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More Gold For The Lapsed Donor Mine

In yesterday’s Neglected Gold Mine of Lapsed Donors  I closed with two questions: What are you doing to find out why your donors are leaving? And what are you doing to get them back? Although no one responded to the ‘why’ question, three experienced veterans and pros were the first to respond to the ‘what’ […]

Tips for Writing a Winning Volunteer Cover Letter

Volunteer program managers want to know why you want to volunteer at their organization. A volunteer cover letter can help you stand out.

Chronic Problems, Not Just Crises, Should Be a Global Health Priority

Addressing non-urgent, lasting conditions such as poor eyesight can help unlock the full potential of the developing world.

Fundraising From Yourself -- it's how you fail in fundraising

A lot (really a lot of fundraising efforts don't work. And there are some common reasons why, according to MarketSmart, at The top 10 reasons why your donor outreach fails: It's boring It's impersonal It's irrelevant It lacks emotion...Show More Summary

Metric Mondays #2: Independent Board

Previously, we took a closer look at Program Expense Percentage. Today, we’ll dive into one of our most important Accountability & Transparency metrics: Independent Board of Directors. Board independence is defined by the IRS, and it pertains to whether a member of an organization’s board has a personal financial stake in the organization. Show More Summary

Free Webinar: September 13th- New Research on how your nonprofit can succeed in 2017

Did you read the Bright Spots Report from the Haas Jr Fund and Compasspoint, or the Individual Donor Benchmark Report? Yes? Then you will […]

The Neglected Gold Mine of Lapsed Donors

I’m glad Tom raised the issue of ‘lapsed’ donors in his post,  When To Give Up On A Donor.  The issue of seemingly inactive or financially unproductive donors receives to little serious attention. In the direct response part of the trade, ‘lapsed’ donors are too often mechanistically shoved into various RFM buckets with little understanding […]

When Organizational Change Fails

Targeted, internal initiatives can help advance strategic organizational change—but there is often a better approach.

Everyday People Are Heroes: Using Big Data to Engage New Agents of Change Online

Photo by CogdogBlog Note from Beth:   I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Data Driven Nonprofits by Steve Maclaughlin (launching Sept. 6th so stay tuned) and so data and nonprofits has been on my brain.  So when colleague, Cheryl Contee reached out an idea for this post, I could not resist!   … Read More

Last Day to Register for The Non-Profit Prospecting Formula

This is a reminder that today (Friday, August 26th) is the last day to register for our new class The Non-Profit Prospecting Formula: How to Find and Approach New Donors for Your Organization.  Registration closes at 7 PM tonight. If you want to find a steady stream of new donors for your non-profit, you owe it to yourself to […]

I’m Dead, Since 2003

Yesterday’s post, When To Give Up On A Donor, kicked off a good discussion of how to approach lapsed donors. And I want to preview … Roger has written a spectacularly thorough post on that subject which we’ve scheduled for Monday. It’s an entire mini-course with a treasure of pertinent links. A post you’ll want […]

5 Strategies to Convince Your Boss to Send You to VM Summit 16

VM Summit 16 is the place to collaborate with other volunteer managers who engage corporate volunteers. But how do you get the internal support to attend?

Why the Nonprofit Work Ethic Is Outdated and Needs to Change

Pre-Order my next book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.  The book is being published by Wiley on October 10th. I’ve just returned from week-long leadership development program in Israel called “Reality Storytellers” hosted by the Schusterman Foundation.  … Read More

Getting to the Heart of Healthy Funder-Grantee Relationships

Three practices successful social sector partnerships can adopt to improve their alignment and generate better results.

5 ways to nurture your creative spark

Your best work happens when you get a creative spark. That's something that doesn't come on cue. But there are ways to encourage the spark, according to 5 Research-Backed Methods to Be More Creative on HubSpot: Stop typecasting yourself. Show More Summary

How to make your organization feel human to your donors

How human is your organization in your donors' eyes? It matters. Because a "human" organization is one they can connect with. And acting human can be hard for some organizations, especially larger ones. Here's some help from re: charity,...Show More Summary

When To Give Up On A Donor?

I’ve had two experiences that make me question when to give up on a non-responsive donor or member. From too many donor focus groups, I’ve carried away the observation that a startling number of donors don’t even know they’re donors — that is, donors to the specific cause or charity that has them under the lens […]

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