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Trainer’s Notebook: Integrating Thinking and Feedback Activities

Last week, I was honored to facilitate a workshop on best practices in crowd funding in Pittsburgh, PA organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University in conjunction with its TechNow Conference (where I delivered the keynote).    … Read More

Donating Appreciated Assets

Year-end giving will be in full swing in just a few weeks. And a recent article in The Des Moines Register did a good job explaining the benefits of donating appreciated assets. The article sums it up with the following example: Let's say Scott is in the 25 percent federal tax bracket and has $5,000 in appreciated stock he wants to donate. Show More Summary

Car Donation Charity Spends More on its Operations Than Veterans

Fox 4 in Kansas City recently ran this segment about a 'charity,' called Carshelpingvets.org, that spends the vast majority of what it takes in on running its operations... not on veterans in need. Sadly, just as the leader of this organization points out in the segment, it isn't unusual for a car donation charity to be woefully inefficient. Show More Summary

The Rise of a Fourth Sector Skills Set

Tomorrow’s leaders are already developing a new problem-solving mindset—good thing, because they need to.

Saving the Earth: Four Conflicting Campaigns

As we advocate for environmental change, are we divided against ourselves?

Investing in People Pays Big Dividends

A look at how one impact investor helps develop the talent that its portfolio organizations need to succeed.

Podcast: The evil cousin of fundraising

Discover fundcrushing, the common practice that persuades so many donor not to give. Find out why it doesn't raise funds -- and how you can avoid being a fundcrusher. To listen, click here to download the audio file or visit the Fundraising Is Beautiful page here, where you'll find several listening and subscription options. Or subscribe with iTunes:

Nonprofit Leaders Give Their Boards a B-minus Grade

Top-line results from BoardSource’s 2014 survey of U.S. nonprofit chief executives and board chairs underscore the sector's strengths and weaknesses.

How To Recruit The Nonprofit Board You Really Need

There is a fundamental error that nonprofit leaders make when recruiting new board members. And that is to be vague about the kind of board members they need. Nonprofit leaders often think in very general terms about the makeup of their board while ignoring their nonprofit’s specific needs. Show More Summary

Use the 5/5/3 Rule to Guarantee Great Donor Relationships at Your Non-Profit

Building great relationships is the essence of good fundraising.  Your job as a non-profit is to find as many people as you can who are passionate about your work, and then work hard to build strong relationships with them.  Donors need to feel like part of your team and know just how integral they are […]

The Digital Consumer

I just re-discovered (if you saw my computer ‘desktop’ you’d understand) two excellent reports — one from Nielsen on The Digital Consumer, and the other from comScore called US Digital Future in Focus 2014. These are the most exhaustive examinations I’ve seen of the digital usage habits of today’s consumer, as measured in each case by […]

In One Word: the Magic of Volunteer Managers

You are magic, don’t let anyone tell you differently. And today, on International Volunteer Managers Day, we celebrate your passion, dedication and impact. Because as important as volunteering is for making a difference in the world, it doesn’t exist in a … Continue reading ?

10 Best Practices for Planning Successful Crowd Funding or Giving Day Campaigns

Last week, I was honored to deliver the lunch keynote at the 2014 TechNow Conference in Pittsburgh, PA organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. (My trick for helping participants avoid a food coma is to get the audience moving).… Read More

The Importance of Letting Go

A look at how organizations that let go of their own assumptions, perspectives, and sense of control can effectively influence change such as policy reform.

Why Donors Want to Help One Person but Not Every Person

An NPR story caught my attention this morning. Maybe you heard it too? The story was about a psychologist’s study on what kind of message inspires people to give more.

Don’t You Love Me Anymore? The Critical Care of Past Board Members

“I served on your board for two consecutive three-year terms. You gave me a nice book when I stepped down. But then…I never heard from you again.”

Landing page mistakes that drive away donors

Does your landing page do its job, or is it where donors go to get confused and give up? Here are 5 Landing Page Mistakes that Are Drowning Your Conversions from the Daily Egg that just might be what keeps your landing pages from working:...Show More Summary

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