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Shifting Philanthropy From Charity to Justice

We need a new framework for giving to address America's economic, social, and political inequalities.

The Messy Middle: Managing the Challenges of Scale-up

Five lessons on scaling educational technology for the most vulnerable children.

Evaluating Community Change

A collective impact effort in Greater Cincinnati offers a useful framework for evaluating community change.

Fortifying Civic Participation Worldwide

How civil society organizations can come together in the defense of civic space.

Building Opportunities for Inclusive Leadership

Are social entrepreneurship education programs excluding those who have directly experienced social problems from working on social change solutions?

Bringing Together Business and Social Change: Not for the Faint of Heart

Launching social enterprises with national reach holds great promise, but there’s no easy route to success—a look at four lessons from the field.

Your elevator speech doesn't go to the top floor

You know the mythical elevator speech? It's that 30-second rundown of what you are your company does that you would give if you talked to strangers on elevators. Tom Ahern, writing at Asking Matters (Make an Elevator Speech that Works), describes an exercise he does with nonprofit people where they write their own elevator speeches. Show More Summary

Last Day to Register for How to Use Donor Newsletters to Raise More Money for Your Non-Profit

This is a reminder that today (Friday, January 27th) is the last day to register for our class How to Use Donor Newsletters to Raise More Money for Your Non-Profit.  Registration closes at 7 PM tonight! During this 5 week online class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to supercharge your non-profit’s e-mail and snail mail newsletters, including: […]

Cats And Dogs And Donors

In one of his most clever and amusing posts ever, What my cat taught me about fundraising, fundraising creative Jeff Brooks gives us an important warning about relationships built upon delusions. He notes that the delusions he and his cat have about each other — the cat thinks Jeff’s a cat, and Jeff thinks the cat […]

How to Remove a Troublesome Nonprofit Board Member

One thing that most nonprofit leaders have in common is that they often have at least one (or more than one) challenging board member. You know — the one who doesn’t show up for board meetings, or doesn’t do what she says she’ll do, or never makes a contribution, or derails meetings with his own agenda. […]

What my cat taught me about fundraising

My cat and I are great friends. We love hanging out together. But our relationship is built on delusions: My cat thinks I'm a cat. There's no room in her tiny brain for the idea that she's living with some species other than cats. So she interacts with me the way she would if we were a family of cats. Show More Summary

How to build trust

Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising, and today we’re interviewing Marc Pitman, author of Ask Without Fear […]

The Dangerous Dictum Of “Mail More, Make More”

I love home remedies and old folk tales. They have their place in the Farmer’s Almanac and on embroidered wall hangings, but they’re grossly over-used and too often accepted as ‘truth’ or ‘best practices’ in fundraising. Perhaps no myth is potentially more dangerous for the long-term health of an organization than the clichéd dictum: “Mail […]

3 Reasons to Not Miss MAVA?s 2017 National Summit

When was the last time you attended a conference focused on volunteer managers?

Metric Mondays #10: Fundraising Efficiency

Last week, we focused on the importance of a Conflict of Interest policy. Today’s Metric Monday will address Fundraising Efficiency! Fundraising Efficiency is the amount spent by a charity for each dollar they bring in as contributions. Show More Summary

Fundraising is a lot more about getting attention than getting money

In major donor fundraising, it's often said that it's harder to get the appointment than it is to get the donation. That's because in our world, time and attention are more precious than money. This is true for nearly everyone, not just wealthy major donors: Time is in much shorter supply than money. Show More Summary

Tips From The E-Commerce World

I was fishing (not phishing) for some e-marketing tips and came across an article titled, Eight Myths E-Commerce Marketers Must Stop Believing In. Overall, the article is more pertinent to commercial marketers, but it did include a couple of points worth passing along. First, it was great to read about the acquisition myth: “Traditionally, most […]

Difficult Stories to Tell

What if the work at your nonprofit is about making nothing happen? How, then, do you tell stories of your impact? Today, at the Partnership for Food Safety Education Conference, we are diving into this topic. The post Difficult Stories to Tell appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

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