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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]