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Last Day for Early Bird Discount on our Year-End Fundraising Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, October 24th) is the last day to receive a special early bird discount when you register for our newest class: How to Maximize Year-End Fundraising at Your Non-Profit.  Early bird registration closes at 7 PM tonight. The year-end fundraising season is essential to the success of your non-profit’s […]

3 Unusual but Effective Ways to Market Your Non-Profit

Non-profits need exposure for lots of reasons… not the least of which is to increase fundraising. Marketing your non-profit effectively will not only lead to additional revenue, but will also help you attract high-profile board members, find new volunteers, and gain extra press coverage for your efforts. When marketing your organization, you want to start […]

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to facilitate a full-day innovation lab for an amazing group of network thinkers using human design methods to inform the design of a leadership network.    It has been exactly a year since I have committed to practicing the methods from Luma Institute as part of improving my facilitation practice.  … Read More

Three kinds of code

Imagine it's 1913. John D Rockefeller has gone to the U.S. Congress to charter an innovative new philanthropic enterprise. He's been turned down. He turns instead to the State of New York, which says yes, and the modern philanthropic...Show More Summary

Nonprofits and Cybersecurity

Today's New York Times reveals that the folks who hacked the website of JP Morgan Chase, one of the world's largest banks, also hacked the website and account of the bank's affiliated charity arm - the Chase Corporate Challenge.In July,...Show More Summary

Podcast: 3 steps to effective storytelling in fundraising

Storytelling that persuades donors to action isn't magic. You just have to make sure your has these elements: It's about the donor (not about your awesome organization) It leads to the donor taking action -- entering the story It's unfinished -- you want to donor to create the satisfying end to the story. Show More Summary

Viaja y conserva experiencias inolvidables de Mérida

El estado de Yucatán está caracterizado principalmente por el gran número de lugares que quedaron marcados por el paso de las antiguas civilizaciones, plagándole con una gran riqueza histórica y cultural. A continuación te hablaremos un poco de las ruinas antiguas más destacadas. Chichen Itzá es la más famosa sin lugar a dudas, es la […]

Variedad de hoteles en Monterrey para los turistas

El estado de Nuevo León cuenta con una ciudad muy importante en México, ciudad que recibe una cantidad considerable de turistas de forma anual, por esta razón es que los hoteles en Monterrey siempre están preparados para ofrecer un servicio de muy alta calidad para dejar satisfecho hasta al viajero más exigente. Monterrey es parte […]

Is Social Media Like Teen Sex?

Indeed. Social media is like teen sex. “Everyone wants to do it. No one actually knows how. When finally done, there is surprise it’s not better.” Attributed to Avinash Kaushik, the web analytics guru, the quotation encapsulates much of the frustration, ambiguity, misinformation and hyperbole surrounding social media. Your intemperate Agitator once even explored the […]

What you're really doing when you're fundraising

Fundraising is not arguing or persuading people into giving. It's selling them the joy of giving. Arguing doesn't work because it misses the point -- the donors' point. Selling joy works because it speaks to donors where they are.

El retorno de las agencias de viaje

Si eres una persona que disfruta viajar, y digamos la verdad, seguramente así es, te propongo que para tu siguiente experiencia de viaje intentes utilizar una agencia de viajes y usar sus servicios regularmente. Esto va a ser una experiencia que te agradará, pues te darás cuenta que tendrás viajes más baratos y con buenas […]

Grouper Eats Shark

A couple of days ago I posted on the plight of small charities contending in a limited fundraising market with an over-sized competitor — Dealing With An 800 Pound Gorilla. In the situation described, the ‘gorilla’ was a local healthcare charity raising a bit over $1 million in Maine, where there are about 6,500 registered […]

Are you earning your donors' love?

Why aren't very many people giving to your fundraising efforts? Maybe, as Hands-On Fundraising, put is, You just haven't earned it yet, baby. How do you earn it? For a start, do these things? Put your donor in the spotlight (stop talking...Show More Summary

Cosas que hacer en Aguascalientes

Aguascalientes es un estado localizado en la parte del centro y norte de México, este estado fue nombrado así debido a que aquellos que la fundaron encontraron en ese tiempo muchas aguas termales. Este estado es uno de los más pequeños del país, representando únicamente el 0.3% de la superficie nacional, sin embargo, ofrece una […]

Ebola Body Bags Or Billions: The Fundraiser’s Choice

EDITORS’ NOTE: On September 4th The Agitator sounded the alarm, questioning whether fundraising efforts were rising to the level required for the impending Ebola disaster. Our conclusion, in the post Fundraisers and Ebola, was “NO!” We urged our sector shed it’s complacency. Many Agitator readers agreed. Seven weeks later, on Monday, October 20th, the […]

Better subject lines for email fundraising

Here's a handy list from the Constant Contact blog of Improve Your Open Rates with These 12 Subject Line Tweaks: Cut it down. Shorter subject lines tend to get better open rates. (Test this, because there are many variable factor!) Take...Show More Summary

¿Cómo sería tu mejor hotel?

Por lo general, un aspecto que suele ser complicado a la hora de planear un viaje es el elegir un hotel para hospedarse. En este artículo, te hablaré un poco sobre cómo elegir el sitio ideal para tu hospedaje. Primero que nada, me gustaría dejar claro que en el mundo, podemos encontrar tres tipos distintos […]

The Year-End Giving Season Is Approaching - Find Out How To Make Informed Giving Choices

TV station WFMY recently ran a story providing a nice overview of how Charity Navigator can help you make informed year-end (and really all year long) donations. Good timing on their part as we know that charities receive as much as 1/2 of their annual gifts between Thanksgiving and New Years. Show More Summary

We Don’t Have A Donor Retention Problem!

Confess … did you ever think you’d see a headline like that on an Agitator post?! Don’t hyperventilate now, because in fact Roger and I haven’t reversed course, and don’t intend to. But that said, a couple of recent — somewhat contrarian — posts from Analytical Ones caught my attention. In We don’t have a […]

How to overcome the main source of bad fundraising writing

What causes most bad fundraising writing? Is it bad writers? No, that's a distant third. (The second most common cause of bad writing is crummy brand guidelines that force abstraction and jargon.) The main source is what author Steven Pinker calls the Curse of Knowledge. Show More Summary

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