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3 Ways Volunteers Can Maximize Their Impact During Disasters

Guest post by James Chiq In light of recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, people around the world are seeking ways to aid those affected by natural disasters, either from afar or in person. But good intentions can — and … Continue reading ?

Give Happiness This Mother's Day!

With Mother's Day just around the corner (May 8th), are you still looking for a meaningful gift for mom? It’s hard to think of a more thoughtful gift than making a charitable donation in her honor! And when you make that donation via Charity Navigator's Giving Basket, we will send your mom an email informing her that you made a gift in her name. Show More Summary

Three Keys to Unlocking Systems-Level Change

Developing a systems mindset, identifying the right tool for the job, and paying attention to human dynamics can help leaders move from theory to action when facing complex social problems.

Learning From Peer Organizations: Nonprofits Must Expand the Definition

Attracting transformational philanthropy and leveraging volunteers to scale are just two lessons nonprofits can learn from looking to organizations beyond those they traditionally identify with.

My Friday Fermentation

On Fridays some folks unwind with mates at the pub … others flee for an airport to get home in time to see the kids … others make that list of  weekend chores. Here at The Agitator we’re all business of course. Tom ends his week by feeding Priscilla, his piggy bank (otherwise known as the […]

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

This is a reminder that today (Friday, April 29th) 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 tonight. During this 4 week multimedia class,  you’ll […]

Aligning Volunteer Engagement to the Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan of Your Organization

Guest post by Michael Fliess Many leaders of volunteers agree that when volunteers are fully engaged, both the organization and the clients or cause they represent benefit. Being “fully engaged” can mean different things to volunteers. However, in a 2013 recognition … Continue reading ?

The sad news about magical fundraising

How many fundraisers are looking for a way to escape the pain and hard work of raising funds, dreaming that some new social media site or ice bucket or other flim-flam will cause funds to pour in? Too many. And that's too bad, because there's no such thing as a no-work, no-pain path to fundraising success. Show More Summary

Blogging the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Conference

I’m really excited to announce that I will be doing something a little different on the blog next week. I am attending the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) conference in Minneapolis May 2nd – 4th, and GEO has asked me to curate a set of bloggers to report on the conference. Show More Summary

In Love With Visuals

I enjoyed this piece — Understanding our love of visual content — on the importance of visuals in communications. Not too heavy. Some persuasive factoids. A good reminder for us writers to pay attention to images. And I’ll confess right now, The Agitator does a poor job at using visuals. Or at least I do. […]

Fast Company: Two Reasons Why You Keep Making Mediocre Hires

“‘I made a tremendous hire recently,’ a colleague recently told me. I couldn’t remember the last time I heard that type of remark. We all want to be able to say something similar, and we want “tremendous” to mean many

Fast Company: The CEO’s Guide To Building Diverse Teams (And Keeping Them That Way)

“By now there’s little disagreement, at least in principle, about the value of diversity, and there’s plenty of great conversation out there about how to make more diverse hires. But working with organizations of all sizes, I still see little

One way to avoid a failed capital campaign

Recently, I've been getting a lot of questions about capital campaigns. Some nonprofits are going into them wisely, knowing that they have one-time additional costs to be able to better fulfill their mission. Others are looking at a campaign like a "Hail Mary" pass - a last ditch effort to raise needed funds to operate [...]Show More Summary

Retirees in Prime Position to Volunteer

Guest post by Carol Marak Not all retirees are ready to withdraw completely. Today, more than ever, seniors want to stay involved in the community because they understand that social isolation is a health risk. While at work, they could … Continue reading ?

Getting to Evidence-Based Policy: Three Perspectives

Why researchers and practitioners are shifting away from expensive new studies toward the effective synthesis of existing research.

It's Not Our Money

Photo Credit: Direct Relief One of the key challenges facing charities responding to a disaster is how to handle donor-designated money. Direct Relief, a 4-star charity, eloquently describes their stance on donor designations, and the obligation entrusted to them by donors during a crisis. Show More Summary

How to tell if you've created powerful fundraising

I'm about to save you a lot of guesswork and time by sharing Brooks' First Law of Fundraising Effectiveness: If it doesn't scare you, at least a little bit, the fundraising probably doesn't have the power it needs to succeed. And the Boss Corollary to Brooks' First Law: The more your boss hates the fundraising, the better it will do.

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