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“All You Need Is Love”

“All you need is love, da…da…da-da…da. All you need is love, da da da-da da. All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.” The Beatles say so (and raised more money than most of us). Agents of Good says so. And Jeff Brooks says so. So it must be so. So let the donor […]

New Donors in 2016? What’s Next?

Before you do ANYTHING else this week, please find out how many new donors you gained in 2016. These are your first-time supporters. Once you know that number, it’s time to create the plan to make sure they give again. The post New Donors in 2016? What’s Next? appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.

What a hilarious holiday video teaches us about fundraising

The most important thing about this video is that it's utterly hilarious. Enjoy it this holiday season if you need to destress. You're welcome. (Or view it here on Vimeo.) This video also has a lesson for us fundraisers. There's a lot of fundraising out there that's almost as "out of tune" as this robot-made holiday carol. Show More Summary

Three Things to Review Now if You Want to Raise More in 2017

Taking time to review your donor data can feel like a luxury, especially if you are a small fundraising team. Donor data review should not be a luxury. Just as you define a good event by tickets sold or dollars raised, and you define...Show More Summary

5 Nonprofit Trends to Watch in 2017

It’s that time of year again, where we take a look back at the year drawing to a close, and forward to the year ahead. We all know that 2016 was rough (and if you want to wallow for a minute or two, check out John Oliver’s cathartic send off to 2016). But I am […]

Civil society now

That democracy depends on an independent civil society is a bedrock assumption in political theory. In the USA, we've just held an election that will test this theory against reality.Like so many people, I've spent the last few daysShow More Summary

Because Of You

Here’s one of the best email subject lines to hit my in-box in a long time … What can I add, except to say that, once I opened the email, Charity:Water indeed delivered the right message, in this case a ‘thank you’ to its volunteers, as usual with a video. Tom

6 Unique & Compelling Story Ideas for Your Fall Fundraising Appeal

You already know sharing stories in your fall appeal is a “must do.” But what story will you share? Here are 6 recommendations for choosing a unique and compelling story. These examples come from working watching organizations raiseShow More Summary

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.

How the First Ever Refugee Olympic Team Has Impacted Us Forever

Heading into the final days of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, there have been a number of miscellaneous and diversified storylines centered around everything from athletes and countries to the conditions of the hosting city. Show More Summary

How a Refugee Olympic Team Has Changed the World Forever

Heading into the final days of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, there have been a number of miscellaneous and diversified story lines centered around everything from athletes and countries to the conditions of the hosting city. Show More Summary

The Ripple Effect of Foundation Culture

Foundations’ internal practices and culture ripple out to grantees in meaningful ways, and it directly accelerates or impedes grantees’ effectiveness.

The magic grammar trick that works in fundraising

Remember this goofy TV spot for Old Spice? The best thing about it is something most people won't quite notice: Or watch it here on YouTube. Roy H. Williams, in his MondayMorningMemo, Swim to Kansas praises this spot for the script. Specifically for its use of the imperative voice -- it's steady stream of "commands": Look at your man. Show More Summary

How To Incorporate More Movement Into Your Nonprofit Training

Photo: Americans for the Arts Designing and facilitating training (not matter the topic)  is one of my passions and why I blog about it on a regular basis.  I also love sharing techniques and tips with other trainers and often do “train the trainers” sessions as part of my practice.   … Read More

Tips for Creating an Effective Nonprofit Campaign on Social Media

Guest post by Mary Kleim No matter what your thoughts are about social media, you cannot deny the fact that some people who use it are full of compassion. They are always ready to help those in need, and nonprofit organizations … Continue reading ?

4 Takeaways from Our Shark Week Campaign

For years, VolunteerMatch has supported Discovery Communications by providing employee volunteer management software. This year — and for the first time ever — VolunteerMatch partnered with Discovery to dive into unchartered waters: Shark Week (6/26/16 – 7/2/16). Shark Week is … Continue reading ?

Transforming Activism: Digital Era Advocacy Organizations

New types of civil society organizations are powerfully and successfully using technology to campaign online and offline for social, economic, and environmental change.

We Must Rise

It has been a rough several weeks. The horrifying brutality in Orlando was just another instance in what seems like an endless stream of gun violence. And that violence is just one of the challenges facing us, from an increasingly hate-filled...Show More Summary

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