Kirsten’s Fundraising Headlines – April 12, 2011

What’s stopping you from having your best fundraising year yet? Are you simple overwhelmed? Is it time? Is it discomfort asking for a gift? Perhaps you’re scared of success. Whatever it is, I implore you to just take the first step. I understand that it can get really overwhelming. And trust me, I know exactly how that feels. There’s so much that needs to be done.

Take it one step at a time and trust that the results will come. Take a step out and start work on one new project this week. And remember, the harder you work, the ‘luckier’ you become. Please let me know how it goes!

Here’s a summary of recent articles and blogs related to fundraising and nonprofit organizations. As always, please share this with others might benefit from the information. Thanks again for reading!

FUNDRAISING

  • Trust is Key Giving Motivator for Millennials | bit.ly/gZXQV7 JGA Counsel
  • Rant in progress: You’re going to have to ask! bit.ly/gmdYEu Fundraising Coach
  • Fundraising Direct Mail That Drives Online Response – bit.ly/eQQ8pe FundRaising Success
  • Are the Wealthy Stingy? And What You Can Do About It – bit.ly/igCTre Joanne’s Nonprofit Blog
  • Buying Products Tied to Charities Depresses Giving, New Study Finds – bit.ly/h58AKi The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Cause Marketing, Selfishness Drive Consumer Giving | bit.ly/gaYahl Cause marketing for nonprofits

GIVING TRENDS

  • U.S. foundation giving steady in 2010 – bit.ly/eB2fJN Trust.org, AlertNet
  • Donors Still Eroding, But Gifts Getting Larger – bit.ly/fZnhhf NonProfit Times
  • 3rd Annual State of the Plate Survey: Church Giving Begins to Rebound – bit.ly/hQIaPR Christian Newswire
  • 2010 Nonprofit Fundraising Survey partly cloudy with gradually brightening skies) bit.ly/fvB41z PhilanTopic
  • Donations to Churches Rebounded Slightly Last Year – bit.ly/i65IP8 The Chronicle of Philanthropy

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Growing Virtual Roots – How our online efforts led to amazing offline results | bit.ly/hNFTeB Case Foundation
  • 10 rules for how nonprofits should use Twitter bit.ly/i2QUkw socialbrite
  • The Nonprofit Evolution of the Cloud — bit.ly/eMpmyA CIOUpdate.com
  • Social Media Policy Best Practices: Trust Is Cheaper Than Control | bit.ly/fWDXdz Beth’s Blog
  • 2011 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study – bit.ly/XSs2T M+R Research Labs
  • 2011 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report | http://bit.ly/XpzBu NTEN
  • Do You Need a New Donor Management System? bit.ly/i6eNHv techsoup
  • PURLs of wisdom: Personalized URLs help increase membership, donations – bit.ly/flAvkW FundRaising Success

COMMUNICATIONS

  • 10 media relations tips for your nonprofit – bit.ly/hgogAN socialbrite
  • 9 Tips: Convincing Your Internal Audiences bit.ly/dZel8Z Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog
  • Storytelling Q & A bit.ly/hIVUtX Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog
  • What they hate about your fundraising copy is exactly what makes it good – bit.ly/g5QS7X Future Fundraising Now
  • Strategies for better donor newsletters: a before and after success story | bit.ly/eSZuyS SOFII
  • Your Nonprofit’s Annual Report: Drudgery or Opportunity? | bit.ly/gqtFBe Getting Attention

LEADERSHIP

  • ClearPoint merges with New York nonprofit | bit.ly/gKMJxmRichmond Times-Dispatch via NonProfit Times
  • Nine Rules to a Successful Collaboration | bit.ly/hKMZDw eJewish Philanthropy
  • Here We Go Again: The Cyclical Nature of Board Behavior – bit.ly/gzqNlv The Nonprofit Quarterly
  • Form 990 Policies – Is it better to check “yes” or “no”? bit.ly/ewm758 Nonprofit Law Blog
  • Mission Accomplished, Nonprofits Close – nyti.ms/dNS1Ny NYTimes.com
  • Creating Coalitions: Stretching to Serve the Community (don’t need to go it on our own) bit.ly/eBVSpO eJewish Philanthropy

OTHER

  • Great visual showing the growth of the #nonprofit sector – bit.ly/dUVHG7 The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • More About Nonprofits and the Recession (some fared much better than others) bit.ly/dOHMHQ The NonProfit Times
  • 6 Actions That Grow Generous Kids, Future Donors – bit.ly/e3Sxy1 The NonProfit Times
  • Free Non-Profit Webinars for April 2011 – http://bit.ly/herFsN Wild Apricot Blog

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