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3 Steps to set up your monthly giving campaign

Mazarine Treyz: Erica Waasdorp, you’re an ambassador for the IFC. So you know about fundraising in other countries, not just the U.S. I’ve heard […]

Labor Day 2016

Enjoy the last long weekend of the summer. ~The Charity Navigator Staff

Metrics for Success: Evaluating Your Volunteer Program

Start assessing all facets of your volunteer program. Why? To ensure it’s built for success and allows you to maximize your volunteers' impact.

Reaping the Benefits of Integrated Health Care

Care that links physical and mental health has proven to be economically and medically beneficial, but hard to implement sustainably. We can surmount these common roadblocks by emphasizing community collaboration and self-reliance.

The Season Ahead

For many Agitator readers summer’s over. Next week triggers the starting gun on the sprint to year-end. Our readers in the US will mark the end of summer with this Labor Day weekend. Readers in Canada and Europe have already turned the calendar page to September and noted the shortening of daylight hours. And Agitators […]

10 Great Social Innovation Reads: July & Aug 2016

Since I was on vacation in late July and early August, I’m combining the last two months of great reads into one. The summer of 2016 certainly was a dark one. From continuing police violence against black men, to the shootings of police...Show More Summary

Philanthropy in Democratic Societies

Philanthropy in Democratic Societies, co-edited book with Rob Reich and Chiara Cordelli, is out! The book is the result of an 18 month workshop with the chapter authors in which we considered the question of philanthropy's fit in democracy through the lenses of history, institutional structures, and values. Show More Summary

Last Day for Early Bird Discount on our Direct Mail Fundraising Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, September 2nd) is the last day to receive an early-bird discount when you register for our new class How to Raise More Money through Direct Mail Fundraising.  Early bird registration closes at 7 PM tonight. If you want to send out better fundraising letters that raise more money […]

Blogging to Attract Volunteers: 18 Tools to Get Started

When you're looking to find new volunteers, you may be surprised to know that an engaging blog can help attract the right volunteers to your cause.

Start with a Shared Vision

True grantee-funder partnerships are based on a shared vision of the future. Creating a strategy to achieve that vision requires listening and clearly defining roles.

The National Vietnam Veterans Foundation Shuts Its Doors

This summer, th e National Vietnam Veterans Foundation (NVVF) gained national attention for its exceptionally low program expenses. According to th e charity’s most recent 990, the organization allocated just 8.3% of their expenses to its programs; on average, charities rated by Charity Navigator spend 80.3% on programs. Show More Summary

INTERVIEW: Growing Your Monthly Giving Program with Erica Waasdorp

MT: Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising and I am so pleased today to be interviewing Erica Waasdorp, who […]

Summer Dream Becomes Fall Nightmare As RFP Surfaces

Somewhere out there on a beach, in a forest or on some mountain trail there’s a CFO, CEO or new VP for Development making mental notes on the agenda for the fall Board Meeting. And you can bet one of her/his suggestions will be to put out a Request for Proposal (RFP) in hopes of improving […]

A Call for Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Why philanthropy needs to support more community-driven solutions, not just Ivy League ones.

Are you contacting your donors too often? (See the surprising answer!)

Most fundraisers are haunted by the belief that they might be chasing donors away by asking for gifts too often. Good news: There's little evidence that this happens. In fact, you're much more likely to be losing donors because you ask too infrequently. Show More Summary

Individual Donor Benchmark Report Reveals Secret Sauce for Effective Fundraising

Are you wondering how your fundraising program is really doing? How you compare to your peers? Where you could be raising even more money? The Individual Donor Benchmark Report is for you! Each year the IDB Report examines individual donor fundraising data from small and mighty organizations – those with budgets under $2 million. Show More Summary

Losing Donors Through Your Donate Page

In The Hidden Cost of Complexity I noted that given a choice, the harder something is to use, the less people will use it. The more difficult something is to read, the fewer people will read it. Our sector spends millions and millions on making things more complex and only a tiny amount understanding how […]

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