Fundraising Headlines: April 10, 2012

Have you ever sat in a meeting with a board member, other staff member, or volunteer (or even consultant) who gives you a list of new things to try? All of a sudden you’re saddled with more work, more expectations, and still limited time to get everything done in.

Let’s change the scenario a little bit.  Continue reading.

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!


  • Listen first – before you ask. Growing Your Donors
  • Convio Online Marketing Benchmark Study – 2011 | The Agitator
  • Stop. Start. Finish. Brian Reich on Fundraising in a connected age. The Network for Good
  • The Dangers of an Inactive E-Mail List for nonprofit fundraising – The Chronicle of Philanthropy


  • Tips for Effective Nonprofit Board and Committee Meetings | Foundation Group
  • 3 keys to nonprofits’ social media success: Strategy, prioritization, dedicated staff socialbrite
  • For Nonprofits, Demand Up While Cash Low (57% have cash on hand for <4 months) The Nonprofit Times
  • Average stay = 16 months: High Cost of Turnover in Fundraising Jobs The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Involving People

  • Clear expectations make volunteer recruitment easier. Growing Your Donors
  • Street Fundraisers Get Smarter on Technology – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Three reasons for focusing on givers’ hearts in ministries | Generous Matters
  • Young Entrepreneurs Choose to Do Good as Well as Make a Profit – The Chronicle of Philanthropy


  • 53% of U.S. Charitable Organizations Surveyed Say Contributions Rose in 2011 | eJewish Philanthropy
  • It Costs To Build Social Networks ($3.50 for a “like” on Facebook) The Nonprofit Times
  • I agree: Nonprofits can do without the Pepsi-Starbucks-Chase-Kohls voting thing | Donor Dreams Blog
  • Advocacy Email Open Rates Jump 28% The Nonprofit Times

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