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So you want to get into online advocacy?

It starts with the action! An engaging action, one that is shareable and appealing to not only your audience, but also friends of your supporters, is the first step in launching your effective online advocacy strategy. Once you have created your action: Don’t just rely on email. Show More Summary

10 Great Social Innovation Reads: September 2014

There were some pretty exciting things happening in the world of social innovation last month. From a new fund to make philanthropy more effective, to a new blog series written by funders making the case for investing in nonprofit leadership,...Show More Summary

Boards and Near-Death Experiences

I was talking to one of our board members the other day, and I wondered aloud—yet again—why the board did not pull the plug on NPQ at some point over the past few years, when we really did not know if we were going to make it financially.

Guest Post from Tom Rutledge

The following is a guest post from one of our Board members, Tom Rutledge, that he wrote to reflect on his personal experiences as a GiveWell supporter. I was a Jerk for GiveWell When I first learned about GiveWell, I … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Kickstarter Founder Launches Nonprofit Platform: A Dollar A Day

Perry Chen is an American Internet entrepreneur best known for co-founding the social fundraising website Kickstarter.   Today, he has launched a platform to help raise money for nonprofits that are doing highly effective work, but may not be as well known to a larger audience.  … Read More

Impact Investing: Time for New Terminology?

If we are to effectively grow the impact investing community, we need more clarity about what impact investing is—and isn’t.

The most important element of your successful online giving program

It's direct mail. Direct mail is one of the most effective ways of driving online giving. In most cases, it's better at getting people to give online than email, better than social media, better than search engine marketing. If you want to succeed online, don't ignore direct mail.

Ring! Ring! Telemarketing Mysteries And Case Studies

If there ever there were a medium where nonprofits consistently get it wrong it’s telemarketing. In my experience no medium, short of a personal visit, is as powerful. IF … used correctly, which unfortunately is seldom the case. CEOs and boards generally hate telemarketing. Adding to the dilemma is the fact that few fundraisers understand […]

The Ignited Fundraising Community is Now Accepting New Members

Over the past few weeks we’ve had a lot of buzz about m […] The post The Ignited Fundraising Community is Now Accepting New Members appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

Study: Nonprofits Score an F in Online Fundraising Scorecard

Dunham and Company released an Online Fundraising Scorecard that looked at 151 nonprofits online fundraising activities. The report either gave a big "F" or a mediocre rating to most of the nonprofits in the report. Out of 151 nonprofits,...Show More Summary

A New Approach to Fighting Modern Slavery

A new effort to eradicate slavery is showing success—and may provide a model for other complex human rights and social justice issues.

How to make your donors love you

Do your donors love you? Are you lovable? Here are 5 Tips for Making Your Donors Love You from Fired-Up Fundraising: Ask donors to do something besides give money. Use a clear call to action. Don't bore them! Send them snail mail in addition to emails. Show More Summary

10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable?

Note for Beth: Most of my work over the last twenty years in nonprofit technology has been focused on designing and facilitating capacity building projects, specifically training and peer learning projects that help participants successfully learn and apply skills using online technology, social media, networks, measurement, training design or other topic.     … Read More

You HAVE Your Killer App: Your Website

Way back when, when social media was new-ish (let’s say 2007), I used this classic baseball analogy to illustrate how social media fit into the communications universe. Website as home base, with email as pitcher (no hits without the pitcher) Core social media platforms (now Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) as inside bases Other social media […]

A Case Study of Board Nonfeasance: Community Action of Minneapolis

Yesterday, we talked about the anti-accountability culture at the NY Fed, but this nonprofit gives it a disheartening run for its money.

Eloquence in Equivalencies

An equivalency is an example of what a specific sum of money buys for your organization. I have been really surprised when these numbers are not strategically planned and thought through. If you are going to create statistics please, please use them to upgrade donors. Say things like a gift of $10 will do this […]

Why Nonprofits Must Stop Being So Grateful

The other day I was talking to a nonprofit executive director who was delighted because he finally convinced a reluctant board member to become board chair. Over the past year, this board member had been delinquent in his meeting attendance and fundraising requirements. Show More Summary

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