What’s In YOUR Wallet?

When my Capital One Visa card went missing a week or so ago, our worst fears were confirmed when we got a call from Capital One warning of potential fraudulent transactions. But that’s only where the adventure begins. Every day new bogus charges were added to the card. Every day we called Capital One. Everyread more

The Participation Non Profit

Making donors feel like active decision makers can help your bottom line. That’s the outcome of a recent study that explored how donors behave when given a choice to guide the direction of their donation. Catherine C. Eckel and Jonathan Meer of Texas A&M University conducted an experiment involving fundraising efforts at a University.  Prospects were dividedread more

Follow up can be your differentiator

Urgent. Take action now. Your help needed. Breaking news! Digital communications and fundraising is all about being in the moment. Responding to quickly evolving situations is what we do. But once those quickly evolving situations fade from the headlines, we often abandon them. We neglect to follow up on the story. We leave the narrativeread more

Death and Consulting

No really, working for nonprofits only sometimes feels like death. What I’m talking about here though is A Band called Death, a documentary film about music, family, and the price we pay when we refuse to compromise our personal vision. CopyBlogger recently did an amazing post about the true story of the band, the film,read more

The beauty of the deadline

This is a fundraising blog, but I’m not talking about match deadlines or year-end deadlines. I’m talking about your deadlines. The ones that force you to deliver on your strategy and your vision. That’s the beauty of a deadline. It’s the date by which you’ve committed to deliver. To make a move. To have thoughtread more

THIS POST IS IN ALL CAPS

WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU IS ALMOST NEVER THE SAME AS WHAT YOUR DONOR CARES ABOUT. YOU CANNOT RAISE MONEY BY ARGUING WITH THE DONOR THAT THEY SHOULD SHARE YOUR PRIORITIES. YOU CAN ONLY RAISE MONEY BY SPEAKING TO THEIR VALUES AND CONCERNS. WHY DO WE KEEP FORGETTING THIS?

NTEN: Change Journal

The 14th issue of the NTEN: Change journal is out, and this quarter is all about fundraising. Sea Change’s study on The Missing Middle is a featured article alongside other fantastic reads on crowd funding, overhead and reinventing the ask for a digital world. There are also some good interviews with Kiva, GlobalGiving, and the Surfrider Foundation that showcaseread more