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
Trust rooted in a shared dream and values can find a way forward at the edge of chaos.
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.
Last month Rob Wu, CEO of CauseVox, shared tips he lear […]
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
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
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 […]
While fundraising campaigns and events are a great way for your organization to...
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.
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
Lessons from the Packard Foundation on how funders can effectively work together to amplify their resources and impact.
It’s time to take the Nonprofit Communications Tr […]
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
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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.
We’ll probably tackle the subject of bosses a few […]
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