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Meet Dr. James A. Levine: The 1st “You can walk and work!”Evangelist

On my 12 hour plane ride back from Ukraine, I read Dr. James A. Levine’s book “Get Up: Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It.” (Yes, I see the irony)   He  is the Co-Director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Solutions Initiative and the inventor of the treadmill desk.… Read More

Beyond Car Bombs: Keys for Transformative Impact

Trust rooted in a shared dream and values can find a way forward at the edge of chaos.

Tips & Tools to Help Busy Nonprofits Get Things Done

At the beginning of 2015 I told you how I was going to work on changing my personal story and make 2015 the year of being enough. As the year is coming to a close I’m proud to say I’ve been making progress. AND each week I continue to look for ways to work less and […] The post Tips & Tools to Help Busy Nonprofits Get Things Done appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

VIDEO: 7 Crucial Storytelling Tips to Improve Your Fundraising

Want help telling great stories that will motivate your donors to give? Check out this video with me and my podcasting partner, Steven Screen. Watch it here: 7 Crucial Storytelling Tips to Improve Your Fundraising. Steven and I willShow More Summary

Enter into the DONOR’S story

Last week at the Blackbaud conference, I heard yet another story of good fundraising letters being eviscerated by marketing. Unfortunately, it happens all the time. A fundraiser studies her craft, reads the results of fundraising tests, and creates a compelling appeal. Then a marketing person gets involved and tries to "fix it." They use passive [...]Show More Summary

9 Great Tips for #GivingTuesday

December 1st 2015 marks the fourth annual #GivingTuesday. In anticipation of the event this post is divided into: 1) stats on #Giving Tuesday, and 2) some quick and easy tips to prepare for #GivingTuesday. Background and Stats #GivingTuesday is that artificially inseminated day of philanthropy aimed at capturing some of the torrent of consumer spending […]

Getting the most out of your donation dollar

Believe it or not, the year-end charitable giving season is right around the corner. The following TV segment, by Dan Spindle, of ABC15, in Arizona, offers tips for how you can make sure your donations are put to good use. For more detailed tips, consult Charity Navigator's Holiday Giving Checklist.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Tech Training Internationally – Tips for Working with Interpreters

I’ve just returned from an inspiring week in Kiev, Ukraine where I got to facilitate a training for women’s organizations organized by Wake, an amazing start up founded by two respected colleagues Trish Tierney and Heather Ramsey.  They...Show More Summary

Five Guidelines for Successful Funder Collaborations

Lessons from the Packard Foundation on how funders can effectively work together to amplify their resources and impact.

Everyone is reading the new fundraising book

Have you read my new book, How to Turn Your Words into Money: The Master Fundraiser's Guide to Persuasive Writing? If not, now is the time. Everyone is reading it! Leaders who know how important it is to motivate people to donate. All kinds of leaders! People who want to be heroes by raising more money for good causes. Show More Summary

Stories BETTER than Puppies & Piglets (Part 2)

Let’s be real: Your organization is one of the many that can’t use kitty or puppy photos to raise money or recruit volunteers. In Part One of this mini-guide, I shared my take on why such emotional candy works so well to raise money or recruit volunteers. And cited a reliable litmus test for photo-story […]

Networks, Social Movements, and Civic Tech — Oh My!

Last week I was in Miami for the Independent Sector conference, one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in the country. I really enjoyed it, in particular a few sessions that really got me thinking. Rather...Show More Summary

Are you wondering how to attain mastery in fundraising?

Lately I’ve been reading a book by Robert Greene called Mastery.  Throughout this book there are stories about how people overcame incredible odds to […]

Communicate In The Purple Zone

Yesterday, in The Most Sinister Word In Fundraising, Roger wrote about effective fundraising copywriting and — citing our esteemed colleague, Jeff Brooks — the pernicious ‘I’ word. As he wrote: “This evil word has the negative power to transform your message into one that should be about the donor to one about you and your organization.” Much is written […]

REI Gets It Right

It has always been easier to find companies and organization that get it wrong. Frankly, it’s just a lot of fun to poke to them when they don’t listen to employees and focus on their own busyness rather than the interests of constituents. But every once in a while, someone gets it just right and […] The post REI Gets It Right appeared first on Allison Fine.

Two Opportunities for Nonprofits to Power their #GivingTuesday Campaigns — Facebook Ad Credits & #MyGivingStory

I’m just back from two weeks of inspiring work where I participated in a training for women organizations in the Ukraine and the International Fundraising Congress in Holland.   So, expect more some posts this week from about what I learned. Show More Summary

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