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Taking Charge of Scaling Well

Tensions at the heart of the scaling process demonstrate the critical part that practitioners’ goals, values, and motivations play in any scaling story.

Giving Tuesday is only 8 weeks away. What are your plans?

Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) is only 2 months away. What are your non-profit fundraising plans? On December 2, 2014, non-profit organizations across the globe will be reaching out to their supporters to request their generous donations. Show More Summary

Planning an Online Charity Auction for Your School

Grace School is planning an online charity auction well in advance of their actual school fundraising event in February. The Grace Auction committee members are already working with their community in procuring auction items, marketing and designing their charity auction website. “We Invite you to`Log on & Share your Love´in our First Ever Online Auction. […]

4 Great Nonprofit Trainings this Month in The Nonprofit Academy!

A few weeks ago, The Nonprofit Academy joined the Fundraising Coach. With over 50 webinars, templates, and tools in the NPA Online Vault, it's already a great resource for affordable, efficient, and effective nonprofit trainings. But members typically get one new online training and one coaching call with me each month too. October is special [...]Show More Summary

Donor focus is the real game-changer in fundraising

Veritus Group blog is running a great series called Donors Are Your Mission, Too. If your organization is serious about making the world a better place, you will read this series -- and follow its suggestions. Organizations that consider donors part of their mission raise a lot more money. Show More Summary

All Talk And No Give

A pet peeve of mine is when a development office spends all their time talking about donors and none of their time talking to donors. Has your organization ever fallen victim to this trap? It is important that you do the needed research and you ask in the right timing. And it is also a […]

Show-Not-Tell Message Power (Case Study: Breast Cancer Action)

Breath this in deeply. It’s a strong model of that golden communications rule: Show, Don’t Tell. Here, on its Facebook page, Breast Cancer Action (BCA) zigs rather than zags, with memorable results. See post in full size here. Most nonprofits would have simply told folks that  pink-labeled water bottles is pinkwashing, and leave it at […]

What Nonprofits Really Need From Their Donors [Video]

My hope in creating the growing library of Social Velocity videos is that nonprofit leaders will use the topics as a jumping off point for honest discussions with boards and donors. It can often be intimidating for a nonprofit leader...Show More Summary

You can do it! Goal setting for #GivingTuesday

Party on! If you’re a fundraiser, you’re seeing news about #GivingTuesday everywhere. And the buzz is for good reason - #GivingTuesday is not only the launch of the giving season, but has become an international celebration of generosity. Show More Summary

Stop being jealous! Dealing with #ALSicebucketchallenge

Lately, I've been getting a lot of questions about my "view" of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. When I saw it happening, I watched with professional curiosity. I love seeing a nonprofit hit a fundraising campaign out of the park! You'd think that as a guy lost his mom less than a year ago due [...]Show More Summary

Incredible CRISIS! Again!

Do you have unrealistic deadlines at work? Are you there past 5pm every day, along with most other people? Do you feel like it’s […]

Wanted: Retention Superstars

Agitator readers know well how incessantly Roger and I beat the donor retention drum. Heck, Roger’s even written a book on the subject, Retention Fundraising. But sometimes, when you think you’ve said it all, someone comes along and makes an observation that shocks you to attention, forcing you to admit … “I never looked at […]

Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign for Your Non-Profit

Has your non-profit tried its hand at crowdfunding?  You know… using a site like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, CauseVox, or one of the myriad other platforms to raise small and mid-sized donations from tons of donors to fund a project at your organization? It is my strong belief that every non-profit, no matter how small or […]

Fundraiser vs. Friendraiser vs. Waste of Time

Last night, I was watching an old episode of The Office (US version) that brought a common non-profit problem to mind. In this episode, Michael is getting chided (over the phone) by the corporate office for spending too much money holding office parties.  After listing a number of events the Scranton branch has hosted over […]

The G8 Task Force Report: Making Impact or Making Believe?

Impact investors need to acknowledge the importance of “investment impact” and develop effective tools for ascertaining it.

ALS’ Happy Problem

What would you do with an extra $100 million? That’s the happy problem facing the ALS Association after this summer’s mega-viral ice bucket challenge. According to the ALS, the Challenge raised over $100 million from over 3 million people. Compared to $2.3 million last summer. One of the first thing the organization did was let[...]

Giving 2.0: The MOOC Launches Today: Sign Up for Free

Giving 2.0: The MOOC, is a Stanford University-sponsored FREE online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively.  It launches today, so there is still time to sign up!    The instructor is Stanford Professor and Philanthropist  Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen.    … Read More

Your New Nonprofit Marketing Job? Monday Matters!

Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Communications & Graphic Design Manager, Algiers Charter School Association (New Orleans, LA) Communications Associate, The Hatcher Group (Bethesda, MD) Communications Director,...Show More Summary

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