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Shift Your Fundraising from Scarcity to Possibility: Change Your Words For a Better Outcome

People often refer to me as a fundraising coach. And I am. My work and mission are to help people in the nonprofit or social sector raise more money. The truth is most often I find my work focused on helping people change their language...Show More Summary

#mygivingstory: Resources and Best Practices for @GivingTuesday Nonprofit Storytelling

Storytelling is an essential fundraising skill for nonprofits.  One of the most amazing nonprofit storytellers I ever heard in my life is Alberto Cairo (International Committee of the Red Cross) who delivered a truly inspirational speech during the International Fundraising Congress closing plenary.  … Read More

Five Steps to Building an Effective Impact Network

How network entrepreneurs can catalyze large-scale social impact through a process that applies to networks across all systems and sectors.

What I learned from Jad Abumrad About the Secrets of Creative Risk Taking

I’m very honored to be giving the ending keynote and facilitating a design lab on self-care and avoiding burnout  at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference.    Because I started my career in the arts field and wanted to do some active listening to the audience before speaking, I came in for the whole conference.… Read More

November Food for Thought: What Are the Experts Saying?

At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the fields of volunteer engagement and nonprofit management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Here’s some food for thought to get … Continue reading ?

Meet Dr. James A. Levine: The 1st “You can walk and work!”Evangelist

On my 12 hour plane ride back from Ukraine, I read Dr. James A. Levine’s book “Get Up: Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It.” (Yes, I see the irony)   He  is the Co-Director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Solutions Initiative and the inventor of the treadmill desk.… Read More

When What’s Counted Doesn’t Count

Without an increase in resources for the development of impact measurement, investors will continue to under-rate the achievements of programs that take a more holistic view of social and environmental improvement.

Pro Bono Week Special: How the California State Library Engages Pro Bono Volunteers

Story #1: When the California State Library began growing its volunteer program, it quickly became clear to Carla Lehn, Library Programs Consultant, that she didn’t have enough time to do everything that needed to be done. She knew if she could … Continue reading ?

Nonprofit CEOs Advocate for Strategic Communications

Leaders who view communications as a strategic function integral to their organization’s overall operations can be more successful in their work.

When People Say “I Want to Help!” 10 Million Times

For the past few weeks, everyone here at the VolunteerMatch office has been paying close attention to our live connection map. This map lets us see, in real time, every time someone clicks the “I want to help!” button on a VolunteerMatch listing. … Continue reading ?

Intelligent Giving: Know Where the Money Goes

When selecting a charity to donate to, it’s key to look at where the money’s going. Some breast cancer charities focus on research, some provide medical services, while some educate and advocate. Programs like these are all important...Show More Summary

Up from Obscurity

Up from Obscurity September 23, 2015 Modesty is a personal virtue, but it can be a vice for foundations and their causes. Paul Grogan of the Boston Foundation recently explained why.   This summer, two books landed on my desk that I would never have expected a few years ago. Show More Summary

How the Pope Is Connecting with Younger Generations on Social Media: Pope Emojis

As you probably know, the Pope is visiting the United States this week in Washington, DC; Philadelphia; and New York City.   While the crowds will gather on the ground for a change to touch the hand of Pontiff, there will be a lot of crowds online to celebrate his visit.  … Read More

Communities Building Their Own Economies

Low-income communities have the power to shape their economic future, but only if they have access to tools that educate and empower.

Guest Post: Is Maximizing Returns the Right Approach for Foundation Endowments?

Note: As I mentioned earlier, I am taking a few weeks away from the blog to relax and reconnect with the world outside of social change. But I am leaving you in the incredibly capable hands of a rockstar set of guest bloggers. Next up...Show More Summary

What I learned from the @Fitbit Community Manager at #octribe about Walking Communities

Earlier this week, I was honored to present at the #octribe (online community tribe) meet up “Walking Communities: Fit Fanatics Online and Off” with Allison Leahy from Fitbit who manages fitbit online communities.    The #octribe meetup...Show More Summary

3 Good People, 3 Good Causes, 3 Perfect Matches

A senior trying yoga for the first time. A bobcat that can’t go back into the wild being cared for. A brother and sister strengthening their English skills after school.  These vastly different activities have one thing in common. They’re … Continue reading ?

Peer Pressure for Good

After I read this article in Chronicle of Philanthropy and this one in the Huffington Post, I couldn’t get this song out of my head. “Under pressure…” Queen’s lyrics aren’t really describing the type of pressure featured in either of...Show More Summary

Recurring Giving Challenge Lessons Learned: Storytelling Wins

A great story puts your kid to bed at night and makes you watch that next episode as you confirm, bleary-eyed, with Netflix that, yes, you are indeed still watching. Stories are what connect us to other people and, most important, motivate us to act. Show More Summary

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