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Trainer’s Notebook: Fishbowl Facilitation Technique

Last week, I participated in the “Funders Learning Lab: Investing in Networks and Network Leadership.”  The participants included both funders and practitioners with expertise in networks, leadership development, philanthropy and social justice.   The goal was to add to our collective understanding about investing in network leadership and networks.  … Read More

Bringing Soul to the Work of Collective Impact

Leaders must be steadfast in their efforts to achieve results that advance equity—just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.

No More Waiting; Start Finding Volunteers Right Away

Since VolunteerMatch started back in 1998, we’ve been inviting eligible organizations seeking volunteers to post volunteer opportunities for free. Fast forward 17 years, and over 100,000 organizations have used our site to find the volunteers they need. AND we’ve recently facilitated … Continue reading ?

What??? Surprise, Your Shortcut to Connection

Shaping messages to be relevant to those we’re hoping to engage and spur to action is the #1. Relevance rules! But there’s more you can do, once you get to relevance. Over the last few months, my passion to find, analyze and guide you to the most effective messaging possible has uncovered a few additional […]

Your donors are trashing your emails; here's what you can do

Email is the mean streets of fundraising. Your messages are born cheap, live hard, and die fast. Here are some things you can do to improve your emails' chances, from the Constant Contact blog, at 7 Design Mistakes That Make ReadersShow More Summary

Hamsters And Fundraising

When it comes to holding on to donors most fundraisers, like fur-less hamsters, seem to treading their way to nowhere. As the Agitator noted last week in our post on the 2015 Fundraising Effectiveness Project Report, just as in past years the number of new donors gained is surpassed by the number of existing donors lost (100 too […]

Ten steps to a better humanitarian system

This is a reblog of a great piece from Nick van Praag, of Ground Truth Solutions. It was also posted by the CHS Alliance. There’s real food for thought here for the World Humanitarian Summit. But who will take the lead in making some of these changes happen? Will any of us stand up and be […]

The One Secret To Better Virtual Meetings: Empathy

Last week, I facilitated a peer learning session for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders and their mentors about healthy and productive meetings.     We covered the best practices of meetings, both face-to-face and virtual meetings.   I’ve been...Show More Summary

Small but Not Silent

Done right, small organizations can hit above their weight and use communications as a foundation for growth, sustainability, and scaling.

You Can Save the Corporations

Are you looking for sponsorship for that next event? How altruistic of you!   You could be SAVING THE COMPANY. YOU COULD BE SAVING […]

Loyalty To AARP

The Agitator has reported before on AARP (American Assn of Retired Persons) and its various marketing endeavours, simply because AARP, with more than 37 million members, is one of the 800 pound gorillas in the nonprofit advocacy and service sector. AARP has the resources to experiment and innovate … and hopefully get things right. And […]

Last Day for Early Bird Discount on How to Maximize Year-End Fundraising at Your Non-Profit

This is a reminder that today (Friday, October 9th) is the last day to receive a special early bird discount when you register for our newest class How to Maximize Year-End Fundraising at Your Non-Profit.  Early bird registration closes at 7 PM. During this 4 week online class, you’ll learn everything you need to know […]

5 ways to win your donors' hearts with super headlines

Headlines are the most important things you write. That includes email subject lines and direct mail teasers. If your headlines are strong, more donors will pay attention to everything else you do. That's why you'll want to pay attention to this post at MarketingExperiments Blog: See immediate lifts by applying these 5 principles to your headlines. Show More Summary

Harnessing Faith Leaders for Gender Justice

A new approach to fostering gender equality is changing faith leaders’ beliefs and behaviors in ways that improve life for entire communities.

Insight Into Donor-Advised Giving

Hats off to Schwab for providing valuable insight into the giving behavior of their donor-advised fund customers. Schwab has released a report providing giving data both since inception of their fund in 1999 and greater detail on fiscal year 2015. Because donor funds are invested by Schwab, it’s nice to see that, since inception, donor funds held in […]

How to Find Breakthrough Ideas

If innovation is everywhere these days, why is finding it so hard?

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