In yesterday’s Neglected Gold Mine of Lapsed Donors I closed with two questions: What are you doing to find out why your donors are leaving? And what are you doing to get them back? Although no one responded to the ‘why’ question, three experienced veterans and pros were the first to respond to the ‘what’ […]
Volunteer program managers want to know why you want to volunteer at their organization. A volunteer cover letter can help you stand out.
Addressing non-urgent, lasting conditions such as poor eyesight can help unlock the full potential of the developing world.
Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day […]
A lot (really a lot of fundraising efforts don't work. And there are some common reasons why, according to MarketSmart, at The top 10 reasons why your donor outreach fails: It's boring It's impersonal It's irrelevant It lacks emotion...Show More Summary
Previously, we took a closer look at Program Expense Percentage. Today, we’ll dive into one of our most important Accountability & Transparency metrics: Independent Board of Directors. Board independence is defined by the IRS, and it pertains to whether a member of an organization’s board has a personal financial stake in the organization. Show More Summary
Did you read the Bright Spots Report from the Haas Jr Fund and Compasspoint, or the Individual Donor Benchmark Report? Yes? Then you will […]
I’m glad Tom raised the issue of ‘lapsed’ donors in his post, When To Give Up On A Donor. The issue of seemingly inactive or financially unproductive donors receives to little serious attention. In the direct response part of the trade, ‘lapsed’ donors are too often mechanistically shoved into various RFM buckets with little understanding […]
I hope everyone had a great week. Let’s dive into […]
Targeted, internal initiatives can help advance strategic organizational change—but there is often a better approach.
Photo by CogdogBlog Note from Beth: I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Data Driven Nonprofits by Steve Maclaughlin (launching Sept. 6th so stay tuned) and so data and nonprofits has been on my brain. So when colleague, Cheryl Contee reached out an idea for this post, I could not resist! … Read More
This is a reminder that today (Friday, August 26th) is the last day to register for our new class The Non-Profit Prospecting Formula: How to Find and Approach New Donors for Your Organization. Registration closes at 7 PM tonight. If you want to find a steady stream of new donors for your non-profit, you owe it to yourself to […]
Yesterday’s post, When To Give Up On A Donor, kicked off a good discussion of how to approach lapsed donors. And I want to preview … Roger has written a spectacularly thorough post on that subject which we’ve scheduled for Monday. It’s an entire mini-course with a treasure of pertinent links. A post you’ll want […]
VM Summit 16 is the place to collaborate with other volunteer managers who engage corporate volunteers. But how do you get the internal support to attend?
Pre-Order my next book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. The book is being published by Wiley on October 10th. I’ve just returned from week-long leadership development program in Israel called “Reality Storytellers” hosted by the Schusterman Foundation. … Read More
Three practices successful social sector partnerships can adopt to improve their alignment and generate better results.
As of August 2016, Twitter has 313 million monthly acti […]
Your best work happens when you get a creative spark. That's something that doesn't come on cue. But there are ways to encourage the spark, according to 5 Research-Backed Methods to Be More Creative on HubSpot: Stop typecasting yourself. Show More Summary
How human is your organization in your donors' eyes? It matters. Because a "human" organization is one they can connect with. And acting human can be hard for some organizations, especially larger ones. Here's some help from re: charity,...Show More Summary
I’ve had two experiences that make me question when to give up on a non-responsive donor or member. From too many donor focus groups, I’ve carried away the observation that a startling number of donors don’t even know they’re donors — that is, donors to the specific cause or charity that has them under the lens […]