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How to Collect Donor Stories to Fuel Your Year-End Fundraising

At CauseVox, we’re believers in the power of story-driven fundraising. We’ve put storytelling at the center of our online fundraising platform because we know stories can change the world, and your fundraising campaigns. The post How to Collect Donor Stories to Fuel Your Year-End Fundraising appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

The Curse of Testing Illiteracy

Spurred on by my post The Curse of Fundraising Innumeracy, reader Mikaela King over at the National Geographic Society decided to “dog pile” on with what she termed “another illiteracy” in our sector — testing illiteracy. Mikaela noted,...Show More Summary

Are You Engaged in Your Volunteer Journey?

How can you make sure your volunteer journey is an engaging one? Check out these insights from a current a study of five prospective volunteers.

4 Unusual Ways to Attract Volunteers to Your Nonprofit

It isn’t always easy to attract volunteers. You’ve got to think outside-the-box. Not feeling that creative? Here are few ideas to help you get started.

How to make emotional connections with donors

Your relationship with donors is almost completely based on how it feels to give to your organization. It's up to you to do all you can to foster positive emotional experiences. Smart commercial marketers understand this, because it applies to them also. Show More Summary

Interview on how to make your year end appeals more effective

What is the best way to write fundraising appeals?   Recently I spoke with CauseVox about the core elements of effective fundraising appeals, how […]

The Curse of Fundraising Innumeracy

Lots of good stuff apparently came out of last week’s International Fundraising Conference and we’ll be reporting on some of that in the near future. But … mixed in with the emails and phone calls reporting the ‘good’ came one message that deserves immediate attention because I suspect it’s far from a lone example. “Roger, […]

United Nations Day

Since 1948, every October 24th has annually been recognized as United Nations Day, which celebrates the efforts and achievements of the UN. The date is significant because of the UN’s entry into force within the UN Charter, in 1945.Show More Summary

How to build bonds of trust with your donors

One of the things that makes fundraising hard is the lack of trust many donors have for nonprofit organizations. A steady stream of charity scandals, amplified by the press, which frequently has added wide innuendoes, has created an atmosphere is distrust. Show More Summary

Doing Your Best Work

You’re probably reading this on Monday morning. Are you going to do your best work this week? Indeed, what motivates you to do your best work? A deadline, prospect of recognition by peers or superiors, fear of failure, the thrill of creating something new, the goal itself (personal or institutional), team élan, something much deeper […]

Last Day to Register for our Fundraising Events Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, October 21st) is the last day to register for our new class How to Maximize Your Non-Profit Fundraising Events.  Registration closes at 7 PM. During this 7 week online class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to hold the most profitable events ever at your non-profit, including: […]

Don’t Forget Your Mail

I love the mail. I love checking my mailbox — a real mail box with a red flag — six days a week. Indeed I even have two mailboxes … and one is actually at a real post office! I treasure my copper mailbox key. I love to feel my way through the mail, regarding […]

The One Simple Thing That Nonprofit Leaders Do To Keep Inspired and Avoid Burnout

Mike Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director Yesterday, I honored to fill in as MC and interviewer for Darian Rodriguez Heyman at the Nonprofit Fundraising Masters event.   (Darian was welcoming his first child, a boy, into the world!). Show More Summary

Fundraising secrets from Elmore Leonard

I recently came across the late Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing. Leonard was a novelist, most famously of crime fiction. But his rules apply surprisingly well to fundraising writing. Here they are, along with my annotations for fundraisers: Never open a book with weather. Show More Summary

Are Liberals Better Fundraisers?

Given that today’s buzz is probably focused on last night’s final US presidential candidate debate, I thought I’d stick to a political theme. A couple of times recently (here, latest here), I’ve grumped about political fundraising, especially the incessant barrage of emails from various arms of the Clinton fundraising machine. Then I noted (here) the […]

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