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Trick Or Treat?

October 31st brings two things to mind. First of course, it’s Halloween and ‘Trick or treat?’ time. Naturally, the (usually) little costumed person blurting that question is always dumbfounded when a mischievous door-answerer responds ‘trick’. ‘Just hand over the goodies’ is all the poor kid has in mind. It is too big a stretch to […]

Last Day to Register for Our Year-End Fundraising Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, October 31st) is the last day to register for our newest class: How to Maximize Year-End Fundraising at Your Non-Profit.  Registration closes at 7 PM. During this 4 week multimedia class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to raise more money than ever before this November and […]

How to Get the Most Out of Your Words

Which is more likely to inspire you? “Help support your community by volunteering to build houses for those in need.” “Housing is a right everyone should have. Create new neighbors by lending a hand!” Whatever the purpose: engaging volunteers, raising … Continue reading ?

Update on Open Philanthropy Project

Our last major public updates on the Open Philanthropy Project were our May and June posts on global catastrophic risks and U.S. policy. This post summarizes our progress since then and where we currently stand on our goal of committing … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Fostering the Role of Anchor Institutions

A new report details how the federal government can facilitate partnerships between communities and anchor institutions to increase economic opportunity.

Intentional Influence in Action

A look at how influence can mobilize communities in the face of crisis.

How John Cleese can make you a better fundraiser

Watch this video. It's only a bit over 10 minutes long. And it's John Cleese. You won't regret the time you spend on it. It's about creativity, something we all need to pay close attention to. Or watch it here on YouTube. Cleese hasShow More Summary

A Monster List of Social Change Books

It’s Halloween again and that means it’s time for my annual Monster List of Resources (you can see past lists here, here, and here). Today I’m focusing on social change books. I know, books are so over. We have become a society that is about fewer and fewer words, or really, fewer and fewer characters. Show More Summary

Heading For A Brick Wall

No fundraiser concerned with the future should take solace in the fact that your programs may be solid or even thriving today. Not in this world of change where venerable and seemingly invulnerable mega-enterprises like Coca Cola and McDonalds are posting declining profits … where broadcasters and newspapers are massively losing audience share and advertising […]

New questions for nonprofits and philanthropy

Among other things, the digital age is bringing us new kinds of nonprofits. I've been talking about this for several years, using examples of the Internet Archive, Mozilla, Creative Commons, and Wikimedia Foundation as "anchor institutions" of digital civil society. Show More Summary

Philanthropy in extremis

Philanthropy in extremis October 29, 2014 Those who doubt foundations’ real appetite for risk make a strong case. But then comes the Kresge Foundation and its efforts to help Detroit survive bankruptcy — a crisis that many people have...Show More Summary

There’s More in the Middle: Close Your Giving Gap Now

A huge “aha” bloomed in my mind as I digested the findings on shifts in giving patterns of rich vs. middle- and lower-income donors recently released by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Mash-up this takeaway with that shared a few months...Show More Summary

How #GivingTuesday Can Help Your Nonprofit Reach PhilanthroKids or Generation Z Donors

I’ve been a huge fan of GivingTuesday since I first heard about it back in September, 2012 during a conference at Stanford.  I’m pleased to see that some of the skepticism and complaints have now morphed in to more capacity builders providing tips for nonprofits to take advantage of this national day of giving.… Read More

Is your website a big selfie?

In a park near my office, there's a "sculpture" hanging from the trees. Here it is: I don't know the artist's intention, but every time I see just be your selfie, I like to think it means something like this: Just live your life. See what you see. Show More Summary

Part 2: Rebrand to Connect—Red Rover Tells All (Case Study)

Read Part One first There’s so much to learn from the approach United Animal Nations took to rename and rebrand the organization….as Red Rover. Here’s Part Two of this useful case study, via Director of Communications, Marketing and Development, Leili Khalessi. Q: So you went directly to renaming on realizing United Animal Nations wasn’t working […]

Are You A ‘Modern Marketer’?

I came across a discussion of a Forrester Research/Oracle report on the qualities marketing executives are currently seeking in their new hires. Of some curiosity, ranked very low were capabilities in email marketing, mobile marketing and social media. I thought these were supposed to be premium skill sets in these digital times. The most prized […]

Quick & Easy Tips to Help You Retain Donors

I’m going to piggyback on last week’s three […] The post Quick & Easy Tips to Help You Retain Donors appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

8 ways to get people to read and answer your emails in your fundraising job

Are you sending emails and just feeling like you’re beating your head against the wall? You’re not alone. So many of our fundraising emails […]

Top Three Takeaways from the Nonprofit Overhead Challenge

If you're not already talking about overhead, you should be, and you will be soon. Overhead, of course, is shorthand for what nonprofits spend on general management and oversight, fundraising, and membership development. In other words, anything that isn't directly mission-related programming. Show More Summary

Is It Time For A New Website?

It's easy for nonprofits to get lost in the shuffle of acquiring new donors, engaging audiences, and planning online campaigns. This makes it easy for you to forget about your website - huge mistake! Your website is where your donors will come, where your activists and volunteers will engage, and where your campaigns will live. Show More Summary

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