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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February Is For Thanking Staff

Non-profits, by virtue of what they do, are a world of people who value mission over money. Every industry has employees who work their tails off. But non-profits are founded,…

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4 Ways Donors & Companies Will Choose a Cause in 2013

Donors and businesses are waking up to the many benefits of supporting a cause. It’s good for the world, and good for business. But not all nonprofits are created equal.…

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Women With Drive & Value of Long-Tail Donations

Last week I wrote a post about how valuable handwritten notes can be to your donors, and the consensus seemed to be that while many people donate to causes for…

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The Power of a Handwritten Note

Not too long ago, I had the great privilege of doing a live chat on Gini Dietrich’s blog using the LiveFyre commenting system. We had a great time (well I…

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Here's How Social Media Can Drive Your Fundraising

Editor’s Note: I’m happy to have Norman Reiss guest posting on our blog today. Norman helps nonprofits to succeed in ephilanthropy–the intersection between technology, communications and development. Currently Project Manager…

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Urgency, Fun, & Accessibility: Elements in Fundraising

On Thursday, we have one of the most exciting events in online fundraising this summer: Twive and Receive (pronounced like Give and Receive). Twive is a 24-hour fundraising marathon where…

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Weekly Social Media Checklist for Twive and Beyond

  As we gear up for Twive and Receive next week, nonprofits have been asking me for “recipes” on how to build up excitement and engage their community to take…

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How Do I Find New Donors with Social Media?

I work with many nonprofits on social fundraisers, and one of the most common questions I get is, “How do I find new donors with social media?” Finding these new…

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Why Should I Donate?

That’s the question many prospective donors will ask you when you approach them for the first time. Some might even ask you that after they’ve donated. And it’s a good,…