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The Friday Edit – Links I’m Loving

June is just around the the corner, and it gets me thinking a lot about what my creative summer projects will look like. I often use the summer to focus on planning and brainstorming. I treat September like the new year in many ways, so summers spent cleaning up strategic plans, assessing what worked and what…

Bloomerang

3 Ways to Turn Volunteers Into Fundraisers

Whether it’s a capital campaign or a peer-to-peer campaign, fundraising is all about making the most of existing social networks. As you approach launching a campaign, make sure you’re maximizing a very important group of people: your volunteers. Volunteers make great fundraisers. They have several special advantages: They already know what your organization is all…


Engaging Volunteers

12 Tips for Engaging Pro Bono Volunteers

This post was originally published on NTEN.org In many nonprofit organizations, especially smaller ones, the staff are generalists: good at wearing many hats, and responding to the myriad needs of programs, clients and constituents. But imagine: What you could accomplish if you weren’t limited to the time and talent of paid staff. All volunteers bring…

npEngage

How to Effectively Engage Lawmakers at Town Hall Meetings

Town hall meetings held by Members of Congress in 2017 have been one part theater, two parts protest, and usually three parts crazy. Normally about 20 to 40 constituents attend the average town hall meeting held by a House member. But with the new administration, citizens have been showing up to them in the hundreds or…


NTEN

How many fundraising platforms do you have?

May 25, 2017 How many fundraising platforms do you have? By Karin Rockwin Share this post We are all looking for ways to save money and to use our (often) limited resources to most effectively serve our mission. We often find that our mission doesn’t wait for the technology resources we use to catch up…

npEngage

Prioritize Your Fundraising Efforts with the New Spring Issue of npENGAGE Magazine

Fundraisers know the importance of a single moment. Every moment you hold your donors’ attention is vital to building their engagement and support of your cause. And you know that the real foundation of those powerful interactions is the way you plan the moments of your own day-to-day work—how you choose to prioritize your efforts…


Causevox

13 Creative Summer Fundraising Ideas + People Fundraising Tips To Get You Started

It sure does feel like summer outside! And that can mean a lot of things to a fundraiser, including a noticeable decrease in donations. But don’t worry, you can change that! The key is to get your donors excited about getting involved and then encourage them to get their friends and family on board using…

Fundraising Coach

The conundrum of corporate gifts

Last week, I was able to listen to a terrific discussion from business leaders about how their organizations make corporate gifts to charities. It’s always good to hear the thought process of donors. But it sometimes raises more questions than it settles. Seeking corporate gifts? Don’t be “that” guy At one point in the conversation,…


Bloomerang

10 Questions to Ask Before Participating in #GivingTuesday

It’s never too early to start thinking about #GivingTuesday. Perhaps this will be your first year, or maybe it’s already at the heart of your year-end giving strategy – determining whether or not you reach your individual giving goal or blow past it. Hold on! Why would anybody want to put themselves in that position?…

Engaging Volunteers

Are Volunteer Conflicts Really a Problem?

As volunteer administrators, we all know that sometimes volunteers don’t get along with other volunteers… or, with some members… or, with some staff… or, with other board members. You get the idea. But, is it really that much of a problem? Volunteer conflicts can be super suckers – they can suck time and energy from…