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Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad

Plan A, Plan B or No Plan?

Do you have a written operational plan to follow for you and your team? Having a plan helps you see and evaluate the current road map already in place. A plan review helps you determine what resources your organization needs and helps you set goals and objectives for the future. Having said this, you must be experienced with plans and have a vision for what the "master" plan should be, or you may be missing the boat. In this case, mentors, peers or consultants can provide templates for... Read More >>


Get What You Give

Joe Boland

Final Call: 2014 FundRaising Success Gold Awards Entries Due Tomorrow!

The final deadline for the 2014 Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence is tomorrow, so overnight those entries and join in celebrating some of the best fundraising campaigns around. Read More >>


Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden

When Donors Come to Visit

We may not have a “Welcome — come on in!” sign hanging at the door, but from time to time, donors do stop by — often unexpectedly. The prepared fundraiser makes sure in advance that the organization is ready at a moment’s notice to present itself and its work in a positive light. Read More >>


Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry

How to Learn From the Ice Bucket Challenge and Make Social Media Work for Your Cause

What made the Ice Bucket Challenge so successful? There were a few key factors of the challenge that all fell together perfectly to give it zing, appeal, momentum and energy.



Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy

Take Time to Celebrate Fundraising Success With Everyone

We all love to celebrate! Find appropriate ways to constantly celebrate your fundraising success with those who make a life-changing impact on those you serve! Read More >>


Outrageous Hope

Margaret Battistelli

You Could Win a Free Pass to IFC in the Netherlands!

The IFC is taking place Oct. 14-17 this year and, in an exciting turn of events, is giving nonprofit fundraisers a chance to attend for free! Read More >>


Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore

I'd Like to Order Some Social Influencers

Oh, and can I have a side of “how to find them” and “what to do with them”? Read More >>



Richard Perry

Who Should Be on My Caseload?

What kinds of donors should be on your caseload? By kinds I do not mean gender, age, ethnicity, political or religious leaning, etc. By kinds, I mean a selection process that takes two factors into account: inclination and capacity. Read More >>


Outside Counsel

Willis Turner

Everybody LOVES the Fundraising Pacakge. You Should Be Worried

If getting people to do what we went them to do was easy, there'd be no need for nonprofits. Read More >>



Who's Up Next?

The Perfect Recipe for Donor Prospect List Segmentation

Looking for the perfect recipe for donor prospect list segmentation? With just a few ingredients, you can tailor every donor prospect acquisition effort.



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 >>