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Voice-Activated Fundraising Anyone?

Just when you thought you already had too much to worry about with figuring out how to maximize social media and make your communications all mobile responsive, now there’s one more thing...

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Nonprofits & IoT: Voice-Activated Fundraising Anyone?
December 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

Just when you thought you already had too much to worry about with figuring out how to maximize social media and make your communications all mobile responsive, now there’s one more thing...

The Truth About Your Nonprofit’s Swag
December 13, 2017 at 11:35 am

Your swag may be hurting your mission. When asked about people wearing a nonprofit’s swag, most fundraising professionals will respond, “The more the better!” But when it comes to the buttons, ribbons, wristbands, t-shirts—all the stuff that people wear with a nonprofit’s brand—more is not always better. Sometimes, more can be, well, less. Here’s why...

Secure Donations of Appreciated Stock
December 12, 2017 at 10:59 am

The stock market is up. Asking for gifts of appreciated stock should be part of your year-end giving approach. Start by letting your donors know that giving appreciated stock they’ve held for more than a year is better than giving cash. If they donate stock that has increased in value since it was first purchased over a year ago—and if they itemize deductions—they can take a charitable deduction for the stock's fair market value on the day they give it to your organization...

How to Lead Nonprofit Colleagues to Accept Reality
December 12, 2017 at 10:46 am

In this time of year-end fundraising campaigns, it's especially likely that professional colleagues might let slip that they are denying reality. It happens more often than you might think...

6 Reasons Why You Need a Capital Campaign Consultant
December 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm

During a recent client coaching session, we spent an hour talking about the reasons why it’s so important to hire a capital campaign consultant. Yes, we’ve covered this topic before, but the question keeps coming up. Besides, we thought of even more reasons that hiring a consultant is such a good idea. Why? Because any nonprofit that’s planning a capital campaign should really make the oh-so-worthwhile expense of hiring a consultant a budget priority!...

When Someone Says, ‘I Know All This Stuff!’
December 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

It was time to trot out my PowerPoint presentation and go through all the points of what we did as a company, the results we secured and how we did it. I was invited into the office of the president of a very prestigious eastern nonprofit. The purpose of the meeting was to explain what…

Say ‘Thank You,’ Why Don’t You?
December 11, 2017 at 12:09 pm

A few weeks ago, I shared how I made 20 online donations on Black Friday. For some, this was a repeat donation; for others, it was my first. Of course, all organizations sent me an auto-responder message and a “thank you” email message. So far, so good...

New SIIA Website Improves Member Satisfaction
December 8, 2017 at 11:30 am

When it came time for the association to rebrand and redesign its site, SIIA identified several opportunities to improve its online presence, streamline internal content management efforts and simplify user interactions...

The Tale of a Successful Radiothon
December 8, 2017 at 11:26 am

I am writing this blog post on a Sunday morning, which is 17 hours after the 23rd annual WIBC Radiothon benefitting The Salvation Army Indiana Division ended. This important event provides a great deal of visibility for The Salvation Army in the community and promotes the mission, focus, programs and services The Salvation Army provides on an ongoing basis...

Top 5 Rhetorical Questions for Nonprofits (Holiday Edition)
December 7, 2017 at 11:37 am

It’s the holiday season: That time of year when things are busier, time seems to move faster and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why we’re here to get you a super short list of our top five rhetorical questions around holiday giving. Sure, you might know the answers already, which is why they’re rhetorical, but sometimes a little reminder is a good thing...