Five Things That Make Me Donate By Phone

Dialing for dollars is an industry unto itself. Unless you are truly off the map, you’ve probably gotten a phone call or two or several. Goodness knows I get several…

5 Basics to Forming a Nonprofit Board

Boards are a regular feature of nonprofit life. They are in the for-profit world, too. But in a nonprofit, where budget and resources are frequently scarce–especially in the beginning–your board…

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After Haiyan: Skip The SWEDOW, Help Usefully

Boxes filled with Santa costumes, 4-inch high heels, and cocktail dresses landed in tsunami-affected areas. In some places, open tubes of Neosporin, Preparation H, and Viagra showed up. The aid…

Fundraising 101 From Captain Obvious

What I’m about to tell you in this post, my most dearly held fundraising gems, will probably not be new to you at all. So why mention the obvious? Because…

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Data Hygiene: It Does A Growing Org Good

Tell me if you recognize this scenario: your nonprofit’s finally got legs, the membership is growing, your community visibility is up, the media’s paying attention, you have a steady revenue…

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Going Paperless: So Near, Yet So Far

Going paperless is a dream of mine. I have this vision of a clear desk, where everything remains on neat, brick-sized hard drives, accessible with a click of a mouse,…

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Music, Memory, Doing The Right Thing

Early this summer, I watched residents from Sunrise Senior Living present a choral performance organized by the Levine School of Music. The choir was made up of people like my…

Sunset behind Badshahi Mosque - Lahore, Pakistan (image by Navnetmitt)

Bringing Light To "Energy Poor"

On day three of the power outage, courtesy of hurricane Isabel, I got some things done. I cleaned, cooked, and showered, thanks to gas-powered appliances that worked off the grid.…

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The Nonprofit's Digital Afterlife And Proper Goodbyes

The digital afterlife no longer takes most of us by surprise. We know that what we put up on the Internet is forever. And we know that unless we do…

Fundraising For The Arts

And now a post for creative and arts nonprofits, some of whom go dark over the summer–the local theater groups, the non-professional choirs, the small groups that offer cutting edge…