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GrantAdvisor.org, a Site for Reviewing Foundations, and Why All the Cool People Are Using It

Hi everyone. I’ve been involved with a few awesome projects on the side, and one of those projects has now been launched. No, it is not the puppet show on the importance of general operating funds; that will come later. No, it is not Nonprofit Fight Club, because there is NO Nonprofit Fight Club, so stop asking about Nonprofit Fight Club, OK?

I’m talking about GrantAdvisor.org, a new website that allows all of us to anonymously review foundations.


How to Determine an Exact Ask Amount for Each of Your Major Gift Donors


Vanguard Charitable to Offer Exclusive Nonprofit Research Directory through Partnership with GuideStar

Vanguard Charitable has launched the GuideStar National Nonprofit Directory, a comprehensive and easy-to-use charitable giving research tool featuring information on more than 2.6 million nonprofit organizations. Vanguard Charitable is the first donor-advised fund to offer this service to its donors, boosting their ability to make informed and thoughtful charitable giving decisions. The in-depth information included in the Nonprofit Directory, which would typically cost $1,000 annually per user, is available to Vanguard Charitable donors free of charge.


Navigating Nonprofit Marketing, Part 5: Empathetic Marketing & Branding

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4 recap:

  • Marketing has become a rapid, innovative growth machine
  • What is behavioral marketing?
  • Welcome nurture tracks
  • Remarketing

“Okay, we’ve optimized our site, and have created our analytics and outreach channels. Now, how will people in the digital world recognize us?” you ask.


The State of Grantseeking

We recently kicked-off GrantStation’s Fall 2017 State of Grantseeking™ Survey. And, yes, I’d would be most appreciative if you would participate. But more importantly, I’d like to share some of the results from the reports of the prior survey, results that reflect trends that have immediate real-world implications.


Charity Navigator and GuideStar: Working Together to Move Beyond Overhead

When I am asked about Charity Navigator I often joke that they are a “frenemy” of GuideStar. But the truth is that they are a friend. We’ve worked on projects together and have an amicable relationship. Our two organizations joined with the BBB Wise Giving Alliance in 2013 to launch the Overhead Myth campaign, a collective attempt to shift the conversation about nonprofit performance away from financial ratios ... and toward programmatic results.


#GivingTuesday Ideas: 15 Resources to Plan Your Best Campaign Yet

As the global giving day that kicks off the holiday season, #GivingTuesday—the charitable counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday—calls for special attention this year. In 2016, the social sector raised $177 million online, a record total that proves the movement is only gaining momentum.

To help you make the most of this global day of giving, we’ve assembled 15 resources chock-full of #GivingTuesday ideas and strategies to help you plan your best campaign yet.


Is Your Fundraising Software Ready for the Biggest Giving Day Yet?

Your organization’s reputation and supporter relationships are always at stake. But when it comes to national giving days, like #GivingTuesday, the stakes are even higher. In 2016, #GivingTuesday raised $168 million—up 45 percent from 2015.


3 Ways To Pitch A Corporate Partnership For #GivingTuesday

The biggest giving month of the year is right around the corner. In fact, about a third of all giving happens in December. To get the most out of your December, kick off the month with a killer #GivingTuesday campaign. And to get the most out of your #GivingTuesday campaign, partner with a corporation.


Fundraisers: Ambassadors or Back Office Support Staff?

A young fundraiser in a new job recently told me that he has been calling donors to introduce himself. “They don’t want to talk to me,” he said sadly. “They want to talk to program staff or the executive director.”

I wanted to encourage him, but there was a sliver of truth in his discouragement. It is more gratifying for a donor to get the attention of a frontline worker or a leader than the development staff. On the other hand, throughout my fundraising career I have solicited many five- and six-figure gifts as the sole representative for the organization.