Fundraising Headlines: May 22, 2012

Stuck in the Muck? Three Ideas to Help You Step Out.I’m sure you’ve never felt like this before. Waist deep in muck with no idea how to get out. Feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, and grief all at the same time. You might be asking yourself ‘how did I get here – again?’ We have so much in our field that talks about techniques and how to do things, but too often we overlook high burnout rates, high turnover rates, frustrations (both the side of board members and agency staff), and fewer people trying to get the same amount of work done. Keep readingto find a little help – and a little hope.

Looking forward to connecting again soon. Until then, here’s to a great – and productive – week!

Warm regards,

Kirsten Bullock, CFRE
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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!


  • How you ask makes a difference. Why type of Asker are You?
  • Are you doing these?: Seven Secrets to Getting More Donors care2 / frogloop
  • Animal Charity Keeps Recurring Donors With a Great Thank You @JoanneFritz
  • State Your Need: How to Write a Compelling Needs Statement That Wins $Grants
  • How to increase silent auction revenue: extended bidding Red Apple Auctions


  • Social Media, Nonprofits and the Law: 5 Questions… Andrew Hollander PhilanTopic
  • Could your nonprofit benefit from 3 degrees of influence? The how of social capital Social Capital Blog
  • What are millennials really like? This research provides a good glimpse. Katya’s Blog
  • Study: Many Nonprofits Misreporting Cost of Fundraising KGTV San Diego
  • Squirrels, Context, Assumptions, and Checking Business Sense at the Door Growing Your Donors

Involving People

  • Nontraditional Giving Circle: Black men join force for good The Denver Post
  • Spread the Work Around: Use volunteers on nonprofit committees @sandyrees
  • Seven Ways to Create a Fiercely Loyal Nonprofit Community (HINT: develop Pride, Trust and Passion) @johnhaydon
  • How to promote your nonprofit Facebook page with Facebook ads Socialbrite
  • 4 Ways to Drive More Online Actions from Direct Mail Inspiring Generosity


  • Email is where it’s at: What Small Organizations Can/Should be Doing @PamelaGrow
  • When 1+1=>2: A good formula: Email plus social media Katya’s Blog
  • Social Giving Continues to Grow, Digital Giving In… The Network for Good
  • Evaluating the Impact of Social Media using a logic model Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Giving to churches: Ten reasons why people become generous stewards | Generous Matters


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