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Network Weaving – Story Telling – Crowdsourcing – Oh My!

We can use social media, storytelling, the media to grow effective networks. These activities work best when we are collaborating and building networks/relationships using old and new tools. I know the control freak attitude still remains at many nonprofits. We can and must engage with our constituencies to be successful in sharing our message, meeting community challenges and making social change.

Continue Reading June 17, 2010 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

Fundraising Road Show

So have you given any thought to doing a Fundraising Road Show? We know need to talk to our donors and prospects more. We need to hone the message we want to share. When you want money ask for advice. When was the last time you sat down one-on-one or in small groups with your donors or prospects? I mean outside of campaign feasibility study?

Continue Reading May 6, 2010 at 9:30 am 2 comments

People Give to People Redux – via GiveForward & Ketchum

My conversation on Making a Difference radio with Ethan Austin of GiveForward and Kristina Carlson of Ketchum brought new light to this tried and true fundraising-ism – people give to people.

Continue Reading May 5, 2010 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

Multichannel Integrated Marketing via #10NTC

I was glad to get into Eric Overman’s session on Integrating Development and Marketing. He will be posting his slides soon and I will update when he does. This post presents the highlights of Eric’s presentation.

Continue Reading April 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

Spring Fundraising – A Reminder in Five Steps

Before you know it, March and April will be here. Are you ready to send out your next fundraising appeal? All those folks who didn’t make a contribution to your end of the year appeal – we need to ask them again!

Continue Reading January 11, 2010 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Tell a Good Story – Part 2

This post talks about techniques I have used successfully to get the good story message across. For the most part readers scan letters. We need to format the letter to get the good story across the way the reader reads!

Continue Reading December 17, 2009 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Tell a Good Story – Part 1

This time of year, nonprofits are fundrasing using the mail for their end of year appeals. In essence, it has to be the best story we tell all year. If you have already mailed yours – good! Start drafting your Spring appeal now. Give yourself time to draft, edit, test and write some more. Get in the mood!

Continue Reading December 16, 2009 at 10:14 am 2 comments

Anonymous Donors

Why not? Fundraising and philanthropy are all about donor needs. We have read recently about some large anonymous gifts recently. Yet some think this shouldn’t be. Again, why not? It is about what the donor wants and needs. And beyond being anonymous to the public, some are asking for anonymity within the organization.

Continue Reading December 14, 2009 at 10:18 am Leave a comment

Last Quarter Social Media Moves: Fundraising

Do you have a Facebook page or group, a Twitter account or two or a group on LinkedIn – take some time to review your friends and followers. Who in your group has lots of fans, friends and followers? Those folks could help you increase your last quarter bottom line.

Continue Reading September 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm 2 comments

Fundraising – Social Media “Major Donors” as Leaders

Let’s talk about a new way of engaging social media donor in fundraising. Social media offers new opportunities to fundraise. However, I think the same old fashioned rule applies – “People give to people.” Social media is very much person to person (and lots of them!) – but on-line or virtually.

Continue Reading September 29, 2009 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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