Kirsten’s Fundraising Headlines – November 22, 2011

First, let me say Happy Thanksgiving! The weather has been fairly wet and dreary here in Louisville the last few days, but I certainly have a lot to be thankful for – incredible in-laws, a great city to live in and being able to accomplish my personal  mission of helping nonprofit organizations grow and thrive.

One way to ensure that your organization thrives is to focus less on yourself – and more on your cause. Would your nonprofit be missed? Lately I’ve found myself reminding nonprofit leaders that, more most organizations, it matters less who you are and more what you do. It’s the cause that counts. The days are over when we can simply say “give to because we do good work – trust us because you recognize our name.” We must talk about impact – and stories – first.  Continue Reading


Here is your weekly roundup 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!


  • Interested in getting a headstart on your 2012 fundraising efforts? Join me on this webinar to do just that!
  • Beauty of Giving Circles: What Comes Around Goes Around Copley Raff’s Giving Take
  • Don’t leave out the PS!: The effective fundraising PS – Future Fundraising Now


 Innovative Ideas

  • Mission Plus Good Logistics Create a Model Cause Marketing Campaign Joanne’s Nonprofit Blog
  • ‘Pearing’ Up Needs With Abilities A Winning Strategy TheNonProfitTimes
  • When Is One Million Fans on Facebook Worth More Than A Million Bucks? | Beth’s Blog


 Technology/Social Media



  • Questions to jumpstart your SWOT « The Butterfly Effect (Blog)
  • Help Your Board Avoid the Post-launch Blues « Association Management Blog
  • Fundraising NOT about money – it’s about inspiring people to make a difference | eJewish Philanthropy


 In The News

  • Gifts to Christian Charities Rose Nearly 6% Last Year (results mixed) The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Five Ways to Navigate the Fiscal Crisis Stanford Social Innovation Review
  • Calling All Boomers: Don’t Start More Nonprofits – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Do you check? Most Donors Ignore Charity Watchdogs When Picking Charities Joanne’s Nonprofits Blog

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