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Last Day for Early Bird Discount on How to Maximize Your Non-Profit Fundraising Events

This is a reminder that today (Friday, August 29th) is the last day to get a special early bird discount when you register for our new class How to Maximize Your Non-Profit Fundraising Events.  Early bird registration closes at 7 PM. During this 7 week multimedia class,  you’ll learn everything you need to know to […]

Are Nonprofits Staffing Tech Right?

In the past, nonprofits would just have someone on staff (usually the Communications person) run all things tech at the organization, plus their organizational duties, and sometimes that's still the case. Technology staffing is a full...Show More Summary

4-Star Charities Celebrating Their Success

4-star Interfaith Community Services of Pima County 4-star charities don't just shout their good news from the rooftops, they are increasingly sharing it via social media. Check out some of the fun 4-star inspired photos we've seen recently on twitter, facebook and other social media platforms.

How Crowdfunding Can Transform Alumni Giving

“Over the past decade colleges and universities of all stripes have struggled with a truly stunning national decline in alumni participation rates: More than a third fewer alumni make a gift of any size to their alma mater today compared...Show More Summary

How Privileged Are You?

Sometimes even fundraisers need food for the soul. Tom and I serve up over-sized portions on techniques, strategies and tactics, and other helpful (we hope!) stuff to help you with your job. We’re a bit light on the broccoli equivalents. Not that we’re opposed to balanced mental nutrition for fundraisers, it’s just that sometimes it’s […]

Think your data is too overwhelming? Start here.

In the recently released Individual Donor Benchmark Report, the folks at Third Space Studio and BC/DC Ideas looked at fundraising data for organizations with budgets under $2 million. The report contains a wealth of information thatShow More Summary

People Make the Difference: The Joys of Discovery

You may have noticed lately that we’ve been highlighting the data and stats in our 2013 Annual Impact Report. And these numbers are exciting, don’t get me wrong. We’re data nerds with the best of them. But data isn’t the … Continue reading ?

Fifty Shades of Sharing. Or at Least Two.

Understanding the division within the sharing economy is an essential step toward engaging the values-driven segment of that economy with our social change missions.

This phony best practice for subject lines has to go

by guest blogger George Crankovic You're creating an e-appeal, and you reach the north face of the 30,000-foot mountain you must climb. You have to write the subject line. It has to stand out in the inbox, intrigue your donors, motivate them to act, and move them to click. Show More Summary

Has the Ice Bucket Challenge Spawned A New Fundraising Technique Called Charity Jacking?

The amount of money raised for ALS research through the IceBucket Challenge is almost $100 million and the other impacts are just as impressive.    Scores of nonprofit fundraising staffers report being called on to replicate the challenge.    Jeremiah Owyang has provided the easy recipe and I’ve provided an analysis of what can and cannot be reproduced.  … Read More

The Value of Quiet for the Nonprofit Leader

As summer draws to a close and my own downtime ends, it occurs to me that there is a real need, in our increasingly always-on world, for leaders to find time for quiet reflection, to reconnect with their core. And particularly in the...Show More Summary

Do It By The Numbers

I’ve been doing some end-of-summer cleaning out of my Agitator ‘inspiration bin’. The place where I store things to write about. I realized that I had gathered a heap of ‘number stuff’ … all fairly recent items, but my how they accumulate! So here are few for you list keepers. 3 Things You Can Do […]

Nonprofit Insights: Tapping into the Power of National Days and Weeks of Service

The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good. For many nonprofit organizations, national events like MLK … Continue reading ?

Disrupting the Textbook Status Quo

Philanthropy can help educators find, create, and demand better options for students.

Personal Health Data: It’s Amazing Potential and Privacy Perils

This is a graph of aggregate data from Jawbone,a wristband that people wear that tracks their steps throughout the day and their sleep patterns during the night. (h/t Robert Scoble)   This aggregate data shows exactly when and how many people in the San Francisco were bolted awake by the recent Napa Valley earthquake.  … Read More

Is your fundraising on the right track?

Here's a short, encouraging list from the Bloomerang blog: 4 Signs Your Nonprofit Is On The Right Track: Focusing on donor retention Making the second gift a priority Having a top-notch communication strategy Harnessing technology in their fundraising efforts I can vouch for this list. Show More Summary

Free Donor Stewardship Class!

We're rapidly moving toward the most generous time of the year. Many nonprofits see 30% or more of their annual donations in December. But according to recent studies by Google, September is when donors start making their year-end giving decisions. Will you retain your donors this year? I've asked Shanon Doolittle and Vanessa Chase, the [...]

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