With support from Facebook, ActionSprout is helping nonprofits try out and use Facebook ads for free this holiday giving season.

Registered US 501(c)3 organizations can apply by November 15, 2015 to get access to up to $1,500 in ad credits to use from December through February. With the support of Facebook, ActionSprout is giving [more]

The Association of Fundraising Professionals released its annual survey on fundraising effectiveness recently, and its results should make everyone in the nonprofit world sit up and pay attention.

We are not doing the right things to promote donor retention. We need connection and relationship – not warm fuzzies for a [more]

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Crowd101.com featured our Ami Neiberger-Miller as part of a roundup of advice from 33 experts discussing fundraising and crowdraising. She shared:

“Don’t just ask for funding. Rather, explain why you need funding. Share a real story that shows people who would be impacted and problems that would be fixed.  Use pictures, data [more]

Independent Sector today announced the release of the 2015 edition of the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice, a set of 33 principles broadly accepted by many nonprofit and philanthropic organizations as a guide for charities’ and foundations’ self-governance.

The 2015 edition of the Principles contains [more]

An article in the Dallas Morning News examines how nonprofits are using crowdfunding to raise needed funds for new projects. The author describes how one nonprofit hoped to raise $50,000 but actually brought in $140,000 for a new restaurant to provide culinary training to young men coming out of juvenile detention.

Crowdfunding [more]

The Urban Institute published a brief summary of 2013 charitable giving. Nonprofit fundraisers should plan to pay attention to the giving season between October and December (make a note on your calendar now!). The other interesting facet found in IRS data – people at the highest end of the income spectrum (and the lowest) tend [more]

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Facebook is adding a “donate now” button for nonprofit organizations and nonprofits can sign up now to express their interest in getting a button. Donations play a key role in helping nonprofit organizations meet their missions, and Facebook has become a key platform for many nonprofits seeking to connect with new audiences, [more]

Disgusted at seeing Wal-Mart shoppers duke it out on CNN for Black Friday deals? Want to see charity come back to our holiday season? Arriving on the heels of CyberMonday, #GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Consultants, nonprofits and others have been tweeting excitement [more]

I heard Robert Eggers speak a couple of years ago at a nonprofit event and loved his dynamic perspective on the nonprofit sector and call to re-think how we do business. Eggers founded D.C. Central Kitchen and rebuilt the national capital chapter of the United Way following a major scandal.

In Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of [more]

Saying thank you to donors is an important part of fundraising.  In this magazine article I put together for InSite magazine with Martha Krienke, we offer 11 ways to say thank you to your donors.  It’s important to customize the “thank you” to the donor. Several ideas from field staff are offered. I interviewed [more]

An interesting article by Ashley Halligan offers tips to help nonprofit organizations forge solid and mutually-beneficial partnerships with for-profit companies. There’s some interesting advice nuggets in the article. While  business information and research are helpful – it’s important for nonprofits [more]

Thanks to David Erickson for this Creative Commons  licensed image showing a 2008 text from the Obama campaign encouraging donations to the American Red Cross

There was a great article last week in Nonprofit Quarterly on text-messaging and how it can be used to communicate with hard-to-reach audiences. This is what got me interested: [more]

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Earlier this week, the Chronicle of Philanthropy published a free interactive online tool to help nonprofits look at giving nationwide. The tool will allow you to examine how giving looks in your community and state, and you can sort by zip code.

There are some fascinating insights in the data compiled by the Chronicle [more]
Need ideas for your end of the year messaging to invite donors to support your nonprofit? This free chat on Tuesday 1pm ET has great experts. Image licensed under Creative Commons.

If you are thinking about how to message your nonprofit’s fundraising appeals online and everywhere – then you might want to check out the Chronicle [more]

I love reading the lighthearted e-newsletters written by Ellen Paul at Paul & Partners. Ellen knows postal regulations backwards and forwards – and is a direct mail maven. She’s also great at helping organizations raise money through the mail, but sometimes clients come along who don’t heed her advice. [more]
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Nonprofits at this time of year are often busy places – special events are sapping our time, end of the year fundraising is in full swing, and potential volunteers hoping to do some good are calling on the phone. On top of that, the needs of the cause require attention and haven’t evaporated just because everyone else is holiday [more]

This holiday card by Pasado’s Safe Haven shows a rescued pup

It’s the holiday season and many nonprofits sent out weeks ago their infamous “end of the year” fundraising appeal letters, aiming for last-minute holiday donations from well-wishers (who also don’t mind getting a tax write-off). Many [more]

If you work in the nonprofit world, you’ve probably had more than one person naively and kindly suggest that all your funding worries would be solved, if only you could get a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

While often these people have a very limited knowledge of what it takes to get a grant – knowing little [more]

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Online contests with opportunities for nonprofit organizations to win funding and raise awareness abound. But how do you know if contesting is right for your organization? Mark Neidig, Sr., executive director of the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, spoke recently in Washington, DC about winning $250,000 through the Pepsi [more]

Quite often, I hear about nonprofit organizations starting a Facebook page and floundering. They launch a Facebook page without consideration for the medium, the audience, or their own goals and needs for their organization. To make it even worse, usually someone in charge (who did not launch the page) has heard a rumor about [more]

Leaders from the Washington, DC nonprofit sector convened to discuss the latest trends at the Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference and offer some great tips in this video. Voices in the video include Epic Change’s Stacey Monk, WomenWhoTech’s Allyson Kapin, National Wildlife Federation’s Danielle Brigada, Blogger Shonali [more]

The Pepsi Refresh project continues to award grants on a monthly basis ranging from $5,000-$50,000. Lucky projects winning funds have included scholarship recipients, civic leader education, a community playground, veterinary services and much more. Even a classic wooden roller coaster was restored, thanks in large part [more]

One of the sessions I enjoyed attending at the Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference was on blogging. The big challenges raised by attendees included: How do you motivate people within your nonprofit organization to write for your blog? How do you market your nonprofit’s blog so others will see it? How do you demonstrate ROI (return on investment) [more]

Stacey Monk, CEO and co-founder of Epic Change delivered an emotional keynote address for the Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference.

I had never heard Stacey’s story before, and was surprised to hear some parallels with my own. Stacey left her management consulting job after her brother died suddenly from a drug overdose. Taking time [more]

The Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference was a great success last week, and I’m blogging a few nuggets of wisdom from the event.

One of the keynotes was delivered by Robert Wolfe, co-founder of Crowdrise, an online social fundraising platform that helps people raise money and volunteer for their favorite causes and have fun while [more]

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