Fundraising Headlines – December 17, 2009

With the year coming to a close, now is a great time to be reviewing how your fundraising approaches worked this year, as well as what needs to be changed for next year. One of the article below talks about planning fundraising strategically.

With the holidays upon us and all of the activities that surround that, next week will be the last edition of 2009 that I send out. As always, please feel free to forward this to anyone you feel may also be helped by this information. Thanks again for reading!

FUNDRAISING

To the Point: Be Generous to Inspire Generosity (FundRaising Success) The author lived in Ukraine a few years ago, and a friend who just returned from there told me a great story that holds the secret to inspiring generosity. Really. The writer’s friend was eating breakfast at a pricey hotel frequented by his international agency….

TECHNOLOGY

Big Changes to Facebook Pages Could Hurt Small Nonprofits (Wild Apricot Blog) Rebecca Heather Mansfield of NonProfit Tech 2.0 alerts us to some major changes coming to Facebook Fan Pages through the next few weeks and into early 2010. “My first instinct is that the changes below are going to significantly impact nonprofits,” she says, “and in many cases, not in a good way.” Status Updates showing up in the News Feed to all fans is no longer guaranteed. The Boxes Tab will disappear. The Tabs width will shrink from 760 pixels wide to 520 pixels. The ability to extract the e-mail addresses…

OTHER ARTICLES

IRS Provides Audit Guidance to Agents on Governance Matters (Chronicle of Philanthropy) Interesting reading regarding what the IRS is looking for in their governance reviews. Would you pass?

‘Curation’ Is the Cure for Nonprofit Blogging (Joanne’s Nonprofits Blog) One of the first questions that nonprofits have about setting up a blog for their supporters is: “What do we write about?” It’s a good question, and many nonprofits never get the answer right. Their blogs turn into self-referencing organizational messages that most people, even their supporters, tune out. We all have an expertise. Nonprofits especially have expertise. You are an expert on education, civil rights or disaster response. Your supporters must be interested in your topic, or they wouldn’t bother with you at all. Considering yourself a curator of your own nonprofit topic and expertise can be a powerful way to build content that attracts your supporters to your website again and again.

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