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Don't let "graffiti fundraising" hide your message

Why are most graffiti illegible? Actually, they aren't -- to their primary audience. That audience is not you. You have nothing to do with the message. Graffiti are about the people who write them. It's a proclamation: I was here. You and I don't care that this particular young vandal was there. Show More Summary

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria made landfall on Dominica on the evening of Monday, September 18th, as a Category 5 hurricane. With winds of over 150 miles-per-hour, Dominica saw mass destruction of resources on the island. After hitting Dominica, Maria was downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane, still predicted to bring catastrophic damage to the areas affected. Show More Summary

10 Best Practices to Raise More with Your Year-end Appeal

After helping thousands of nonprofit organizations increase their year-end appeals from 5% to more than 60% I’ve learned what works. If you want to raise more with your year-end appeal this is not a “pick & choose” list. The post 10 Best Practices to Raise More with Your Year-end Appeal appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

‘Disaster’ Is Just One Risk To Fundraising

I’ll admit to being blown away by Roger’s post yesterday, Are Your Fundraising Proceeds Insured? He was discussing the issue of whether nonprofits could insure against lost fundraising returns due to ‘business interruption’ — in this case, interruption due to hurricane damage. A concept I’ve never thought about. And the answer seems to be ‘Yes’, […]

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

It is estimated that over 400,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border to Bangladesh since late August. The Rohingya, an ethnic minority in Myanmar, have long faced violence and persecution at home. These refugees must travel for days to reach safety from the violence they face at home. Show More Summary

So Simple and Effective, You Gotta Do One!

I love, love, love, thank you videos. They are relatively easy to produce and so feel-good and effective. They are the perfect way to remind your supporters of the good work you are doing with their help, right before your major year-end campaigns. You can use them in lots of other ways too. If you […]

Five SSIR Articles for U.N. Week

A reading list of our favorite articles on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Breaking Barriers, Shifting Narratives, and Expanding Opportunity

By designing programs and policies to overcome longstanding systemic barriers in communities, we can expand opportunities for equity.

How to make your fundraising all about things your donors care about

I believe that the most common reason for fundraising ineffective fundraising is that the fundraisers fail to reach out to donors. They make it about themselves instead. Which is boring. And rude, frankly. And doesn't work, Here areShow More Summary

Running Effective Virtual Meetings: 9 Best Practices for Facilitating Engagement

In many of the workshops I’ve been facilitating based on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout,  many nonprofits are recognizing that offering some flexibility to employees is not only an attractive benefit,...Show More Summary

Are Your Fundraising Proceeds Insured?

This morning I’m wondering how many nonprofits in Houston and Florida had their fundraising proceeds protected from the ravages of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma by insurance. Frankly, until yesterday this wasn’t a question that would occur to me in a 100 years. But then I received a note from my friend Chuck Longfield, the Chief […]

How NOT to Ask for a Bequest

So you’re talking to a nice couple who have been giving to your organization for years. You think they are a great candidate to ask for a bequest. Now what? Well here are a few things you probably shouldn’t say: “So….how was that last doctor’s visit?” “Since your kids turned out to be really horrible people….” […]

How to choose great fundraising stories

How do you find a great story to tell in your fundraising? Well, you look for a story that's dramatic, simple, and a clear picture of the need or opportunity your organization exists to address. Easy? Not really. The right story can be hard to find. Show More Summary

Charity Navigator Provides Necessary Resource For Donors in Times of Crisis

At Charity Navigator, our staff works every day to publish ratings and information about charities and giving with the aim of informing donations. We focus on helping donors feel comfortable with the process of giving and helping them trust the charities they are supporting. Show More Summary

The Importance Of A Donor’s Second Gift

Just how important is a donor’s second gift? Apparently, not very important judging from the scant — or non-existent — attention the subject receives at nonprofit board meetings, not to mention by most CEOs and far too many fundraisers. In a must-read post on the Bloomerang Blog, Jay Love notes that over the past 30+ […]

Earthquake in Mexico

Just a week ago, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico’s southern coastline. Infrastructure is severely damaged and nearly 100 people are reported to have perished as a result of the earthquake. When giving in times of crisis, it’s important to remember to do your research. Show More Summary

Virtual Meetings: 5 Tips for Nonprofits Working Across Time Zones

My work as a trainer and facilitator has brought me to many places in the world. Often, the training on-site is the beginning of project which includes facilitating sessions remotely across time zones. Other times,the workshop, keynote...Show More Summary

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Good afternoon, fine people! Won’t you join me for some of the freshest Mixed Links around… Nonprofit Tech for Good and the Public Interest Registry just released the 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report. M+R shares Four Tips from a Former Journalist to Use the Next Time You Email a Reporter. Network for Good created an […]

Demystifying the Theory of Change Process

Why the process of creating a theory of change matters, and a five-step guide to success.

6 deadly lies that hold back fundraisers

From the Bloomerang Blob, 6 Lies Many Small-Shop Nonprofits Believe: My board members know best how to fundraise. The board member who knows how to raise funds is a real oddball. Board members need support, and it must come from you! Our big annual event is the most important fundraising activity of the year. Show More Summary

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