | PND

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Foundations, Companies Gave $380 Million for Sandy Relief, Study Finds | News | PND: "Two years after Superstorm Sandy pounded coastal communities from southern New Jersey to Connecticut, nearly six hundred foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors have contributed more than $380 million in cash and in-kind gifts for relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts, a report from
 
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    AFP Blog: National Philanthropy Day®

  • Chattanooga’s Top Philanthropists Of The Year Announced - 10/29/2014 - Chattanoogan.com

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Chattanooga’s Top Philanthropists Of The Year Announced - 10/29/2014 - Chattanoogan.com: "Chattanooga’s top philanthropists of 2014 will be honored during a celebration of National Philanthropy Day on Tuesday, November 18. The Southeast Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will host the annual event at the Chattanoogan Hotel Ballroom from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m." 'via
  • Dr. John S. Lore Award for Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Audrey Olmstead | Crain's Detroit Business

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Dr. John S. Lore Award for Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Audrey Olmstead | Crain's Detroit Business: "Over the years, Olmstead's fundraising efforts have brought in million-dollar gifts. She was responsible for raising funds from private donors for the building for the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University and before that, raised money for the
  • Non-profits: Recruit next-generation volunteers | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Non-profits: Recruit next-generation volunteers | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information: "At the same time, it’s no secret that many non-profits continue to struggle with underfunding and an overall lack of resources. For these to thrive long term, we must look to the future of succession planning. This begins with volunteers. As the Association of Fundraising
  • Neighbor Newspapers - Luncheon to honor local fundraising stars

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Neighbor Newspapers - Luncheon to honor local fundraising stars: "Retired Equifax CEO Thomas F. Chapman will receive the philanthropist of the year award and Alvin Sugarman, rabbi emeritus of The Temple, will be honored as volunteer fundraiser of the year. In addition, the Philanthropic Leader of Tomorrow honor will be awarded to Junior League of Atlanta President Jennifer Bennecke and the teen
  • Fundraising Professionals of Poconos announces winners - News - poconorecord.com - Stroudsburg, PA

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Fundraising Professionals of Poconos announces winners - News - poconorecord.com - Stroudsburg, PA: "The Association of Fundraising Professionals Pocono Mountains Chapter will celebrate the ninth annual National Philanthropy Day by honoring local philanthropists for their commitment and generosity to nonprofits within the Pocono Mountains region at a reception and dinner from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on
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    AFP Blog: Legislation, Government Relations and Related Topics

  • Boston Nonprofits Post Spotty Performance in PILOT Program

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    massnonprofit news ::: " Voluntary payments from nonprofits to the City of Boston in lieu of taxes are lagging, three years after the city initiated an effort to boost payments from its 49 largest nonprofit landowners.Three years ago, Boston launched a program, the first of its kind in the country, in which nonprofits that own property valued at $15 million or greater were asked to pay up to 25% of what they would owe if their property were not tax-exempt."'via Blog this'
  • Virtual sorority’s tax-exempt status denied | Albuquerque Journal News

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Virtual sorority’s tax-exempt status denied | Albuquerque Journal News: "Well, it seems that the IRS is made up of a lot more of us “mature” people and a lot less of our children’s generation. Two months ago the IRS Exempt Organization folks (yes, those people) denied tax-exempt status to a virtual sorority.I had never heard of a virtual sorority. But no matter; I have not heard of most virtual things. I’m not in the right age bracket, either for virtual or for sororities.The tax law allows a club organized for pleasure, recreation, or other nonprofitable purposes to be exempt from…
  • Technology Evolves Fundraising, But Charleston Principles Remain Unchanged - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Technology Evolves Fundraising, But Charleston Principles Remain Unchanged - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "magine that the attorney general in California declares that the ad constitutes a targeted solicitation, and notes that the charity mentioned in the ad has not registered with the state. The attorney general cites the charity for being in violation of The Charleston Principles, a set of guidelines issued in 2001 by the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO), which 39 states and the District of Columbia rely on, to varying degrees, when governing online…
  • Vote "yes" for raffle amendment - Post and Courier

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Vote "yes" for raffle amendment - Post and Courier: "Buying raffle tickets has, for years, been an easy way to support charities. Easy, but illegal.That's right. The dollar you spent for a chance to win a new blender? Illegal.One of the best ways you can help non-profits is at the polls on Nov. 4. You can vote "yes" to changing the S.C. Constitution so that raffles for charitable purposes are no longer illegal. Presently, the Constitution allows only the state to conduct lotteries."'via Blog this'
  • National Insurance 'should be an eligible tax for gift aid purposes'

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    National Insurance 'should be an eligible tax for gift aid purposes': " report released today by nfpSynergy has called for National Insurance to be treated as a tax for gift aid purposes, so that more people will eligible for gift aid.The report Give and let give: A briefing on gift aid and how it can be made better, released today by nfpSynergy, looks at the history of gift aid and makes four key recommendations for its future. It states that including National Insurance as an eligible tax for gift aid purposes would help tackle the impact of the raising of income tax thresholds to over…
 
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    AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology

  • Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters | The Jakarta Post

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters | The Jakarta Post: "The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has launched an Android-based mobile application that helps users anticipate natural disasters and share disaster-related information.The app, called Mass Rapid Assessment (MRA), was launched during a seminar on IT-Telekom and people's disaster preparedness and resilience in South Jakarta on Thursday."'via Blog this'
  • Red Cross Uses Texts as a Weapon in West Africa Ebola Fight – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Red Cross Uses Texts as a Weapon in West Africa Ebola Fight – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Red Cross Uses Texts as a Weapon in West Africa Ebola FightThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is using mobile communication to help stem the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, sending out millions of text messages a month carrying health tips to the country’s residents, NPR reports."'via Blog this'
  • Why Doesn't Your Company Have a Social Media Voice Document? - SocialFish

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Why Doesn't Your Company Have a Social Media Voice Document? - SocialFish: "People in your organization are going to be connected to social media somehow. It’s inevitable. You can either ban them from speaking on behalf of the company, or teach them that should they be in that position – that there is a right way.How can we expect uniform education across the company? A Social Media ‘Voice’ document. Or is it a tone document? Let’s look at this distinction, by Gather Content:"'via Blog this'
  • NPT Lunchtruck: Exclusive Audio Interviews With Nonprofit Leaders - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    NPT Lunchtruck: Exclusive Audio Interviews With Nonprofit Leaders - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: 'via Blog this'
  • Virtual sorority’s tax-exempt status denied | Albuquerque Journal News

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Virtual sorority’s tax-exempt status denied | Albuquerque Journal News: "Well, it seems that the IRS is made up of a lot more of us “mature” people and a lot less of our children’s generation. Two months ago the IRS Exempt Organization folks (yes, those people) denied tax-exempt status to a virtual sorority.I had never heard of a virtual sorority. But no matter; I have not heard of most virtual things. I’m not in the right age bracket, either for virtual or for sororities.The tax law allows a club organized for pleasure, recreation, or other nonprofitable purposes to be exempt from…
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    AFP BLOG: International News

  • US-China Institute :: calendar :: china philanthropy summit

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    US-China Institute :: calendar :: china philanthropy summit: "The Summit brings together over thirty top experts and philanthropists to examine the state of philanthropy in China today and consider how to build on this progress in the future. Scholars from leading U.S. and Chinese universities and institutions will present their latest findings from 13 research projects. And roundtable
  • #GivingTuesday signs up 400 partners with just over a month until the big day

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    #GivingTuesday signs up 400 partners with just over a month until the big day: "Some 400 UK-based charity and commercial partners have now signed up to #GivingTuesday – a global campaign to inspire charitable giving. Launched in the US in 2012, the campaign was created as a chance for people to ‘give back’ after the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two big festive shopping days
  • Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters | The Jakarta Post

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters | The Jakarta Post: "The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has launched an Android-based mobile application that helps users anticipate natural disasters and share disaster-related information. The app, called Mass Rapid Assessment (MRA), was launched during a seminar on IT-Telekom and people's disaster preparedness and resilience in South Jakarta on Thursday.
  • Cayman charities: Opening our hearts — and wallets :: Cayman Compass

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Cayman charities: Opening our hearts — and wallets :: Cayman Compass: "The efforts of Mr. Haines and his supporters may be the singular act of charity this year in Cayman (It certainly must be the most grueling physically), but they aren’t the only people in Cayman in a persistent “giving mood.” As always, people throughout the Cayman community continue to demonstrate extraordinary generosity
  • Got your hand on your nuts? Calgary group challenges others to partake in testicular-cancer campaign | Metro

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Got your hand on your nuts? Calgary group challenges others to partake in testicular-cancer campaign | Metro: "The #feelingnuts campaign, created by United Kingdom brothers Simon and Andrew Salter, already claims to have reached more than 720 million people and has seen participants ranging from Hugh Jackman and William Shatner to pop sensations One Direction and Miley Cyrus. The concept is
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    Donate a Car to Charity - CharityCar.us blog

  • US Car Sales Projected to Rise Only Modestly in 2015

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Projections for 2015 automotive sales in the U.S. point to only a modest increase. However, Auto analysts say sales will continue to rise in the next few years but at a slower pace than past years. U.S. auto sales are on pace to rise 5 percent in 2014 to 16.4 million — the best performance since 2006 — after rising by nearly 8 percent in 2013. The consensus is “cautious optimism” as production and sales will grow far faster in Asia, while Europe and South America face significant economic concerns. LMC Automotive senior vice president Jeff Schuster said at a Standard & Poors auto…
  • Study Finds that Teens Cars Driven by Many Teens Lack Adequate Crash Protection and Safety Technology

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Today’s teens aren’t as eager to learn to drive as previous generations but many are still obtaining driver’s licenses and getting behind the wheel. Unfortunately, a recent study found that many are driving vehicles that are woefully insufficient in terms of crash protection and safety technology. This is particularly crucial, as car crashes remain the leading cause of death among Americans ages 15 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 500 parents queried by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), just over half reported buying cars…
  • Study Finds Women and Men Value Similar Car Features

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

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

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

  • November Nonprofit Blog Carnival | Gratitude and abundance (Call for submissions)

    Pamela Grow
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” ― Meister Eckhart November is gratitude month.And, for the past few years, our November Nonprofit Blog Carnival has celebrated with inspiring ways nonprofit organizations throughout the world are celebrating the donors who make their work possible.(Click here and here for past examples. Because donor attrition continues to be a critical issue in the nonprofit community, we’re looking again for submissions on how organizations are creating an ‘attitude of gratitude.’  We’d love to hear examples of…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | The power of handwritten (OneJustice)

    Pamela Grow
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    How are small to mid-sized nonprofits using the power of direct mail?Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. Simple Development Systems member, OneJustice, a nonprofit organization providing legal access for underserved Californians, understands the power of a handwritten note.  When I recently become a sustaining member to their new monthly giving program, OneJustice Executive Director Julia Wilson sent this lovely card (click to view full size images). Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit Impact UpdatesWhat’s in my Mailbox | When systems failWhat’s…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Storytelling with pictures

    Pamela Grow
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    How are nonprofits using the power of email to love their donors?Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox. In this timely piece, the Environmental Defense Fund tells a frightening story in just a few well-chosen pictures.  Don’t forget to vote. Related Posts:What’s in my Inbox | Celebrating milestones with…What’s in my Inbox | Best email thank youWhat’s in my Inbox | A whole lotta loveWhat’s in my Mailbox | Extraordinary storytellingWhat’s in my Inbox | Mr. Holland’s Opus…The post What’s in my Inbox | Storytelling with pictures…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Seamless IDK social media campaign featuring Ricky Gervais

    Pamela Grow
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    How are small to mid-sized nonprofits using the power of email to love their donors?Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox. You may have seen the video in your Facebook stream.English comedian Ricky Gervais, along with Dame Judi Dench and stars from Downton Abbey, highlight the ‘I didn’t know’ campaign to end the Thai practice of torturing and killing dogs for their meat. ‘I didn’t know that these animals were caught up in this hideous crime’ Gervais says in the video. ‘I didn’t know about this unimaginable cruelty and neither do the majority of the…
  • Fundraising Friday | October 24, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Information overload anyone?Stay on top of what really matters with The Grow Report and Fundraising Friday. What’s a pre-header and how can it help get YOUR emails opened?This was only one of dozens of great takeaways from our recent SDS email marketing webinar featuring Derrick Feldmann. Joe Waters with an awesome primer for #GivingTuesday. (Check out my post too, to ensure that your online presence is ready for #GivingTuesday) Who better than the smart, engaged Nancy Schwartz to share Ways to stay smart and engaged. Is social media like teen sex?An interesting question.When you’re…
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits by us

  • Six Goals For A Direct Mail Letter by Jonathan Howard

    Jonathan Howard
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Here six key objectives I set for every fundraising letter I write. I use these as standards to review and rewrite a draft appeal until I can’t improve it further. 1. Create a personal connection. Always use the first person singular (“I,” “me,” “my”), never the snooty-sounding, disembodied “we.” Talk to me as if we are sharing coffee together. Use the word “you” as often as you can. Finding ways to use the word “you” naturally helps make your writing conversational and friendly. 2. Tell a story. I know you’re saving the world. Now, can you show me one specific…
  • What’s Coming – The Next Nine Weeks of the Fundraising Blog by Hank Lewis

    Hank Lewis
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    October 29: Six Goals For A Direct Mail Letter by Jonathan Howard …six key elements for every fundraising letter – standards to use to review and rewrite a draft appeal until it can’t be improved further. November 5: Remind Your Donors to Give Stocks and Mutual Funds by John Elbare Stocks and mutual funds make great charitable gifts…. Once donors learn about the tax advantages of donating stock, they often become consistent stock donors. November 12: Dear Millennial, Pick Up The Phone. Love, Your Boss. (Part I) by K. Michael Johnson I don’t love making phone calls ……
  • Tech-Related Advice For My Fellow Millennials by K. Michael Johnson

    K. Michael Johnson
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    In my last post, I shared a few thoughts with fundraising managers about supervising “digital natives.” Today, I have some tech-related advice for my fellow Millennials. 1. Stay open to the possibility that the internet may not be the solution every time. Sometimes, for example, emailing your prospect just won’t get it done. You may need to pick up the phone or meet face-to-face to move the conversation forward. I’ll talk more about this in the weeks ahead. 2. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from your older colleagues. Fundraising is about people – other people, specifically.
  • Reason And Emotion In Grant Writing: An Observation by Tony Poderis

    Tony Poderis
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    On June 18 & 25, Lynne deLearie wrote about “Reason and Emotion in Grant Proposals.” Coincidentally, I’ve recently been involved in some discussions in which some folks were leaning much too far in one direction or the other. Those conversations were prompted by what one participant reported as an interesting article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy (April 4, 2014) about “grantors acting more like investors.” An excerpt: “For at least a decade, movers and shakers in philanthropy have been trying to persuade donors to behave more like data-driven investors. But the…
  • Checklists – A Valuable Tool for the Nonprofit – Part III by Bill Huddleston

    Bill Huddleston
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    In my previous two posts, I’ve suggested that checklists can be very valuable in helping your non-profit achieve success with its enrollment in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). One reason that a checklist is valuable is that it helps you create consistent results over time. Notice that I said, “helps.” I didn’t say that a checklist guarantees success. You are, however, more likely to achieve the results you desire with one than without one. And while it is simple concept, I do think the thought of “checklists” can be intimidating for some people, evoking images of the life or…
 
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    Event Fundraising Blog

  • Differentiating Yourself From the Clutter: Event Experience is Key

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Here at Event 360, our team is gearing up for our last events of the season. As we enter this last few weeks of executing events, we couldn’t help but notice how many events, old and new, there were out there this season. And as we enter our 2015 planning, we ask – with so many events on the market, how do we continue to make sure our events stand out?To attract participants and grow your event, there needs to be something that makes your event special and this can most effectively be delivered through your event experience. With thousands of 5K run, walks and obstacle events to…
  • Go Digital! Get Social!

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Event marketing has traditionally been sporadic, short-term, and short-lived.  But the growth of digital marketing and social media now allows event organizers to keep the conversation going year round, giving them time to build an army of brand ambassadors, attendees and valuable content creators.Digital marketing allows you to reach new audiences and deliver a sample of your event “experience” at a low cost. Digital ads are easy to produce and with the growth of self-serve platforms – easy to purchase and schedule.  The best part of digital marketing is that…
  • Four Elements to Successfully Manage Volunteers

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Volunteers are always first to think of themselves last. In my time working events, I’ve found that if you take care of these special constituents, who are graciously donating their time, they’ll take care of your participants. It’s as simple as that. By treating your volunteers right, you’ll have a more dedicated and productive team that can accomplish just about anything you place in their path. Below I’ve outlined what I like to call the “Four Elements to Successfully Manage Volunteers”:Ensure your volunteer projections and goals are…
  • What I Learned While Happily Geeking Out at Social Media Week 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    If you followed social media professionals in one of the 11 cities that hosted Social Media Week, your Twitter feed was overflowing with interesting user-generated content factoids, thought-provoking engagement graphs, and the ever-present #SMW hashtag. As a marketing professional who dedicates a big portion of her time to social media marketing, I devoured presentation after presentation, happily live-tweeting about analytics and different types of creative. Combine my love of word sleuthing and data mining into a week of panels, and you have one happy marketing geek. In true social…
  • Then vs. Now: Connecting in Person

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

    janetlevineconsulting
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Philanthropy. It’s supposed to make you happy. But in my experience, too often it creates anxiety and stress. Instead of looking at it as a benefit to donors, professionals, clients…the world, we focus on the one part guaranteed to bring … Continue reading →
  • One Year Does Not A Trend Make

    janetlevineconsulting
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    Every year there are a number of reports about giving. Most of them compare the past year to the year before, as if that really told the story. A few years ago, the big news was that bequest giving was … Continue reading →
  • Being Personal

    janetlevineconsulting
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
    Today we updated all our I-devices. Or rather, I updated all mine; my husband’s desktop is balking. He is lost, as I felt when I was going through the pain of waiting for Yosemite to finish up. And it made … Continue reading →
  • What’s In A Name?

    janetlevineconsulting
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    It’s the silly season again. Every few years, someone gets the bright idea that the problem with nonprofit organizations is the fact that we are called nonprofits (or not-for-profits) and that connotes some sort of negativity. So new names are … Continue reading →
  • How You Can Do It Better—Assessing Your Fundraising Program

    janetlevineconsulting
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I know. You’ve tried this—and it didn’t work. Besides, you do things THIS way, not that. Stuck in a quagmire that seemingly has no happy results. Fundraising seems to do this to people. Yearning for more funds; unwilling to do … Continue reading →
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    GiveForward

  • Dental Hygiene is Just as Important!

    lokesh
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Take Care of those Pearly Whites!  Let’s finish off October by mentioning it’s National Dental Hygiene Month! While it may seem rudimentary to be discussing dental care, it is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body and we hope these reminders help to keep you and your loved ones always informed. Not to mention, you’ll thank us for this reminder right when the kids are chowing down on all that Halloween candy (and all that food you’ll be devouring during the upcoming holidays!). Poor dental can even be connected back to body related issues. For…
  • How Chris Pratt is #helpingjoehenson on Twitter

    Michael Powell
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    During the peak of his Guardians of the Galaxy promotion this past summer, Chris Pratt paused to promote something else on Facebook—Joe Henson’s GiveForward Fundraiser, Fear Isn’t Real. More recently, amid his busy Saturday Night Live schedule, Chris Pratt helped Joe and his Fundraising Team boost their t-shirt sales through Twitter. Joe Henson has similar interests and dreams to other 11-year-old boys: he plays soccer, enjoys video games like Call of Duty, and wants to be a Marine (like his uncle) when he grows up. Unlike others, however, Joe fights actual battles at a very young…
  • Leveraging Social Media

    Ashley
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    One way to promote your page is by leveraging the many social media platforms and websites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and even email. Social media has become an integral part of much of our day-to-day lives. It connects people, places, and things. It is a really powerful tool to bring people together. Below, you can find more specific details on how best to utilize Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. General Tips and suggestions for utilizing (most) social media outlets: Include feasible and direct “Call to Action!” Every update should…
  • Your Food Guide For Cancer Preventative Nutrition

    lokesh
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
     Phytochemicals!   Nutrition is certainly an important component of over-all good health as well as helpful in balancing a diet that be helpful in cancer preventative measures. I recently attended a webinar hosted by Triage Cancer called Fighting Cancer With Your Fork by Julie Lanford, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN and founder of cancerdietitian.com Let’s start off with a quiz! Are phytochemicals good for you or bad? If you guessed good, bingo! Phytochemicals are naturally occurring compounds found in plant-based foods. So far, 900 types of phytochemicals have been discovered and they all work in…
  • Magic The Gathering: Why Gamers Are Crowdfunding All Stars

    Adrienne
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Crowdfunding + Gamers = Magic No, really. Tony Pagliocco has been competing in Magic: The Gathering tournaments for more than 15 years, a passion he shares with his teenage daughter, Mariah. When Mariah was struck by a car as she walked home from school, the tragedy shook their entire community of friends, family, and loved ones. Word also traveled swiftly through the MTG community. Fellow players suggested to Tony that he start a fundraising page, as people were already looking for a way to pitch in. And pitch in they did: Mariah’s fundraiser collected more than $15,000 in the first 24…
 
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    The Fundraising Authority

  • Last Day to Register for Our Year-End Fundraising Class

    Joe Garecht
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    This is a reminder that today (Friday, October 31st) is the last day to register for our newest class: How to Maximize Year-End Fundraising at Your Non-Profit.  Registration closes at 7 PM. During this 4 week multimedia class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to raise more money than ever before this November and December.  The average non-profit raises over a third of their revenue during the year-end giving season.  Is your organization ready to thrive? Here are a few of the topics we will be covering: How to create a winning year-end fundraising plan Creating a…
  • Are You Using the Hierarchy of Fundraising Asks?

    Joe Garecht
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    During presentations to non-profit groups, I often talk about the “2-Ask Process.” This is my concept that for every prospect you have at your organization, you should be prepared to approach them with two different asks, after you have properly cultivated them. The first is an ask for money… you are asking them to make a gift to your organization. If they say yes, you steward them properly, and then at a later date, make a second ask. This ask is an ask for referrals… you are asking the person to open up their network to you and to serve as an ambassador for your organization by…
  • 3 Unusual but Effective Ways to Market Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Non-profits need exposure for lots of reasons… not the least of which is to increase fundraising. Marketing your non-profit effectively will not only lead to additional revenue, but will also help you attract high-profile board members, find new volunteers, and gain extra press coverage for your efforts. When marketing your organization, you want to start with the basics… setting up an effective website, using PR strategies, and finding your way on social media. But, once you have those covered, there are lots of different ways to garner additional attention (and dollars) for your…
  • How to Maximize Your Year-End Fundraising

    Joe Garecht
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    The year-end giving season is one of the most abundant for non-profit organizations.  Over 40% of all charitable gifts are given during the final three months of the year, including a massive amount that is given to organizations each year on December 31st. Is your non-profit ready to capitalize on the year-end fundraising season?  If not, you’re definitely missing out.  Year-end fundraising doesn’t just happen.  You need a plan to supercharge your year-end fundraising efforts. If you’d like to raise more money during the year-end fundraising season this year than ever…
  • What I Learned as a First Time Development Director: Tips from the Trenches

    Joe Garecht
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Being a great development director is tough. Whether you’re the lone fundraiser on staff or leading a small team of development pros, all eyes are on you to make sure the organization can keep the lights on, the staff paid, and grow its programs to serve more people. There are a number of lessons that I learned during my first stint as a development director, working for a mid-sized social service agency… lessons that have since been confirmed to me over and over again during my fundraising career. Here are 6 things I learned during that first rodeo that I think could be helpful to you in…
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    Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates

  • Phone Calls to Donors = Highly Profitable Fundraising

    Gail
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Are you afraid of the phone? It can be scary to pick up the phone to call a donor or a potential donor! Especially when it’s so much easier to keep your polite distance and send a letter or an email solicitation. But stop a minute and think about your donors: Could it be that people are happy to talk to you on the phone? Might they be happy to have actual human engagement? But people hate getting phone calls, right? “Actually, if the call is done right, then they are grateful to hear from you and you can’t get them off the phone!” People don’t want BAD direct mail or BAD…
  • Is There a Crisis in Fundraising Leadership?

    Gail
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    How do we attract, develop and retain good fundraisers? At last week’s International Fundraising Congress, many of us were transfixed by a provocative conversation about “The Emerging Fundraising Leadership Challenge.” International fundraising guru Tony Elischer, managing director of Think Consulting Solutions, and 5 dynamic women:  Rory Green,  Maria Ros Jernberg,  Joanne Warner,  Elise Ledsinger, and  Lucy Gower led the conversation. (By the way, if you have not discovered Rory Green’s hilarious Fundraiser Grrl Tumbler feed, go there right now and…
  • 7 Ways to Create Highly Committed Donors

    Gail
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Wouldn’t you like ALL your donors to feel “highly committed” to your organization?  What would they do for you? Well – they will give and give and give again. Let’s look at the other side – what happens when your donors are not highly committed? My crystal ball tells me that they are unlikely to renew their gifts. Alas, these donors are your one-night-stand folks. One gift and vamoose – they are gone! I’m writing from Amsterdam today – where I’ve had an amazing week at the International Fundraising Congress with fundraisers from all…
  • A Simple (and Smart) Way to Increase Fundraising by Year-End

    Gail
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Guest post by Amy Eisenstein Do you have a Monthly Giving Program? If not, you should! Here’s how establishing Monthly Giving can enhance your year-end fundraising campaign. I rarely have a guest blogger at Fired-Up Fundraising, but I wanted to bring you the very smart Amy Eisenstein today.  She’s really a major gift expert (have you taken the Major Gifts Challenge yet?)  and you can find out lots from her own blog.  And this year, she’s focusing on Monthly Giving because it offers such huge $$ potential for all nonprofits.   Here’s Amy’s post:  Why…
  • 10 Steps to Create an Appeal Letter That Brings in the Money

    Gail
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    It’s not too late to create a dynamite compelling appeal letter that will make your donors tear it open and send in a quick gift. How do you get your appeal letter to stand out from the crowd? You are probably working very hard right now to craft appeal letters that will bring in generous gifts. You’re probably pondering questions such as What’s the best way to frame your case? How to make your ask more specific? What kind of picture, if any, should you include? Will your “brand” folks try to stop a more creative look? Appeal letters are both art and science. And thanks to tons…
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    Online Fundraising Today

  • Innovative Ways to Successfully Fundraise at Work

    Kari
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Fundraising at work can be an easy and effective way to raise money and awareness for your charity. You’re around your coworkers every day, which gives you plenty of opportunities to talk about and educate people about your mission. It can also allow you to offer easy ways for coworkers to contribute either in person or through online donations. Here are 3 innovative ways to successfully fundraise at work 1. Fundraising Showcase Ask your supervisors for just 5 minutes during a weekly staff meeting to make a presentation about your cause.  During the presentation, show your fundraising…
  • Profitable Fundraising Ideas for Schools

    Kari
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Whether you have a child in pre-school, elementary school, high school or college, you’ll know that school fundraising activities play a huge part in meeting the financial needs of educational establishments. Coming up with new fundraising ideas isn’t always easy – but doing so is important, because fresh ideas grab the interest of participants and donors alike. Here are some enjoyable school fundraising ideas that are easy to implement and profitable too! Preschool and Elementary Level Face-painting This is one idea that’s always a winner! A good set of face-paints,…
  • Giving Tuesday is only 8 weeks away. What are your plans?

    Kari
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) is only 2 months away. What are your non-profit fundraising plans? On December 2, 2014, non-profit organizations across the globe will be reaching out to their supporters to request their generous donations. Giving Tuesday falls the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The thinking behind Giving Tuesday is this…we have one day of “giving thanks” (Thanksgiving). Then retailers have 2 days for giving shoppers great deals (black Friday & cyber Monday) – so what about nonprofits? Shouldn’t charities also have a chance to participate in the…
  • Planning an Online Charity Auction for Your School

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

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

  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    The International Fundraising Conference has just closed in Holland and that seems a good place to start this week's round-up. Paul de Gregorio shares some of the great videos that were shown in sessions. Lucy Caldicott describes her favourite moments from the conference. I'm sure they'll be more interesting posts on the event in the coming week as well. Elsewhere... The Veritus conclude another 'must-read' series. This time it is on outrageous donor service. Eight reasons why bad training happens to good non-profits. From Beth Kanter. I found this post on what staff…
  • The right offer, at the right time...

    Fundraising Detective
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    On my recent Snowdon trek I was impressed to find these two guys at the summit collecting for the local mountain rescue. Most of the time you are lucky if more than 1 in 100 people put something in your bucket. Here the ratio was more like in 1 in 4. It reminded me of the importance of making the right ask to people, at the right time. If these guys were collecting in the local supermarket, I would've probably walked by. The fact I'd just cycled and walked 25k and suffered horrendous cramp meant I was in the right (emotional) frame of mind to give! Do you have any examples of other…
  • Fundraising Reading Round-Up

    Fundraising Detective
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
     A big thank you to everyone who took the time to sponsor me for my Snowdon challenge. I've a nice story (and fundraising idea) to share with you next week. In the meantime enjoy my latest round-up of articles worth reading.  I was disappointed to miss this year's SOFII 'I wish I'd thought of that!' event. Pell & Bales summarise some of the learnings from the day. The Bloomerang blog issue 10 challenges every fundraiser must make to themselves. Joanne Fritz at About.com host's September's Nonprofit blog carnival. This month the theme is social media.
  • Fundraising reading round-up - with two shameless plugs!

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

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

  • Don’t worry, just do it

    kevinmacdonell
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    People trying to learn how to do predictive modelling on the job often need only one thing to get them to the next stage: Some reassurance that what they are doing is valid. Peter Wylie and I are each just back home, having presented at the fall conference of the Illinois chapter of the Association of Professional […]
  • What predictor variables should you avoid? Depends on who you ask

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

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

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

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

  • Trick Or Treat?

    Tom Belford
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    October 31st brings two things to mind. First of course, it’s Halloween and ‘Trick or treat?’ time. Naturally, the (usually) little costumed person blurting that question is always dumbfounded when a mischievous door-answerer responds ‘trick’. ‘Just hand over the goodies’ is all the poor kid has in mind. Is it too big a stretch to ask whether you play ‘trick or treat’ with your donors? They’re at your doorstep expecting to be treated — to be recognized, to be reminded of the pleasure they receive when they give, to have that…
  • Heading For A Brick Wall

    Roger Craver
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    No fundraiser concerned with the future should take solace in the fact that your programs may be solid or even thriving today. Not in this world of change where venerable and seemingly invulnerable mega-enterprises like Coca Cola and McDonalds are posting declining profits … where broadcasters and newspapers are massively losing audience share and advertising revenue to other forms of media … and where the nonprofit sector is hemorrhaging donors and dollars. Change surrounds us all. No organization is insulated from it. Only a fool — or those about to retire
  • Are You A ‘Modern Marketer’?

    Tom Belford
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I came across a discussion of a Forrester Research/Oracle report on the qualities marketing executives are currently seeking in their new hires. Of some curiosity, ranked very low were capabilities in email marketing, mobile marketing and social media. I thought these were supposed to be premium skill sets in these digital times. The most prized qualification, however, was capability in brand management, named by one-third of survey respondents. Following next was strategic planning and then data analysis. But as I wrote a couple of days ago (I’m Sick), what do these commercial…
  • The Science Behind Video

    Tom Belford
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Agitator readers probably know that YouTube is now the second most-used search engine on the planet. So, what does your organization look like in video-land? Or haven’t you arrived on those shores yet? Here on Video Insider is a very brief explanation of why video is so compelling, drawn from Susan Weinschenk, a psychologist who calls herself ‘the brain lady’. OK, this isn’t exactly brain surgery … Video makes us pay attention to faces. There’s actually an area of the brain — called the Fusiform Facial area — that’s sensitive to human…
  • I’m Sick

    Tom Belford
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:21 am
    For 7-8 years around the turn of the century I was a partner in a company that specialized in ‘relationship marketing’, about the time that term was being invented. Frederick Reichheld’s The Loyalty Effect was our bible of the day. We made a nice bundle of cash telling major consumer-facing corporations that they could make an even bigger bundle of cash by doing two simple things — identifying their best customers and loving them tighter than a tick does a hound’s ear, and learning how to clone those customers. Seemed like a no-brainer to us, and we always…
 
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • How To Double Your Raffle Ticket Sales

    Raffle Tickets
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    How To Double Your Raffle Ticket Sales A raffle саn bе a nісе boost tо the bottom line fоr уоur nоn-рrоfіt fundraising event.  Raffles make particular ѕеnѕе at silent auctions bесаuѕе реорlе соmе with mоnеу tо ѕреnd, and оftеn wait аrоund until thе raffle wіnnеr is аnnоunсеd, mеаnіng thеу will hаvе more time to vіеw and bid оn іtеmѕ.  Thеу can also bе uѕеd аt lоw and mid-level fundrаіѕіng events аnd dіnnеrѕ, but normally аrе nоt аррrорrіаtе for hіgh-dоllаr bаllѕ and gаlаѕ. Bеfоrе adding a…
  • How to Hold a Heads and Tails Raffle

    Raffle Tickets
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    How to Hold a Heads and Tails Raffle Hеаdѕ аnd Tails іѕ a fun way tо еngаgе еvеnt guеѕtѕ that are hеѕіtаnt tо bid іn a lіvе аuсtіоn. Bаѕісаllу, it’s a rаfflе wіth a twіѕt. Here’s hоw іt wоrkѕ: 1. Sеlесt a gеndеr-nеutrаl іtеm fоr thе rаfflе. Vаluе оf thе prize іtеm саn vаrу. Just bе sure that уоu саn ѕеll enough tісkеtѕ tо соvеr the cost оf thе rаfflе prize. Gеnеrаllу, 25-25% of your guеѕtѕ wіll bіd іn thе live аuсtіоn, аnd 20-25% of thе rеmаіndеr wіll participate іn a rаfflе. Thе…
  • How To Leverage Social Media For Your Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    How To Leverage Social Media For Your Raffle Fundraiser Here’s how to leverage social media to make your raffle fundraising event a huge success while selling more raffle tickets. Gеnеrаl Tірѕ аnd ѕuggеѕtіоnѕ for leveraging social media: Include fеаѕіblе аnd dіrесt “Call tо Aсtіоn!” Evеrу uрdаtе ѕhоuld іnсludе a link tо уоur personal fundraising wеbраgе. Hіghlіght fundraising mіlеѕtоnеѕ аѕ уоu reach thеm. When уоu get close tо уоur goal, еnсоurаgе your frіеndѕ tо help уоu rеасh and exceed it. Inspire уоur…
  • How to Run a 50-50 Raffle

    Raffle Tickets
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    How to Run a 50-50 Raffle If уоu’vе bееn іnvоlvеd іn рlаnnіng a ѕtаg аnd dое or a сhаrіtу event fоr уоur work оrgаnіzаtіоn, уоu will bе fаmіlіаr wіth thе 50/50 draw. Pеrhарѕ thе ѕіmрlеѕt оf all fundrаіѕеrѕ, thе 50/50 rаfflе іѕ еаѕу to run and уоu dоn’t rеԛuіrе very mаnу volunteers tо run іt. Mаnу fundrаіѕеrѕ ореrаtе ѕоlеlу оn оffеrіng a 50/50 rаfflе at every event. For іnѕtаnсе, my саmрgrоund does a 50/50 raffle to raise mоnеу fоr thе kіdѕ’ рlауgrоund еvеrу year.
  • 23 Clever Game Ideas For Your Raffle Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    23 Clever Game Ideas For Your Raffle Fundraiser                   Dart Board Game   – Use a standard dartboard, hung on a wide, hard surface about 6 feet high. Make sure the area behind the dartboard is in a safe location. You will need a table, large bucket or ticket tumbler and one roll of theater tickets for small groups, or 2 rolls of tickets for large groups. Players pay $5 for one dart or $10 for three darts, which they will throw from a standing position 10 to 12 feet from the dartboard. Draw a line for all to stand behind. After the…
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    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies

  • A Creative Way to Raise Funds

    Bruce Hassel
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    A Creative Way to Raise Funds Mаnу thanks tо Jordan Stoltzfus 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. Jordan 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 Jordan’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір essay, go hеrе >>>  A Creative Way…
  • Raffles Are an Exciting Way To Promote a Business

    Bruce Hassel
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Raffles Are an Exciting Way To Promote a Business If you are looking for a unique and exciting way to promote your business, you’ve come to the right place!  Mitchell Parkes lays out the “why’s” and “how’s” in his thought-provoking “Impact a Life” college scholarship essay. Thank уоu so muсh Mitchell fоr your excellent essay -  and bеѕt оf luсk with your ѕtudіеѕ! Tо rеаd Mitchell Parkes’  scholarship еѕѕау, gо here >>>  Raffles Are an Exciting Way To Promote a Business Yоu саn hеlр Mitchell…
  • Raffle Fundraisers Simple and Successful

    Bruce Hassel
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Raffle Fundraisers Simple and Successful “Impact a Life” scholarship contributor Katelyn Randall outlines why holding raffle fundraisers are always very simple and very successful.  Katelyn writes from experience in having participated in several raffle ticket sales for her sports teams. Nice job Katelyn, and bеѕt оf luсk wіth уоur ѕtudіеѕ! To rеаd Katelyn Randall’s ѕсhоlаrѕhір еѕѕау, gо here >>>  Raffle Fundraisers Simple and Successful Yоu can hеlр Katelyn Randall’s рurѕuіt оf a ѕсhоlаrѕhір award by сlісkіng thе…
  • Super Fun Fundraisers For Your Office

    Bruce Hassel
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Super Fun Fundraisers For Your Office Why not hold a fundraiser it your place of business to help support your favorite charity or non-profit? The аvеrаgе Amеrісаn wоrkеr ѕреndѕ 2,000 hоurѕ per year аt thе оffісе. This makes the оffісе аn ideal рlасе tо raise mоnеу fоr a favorite сhаrіtу, whіlе also fасіlіtаtіng tеаm buіldіng and еnhаnсіng thе соmраnу’ѕ image. Fоllоwіng аrе 10 еngаgіng office fundraising іdеаѕ thе еntіrе соmраnу can enjoy. Day оff rаfflе. Whо dоеѕn’t wаnt an еxtrа day off? Mаkе…
  • How To Hold a Booze Barrow Raffle Fundraiser

    Bruce Hassel
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    How To Hold a Booze Barrow Raffle Fundraiser I am a board member of First Book of Greater Richmond. Our purpose is to provide books to children who cannot afford to buy books. One way we distribute the books is personally in different schools. We go to the schools, read to the children, let the children read to us, and then we give the books to the children. The teachers also get a copy of each book. This enriches the lives of the children but also enriches the lives of their families. The families now have books that they can share with each other. The parents now have books that they can…
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    Fundraising Compass

  • Co-Membership and Fundraising: Affiliations, Networks and Community

    gisraeli
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society There is a micro-macro relation between the affiliations of your lay people and the prospects you are seeking to connect with (micro) and your overall existing network of lay people, board members and prospects that comprise your organization’s lifeblood – your community (macro). When seeking to connect with a prospect, it is smart fundraising to draw on a lay person who knows the prospect. Since this isn’t always possible, the next best strategy is to introduce and connect people who share…
  • A Gift Frequency to Area Report Can Locate Your Most Loyal Donors

    gisraeli
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    By Christopher Hubert, Assistant Director of Prospect Development, University of Virginia It’s funny how the right question, asked at the right time, can lead to some amazing changes in how you produce research for your colleagues. In my case, it was the director of our planned giving department, Jason Chestnutt, asking me, “Is there a way to determine whether prospects have been giving to our institution for 15 years?” As it turned out, his question was the catalyst to move forward with a question I had been stuck on for quite a while: how best to capture our repeat donors? I certainly…
  • Why “How Matters” To Fundraising

    gisraeli
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society The other day, the New York Times reported on a fairly amusing legal battle between Dov Seidman, a reknown leadership and innovation guru in the corporate world, and Chobani (with their unique yogurt straining and thickening process) over trademark rights to the expression “How Matters”. Aside from the fact that this expression is general enough to offer even some speculation as to whether either one may have a legitimate legal claim, “How Matters” is particularly relevant to the fine points of…
  • Game Theory: One Tool For Understanding Donor Motivation

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

    gisraeli
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    By Carol Belair, Senior Consultant, Target Analytics at Blackbaud Over the past 19 ½ years, I have worked with thousands of nonprofit clients to recommend strategies for implementing predictive analytics projects and to help them identify specific types of prospective donors. My colleagues and I tremendously enjoy what we do, and have had many clients report tremendous success with our recommendations. One could say that we have made some interesting observations from our clients’ feedback and I believe that one of the most prevalent observations is that clients often feel a sense of…
 
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    Double the Donation

  • How to Add a Matching Gift Button to Your Website

    Adam Weinger
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Do you need help adding a matching gift button to your nonprofit’s website? In this article we outline how internet buttons work, show you were you can get premade graphics, and outline how to incorporate a matching gift button into your own website. How Internet Buttons Work: Anyone who’s browsed the internet has come across buttons which when clicked perform some sort of action. But did you know that buttons are comprised of two different components? An image A hyperlink that takes donors to a separate page So that means when a webmaster adds a button to a website what he or she…
  • Ask a Corporate Expert: What questions do you have for Jill McGovern who heads up Employee Giving Programs at Microsoft?

    Adam Weinger
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Have you ever wanted to ask a question about employee giving programs directly to the head of a large corporation’s employee giving program manager? Now is your chance! At Double the Donation we maintain strong relationships with community relations teams at many corporations as one of the ways to keep our matching gift database as accurate and up-to-date as possible. Earlier this week I was speaking with Jill McGovern who heads up Microsoft’s Employee Giving Programs and she offered to answer questions directly from members of Double the Donation’s LinkedIn Matching Gift…
  • Major Gifts: The Holy Grail of Matching Gifts

    Adam Weinger
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    What’s the best way to show your organization’s Major Donors you’re a good steward of their funds? Help them maximize their donations with employee matching gift programs! Five Steps to Wowing Your Major Donors with Matching Gift Programs For small up and coming organizations a major gift may be $1,000 while a major gift for a global nonprofit may need to be $25,000 or more. Regardless, organizations should ensure that their largest donors are receiving the most personalized communications. Here are five steps to wowing your Major Donors with matching gift programs:  …
  • Ideas with the best ROI for Giving Tuesday

    Adam Weinger
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Did you miss last week’s #GivingTuesday Google Hangout? If so you’re not too late to discover the ideas with the best ROI for #GivingTuesday. In this Google Hangout, Adam Weinger, Double the Donation’s President, is joined by Alexandra Saavedra of Greater Giving, Kait Sheridan of Giving Tuesday and 92Y, Sarah Ford of America’s Charities, and Colin Schmidt of America Scores Bay Area to discuss the highest ROI #GivingTuesday ideas. The Google Hangout includes examples as well as guests panelists sharing how they planned their 2013 Giving Tuesday campaigns. We encourage you…
  • Develop a World Class Matching Gift Program

    Adam Weinger
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    At Double the Donation we provide services to nonprofits to help them raise more money from employee matching gift programs. While most of the articles our team publishes are focused on our nonprofit audience we love sharing ideas and strategies for how companies can continue growing their matching gift programs. We recently came across the following infographic which was created by Benevity and shared on its blog on October 9th, 2014 that highlights how companies use matching gift programs to increase employee engagement. We asked Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity’s CEO, if we could…
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  • Data Visualization for Nonprofit Fundraising

    Sara Choe
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Data visualization is turning information into imagery, making hard to digest statistics and numerical figures into easy to swallow pictorial figures. Consider data visualization as the intersection of quantitative analysis and storytelling. Even if you didn’t know what exactly it was, you’ve already encountered data visualization. Anyone who spends any amount of time online these days will have noticed the bumper crop of infographics that get shared throughout social media. Because metrics and storytelling are crucial to successful fundraising, using data visualization in your…
  • Movers & Shakers: Kris Hassanpour of Anchor Church

    Neesha
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our next Movers & Shakers story comes from a pastor in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In August of 2014 lead pastor, Kris Hassanpour, and his team launched a fundraising campaign to help ease the often bumpy transition of relocating and rebranding their church. By raising $15,000 they hoped to move to a new building and take on the new name of Anchor Church. Read on to hear from Kris on how CauseVox’s platform played a unique part in raising not $15,000, but $28,000 in less than 30 days. How did you prepare for this fundraising campaign? We did a lot to communicate with our people leading up…
  • New Feature: Recurring Donations

    Jefferson Chang
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our new recurring donation feature allow you to easily take monthly recurring donations via your CauseVox campaign site. You can easily turn a small donation into a consistent stream of donations throughout the year. It’s easy to setup recurring donations on your CauseVox campaign site. Here’s how you do it: Step 1: Login to your CauseVox Admin Step 2: Go to your Site Settings & select Recurring Donations Step 3: Switch On Recurring Donations Step 4: Connect your Stripe account Recurring donations are currently only available through Stripe. Step 5: Recurring donations…
  • Product Update: Team Member Access Levels

    Rob Wu
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When you’re using CauseVox, you might be working with several other people in your organization across several campaigns. For example, let’s say you’re an Executive Director running a campaign. Your communications staff, your accountant, and your IT person all may need to have access to the your CauseVox campaign for setup and operations. In the past, you would have to share your CauseVox Admin account login details with the people across your team. Teams can change too if you have multiple CauseVox campaigns, so it’s hard to keep track of who has access to your…
  • New Guide: Finding Nonprofit Volunteers to Support Your Mission

    Jenna Sauber
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week, to celebrate Pro Bono Week, the global celebration of pro bono service, we’re launching a new guide on how you can use volunteers to support your nonprofit. People interested in social good are increasingly looking for more active ways to give back to their communities and to the world – they want to go beyond a donation, and beyond a social media post. They want to give their time and their expertise, and work directly with nonprofits and the communities they serve. This is good news for nonprofits, many of which rely heavily on volunteers and pro bono assistance. A recent…
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    FUNDRAISING MIX

  • Synchronized Swimming – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:47 pm
    It takes a certain amount of talent to coordinate a synchronized swimming routine. There’s a lot of work, but the payoff is well worth it. Organizing a Synchronized Swimming Fundraiser might just be what your organization is looking for. You take inspiration from videos of swimming routines, then choreograph one of your own. Once you’ve perfected […]
  • Star Chart – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    It’s become an inside joke for someone to try and sell people a star out of the sky. How exactly do you sell what you don’t own, though? Anyways, it does inspire a clever way to raise money. During a Star Chart Fundraiser, you sell people handmade stars, give them the chance to name them, […]
  • Splash Art – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:09 pm
    The great thing about creating artwork is that there’s no wrong way to do it. A Splash Art Fundraiser takes that idea and runs with it. Instead of painting normally, paying participants are suited up to make pictures by throwing paint at their canvas! How’s that for “artistic interpretation”? Disclaimer Fundraising laws and policies may […]
  • Dream Interpretation – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    How cool would it be to decode people’s dreams and tell them what they mean? Hosting a Dream Interpretation Fundraiser does just that. After performing extensive research into the meaning behind dreams, your team of fundraisers will listen to and decipher the dreams of others, for a fee. Although it may not be an exact […]
  • Paper Football – Fundraising Ideas

    Admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Before Facebook and Candy Crush, people used to kill time in school playing paper football. You can relive this long forgotten pastime by sporting a Paper Football Fundraiser. Make a bunch of paper footballs, then host a pay to enter tournament with prizes for the best players. The benefit of this type of fundraising event […]
 
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  • Nonprofit Radio for October 31, 2014: 10 Scary Scenarios & Treats In Tech Trends

    Julia Campbell
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Subscribe via iTunes to get the show automatically My Guests: Gene Takagi: 10 Scary Scenarios It’s our Halloween show, and Gene Takagi is back! He’s our legal contributor and principal of NEO, the Nonprofit & Exempt…
  • Video: Giving Tuesday 2014 With Possum Shooting

    Julia Campbell
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    FAQs Tools from givingtuesday.org–really valuable, like a press release; unselfie tools; and event checklist Cooking your Tennessee possum Webinars on using the social networks from givingtuesday.org Shorter videos called Summer School (thank you Beth Kanter for revealing these) Nonprofit Radio: Rachel Hutchisson and Anastasia Dellaccio on the history of Giving Tuesday and how you can get involved “Only 37 Days Until #GivingTuesday” from Catchafire.org “8 Last Minute Facebook Tactics” that will work this year but John Haydon wrote them in 2013. He…
  • Nonprofit Radio for October 24, 2014: Shift Happens & The Event Pipeline

    Julia Campbell
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:04 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 October 24, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Angel Aloma: Shift Happens With Angel Aloma at Fundraising Day 2014 Angel Aloma, executive director of Food For The Poor, shares valuable fundraising strategies for upgrading…
  • Opportunity Collaboration: A Special Experience

    Julia Campbell
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Opportunity Collaboration Opportunity Collaboration: A Special Experience is a post from: Tony Martignetti
  • Nonprofit Radio for October 17, 2014: UX Secrets Revealed & Better Tech RFPs

    Julia Campbell
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Listen to the October 17, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Jared Schwartz: UX Secrets Revealed With Jared Schwartz at NTC User Experience (UX) is all the stuff visitors see on your site and how they navigate through it. What are the…
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    DonorDriven Blog

  • #GivingTuesday Quick Guide.

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations as a global day to give back. It happens annually the Tuesday after Black Friday and occurs this year on December 2, 2014. A fascinating stat from last year is that #GivingTuesday doesn’t hurt your end-of-year campaign: Of those tracking #GivingTuesday campaigns last year, about 60% said they saw no drop in their separate year-end campaign and about 40% said they saw an increase in their year-end campaign.
  • We're not just a team, we’re a company.

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Part of our culture here are Global Cloud comes from the fact that we're the team that builds DonorDrive Peer-To-Peer Fundraising software. Another part of our culture is that our employees have a history of giving back. (Many have worked for nonprofits before they joined us.) Every year Extra Life gives our staff a unique opportunity to get together on a Saturday to play games, to use the software we create and to fundraise for sick kids. Extra Life is a 24-hour, gaming-for-good virtual event put on by our long-standing client, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. 
  • Peer-to-peer proves itself in World Vision's emergency giving to fight Ebola.

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    For DonorDrive client World Vision, the Ebola virus has hit hard in Sierra Leone, a place they've very familiar with. They've been helping in the country since 1978 and their donors currently sponsor 5,300 children there. A month ago, World Vision found themselves with an very immediate need. They just received a major donation of 210 pallets of latex gloves (4 million pairs) from McKesson Medical-Surgical. This supply is enough to meet the needs of every medical responder in Sierra Leone for six months. The current outbreak of Ebola is the worst in history and with 4,000 deaths in West…
  • Free Webinar: Motivating your peer-to-peer participants to raise more.

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    If you’ve had problems with your signature events just not bringing in the dollars they used to, you’re not alone. While it's a trend that’s happening across North America, there are many events that are both growing and improving their participant fundraising at an amazing rate. One event that’s excelled at turning their participants into big fundraisers is Climate Ride. They’ve set a $2800 fundraising minimum for their rides and then get many participants to raise substantially more. You can find out how they do it in DonorDrive’s…
  • DonorDrive connects with Salesforce.

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    ​Connecting enterprise-level event fundraising to a CRM has been a headache for many organizations. For most, either the fundraising software couldn’t handle complex fundraising needs and national events or the CRM was very user unfriendly, if the two integrated at all. We’re happy to tell you today: that's all changed. DonorDrive Peer-To-Peer Fundraising software seamlessly integrates with Salesforce, the #1 CRM.  
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    Blog - Selfish Giving

  • 16 Top Fundraisers on the Lessons of Scary Movies

    Joe Waters
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I asked 16 fundraising experts if nonprofits could learn anything from scary movies. What they said made my hair stand on end.... But one expert made me laugh!If you've been reading my blog for a while you know how much I love Halloween. With Joanna MacDonald, my co-author on Cause Marketing for Dummies, I used to run Halloween Town here in Boston. This two-day event attracted 15,000 people and was a big draw for companies hungry to talk to our "four-legged monsters" - moms with kids!This year, I asked 16 of America's top fundraisers two questions:What's your favorite horror movie?From that…
  • Ep102: A Kickass Nonprofit Guide to #GivingTuesday

    Joe Waters
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Mollye Rhea, Founder and President of For Momentum, an Atlanta-based cause marketing agency.#GivingTuesday is quickly approaching on December 2nd. Last year's #GivingTuesday saw a 90 percent increase in online giving! This is one day that nonprofits can't afford to take off.No worries if you haven't started planning. Mollye has some timely advice on how your nonprofit can still make a profit on the biggest giving day of the year. We also talk about the role social media plays and on which platforms nonprofits should focus.Finally, Mollye talks…
  • 5 Reasons Pink Needs to Fade to Black

    Joe Waters
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Breast Cancer Awareness Month (aka "Pinktober") has had a great run. It's done a lot of good and has heightened awareness of breast cancer to "Santa Claus" status. Who hasn't heard of Santa AND Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Truly, no one.But like all the things we clung to when we were kids, we have to grow up and see Pinktober with mature eyes. That bright pink ribbon we used to admire is now pale, worn and barely recognizable to the women it claims to help.Here's are five reasons why Pinktober needs to fade to black.1. Mission Accomplished Thanks to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which…
  • How to Convince Your ED to Invest in Business Giving (Without Fighting, Screaming or Crying)

    Joe Waters
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    You're sitting in front of your executive director and you have one simple request. "Can we please invest more time and money into raising money from businesses?"She stares at you and her mouth opens as if to speak. But she says nothing. She looks away. Then she looks at you again. You're thinking, "What will she say? ..... How will I answer her?!"I know what she'll say, and how you should respond. Here's how to convince your executive director that business giving is worth the investment of time, money and resources.What Your ED Says: "There's no money in business giving"How You…
  • Ep101: DonorsChoose.org Talks Flash-Funding, Building Successful Corporate Partnerships

    Joe Waters
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Missy Sherburne, Chief Partnerships Officer at DonorsChoose.org, about their fundraising success with flash-funding, crowdfunding and corporate partnerships.The Rise of Flash-FundingOne recent development has been flash-funding, which is when a funder supports every project within a specific area. For example, a woman in California called DonorsChoose.org and asked if she could fund every project in the state. A few calculations later, a $1.2 million dollar check was enroute to DonorsChoose.org.This spring, Google funded…
 
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