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What I learned talking to more than 30 reporters in a month

I’ve spoken to more than 30 print, radio and TV reporters during the last month talking about charitable giving. A few issues stand out as we head into the home stretch of the giving season:

Our letter to the Boston Globe’s editors – part I

Lori Larson, Senior Director, GuideStar DonorEdge

Follow-up to Money for Good II webinar

The following is a follow-up to the questions submitted during the December 16 webinar on driving more dollars to high-performing nonprofits with Bob Ottenhoff, president and CEO of GuideStar, and Greg Ulrich, director of advisory services at Hope Consulting. To view or hear a live recording of the presentation, please click here.

Interview with Mario Morino, author of Leap of Reason

This past Monday I hosted a webinar with Mario Morino, co-founder and chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners and chairman of the Morino Institute. His career spans more than 40 years as entrepreneur, technologist, and civic and business leader. He also has a long history of civic engagement and philanthropy in the National Capital Region and more recently in Northeast Ohio. Mario recently released a book called Leap of Reason. You can listen to the webinar or see the slides here. After the webinar, I had a chance to follow-up with Mario.

Fit Your Fundraising to Your Donor's Personal Giving Style

Reprinted from Contributions Magazine

Tell Your Story While Charting Your ImpactTell Your Story While Charting Your Impact

Your organization is committed to maximizing your impact and to telling the story of your progress in an accessible, concise way. People want to help you make a difference—through donations, volunteering, and more—but often struggle to find a succinct, consistent resource that clarifies what nonprofits want to achieve and what they have already accomplished.

Making Friends with Surprise

Stephen Denning

2012: How Technology and Consumer Trends Will Continue to Drive Change In the Nonprofit Sector


Holiday Appeal Vlog

‘Tis the season to give to your favorite charity, and as a nonprofit ourselves we also look for support at this time of year. Please find my video blog on YouTube:

Money for Good II Shows How a Small Shift Can Give Nonprofits a Big Gift This Giving Season

If just 5 percent of this year's charitable donations were given to high-performing nonprofits, some $15 billion would go to the organizations that are having the most impact.

The statement above is just one of the findings of Money for Good II (MFGII), a new study released November 30, 2011 (read the news release). Other MFGII findings include:

GuideStar Exchange Seal Holders: Display Your Seal Proudly!

Ever since we launched the GuideStar Exchange, proud Seal holders (representative of nonprofits that have earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal) have asked, "Can we display the Seal on our Web site?" And our answer has always been a regretful "Nooooo."

Ten Signs Your Donors Are Ready for "The Ask"

Adapted from Benevon, "Current Feature: Ten Signs of Donor Readiness"