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  • The shocking secret ingredient to growing your nonprofit’s individual donor base

    Pamela Grow
    Pamela Grow
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    Why do your donors give? It’s not because of your awesome mission or the 1,723 kids you served last year. It is, in all simplicity, because of what they are doing through you. Your donors are changing the world! But so many nonprofit organizations miss the mark. Last year I saw a post on the Humans of New York Facebook Page. Brandon had photographed a young ex-con who was trying to put his life back together. In the comments, someone referred the fellow to an organization that gets these folks a college education.  I looked up the organization online and impulsively made a $10 monthly…
  • The power of repetition in fundraising

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    Jeff Brooks
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    It's the one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your fundraising bottom line: repetition. Or, as Willis Turner in FundRaising Success magazine says, If It's Worth Saying, It's Worth Saying Again. Repetition -- mailing or emailing the same message again -- works: Despite what many people think, simple repetition is one of the most powerful tools in your creative arsenal. The savviest fundraisers use it all the time to ratchet up emotion -- and results -- from their donors. I saw a study once of new direct-mail donors. On average, these donors had received the direct-mail…
  • Record-Setting $650M Donation Paves Way for Psychiatric Research at Broad | News | The Harvard Crimson

    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Record-Setting $650M Donation Paves Way for Psychiatric Research at Broad | News | The Harvard Crimson: Philanthropist Ted Stanley has pledged to give a record-breaking $650 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to fund psychiatric disorders research, the institute’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research announced on Tuesday.
  • Markets for Good Post: Design A Better Dashboard

    Beth’s Blog
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Flickr Photo by PetitPlat - Stephanie Kilgast This post was also appeared on the MarketsforGood site as part of my regular column, “Between the Dashboard and the Chair.” How Human-Centered Design Methods Can Help You Design A Better Dashboard Take a look at any nonprofit dashboard and the most effective ones probably have an organizational process that lies beneath. Dashboard design is more than simply clarifying outcomes and key metrics. Dashboard design should also inspire buy-in and continuous improvement by using “human centered design” methods. But shouldn’t dashboards…
  • London: CTS seeks Fundraising and Liaison Officer

    FUNDRAISING - Yahoo News Search Results
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    CTS is seeking a Fundraising and Liaison Officer. Reporting to: Head of Sales and Marketing, Location: CTS Publishing Offices, Vauxhall (London) Salary Range: £22k - £25k (experience dependent) Job role: Delivering a range of fundraising projects with a special focus on regular giving, ensuring that all available opportunities for raising funds for the CTS are successfully leveraged ...
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  • THE GARGOYLE – Liberal fundraising numbers slip slightly while NDP surges

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    The end of July marks the deadline for the federal parties to submit their fundraising information from the second quarter of 2014 and already the Liberals are spinning their numbers as a success, despite a slight decline in contributions. The New ...
  • Fundraising Mentor David Jones Releases New Guidebook For Nonprofits

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    This handbook covers the common do’s and do-nots’ of fundraising, and assists start-ups, as well as established businesses, to increase the number of donors and donation rates, in this otherwise, very competitive, global environment. David Jones was ...
  • Teen cancer survivor fundraising for new teeth

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Alex Hunter, 16, beat cancer twice— but now he needs dentures after having his teeth removed, reported USA Today. At age 4, Hunter was diagnosed with stage four rhabdomyosarcoma cancer. At age 13, he was diagnosed with Hurthle Cell carcinoma. While ...
  • Amid fundraising onslaught, Obama set to lambast Republicans over lawsuit

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) – Days before Congress' summer break begins, President Barack Obama planned to use a morning speech here to lambast Republicans who are preparing to sue him rather than taking action on some of his agenda items. Democrats ...
  • When Impeachment Becomes Fundraising Bait

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Welcome, folks, to the Impeachment Telethon, where straw men and stalking horses are paraded across the Washington stage while political parties beg for your money. "Look at this poor president," Democrats sob. "Mean ol' Republicans are trying to destroy him.
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  • The Art of Less As More: Micro Content

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am has published this really useful and free e-book on Micro Content.   As our attention fragments and more and more of us are reading content on mobile devices, content creators are finding that the best way to engage audiences is with shorter, bite-sized chunks of content known as “Micro Content.”    The e-book, which at 32 pages, is definitely long-form content provides context, best practices, examples, tools, and resources.  I don’t know about you, but as a content consumer, I still do consumer long-form content to get a better understanding of a topic.   As…
  • Explore Impact Leadership at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit: Free Registration Giveaway

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    I’m giving away a free registration to NTEN’s Leading Social Change Summit.   If you want to a chance to win, leave a comment on this post sharing something that you’d like to learn about Impact Leadership or some wisdom from your experience about practicing impact leadership!  I’ll pick a winner by July 3oth. NTEN is hosting the “Leading Change Summit ” in San Francisco from September 3-6th.  (Early bird registration ends on July 31 and scholarship information is here.) This conference will be different from Nonprofit Technology Conference which is…
  • Can My Fitbit Data Make Health Care Better?

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    I first put a fitbit, a digital pedometer that tracks steps, calories burned, food intake, and other personal analytics data,  on my wrist back in October. After some results from routine tests during my annual physical,  my doctor informed me that my cholesterol was high.    ”Start exercising more and stop eating bacon cheese burgers ” were the doctor’s orders and we’ll retest in 6 months.  Otherwise, I would need to go on statins. As a data nerd, I couldn’t resist the fitbit and its ability to track my every move during this glorious science experiment.  …
  • Stop the Glorification of Busy and Thrive

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    I just returned last week from vacation with my husband and children at the Jersey Shore where I grew up.   It was great to sit on the beach and do nothing, get lots of walking in, and hang out with family.    Above all, it is a great escape from your never ending to do list.   I did take along a few books, including Ariana Huffington’s Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. The book is about how to reframe success away from money and power to a third metric.  She identifies this as “thriving,” where you…
  • Markets for Good Post: Design A Better Dashboard

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Flickr Photo by PetitPlat - Stephanie Kilgast This post was also appeared on the MarketsforGood site as part of my regular column, “Between the Dashboard and the Chair.” How Human-Centered Design Methods Can Help You Design A Better Dashboard Take a look at any nonprofit dashboard and the most effective ones probably have an organizational process that lies beneath. Dashboard design is more than simply clarifying outcomes and key metrics. Dashboard design should also inspire buy-in and continuous improvement by using “human centered design” methods. But shouldn’t dashboards…
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  • Be Quiet!

    Jason Dick
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve mentioned this in previous post but I wanted to hit on the point in a little bit more depth.  After you have asked for a gift or even for a volunteer’s involvement and help their should be silence. The next person to talk should not be you, it should be the donor.  Many people get nervous and feel like they have to fill the silence with other asks or other stories.  But if you do not give the donor the opportunity to talk you will never find out if they will or can give the gift you asked for.  And if you are not silent you will never be able to respond to the reasons they…
  • How to ASSURE a Gift

    Jason Dick
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    What are the steps of a successful solicitation?  Every solicitation should be made up of a few simple things a thank you, a story, an ask, a close, and follow-up.  ASSURE is an acronym (or as I call it an ASKronym) that we are currently using with our campaign when we approach a potential donor.  This is a great way to help our board members (and staff) remember each important step in the solicitation process. A – Acknowledge – Thank the donor for their past gifts or volunteer involvement.  Make sure this is personal and specific.  Maybe mention how the money was spent or what…
  • The Pre-Emptive Gift

    Jason Dick
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever set out to ask a donor for a gift, you set everything up perfectly, have a great solicitation plan, and then you go to ask them for their gift and they offer you a smaller gift before you can ask? Or maybe your donor tells you I’m just going to give this don’t worry about coming out and asking me? We want donors to be giving on their own accord but especially for our major and lead gifts (and especially during a specific campaign) we want to be able to present them the whole picture first.  Some donors do this because we take too long to ask.  But most donors do this…
  • Annual Board Solicitations

    Jason Dick
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Does your board do annual one-on-one solicitations? Have your board members regularly ask each other for their gifts as part of an Annual Board Campaign. This is a great thing for you to start for a number of reasons. Why is this a good idea? This gets your board members in the regular practice of asking for money, which gives you more options when you are soliciting people. It makes a big difference when you are asking for money to have a board member along that knows what they are doing. They will often give a larger gift if they are asked for it and if the board starts to get in the…
  • 5 Factors to Consider with Merchant Services Selection

    Jason Dick
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you think your nonprofit could benefit from processing credit card payments, your next step is to set-up a merchant account. Luckily, there are many companies that provide this service. Yet, merchant services can be complicated and costly (especially without the right partner to help guide you). We’ve provided a list of five important things to consider when selecting a merchant services provider. Hopefully the information here will help you select the right partner! Credibility: Partner with a company that has experience, ethical values, positive testimonials, and is a certified payment…
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  • 6 DIY Reuse Crafts for Your Group

    Devon Reeser
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    Whether you are looking into making DIY crafts to create a sellable product for some project funding needs, generate promotional materials unique to your nonprofit, or provide an activity for your summer camp kids or summer volunteers, keep your activity budget at a minimum and be as green as possible by reusing found and collected materials! Here are six reuse craft projects any nonprofit can do, make applicable to their mission, and help with fundraising. Glasses from bottles It takes a glass bottle one million years to biodegrade. And while glass can be infinitely recycled, only about 35%…
  • Your Nonprofit Story: Blockbuster or Dud?

    Cari Mostert
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    It’s no secret that effective organizations today are using skillful storytelling as a dynamic tool for communication. From filmmakers to plumbers, businesses everywhere are telling their story in some form or another. Robust nonprofits have been doing it successfully for decades. (A great example about story telling here.) Why is it then that all too often, the nonprofit story is relegated to the bottom of strategies used by charities to engage their audience? It’s so easy to forget the magic held within a story. While proving our non-profits’ effectiveness or projected reach or…
  • Got the Donor Blues? Stewardship and Donor Relations

    Cari Mostert
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s a phenomenon, a wave of charity and compassion that greets cataclysmic events and earth shattering tragedies. The torrent of giving that follows a crisis or disaster fills the databanks of nonprofits with new benefactors. But all too often this groundswell of emotional response is lost soon thereafter. Could this brief moment of enthusiastic generosity and feel-good emotion be harnessed to keep this active altruism alive? This is where the concept of stewardship comes in. Donor stewardship is the continuing connection with a donor after a gift has been made and is closely related to…
  • 10 Mistakes Nonprofit Professionals Make

    Cari Mostert
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Doesn’t the nonprofit sector attract the idealistic, self-sacrificing individuals amongst us? And wouldn’t that mean that mistakes are factors that just don’t happen? You have a passion to make a difference, there’s so much good you want to accomplish. But the charity sector has unique drawbacks and non-profit professionals make mistakes too. This happens often at the beginning of a career when abundance of vision and lack of experience merge. If you’re new to the nonprofit industry, and even if you’re not, this round-up reminds us of some common obstacles to dodge.   The…
  • Tips for Creating Community Awareness for Your Nonprofit

    Harlow Keith
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:37 am
    There is no question that nonprofits are full of passion and zeal. They are firmly convinced that there is a problem in society that needs to be corrected, or a service that should be provided for the common good. But what if a smaller nonprofit has difficulty connecting with the community they wish to serve? And to connect to those community leaders who can provide valuable assistance? An inability to generate recognition is something that has to be overcome for the nonprofit organization to not only thrive, but in many cases survive.     1. Spread the word Assuming the nonprofit…
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  • [Guest Post] Donor Acquisition – the painful necessity of fundraising

    Marc Pitman
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    Today it's my pleasure to share with you a post on finding new donors for your nonprofit. A few weeks ago, Bob McCarthy and I were emailing about the formulas to look at when getting new donors. So I asked him to write a blog post about it! Read it both to learn the formulas and to pick up the language of the direct mail industry. Bob is a direct response/direct mail copywriter and consultant. He offers a free ebook called "Making Snail Mail Work: 13 Lessons in Direct Mail Strategy" at Bob can be reached at 508-473-8643 or on Twitter @BobMcCarthy Donor Acquisition –…
  • The Nonprofit Academy joins The Fundraising Coach

    Marc Pitman
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Fundraising training has never been more affordable! You may have already heard the news: The Fundraising Coach will now be directing The Nonprofit Academy! And I couldn't be more thrilled!! Started by Kirsten Bullock, The Nonprofit Academy has become one of the most affordable venues for ongoin fundraising training. In addition to the monthly webinars, members have access to monthly members-only calls, a members only forum, and the entire Online Vault. NPA's Online Vault contains dozens of webinars and templates--things you need to take your nonprofit fundraising to the next level. Free call…
  • How Mr. T can help your nonprofit fundraising. Seriously.

    Marc Pitman
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    Here's a short video explaining one of the most important aspects of fundraising: shutting up. When you've done all the researching, engaging, and you've just made the ask...the decision is out of your control. And that's ok. In my fundraising training, I recommend picturing Mr. T at this moment. He'll help keep you from confusing your donor and losing money for you nonprofit. Watch this video to see why: For more common sense, real-life strategies on asking for money, check out my Ask Without Fear! fundraising book and fundraising DVD. (c) The Fundraising Coach, LLC Get 100 donors in the…
  • An unlikely summer reading list for nonprofit leaders

    Marc Pitman
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    Summer can be a great time to catch up on some reading. "Catch up" may be relative term. Summer doesn't really slow down anymore, does it? But as those of you in the Northern Hemisphere experience the change in pace that summer brings, here are some books I recommend you consider adding to your summer reading list: Be Our Guest: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service by the Disney Institute with Theodore Kinni It's no secret that I'm a Disney fan. I grew up going to the parks and still go every few years. While they don't hit "magical" service every time, they are far more consistent than…
  • Why I pay for the Chronicle of Philanthropy

    Marc Pitman
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:49 am
    Years ago, the school that employed me as a fundraiser paid for a subscription to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. So when I began running a development shop, I made sure the Chronicle subscription was in my budget. But then, somewhere along the line, I realized two things: The stack of Chronicles just kept piling up on my desk. And I was getting pretty much all the news I wanted from their free Philanthropy Today email. So I stopped subscribing. And over the years, I began believing a subscription to the Chronicle was simply too expensive for my small budget. Every time I'd throw away another…
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  • Paying-It-Foward in Taiwan, On My Birthday

    Gwhyneth Chen
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Yesterday in Taiwan, instead of celebrating my birthday in the usual way -- with my family at a fancy restaurant -- I tried a new experiment.  I went to a vegetarian buffet and bought dinner for the first seventy people!  Back when we spontaneously tagged bunch of people with shaved ice with Nipun's honararium, Robert Block also gifted his for similar purposes. So I used that money and added a bit more of my own. The guests were shockingly surprised -- but full of joy. :) The most amazing part was that one of the guests came to me and introduced herself as the founder of…
  • Karma Kitchen Launches In Indonesia!

    Sima Sanghvi
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    [Updated with some photos below.] We had a fantastic Karma Kitchen yesterday -- considering that seven teenagers had taken over the ship with their boundless energy, enthusiasm and hand-made tags. :)  Their generous wisdom belied their young years and they truly embodied the theme of the day which was Compassion! As everyone experienced how generosity effortlessly builds connections with strangers, we were particularly touched to see how the ripples of Karma Kitchen had reached Indonesia. Here are some photos from social media alone: And here is a video from their launch earlier…
  • Wrists To Remind

    Priyal Patel
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    As most of you know Mira and I have been working our summer internship project called 'Wrists to Remind', taking a spark of inspiration from Joe's Peace Chains.   Last Sunday, we gifted out most from our initial batch of 95 at Karma Kitchen-- and to be honest, we didn't how strangers would respond but it felt *really* awesome to see people's reactions, encouragement and gratitude.  Various people even took photos of our color chart, as we shared our research behind each value and its corresponding color.  In the end, the "stuff" became an…
  • Ganoba-ji Inspires, Even Through His Passing

    Harshida Mehta
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    While meditating yesterday morning, I felt a strong urge to go meet with Ganoba-ji in the hospital. As many of you may know, he and his wife used to come to Awakin Circles throughout the last decade. After his wife's passing, Ganoba-ji spent more time in the bay-area and would come regularly. In fact, even during those times when he wasn't local, we would get his RSVP every single week -- because he wanted to listen to the audio recordings. He blessed many of us, in beautiful ways. So, after Dinesh and I finished our meditation, we left a message for both his daughters (Vandana and…
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    28 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Knights of Kindness at the Karma Kitchen (earlier this summer) ...
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  • Atlantic Trophy Rhode Island

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
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    2 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
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    28 Jun 2014 | 11:46 am
    However, if you seek to have the slavery rhode island a Complaint protection from abuse restraining order. In some states it is important if a person cannot afford a lawyer then you should hand-file your Motion to Modify Child Support. Therefore, if you have any pictures of the country's national historic landmarks.To be clear, I did not create this definition, or coin it, or do anything other than discover it in the slavery rhode island of Rhode Island attorney then you should hand-file your Motion to terminate the slavery rhode island that agreement may be incurred. Most attorneys will get…
  • Rhode Island Wic Guidelines

    25 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    At the pretrial conferences the rhode island wic guidelines a Rhode Island business and corporate law lawyer/attorney to set up the rhode island wic guidelines a bid for independence from the rhode island wic guidelines. Forced to run away from one another. Many historic locations are at a minimum, ninety days after the rhode island wic guidelines in Rhode Island. Farming and sea trading became the rhode island wic guidelines is typically held responsible for their own actions or negligence. The general rule is that when people make reservations they are offensive to others or morally…
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    22 Jun 2014 | 3:21 am
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  • Grounds Maintenance Volunteer

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Date Added: 07/28/2014 Location: Crow Agency, MT Description:  Must be energetic and physically capable of performing duties.  Applicants must be eighteen years of age.   The position requires the maintenance and operation of a commercial riding mower and a gasoline powered line trimmer.  The equipment will be used to mow and trim approximately 10 acres in the Custer National Cemetery and park administrative areas. Training for proper and safe operation of equipment will be provided.  Personal Protective Equipment will … from Natural Resource…
  • Vistor Center Services Assistant

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Date Added: 07/28/2014 Location: Currie, NC Description:   The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge took place on a frigid, early morning February 27, 1776. The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, fought between North Carolina Patriot and Loyalist militia forces, demonstrates the bitter internal divisions that marked the American Revolution. Moores Creek is the site of the first Patriot victory in the American Revolution and the site of the last Scottish Highland broadsword … from Natural Resource Volunteer Opportunities on Public Lands via Lorne Coyle Says…
  • Vote for your favorite StorySlam themes!

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    by guest blogger and Executive Director Megan McGee Ex Fabula volunteers have been hard at work crafting the schedule for Season 6… but we want your help to finalize some event themes! We’ve put together a poll with 8 options and the votes are coming in quickly. After 52 votes, Oops! is in the lead with 18% of the vote, followed by Do The Math and Who Knew? at 15% each, but there are other themes that are not that far behind. CLICK HERE and scroll down to the green poll to view the themes in contention and cast your vote for up to 3 favorites. Act quickly – the poll closes…
  • Fundraising & Campfire

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    To be honest  there isn’t a ton of big stuff to report on last week. It was pretty slow all around but the good stuff was really good and the okay stuff was just okay. Now I’m entering into the last 4 weeks I have here in Colorado before I need to head back to Ave Maria. I definitely feel like I’ve hit a wall with fundraising. It is kind of scary but I’m trying not to panic. The week before last was a great week for MPD with my trip to Fort Collins being very successful. This past week…not so much. I felt a little burnt out. Looking at my list of contacts I…
  • Out Fundraising

    Alan Berkelhammer
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
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  • Case Study: Direct Mail vs. Email Invoices

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

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

    5 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Rolling Stones played Tel Aviv the other night! So much for the BDSers and their BS. The Stones do seem a beat or two off from their youth judging from this video clip, but it’s great to see them in Israel especially when they encountered so much criticism for this show. I even even heard that Mick Jager peppered his banter with the crowd with a bunch of Hebrew phrases. Sababa…. The post The Rolling Stones Played Tel Aviv – Satisfaction appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou

    28 May 2014 | 7:55 am
    Final tweet (5/23) from DrMayaAngelou: “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” The post R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Israel Turns 66 – Yom Ha’azmaut – Israel Independence Day 2014

    6 May 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Today Israel turns 66! Only one more year until she retires… just kidding. Israel smelled like one big al ha aish (barbeque) today. We saw a fireworks show at night as did most of the country. IDF planes soared over most of Israel today in a show of unity. Parents tried their best not to buy our kids overpriced glow in the dark toys, sugary stuff and that stupid foam that kids spray on people that is somehow supposed to be fun. What a stark contrast to the day before which with Yom Hazikaron where we remembered Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. For a laugh go check…
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  • 5 improvements to your website that will make a difference

    Jeff Brooks
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    User research by the Nielsen Norman Group shows us 5 Tips to Get Donations on Nonprofit and Charity Websites: Clearly Explain What the Organization Does. ("On average, it took users about 6 minutes to locate information about the organization’s purpose, which was far too long. A task time of 1 minute for this crucial task would be a more reasonable goal....") Disclose How Donations are Used. ("Those who couldn’t find the information were aggravated and thought the organization was inefficient or trying to bury those details.") Display Third Party Endorsements. Provide a Noticeable and…
  • The power of repetition in fundraising

    Jeff Brooks
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    It's the one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your fundraising bottom line: repetition. Or, as Willis Turner in FundRaising Success magazine says, If It's Worth Saying, It's Worth Saying Again. Repetition -- mailing or emailing the same message again -- works: Despite what many people think, simple repetition is one of the most powerful tools in your creative arsenal. The savviest fundraisers use it all the time to ratchet up emotion -- and results -- from their donors. I saw a study once of new direct-mail donors. On average, these donors had received the direct-mail…
  • Word Crimes: don't be that person

    Jeff Brooks
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    You've probably seen this, as it roars through social media, getting a lot of enthusiasm from word people: Or watch it here. Okay, it's a fun song; it made me laugh. But it's a little bit evil. Because it preys on a weakness we word people have: We think we're superior to other people. The fact that we pay more attention to language gives us no right to label people who don't as "dumb mouth breathers." That's just churlish. It shrivels your soul and probably makes you a weaker writer. Grammar Girl says it best at Weird Al's "Word Crimes" Video: ...appealing to the base instincts that I'm…
  • Ask donors to give their time and they'll probably give more money

    Jeff Brooks
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    by guest blogger George Crankovic In fundraising appeals, we have a one-track mind. We ask for money, but rarely if ever for donors' time as volunteers. Asking donors to give their time may increase their giving, research shows. In one study, The Happiness of Giving: The Time-Ask Effect, people were split into two groups. One group was asked how many hours they'd be willing to give as volunteers to a certain charity, while the other group wasn't asked about volunteering at all. Then both groups were asked how much money they'd give. The people who weren't asked about volunteering gave an…
  • Bragging is not fundraising

    Jeff Brooks
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    If your message to donors is all about how great your organization is, how deserving you are of support, you aren't really giving people a reason to give. Real fundraising is showing donors how your organization connects with the donor's personal mission and values. You recognize how great they are, how important their mission -- and you seek to work with them.
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  • Open Your Mind to All the Help Corporations Can Provide

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    I recently spotted Letter To A CEO: The Surprising View In The Mirror on and it got me thinking about how our sector starts a conversation about sponsorship or a deeper commitment for support. While this article is geared toward CEO's, if you look at the data from your view AND his or her may find some surprising information. The kind of information that may cause you to expand your scope of what you talk about in that first meeting. Of course my first, strongest, and most important advice to you when you approach a corporation whether in person or via mail, is this:…
  • Mission Possible: Engaging Your Board in Fundraising

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’m often asked, “How do we get our board to help us with fundraising?” And my answer is: Not all of your board members should or are able to help you ask for financial gifts. If you want them to speak about your organization with passion, sharing stories about those you serve, invite others to do specific things AND feel great about their board experience, then YOU have to make sure to support them and communicate clearly how they can best serve. DEVELOPMENT is: “The total process by which an organization increases public understanding of its mission and acquires…
  • Three Ways To Stay Focused on Your Fundraising Goals

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It's and everyone you know is attempting to take a vacation or at least a few days off. Does it feel like you are surrounded by the distractions of summer? And yet, you still want to reach all of your fundraising goals for the year. Right?  Check out the link below for a quick fun video about staying focused on your goals. If you view it with your "fundraising" eyes on, the three tips are quite relevant. Here's a recap of the three focusing tasks you that will help you end the year proud and satisfied.  1. List the things you can accomplish when you meet your fundraising…
  • Make a Case for Increasing Your Nonprofit's Investment in Technology

    8 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Technology has become so much a part of our daily lives we hardly even think about it anymore. Most of us spend a majority of our days within arm's reach of a smart phone, a computer, or a tablet — both personally and professionally. So when I read a post on npEngage about nonprofit investment in technology, I wasn't surprised to find this quote: ". . . as the economy continues to recover and online fundraising outpaces other development efforts, nonprofits are planning to invest more in their digital footprint. In fact, almost 30% expect their interactive technology investments to grow…
  • Celebrating Anniversaries & Milestones Give Supporters Another Reason to Contribute

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This week in the U.S. on the 4th of July we celebrate the anniversary of our independence from Great Britain. It’s generally a fun, patriotic holiday with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics and a day off of work, for many. Just thinking about previous July 4th celebrations when I was young brings a smile to my face. And that got me thinking about how our sector could better incorporate the practice of annually inviting others to take action. What anniversaries do you mark and celebrate with the community that supports your amazing mission? What do you do each year to stand out from…
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    Wild Woman Fundraising

  • NEW Free Webinar: Secrets of Keeping Your Donors With Email

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    New Free One Hour Webinar: Secrets of Keeping Your Donors With Email WHEN: Tuesday, August 5th 2014 12:00 noon PT / 3:00 pm ET WHO: Melinda Snow Olson, owner of Left-Brained Marketing REGISTER HERE It doesn’t have to cost a lot to keep your donors. In fact, one of your solutions is sitting right under your nose. You probably already use this tool, but don’t realize what else it can do. I’m talking about your email program. Your email program can send autoresponders to help new donors feel more engaged with you, without you having to lift a finger. You know how hard it is to…
  • Free Webinar: Starting Earned Income Streams for Your Nonprofit August 6th

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    Are you getting rejected for grants right and left? Are you just not getting the monthly donor numbers that you want yet? How else can you raise money for your cause? Would you like to create new sources of income for your nonprofit? Join us for this free one hour webinar as we learn: The four main kinds of nonprofit earned income Average return of each earned income stream Which earned income streams are the easiest to set up And which ones are the hardest Further resources Click here to join us on August 6th at 1pm ET, 12pm CT, 11am MT and 10am PT for a fascinating presentation! Bonus…
  • How to get a million dollar sponsorship

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:47 am
    Have you ever wondered how to walk in and get a million dollar sponsorship? I just watched The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and Morgan Spurlock shares with us this process of getting his movie sponsored. He first goes to ad agencies to figure out how they work with big corporations, and ask them if they would introduce him to their clients. He doesn’t have much luck with the big agencies, but through the client of a friend of his who works at an ad agency, he does get to have his first real success. Lesson 1: Sponsorship comes from personal relationships. Definitely. And it’s still…
  • Measuring nonprofit effectiveness and what’s next for GuideStar

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:37 am
    Lindsay J.K. Nichols Interview recording here: Transcript below: Mazarine Treyz: Hi Lindsay! Thanks for chatting with me today. Tell me more about what you do at GuideStar. Lindsay Nichols: Thank you so much for having me. I lead the marketing and communications team at GuideStar and my job is help communicate what we do for the nonprofit sector. My official title is Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Team. Mazarine: GuideStar is incredibly valuable for nonprofit job seekers because you can look at 990s to see what kind of salary you might get. And it’s valuable for donors…
  • One thing you’ve probably done to jeopardize your sponsorship

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Have you ever thanked a sponsor from the stage? Did you pay careful attention to your wording? Probably not, right? Probably you were just happy to have the whole event over with. However, in this article, I’m going to tell you what you can say and what you should not say from the stage at your next fundraising event. One of the things I’ve been learning about is the risks you run when you have sponsorships from corporations. Here is the thing you’ve probably already done to jeopardize your sponsorship When you thanked your sponsor from the stage, did you say “Thank…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • BNY Mellon Awards Operating Support Grants to Boston-area Nonprofits -

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
     PRESS RELEASE BNY Mellon Awards Operating Support Grants to Boston-area Nonprofits - Through the generosity of The Eugene F. Fay Trust, BNY Mellon has awarded operating support grants to 10 Boston-area nonprofits, providing them with critical funding for capacity-building activities. The Eugene F. Fay Trust Mini-Grants Program provides organizations with $5,000 grants for technical
  • Record-Setting $650M Donation Paves Way for Psychiatric Research at Broad | News | The Harvard Crimson

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Record-Setting $650M Donation Paves Way for Psychiatric Research at Broad | News | The Harvard Crimson: Philanthropist Ted Stanley has pledged to give a record-breaking $650 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to fund psychiatric disorders research, the institute’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research announced on Tuesday.
  • Advancing Human Rights | GrantCraft

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Advancing Human Rights | GrantCraft: Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders was borne out of these questions. The initiative is an ongoing effort to track the evolving state of global human rights funding and to create a set of dynamic, interactive data and research tools to help human rights funders and advocates increase their effectiveness. This work is led by the International
  • The Dartmouth - Greek councils add incentives for philanthropy

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    The Dartmouth - Greek councils add incentives for philanthropy: The Inter-Fraternity Council, Coed Council and Panhellenic Council will incentivize members’ involvement with philanthropy, summer IFC executive board member for service Peter Gips ’16 said. Several of the new programs will be introduced this fall and spring, he said. The IFC aims to make service an integral part of the Greek system
  • Video-Game Giant Puts Veterans Groups Under the Microscope Before Giving - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Video-Game Giant Puts Veterans Groups Under the Microscope Before Giving - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: ut the results of early funding efforts were a mixed bag, so the endowment has turned to an unusually intensive screening process before making grants, one it hopes will spur transparency among charities and more scrutiny from
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    AFP Blog: Press Releases

  • Gene Austin Joins Abila Board of Directors - MarketWatch

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

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

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

    12 Jun 2014 | 6:33 am
    Brigade Blog: Today we’re pleased to announce that Brigade Media has acquired a controlling stake in Philotic Inc., the company that owns Causes, the world’s largest online campaigning platform, and political advocacy startup Votizen, which was bought by Philotic in 2013. This is one of the first steps we’re taking to re-energize interest in democracy by bringing together people who are
  • Flipcause Launches On-Demand Technology Solution for Nonprofits

    12 Jun 2014 | 5:43 am
    Flipcause Launches On-Demand Technology Solution for Nonprofits: What keeps nonprofit leaders awake at night? Fundraising and money woes are their top concern, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. In response to this need, San Francisco-based Flipcause has launched a cloud-based software solution designed specifically to help growing nonprofits better engage their supporters and fund their
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    AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy

  • Orlando 12-Year-Old Named 2014 Peggy Kirk Bell Award Winner - Cybergolf

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Orlando 12-Year-Old Named 2014 Peggy Kirk Bell Award Winner - Cybergolf: Two years ago he decided not to accept gifts for his own birthday party, instead turning it into a fundraiser to underwrite the parties of kids who had never had their own birthday celebration. Though not even a teenager, Johnny now has a 501(c)3 charitable designation for "A Birthday Party Wish, Inc." because he, with the
  • Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech -

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech - To counter that, a growing number of nonprofits are popping up in Oakland to help young blacks and Latinos break into the industry. The Goal Is Exposure Every afternoon this summer, Armstrong is in the offices of a small nonprofit called Hack the Hood. Her job is to fix websites for clients. "I'm trying to do an
  • University projects lend a hand to nonprofits’ efforts |

    9 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    University projects lend a hand to nonprofits’ efforts | n addition to their normal school activities, this semester a number of students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have been busy working on projects for local nonprofit organizations. As part of the Nonprofit Leadership Experience course, students have completed projects benefiting nonprofits in our region.
  • Young people twice as likely to want to volunteer as other age groups

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Young people twice as likely to want to volunteer as other age groups: Young people aged 16 to 24 are twice as likely to want to volunteer as other age groups but many charities are reluctant to recruit them, the chief executive of the Scout Association told Parliamentarians yesterday. Speaking at a session of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society and Volunteering in the House of
  • One Percent for Good

    26 Jun 2014 | 12:25 pm
    One Percent for Good: Volftsun and few other teens in Northern Virginia where she lived pooled their money and together decided which organizations in the area and in Israel would receive their gifts. This was through the Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute (JYPI), an organization her mom had helped co-found. Both immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Volftsun’s parents felt indebted to the
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    AFP BLOG: International News

  • Six options to improve fundraising self-regulation outlined in full PwC report | Third Sector

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Six options to improve fundraising self-regulation outlined in full PwC report | Third Sector: Six options to improve fundraising self-regulation outlined in full PwC report 28 July 2014 by Susannah Birkwood, Be the First to Comment The preferred option, published in the report summary, includes the appointment of an independent chair of the IoF standards committee and the development of a joint
  • Universities resort to cold calling ex-students - News - Student - The Independent

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Universities resort to cold calling ex-students - News - Student - The Independent: The number of graduates asked to donate has nearly doubled in the past decade with almost 9.3 million approached last year and 174,000 (1.4 per cent) making a gift, according to the latest annual report from the Ross Group and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Universities now spend �80m a
  • The Art of Giving | Bangkok Post: business

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    The Art of Giving | Bangkok Post: business
  • PFRA could become part of the IoF, review of self-regulation recommends

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    PFRA could become part of the IoF, review of self-regulation recommends: In future the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association could be run as an arm of the Institute of Fundraising, a review of fundraising self-regulation has recommended. The review, carried out by the professional services firm PwC, has concluded that "no immediate significant structural change" would be beneficial to
  • Beijing Billionaire Couple To Donate $100 Million For Overseas Scholarships

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Beijing Billionaire Couple To Donate $100 Million For Overseas Scholarships: Chinese real estate billionaire couple Pan Shiyi and Zhang Xin plan to set aside $100 million under their SOHO China Foundation to fund overseas study by Chinese undergraduates at the world’s top universities, SOHO China said in a statement today.
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  • Nissan Kills The Cube

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

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

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

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    The third generation of Honda’s subcompact, the Fit lives up to it’s name on tight streets and in places where precision matters.  Despite all the love for the first two iterations of the Fit, Honda saw room for improvement with the 2015 Honda Fit. The subcompact segment has evolved over the past few years, with newer competitors offering better fuel efficiency, more technology, and higher levels of refinement than the outgoing Honda Fit. To get back to the top of the class, the redesigned Fit must zero in on these areas without straying from Honda’s proven small-car formula.
  • Best Friends Age 6 and 7 Raise $200k for Charity

    1 Aug 2013 | 9:19 am
    Great feel good story about two special young children! He suffers from a rare genetic and incurable disease called Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1B. Up until the 80s, most kids with his condition didn’t survive past the age of two. But his best buddy, Dylan Siegel, wanted his friend to get better, so he wrote a book hoping to raise one million dollars to find a cure. It took him an hour to write and illustrate the pages of “Chocolate Bar,” an expression the boys use to describe something great, fantastic, or awesome. Read the full story here.
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    Charity Car Donation News

  • McLaren Announces P1 GTR To be Displayed in August

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

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

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

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    For decades, Toyota has been a leader in implementing new technology on the plant floor But now the automotive company has decided to take a step back from robotics. It’s happening at Toyota’s plants across Japan, reports Bloomberg News, and the idea behind it is as innovative as the move 30 years ago to replace humans with robots: The only way to improve processes and promote more thinking about efficiency is to put people back in charge of making things. The goal is to create a more efficient car production line. “We need to become more solid and get back to basics, to…
  • Charity Bike Ride Halted by Theft

    1 Aug 2013 | 9:16 am
    News like this is really sad and frustrating! A man riding his bicycle across Canada for a charity has received a surly welcome in Winnipeg. His bicycle was stolen on Wednesday night in the 800 block of Leila Avenue. Winnipeg police said the bike is a dark blue touring bike with silver accents and the word ‘Napoli’ written on the frame. There were two black/grey saddle bags on the rear of the bike and one on the front. Bike owner Anas Cheema was travelling through Winnipeg on his fundraising ride for SOS Children’s Villages charity, an international charity helping orphaned and…
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    Pamela Grow

  • The shocking secret ingredient to growing your nonprofit’s individual donor base

    Pamela Grow
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    Why do your donors give? It’s not because of your awesome mission or the 1,723 kids you served last year. It is, in all simplicity, because of what they are doing through you. Your donors are changing the world! But so many nonprofit organizations miss the mark. Last year I saw a post on the Humans of New York Facebook Page. Brandon had photographed a young ex-con who was trying to put his life back together. In the comments, someone referred the fellow to an organization that gets these folks a college education.  I looked up the organization online and impulsively made a $10 monthly…
  • Five Great Non-Fundraising Fundraising Books

    Pamela Grow
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Books for the nonprofit sector are wonderful tools for helping you to navigate the world of fundraising and communications, board training, and grant proposal writing. But sometimes the world of nonprofit fundraising can be a bit…shall we say, insular? In addition to reading all the latest fundraising-specific books, I make it a point to read business and human potential books (usually 5-10 a month). Most fall by the wayside after only a chapter or two, while others manage to deliver lessons that seem tailored to nonprofit fundraising. What lessons can you learn from my favorite recent…
  • Reduce donor attrition by a third with one simple habit? Easy!

    Pamela Grow
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    My regular newsletter readers have heard me tell this story many times.  How I first read this article called The Sound a Thank You Makes by Hildy Gottlieb over a decade ago.    About how it so resonated with me that I put her advice into practice from that day forward, in every development position, and with my consulting clients. In fact, from 2004 on, I’ve made it a practice every day to start my day out with donor phone calls. As my years in fundraising passed, I found that remembering that one small habit did much more than grow my relationships with donors.  By infusing my day…
  • Remembering Michael | Do you have a plan for in-memoriam gifts?

    Pamela Grow
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the weeks immediately following my youngest daughter’s birth, tragedy struck. One of my best friends lost her eight year old son to a form of pediatric cancer. I don’t imagine anything can quite prepare you for the loss of a child. And for friends and family members, the pain is deep. What do you say? What can you do? Is there any way you can help to ease the despair? Adding to my own feelings of despondency was the fact that, due to what had been a difficult birth and recovery, I could not fly out for the funeral. I sent flowers, spent hours on the phone with my friend, and, when she…
  • Nonprofit Online Fundraising | Does Your Organization Pass the Test?

    Pamela Grow
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:57 am
    In March of 2014, I embarked on an unofficial online giving study. Every week I’ve been making two online gifts of $20 each to various nonprofit organizations randomly selected from my own database of subscribers. What am I tracking? First off, overall ease of giving: how simple is it to find the organization’s ‘donate’ button on their homepage? How straightforward and seamless is the overall experience? How many ‘clicks’ to make a gift? Am I given the opportunity to make a recurring gift? Do I receive an automated email thank you and/or am directed to a thank you page…
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    Fundraising for Nonprofits by us

  • 1. A Different Kind of Scheduling … and Grants & 2. Transitioning: For-Profit Sales to Non-Profit Fundraising by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. A Different Kind of Scheduling May Help Improve Your Grant Proposals by Jayme Sokolow As grant proposal professionals, we are very focused on schedules. In fact, it is one of the first things we do when making a decision to bid. There is, however, another kind of scheduling that we often slight when developing proposals, and that is our own schedules. According to Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (2014), we might learn something about how creative people structure their days by studying the lives of artists. Around 1822, Ludwig van Beethoven usually slept eight hours and…
  • 1. Direct Mail in a Capital Campaign? & 2. Intro to Millennials in Fundraising, Part II by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. Is There A Role for Direct Mail in a Capital Campaign? by Hank Lewis First, a quick look at Direct Mail. But, since The Fundraising Blog currently has a Direct Mail Expert addressing that topic, I’ll be very general in my observations. Direct Mail is the tried and tested tool for Donor Acquisition – (see the postings on “Direct Mail” at Direct Response Fundraising) – but a Capital Campaign is definitely not about Donor Acquisition. The success of a Capital Campaign relies on obtaining a sufficient number of major gifts/commitments to reach its goal; and, major gifts are (almost…
  • 1. Introducing Millennials In Fundraising & 2. Donor Retention: Where the Money Is by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    [Also introducing a new member of The Fundraising Blog family, K. Michael Johnson, who will be writing on the subject of Millennials in Fundraising -- Those who are already part of the development world, and those who might become part of that arena.] 1. Millennials in Fundraising: An Introduction – Part I by K. Michael Johnson Self-absorbed. Entitled. Distracted. Soft. Flaky. …and those are just some of the words commonly used to describe the Millennial generation. Now, contrast those terms with the desirable qualities most nonprofits list in fundraising job descriptions: Dynamic.
  • 1. Direct Mail and Donor Retention & 2. The U.S. Style of Fundraising by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. Understanding Donor Retention by Jonathan Howard In a prior post, we looked at a mailing designed to bring in new, first-time donors, a process called donor acquisition. Now lets’ talk about the other side of an effective direct mail program: keeping the donors you already have, called donor retention. I compare the interplay of acquisition and retention as similar to what happens when you pour water into a bucket that has a hole in the bottom. Whether the water rises or falls depends on whether you add more water to the top (acquisition) than you let pour out of the bottom (through poor…
  • 1. Grant Proposals Tell Stories & 2. Donor-Centered Planned Giving by Two Blog Contributors

    Two Blog Contributors
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    1. April 27th was National Tell a Story Day by Jayme Sokolow What, you may ask, is the connection between National Tell a Story Day and grant proposals? A great deal, at least from my perspective. Stories are universal because we use stories to create meaning. When you cite a statistic or make an argument, often your listener’s eyes glaze over. But when you tell a good story, you engage, entertain, and make a point. Although grant guidelines often make sustained storytelling difficult in proposals, there are always opportunities for short stories or anecdotes to help support your…
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  • Retaining Volunteers

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Retaining volunteers is one of the most important aspects of executing a successful event year after year. It is the dedication of returning volunteers that helps us pave the way to our end result of happy participants.  Here are few ways to help communicate and engage with volunteers in order to bridge the gap between registration and event.Clearly communicate expectations. Outline when volunteers should expect to receive information and the time frame. This will help volunteers feel informed and comfortable with their responsibilities, while fostering excitement and enthusiasm for…
  • Ask an Expert: Event Planning with the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    We were happy to share our knowledge of event planning with the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum. Patrick Riley from Event 360 was interviewed as a part of the their "Ask an Expert" series. To read the full article click here.
  • The Importance of Staffing Your Own Event(s)

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Do you remember the last time you staffed an event? If the answer comes to you quickly- congratulations (and I hope you’ve caught up on some rest and are no longer sore)! If you can’t remember, or the answer is no, then this blog post is for you. In May, I staffed my first event in I don’t know how long. After working in a position “behind the scenes” for several years, being on event wasn’t part of my job responsibilities. Sure, I had been there as a participant and spectator. I even had a few meetings that took place off site so I could pop in on a…
  • Building Staff Relations While Producing an Event

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    One of the most important elements to a successful event is hiring great people. Once they are part of the team, it’s key to nurture a positive attitude and a strong work ethic, and exhibit flexibility and confidence in their work. As you and the team produce your event, it is important to place focus on ensuring that each person who is part of the team is set up for success. Listed below are the top five areas to focus on in building strong staff relations with your team:Modeling the Way: As the leader of the event, it is important that you serve as the role model for your staff.
  • Event 360 Explores: Dirty Girl Mud Run

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Event 360’s Jennifer Hanskat was busy in June participating in not one, but two events! In her latest event, she swapped color for mud! Read on to get Jennifer’s perspective in her second year participating in the Dirty Girl Mud Run.  Name, date and location of event: Dirty Girl Mud Run, Lake County Fairgrounds, June 28th & 29th.Event Summary: Taken from their website, the event is described as “a 5k women's only untimed obstacle course run for women of all ages and athletic abilities. You'll find challenge, excitement, laughter, and camaraderie.”Were the…
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    Too Busy To Fundraise

  • My Board Sucks–and other tales of woe

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    My daughter is very unhappy with her childcare situation. With 4-month-old twins, she is finding the solutions difficult. I’m not minimizing her concerns, but I do see her falling into the two-step trap of getting so caught up in what’s … Continue reading →
  • When Someone Says No

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    No matter how many times I get told YES, too much of my time is spent thinking about the no’s. Intellectually, I know from years and years of experience—it is a numbers game, and (except for dating) no doesn’t always … Continue reading →
  • Talking the Talk–What to Say When Fundraising

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Most board members and not a few Executive Directors spend a lot of time looking for those magic words that they can say that will encourage others to whip out wallets and give generously. But it’s not a set of … Continue reading →
  • Getting Rid of Bad Board Members

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Many years ago, I inherited the board from–well, let’s just say not a very good board. I really needed to fire almost all of them,but they were MY boss and if anyone was going to get fired, it was most … Continue reading →
  • Better Than a Traffic Ticket

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    I’ve been preparing for traffic court. About 5 months ago, I got pulled over because, the officer told me “of the California Hands Free Telephone law.” Only my cell phone was nestled deep inside my purse. I wasn’t using it … Continue reading →
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  • Marketing Insights: Start with the Social Media Department

    Ken Dieglio
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Their smartphones never leave their side. They occasionally speak in hashtags. They know what’s trending way before you. I’m not talking about a group of high school kids. This is the social media team. And today’s social media team is essential in developing successful marketing plans. Social Media and Company Smarts Social media extends beyond fans, followers, posts and customer service, to strategy, product development, content and the corner office. No part of the marketing department is more in tune with a brand’s customers than social media. Not only does social hear complaints,…
  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – Robot Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    When I was a kid, I had a pretty clear vision of the future. And all of my ideas about what the future would hold came directly from television and movies. Perhaps I wasn’t a terribly imaginative child … but I digress. I figured we’d all have flying cars, a la the Jetsons, by the time I was grown. And I figured kids of the future would ride hover boards instead of boring old skateboards. TV and movies also gave me the impression that we’d all have a lot more robots in our lives. I, personally, was looking forward to fewer chores thanks to my own Rosie. While I haven’t heard much in…
  • Need a FeedBlitz API Key? Permission Granted

    Phil Hollows
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    FeedBlitz API key generation has now been made automatic; the prior manual approval process has been eliminated. Meaning: You can use our API keys in third party integrations without delay. Implication: More uses for FeedBlitz’s APIs are coming soon. Access: Log in to your FeedBlitz account, it’s under My Account | API Keys in the left sidebar. Restrictions: None beyond the requirement that you must be a premium FeedBlitz publisher. By the way: If your current API key appplication was still pending under the prior policies, simply cancel it and then generate a new key.
  • How LinkedIn Works for Your Brand

    Serhat Pala
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    By Serhat Pala Most of us begin our days by checking for messages on Twitter, Facebook or Snapchat. Then we end our days posting updates and catching up with friends and family on Facebook and the other social media networks. Over 54 percent of Americans use social media on a daily basis. Some users check their accounts more than 10 times per day, according to data from Deloitte. But social media is not just Facebook. While Facebook still rules the roost, social media comes in all shapes and sizes: From photo and video sharing sites to social bookmarking to instant messaging to social…
  • FeedBlitz: Rewind the Week – App Edition

    Eleanor Pierce
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    I had a realization while looking at photos taken on a recent cross-country road trip to Oregon. There were typical “standing happily next to road sign” photos, some “standing looking not-so-happy next to cars loaded down with luggage” photos, and, I’m ashamed to admit, more than one photo of me and my 19-year-old niece standing (or sitting) side by side, both staring at our iPhones. I guess you could say we’re both addicted. I’m not rude about it—at least, I don’t think I am. I don’t keep my phone on the dinner table. I don’t glaze over and scroll through my phone when…
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  • Magic The Gathering: Why Gamers Are Crowdfunding All Stars

    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…
  • Interview with Jacqueline Dooley, Author of Doorways to Arkomo

    Michael Powell
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Jason Gurley designed Doorways to Arkomo’s cover. Jacqueline Dooley is a mother, author, and entrepreneur. She recently self-published Doorways to Arkomo: The Spirit Oak’s Gift, a novel exploring a unique friendship between two 11-year-old girls. Sorel, a princess in Arkomo, strives to save the lives of her family while Grace, a young New Yorker, fights cancer and hospitalization. Jacqueline kindly agreed to field a few of my questions about her life and the world she’s created through her writing: Could you tell me more about the inspiration behind Doorways to Arkomo? What…
  • Music as Therapy

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Music is a language of energy, a “vibe” of emotions and joy. It speaks to our core desires and feelings. Music can also be a mirror to help us better understand our own inner-world of thoughts, emotions and feelings. Although it has been around for 100 years, there is an emerging field of music therapy which is beginning to document the psychological and physical effects of listening to music. Studies suggest that music therapy can make a positive impact on patients with various medical ailments such as (but not limited to) brain injury, Muscular Dystrophy, cancer, autism,…
  • The Fault in Our Stars: Not a “Cancer Book”

    Michael Powell
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    “Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse if our sun, we will not survive forever” (12). Recently our staff read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. As the novel involves families coping with cancer, we hoped it would give us greater insight into the lives of people using GiveForward. While that certainly happened, we also arrived at a consensus that we all face uncertainty and should celebrate the everyday experiences life offers. Cancer is not an illness that plagues some, leaving the rest of us to merely…
  • Myasthenia Gravis

    Sarah Seely
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Myasthenia is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness and fatigue of the voluntary muscle groups. According to estimate by the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Myasthenia Gravis affects 20 individuals out of 100,000. While there currently isn’t a cure for Myasthenia, effective treatments are available. Medications, IV treatments, and removing the thymus gland are all possible regimens available for those afflicted with Myasthenia. Since Myasthenia is a rare disease, not much research has been made to find the average cost over a…
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    The Fundraising Authority

  • How to Raise More Money Online for Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Online fundraising can seem overwhelming, but it needn’t be.  Every non-profit, no matter how small or large, can use their website, e-mail, social media and other online strategies to raise significant money to support their work. If you’d like to learn how to raise more money online for your non-profit, then join us for our newest class… Mastering Online Fundraising.  During this 6 week course, you’ll learn: The right way to raise more money through your non-profit’s website How to build an effective e-mail fundraising program A simple strategy for raising…
  • Fundraising Authority Podcast #19: Understanding and Using the Fundraising Funnel at Your Non-Profit

    Joe Garecht
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Using the four steps of the fundraising funnel are integral to building a sustainable development program at your non-profit.  If you want to find new donors and keep them giving more and bigger gifts to your organization year after year, you have to understand and use the fundraising funnel. In this episode, we take a look at the four components of the fundraising funnel to see how you can apply them at your organization to help you raise the money you need to thrive. Please note that The Fundraising Authority Podcast is also available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.  
  • How to Write a Successful Fundraising Letter

    Joe Garecht
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Fundraising letters still work.  The Internet, e-mail, social media and scores of other new fundraising tactics have emerged over the past few decades, and many of them work well… but despite what you may have heard, direct mail fundraising, annual appeal letters, and other fundraising mailings are still raising millions of dollars for non-profits year in and year out. Today, let’s take a look at 5 of the most important principles for writing successful fundraising letters – mailings that get results and raise dollars for your organization: #1 – Write for Your Readers,…
  • What Your Non-Profit Can Learn from WKRP in Cincinnati

    Joe Garecht
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Did you ever watch WKRP in Cincinnati, the late 70’s / early 80’s sitcom? When I was young, I used to watch the show, which at that point was in syndication on a local UHF station. (If you’re younger than 30, substitute “low-budget TV” for “UHF,” and you’ll get the idea). One of the things I remember about the show was that while it was nominally set in Cincinnati, Ohio, and occasionally mentioned landmarks or other sites and sounds from that city, it really could have been set anywhere, because nothing in the show really revolved around Cincinnati. The same is true of sitcoms…
  • Why Isn’t Our Organization Raising More Money? (A Simple Exercise for Non-Profit Leaders)

    Joe Garecht
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    If you’re on a non-profit board, or serve as an Executive Director, Development Director, or in another leadership role with a charitable organization, and you’re wondering why your non-profit isn’t raising more money, then read on… Today, I want to present a simple, step-by-step checklist for non-profit leaders who are asking themselves that question. If you want to know why your organization isn’t raising more money that it is, go through this checklist and answer these questions. It’s important to go through them in order, because the early questions are prerequisites to the…
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    queer ideas

  • How soon does the sorry window close?

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

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

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

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

    mark phillips
    6 Feb 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Friendly advice for some of my more sensitive readers – the following contains adult themes and language.Last summer, we were sitting on the roof of Bluefrog towers brainstorming ideas for a new digital product for a pitch for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. For those who haven't heard of them, The Alliance is a group of non-profit organisations from around the world that have one goal – to bring people together to end AIDS. As anyone who has ever attended a Bluefrog brainstorm will know, the sessions can be a little irreverent. The rule that no idea is a bad idea is pushed to the…
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    Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates

  • Do’s and Don’ts for a Great Annual Fundraising Plan

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    It’s the slow time of mid-summer, and it’s time to step back from your day-to-day work for a breather. AND – It’s time to look ahead at your fundraising plan for the coming year. I hope you enjoy your down time this summer! (Where are YOU heading for vacation?) But let’s take time now for some smart planning while things are slow. I can assure you that a smart fundraising plan for the upcoming year can help you expand your fundraising potential  . . . and your results! We all know that a little planning now helps you stay sane later when things get really busy!
  • How a Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising Plan Will Bring You Sanity

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    July and August are your key time for planning, right? I sure hope that you are taking time to lay down some smart plans for the coming busy fiscal year. You probably already have your fundraising goals set in the budget that was passed earlier in the year. But are your goals really tied to a thoughtful plan with a step by step strategy? Are your fundraising revenue goals based on real numbers? If you have a substantial increase projected for this year’s goal, how exactly are you going to make it happen? What are your strategies? What are your tactics? Do you have an action plan?
  • Plan Your Capital Campaign: 5 Things To Do Before Hiring a Consultant

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Are you chomping at the bit to get moving on a capital campaign? My advice: Slooooowwww down. Make sure you have done your homework before you start interviewing capital campaign consultants.  Don’t rush to pick up the phone! Today’s post is written by two of us: Andrea Kihlstedt (who wrote the BOOK on capital campaigns) and myself. You may know that we are collaborating on a new website to help people learn about capital campaigns. Yeah! We’re having a free webinar next week on July 17: “9 Steps to Get Ready for your Capital Campaign.” You can find out more…
  • Top 10 Major Donor Fundraising Trends for 2014-15

    27 Jun 2014 | 9:19 am
    Fundraising is changing!  Everything is shifting these days. Major donors are still not quite sure they trust you. Donors are changing too. Post-recession donors really are different! Are you changing your own fundraising strategies to keep up with donors’ newest attitudes and preferences? Fundraising is recovering nicely now that the recession is over. And since 87% of all gifts come from individuals –either thru bequests, family foundations or outright gifts, let’s track the wants and needs of these donors today. Charitable gifts were up 3% last year, and wealthy individuals led…
  • What You Need To Know about the New 2014 Giving USA Report

    20 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    Infographic courtesy of The Benefactor GroupDownload the full infographic here: Hurray! Charitable giving in the US is almost back up to pre-recession levels! Mid-June is always an important time every year when the Giving USA Report comes out. Giving USA is researched and written by the widely respected Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The report gives us a good sense of how well charitable giving is doing in the US and which sectors are faring well – or poorly. Boy, has it been a long slow slog out of the Great Recession and the exodus of…
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    Online Fundraising Today

  • Charity Golf Tournament Supports National MS Society

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    On August 14th the MS Golf Outing commences to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Each heroic fundraising campaign held worldwide in support of this organization raises funds towards researching multiple sclerosis (MS) which is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. “This event has been a huge success year after year.” “The format is a four-person scramble, and awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams for the Low Gross…
  • Online Donations – 5 Factors Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Today most nonprofit organizations have integrated some type of online payment processing to collect donations on their website.  Yet, collecting online donations isn’t just as simple as putting a “donate now” button on your home page. With so many different options available, how does your nonprofit know which one to choose? Below we highlight five factors your organization will want to consider if you wish to collect online donations. 1. Functionality. What exactly do you want your donation website to do? Are you looking to simply process online donations for a…
  • Environmental Fundraising – Boulder Bird Day

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:26 am
    Environment for the Americas is holding a series of free, bird-focused programs for youth (ages 6-9) this summer. On Friday, June 27, Boulder Bird Day commences with a nature hike entitled “Birds Abound Around You” during which the children will enjoy learning about how to observe birds and discuss bird behaviors. This special environmental fundraising event holds a second activity for the kids “Bird Identification: Getting Started” on July 12 focused on learning the basics of bird identification based on their silhouettes or beaks, along with learning how to properly use…
  • Young Heroes Aids Fundraising Bike-a-Thon

    18 Jun 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Young Heroes Foundation held their 5th annual aids fundraising bike-a-thon last week, cycling border to border across the beautiful kingdom of Swaziland, Africa. Not many visitors to Africa end up appearing onstage at a festival that both MTV and CNN rate as one of the best in the world – unless those visitors are taking part in Young Heroes’ Swazi Cycle. “This year, Swazi Cycle proved to be the most successful yet. With the help of our DoJiggy fundraising website, 14 participants raised over $99,000 from people who pledged to support their efforts.” Steve Kallaugher,…
  • Zumba Fundraiser – A Unique Fundraising Event

    11 Jun 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Are you looking for a unique fundraising idea? How about a zumba fundraiser? Zumba is a fun Latin-inspired fitness dance that’s been gaining popularity in many gyms and fitness centers. Zumba fundraisers have become a fun and lucrative fundraising event. Benefits of a Zumba Fundraiser It’s fun and unique fundraising event idea – a great way to differentiate your fundraiser Encourages health and fitness as people exercise while raising money for your cause Relatively easy to plan with low overhead costs the Zumba dance can be customized to satisfy a variety of age groups and…
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    Fundraising Detective

  • Welcoming Donors and Securing Second Gifts from the Nonprofit Blog Carnival

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

    Fundraising Detective
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Next week I'm hosting July's nonprofit blog carnival. The subject is 'welcoming donors and reducing attrition' and I've already had some great submissions. If you'd like to contribute then it's still not too late! Send me your experiences and i'll share with them with other readers. In the meantime, here's what I've been reading recently:  Angela Cluff from the Management Centre on how to build a fundraising strategy from scratch. How to raise more money online tomorrow by Simon Scriver. Bloomerang share the top ten qualities of a successful…
  • Fundraising reading round-up: IoF 'Proud to be a fundraiser' Convention special

    Fundraising Detective
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    It was the Institute of Fundraisng National Convention last week. Convention is always a highlight of the year for me - and last week was no different.  I picked up a ton of great ideas and insight. Met friends old and new and debated about some of key things impacting on fundraising today. It was a great three days and i'll be sharing some content and ideas in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here is a little post-convention reading! The theme of the conference was 'Proud to be Fundraiser' and I'd highly recommend (where ever you are in the world) to download the new…
  • Nonprofit blog carnival: Share your posts on welcoming donors and reducing attrition

    Fundraising Detective
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    I'm delighted to be hosting the Nonprofit blog carnival in July and look forward to reading some great submissions. My topic is welcoming donors and securing a second gift. There's always lots of talk about how to acquire new donors, but often the same amount of time isn't spent on discussing how to keep them. We know that charitites have a serious retention problem. The 2013 AFP Effectiveness Report found the following grim facts about fundraising: Every 100 donors gained in 2012 was offset by 105 in lost donors through attrition — a net loss of five donors. For every $100…
  • Fundraising reading round-up

    Fundraising Detective
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    Feedly (where I store all my RSS feeds) was subject to a series of cyber-attacks at the end of the last week, which means I've had to postpone my latest reading round-up until today. Enjoy! Veritus Group with seven practical tips to surprise your donors. How philanthropy begins. Penelope Burk shares some first gift stories. Tobin Aldrich shares his seven secrets of successful fundraising. A series of posts on making small talk (an important skill for most fundraisers) from new blogger K. Michael Johnson at Fearless Fundraising. Emotion and belief. Richard Turner explains why they matter…
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    CoolData blog

  • Eliminate your duplicate data row problems with simple SQL

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

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

    25 Jun 2014 | 5:24 pm
    There isn’t a lot to do at my wife’s family summer cottage when it rains, especially if I’ve forgotten to bring a book. I find myself scanning the shelves for something — anything — to read. On one such recent rainy weekend, I picked up a book my niece had left on a table. It was […]
  • A fresh look at RFM scoring

    7 Jun 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Guest post by Peter B. Wylie and John Sammis Back in February and March, Kevin MacDonell published a couple of posts about RFM for this blog (Automate RFM scoring of your donors with this Python script and An all-SQL way to automate RFM scoring). If you’ve read these, you know Kevin was talking about a quick way […]
  • Presenting at a conference: Why the pain is totally worth it

    31 May 2014 | 10:05 am
    One morning some years ago, when I was a prospect researcher, I was sitting at my desk when I felt a stab of pain in my back. I’d never had serious back pain before, but this felt like a very strong muscle spasm, low down and to one side. I stood up and stretched a […]
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    The Nth Factor

  • Inspiration, Bloody Marys and other Takeaways from the 2014 Bridge Conference

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

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

    Moira Kavanagh Crosby
    10 Apr 2013 | 11:53 am
    With online giving continuing to grow at a faster pace than giving overall according to the Blackbaud Index, it’s more important than ever for nonprofits to get serious about their online communications and fundraising strategies. And with one-third of online revenue being tracked to email according to the organizations represented in the newly released 2013 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study, it’s absolutely essential for nonprofits to develop and sharpen their email strategies. Whether you’re just getting started or want to build on an established program, here are ten best…
  • A Common Sense Declaration … Or Why Thomas Paine Would Not Have Survived the Copy Approval Process

    Bonnie Catena
    25 Mar 2013 | 6:19 pm
    In January 1776, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, Common Sense, was first published. It’s reported to have sold 500,000 copies in its first year. Considering that the population of the 13 colonies was around 3,000,000, a book would need to sell over 50,000,000 copies (or downloads) to reach the equivalent percentage of Americans today. Commemorating the publication’s anniversary in The Writer’s Almanac, Garrison Keillor recently wrote that Common Sense “explained why the American colonies should declare independence from Great Britain. It was easy to understand, it was popular, and it…
  • Branding + Direct Response Fundraising = Love, Actually

    Moira Kavanagh Crosby
    27 Feb 2013 | 2:00 am
    Much has been said about the tension between good nonprofit marketing & communications and good direct response fundraising. Good nonprofit marcom thrives on brand consistency; good direct response thrives on brand inconsistency. But when you get right down to it, good nonprofit branding/marcom is actually an essential prerequisite to good direct response fundraising. That’s because an organization must have a clear sense of self to communicate effectively. A strong voice, confident look and feel, a structured communications program, clarity on priority messages, a personality….
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    The Agitator

  • Poor Or No Strategy — Barriers To Growth, Part 9

    Roger Craver
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Look no further than how strategy is typically thought of by most nonprofits and their consultants and you’ll quickly understand why poor or no strategy is a major barrier to growth. First, what a meaningful strategy that leads to growth is NOT. Strategy that leads to growth is NOT asking three different copywriters to draft three versions of a renewal series. Strategy that leads to growth is NOT offering a client 100 PowerPoint slides at yet another quarterly or monthly review session. Strategy that leads to growth is NOT a spreadsheet exercise — the larger the spreadsheet the better…
  • The Fudge Factor

    Roger Craver
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Prompted by the Agitator’s piece on The Power of Reciprocity, our friend Ken Burnett checked in from the U.K. to answer our request that readers share some examples of how ‘reciprocity’ has helped their fundraising. Ken’s example, drawn from his forthcoming book, Storytelling Can Change the World, tells of his first-ever fundraising experience and a lesson for life that’s never left him. “The story comes from the 1950s, before television came to my home town (yes, I’m that old). To my memory, growing up in the Scottish Highlands, the world then was in black and white. I was six…
  • The Power Of Reciprocity

    Roger Craver
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Another Tom Ahern gem arrived the other day. “What is a successful response rate for acquisition direct mail appeals, in which you ask strangers for a first gift? [  ] .125% (for every 800 appeals mailed, you receive one gift) [  ] .25% (for every 400 appeals mailed, you receive one gift) [  ] .5% (for every 200 appeals mailed, you receive one gift) [  ] 1% (for every 100 appeals mailed, you receive one gift) Answer: .5% (for every 200 appeals mailed, one check returns) Notes and assumptions … Most of us quickly sort our incoming mail into
  • Everything Is NOT Awesome

    Tom Belford
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Agitator readers know I have this obsession with online video. Only yesterday I was writing about it. Sooner or later, one of you will take me to task and tell me to get over it already. But every time I get ready to wax eloquent over putting the donor at the center of fundraising, or testing subject lines in your email appeals, or upping your retention game, another online video comes along and I’m back in the rut. Addicted to video. Here’s my latest fix … Greenpeace’s Everything is NOT Awesome video, which has racked up over 3
  • We Need To Raise More Money Online!

    Tom Belford
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    The corner office has spoken: “We need to raise more money online. Get on it!” Oh my … what to do?! Here are three choices the pressured online fundraiser might consider … 1. Make our fundraising emails ‘mobile friendly’. 2. Take a fresh look at our Facebook and other social media presence. 3. Improve the conversion rate on our website (and generate more traffic to same). Which of these should take priority? Or is it something else altogether? Personally, I would probably look at my email fundraising first, and make sure we were delivering our appeals in a…
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  • Announcing…Boutiques!

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    If vintage, office-appropriate style, maternity apparel or really serious deals get your attention, then you’re going to want to see our new Boutiques. We’ve pulled some of our favorite categories into themed boutiques that let you shop a curated selection of items picked by our team. We’re adding more to each category all the time, so check back often. Have your own idea for a great boutique we should be adding? Let us know.
  • New Arrivals: Straight-Up Stripes

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Not only do the colors on this strappy sundress scream summer, up to 60% of the proceeds go to GirlUp, which helps girls worldwide further their education. Size: L. $20. Tie-dye without the mess? This dress make the impossible plausible, calling to mind summer camp memories and lounging around in the sun with friends. Reasons to love it: It’s a tried-and-true staple with a twist. Adjustable straps mean you can get the right fit on hot summer days, while bright stripes stand out and a winning cut with a princess neckline and defined waist create shape – not to mention the fact…
  • ModaVive: How It Works

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Questions about ModaVive? Take a look at our brand new How It Works video featuring Layne, Gloria and some everyday behind-the-scenes footage shot at ModaVive’s San Francisco HQ. Because ModaVive is a place to shop, fundraise for charitable causes and consign high-quality garments in great condition – we put this short explainer together as a crash course in who we are and what we do. As you’ll learn in the video, we give back 60% of apparel sales to fundraising groups that partner with ModaVive to raise money for their cause using closets – not wallets. When…
  • A Vintage Beaded Dress that Gives Back

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    This vintage dress by JMB stands out not only with its all-over beaded pattern, but also for details like the bead-lined hem and neckline, elegant scoop back and the fact that 60% benefits non-profit Kids & Cars. Size: M. $45 This one’s for our vintage fans. Here’s a simple silhouette that sums up what’s so special about vintage apparel – attention to detail like you don’t see in most garments made today. We love this one for its all-over beading, as well as the finishing touch: a beaded neckline and hem. It’s a classic, versatile shape with a touch of…
  • Come See Us at FashTech July

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Exciting news! ModaVive has been asked to demo at FashTech July, a monthly industry event for the Bay Area fashion tech community. This month’s theme: Founders Meet the Funders.We’ll be heading over to Founders Space that night alongside 10 other Bay Area fashion tech startups – including Style Lend, Wish, Stylebee and Inspirare. We’re looking forward to a great evening of fashion, tech and startup-iness – hope to see you there. RSVP here if you’d like to attend. FashTech San Francisco Launch from Olya Rostov on Vimeo.
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  • Fundraiser Success Stories: PTSD Service Dog for Katie
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    My journey as a civilian needing a PTSD service dog has resulted in the need to do two online fundraisers. The first was to cover the cost of being paired with the appropriate Service Dog in Training and the numerous costs involved in a year of training such a dog. The second was to get us to our trainer in Florida to take our public access test, work on some problem areas, and finish some task training.I chose YouCaring for our second fundraiser because there were no fees involved. The site I used for our first fundraiser took a significant portion of the funds raised and I was looking to…
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Seeking Freedom from Daily Seizures
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    This fundraiser has enabled me to book a flight and consultation, investigation & treatment with a renowned specialist in North Carolina. I have been treated in the hospital here in the UK, but I need a second opinion and further treatment in order to have some permanency & my life back. I could not have done it with the support of all those who contributed to the fundraiser. I will be forever in gratitude for their selfless time & donations. I will be able to remain upright for longer and hopefully forever deter the daily seizures I endured for 10 weeks. If you would like more…
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Our Angel Needs A Place to Rest
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    I've never been the kind of person that liked to ask for help, but when our son passed away, I knew I had to honor him. Starting this fundraiser seemed like a shot in the dark, but the way our community came together with such a sense of urgency was astonishing. I never could have made this happen without They were so helpful with answering all of my questions in a timely manner, and without hesitation. Thank you for all that you do! Cheri ParkerOrganizer, Our Angel Needs A Place to Rest
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Supplies for Ugandan School Children
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    This is such a great fundraising tool and website. I love that the website is also run on donations, restoring my faith in humanity! I was so thankful to be able to use YouCaring to provide school supplies for the children in Uganda who truly need it. Thank you to all the wonderful people at YouCaring! Sharlyn Rutledge Organizer, Help Micaela Esch Raise Money for School Supplies in Uganda
  • Fundraiser Success Stories: Grandmother raises support for granddaughter with rare immunodeficiency
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I could not be more pleased with the fundraiser I did through YouCaring. The web site offers step by step instructions for set up and how to make it successful.My granddaughter has a rare immunodeficiency called SCID. In order for Claire not to become ill she has to live in isolation. Doing a benefit fundraiser without her parents being able to attend seem useless.YouCaring was the answer to raising money. I recommend it highly.Thanks YouCaring,Deanna SmithOrganizer, My Christmas Wish
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    Raffle Tickets Fundraising News

  • 5 Tips to Starting a Successful Non-Profit

    Raffle Tickets
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    5 Tips to Starting a Successful Non-Profit Starting a non-profit requires careful planning and thorough execution. It is a challenging endeavor, and not everyone succeeds in creating a sustainable and successful non-profit. Here are 5 useful tips before you start your non-profit: Make a realistic assessment of your idea Being passionate about a non-profit idea is one thing, and being realistic is another. You need to assess the potential and viability of your idea in the prevailing economic conditions and environment. Financial sustainability of your non-profit is critical. You need to ask…
  • Hold a Raffle For Youth Baseball Teams

    Raffle Tickets
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Hold a Raffle For Youth Baseball Teams Baseball! Softball! Kids from across the U.S. and Canada will be playing in a youth baseball or softball team this time of year. It’s certainly a lot of fun being involved in a youth baseball team, but it also involves uniforms and equipment, diamond fees, and even travel expenses. And that means money! How will you raise the needed funds to support these requirements? You can have a car wash, a bake sale, sell candy, or sell any number of over-priced fundraising merchandise. But the easiest, and potentially most profitable fundraiser to hold is the…
  • Plan To Succeed With A Fundraiser

    Raffle Tickets
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Plan To Succeed With A Fundraiser Fundraising can be a hit and miss affair. Often, particularly in the smaller organisations, the fundraising tasks are given to people with little or no fundraising experience.   It is extremely important for those people to understand that fundraising is a discipline. It should be approached as such, and any fundraising effort should be preceded by a properly thought out fundraising plan. Planning a successful fundraiser is a plan to succeed, failing to plan your fundraiser is a plan to fail. It’s not particularly difficult to develop a fundraising…
  • Independence Day Raffle Fundraisers 2014

    Raffle Tickets
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Independence Day Raffle Fundraisers 2014 Independence Day or 4th of July, whatever you call it we take time to celebrate our country’s independence with family, friends, picnics, fireworks, and civic pride. Have a look at some of the outstanding raffle fundriasers happening arounf the “Fruited Plain.” Happy 4th!   Eagles plan Fourth of July fundraiser – Laurel Outlook Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:53:31 GMT Eagles plan Fourth of July fundraiserLaurel OutlookThe Laurel Fraternal Order of Eagles will put the “fun” in fundraiser Friday, July 4, with…
  • Raise Funds for Medical Expenses With a Raffle

    Raffle Tickets
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:11 am
    Raise Funds for Medical Expenses With a Raffle You or a loved one is suddenly faced with a daunting medical condition that results in equally daunting medical bills. I’m sure you’ve seen those jars in supermarkets and stores with the picture of a small child and a note asking for donations toward a medical procedure. What do you do when a major surgery or other medical treatment isn’t covered by your insurance? The first thing you want to do is take a look at all of your options. After exhausting your health insurance options find out about how other organizations that may be able to…
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    Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies

  • Community Support to Boost Raffle Ticket Sales

    Bruce Hassel
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Community Support to Boost Raffle Ticket Sales Many thanks and a tip o’ the hat to Casey Mayes for her fine and insightful “Impact a Life” college scholarship essay, “Community Support to Boost Raffle Ticket Sales.” Casey offers up some interesting insights as to why holding a raffle is not only a great fundraising opportunity but goes beyond that by bringing together community. To read Casey’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Community Support to Boost Raffle Ticket Sales You can help Casey Mayes’s pursuit of a scholarship award by clicking the “sharing…
  • Raffles and the Power of Passion

    Bruce Hassel
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Raffles and the Power of Passion Want to know the secret to a fantastically successful fundraiser for your organization? Check out this “Impact a Life” college scholarship composition from Lauren Brown. We won’t reveal the secret here. For that you are urged to read Lauren’s essay here >>> Raffles and the Power of Passion Great job Lauren! You can help Lauren Brown’s pursuit of a college scholarship award by clicking the “sharing is caring” buttons below. The most important element of planning a raffle is having a team of planners who are passionate…
  • Understanding the Types of Non Profits

    Bruce Hassel
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Understanding the Types of Non Profits “Impact a Life” college scholarship essayist Andrew Daoud takes a very thorough and scholarly examination of the different types of non-profits and how to properly set up your organization for a non-profit status. Thank you Andrew for a fine and well thought out entry. To read Andrew’s college scholarship essay, go here >>>  Understanding the Types of Non-Profits You can help Andrew Daoud’s pursuit of a college scholarship award by clicking the “sharing is caring” buttons below. Nonprofit organizations formed to…
  • Marketing Your Business With Raffle Tickets is a Great Fundraising Ploy

    Bruce Hassel
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Marketing Your Business With Raffle Tickets is a Great Fundraising Ploy “Marketing your business through the use of raffle tickets is a great fundraising ploy when it has been correctly set up,” is thoroughly examined by “Impact a Life” college scholarship essayist Kevin Smith. Kevin takes a thorough look at utilizing raffle tickets to market your business, proving once-again that raffles aren’t strictly for non-profit fundraising activities. Thank you Kevin for a job well done! To read Kevin’s college scholarship essay, go here >>> Marketing Your…
  • Raffle Fundraising From a Student’s Viewpoint

    Bruce Hassel
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Raffle Fundraising From a Student’s Viewpoint If you would like some great ideas and tips on how to hold a raffle fundraiser that has youth appeal, look no further than Sarah Hanif’s excellent “Impact a Life” scholarship essay contribution. Kudos to Sarah, and best of luck! To read Sarah’s scholarship essay, go here >>>  Raffle Fundraising From a Student’s Viewpoint You can help Sarah Hanif’s pursuit of a college scholarship award by clicking the “sharing is caring” buttons below.   Raffle Fundraising Tips Ideas Strategies -
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  • Research Alert: Corporate and Foundation Profiling is Easy!

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    By Jen Filla, CEO of, Prospect Research Institute and President of Aspire Research Group Corporate and foundation information is structured information easy to find and present. An article on profiling should be about two paragraphs long, right? That’s like saying that you only need to know size and color to successfully buy someone a pair of shoes. Sure, we could get away with that, but careful customization will help us save time and achieve more. Corporate and foundation research has a lot of potential to strengthen an organization, but unfortunately it often gets brushed aside…
  • Optimism: The Lifeblood of Fundraising

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:24 pm
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society It takes a remarkable degree of optimism to be a fundraiser since rejection by prospects is a normal occurance… part of the business. One grant-seeking professor told me that his (better-than-average) rate of success was getting one out of every five proposals funded by government agencies. Prospect researchers are one degree removed from the action as fundraisers interact directly with prospects and they require an even stronger dose of optimism in their constitution and daily desk work……
  • The Challenges of Proactive Research for Major Gifts

    13 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    By Gil Israeli, Director of Prospect Research and Senior Writer, American Technion Society Here’s a list – my explanation why prospect research for major gifts is difficult and why it’s hard for fundraisers and researchers to identify realistic viable prospects. When you reach the end of the list, reflect back on all you’ve read. 1. Assets: first, the prospect must have the right level of assets. Of course, this can vary as a major gift can set up a multi-year museum exhibit for $50,000 or a $5,000,000 gift can name two academic chairs. 2. Affinity: is the prospect…
  • Fill that Pipeline! Getting Started With Proactive Research

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:35 pm
    By Sarah Bernstein, Consultant, Prospect Research and Database Support for Non-Profits Proactive research – identifying and qualifying new prospects for your organization, and just as important, disqualifying and tabling people who will never make a major gift to your mission – is never easy, and very often does not come with a roadmap. All too often, other tasks take priority and it is frequently easier to complete tasks which have a clear path to execution, and to put off those which do not. To make matters worse, it requires both skill and management support to present newly identified…
  • The Two Faces of Prospect Management

    17 Jun 2014 | 5:40 pm
    By Mark Egge, Senior Manager, Prospect Management, Greater Twin Cities United Way I am a complete and total “two face.” It’s a work thing. Sometimes I’m outgoing, gregarious, and personable; other times I’m inwardly focused and lost in my thoughts. Sometimes I am everybody’s best “office friend” and focused on learning all about their user needs and problems. Other times, I focus all my energy on thinking through systems and about how data is structured. In short, I am the Prospect Management Guy. There is a reason for each mode of thinking, and it’s always to…
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  • JotForm Matching Gift Integration with Double the Donation

    Adam Weinger
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Does your nonprofit use JotForm to accept and process donations? Are you looking to incorporate Double the Donation’s matching gift plugin into your JotForm donation form? If so then this guide is for you. Either view the below steps in this article or download our complete JotForm matching gift integration guide.   Double the Donation’s Relationship with JotForm: JotForm’s form builder helps nonprofits create & publish online forms anywhere, anytime without writing a single line of code. Jotform integrates with a number of payment tools (ex. Paypal & Stripe)…
  • Nonprofits – Savvy Matching Gift Marketing Tips to Increase Donor Retention

    Erin Ehrlich
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Many of our nonprofit clients here at Double the Donation know that donor retention is an uphill battle, so they practice the art of follow-up and outreach, making retention an easier goal to reach. How can we make these practices more effective? Increase Donor Retention Nonprofit organizations have seen good results by educating donors about matching gift opportunities and then making the request for donors to pursue them. Why is this? Well, when donors know that the gift they made to your nonprofit has the potential to be doubled (or tripled or quadrupled, even), then they are much more…
  • How to Find and Establish Sponsorships for an Event

    Adam Weinger
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    At Double the Donation we provide tools to help nonprofits raise more money from employee giving programs. One of the questions we receive on a regular basis is how nonprofits can find and secure sponsorships for events. It’s a bit out of our area of expertise so we asked the experts at Greater Giving to share their insights. The following article was written by Alexandra Saavedra, Marketing Programs Manager at Greater Giving. Greater Giving provides nonprofits and schools with technology and credit card processing services to make all their fundraising efforts more successful. Double…
  • DonorDrive Matching Gift Integration with Double the Donation

    Adam Weinger
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Does your nonprofit use DonorDrive and are you looking to integrate Double the Donation’s matching gift plugin into your DonorDrive donation pages? If so then this guide is for you.   Double the Donation’s Relationship with DonorDrive: DonorDrive is a leading provider of technology and credit card processing services to nonprofits and schools to make all their fundraising efforts more successful. Double the Donation is a leading provider of employee matching gift data and tools to nonprofits. This guide was put together to help organizations who use…
  • Are Gifts In-Kind Eligible to be Matched Through Matching Gift Programs?

    Adam Weinger
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:56 pm
    At Double the Donation we receive a wide range of questions from both nonprofits who subscribe to our matching gift service as well as general readers of our blog. One question that comes up on occasion is whether in-kind donations are eligible to be matched through corporate matching gift programs.   Common Question from Nonprofits and Individual Donors Question from nonprofits: We’re reviewing our list of donors from the past few months and noticed that some individuals who made in-kind donations work for companies with matching gift programs. Are these donations eligible to be…
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  • 9 Nonprofit Experts to Follow On Twitter

    Hila Mehr
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Twitter can be a great resource for staying up to date on nonprofit news, marketing skills, and expert insights into the sector. You can also engage with nonprofit experts by tweeting them your questions or opinions, or joining in on Twitter chats. Here are 9 must-follow nonprofit experts who regularly use Twitter to share their wisdom: Beth Kanter – @Kanter With 39.1k tweets and 403k followers, Beth may just be the queen of nonprofits on Twitter. She runs a popular blog on how nonprofits can take advantage of social media, and co-authored the book “The Networked Nonprofit” which…
  • 5 Must-Know Tips In Selecting a Nonprofit CRM

    Hila Mehr
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You ran a successful crowdfunding campaign, and you’re getting ready to launch another fundraising effort. But you don’t have sophisticated data on any of your donors or prospects. So what do you do? Dig through old emails for contact information to track in Excel. Ask colleagues or former colleagues to remind you the outcome of that one meeting two years prior. You’re wasting a lot of time, and none of your stopgap solutions are sustainable, for the fundraising effort you are about to launch or for the future of your organization. What every non-profit, or organization for that matter,…
  • Crowdfunding: The Next Method of Traditional Fundraising

    Sara Choe
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Almost anything we do today can be done online—from filing taxes using our laptops to paying for coffee with our smartphones. Fundraising is no exception, and crowdfunding is an increasingly popular way to do it. What are the differences between crowdfunding and traditional methods of nonprofit fundraising? First, let’s look at their similarities. Or rather, one major similarity: Both require healthy amounts of time to plan and execute. Let’s not let crowdfunding’s relatively immediate results fool us into thinking that little to no preparation is necessary; it takes a surprising…
  • Top Tech for Nonprofits

    Sara Choe
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The nonprofit sector tends to get a bad rep for inefficiency, and there might be a grain of truth to it that can’t be helped. Nonprofits have had to make do with limited resources, most of which were allocated towards their programs. Nowadays, nonprofits are increasingly taking their hints from the business world, which in turn is influenced by technology’s seemingly exponential evolution. There are a lot of applications and software available for businesses that would serve nonprofits really well. Here’s our list of top tech for nonprofits. Bloomerang: Donor Relationship Management…
  • Product Update: New CauseVox Admin Interface

    Jefferson Chang
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’re focused on packing powerful fundraising tools into an easy-to-use software for any nonprofit or social good project. The latest version of our CauseVox admin interface has just been released! It’s faster and more intuitive to launch and manage a fundraising campaign. Four major highlights are previewed below. Give it a try today. 1. New in-app tool tips To help CauseVox admin users setup their crowdfunding campaign, we’ve implemented on-screen tips to help guide users through the setup process. Fundraisers also are given on-screen tips as well so they can best learn how to use…
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  • Cleanup Job Board – Fundraising Ideas

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    There are very few of us who actually enjoy cleaning up other people’s mess. That’s where the Cleanup Job Board Fundraiser comes in. Participants pay to post a cleaning job, (picking up trash, removing graffiti, separating recyclables), then your fundraising team completes it. Think Craigslist meets Captain Planet, and you’ll have this fundraising event down […]
  • Wanted Poster – Fundraising Ideas

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Seeing your face on a wanted poster in the Wild West was bad, bad news. But here, we’re turning it into a fundraising idea with a twist. A Wanted Poster Fundraiser turns a person’s photograph into an alternate bandit persona from days of six shooters and mangy varmints. As you can probably tell, there’s room […]
  • Cardboard Building – Fundraising Ideas

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:26 pm
    You’d be surprised what an imagination and a few empty boxes can produce… As you might have guessed, a Cardboard Building Fundraiser challenges you to create a building using only cardboard boxes. Once it’s complete, you charge people to take a tour of the makeshift establishment. This fundraising idea is for all you creative types […]
  • Coupon Trading – Fundraising Ideas

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Collecting coupons is a great to save money shopping. To some people, it becomes a pastime to spend as little money as possible, even. A Coupon Trading Fundraiser acts like a trading card convention. Randomized “booster packs” of coupons are sold, and participants can trade amongst each other to get the ones they want. You […]
  • Punching Bag – Fundraising Ideas

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Everybody need to blow off some steam once in a while. Hosting a Punching Bag Fundraiser is just one way to help people cut loose. As the name implies, this fundraising idea lets participants pay to wail on a punching bag for a few minutes. Safety equipment and supervision are provided so the chance of […]
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  • Nonprofit Radio for August 1, 2014: Offline Drives Online & Manage Those Expectations

    Julia Campbell
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95% I Love Our Sponsor! Sponsored by Generosity Series, a nationwide series of multi-charity 5K events that provide a proven peer-to-peer fundraising platform to charities and an amazing experience for their participants. Sign-up for show alerts! Listen Live or Archive: On Fridays at 1pm Eastern: Talking Alternative Radio Subscribe via iTunes to get the podcast automatically My Guests: Richard Becker: Offline Drives Online Richard Becker Multichannel engagement is essential. You know this. Drawing from multiple cases, Richard Becker reveals strategies to…
  • Nonprofit Radio for July 25, 2014: Engagement: Motivating and Measuring & Facebook Strategies

    Julia Campbell
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 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 July 25, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Lauren Girardin & Shari Ilsen: Engagement: Motivating and Measuring With Lauren Girardin (center) and Shari Ilsen at NTC What is real engagement with your networks? How do you…
  • Nonprofit Radio for July 18, 2014: 200th Show!

    Julia Campbell
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:45 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 July 18, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Amy Sample Ward Gene Takagi Maria Semple Scott Stein Claire Meyerhoff                     Lots of special guests and all our…
  • Nonprofit Radio for July 11, 2014: Online And At Risk? & Your Board’s Role In Executive Hiring

    Julia Campbell
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:57 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 July 11, 2014 archived podcast My Guests: Diane Oates: Online And At Risk? Diane Oates Do you accept donations online? Have a “donate now” button? Are you using crowdfunding sites? You may need to register with…
  • Nonprofit Radio’s 200th Show Giveaways!

    Julia Campbell
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
        Thanks to our fab prize sponsors! Sponsors get noticed: @CuraCoffee Thanks for sponsoring @TonyMartignetti!! We are SO grateful for his insightful podcast! Learned so much!! #gotrnashvillelovesyou — GOTR Nashville (@GOTRNashville) June 27, 2014 Nonprofit Radio’s 200th Show Giveaways! is a post from: Tony Martignetti
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  • Growing events through donor renewal.

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I continually hear from organizations using peer-to-peer fundraising for their signature events that they're in a crisis right now. The problem? They've been steadily losing donors. The first thing to understand is that it's not a donor crisis. It's a participant crisis. If you dig deep into your numbers, you'll find that you've also lost those participants in your peer-to-peer events that brought you the donors. We all know that when donors are giving to your run or walk, chances are they're not donating to your organization. They probably donated because a friend was a participant in that…
  • How to eliminate the zero dollar fundraiser

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    What's shocking to most nonprofits in the peer-to-peer fundraising space is how many event participants they have who don't raise a penny. These are usually people who signed up (probably because someone asked them to) but didn't get around to fundraising until they felt it was too late. Maybe they walked in your event, or maybe they quietly (with guilt or embarrassment) bowed out, hoping you wouldn't notice. We tend to write off the zero-dollar fundraiser as just part of doing business. But have you looked at how many you really have? If it's less than 20%...
  • Crowdfunding alternatives that actually make sense.

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    As the word crowdfunding becomes more and more a part of our vocabulary, nonprofits are questioning its use as part of their revenue stream. It seems like crowdfunding is money for nothing: a site just hands you the cash they raise for you, right? While you'd expect saying yes is a no brainer, crowdfunding is not without its downsides, as many established nonprofits are discovering.
  • Storytelling that gets donations, Part 8: What makes a captivating story?

    24 Jun 2014 | 8:52 am
    In this series we've covered many of the basics of storytelling as well a specific tactics that you can use to coach your supporters. All great advice, but it's not just the elements that make a story. Great stories all have a less-tangible essence that makes them so captivating that we're engrossed in them, can't forget them and (more importantly) move people to tap the donate button:  
  • Why all the interest in fundraising with Third Party Programs?

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Last fall when we published our free eBook The Complete Guide to Creating a Third Party Fundraising Program, interest in the topic was at its peak—or so we thought. Since then the number of downloads has continued to increase. A Google search for third party fundraising now shows over 3.5 million and there's a growing buzz about the term among the many nonprofits we talk to on a daily basis as well.
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