Kirsten’s Fundraising Headlines – October 18, 2011

This might surprise you, but every once in a while I come across a ‘no person.’ I think you may have met this person before (in fact I think I can occasionally be that person). But the trademark of this person is that, no matter what you say and no matter what you suggest, they’ve either tried it before or it won’t work for their group.

I know we all get to that place once in a while. It feels stuck and horrible and quite often we recognize that we’re there, but just aren’t sure how to move from that place into a mindset of hopefulness.

But the next time you find yourself in that place… (continue reading here)

Where I’ll be next:


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Here is 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!



  • The one sound effect that all fundraisers need (hint: silence) Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog
  • Does your fundraising program need a personal trainer? FundRaising Success
  • Funders and Social Media (using and investing in social media) PhilanTopic
  • Screw a donor and you screw all of us! (nonprofits and professional fundraisers) Donor Dreams Blog


Giving Trends/Research

  • UK Study Points to 2 ‘fixable’ Volunteer Retention Issues (team culture/program ops) Tobi’s Nonprofit Management Blog
  • CSR Impacts the Bottom Line (stats to share with companies considering CSR) The Network for Good
  • Charitable Giving and Happiness: Advice from the Dalai Lama RE:Philanthropy
  • Philanthropy is ‘Sustainable’ (so true!) For Impact



  • Great stewardship ideas: Thanks a Million: How to Thank Your Donors So They’ll Give More Marketing for Nonprofits
  • Don’t forget Gen X! (and some tips to do so) The X Factor Donor Power Blog
  • Move Your Nonprofit Agenda Forward with Opinion Editorials | Getting Attention Blog
  • Love this idea! Low Cost, High Impact Engagement (shareholder meetings) BLACKBAUD’S Prospect Research Blog


In The News

  • New Law in California Promotes Social Entrepreneurship – Asian American Giving
  • Metropolitan Opera Boosts Fund Raising 50% (it took money to raise the money) The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • The Cure for the Not-for-Profit Crisis (not hitting all ngo’s equally) Harvard Business Review



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