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How to Boost Online Donations with Any Holiday

Holidays have everybody in good spirits. And how could you not have heightened spirits when you have time off of work and you get to relax and spend time with family and friends? It’s the prime time to reach out to new donors, or even to reconnect with those who have donated in the past….

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Reinventing your job

A lot of nonprofit fundraising staff come to me in despair. My job sucks! They say. I know what best fundraising practices are, but my boss won’t let me do them! HELP! Is it time for a change? Are your responsibilities and budget being reduced? Are you getting no raises? Are you being shut of…


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10 Songs That Are on Every Fundraiser’s Playlist

Recently I was reading about Pythagoras, and his musical theories. In the book, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Hall writes, “Pythagoras had such a marked preference for stringed instruments that he even went so far as to warn his disciples against allowing their ears to be defiled by the sounds of flutes or cymbals….

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4 Myths About Fundraising You Need to Stop Believing

I have talked with so many people about fundraising. Founders. Executive Directors. CEOs. Board members. and of course, fundraising staff. What do many people believe that is Simply. Not. True?   1. If I pray, the money will come. The money just appears when I need it! I find this mainly with faithbased organizations. I…


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How can you make your nonprofit writing more persuasive?

Yesterday we talked about what makes people turn around their criticism about your nonprofit when you’re speaking about your cause in person. If you haven’t read that post yet, go read it now. I’ll wait. Are we back? What about if you’re WRITING to people instead of talking with them (and listening to them?)  …

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4 things you must do when talking with a critic of your nonprofit

Have you ever been awkward trying to network with people while you’re tabling, or after a nonprofit speaking gig, or just networking in general for your nonprofit? Have you ever been interrupted during a speaking gig and not known how to deal with the interruption? We don’t like to talk about it, but this is…


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Help I’m a Millennial and no one is listening to me!

Yesterday we talked about hiring discrimination against older workers. But what if you’re younger? What if no one wants to hire you because you don’t have enough experience? What if they want to give you an entry level job because you’re young, not because you can’t do the work? What if they want to assume…

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Dealing with Ageism in your job search

Lately I’ve had lots of questions about how to deal with ageism in your nonprofit job search. It’s depressing as hell to be old and know that you’re just going to get older and that people are less and less likely to hire you. So what can you do if you’re in the ageism boat?…


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How to stem the tide of departing donors

This is Part TWO of our interview with Rob Mitchell of Atlas of Giving, about giving trends in the US, why they are trending downward. Go here to read Part One. Today we’ll talk about What You Can Do to address the downward trend of giving in the US. Rob Mitchell: Millennials have a very…

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We’re in trouble now! Giving outlook from Atlas of Giving

Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising and today I am chatting with Rob Mitchell of Atlas of Giving, and Rob is a legend in the fundraising industry. He has done so much for fundraisers in the last several years, helping us make predictions with the Atlas of Giving…