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Fixing Hidden Leaks #4: Credit Card Hell

In Hidden Leaks #2, I warned of the likelihood that a bad Donation Page will drive even the most loyal of donors to the exit. Getting down in the essential weeds a bit more, here’s an important message about another processing ‘leak’ — and loyalty opportunity — in the retention bucket. A leak unnoticed or […]

Mission-Aligned Investing: More Complex Than It Seems

Even with the best intentions and emerging tools, the current investment framework makes it difficult to match investment portfolios to values.

Data volunteering

The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth has a new series on data volunteering - check out their first post here.Over at the Digital Civil Society Lab we're getting ready to host a small gathering of these "data volunteers" on Monday. Show More Summary

Impact Investing and a 200-year-old Debate

Three strategies investors can use to create impactful outcomes at scale.

Last Day to Register for our 200 Fundraising Ideas Class!

This is a reminder that today (Friday, May 9th) is the last day to register for our new class 200 Fundraising Ideas to Help Your Non-Profit Raise More Money than Ever Before.  Registration closes at 7 PM! Your non-profit does great work… and you deserve to raise the money you need to thrive.  During this […]

How to show your donors they aren't alone

Social proof is among the most persuasive elements for fundraising: The sense that other people, lots of them, have already given. That I'm not the only one considering this decision to give. That when I give, I'll join a tribe of smart, wonderful people. Show More Summary

How VolunteerMatch Volunteers: The Power of Teams

At VolunteerMatch, we work full-time on volunteerism. But we also like to get out of the office and volunteer ourselves! That’s why we’ve split up our staff into small volunteer teams, each led by a team captain. Mainly, this is for encouragement. … Continue reading ?

Orphan Care Fundraising Tips

The AIDS Orphan Care vision is to improve the lives of African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS by providing them with the same things we want for our own kids – food, clothing, a warm bed, an education, health care and the knowledge that somebody cares. In Lesotho, Southern Africa, where 1 in 4 adults has […]

One simple way to simplify

A simple and helpful perspective shift from Josh Collier: I felt like I couldn’t get anything done. The Tyranny of the Urgent wasn’t just a struggle, it was my daily reality. Not able to do what I love most, I found myself totally discouraged. So I asked my friend David Achata for help. He said he’d […]

Emerging Tools for Community-Driven Evaluations

Eight tools for building inclusive, community programs to address health and other social issues.

Community Collaboratives Show Persistence and Progress

Local US collaboratives face a number of common challenges to achieving social change, but many are adapting and evolving for long-term success.

Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Author Spotlight: Mike Bright, Help from Home

VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, features chapters from 35 experts in the field of volunteer engagement. In this series of blog posts, get to know these #35experts and their areas of expertise. Today’s … Continue reading ?

The key -- and often missing -- ingredient in nonprofit stories

How often have you read a fundraising message that included a "story" like this? Everything is going great for "Jim." He used to struggle with alcoholism, but ever since he came to Awesome Charity, he's been sober, and loving his life. Show More Summary

Pure Passion is Contagious (Case Study, Part 1: Stickley Museum)

Last summer, my husband and I finally visited The Museum at Craftman Farms, which had been on our go-to list for a decade. It’s the former country estate of noted turn-of-the-20th-century designer Gustav Stickley, a leader of “the Arts and Crafts movement in decorative arts, home building, and furnishing styles.” It’s the only house Stickley […]

The 4 T’s of Amazing Fundraising Appeals

At Network for Good we spend a lot of time analyzing what makes an ask more effective, as a really good fundraising appeal is so crucial for nonprofits to connect with supporters and inspire donors to give. Our CEO, Bill Strathmann, is a big fan of alliteration and recently shared four T’s for effective appeals. Show More Summary

Matching Gifts: Bonanza Or Sham?

Every few weeks I wade into the Sea of Sameness that is my pile of unopened fundraising mail. While leafing through the current batch I came across 3 Matching Gift offers. One advances the offer of a 3 for 1 match … another expresses the urgency of a 4 for 1 match … the third […]

A “Watch-Out” for Private Foundations Offering Prizes

No-strings-attached prizes incentivize innovation, but private foundations need to structure them carefully to avoid prohibitive penalty taxes.

More on the Cancer Charity Scam

The Hard Line's Ed Berliner talks with Charity Navigator's Sandra Miniutti about the recent FTC lawsuit against four sham cancer charities. The short segment includes information for how donors can check out charities before they gi...

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