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The Language and Design of Fundraising: Interview with Jeff Brooks

Jeff Brooks recently spoke with his publisher about the topic of his new book, The Fundraiser's Guide to Irresistible Communications: Real-World, Field-Tested Strategies for Raising More Money. GuideStar has published two excerpts from the book (see the links on the right), and we're pleased to be able to share Mr. Brooks's additional thoughts with you.

In your book, you claim that the best look is "plain, corny, and obvious." So can we save money and dispense with designers now?

Maximize Giving This Holiday Season

December is truly the month of giving.

Help us tell your nonprofit’s story

The following is a post by Jacob Harold, GuideStar's president and CEO.

6 Steps to Bring in Donation Dollars This Giving Season

Here's a hint: It's all about IMPACT.

When Did Fundraising Stop Being Fun? 3 Ways to Bring the Joy Back

The following is a cross-post by Amy Eisenstein, author, speaker, trainer, and owner of Tri Point Fundraising, a full-service consulting firm. You can find the original post here.

Nonprofit Transparency: Using Data to Unlock Your Narrative

The following is guest post by , executive chairman and founder of Social Solutions.

Exempt Organizations Conference in NY on Wednesday

The following is a guest post by Tekecha Morgan, senior marketing coordinator of the New York State Society of CPAs.

Holiday Update: Giving Special

The following is a cross-post by Dvorit Mausner, Hope Neighbor, and Greg Ulrich of Hope Consulting. You can read the original here.

Ten Tips for Staying Sane While Fundraising This Holiday Season

Reprinted from Benevon

Streamlining Grantmaking, from Both Sides

Does your organization make or apply for grants? If so, is your work better off now than it was five years ago? If your answer is "yes," you may have Project Streamline to thank. Project Streamline is dedicated to improving grant application and reporting. What started as an intriguing idea and drove initial examination is now an integral, industry-wide model of change.

PROTIP: 5 Secrets to Keep Your Fundraiser From Losing Money

The following is a guest post by Lance Trebesch, CEO of & Ticket River.