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Do Impact Investors Expect Too Much?

The history of microfinance shows how far off-mission social enterprise can go under the weight of massive investment.

3 Engaging Ways to Honor Martin Luther King’s Legacy of Service and Social Justice

Guest post by Ann Saylor Once in a while, a seemingly ordinary person rises up to be a hero, changing culture forever. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of those men, and we now recognize him as a renowned … Continue reading ?

Don't make these fundraising mistakes -- unless you want to drive away your donors

It's far too easy to get fundraising wrong. But just in case you want a reminder of things to avoid, here's a post from the Get Fully Funded blog, at How to Bore Your Donors to Tears in 10 Easy Steps: Be ego-centric. (After all, it's all about you and or organization, not about the donor, right?) Show no passion. Show More Summary

Nonprofit Blog Carnival Call for Submissions: What’s Your Best Online Personal Productivity Tip?

I’m honored to be hosting the January, 2015 Nonprofit Blog Carnival and theme is personal productivity online.   2015 has arrived!    If you’re like most nonprofit folks, you’ve probably made a few New Year’s resolutions that include being more productive and effective at your nonprofit job.… Read More

1 Week into 2015: Where are You Headed?

This practical, doable marketing plan template takes you from goals to benchmarks, work plan, action and impact! Those New Year’s resolutions—including the ones we set for marketing and fundraising work—are so hard to keep. That’s because most resolutions are action items, rather than goals (the real “what we want to get to”). When elements in […]

Don’t Just Wish for Major Donors – Develop a Plan to Find and Cultivate Them

Every non-profit, no matter how small, needs a plan for finding and cultivating new major donors and asking them to give to the organization. Major donors don’t grow on trees, but they are out there.  Right now, there are people in your organization’s network that have the ability to make a big, transformational gift to […]

Seven Tips to Help You Talk to Donors About Planned Giving

Guest Post by Mary Ellis Peterson I’ve got a terr […] The post Seven Tips to Help You Talk to Donors About Planned Giving appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

Year-end Online Giving Wrap-up

Yesterday Roger gave us an up-close micro-view of how bad year-end online fundraising appeals can be. But as bad as it gets, there’s no question — looking at the macro-picture — that December sees more cash roll in than any other month as nonprofits do their best (or worst, in some cases) to barrage their […]

How Do You Find Those Forms 990?

Did you know that each charity's page on our site includes its Forms 990? That's right, you can view both rated and unrated charities's Forms 990 right from our site. For a rated charity: Click on its IRS tab Then scroll to the bottom...Show More Summary

What Nonprofits Need To Do More in 2015: Embrace Stillness

The new year is always a popular time for all of us to take stock and see the big picture.   And, every year when the calendar flips over, we embrace reflection and setting goals.   However, we live in a connected world where we have gotten so go at being in touch, informed, and connected, that we don’t know how to be alone and step away more regularly.… Read More

Donor Love Part One: 7 Ways to Keep Donors Committed to Your Cause

Honoring your donors—and prospects—is, hands-down, the most effective approach to building strong and lasting relationships with the folks whose help you need so very much. It’s no surprise that donor retention is an absolute priority (again) for 2015. Show More Summary

How to keep up with changing donors

The New York Times has some advice for donors: Don't Give Till It Hurts. It's a recipe for not feeling guilty when you can't or don't want to give to particular charitable ask: Have a charitable giving plan. Follow the plan. When asked...Show More Summary

Board Implodes after Contracting with Chair’s Consulting Firm for Board Development

This story about a legacy community health center is a small “how-not-to” about chairing a nonprofit board.

New Year, New Nonprofit Marketing Job

Please post your nonprofit marketing jobs here Associate Director of Communications Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA) Brand and Integrated Marketing Manager Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (New York, NY) Communications Associate...Show More Summary

10 Great Social Innovation Reads: December 2014

December is often a fairly quiet month in the world of social change writing because of the holidays and time off, but there was still some great stuff to read. From Giving Tuesday, to Teach for America’s 25th anniversary, to philanthropy...Show More Summary

Is It A Crisis? No, It’s A Year-end Appeal

As we were cleaning off our desks, emptying our ‘In’ and ‘Out’ baskets and generally tidying up Agitator Global Headquarters in preparation for 2015, we couldn’t help but notice the increasing frequency of inbound chimes in our mailbox. “Only 29 hours to go …” “ You have less than a day to get a 3 […]

A Wave Is Rising

Community foundations are seeing growing activity in building community wealth.

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