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Nonprofit Love: A Music Playlist to Inspire You

Sometimes nonprofit fundraisers and marketers need to take a deep breath and then...rock out. Ok maybe not "rock out," but listening to music can help spark creativity, help you relax, or pump you up. I reached out to some of my nonprofit...Show More Summary

Innovation Series #2: What Causes Innovation

In this 2nd of our series on “Innovation” drawing from the Agitator vault here’s a post How Does Innovation Occur we wrote eight years ago. Still seems current and if you didn’t read the interview the first time around here’s your second chance. The Editors   Tom and Roger  |    July 2, 2007 Here’s an […]

How to Campaign-ize Your Fundraising for Maximum Results

Capital campaigns are extremely effective at raising large amounts of money in a relatively short period of time. They’re a lot of work, but non-profit fundraisers have developed a system over the past 50 years for running successful capital campaigns for organizations large and small. The lessons they have learned running capital campaigns need not […]

Painful truths about fundraising they didn't tell you about in school

Here's a revealing post at Medium about the beliefs many people carry into the fundraising profession: Five Things They Didn't Tell You When You Signed Up to Fundraise. Have you ever confronted any of these? No one has to give you money. Show More Summary

Innovation Series #1- Are You Up for It?

At the end of the day all marketing efforts live or die by execution and innovation. Fundraising is no exception. A number of readers, most recently Mike Browne have requested we revisit the issue of innovation. So, starting with this post–What’s Your Innovation Quotient—  here’s what The Agitator has had to say. We’ll begin with […]

Nepal Update: Where'd the Money Go?

On April 25, 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, killing thousands, and injuring or displacing thousands more.Many nonprofit organizations responded immediately to the disaster, providing aid in the form of food, clothing, medical supplies, shelter, and other necessities. Show More Summary

What I learned from the @Fitbit Community Manager at #octribe about Walking Communities

Earlier this week, I was honored to present at the #octribe (online community tribe) meet up “Walking Communities: Fit Fanatics Online and Off” with Allison Leahy from Fitbit who manages fitbit online communities.    The #octribe meetup...Show More Summary

Doing Less, Better

The real competitive advantage of social enterprise, compared to traditional charities isn’t revenue generation—it’s the ability to focus on fewer things.

What Your Social Fundraising Campaign Is Missing

Social fundraising can help even the smallest organizations spread their message and attract new donors. These peer-driven campaigns tap into the networks of your supporters allowing you to expand your reach beyond your list. But the real power of turning your donors into fundraisers is not just about the multiplier effect. Show More Summary

It’s Not Your Grandma’s Homepage

The newspaper industry is struggling for its life. Of course, that’s not news, but what they’re doing by way searching for life rafts is indeed important and worthy of attention. Not only is their financial survival important, but also a significant part of our civil society fabric is at stake in their future. If they […]

Last Day for Early Bird Discount on our Major Donor Fundraising Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, July 31st) is the last day to receive a special early bird discount when you register for our new class How to Find New Major Donors and Get Them to Give to Your Non-Profit.  Early bird registration closes at 7 PM. During this 4 week online class, you’ll […]

A Not-so-Risky Business?

A Not-so-Risky Business? July 30, 2015 Are foundation officers more courageous risk-takers than other people? Some new research says: Evidently not. Then again, should they be?   Speaking at Duke last year, John R. Ettinger, CEO of the...Show More Summary

Architecting for Data

Four ways nonprofits can cut through the data hype and start using data on purpose.

Easy ways to improve your landing pages

I bet you'd like it more of the people who end up on your landing page actually filled it out. Here's some help from the online commercial world, at the Daily Egg: Quick Copywriting Tweaks Proven to Lift Conversions 30% or More. Try these things on your landing pages: Talk More about Benefits, Less About Your Solutions. Show More Summary

This changed my life.

I’m not in the habit of talking about my personal stuff on this site. Because some stuff is really, not in any way, related […]

The Single Most Important “Fix” for Fundraising

 Back in May Ken Burnett served up a thought-provoking finale to his 5-part Future of Fundraising series: Fundraising and the rule of law.  For those who missed this series we especially want to repeat and focus on a key reform we all need to work on –fixing the donor’s experience.   You’ll find Ken’s recommendations set forth […]

Last Chance to Shape the 16NTC Agenda!

In today’s world, volunteer engagement and technology go hand in hand. In our recently-published book Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, we dedicated an entire section to technology shifts and their impact on the volunteer engagement space. … Continue reading ?

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