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Why Your Non-Profit Needs to Run a Crowdfunding Campaign This Year

Over the past five years, we have consulted with non-profits on over two dozen successful crowdfunding campaigns. Here’s what we’ve learned: Every non-profit, no matter how small or large, can run a successful crowdfunding campaign Crowdfunding...Show More Summary

Which Fundraising Stat Impresses You Most?

In his Friday post, Roger asked: How many donors must we lose before we learn? The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that initial results from #GivingTuesday show terrific growth. As they put it, the initial “haul” of #GivingTuesday looks to be $168 million, up from the estimated $117 million last year. On the other hand, in an […]

International Volunteer Day

Volunteerism is one of the contributions that we, as general citizens of our society, use to impact positive developments within our world. Mandated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985, December 5th is annually recognized as International Volunteer Day. Show More Summary

IRA Charitable Rollover

[Photo credit: Lending Memo] Last year, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 into law. Included in this package of changes to tax code is a permanent inclusion of IRS Charitable Rollover.Show More Summary

Nonprofits, foundations and the next U.S. President

(Photo: U.S. nonprofit sector often thinks of itself as being independent from government and markets. This self-image is held widely enough that one of the major trade organizations even calls itself Independent Sector. Show More Summary

A top truth for fundraising: it's about avoiding loss

One of the most important (and most widely ignored) truths about fundraising is this: Fear of loss is more motivating than hope of gain. Read more about this at Clairification: Fundraising Appeal Psychology: Show People How to Avoid Loss. Show More Summary

10 Great Social Innovation Reads: Nov 2016

I don’t have to tell you that November was rough. A shocking end to an intensely divisive presidential campaign has left many in the social change world reeling. From trying to understand the underlying issues that are dividing our country,...Show More Summary

Charity Mailing Addresses Explained

With the giving season upon us, donors will be receiving a multitude of appeal letters from various organizations. Donors using our website will often note that the mailing address that they find on these appeals and the physical address that we list for that same organization are different. Show More Summary

Last Day to Register for The Grant Fundraising Blueprint

This is a reminder that today (Friday, December 2nd) is the last day to register for our new class The Grant Fundraising Blueprint: How to Find and Win More Grants for Your Non-Profit.  Registration closes at 7 PM tonight. During this 4 week multimedia class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to supercharge your grant fundraising, […]

Losing Donors In The Sea of Sameness

When will some fundraisers wake up to the fact that the tragedy of donor flight is largely self-inflicted. Other than the 16% of donors lost to death virtually every other reason for not giving — abandoning support of an organization — is influenced and controlled by the actions the organization itself takes. Perhaps nowhere are […]

My mistakes of 2016

Each year I talk about my mistakes! Here are my mistakes from 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and 2015. And 23 of my fundraising […]

Laws of Fundraising: Painful realities

This is the time of year when most fundraisers raise most of their funds. That makes the last few weeks of the year frightening. A mess-up now has bigger impact than one that happens any other time. Which is why I must share Brooks' 3rd Law of Fundraising Reality: Shit happens. Show More Summary

December Giving Calendar

Today, we kick off our December Giving Calendar. It is full of tips and donating facts to help you make the most of your year-end giving!

Take 10 Minutes: Get Data to Do Comms Right

Kivi Leroux Miller’s annual Nonprofit Communications Trends Report is one of my “go to” resources for boosting client communications impact. The report provides concrete benchmarks for your marketing, fresh ideas to experiment with, and the proof points you need to lobby for the resources and support you need to do communications right. Show More Summary

Real Thanksgiving Stuffing

Last Thursday — that would be Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. — while American Agitators were busily stuffing their bellies with turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce (or ethnic alternatives), our overseas friends at 101 Fundraising were on the job, busily dishing out the real stuff. And it would be hugely unfortunate if our US […]


In the flood of #GivingTuesday emails washing over our in-boxes yesterday, one powerful message stood out. Marked #ThanksGivingTuesday the message came from Concordia College-New York. This elegantly simple message of gratitude represents everything that #GivingTuesday — the Big Box Store approach to fundraising — does not. Show More Summary

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is observed annually on December 1st, and has been since it became the first global health day, in 1988. This day is used to unify people in the fight against HIV and to mourn those who have been lost due to the illness. Show More Summary

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