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Shutting Off Comments

One of the fundamental tenets of working with social media is that they are fundamentally conversational vehicles.  Someone says something and anyone out there can answer back. Not always civilly, but generally so. The biggest threat to organizations in a social world is not multiple voices but silence. Silence means irrelevance. Tablet, an online publication,[...]

3 reasons you'll jump for joy when you read this award-winning book

I'm honored that my recent book, The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand, has been chosen as one of CausePlanet's top books for 2014. Read about it (and the other award winners) at CausePlanet's Choice Awards – Top Books from 2014: BrooksShow More Summary

90 donors in 30 days

I just finished a crowd funding campaign for the Pokey the Penguin comic in December.  We got 90 donors in 30 days! I never […]

Is Your Board Behind You?

I can hear you snickering … “Sure they’re behind me, miles behind!” But sarcasm aside, what do you do — or have you done — to get your Board enthusiastic about your fundraising schemes? Fundraisers are supposed to be marketers, right? So it seems a bit odd that so many fundraisers fail to market their […]

Think Fun, Think Big and Think GOOD at This Year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference

Close your eyes, and imagine this: You’re outside, and you’re not cold. No snow. No biting wind. No humidity, even. Instead, the sun is warm on your face as you laugh with the person next to you. Your common interests … Continue reading ?

I really need some new material!

As Development professionals, we are story tellers.  We are deft and creative about sending messages to our supporters and prospects that generate a response.  Our hope is that the messages we send will be so compelling that those that hear and receive it will respond by giving financially to our cause.  This is a simplified […]

Building a Robust Social Investment Market

Markets develop through controversy and experimentation—there’s no need to rush.

The #NetGain Challenge

It's great to see several big foundations recognizing that digital infrastructure is now fundamental to civil society. Check out the #NetGainChallenge for several ideas about what we need to ensure that independent private action for public benefit continues to thrive in the digital age. Show More Summary

Are you thanking donors, or just using the moment to brag?

Have you ever been thanked in a way that made you feel not so thanked? It's what happens when the thanker uses the occasion not to thank you, but to remind you how awesome they are. Here's an example I came across recently. I've changed the name of the organization to protect them from embarrassment... Show More Summary

7 Questions To Guide Your Nonprofit Strategy

I’ve been leading several strategic planning efforts lately, and I am always amazed at the nonprofit sector’s general fear (borderline hatred) of strategic planning. I get it, strategic planning has traditionally been done so badly that many have just given up on the idea altogether. Show More Summary

Donor Stewardship Game for Nonprofit Board Members

At first this may sound like just a silly or simple gam […] The post Donor Stewardship Game for Nonprofit Board Members appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

Understanding Donor Relationships

Tom and I’ve been focusing lots on the importance of ‘donor-focused fundraising’ and essential ‘donor experiences’. In fact, we’ve invited Agitator readers to join us on February 17th for a free webinar on fixing the donor experience. Fixing the problem of donor loss or seizing the opportunity of donor loyalty begins with an understanding of […]

Valentine’s Day Fundraising Auction

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, and many people are scrambling to buy their loved ones Valentine’s presents. Although Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular holidays for buying presents for others, it isn’t one that is planned months in advance (like Christmas). And, since it falls just 6 short weeks after […]

How to Build Stronger Donor Relationships Right Now: Ideas from Fellow Fundraisers (Part 1)

Have two minutes? Please tell us what you’re doing to strengthen donor relationships and/or what’s in your way. Thanks! Thanks to these fabulous fundraisers in the field for sharing their right-now paths to stronger relationships with donors and what’s getting in their way!

Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from a Culture of Sitting? How To Change It

On February 12th, I’ll be presenting on a FREE Guidestar Webinar on healthy and productive meetings and talking about walking meetings (register here).    There is much research out there about why sitting at work is downright dangerous for your health.  … Read More

5 Ways to Motivate Your Nonprofit’s Volunteers

Guest post by Kelly Smith Volunteering has become a popular solution for people who not only have got some time on their hands, but also want to build a better community or help those who need assistance. As a nonprofit … Continue reading ?

Cracking the Black Box of Human Reasoning

We have powerful new tools to solve complex social problems—but how we apply them will determine our success.

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