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Where are the Champions?

We development pros work hard to strengthen the relationships we have with folks who have given to our agencies and we call the process ‘retention.’  We also work really hard to build new relationships with folks who have not given to our agencies before, and when they do give for the first time we call […]

Why "clever" fundraising doesn't work

Let's take a look at two headlines: One "clever," the other intelligent. Clever headline This headline is for an ad that ran in publications in India after a deadly cyclone. It's from an Indian relief organization raising funds within India. Show More Summary

Conflicts of Interest and a “Memo of Frustration”: A Community College Foundation Finds Itself in a Mess

The boards of the College of DuPage and its foundation are very much in the public eye, and not in a good way.

A Lot Has Changed In The Last 13 Years

Charity Navigator Website in 2002 S in ce launching our donor service on April 15, 2002, we've helped millions of donors make responsible and informed charitable decisions. During that time we've grown from 1,100 charity ratings to more than 8,000. Show More Summary

Make the Most of Mother’s Day

There’s no better way for your organization to get the attention of your supporters and prospects (and the media) than by piggybacking on what’s already top of mind. Your people are already thinking about this stuff, making them farShow More Summary

The Storytelling Question I’m Asked Most Often

Weekly, maybe even daily people ask me “how do I […] The post The Storytelling Question I’m Asked Most Often appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

Raise More, Ask Less — Part 2

Can you really raise more money by asking fewer times? Absolutely. Or so argues Kevin Schulman in his paper aimed at stirring the pot for our Agitator discussion. Download the paper here. There are at least two ways to do this. One fairly simple. The other more effective, but requiring a bit more work and […]

Breakthrough fundamental science

We’ve been looking for gaps in the world of scientific research funding: areas that the existing system doesn’t put enough investment into, leaving potential opportunities to do unusually large amounts of good with philanthropic funding. We previously wrote about the … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship: NYC Service and VolunteerMatch

Hey New York City nonprofits! Great news! Starting this week – just in time for National Volunteer Week – all your VolunteerMatch listings will automatically be posted to NYC Service. NYC Service is breaking new ground to become the first City … Continue reading ?

A Healthy Dose of Skepticism

There is no scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs and no evidence that their commercialization has been beneficial to society as a whole; until there is, it is prudent to just say no.

Ahead of Give Local America, 7 trends in Giving Days

Guest Post by Michelle Huttenhoff, Knight Foundation With the clock ticking for Give Local America on May 5, community foundations and others are finalizing plans for this national day of online giving. At Knight Foundation, we’ve been providing insights on organizing successful Giving Days, and wanted to share the latest information we have gathered.… Read More

The Nonprofit Sector’s Crisis of Confidence

I sometimes wonder how many of the nonprofit sector’s challenges stem from a fundamental lack of confidence. Don’t get me wrong, there are deep structural dysfunctions at play in the nonprofit sector. The sector is held back by a lack of adequate financial resources and an on-going grantor/grantee power imbalance, to name just two. Show More Summary

Expanding definition of "poverty porn" means more ineffective fundraising

Now I've heard everything. An article in Nonprofit Quarterly has expanded the definition of the P-words -- Poverty Porn. According to Truth or Charity? The Lure of Poverty Porn for Nonprofits, poverty porn is "using false or exaggerated...Show More Summary

Sweet Briar Stakeholders and Board Protesters “Waiting for a Schneiderman”

The stakeholders of Sweet Briar College are trying to get the court to delay the college’s closing so that the situation can be thoughtfully considered. They need an activist AG who indicates he understands that time is the major variable to ensure a good decision.

Considering Consulting to Nonprofits? Advice from the Pros

Guest bloggers, Julia Reich, a designer and brand strategist at Stone Soup Creative and Marlene Oliveira, a copywriter and communications consultant at moflow and founder of the Nonprofit MarCommunity recap their #15NTC session on nonprofit marketing consulting. Show More Summary

Raise More, Ask Less — Part 1

I’ve been around long enough to know the unmistakable squeal of conventional wisdom being challenged. So, when my St. Patrick’s Day post — Are You Abusing Your Donors? — triggered a barrage of comments and protestations pro and con I knew some nerves had been struck. And it wasn’t because of leprechauns or green beer. It was […]

Online Fundraising for Nonprofits: Best Practices

It’s clear that in this day and age, pretty much every fundraising campaign has some kind of Internet presence.  Yet, it’s not as easy as linking to a donation page from your website. In order for your nonprofit organization to be effective with your online fundraising efforts, we recommend following these best practices: Brand Your […]

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