Kirsten’s Fundraising Headlines – April 25, 2011

It was a spring day in Florida – already hot, sun shining, air hanging with more than a hint of humidity. If I were older than 10 at the time I’m pretty sure I would have complaining about the humidity’s effect on my hair. My brother and I were standing under the palm tree that graced our front yard. Then Frits, my fifteen year old brother, asked me how it felt to run.

When’s the last time you shared your organization’s story in a way that compelled people to want to know more? If you’re not sure how to start, call up 5 of your long-term donors and ask them why they give. It’s a great way to connect with your supporters – and you might learn something interesting.

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!


  • College Dance Marathons Break Records – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Magic of fundraising: connecting donors to a cause most will never experience in person. Future Fundraising Now
  • Donor Retention Survey: 62% didn’t excite a second gift out of even 4 in 10 new donors. | The Agitator
  • The 10 reasons you’re not getting gifts: A mini-manifesto – Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog
  • Tips For Winning Back Your Lapsed Donors – The NonProfit Times
  • Great tips: An ABC of direct response | SOFII


  • Healthcare Fundraising Shows Signs of Life – HealthLeaders Media
  • Americans Gave a Lot Less in the Recession Than Experts Predicted – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Federal Drive Sees Slight Drop in Giving – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Latest Blackbaud Index Report Shows Slight Rise in Overall Giving | eJewish Philanthropy
  • Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates, 2011 Edition – PhilanTopic
  • Economic Recovery Lifts Charitable Gift Fund – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Philanthropy in China – RE:Philanthropy


  • 100 More Online Tools for Non-Profits – Wild Apricot Blog
  • How Social CRM “Friend Discovery” will Revolutionize the Way Organizations Collaborate | Beth’s Blog
  • Online Donors Walls: could this work for you? | Low Hanging Fruit Communications
  • Three Cheap Tools to Measure Blogs and Social Media – frogloop
  • Mobile giving? There’s an app for that! Fundraising
  • More nonprofits are getting results from Facebook – socialbrite
  • 4 ways to encourage supporters to use social media for social good – Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog


  • Your Media Relations Can Make or Break Your Charity – It’s that Simple – Joanne Fritz’ Nonprofits Blog
  • It is Official: Postage Costs More – The NonProfit Times
  • The story-reality gap: You’ll never rally the troops with small dreams. Sasha Dichter’s Blog
  • Nonprofits Nominated for ‘Webby’ Awards – The Chronicle of Philanthropy


  • Why Your Board Needs Term Limits |
  • Salary Surveys From The NonProfit Times The NonProfit Times
  • LikeMinded: A new platform to connect leaders with ideas for local change
  • Outlook for Nonprofit Staffing Improving in 2011, Study Finds – The Chronicle of Philanthropy


  • Cleveland-Area Nonprofits Merge to Reduce Costs |…
  • 2,300 Small Charities May Be Victims of Identify Theft – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • New Website Launches to Help Philanthropists Make Better Decisions | eJewish Philanthropy
  • One month after the Japan disaster, U.S. charities have raised $246.9-million
  • Challenging the Status Quo: Next Gen Civic Engagement Through Philanthropy – RE:Philanthropy

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