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Strategy’s Missing Link

Influence is an underutilized tool for organizations that want to achieve bold social goals.

Charities Working to Prevent and Cure Breast Cancer

There are 1,000s of charities competing for donations to continue their efforts to promote awareness and to cure breast cancer. How is a donor supposed to distinguish between them all?Check out our list of breast cancer related charities - from those rated 4-stars to those on our Donor Advisory list.

#IFC2014 International Fundraising Congress: Inspire, Connect, Transform

I’m just back from a trip to Europe where I  was part of the opening plenary at this year’s International Fundraising Congress outside of Amsterdam. (I also keynoted the NGO track at the Internet Festival in Pisa, Italy (more about that in separate post later).  … Read More

Helping Social Change Leaders Thrive

Lessons from the movement to end violence against girls and women.

Taking a Hard Look at University Research

Without transparency, can we expect funders to foot the whole bill?

How to Maximize Your Year-End Fundraising

The year-end giving season is one of the most abundant for non-profit organizations.  Over 40% of all charitable gifts are given during the final three months of the year, including a massive amount that is given to organizations each year on December 31st. Is your non-profit ready to capitalize on the year-end fundraising season?  If […]

Data, Work, and the Social Sector

(photo from Organizations that support nonprofits in the U.S. are quick to point out the contribution these organizations make to the economy. $1 trillion in assets, $2 trillion...Show More Summary

Only the Humble Improve

C&A Foundation’s candid reporting paves the way for better development.

Science discovers the magic words

Your mother told you this. Now science is catching up with her. A recent study, reported at the Neuromarketing blog (Two Words That Change How People Think of You) found the hidden power in saying Thank you. In the study, people whoShow More Summary

The Water Cooler

How much time do you actually spend at the water cooler? I’m going to make the case for spending just a little bit more time there. Internal relationships are often the key to fundraising success. If you have the support of your fellow fundraisers and program staff your job will often become a lot easier. […]

Be All That You Can Be—As a Nonprofit Board Member

Being asked to sit on a board is a vote of confidence, but you better be committed to the responsibilities that come with the position!

Flipping the Default Setting on Philanthropy: An Interview With Kathleen Enright

In today’s Social Velocity blog interview, I’m talking with Kathleen Enright, founding president and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). GEO is a diverse community of more than 450 grantmakers working to reshape the...Show More Summary

Rebrand to Connect: Red Rover Tells All (Case Study-Part 1)

Within the first five minutes of meeting Leili Khalessi last year, I learned that she and her colleagues were in the process of rebranding their organization, including a new name. As Marketing and Communications Manager with (what is now) Red Rover, Leili was right in the middle of that challenging project. So I jumped on […]

What I Learned as a First Time Development Director: Tips from the Trenches

Being a great development director is tough. Whether you’re the lone fundraiser on staff or leading a small team of development pros, all eyes are on you to make sure the organization can keep the lights on, the staff paid, and grow its programs to serve more people. There are a number of lessons that […]

11 Great Online Giving Tips for #GivingTuesday and Every Day

The countdown is on. In exactly 7 weeks, or 49 days, #GivingTuesday will be here! For many organizations, #GivingTuesday will launch the giving season, fueling energy and excitement that will carry through to year-end. We’ve writtenShow More Summary

If this is LinkedIn, Get Me Outta Here!

A lot of fundraising people I know are on LinkedIn. LinkedIn can be a good tool for your career. It can help you show […]

Size Doesn’t Matter

Yesterday I chided Agitator readers a bit on the retention issue, suggesting nonprofits were showing too little interest in their fleeing donors. I was rewarded (and so, I suspect, were Bloomerang and Pamela Grow!!) by the Comment from Ann Kensek at The Counseling Service of of Addison County in Vermont (CSAC-VT). Clearly, CSAC-VT is not […]

Profitable Fundraising Ideas for Schools

Whether you have a child in pre-school, elementary school, high school or college, you’ll know that school fundraising activities play a huge part in meeting the financial needs of educational establishments. Coming up with new fundraising ideas isn’t always easy – but doing so is important, because fresh ideas grab the interest of participants and […]

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