I’m spending the week with John Maxwell and about 3,200 of my newest friends. It’s been great to be immersed in leadership learning, business building ideas and many people who serve in the nonprofit world in one capacity or another. So much inspiration – both from the stage and among others I meet. People really do want to make a positive difference in the world (I’ve always believed it, but this week has definitely confirmed it).
It’s funny. The more I learn, the more I realize I have to learn. Which brings up the question: How are you continuing to learn? Is it through webinars, podcasts, masterminds or informal gatherings? Whatever it is, keep learning!
Here’s my weekly roundup of nonprofit blogs. Happy reading!
Nonprofit News Roundup
What “fundamental change” does your group want “to make in society and in human beings”? A plan will help you name that. Without the thoughtful steps from a plan, your ambitious goal will wobble like a spinning top and eventually fall over. And without a goal the actions will keep everyone busy but you’ll miss the giant opportunities. Somehow you’ve got to find the right balance for your cause.
Working with fundraising-phobic non-profit boards | DonorDreams Blog
Organizational culture is a difficult dynamic to change. After all, birds of a feather flock together, right? It is for this reason that simply changing the people sitting around your boardroom table is likely a very difficult strategy to employ (albeit not impossible or wrong). While this strategy is the most commonly suggested one by non-profit consultants, I recently found comfort and inspiration from Susan Howlett’s book…
4 ways silos are toxic to fundraising | Hands-On Fundraising
The more we learn about what works in fundraising today, the more we’re encouraged to focus on the donor’s journey or the donor’s experience. Customer service – something that has always been important – is suddenly getting more notice. That’s a really good thing. One thing guaranteed to hurt customer service is when internal staff and systems aren’t communicating – or are flat-out competing. That’s when silos are death to your organization. Here’s where…
Because annual giving is a more extensive effort, it’s the perfect opportunity for organizations to focus on building the meaningful relationships with their donors that will lead to higher retention rates and better fundraising results in the future. In the context of modern annual giving, that means thinking about how you can optimize your online strategies to be thoughtful, convenient, and relevant to your donors. However…
Facebook Live is all the rage now in social media. It can be launched from your personal profile, fan page, event and group (though it depends on the group’s guidelines). Before you jump on the bandwagon, here are some of the best practices to follow when you adopt Facebook Live.
Best Practices for Hosting…
Every year, governments increase restrictions on unsolicited email. With new restrictions also comes harsher penalties when laws are broken. Here, we’ll give you a quick refresher on where spam laws stand both nationally and internationally, and how your business can avoid costly mistakes.
The night of the event was fantastic. Before the event even started, we had raised more than the previous year. This event went from from $16,000 to over $93,000 in just 2 years. That’s over 5 times the money! Here is what Sandy Rees sees as their 5 keys to our success: create a committee; have connectors; make things fun; uplevel sponsors; believe you can do it…
When you show your donors how you can leverage their donation to accomplish more than they even imagined, you greatly increase the likelihood they will respond to your call to action. Let’s take a look at the best ways to accomplish this…