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How to help donors trust you

Some of your donors don't trust you. They've heard about so many charity scandals, they just thing we're all dishonest. That they give nevertheless is a testimony to the importance and power of charitable giving. But if you can helpShow More Summary

No More Grumpy Fundraisers

Each day for the past 10 years Tom and I have pored over dozens of blogs, papers, presentations and speeches prepared by scores of fundraisers. Not only are we witness to the daily parade of good and bad ideas in our trade, but it’s a terrific way to keep up with changing times. So it […]

Is #GivingTuesday worth it?

I've been getting alot of questions about #GivingTuesday. So here are some thoughts and some links to more insights. A few weeks ago, Farra Trompeter and I discussed #GivingTuesday as part of a year end effort on Blackbaud's #NoFilter Podcast. Show More Summary

Unintended Consequences of Volunteering — and They’re All Good

Volunteering, in addition to the great feeling that comes with giving back, can have real positive consequences in terms of career and connections.

I Don’t Want to Ask People For Money

No matter if it’s someone from an all-volunteer run organization or a nonprofit with fundraising staff, I inevitably hear this comment from someone: “I don’t want to ask people for money. It makes me uncomfortable.” My answer is: Then don’t. The post I Don’t Want to Ask People For Money appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

Your Donor Went Missing!

You lost a donor today. In a large nonprofit, say 100,000 donors, you actually lost something like 123 donors today. In a really big organization, say 500,000 donors, you lost 615 donors … TODAY! Did you even notice? Did you see them go? Did you wave good-bye. Do you know why they left? Did they […]

5 Ways to Connect Despite Election Frenzy

Every election season is a barrier to connection, with people overwhelmed by 24/7 messages from multiple campaigns via multiple channels. But connecting this fall, with a presidential campaign as contentious and bizarre as the Clinton-Trump contest, is tougher than ever. Show More Summary

Volunteer Managers – How to Take The “Ick Factor” out of Self-Promotion

As volunteer managers, we need to promote ourselves when we do something brag-worthy. Because self-promotion is good for your volunteer program.

7 Tips to Make You A Stronger Facilitator

Note from Beth: As a trainer and someone who teachers other trainers, I’ve been obsessed with improving my facilitation skills and written a lot about it on this blog. I’m always up for a conversation with other facilitators about shop talk and getting tips for improving my practice.   … Read More

"The Science of Ask Strings" and a surprising idea to test for fundraising results

by guest blogger George Crankovic, Senior Writer at TrueSense Marketing he blogs at The Clued-in Copywriter. The gift string is one of the most overlooked parts of fundraising but also one of the most important. That's the assertion in "The Science of Ask Strings," a fascinating paper by Nick Ellinger. Show More Summary

Evaluating Charities Not Currently Rated by Charity Navigator: Part 3

3. Investigate the charity's results Use our recommended list of questions to learn about a charity's accomplishments, goals and challenges by reviewing its website and/or talking with staff. They should be able to tell you about the...Show More Summary

Guesswork: The Enemy of Retention

The numbers cited in Tom’s post on the Ultimate Collection of Loyalty Statistics are not only frightening, they’re unlikely to improve by continuing down the same path year after year. That’s because the likelihood of boosting retention...Show More Summary

Volunteer Spotlight: Fighting Hunger at Its Core

With 16 years of volunteering under his belt, Cameron Beck spends his Saturdays volunteering at Project Open Hand, a hunger-fighting nonprofit in San Francisco.

Nonprofit Podcast and Blogger @joangarry Profiles Healthy Happy Nonprofit Book

If you don’t already read Joan Garry’s nonprofit blog and or listen to her podcast, you should. She is a must read and a must listen. She has the experience of being a nonprofit executive director, but now works with nonprofits, assisting with crisis management, executive coaching and the building of strong management teams to support the work of the CEO.… Read More

Fundraising language that fails to connect

How many times have you seen fundraising that says something like this: Children in our city struggle with hunger... That, according to Colludo, is passive, and Your Passive Language is Bullshit. There are places where it's helpful to describe things with all the color and emotion removed. Show More Summary

Last Chance to Join us for the Nonprofit Leadership Summit!

The journey to a more successful 2017 for your nonprofit begins in 24 hours! It’s Almost Time for the Nonprofit Leadership Summit! I can’t […]

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