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Happy National Bow Tie Day!

I love National Bow Tie Day! I knew I'd worn bowties since kindergarten but a while back, my mother found a picture of me wearing a bow tie when I was 3 years old! It seems that my father went through a brief bow tie phase back in the 1970's. I must've caught it from [...] The post Happy National Bow Tie Day! appeared first on

How to Shift Giving: New Money for Good Research Released

Of all of the research I reference in webinar and conference presentations, the Money for Good studies are a longtime favorite. By delving into the true giving motivations and habits of donors, fundraisers can create more effective strategies and stronger appeals to inspire more giving. Show More Summary

Algebra For Fundraisers

Awhile back I read yet another exclamation about the rapid rate of online fundraising growth. Fundraising blogs are littered with such exclamations. For example, in this reference to 2014’s fundraising performance: “…online giving grew almost five times faster than overall giving, which grew at 2.1 percent, while online giving grew at 8.9 percent.” Now, don’t […]

The blockchain and civil society

(Photo; BTC Keychain) A lot of the excitement about the blockchain - the distributed ledger technology that undergirds currencies such as bitcoin - has to do with the potential of distributed authority and record keeping. Super enthusiasts...Show More Summary

When Volunteers Fall Off the Radar

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. How do you manage volunteers who have dropped off the radar screen? Twenty Hats turns to a pro for the answers. What do you do … Continue reading ?

#Buypens – Social Media and Crowdfunding Helps Syrian Refugee

People who know me well, know that I have an obsession with pens and magic markers.   So, when this viral fundraising campaign – #BuyPens – to help Syrian refugee came across my radar, it immediately caught my attention. When GissurShow More Summary

Ecosystem Investing: Achieving Impact at Scale

Six lessons from a large-scale, cross-sector initiative to improve education.

Is your fundraising aimed at your donors -- or at your accountant?

Many fundraisers are specifically charged with raising "unrestricted support" for their organization. To make life easier for their accountants? To make it worse, some of those fundraisers seem to be in a perpetual snit about donors' penchant for supporting the cause in specific ways. Show More Summary

Do Or Die Time

We’re now into that ‘do or die’ time of the fundraising year. Surely you’ve laid your plans for the big year-end push … exactly how many mail and email appeals will you squeeze into the next 122 days? How many of those will be in the last 10 days?! Pamela Barden’s recent post — Fundraising’s […]

3 Things You Must Give Your Board if You Want Them to Succeed with Fundraising

Every non-profit wants to have a board of directors that is enthusiastic and capable when it comes to fundraising. Yet so many organizations are disappointed with their board members’ fundraising efforts. Likewise, many board members I have spoken with want to be better fundraisers, but just don’t know how. I have found that there are […]

Big Thanks from New Orleans to You

by Mariah G. Ross In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast, seriously devastating New Orleans. Had it not been for American donors, this natural disaster could have left large populations throughout the Gulf Coast without the basic, crucial resources for an extended period of time. Show More Summary

Engaging Your Donor’s Reptilian Brain

I’m a pretty basic guy. So ‘reptilian’ pretty much sums up my brain activity. So I was thrilled to contemplate what I might learn when I saw this headline on Roger Dooley’s Neuromarketing blog: 7 Ways to Engage Your Customer’s Reptilian Brain. Gotta be some fundraising insights there. And I wasn’t disappointed. 1. Speak to the […]

Last Day for Early Bird Discount on The Art of The Ask Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, August 28th) is the last day to receive a special early bird discount when you register for our new class The Art of the Ask: How to Successfully Ask Anyone for a Donation to Your Non-Profit.  Early bird registration closes at 7 PM tonight. During this 4 week multimedia […]

New Orleans: The Hub of Water Management Innovation?

The 21st century needs to harness the power of water, and the battered coastal city of New Orleans may just have the goods to do it.

9 Quotes to Inspire Your Volunteers (And Yourself!)

Guest post by Lesley J. Vos Even the most devoted volunteers experience a lack of inspiration and motivation from time to time. As a volunteer leader, it’s you who can change this. You can encourage your volunteers, engage and motivate them … Continue reading ?

How the quest for vanity metrics can scuttle your fundraising

Remember how the American Cancer Society ran a huge experiment (stopping direct mail donor acquisition for a year and a half) to learn something that pretty much everyone should already know? Here's another similar case. This one looks more purposeful. Show More Summary

Using to Digital to Influence Social Change: An Interview with Jay Geneske

In today’s Social Velocity interview I’m talking with Jay Geneske, Director of Digital at The Rockefeller Foundation. Jay directs the Foundation’s digital strategy to engage internal and external audiences, champion organization-wide...Show More Summary

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