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Improving Fundraising Outcomes Requires Emotion Not Just Logic

A recent webinar was entitled, “Using Neuroscience to Improve Your Fundraising Results.” Several studies lately have delved into modern science to help fundraisers be more effective in engaging donors in the cause. But there isn’t a single topic that can be covered in webinar or article that can replace a genuine connection with your donors….


How a Gift Range Chart Can Help Small Nonprofits Raise More Money

One might think that gift range charts are just for large projects such as capital campaigns or for significant fundraising efforts. And, while, yes, there is some truth to that, gift range charts can be used effectively in even the smallest of fundraising shops. A gift range chart will tell you exactly how many gifts AND…

Engaging Volunteers

How to be Inclusive of Hispanic & Latino Millennial Volunteers in 2017

The following post is a collaboration between VolunteerMatch and Connect360 Multimedia — a marketing agency specializing in strategic PSA and integrated marketing campaigns using traditional media, digital, and social media platforms. The U.S. Hispanic population continues to be one of the most powerful demographic segments in the country, both in terms of population size and…


Create A Welcome Email That Rallies Your Peer-To-Peer Fundraisers

Launching a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign entails a bit of preparation. You have to set up your campaign, create your content, promote it to your audience, and get fundraisers engaged. And once your fundraisers are engaged, they need to stay engaged. After seeing thousands of peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns on CauseVox, I’ve noticed there’s a small feature…


And The Bloomie Goes To: Indy Reads

The Bloomies are our award for outstanding donor communications in the nonprofit sector. Periodically, we’ll feature a newsletter, email, direct mail piece, acknowledgement, solicitation or social media post that caught our eye. Nominated by: Kristen Hay Tell us about the fundraiser and/or organization you are nominating: Max Goldenberg, Indy Reads Indy Reads is a not-for-profit…


P2P Fundraising: Expanding Beyond the Fundraising Event

Peer-to-peer fundraising or P2P fundraising is a style of fundraising where an organization recruits supporters to solicit donations from their friends and family on behalf of that nonprofit. While the most common form of P2P fundraising has been associated with events like a race or bike tour, the nonprofit sector is trending toward expanding P2P…

Fundraising Coach

It's not about scaring, but caring

I recently blogged about a storytelling tip for nonprofit leaders that I learned from Kindra Hall. The tip is especially powerful in nonprofit fundraising. Kindra took the millenia old story structure – beginning, middle, end – and reframed it as normal, explosion, new normal. One of her lessons for us was that as storytellers, we…

Beth Kanter's Blog

What I Learned About Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Social Impact at IFCAsia in Bangkok

Last month, I was honored to co-teach a master class and workshops on digital strategy and crowdfunding with Cambodia colleague, Tharum Bun, at the first IFCAsia in Bangkok.    I learned so much about the digital challenges facing Asian NGOs, how these are similar or different from NGOs in other regions, met and connect with…


How to Engage Everyday Instagram Influencers and Reach Millennial Donors

Instagram is here to stay. All organizations should definitely get on board with as strong an Instagram game as they have on Facebook and Twitter. In order to do this, however, you’ll need to play the influencer game—connecting with everyday influencers. But don’t be scared— jump in! The water’s fine and solid influencer engagement can…


It’s okay to break things

July 19, 2017 It’s okay to break things Reflections on Khan Academy’s Healthy Hackathon By Kimerie Green Share this post This article first appeared on the Khan Academy Engineering blog and is reprinted here with permission. For the past few months, I have been working as a Software Engineering Fellow at Khan Academy. This program…