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Let the lawsuits begin

We launched on Tuesday at the Data on Purpose conference. It was great.One of the conversations I had during the event was initiated by someone asking me the question, "When will the lawsuits begin?"The point was that...Show More Summary

5 Ways to Spread Love this Valentine's Day

Americans are expected to spend $17.55 billion dollars this Valentine’s Day. Buying chocolates, exchanging gifts, and giving flowers are all hallmarks of this holiday. How about trying something new this year? We’re challenging you to...Show More Summary

Peyton Manning: Super Bowl and Philanthropic Champ

On Sunday, February 7, 2015, Peyton Manning lead the Denver Broncos to an impressive Super Bowl 50 Championship. With his outstanding sportsmanship and professionalism, the five time MVP relished in his second Super Bowl win with pure graciousness. Show More Summary

We Need A World Of Betty Humphries

Here is one of the most fantastic letters you’ll ever read. I’m so happy that Hilborn Charity eNews has shared it. It’s written by 10-year-old Betty Humphries (but soon to be 11 as she points out in her letter), who was inspired to apply for the job of chief executive of Greenpeace. The outgoing chief, […]

Last Day to Register for our 200 Fundraising Ideas Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, February 11th) 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 today at 7 PM. During this 10 week class, you’ll get hundreds of innovative fundraising ideas to help your organization supercharge its fundraising. […]

What’s Volunteer Training All About? A Pro Weighs In

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. This program manager earns the apple for her volunteer training methods Of all of the phases of volunteer management that I blog about: marketing, screening, … Continue reading ?

3 Tips To Market to Teens, When You Aren’t One

There are 38 million teens in the US. They comprise 25% of the population and by 2020 they will make up 40% of consumers. Every brand wants to market to them. Nonprofits want to cultivate them. And, teens just want to be heard.           

A New Approach to Reversing the Downward Spiral of Low Turnout

To increase voter turnout, other approaches are needed—ones intended not to inflame passions about what may be at stake in a particular election but instead to connect more voters to the process of voting and to the value of participating in our democracy.

Needed: The Stomach And Resolve For Building Donor Relationships

Tom’s post Donor Relationships? Balderdash produced a wonderful wave of comment from donor-oriented Agitator readers on the importance of working hard on designing and tending the relationship garden. Lisa Sargent and Mary Cahalane share the experience and rewards of attentiveness to the donor relationship. Show More Summary

New posts on the Open Philanthropy Blog: our approach to grantmaking so far, and the launch of the Alliance for Safety and Justice

We are now posting content relevant to the Open Philanthropy Project to the Open Philanthropy Blog, rather than the GiveWell Blog. For a period of time, we will be posting notices here when new content appears, in order to ease … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

The Modern Marriage Between Tech Philanthropy and Nonprofits: “It’s Complicated”

It’s a modern relationship in a modern world. It’s a marriage full of promise. But does our culture’s celebration of the male-dominated tech world end up overshadowing critical skills like empathy that are required for social change...

How To Squeeze Social Media Into Your Day When It Isn’t A Full-Time Job

Photo by BirgerKing A lot of my work as a trainer is teaching senior leaders and staff to use social media and their online networks as part of their thought leadership, professional networking and/or to support the organization’s communications goals as an ambassador for the organization’s missions.    … Read More

The Trump Foundation Raises $6 million for Veterans

In lieu of attending the latest GOP debate, Donald Trump held his own event, which was aimed at raising money for veterans through the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The event rose over $6 million, which will be distributed to 22 different veterans groups. Show More Summary

Why being direct makes your fundraising work

Hi! How are you? What's up with this weather lately? That's how a lot of normal conversations start. We do that because it's easy to talk about inconsequential things while we establish connection and gage the mood before we get to our real topics. Show More Summary

FREE Webinar: 5 Tips to Write the Ultimate Fundraising Cover Letter

Webinar Title: Free Webinar: 5 Tips to Write the Ultimate Fundraising Cover Letter Date: March 9th, 2016 Time: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, […]

Crowdfunding: An Essential Tool For Today’s Fundraising Mix

This week we have a hot topic and guest post by Deposit a Gift Founder, Dana Ostomel, our guest speaker for the February 18th Ignited Fundraising Community webinar, Crowdfunding 101. Chances are you’ve heard of crowdfunding, simply defined as online social fundraising, but you might not have a lot of experience with it. Show More Summary

Donor ‘Relationships’? Balderdash!

Nonprofit communications guru Tom Ahern has just published a fascinating post in his e-newsletter asking and answering the question: How long does the average donor give? Eventually I expect the article will be available to slowpokes on his website. Before I report the answers to his question (he asked a whole flotilla of consultants and practitioners), […]

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