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GREETINGS: 39 Ideas to Help You Rock Your Nonprofit Email Welcome Series

Congratulations, you’ve got new email subscribers! Now what? Dump them in your normal communications stream without recognition or welcome? Nope! Welcome them – quickly, warmly, sincerely. The welcome email may be the single most important email you send. Show More Summary

What Exactly Do We Mean by Systems?

Everyone is talking about systems. Or at least, that's how it seems in my wonkish corner of the philanthropic world. You can't attend a conference or even have a meeting without hearing about systems, whether it's people trying to disrupt them, map them, learn from them, or catalyze them.

Does "face-to-face" donor acquisition work? A look at the facts

by guest blogger Sean Triner, founder of Moceanic. Face-to-face. Street fundraising. Chuggers. Does it work? Let me show you some facts. Then you can decide if it works. For a long time face-to-face has dominated monthly giving acquisition in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, and many other places. Show More Summary

The Next Wave in Fundraising Collaboration

Three considerations for nonprofits looking to work together to raise funds.

127 Facts About Video Marketing

Is there any fundraiser out there who hasn’t tested/tried video as a tool? I hope not. But just in case you still need some context or convincing or ideas, try browsing this infographic, presenting 127 Facts (you probably didn’t know about) Video Marketing from WebsiteBuilder.org. Some fascinating data here … 70% of YouTube views come […]

5 Essential Safety Tips for Volunteers

As a volunteer manager, one of the most important jobs you have is ensuring your volunteers are safe.

From all of us at Charity Navigator...

As a charity, our donors are key to making Charity Navigator the free, public guide to giving that millions have come to know and trust. In fact, the majority of our funding comes from individual donors. Your support plays a critical...Show More Summary

ETR Steps Forward for Weekly #WorkplaceWellness

ETR Associates Staff Walking Group Note from Beth: I recently facilitated a Happy Healthy Nonprofit workshop on bringing a culture of wellbeing into the nonprofit workplace. We discussed the importance of leadership modeling and supporting a culture of  wellbeing. Show More Summary

Are GiveWell’s top charities the best option for every donor?

We're sometimes asked whether we think GiveWell's top charities are the "best," in some absolute sense of the word, or whether we'd ever advise that a donor give to an opportunity outside of our recommendations. This post aims to clarify...Show More Summary

How to harness the super-power of urgency in your fundraising

Urgency is one of the most important features of strong fundraising. That's because for most donors, deciding they'll give later is a default decision not to give ever. That's why knowing how to create a sense of urgency is so important -- one of the key tools for fundraisers. Show More Summary

Before and After – This Website Redesign Lowered Bounce Rates Significantly

Your bounce rate is the percentage of visitors to your website who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page. So what does that mean when you have bounce rates of over 50%. It means you need to redesign your website! Mentoring Program participant Rosie Aquila of Iona Senior Services shares how her organization drastically lowered […]

Is fundraising hurting itself?

Today, the fundraising think tank Rogare published "Less Than My Job's Worth." In this important "green" paper - a paper created for discussion - Rogare's director Ian MacQuillin exams the questions "is fundraising a profession?" and...Show More Summary

Happy International Day of Yoga!

Since its inception on December 11, 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly, the International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually. The idea behind International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Show More Summary

The Board Meeting Swipe File: Fundraising Costs and Investment

‘Tis the season of board meetings and budget reviews for those organizations with fiscal years beginning in July. So, there’s no better time to offer up this Agitator Board Meeting Swipe File on Fundraising Costs and Investment in Fundraising. Here’s a brief compilation of resources and advice that may come in handy as you explain […]

What Do You Want To Know?

Being donor centric begins with listening to donors. OK, it actually begins with deciding to make the necessary organisational culture shift: Yes, we must listen to our donors if we want to retain them and survive. So now that you’re listening, what are you listening for? Imagine yourself as that guy in the submarine with […]

What You See is What You Get

If you begin your day with the statement “I’ve got way too much to do” and you state that over and over again is there any opportunity for your thoughts of overwhelm to dissipate? If you start your day with the statement “We have the...Show More Summary

Need to Raise Money? Put Your Volunteer Manager in Charge (She?ll Know Just What to Do)

It?s clear to me that volunteer managers think differently from their nonprofit peers ? and that?s a really good thing.

World Refugee Day

What is World Refugee Day, and why does it matter? In December 2000, the United Nations declared June 20 th as World Refugee Day to mark the 50 th anniversary of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. Each year, organizations and communities across the globe reflect on the issues faced by refugees. Show More Summary

Data: The Next Frontier for Impact Investing

A call for investors to share their data to expand the field’s understanding of the breadth and depth of activity.

How Much Is Nonprofit Workplace Stress Self-Inflicted?

Last week I facilitated a workshop on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit:  Linking Nonprofit High Performance to Wellbeing in Santa Cruz hosted by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. Part of the workshop includes an assessment and reflection about the causes of stress in the nonprofit workplace.… Read More

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