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Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad

Companies That Walk the Philanthropic Walk

In this season of giving, we are blessed to have such corporate friends. Never take for granted any amount of corporate support. It is needed and much appreciated.




Who's Up Next?

4 Online Giving Best Practices From a Giving Tuesday Campaign

The University of Cincinnati Foundation nearly doubled the number of gifts it received this Giving Tuesday. Here are the four online giving best practices it gleaned from the campaign. Read More >>


It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson

Keystone Cops to the Rescue

Keystone Cops

If you're in an organization that is overly dependent upon single-source funding, especially the structured variety of public and institutional sources, the time to create a program of diversification is now, not when you're faced with the sudden loss of a major source of your revenue.



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden

Make 2015 a Year of Resurrection: The Importance of Thanking and Retaining Donors

How can you retain more donors in 2015? Start by resurrecting the lost art of saying "thank you." Be sincere. Focus on the donor. Make it sound like it was written just for her.



Get What You Give

Joe Boland

Podcast: Advice on Maximizing Your Return on Big Data for Nonprofit Fundraising

At a recent Wake Up Your Fundraising Breakfast Panel presented by FundRaising Success and sponsors Blackbaud and Listen Up Espanol, three fundraising professionals joined me in a discussion on maximizing your return on "big data" to enhance fundraising and relationships with donors.



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry

Show Your Donors Some Love in the Holiday Season

Make your holiday greeting relevant. Make it work for you and your cause. And make it warm, fuzzy and touching to your donors. Read More >>


Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy

Be Accessible to Your Donors at Year End!

Enjoy the holidays! But be sure that someone is either in your office or easily accessible to donors as they include your worthy cause in their year-end giving!


Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore

Is 1 Child Actually More Motivating Than 1 Million?

It's not the actual number that matters — it's the ability for a donor to feel like he or she can make a real difference. Read More >>



Richard Perry

How Administrative Support for an MGO Nets More Money for the Nonprofit

Net second year value of the $1 million we started with in the original caseload.<br />

If an MGO is expected to do all the in-office work as well as meet with donors, he cannot manage the donors as he should. The net effect of this reality is that donor attrition is substantially higher. Read More >>


Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli

Our Virtual Show Is Today!

The FundRaising Success Virtual Conference and Expo is free, and it takes place today! It's not too late to register and join in on the fun. More than 2,000 of your colleagues already have! Read More >>


Outside Counsel

Willis Turner

5 Ways to Use One Powerful Fundraising Word

"Help" means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. You use it often in your fundraising copy, but are you keenly aware of its nuances? Read More >>


Donor Trippin'

Nick Allen

Is There an App for Us?

Got an idea for an app that could connect a charity or nonprofit with its supporters and beneficiaries in an ongoing way, one that could become part of their daily or at least weekly lives? Read More >>


Raising the Possibilities

Thaddeus B. Kubis

Recurring Themes: The Case for Integrated Marketing Communications, Part 2

Recent discussions focus on a myriad of topics, but in the past two months, the recurring targeted topics seem to include the following: cold calling, converting supporters into superstars, the education angle, increased brand awareness, determining what is fundraising ROI, how to apply for grants, the correct use of social media, and planning and executing events. In part 1, I covered the first half of these themes. Here, I tackle the remaining themes.



Hump Day Hullabaloo

Jo Sullivan

Hump Day Hullaballoo: Sometimes It's Hell in the Hallway

This week, as I transition into my new position as interim executive director at Save the Chimps, we're talking about change — its inevitability; its power to invoke fear; and ultimately, our power to overcome that fear, ride out the transition and embrace any brave, new worlds that result from it. Read More >>