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A Meaningful Way to Give This Holiday Season

It’s the last day to nominate a local nonprofit for a chance to win a $20,000 grant. 


Celebrate Giving Tuesday with GuideStar

It's Giving Tuesday, and nonprofits are reaching out to donors to share their stories of mission and impact and celebrate and encourage philanthropic giving.


Stop Using These Three Common Fundraising Phrases

In my last post on the language of fundraising, I suggested changes to the way we talk about asking for gifts. In doing the research for that post, I received several suggestions from colleagues about getting rid of common fundraising jargon.


Drafting Fundraising Letters: Seven Top Tips

Year- end fundraising season is coming up, which means it’s time for your organization to start thinking about year-end appeals.


Data Playbook: A Measured Approach

Repair the World has one goal: to make service a defining element of American Jewish life. To achieve its mission, Repair relies on its programming to engage thousands of young adults every year in meaningful service opportunities. But the real magic of their work comes when they are able to inspire someone to go from one-time participant to serial volunteer.

So how do they accelerate this process? In a word: data.


Asking and Giving: The Twin Pillars of Philanthropy

I’ve met few who relish the idea of asking for a gift. Not many queue up to solicit. It takes practice and discipline. I find, however, that once they secure their first gift and taste victory, you can’t hold solicitors back. They practically lust for the call. I’ll give an example shortly.


Three Ideas to Get You Started on Donor Stewardship (Plus 20 More You Can Download)

The top complaint of every donor is not knowing that his or her gift made a difference.

You may have some ambitious ideas of how you’ll love on your most generous donors but let’s get real. Does it really happen? Do you actually have business rules to acknowledge and steward your donors?

You do now ...


Trust-Based Grantmaking: What It Is, and Why It’s Critical to Our Sector

The Walking Dead is back on TV. After last season’s finale, and this season’s opener, I am not sure I will continue watching. But zombies do make me think of funding dynamics, so that’s why I am bringing it up. In The Walking Dead, the zombies are scary, but they are the least dangerous. Zombies eat brains; they don’t have brains; they don’t have hidden motives and plans; you know exactly what a zombie will do. It’s the humans who are terrifying. Pushed into survival mode, they calculate, lie, betray, and refuse to use the Oxford Comma (#OxfordCommaForever). No one trusts anyone, and it’s more often than not that groups of humans end up killing one another before a zombie actually gets to munch on anyone’s flesh.


What an Interim CEO Should Expect from the Board

In a previous post I discussed a board’s expectations for an interim CEO. But the interim should also have expectations and set them with the board before engaging in an assignment. Not all successful CEOs (or presidents or executive directors, whichever term an organization uses) will be effective in an interim role. Taking over during a leadership transition is a much more fluid and, at times, more demanding situation than heading an organization as its permanent CEO. With the proper level of cooperation between the interim, staff, and board, however, an interim leader’s tenure can be a positive experience that moves an organization forward while a search is underway for the next CEO.


Less Paperwork, More Impact: GuideStar for Grant Applications

Welcome to a world of streamlined grant applications. Today, GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G) is changing the way the philanthropic sector manages information so processes are more efficient and reliable.


How Funders Reduce “Nonprofit Starvation” with Tech Funding & Data Best Practices

Between the oft-cited “nonprofit starvation cycle” and a movement to debunk the “Overhead Myth” that holds many in philanthropy back from supporting nonprofit operational expenses, it can feel like the state of nonprofit funding today is grim.

We think that powerful examples of best practices can help turn the tide. So let’s talk about what’s going right. Some leading funders are increasing nonprofit capacity and supporting critical operations in key ways. 


#GivingTuesday Game-Changer: What You Need to Know


There are only 18 days left until #GivingTuesday! Is your nonprofit ready to make this year your best one yet? Learn tips and tricks, no matter how far along you are in your planning, by watching the recording of our webinar, #GivingTuesday Game-Changer featuring Facebook, the founders of #GivingTuesday, and Double the Donation right here:


Five Ways to Gain Media Coverage for Your Nonprofit


7 Tips to Get Your Organization to Embrace Fundraising



Asking doesn’t just happen out of nowhere.
Your organization has to embrace asking clear across the board in order for you to develop a strong culture of asking.


Nonprofit Sponsorship: A Key Ingredient To Your Fundraising Recipe


One of my leisure activities is grilling and smoking. For me, it all starts with the rub — a combination of ingredients that I apply to beef, pork, poultry or fish. Salt and pepper, garlic powder, paprika, brown sugar and chili powder are all staples in my homemade rubs. I rarely use prepared rubs, as I like to experiment and find out what works.

The same goes for my awareness-building campaigns: a bit of this, a pinch of that, a scoop of something else.

In past years, we used to call this the “media mix.” Today, with the emergence (dominance?) of digital media, we’ve redefined this mix as multi-channel or cross-channel marketing. But at the core is what I have for many years described as a multi-arrow approach to marketing — that is, no one single arrow will hit the target every time. Rather, a mix of media and channels is the right recipe to raise awareness, and ultimately, to raise funds.


Why the Nonprofit Work Ethic Is Outdated and Needs to Change


I’ve just returned from week-long leadership
development program in Israel called “Reality Storytellers” hosted by the Schusterman Foundation.   At the beginning of the trip, we were interviewed by Sharonna Karni Cohen, a women start up founder of a dreams portal, about our hopes and dreams for the trip and what we wanted to take back with us.  This information was given to artist Paulina Correa who created a visual from the interview which was presented to us upon our departure from Israel.


What a Board Should Expect from an Interim CEO

Interim CEOs (or presidents or executive directors according to an organization’s naming convention), by their definition, serve during a period of transition for an organization. If the outgoing leadership change is unplanned, it may also be a time of upheaval Volunteer board members are suddenly thrust into more details around the organization’s financial and programmatic management, community and donor relations, and staff retention


Have You Hit Anyone Up This Week?



Have you hit anyone up this week?
Have you twisted arms? Have you called in the big guns to help you lean on your best targets?

This is, after all, the height of the fundraising season, and you need their money to make your fundraising goals.


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