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Last Day for Early Bird Registration for our Fundraising Plan and Case for Support Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, December 5th) is the last day to receive a special early bird discount when you register for our new class How to Write an Amazing Fundraising Plan and Case for Support for Your Non-Profit. During this 4 week multimedia class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to […]

Donors are nutty! This might help explain why

by guest blogger George Crankovic, Senior Writer at TrueSense Marketing. In a logical world, the bigger the problem is, the more donors would give to solve it. But people aren't logical. That's part of what makes us so much fun! You've probably heard about the identifiable-victim effect. Show More Summary

It’s Giving Friday … Now What?

It’s ‘Giving Friday’ today. Giving Tuesday 2014 is over and judged a raging success. Tuesday’s ‘take’ has been counted: $46 million, up from $28 million last year, according to a first estimate from the Chronicle of Philanthropy. What do we do next? I suggest your #1 priority should be getting a second gift from your […]

The Artist as Philanthropist:

Artists see the future first. Last time I went to the de Young Museum in San Francisco was to see the David Hockney exhibit that featured his room size paintings as well as his iPad paintings. Here's a great video interview with the painter about his ipad. Show More Summary

A Strategy for Alleviating Poverty

Why there is a renewed sense of urgency and optimism about place-based initiatives.

Three Keys to Working with Crowds

Gathering crowds to help your cause is an essential part of working in a networked world. Crowds create capital, or “go-go juice,” that can include human connections, intelligence and expertise, resources like equipment and furniture,...Show More Summary

The Nominet Trust 100 and Social Tech Guide 2014

What do cancer, cow fertility, and civil rights have in common? How about encrypted email, e-democracy, and educational access? Stumped? Here's one more - what about 3D printing, distributed networks of open source building plans, and...Show More Summary

Mysterious Power of a Fresh Approach (Case Study)

I was thrilled to hear from Getting Attention reader Elizabeth (Betsey) Russell recently, with news of her just-released mystery, Other People’s Money. Betsey, who has written for foundations for more than 20 years, has parlayed that experience into a must-read tale set in the heart of the foundation world. While fiction isn’t something we usually […]

A post-#GivingTuesday Flowchart

#GivingTuesday is over. Now what? Enjoy this simple flowchart to determine your next steps: (click to get the full experience)

Guest Post: Grantmakers and Collaboration

Note: In October I interviewed Kathleen Enright, CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), on the blog. In the course of that interview, she mentioned GEO’s upcoming study of staffed grantmaking institutions. That study was released a few weeks ago, and I asked Kathleen to provide some perspective here on what the results mean. Show More Summary

Podcast: Maximize your year-end fundraising

Re-posted by popular demand! The coming weeks are the probably the most important of the year for your fundraising. Here are practical tips for both direct mail and online fundraising that can make the most of the generosity your donors feel as the year comes to an end. Show More Summary

4 Jobs for Introverted Fundraisers

We might assume that nonprofits are full of happy extroverted fundraisers, going out and gladhanding donors like crazy. This is actually not the case. […]

December Charity Ratings Update

In the spring of 2002, we launched with data-driven ratings of 1,115 of America's largest charities. At the time, no one had ever attempted to evaluate, in any fashion, more than 500 organizations. This month, Charity Navigator is proud to announce that we now rate more than 8,000 charities ! See if your favorite charity was updated this month or rated for the first time.

News Flash … Emotion Works!

Along with your general avalanche of year-end online fundraising messages, I hope you’re including video to sell your story. December should deliver a boatload of compelling video fundraisers to eager donors! And in case you’re wondering what makes for a compelling video — one so impressive it will not only elicit a gift but also […]

Why Giving Matters More Than Receiving

On the heels of the wildly successful #GivingTuesday (first estimates put money raised at nearly $46 million just online, more than double last year’s total!) the idea of giving is in the air. My friend Lisa Colton told me an interesting story today. She was facilitating a board retreat recently and asked the participants to[...]

Thank You Wednesday: The Gift of Giving Tuesday

It is early here in Sao Paulo, Brasil, but I wanted to capture some quick reflections about the experience of GivingTuesday. Maybe it is because I am in a different country, but I felt the magic of what Giving Tuesday was intended to be when it launched two years ago.… Read More

Supporting Nonprofit Leadership: A Pre-Flight Briefing

Three tips to help foundations supporting leadership development prepare for a successful journey.

Making the Holidays Merry for Families in Need

Photo Credit: Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caleb Gomez Every year, we hear from donors who want to know which charities are dedicated to making the holiday season merry and bright for families in need. There are many charities...Show More Summary

The Naughty and Nice List

Check out Charity Navigator's 2014 Naughty and Nice charity list before you make your holiday donations.

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