[News] Planning, Blogging, Leading and More!

Merry Christmas to everyone who is celebrating this week! And happy holidays as well!

If you’re working next week, I encourage you to look over your 2015 plan to identify ways you can get a jumpstart (and if you don’t have a written plan by all means write down your thoughts!). A plan doesn’t need to be fancy or complicated, but by writing it down you’re subconsciously committing to accomplishing it.

Happy fundraising!


Communications

Agendas for Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly Editorial Meetings | Kivi's Nonprofit Communications BlogAgendas for Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly Editorial Meetings | Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog If you’re going to communicate with your supporters on a regular basis, you need to know (ahead of time) what you’re planning on communicating about. Sure, there are things that just come up, but regular, ongoing, intentional communication is a must. This post shares some ideas for planning meetings to help you map out this plan.

 7 Ways to Get Non-Marketing Employees to Blog | HubSpot Blogs7 Ways to Get Non-Marketing Employees to Blog | HubSpot Blogs  What better way to expand your content creation team than to recruit employees from other areas (outside fundraising / communications) to blog! Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you begin recruiting and rewarding a team.


Fundraising Planning

How to move hearts with a great story | Hands-On Fundraising How to move hearts with a great story | Hands-On Fundraising Direct mail – the fundraising tactic people love to hate :-). As a former Covenant House (Florida) staff member, I have a great deal of respect their direct mail program – and the impact they, as a nonprofit, have in the communities they serve both within the US and internationally. Read more from Mary Cahalane about her response to their appeal (and hopefully glean some ideas you might be able to use).

10 Key Lessons From The Fundraising #AnnualLectures | ChangeFundraising.com A day of lectures all about fundraising, planning and getting the most out of what we do. Here are my three favorites from this post:
Jeremy Hughes said “There is no point in standing there and not rattling the can.” He also asked why isn’t the first page of our annual reports about money and how it ties in to what we do? We should be proud that everything relies on and is tied to fundraising.
Ken Burnett lamented, “The biggest tragedy of most charity communications is that they’re dull.” He went on to explain that charities need to deliver Fast, Frequent, Fabulous Feedback. He knows what he’s talking about.
Alan Clayton concluded that “People need to give…and we’re fulfilling that need.”

Report: Charitable Giving Nears Pre-Recession Levels - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit TimesReport: Charitable Giving Nears Pre-Recession Levels – The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times While charitable giving is up, we can still do better as it relates to donor retention. The 2014 Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) Survey Report, developed by AFP and the Urban Institute, revealed that for every $100 a charity gained in 2013, it lost $92 from lapsed donors and smaller gifts from current donors, a gain of $8.


Fundraising Tactics

'Tis the Season of Giving: 6 Ways Companies Are Raising Money for Charities This Year | HubSpot‘Tis the Season of Giving: 6 Ways Companies Are Raising Money for Charities This Year | HubSpot Not sure how to ask companies to be involved? You’ll get better results if you go beyond simply asking for money. Here are 6 ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.

New Year’s Resolution 1: Start a Monthly Giving Program | A Direct Solution Have you started planning your monthly giving program yet? My personal belief is that this is an essential aspect for most smaller nonprofits in order to better recruit new, consistent donors. Here are the 5 steps Erica covers in her post: Commit; Invest time, treasure, and talent; Make sure someone owns the program; Organize the back-end of your program first; Always review your results based on annual numbers.


 Nonprofit Leadership

Nine Ways to Sustain the Non-Profit ED | Amanda Kraus
Nine Ways to Sustain the Non-Profit ED | Amanda Kraus The life of an executive director is hard, there’s no getting around that. Here are some tips to keep your spirits up and continue serving and staying healthy in the process.

 

When Unhappy Donors Want Their Money Back | WSJ
When Unhappy Donors Want Their Money Back | WSJ
What happens when a donor doesn’t like what you did with their money? In some cases they’re asking for, and getting, their money back…

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