[Headlines] Gen X is Coming

After years of reading about Boomers and Millenials I’ll admit to being a little pleasantly surprised to hear a reference to my generation. This particular article (link provided below) talks about the importance of life stage – and the fact that the first year of Gen Xers are turning 50 this year – a good life stage to be thinking about major gifts.

As you’re browsing through the articles, don’t miss the one about nonprofit game shows. I’ll admit I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry as I look at the ideas, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.

I head out tomorrow afternoon for the AFP International Conference in Baltimore, so stay tuned on Twitter @kirstenbullock and on my blog for reflections about the event.

In the meantime, happy fundraising!

Communications

CASE STUDY: How MomsRising Uses Hashtags to Help Meet Its Mission | Kivi's Nonprofit Communications BlogCASE STUDY: How MomsRising Uses Hashtags to Help Meet Its Mission | Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog

Both #wellnesswed and #foodfri have provided grassroots Twitter users with information on topics that matter most to moms and families, like how to get health coverage, how to advocate for healthier school food, and more. MomsRising QuoteOne of the most important goals we set for tweetchats is to share resources and information that people have told us they need. When we see people retweeting…”

Ranking Higher on Google - 7 Easy Fixes for your NonprofitRanking Higher on Google – 7 Easy Fixes for your Nonprofit

Simply put, SEO is the process of improving your chances of ranking better in search engines and driving more of the “right people” to your site. It’s one of the best ways out there to increase awareness since you’re driving more folks to your site that are likely interested in your cause but may not be looking for your organization by name. They are actively looking for a particular piece of information or solution to a problem. And you have the opportunity to provide it to them.

 

Fundraising Planning

Generation X is coming: What fundraisers need to know - Future Fundraising NowGeneration X is coming: What fundraisers need to know – Future Fundraising Now

Here’s a milestone worth noting: The youngest Boomers are now 50. They’re turning 51 this year. That also means the leading edge of Generation X is turning 50. This is important for fundraisers. All Boomers will soon be in their donor years, which I define as 55 and up. And Gen X is about to ease its way into our portfolio…

Good Scout Research Study Unveils How Men Really Feel About Philanthropy - FundRaising SuccessGood Scout Research Study Unveils How Men Really Feel About Philanthropy – FundRaising Success

A new consumer study digs into the minds of men in order to determine the motivations behind their philanthropic decisions. The findings illustrate the donation and volunteer-based preferences of men, while also analyzing solicitation and specific cause preferences. According to The Forgotten Man Report, men are not only giving, they are also volunteering, engaging and activating around charitable causes. However, the specific nuances…

 

Fundraising Tactics

9 Amazing Secrets You Need to Get a Major Donor Meeting - Clairification9 Amazing Secrets You Need to Get a Major Donor Meeting – Clairification

Did you know you’re 85 percent on your way to securing a gift if you can get your prospect to agree to a visit? So says veteran major gifts fundraiser Jerold Panas in his iconic book, Asking. Why is it so hard to get a visit with a prospect? It just is. People screen phone calls. They don’t answer emails…

Quirks With Matching Funds & Incentives - re: charityQuirks With Matching Funds & Incentives – re: charity

Matching funds, as a form of incentive added on to great campaigns, works (almost) like magic. But there are some interesting quirks when it comes to matching funds and incentives you should know about…

Leadership

Liability for Nonprofit Board Members and IRS Regulations - 501c3.orgLiability for Nonprofit Board Members and IRS Regulations – 501c3.org

Having proper due diligence when it comes to IRS regulations will minimize the legal liability of board members. Keep more than one eye on the organization’s finances. Have a financial committee on your board. Perhaps even hire a 3rd party accounting service to keep up with the records. Board members should also have an understanding of IRS regulations and limitations under Section 501(c). Abiding by these regulations will help the organization stay in compliance and maintain its IRS tax-exempt status.

“Dancing with Program Officers” and 5 other nonprofit-themed reality TV shows we need | Nonprofit With Balls“Dancing with Program Officers” and 5 other nonprofit-themed reality TV shows we need | Nonprofit With Balls

So many of the challenges the nonprofit sector faces exist because of our poor portrayal in the media. This is why this writer thinks we should lobby for more shows that highlight the exciting and complex work all of us in the field are doing. What shows would you like to see? Here are his ideas…

Do you know what your board volunteers need from you? | Donor Dreams BlogDo you know what your board volunteers need from you? | Donor Dreams Blog

Most non-profit organizations have a very clear understanding of what they need from their board members, but there is a better question that needs to be asked. “Do you know what your board volunteers need from you?” A key finding from a recent SoftwareAdvice.com’s survey was: “Personal fulfillment is the most commonly cited benefit of serving on a board of directors (50 percent).”

What's Needed to Become a Nonprofit Board Change Agent? | Eugene FramWhat’s Needed to Become a Nonprofit Board Change Agent? | Eugene Fram

Nonprofit board members with business backgrounds often become frustrated with the moderate pace for change that is characteristic of nonprofit boards. Most resign or remain on the board as passive directors, not wanting to create internal conflict in organizations that are dedicated to developing positive social programs. Here are some qualifications for unusual board members that want to become change agents and lead boards and/or organizations to making substantial positive changes.

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