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A New Approach to Reversing the Downward Spiral of Low Turnout

To increase voter turnout, other approaches are needed—ones intended not to inflame passions about what may be at stake in a particular election but instead to connect more voters to the process of voting and to the value of participating in our democracy.

Needed: The Stomach And Resolve For Building Donor Relationships

Tom’s post Donor Relationships? Balderdash produced a wonderful wave of comment from donor-oriented Agitator readers on the importance of working hard on designing and tending the relationship garden. Lisa Sargent and Mary Cahalane share the experience and rewards of attentiveness to the donor relationship. Show More Summary

New posts on the Open Philanthropy Blog: our approach to grantmaking so far, and the launch of the Alliance for Safety and Justice

We are now posting content relevant to the Open Philanthropy Project to the Open Philanthropy Blog, rather than the GiveWell Blog. For a period of time, we will be posting notices here when new content appears, in order to ease … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

The Modern Marriage Between Tech Philanthropy and Nonprofits: “It’s Complicated”

It’s a modern relationship in a modern world. It’s a marriage full of promise. But does our culture’s celebration of the male-dominated tech world end up overshadowing critical skills like empathy that are required for social change...

How To Squeeze Social Media Into Your Day When It Isn’t A Full-Time Job

Photo by BirgerKing A lot of my work as a trainer is teaching senior leaders and staff to use social media and their online networks as part of their thought leadership, professional networking and/or to support the organization’s communications goals as an ambassador for the organization’s missions.    … Read More

The Trump Foundation Raises $6 million for Veterans

In lieu of attending the latest GOP debate, Donald Trump held his own event, which was aimed at raising money for veterans through the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The event rose over $6 million, which will be distributed to 22 different veterans groups. Show More Summary

Why being direct makes your fundraising work

Hi! How are you? What's up with this weather lately? That's how a lot of normal conversations start. We do that because it's easy to talk about inconsequential things while we establish connection and gage the mood before we get to our real topics. Show More Summary

FREE Webinar: 5 Tips to Write the Ultimate Fundraising Cover Letter

Webinar Title: Free Webinar: 5 Tips to Write the Ultimate Fundraising Cover Letter Date: March 9th, 2016 Time: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, […]

Crowdfunding: An Essential Tool For Today’s Fundraising Mix

This week we have a hot topic and guest post by Deposit a Gift Founder, Dana Ostomel, our guest speaker for the February 18th Ignited Fundraising Community webinar, Crowdfunding 101. Chances are you’ve heard of crowdfunding, simply defined as online social fundraising, but you might not have a lot of experience with it. Show More Summary

Donor ‘Relationships’? Balderdash!

Nonprofit communications guru Tom Ahern has just published a fascinating post in his e-newsletter asking and answering the question: How long does the average donor give? Eventually I expect the article will be available to slowpokes on his website. Before I report the answers to his question (he asked a whole flotilla of consultants and practitioners), […]

Volunteer Opportunities to Get Your Major Donors Involved

Guest post by Blake Groves Like many aspects of nonprofit life, we’re seeing all sorts of fascinating opportunities pop up in the volunteering world. You can now text your ZIP code to a phone number and receive a list of volunteer … Continue reading ?

Is emotion dishonest in fundraising?

Is there someone on your organization's staff (or board) who wants you to turn down the emotional content of your fundraising because they believe emotion is dishonest or manipulative? Do they tell you to "stick with the facts" because...Show More Summary

The Network As Social Change Tool: An Interview with Anna Muoio

In today’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with Anna Muoio, an expert on the use of networks in social change efforts. At Monitor Institute, a part of Deloitte Consulting, Anna leads the practice on how to drive large-scale social change through galvanizing networks around a shared agenda. Show More Summary

Get More Video Views & Shares: #501TechNYC (Part 2)

Read Part One Thanks to NYC’s 501 Tech Club for inviting knowledgeable nonprofit video makers from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS andInternational Rescue Committee (IRC) to share tips, tools, and case studies with us video expert wannabees. Show More Summary

Writer’s Block At Agitator’s Southern HQ

It’s a gorgeous summer — yes summer — day at The Agitator’s Southern Hemisphere headquarters, so I’m having a bit of writer’s block. So I’m turning to our readers for help. Think about the coming year and the fundraising performance you’ve projected for your organization. Tell me, what do you see as the single biggest obstacle you […]

Food for Thought: Technology and the Future of Volunteer Management

At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the fields of volunteer engagement and nonprofit management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Here’s some food for thought to keep … Continue reading ?

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