The Nonprofit Wrap-Up – August 2014

We wanted to share with you some nonprofit articles, opinions and resources that caught our eye in the month of August.

3 Ways to Treat Donors Like More Than Just ATMs

I had lunch with a friend several weeks ago who just started a new job at a well-known nonprofit organization in town. He recounted a story of meeting with a past donor whose first words to my friend were: “Sorry – I’m not giving any more money.”

[VIDEO] The New Art and Science of Keeping Your Donors For Life

On this episode of Bloomerang TV, Roger Craver, Editor of The Agitator and prolific writer and speaker, joins us to talk about his new book on donor retention. (Psst, you should buy it!)

4 Fundraising Case Statement Lessons from Abe Lincoln

You ready? I’m going to make you read the entire Gettysburg Address. That Abraham Lincoln, he sure knew how to write a case statement.

Can Crowdfunding Ever Sustain a Nonprofit?

The latest fundraising method, which seems to be sweeping the nonprofit industry, is the concept of a large group of total or nearly total strangers making small donations via dedicated web platforms or apps. This unique method of fundraising is known as “crowdfunding.”

[VIDEO] Friendraising Tips for Nonprofits

On this episode of Bloomerang TV, Betsy Rhame-Minor, Partner at Nonprofit Media Solutions, joins us to talk about friendraising. What is friendraising? You’ll have to watch and see!

Donation Skimming: The New Danger to Donor Databases

There’s no doubt that online tools have revolutionized and democratized the way nonprofits manage peer-to-peer (P2P) campaigns, event registration and fundraising auctions. These incredibly powerful tools are available to all nonprofits at an extremely low cost. Rather than charging a fee for these services, companies instead take a cut of the payment made by the [...]

15 Ground Rules for Nonprofit Staff & Board Meetings

Lots of things can derail nonprofit staff, board and committee meetings. As an organization, adhering to the following ground rules for your various meetings can improve productivity and inspire a culture of teamwork:

4 LinkedIn Hacks for Nonprofits

While not the sexiest of social networks, LinkedIn offers a variety of sneaky ways to promote your nonprofit, if you’re savvy enough to take advantage of them. Here are four ways to hack your nonprofit’s LinkedIn presence for higher visibility.

The First (And Most Important!) Step in Planned Giving

Most persons of modest means have a will, having come to the conclusion that having one is much better than not having one, especially if they have children. Why? It can usually be boiled down to a few basic reasons:

Are You ‘Comfortable’ With Your Donor Database?

One definition of comfortable is “easy to accommodate oneself to or associate with.” The dictionary provides this sample sentence: “She is a comfortable person to be with.” We all have that one person we feel comfortable with where we can be ourselves and not worry or feel anxiety.

[VIDEO] How to Build a Major Gifts Program from Scratch

There is huge potential for impact when you connect your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift. Kathie Kramer Ryan recently joined us for a webinar in which she outlined seven steps to starting (or improving!) a successful major gifts program. Watch this replay to learn how to plan and prepare, [...]