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Non-Profit Blog Carnival: Donor Newsletters (Call for Submissions)

Most non-profits use some kind of newsletter to stay in touch with their donor universe.  Some organizations send out regular e-mail newsletters, others print glossy, four-color newsletters to send through the mail.  Many smaller non-profits use the office copier machine to turn out simple, black and white newsletters to keep their donors updated. No matter […]

To Boost Individual Donor Giving, Nonprofits Need a Plan

A new report shows that creating a fundraising plan is paramount for organizations looking to increase individual donor gifts.

Critics rave over new fundraising book

While you participate in the mindless feeding frenzy of Cyber Monday, don't miss this chance to redeem the day by ordering a new book that will transform your fundraising life: How to Turn Your Words into Money: The Master Fundraiser's Guide to Persuasive Writing. Show More Summary

10 Great Social Innovation Reads: November 2015

Let’s be honest. November was a really tough month. The terrorist attacks in Paris (and other attacks in Mali, Beirut and elsewhere) put the world on edge. And the anti-refugee rhetoric that followed was incredibly disheartening. Finally,...Show More Summary

Celebrating #GivingTuesday by Supporting a Highly-Rated Charity

Today is #GivingTuesday Redeem Your Good Karma Now by Supporting a Highly-Rated Charity And Don't Forget, Charity Navigator is a Charity Too! Double your good karma when you donate to Charity Navigator too.

The Big Squeeze

The Big Squeeze has begun, fittingly with a December 1st ‘Giving Tuesday’. December is the month when all ‘good’ fundraisers try to squeeze every last bit of coin they can from current donors, using the most intensive, intrusive and organization-centric techniques possible. Show More Summary

Looking Beyond Impact Investing to Support Climate Solutions

A four-point framework for funders to advance a low-carbon future using their entire endowment.

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The most results-impacting element of any fundraising email is the subject line. If you don't get them to open your message, they can't respond to it. There's a secret weapon that can expand what you can do and say with that tiny slice of information: You can use emojis -- symbols -- in addition to words. Show More Summary

Holiday Giving Checklist

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Loss Of A Man Of Skill And Decency

  Austin Kiplinger, 97, a giant of the Washington, DC publishing, philanthropic and civic scene, died on November 20th. Others will note his life-long dedication to the advancement of civil rights … his tireless devotion to fundraising and support of the cultural scene in the Nation’s capital … and his enlightened, far-ahead-of-their-times practices where employees […]

An Inspirational Hour about the Possibilities of #GivingTime

On Thursday, November 24, 2015, VolunteerMatch teamed up with the folks from #GivingTuesday to talk about how volunteerism is a big part of this year’s #GivingTuesday celebration. (If you’re not familiar, #GivingTuesday, celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global day dedicated … Continue reading ?

Last Day to Register for The Non-Profit Prospecting Formula

This is a reminder that today (Friday, November 27th) is the last day to register for our new class The Non-Profit Prospecting Formula: How to Find and Approach New Donors for Your Organization.  Registration closes at 7 PM tonight. If you want to find a steady stream of new donors for your non-profit, you owe it […]

Good Ventures and Giving Now vs. Later

We’ve been wrestling lately with the question of how much Good Ventures, a foundation funded by Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz that works with GiveWell on the Open Philanthropy Project, should be aiming to give at this early stage in … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

In the Words of a 4-Star Charity

The following is a message from the CEO of a 4-star charity regarding the importance of rating highly on Charity Navigator. "As a charity that participates in #GivingTuesday, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention knows firsthand the value of a good rating on Charity Navigator. Show More Summary

Reflections from Fukushima

Confronting the risks and rewards of the world’s largest low-carbon energy source.

Shift Your Fundraising from Scarcity to Possibility: Change Your Words For a Better Outcome

People often refer to me as a fundraising coach. And I am. My work and mission are to help people in the nonprofit or social sector raise more money. The truth is most often I find my work focused on helping people change their language...Show More Summary

On Giving Thanks

In the aftermath of Paris, Beirut and Bamako and with far too many politicians and demagogues working overtime to seize on the public’s anxieties, prejudices and deepest fears, The Agitator is pausing publication for the next two days to give thanks. Tomorrow is official Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Many of our readers will be ‘enjoying’ […]

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