There’s a time to plan and a time to implement, a time to rest and a time to work. A time to laugh and a time to cry. The trick is often figuring out which time is which.
The last three weeks or so have been a time for me to just get things done. Have I mentioned that we sold our house in just four days? That’s a bit of a misnomer though, with the help of friends, we got the house cleaned, a few pieces of furniture and most of our books moved out, and the house staged in four days. Then the photographer came to get pictures and then the listing agent to fill out all the paperwork. Then, once the bulk of the work was done, our house was listed, and then sold, four days after that.
It’s really easy to forget about the pre-work that is required with any project. What others see is the four days to sell, or the appeal going out and money coming in a few days later, or receiving a grant or completing a strategic plan in a two-day retreat. It’s easy for others to not think about the time, energy and work that is required ahead of time. Easy to take for granted all the things that happen behind the curtain. Don’t get frustrated if you feel like people are taking the hard part for granted, but do determine how you will tell your story (as well as determine who needs to know).
Hope this helps as you try to identify new people to involve in what you do!
Quote of the week: The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. – Vincent T Lombardi
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!
Awareness / Communications
- Which Messages Go Viral and Which Ones Don’t A recent study demonstrated that we can successfully predict which messages will go viral and which will not. This study showed that the ideas that are destined to spread have a characteristic signature at their origin — that is, quite literally, within the brain of the sender. @HarvardBiz
- Using Celebrity Spokespersons Using celebrities … here’s a topic you don’t see discussed much in terms of ‘best practices’. Yet celebrities are quite available and generous in working with charities and nonprofits. Some, like UNICEF and Amnesty International, have successfully developed the use of celebrities into an art form. @AgitatorEditors
- Nonprofit Annual Report in an Infographic Annual reports don’t have to be long, boring documents with pages and pages of financial statements that no one wants to read (even if they did understand all the accounting jargon!). Your annual report should be a celebration of what your donors have helped you do. @kivilm
- Oops! 7 Awkward (But Common) Grammar Mistakes Okay, so I’m no English major, but I am a content marketer — attention to grammatical detail is something very near and dear to my heart. The more time I’ve spent in this role, the more I notice little errors in things like text messages, IMs, and birthday cards. @HubSpot
- Dr. Adrian Sargeant’s 7 Principles of Donor Loyalty Dr. Adrian Sargeant is a marketing professor specializing in charities. In his groundbreaking research, he uncovered 7 chief reasons why donors will sometimes stay with a charity for years. Most new donors don’t stay, you know. @BloomerangTech
- Are you really proud to be a fundraiser? A new manifesto for fundraising Last week, I addressed the Institute of Fundraising London Group’s First Thursday meeting on the subject of pride in the profession of fundraising. I explored whether fundraisers ‘really’ felt proud to be a fundraiser – the emphasis being on ‘really’… @howardlake
- How to Raise Money From Baby Boomers I recently read a stat that 70 percent of U.S. disposable income is controlled by baby boomers. Taken together with the stat from Blackbaud’s “ Next Generation of American Giving” report that boomers contribute 43 precent of… @LautmanDC
- Report: The Missing Middle Alia McKee and Mark Rovner with Sea Change Strategies recently released a new report called “The Missing Middle: Neglecting Middle Donors Is Costing You Millions. Sea Change probed the state of mid-level giving. @Blackbaud
- High Net-Worth Individuals: Your Joyful, Generous and Inspired Donors High Net-Worth Individuals. These are very special people. They are part of the 5% or 10% of the population in terms of wealth, as well as members of giving in America – generous people of every age and financial capacity. @Blackbaud
- This Food Truck Serves Its Fare With A Side Of Hope For Young People Three weeks ago, a new food truck joined the ranks of New York’s mobile eateries. But instead of simply dishing out yet another novel culinary creation, this truck held the promise of something deeper. @HuffPostSmBiz
- Do You Know Your Ideal Supporter? Do They Like Borscht? As a person of Ukranian heritage, I am often asked “Hey – do you like borscht?” If you’re unaware, borscht is a traditional Ukranian soup made from beets. Whenever I’m asked, I immediately get uncomfortable and try (usually in vain) to explain that no one likes borscht. @Blackbaud
- Coin Canisters: The Low-Tech Fundraiser That Can Make You Rich There’s nothing sadder than an unloved coin canister. We’ve all seen one of these abandoned canisters, also called donation boxes. Dirty, neglected, and empty, we conclude, “Why would any nonprofit want to use a coin canister for fundraising? What a waste!” @HubSpot
- How to Get New “First-Time” Individual Donors for Your Nonprofit Fundraising is all about relationships — but what do you do if your organization is so new, or so grant-focused, that you don’t have any relationships with individuals who might become donors? @AmyEisenstein
- How Changing 1 Sentence Led to a 42 Percent Increase in Revenue My team and I were doing all of the online donor acquisition work with the George W. Bush Presidential Center. In our very first test, we made a very subtle change. The only difference appears in only one sentence — the very last sentence… @DigitalDonor
- Red Cross: The ‘how-to’ for nonprofit and business partnerships Any type of business has the potential to develop a successful partnership with local nonprofit organizations with careful planning. It is important to keep several key points in mind. @The_Citizen
Online / Technology
- 5 Analytic Tools to Track Your Organization’s Metrics If your organization is struggling to find the right analytic tools to track your website traffic, social media presence, and how your reports, campaigns, or infographics perform across the web, check out this list of 5 helpful analytic tools. @care2frogloop
- Make Your Nonprofit Website an Email Capturing Machine Guest blogger Yesenia Sotelo founded Smart Cause Digital where she builds and grows smart websites. “Email is dead. No one reads their email anymore.” You might have heard this before and you might hear it again—but not from me! Email is one of the most powerful tools available. @NancySchwartz
- Google Ad Grants: Nonprofits Take Note [Infographic] – Huffington Post The following infographic provides information about Google’s Ad Grant program, which is one of the largest nonprofit marketing missed opportunities. @HuffPostImpact
- Is Your Nonprofit Forward Focused or A Prisoner of the Past? – Huffington Post It has been my experience that nonprofits rarely address the possibilities and perils of “…the road ahead.” An endless stream of current and pressing issues cause both Board and CEO to take a myopic view of their nonprofit responsibilities…@HuffPostImpact
- The Fundamental Flaws in How We Finance the Nonprofit Sector Today the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) released the results of their sixth annual State of the Nonprofit Sector survey and the data underlines a growing crisis in the financial sustainability of our nonprofit sector. @nedgington
- How to Find Your Next Stellar Nonprofit Board Member on LinkedIn Recruitment has been a challenge for nonprofit boards time and time again. Identifying the right people to invest in your mission, are committed to the responsibilities of the role, and who have the leadership qualities to drive your organization’s success is no small task. @stayclassysd