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How to make emotional connections with donors

Your relationship with donors is almost completely based on how it feels to give to your organization. It's up to you to do all you can to foster positive emotional experiences. Smart commercial marketers understand this, because it applies to them also. Show More Summary

Interview on how to make your year end appeals more effective

What is the best way to write fundraising appeals?   Recently I spoke with CauseVox about the core elements of effective fundraising appeals, how […]

The Curse of Fundraising Innumeracy

Lots of good stuff apparently came out of last week’s International Fundraising Conference and we’ll be reporting on some of that in the near future. But … mixed in with the emails and phone calls reporting the ‘good’ came one message that deserves immediate attention because I suspect it’s far from a lone example. “Roger, […]

United Nations Day

Since 1948, every October 24th has annually been recognized as United Nations Day, which celebrates the efforts and achievements of the UN. The date is significant because of the UN’s entry into force within the UN Charter, in 1945.Show More Summary

How to build bonds of trust with your donors

One of the things that makes fundraising hard is the lack of trust many donors have for nonprofit organizations. A steady stream of charity scandals, amplified by the press, which frequently has added wide innuendoes, has created an atmosphere is distrust. Show More Summary

Doing Your Best Work

You’re probably reading this on Monday morning. Are you going to do your best work this week? Indeed, what motivates you to do your best work? A deadline, prospect of recognition by peers or superiors, fear of failure, the thrill of creating something new, the goal itself (personal or institutional), team élan, something much deeper […]

Last Day to Register for our Fundraising Events Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, October 21st) is the last day to register for our new class How to Maximize Your Non-Profit Fundraising Events.  Registration closes at 7 PM. During this 7 week online class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to hold the most profitable events ever at your non-profit, including: […]

Don’t Forget Your Mail

I love the mail. I love checking my mailbox — a real mail box with a red flag — six days a week. Indeed I even have two mailboxes … and one is actually at a real post office! I treasure my copper mailbox key. I love to feel my way through the mail, regarding […]

The One Simple Thing That Nonprofit Leaders Do To Keep Inspired and Avoid Burnout

Mike Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director Yesterday, I honored to fill in as MC and interviewer for Darian Rodriguez Heyman at the Nonprofit Fundraising Masters event.   (Darian was welcoming his first child, a boy, into the world!). Show More Summary

Fundraising secrets from Elmore Leonard

I recently came across the late Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing. Leonard was a novelist, most famously of crime fiction. But his rules apply surprisingly well to fundraising writing. Here they are, along with my annotations for fundraisers: Never open a book with weather. Show More Summary

Are Liberals Better Fundraisers?

Given that today’s buzz is probably focused on last night’s final US presidential candidate debate, I thought I’d stick to a political theme. A couple of times recently (here, latest here), I’ve grumped about political fundraising, especially the incessant barrage of emails from various arms of the Clinton fundraising machine. Then I noted (here) the […]

A Quick Guide to Engaging Short-Term Volunteers

Trailblazing volunteer program managers: you don’t want to miss this quick and easy guide to creating short-term volunteer opportunities.

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Every October, schools, organizations, celebrities, and people from all walks of life come together to observe it as National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. Show More Summary

6 things worth knowing about the psychology of giving

Check this out from Classy Blog: 6 Fundraising Psychology Hacks You Need to Know. These are the so-called tricks experienced fundraisers work with all the time: Identifiable Victim Effect (It's much easier to care -- and give -- if you see one person in need.) Psychic Numbing (This is the opposite of the Identifiable Victim. Show More Summary

Rally & Engage: How You Can Craft a Compelling Fundraising Story

On this episode Noah Barnett and I discussed how your organization’s culture matters more than you think and how to craft a compelling fundraising story that drives response (even without an ask). The post Rally & Engage: How You Can Craft a Compelling Fundraising Story appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

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