Power of Storytelling | Philly’s story, told through a captivating photo display

April 24, 2019

Guest Post by Samantha Lynn Philadelphia Magazine, also known as Phillymag, is one of the oldest regional magazines in the United States. This monthly magazine has hooked audiences since its inception in 1908. The publication has also won multiple national awards over the course of its life. Topics covered include dining, entertainment, special events, politics, […]

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Interview Questions for Development Director Candidates

April 23, 2019

It’s happened again. You’re only three weeks into your dream development director job when you discover that you’re expected to be some sort of miracle worker — with little to no support. You’ve learned that… you’re the fifth development director in three years the organization you’re working for is running nine events a year with […]

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Fundraising Friday | April 19, 2019

April 19, 2019

We talk (a lot!) about the Simple Development Systems’ model of Ask, Thank, Report, and Repeat. But what’s missing from the equation? Engagement and feedback, of course! Check out this oh-so-unique and wonderful engagement strategy from presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in this week’s What’s in my Inbox. US bequest giving far lags far behind the UK and Australia. But […]

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What’s In My Inbox | A political trailblazer works non-financial engagement like a pro

April 16, 2019

We’ve talked about non-financial engagement before, and why it’s so important. You know your donors are unique individuals with a variety of personalities, ticks, and reasons for giving. You also know your relationships aren’t all about the money. They’re about so much more than that. You want to let your supporters know that you care, […]

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Fundraising Friday | April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019

Is your nonprofit fully compliant? Through Lessons from Motivate Monday, and with the expert help of Brock Klinger, you’ll discover what you really need to know (and have the opportunity to sign up for a free webinar!). How are you making your donors feel? And how often? Take a cue from Mike Dooley’s Notes from […]

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Motivate Monday | What does your nonprofit need to be compliant?

April 8, 2019

What does your nonprofit need to be compliant in the eyes of the law? Last year, when Brock Klinger, Account Executive and Team Leader over at Harbor Compliance, joined us for a Motivate Monday session. Harbor Compliance provides the tools that organizations need to manage their compliance. Brock has experience working with organizations to ensure […]

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Fundraising Friday | April 5, 2019

April 5, 2019

How are you bringing your organization’s founding story to life? Here’s a stellar example from The Andrew Goodman Foundation. This week’s Power of Storytelling. Can a deodorant company’s story warm your heart? Surprisingly yes! Check out this story in this week’s What’s in My Inbox. And, if you’re looking for an aluminum free deodorant that […]

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What’s In My Inbox | Long live Lume: how deodorant company’s story warmed my heart!

April 3, 2019

I recently purchased Lume deodorant online after hearing good things about it (including that it’s aluminum-free). Now I’m on their email list and I loved this recent story they shared. Yes, a deodorant company shared a great story. Not only was the content great, but the way they shared it — from email to blog — […]

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Power of Storytelling | AGF brings their founding story to life

April 2, 2019

The Andrew Goodman Foundation is dedicated to empowering young people within the space of politics. The foundation encourages young people to use their voice and exercise their right to vote. AGF’s work is important and urgent, especially here and now, and especially for ensuring a democracy. Active participation and engagement is a great way to […]

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Power of Storytelling | Yes, it’s really Elizabeth Warren…with a lesson in gratitude!

March 26, 2019

Elizabeth Warren is fiercely blazing the campaign trails. And right now, she’s here to teach you an important lesson: Your best starting point is always gratitude. This recent video clip she released, which is just under five minutes long, made my heart sing. You must check it out, no matter how you feel about her […]

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Fundraising Friday | March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019

Do foundation reviewers’ eyes glaze over while they’re reading your latest grant proposal? What can a theoretical physicist teach you about…grant proposal writing? You might be surprised. This week’s Power of Storytelling. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has come up with a fun way to attract donors. This week’s What’s in my Inbox. Your monthly giving […]

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What’s In My Mailbox | From first gift, to lifetime…AGF’s letter shows you how!

March 21, 2019

Last year, The Andrew Goodman Foundation participated in our Basics & More All Access Ticket, and judging by their current communications, they’re still putting the lessons to great use in 2019. AGF’s mission is to empower young people by encouraging political participation. They’ve helped make young voices and votes a powerful force in our democracy, […]

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What’s In My Inbox | NRDC excites and delights supporters with the help of Pete Davidson

March 20, 2019

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is one of the best-known environmental advocacy groups, both nationally and internationally. The communications they regularly send to their supporters are on point. I’ve been subscribed to their email communications for awhile, and they consistently make me sit up and take notice. NRDC follows the top rules of nonprofit […]

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Power of Storytelling | Try the Feynman Technique for your next grant proposal

March 20, 2019

Do foundation reviewers’ eyes glaze over while they’re reading your latest grant proposal? Do you picture them, upon reaching the very end, looking up and muttering, “WHAT, exactly, do they DO?” Perhaps you fumbled the ball on the storytelling front. You probably already know that strong storytelling is crucial to philanthropy. In fact, it creates […]

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Fundraising Friday | March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

Legacy marketing from Guinness? Who knew?! This week’s very fun Power of Storytelling. “Thank you for believing in WORT. And thank you for being a little bit odd, peculiar, and different. We couldn’t do it without you.” Made me feel all warm and fuzzy. This week’s What’s in my Inbox. How are you stewarding your […]

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5 tips for becoming a foundation grants prospect research detective

March 13, 2019

One of my pet peeves is reading advice in a fundraising book that instructs the reader to spend one or two days a year at a Foundation Center Cooperating Collections Library and consider their foundation prospect research a done deal. To truly build a base of solid foundation grant support (preferably general operating support), you’ve got to be […]

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The Power of Storytelling | Legacy marketing from Guinness? Who knew?!

March 13, 2019

Ask Direct is a direct response agency in Ireland. And Caoileann Appleby, Strategy Director at Ask Direct, recently published a blog post, Masterful Legacy Marketing in 90 Seconds, which I happened to catch on Twitter. Caoileann explained: At our Fundraising School legacy event the other week, there were a few ‘aha’ moments for the audience. But I […]

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What’s In My Inbox | WORT speaks directly to their WORTlings

March 13, 2019

WORT 89.9 FM is a longstanding listener-sponsored community radio station, based in Madison, Wisconsin since 1975. The station broadcasts an eclectic mix of music genres, along with a range of news and public affairs programming. WORT has won a slew of awards over the years, for everything from individual programs, to documentaries, to mid-2000s election […]

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Fundraising Friday | March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019

Amara, a Tacoma-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to finding loving, supporting families for foster children. And they’re sharing beautiful stories. This week’s Power of Storytelling. How are you showing your donors that you care about them beyond their financial support? This week’s What’s in my Inbox with a terrific example of non-financial engagement. Fundraising was […]

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What’s In My Inbox | NRDC shows you how to do non-financial engagement right

March 6, 2019

You care about your supporters, and you want them to know. You see them as more than mere financial transactions. In fact, you see them as cool, varied, individual human beings, rather than an entity — a “donor base,” or a collective of people. If you want your donors to understand that you appreciate them […]

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