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How Students Can Prepare for a Nonprofit Career

Here is my latest “On Becoming A Leader” column for the Chronicle of Philanthropy: Q. I work with college-age students interested in careers with social impact. Do you have any advice about how students can best prepare for working in nonprofits right out of college? Thank you. Show More Summary

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

I hope you had a great week! Let’s cap it off with some Mixed Links… A couple of important studies were released this week: Care2, hjc, NTEN, and Resource Alliance just released the 2017 Digital Outlook Report. And M+R released the 2017 Benchmarks Study. The Nonprofit Times breaks down some of the data in the […]

Make Mom Proud This Mother's Day!

It’s hard to think of a more thoughtful gift than making a charitable donation in her honor! Moreover, it is one that mom can brag about to all her friends. Can't you just hear her gushing about your altruistic spirit? Make your donation...Show More Summary

The “Magical Space” Where Technology Increases Impact

The key to using technology for social impact at scale lies somewhere between doing the same thing better and true disruption.

Social Progress’s True Metric: Compared to What?

With a proper approach and clear benchmarks, program evaluation can yield unexpected insights and become a delightful learning experience.

What Do People Think of When They Think of Volunteers?

We asked people to tell us one word that comes to mind when they think of volunteers. We compiled these entries into a word cloud with truly beautiful results.

STOP! Before You Donate Check Charity Navigator!

Don't take our word for it! Check out WFMY-TV Tanya Rivera's story about how to know if a charity is worthy of your trust and support. (Hint she recommends using our service.)

Last Day for Early Bird Discount on our Planned Giving Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, April 28th) is the last day to receive a special early bird discount when you register for our new class How to Run a Successful Planned Giving Program at Your Non-Profit.  Early bird registration closes at 7 PM tonight. During this 4-week online class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to […]

Donor Sexual Harrassment

Here’s a message from Captain Obvious! Feminism is good for everyone! Real equity and Diversity is good for everyone.  Who agrees with me? Let’s […]

Dust Off Your Typewriter!

As soon as I wrote that subject line, I shuddered with the thought: I wonder how many Agitator fundraisers have actually ever owned a typwwriter?! A real typewriter (I’ll accept electrics). I’m guessing 20% max. What do you think? Indeed, will you confess to having owned one? I’m on to typewriters having glanced at some of […]

Bold Bets for Social Change

To lower the risk of big philanthropic bets, funders should start with smaller, bolder ones.

PR Pick-Up Lines: Starting a Relationship With Your Favorite Reporter

When was the last time you reached out to a reporter without a story to pitch? If you’re like many nonprofit communicators, you might be straining to answer this question because it’s been a long time. This is especially true if your role isn’t exclusively focused on media relations. If your work also involves some combination […]

Podcast: Two super-common errors that can kill your fundraising

There are two opposite impulses that almost all fundraisers fall prey to at some time or another. They are: Educating donors Abstraction They are guaranteed response-crushers. And the temptation to do both are powerful. With real-life examples, we'll show you how to avoid both errors and keep your fundraising strong. Show More Summary

Wow! We just finished the Fundraising Career Conference!

This is the third year of the Fundraising Career Conference- and it was so wonderful to welcome new faces, as well as having people […]

What Makes A Great Fundraising Event?

Last weekend I visited Savannah, Georgia to celebrate a friend’s birthday and received some insights into event fundraising as a bonus. In a large public square beside my hotel, the Susan B. Komen Foundation was setting up for the local version of their Race for the Cure® — the world’s most successful series of 5K […]

This All-Virtual Volunteer Group Is Revolutionizing the Way We Respond to Crisis

Crisis Text Line got its start when a young woman texted with a heartbreaking cry for help. Now they engage 3,100 virtual volunteers.

Annual M&R Benchmarks Study Released

One important part of effective digital measurement is being able to benchmark your performance relative to your organization’s past performance or compared to peer organizations.    One excellent resource to use for benchmarking nonprofit digital results (in the US) is the annual M&R Benchmarks study of nonprofit digital advocacy.  … Read More

The Collaboration Game: Solving the Puzzle of Nonprofit Partnership

Nonprofit collaboration is difficult; economics, game theory, and behavioral science offer lessons on how to do it well.

Why donor-focused fundraising doesn't work

Almost everyone says donor-focused fundraising is a good thing. But look into what exactly donor-focused fundraising means, and one of your most common findings will be this: So-called donor focused-fundraising is fundraising with a style and approach that the fundraiser feels good about. Show More Summary

When the Unthinkable Happens: “Your Program Has Been Defunded”

In the past month, I’ve spoken to multiple nonprofit organizations that received the dreaded letter announcing the unthinkable: “We regret to inform you that your funding allocation has been eliminated or reduced.” The post When the Unthinkable Happens: “Your Program Has Been Defunded” appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

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