FundraisingFriday


 

Grab your tissues for this week’s Power of Storytelling. An unlikely karaoke superstar: The story of Ted McDermott

The brilliant Brock Warner of War Child Canada is presenting on behalf of our Year-End Fundraising Campaign webinar series. And he’s penned an equally brilliant piece on the the power of emotion in fundraising.

What happens when ‘I’ve Written the Perfect Fundraising Appeal, But My Boss Won’t Let Me Use It!’ New from NonprofitPRO.

Tom Belford of The Agitator asks When do you give up on a donor? Pay particular heed to Richard Turner’s and Mary Cahalane’s comments.

And more, from The Agitator’s must read Starting Over series, is Roger’s Understanding Money. You simply can’t raise money without spending it.

Is your organization In pursuit of cheap? New from Seth Godin.

What is quite possibly one of your biggest missed opportunities? Answer: Your welcome email.

Your fundraising success hinges on this: Fix Your Broken Systems. New from Veritus.

My dear friend, Mary Cahalane, with some smart advice on How to wreck your fundraising appeal.

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Hack Still Works Like a Charm. Give it a whirl.

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First published in 2008 and filled with advice the sector is just now starting to embrace, Fundraising in a Recession – 7 Tips, still holds true today.

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The donor is crying. Now what?

August 24, 2016

The following guest post was penned by Brock Warner, CFRE, Development Manager at War Child Canada. This post and many others like it originally appeared on iamafundraiser.com. Brock is one of many master trainers featured in the Basics & More webinar series, Your Best EVER Year-End Campaign, open for registration now. Every fundraiser earning their pay […]

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Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | An unlikely karaoke superstar: The story of Ted McDermott

August 22, 2016

James Corden’s Late Late Show is largely responsible for inspiring the viral trend that is carpool karaoke. From Adele, to First Lady Michelle Obama, to the cast of the musical Hamilton, many a familiar face has rocked out in a jubilant sing-a-long sesh within the confines of James Corden’s vehicle. And for the most part, […]

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Fundraising Friday | August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016

In this week’s Power of Nonprofit Storytelling, you’ll learn how Project Return, a nonprofit organization engaged in working with formerly incarcerated individuals, is sharing their stories. And how did one Basics & More alum achieve stellar results with their *very* lapsed donor mailing? Read all about it and download the letter in this week’s What’s […]

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What’s in my Mailbox | A lapsed donor mailing with big results!

August 17, 2016

Today’s What’s in my Mailbox comes to us courtesy of Heidi Zulauf-Mulderink. Heidi sent out this appeal on behalf of Countryside School, an independent elementary school in Champaign, Illinois. “…I took your spring appeal Basics and More course this spring…thank you for your course! The appeal we sent out  – which mostly went to “very” […]

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Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | Effective Storytelling: Profiling Success

August 15, 2016

Project Return is a nonprofit organization engaged in working with formerly incarcerated individuals through equipping them with the education, coaching, and support services that will allow them to not only re-enter society, but to positively contribute to it. PR performs wonderful, life-changing work, and they communicate this through their storytelling. As soon as you land […]

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Fundraising Friday | August 12, 2016

August 12, 2016

This week’s Power of Nonprofit Storytelling is laugh-out-loud funny. Don’t miss it! An unlikely hero with a message: The life of Coleman F. Sweeney Greenpeace knows that their donors are at the heart of their victories! This week’s What’s In My Inbox. Have you wondered about using the monthly giving ask popups? Often referred to […]

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The key to great year-end fundraising? Your brand.

August 11, 2016

By Dan Gunderman, Creative Director, Big Duck And just like that, it’s August, which (believe it or not!) is a great time to take a step back and plan ahead for year-end fundraising season. Maybe you’re already thinking about this…You probably know that nonprofits receive a significant portion of their individual donations during the final […]

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Monthly giving Pop-ups and Do-nots

August 10, 2016

This blog was written for and published by Pamela Grow of Basics & More™ Fundraising. Thank you, Pamela for being a great colleague. She introduced me to the webinar phenomenon and I’ve not looked back since! So, when she sends me a question, it’s a great opportunity to give back. One of Pamela’s members recently […]

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What’s in my Inbox | Greenpeace knows that their donors are at the heart of their victories!

August 9, 2016

I’ve spotlighted Greenpeace before, I’m spotlighting them today, and chances are, I’ll be spotlighting them time and time again down the line, and it’s not very hard to see why. Their donor communications, from their email to direct mail, are consistently on point. Today’s installment came to me through the channel of email and landed […]

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Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | An unlikely hero with a message: The life of Coleman F. Sweeney

August 8, 2016

Humor has the ability to make us laugh, and laughter is the best medicine, but beyond laughter, can humor compel us to do even more? The answer is a resounding “YES!” A new ad campaign, created by the Martin Agency for the Richmond-based Donate for Life, reminds us that this is true, through using a […]

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Fundraising Friday | August 5, 2016

August 5, 2016

Thanks to Andrea Kihlstedt and Megan Hodges for this week’s terrific Power of Nonprofit Storytelling. From baseball and books to real life: Harlem RBI covers all of the bases. How did Heifer International get it right AGAIN? Why with a baby goat named Pamela Grow. This week’s What’s in my Inbox. What lessons can a […]

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What’s in my Mailbox | Standard nonprofit donor newsletter falls flat

August 3, 2016

Today’s What’s in my Mailbox is the Summer 2016 newsletter from Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. I am a big believer in both print and email newsletters and teach the class Nonprofit Newsletters | Basics & More, where we focus on producing a print newsletter that serves both as a stewardship device and revenue producer. […]

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What’s in my Inbox | Inspire and delight with personalized baby goats

August 2, 2016

When it comes to nonprofit communications, from direct mail to email, personalization is key. If you’ve been following me for any period of time, you already know that this is a tenet that I hold true. An otherwise stellar direct mail package or email message is tainted by a “Dear Friend,” no matter how well-intentioned. […]

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Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | From baseball and books to real life: Harlem RBI covers all of the bases

August 1, 2016

Harlem RBI is a nonprofit founded with the goal of teaching children life lessons through baseball. The organization provides opportunities to inner city youth through the power of teamwork, and baseball. In 2008, in response to a need for better education access, RBI opened the doors to their DREAM Charter School. The institution, an extension […]

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Fundraising Friday | July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016

Are you looking for help creating a video to share your story? Last week I was introduced to Beau Chevassus of Knok Studio, and I liked their work so much we featured it in this week’s Power of Nonprofit Storytelling. Pricing as low as $330. Grab your tissues for this week’s What’s in my Inbox, […]

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What’s in my Mailbox | Results from a simple card mailing

July 27, 2016

During a recent mailbox rifling, I took notice of a mailing sent to me by The Hospice of East Texas. Shortly after opening the envelope and taking a look at the card and response device tucked inside, I emailed the Hospice’s Development Officer, Wendy Frizzell, who is also a Grow Report subscriber and Basics & […]

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What’s in my Inbox | Five years gone: Rachel Beckwith will never be forgotten

July 26, 2016

The sharp knife of a short life, oh well I’ve had just enough time -Kimberly Perry A legacy is often all the more poignant if it is the outcome of a child’s young life cut short, and in the case of Rachel Beckwith, her legacy has spurred thousands of people to make thousands of donations […]

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Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | Knok Studio: cost-effective storytelling and communication with video

July 25, 2016

Knok Studio, founded by Beau Chevassus, is a nonprofit organization with the “mission to mobilize volunteer talent to serve non-profit organizations, churches, and charities by capturing these charities’ stories.” The services offered are available to organizations through three package options that are priced accordingly. The options range from a short introductory video to a single […]

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What’s in my Mailbox | Sierra Club: Only human response can fight imminent honeybee extinction

July 20, 2016

I recently opened my mailbox to find an envelope from Sierra Club, sent from their Oakland, CA office. It was of standard size but packed thick, and that’s what caught my attention second. What caught my attention first? The envelope itself. Because it’s not every day that I stumble across a bumblebee the size of […]

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