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From Blur to Precision

A recent convening highlighted progress on setting a “fourth sector” agenda.

Are Facebook Videos Dominating YouTube?

Let's flashback to 2013 when Facebook announced in a blog post that they'd start autoplaying videos: Since September, we’ ve been testing a way to make videos more engaging on Facebook, and as a result we’ ve seen views, likes, shares and comments increase more than 10 percent. Show More Summary

Link Round Up

We love reading amazing content from across the sector. Here are a few nonprofit marketing and fundraising resources that stood out this week:

What We Own and What Owns Us

Our government should be invested with a pride of ownership. But first, we’ve got to recognize, appreciate, and take responsibility for what it is that we own together.

Stupidly empty city reminds people why they don't want to donate

This video about the Syria crisis and linking to a UNHCR giving page is depressing. It makes several of the mistakes typical of Stupid Nonprofit Ads, but does it with a kind of plodding, self-important, scolding spirit. As is often true with work like this, it's done by an ad agency. Show More Summary

Last Day for Early Bird Discount on our Art of the Ask Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, January 23rd) is the last day to receive a special early bird discount when you register for our new class The Art of the Ask: How to Successfully Ask Anyone for a Donation to Your Non-Profit.  Early bird registration will close at 7 PM tonight. This 4 week […]

Losing Trust … Building Trust

Global PR giant Edelman has released its 2015 Trust Barometer, which shows “evaporating” trust — worldwide — for media, business, nonprofits and many governments (the institution with already the lowest trust levels). Most Agitator readers will probably first want to know where trust levels stand in your country (27 were studied), and how nonprofits stack […]

Talking Shop with Network Designers and Weavers for Social Change

We learn so much about professional practice from having honest and candid conversations. Not only do we learn something new, but it feels great to connect with other people who are asking the sames types of questions about their work. Show More Summary

Fundraising Authority Podcast #21: How to Build Strong Donor Relationships Online

The donor cultivation funnel isn’t just for offline fundraising.  Non-profits can and should be building strong relationships with their donors online (including through e-mail, social media and on  their organization’s website).  Great online cultivation leads to more donors, bigger gifts, and better donor relationships. Show More Summary

Bold but Flexible: How to Effectively Share Your Vision

Creating change requires that organizations effectively communicate their vision in a way that draws in both existing allies and unusual suspects.

Don’t “Haul in the Nets,” Repair Them!

Don’t “Haul in the Nets,” Repair Them! January 22, 2015 Last semester’s talk by John Ettinger, about foundations’ efforts to network their grantees, continues to draw a lot of thoughtful reaction. This guest post comes from an expert...Show More Summary

How to tell stories that motivate donors to give

Here's my recent presentation on telling stories -- the right stories in the right way -- for maximum fundraising power: Or view it here on SlideShare. Everyone knows that if you want people to support your cause you must tell stories. But if you really want to succeed, you have to tell the right story -- the story that pulls donors in and makes them hunger to donate to you.

Creating Your Nonprofit’s Message of Impact

Today I’m in the beautiful mountains of Hailey, Idaho speaking to a group of nonprofit leaders about how to create a message of impact for their organizations. I so often hear from nonprofit leaders about how difficult it is to convince a donor to give to their organization. Show More Summary

Lessons from Haiyan: five steps to improve accountability to affected people

I spent a fascinating morning this week at the launch of a special edition of Humanitarian Exchange on The Typhoon Haiyan Response in the Philippines. (Video to follow soon.) We discussed how aid agencies can be more accountable to the people they serve. (“Accountability to Affected People”, AAP, in the jargon. Of which more below.) In […]

Battling The Bullies

In August last year The Agitator ran a three-part series — here, here, and here — on how some politicians and their special interest supporters are attempting to intimidate, discredit and destroy nonprofits they oppose by misapplying fundraising regulations. Show More Summary

How to Make Better Fundraising Asks

How do you feel when you sit down with a donor – face to face – to make a fundraising ask? Do you feel nervous, anxious, or worried?  Or do you go into the ask confident that the donor will say yes – and will thank you for the opportunity to invest in your work? […]

Quick Takeaways from the Pew Social Media Report

The folks at the Pew Research Center recently published updates to their Social Media Report. Here are a few highlights: Facebook still reigns supreme. It comes as no surprise that 71% of all online adults are on Facebook, which also sees 70% of users engaging with the site at least daily. More older adults adopting social networks. Show More Summary

How to Understand Your Volunteers’ Attitudes

Guest post by Haley Myers, Volunteer Program Assessment Understanding volunteer attitudes and engagement is important for any nonprofit organization. Engaged volunteers are likely to be less stressed and more psychologically healthy. In addition, they feel a sense of commitment to … Continue reading ?

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