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Net neutrality fight enters final days

December 12, 2017 Net neutrality fight enters final days By Lyndal Cairns Share this post It’s the eve of a decisive vote by the FCC that could end net neutrality, a fundamental principle of an open and fair internet. Organizations including NTEN are taking part in a day of action on December 12 to “break…


What 3 Nonprofits Did On #GivingTuesday Instead of Asking For Money

On Giving Tuesday 2017, I received 86 emails from over 60 orgs. 83 were solicitations, and you can read a full analysis of them here. Three additional emails stood out to me from those 83. Perhaps these orgs recognized that most of the other nonprofits in the sector would be seeking donations. So, they instead…


When ‘Doing Good’ is the Focus: Enabling Donors to Create Positive Change

  Many have called 2017 “the year of me”. In fact, we’ve heard the idea come up in a variety of conversations, and characterized in other forms, like, the “the transformative me” and “the new luxury is a better you.” While there’s an unmistakable trend in the retail world this holiday season around self-gifting and…


[VIDEO] How to Build a Strong Culture of Philanthropy

In this webinar, Lani Hart shows how to build a strong culture of philanthropy that values donors, places them at the center of the organization, and builds capacity and systems to support its fundraising success. Full Transcript: Steven:All right, Lani, my watch just struck 11:30 Eastern, so is it okay if I go ahead and…

Engaging Volunteers

Be Brave. Be Kind. Volunteer.

Editor’s note: We recently had the opportunity to blog for the Born This Way Foundation’s Born Brave blog. This post, in which VolunteerMatch’s Senior Marketing Manager Tess Srebro shares a personal volunteer story, was originally published there. “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” In 2015, I moved to a city that few…


Fundraisers: Don’t Act Like a Tire Store On #GivingTuesday

The pinging started the weekend before Thanksgiving. My phone kept letting me know I was receiving a bunch of new emails. It did not stop until the day after Giving Tuesday. I’ve been interacting with nonprofits for most of my adult life. I’ve been making donations, signing up for newsletters, following nonprofits on Facebook and…


An Analysis of 83 #GivingTuesday 2017 Email Appeals

In 2016, I received 40 email solicitations on Giving Tuesday from a mix of orgs I had given to previously and ones I had never given to (but engaged in some other way with). In 2017, that number rose to a whopping 83 through the normal course of interacting with nonprofits in my daily life….


When #GivingTuesday And Donor-Advised Funds Collide

I have the privilege and honor of supporting a fairly large number of wonderful nonprofits both locally and nationally. A few years back, one of these organizations decided to begin a Giving Tuesday campaign. Before the day was over my wife and I had been solicited by them several times. By late afternoon, I was…


A Fundraiser’s Secret Weapon: Data Analytics

For 5 years the Blackbaud Institute has brought together experts in the nonprofit sector to speak on a wide variety of topics. From donor retention to nonprofit marketing to organizational leadership, every ebook is an invaluable resource. In our npEXPERTS Spotlight series we’ll be sharing some of our favorite articles from the past 5 years. Our first installment covered the must-haves for your…

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7 Essentials For a Tight Volunteer Corps – Recognize Any of These?

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats. Running a strong docent program is like conducting an orchestra. With the right practices, everyone harmonizes. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may recall a post about Life Purpose Statements. The statements are a great exercise for reconnecting with what brought you…