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LUCKY 13: Thirteen weeks to plan for the best giving season ever – starting with #GivingTuesday

Crunch time! Can it be…Labor Day weekend is really behind us? 2014 is in the home stretch and that means it is crunch time for nonprofits. In fact, 30% of the projected $300 billion in total annual donations to charities are made in December — and 10%, or $30 billion, come during the year’s last 48 hours. Show More Summary

Don't mail without looking at this fundraising checklist

Here's a checklist that will help you craft a strong appeal for funds, from Clairification: Check Your Next Appeal Letter Against This 16-Point List Before Sending. This could make a real difference for you: Have you outlined a compelling...Show More Summary

Oh No! Not Another Good Idea

Do you ever feel like you have way to many ideas?  Or do you feel like you have a lot of great ideas and things you want to do but never end up with time to get them done?  How do you manage your good ideas?  Do you ever find yourself partway through a new […]

Fundraising’s Shiny Object Syndrome

I have to be honest. I am so sick of hearing about the ice bucket challenge that I am loathe to write about it. But I wonder if many in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector are falling victim, yet again, to shiny object syndrome, so I feel compelled to say something. Show More Summary

New Ratings for September

View the list of hundreds of charities with new ratings View the list of charities rated for the first time

How To Attract Hispanic Donors

The Agitator doesn’t often plug fundraising webinars, but only because we are inundated with them … too many to choose from. But I’m making an exception today, because the topic is one that we prod our readers about regularly — getting our arms around the donor potential of the US Hispanic community. (For starters, see […]

What codes inform our work with digital data?

This is the second of a three-part series on the ethics of data in civil society, leading up the Stanford Conference on September 15-16.Ethical codes abound - here's a list of just a few of them with relevance to how nonprofit organizations or private action for the public benefit. Show More Summary

The Remarkable “Wet Blanket Challenge”

Last month the ALS Association won fundraising’s equivalent of the Mega Million Power Ball Lottery — picking up 3 million donors and $100+ million in August alone from the “Ice Bucket Challenge”. Then on Friday they blew it. Up until then our tireless Agitator editors were happily and busily white boarding the steps that fortunate […]

Best Times to Post on Social Media

If you are like most organizations, your staff wears many hats. If you are juggling several tasks including managing social media accounts, check out this data about the best times to post updates. However, before you dive into it, it's...Show More Summary

Labor Day 2014

Enjoy the last long weekend of the summer. ~The Charity Navigator Staff

Did You Know that Non-Profit Fundraising Isn’t Just for Fundraisers?

What’s the fundraising culture like at your non-profit? Do you work at an organization where everyone is focused on development… or one where the board tells you to “raise $1 million and come back when you’re done!”? Do you raise money for a non-profit that asks every staff member to help out with fundraising events, […]

Last Day for Early Bird Discount on How to Maximize Your Non-Profit Fundraising Events

This is a reminder that today (Friday, August 29th) is the last day to get a special early bird discount when you register for our new class How to Maximize Your Non-Profit Fundraising Events.  Early bird registration closes at 7 PM. During this 7 week multimedia class,  you’ll learn everything you need to know to […]

Are Nonprofits Staffing Tech Right?

In the past, nonprofits would just have someone on staff (usually the Communications person) run all things tech at the organization, plus their organizational duties, and sometimes that's still the case. Technology staffing is a full...Show More Summary

4-Star Charities Celebrating Their Success

4-star Interfaith Community Services of Pima County 4-star charities don't just shout their good news from the rooftops, they are increasingly sharing it via social media. Check out some of the fun 4-star inspired photos we've seen recently on twitter, facebook and other social media platforms.

How Crowdfunding Can Transform Alumni Giving

“Over the past decade colleges and universities of all stripes have struggled with a truly stunning national decline in alumni participation rates: More than a third fewer alumni make a gift of any size to their alma mater today compared...Show More Summary

How Privileged Are You?

Sometimes even fundraisers need food for the soul. Tom and I serve up over-sized portions on techniques, strategies and tactics, and other helpful (we hope!) stuff to help you with your job. We’re a bit light on the broccoli equivalents. Not that we’re opposed to balanced mental nutrition for fundraisers, it’s just that sometimes it’s […]

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