Kirsten’s Fundraising Headlines – May 10, 2011

puzzle pieces

Are you ready to start a major gifts program? Last week I had a guest blog on Pamela Grow’s website that provides 4 basics you should have in place before you get started. Click here to see more:

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Here’s a summary of recent articles and blogs related to fundraising and nonprofit organizations. As always, please forward this to others who might benefit from the information. Thanks again for reading!


  • Major gifts: 4 basics before you begin – guest post via @kirstenbullock
  • 10 Ways to Engage Your Community – FundRaising Success
  • How disaster fundraising confuses us – Future Fundraising Now
  • Myths Of Donor Acquisition Fundraising (tips: testing and integration of strategies) The NonProfit Times
  • Millennials Place Significant Value on Trust | eJewish Philanthropy
  • The Philanthropy Compass Version One (great resource for ranking potential major donors) Tactical Philanthropy
  • Key Facts on Corporate Foundations – PhilanTopic


  • The Philanthropic Landscape…Surviving and Prospering in the New Normal Growing Your Donors
  • 8 Important New Fundraising Trends for 2011 (great summary of Cygnus research)
  • Health-Care Fund Raising Recovers, Surveys Show – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • A third of the public is giving less than before the recession, (UK) research suggests Third Sector
  • 2011 Donor Survey Results: Majority of Donors Prefer Online to Print Kivi’s Blog
  • New Data Questions Accuracy of Giving USA | eJewish Philanthropy



  • (Effective) Communication is the Key: Three Communication Tips Growing Your Donors
  • Storytelling inspired by film – SOFII’s Blog
  • Messages That Motivate: The Tailored Approach – AFP Resource Center
  • 9 Criteria: Tom Ahern’s nine-step communications self-audit | SOFII
  • Secrets of the Engagement Pyramid (HINT: develop communication plans for each level) WiserEarth Blog
  • Elevator speech doesn’t go to the top floor (must mention amazing people who make it possible) Future Fundraising Now
  • 4 Reasons why you should build a narrative organization – Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog


  • 2011 Cygnus Donor Survey – Executive Summary (only 1 in 3 board members thought giving was expected)… (PDF alert)
  • Highlights of the BoardSource Nonprofit Governance Index 2010 Nonprofit Law Blog
  • Why People Hate Nonprofit Board Service | Foundation Group Blog
  • Rule Change Would Let Federal Workers Serve on Nonprofit Boards – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Sparking creativity in teams: An executive’s guide (free registration required) McKinsey Quarterly
  • 5 tips on fostering innovation at your organization – Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog
  • Four Things Boards Should Understand About Operating Reserves – The Chronicle of Philanthropy