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5 Ways to Connect with Volunteers on the Go

Guest post by John Killoran Your volunteers are constantly on the move. When they’re not volunteering their time with your organization, they’re out and about: Working 9-5. Taking care of their kids. Making meals. Saving the world. Wherever they are, whatever … Continue reading ?

Most of your donors aren't all that into you

Don't you love it when donors really get involved in your work -- really care, really think about it, really make it part of their own lives? That's a great situation. When it happens. Which is not often. The Veritus Group Blog, looking...Show More Summary

Opening the Doors to Education for Undocumented Students

Three things legislators, universities, and social sector advocates can do to make sure we don’t lose out on the many contributions undocumented students can make to society.

How to do a better board training (with Andy Robinson)

Recently I had coffee with Andy Robinson, who has been training boards for over 35 years. I got the chance to ask Andy, board […]

GEO Guest Post: Counter-Culture — Focusing Internally to Make More Impact Externally

Note: As I mentioned last week, I am at the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations conference this week curating a group of bloggers. First up is Phil Buchanan, President of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP). His guest post is below. Show More Summary

Rejecting The One Acq Stand

In his post yesterday, Who Gets Fired?, Roger voiced his doubt that very many fundraisers, if any at all, are compensated on the basis of success at retaining donors. “Who gets fired when your retention rates drop?” he asked. In a comment to that post, Lisa Sargent escalated the issue: “…if an agency or consultant gets […]

The Institutional Impact Investing Revolution

Institutional investments that generate social and environmental impact are increasing, and they are changing the field of impact investing as they go.

8 ways psychology can improve your fundraising

From the Daily Egg, 8 Brain Secrets That Will Turbocharge Email Conversions: We Make Snap Judgments In 3 Seconds Or Less. Use subject lines that create urgency and excitement. If It Stands Out, We'll Remember It. Use bright call-to-action buttons that stand out. Show More Summary

Who Gets Fired?

I’m continually amazed so many organizations ignore feedback from their donors. Feedback that would enable them to improve retention rates and lifetime value. They simply hit the ‘mute’ button. How stupid can you get? Despite the fact that it’s so much easier to measure how digital things are being used, I doubt that even 1 […]

7 Great Online Tools for Non-Profit Fundraisers

Never before have non-profit fundraisers had access to so many resources to help them achieve their goals.  Gone are the days when the only fundraising tools available to organizations were a couple of out-of-date books at the library and a clunky CRM system that was really designed for sales companies. Today, non-profits have access to […]

3 Ways Volunteers Can Maximize Their Impact During Disasters

Guest post by James Chiq In light of recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, people around the world are seeking ways to aid those affected by natural disasters, either from afar or in person. But good intentions can — and … Continue reading ?

Give Happiness This Mother's Day!

With Mother's Day just around the corner (May 8th), are you still looking for a meaningful gift for mom? It’s hard to think of a more thoughtful gift than making a charitable donation in her honor! And when you make that donation via Charity Navigator's Giving Basket, we will send your mom an email informing her that you made a gift in her name. Show More Summary

Three Keys to Unlocking Systems-Level Change

Developing a systems mindset, identifying the right tool for the job, and paying attention to human dynamics can help leaders move from theory to action when facing complex social problems.

Learning From Peer Organizations: Nonprofits Must Expand the Definition

Attracting transformational philanthropy and leveraging volunteers to scale are just two lessons nonprofits can learn from looking to organizations beyond those they traditionally identify with.

My Friday Fermentation

On Fridays some folks unwind with mates at the pub … others flee for an airport to get home in time to see the kids … others make that list of  weekend chores. Here at The Agitator we’re all business of course. Tom ends his week by feeding Priscilla, his piggy bank (otherwise known as the […]

Last Day for Early Bird Discount on our Major Donor Fundraising Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, April 29th) is the last day to receive a special early bird discount when you register for our new class How to Find New Major Donors and Get Them to Give to Your Non-Profit.  Early bird registration closes at 7 PM tonight. During this 4 week multimedia class,  you’ll […]

Aligning Volunteer Engagement to the Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan of Your Organization

Guest post by Michael Fliess Many leaders of volunteers agree that when volunteers are fully engaged, both the organization and the clients or cause they represent benefit. Being “fully engaged” can mean different things to volunteers. However, in a 2013 recognition … Continue reading ?

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