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!


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


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


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


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


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


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

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