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Win Up to $500 in the Nonprofit Summer Games


You don't have to travel to Rio this summer in order to go for the Gold—or Platinum. Here's how to win big by representing your organization in GuideStar's first-ever Nonprofit Summer Games!


IRS Updates, July 2016

1. New requirement for organizations intending to operate under Section 501(c)(4): Submit Form 8976


The Seven Cardinal Rules of Fundraising Writing

Fundraising is a funny profession. It requires you to learn a specific style of writing that's unlike any other you're likely to have learned—such as business writing, journalism, or grant writing.


Your Supporters are Talking. Are You Listening?


Our ultimate guide shows how nonprofits can use social listening to engage their supporters.

Ever get the sense that people are talking about you? Well, it turns out they are.


What Would You Ask the World’s Most Successful Fundraisers?

As we prepare to launch the Nonprofit Fundraising Masters conference series in Silicon Valley on 7/27 and San Francisco on 10/19 and share the secrets of some of the world’s most successful fundraisers with a live audience of nonprofit professionals, I’ve been debating what questions to ask these leading luminaries.


8 Best Practices for Building an Online Donation Page


Have you ever tried to assemble a piece of furniture without instructions? It can be incredibly frustrating--you have all of the pieces in front of you, and you know they all go together somehow, but you have no idea how. 


Four Early Lessons Learned in the Quest to Improve Feedback Loops in Philanthropy


Do nonprofits and foundations listen to the people they seek to help and act on what they hear?

The answer is…sort of…






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Tell People What You Believe In


share_your_passion.jpgHow often does this happen?

You're at a gathering and someone asks you what you do. As soon as you say you work for a nonprofit, the next question is, "What does your nonprofit do?"

This is the point where most nonprofit professionals recite their organization's mission statement. Tailored to the person you're talking to, your response probably sounds something like:


Oprah is Not a Fundraising Strategy (And 8 Other Truth Bombs)


I sat down for lunch with a generous donor. 


Brexit: A lesson on power for the philanthropic state


The vote this week from the UK to leave the EU has stunned people around the world, leaving the world’s press and much of the UK itself, baffled. Why on earth would people vote to do something that is evidently against their economic interests? Why, in particular, would those with the least vote for something that will – as all financial challenges do – affect them disproportionately to others? You can feel sympathy for home-owners who will lose value in their properties but it is those who don’t own homes and lose jobs that will really suffer. So why on earth did they do it?