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Do Youth Sports Influence Later Philanthropy?

I have always had a personality that cared about others. I have many weaknesses, but my one great strength is empathy. When I am with someone, I immediately place myself in their shoes. Another factor that has shaped my being is sports. I have loved sports from a very early age. I enjoyed playing individual sports and team sports. The thrill of competition is something that I have loved and have never forgotten...

You Can’t Communicate Too Much (Unless You’re Doing It Wrong)

Fundraising communication is different—understand the variances, make it personal and consistent, and you will be taking great strides in deepening donor relationships...

Accept No Substitutes

Several years back, a popular consumer product used the tag line, “Accept no substitutes,” to claim singular distinction for their product. The implication here is that the quality of the product is so high, the essence of the experience so fulfilling that you’ll never want anything else. Ever...

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I have always had a personality that cared about others. I have many weaknesses, but my one great strength is empathy. When I am with someone, I immediately place myself in their shoes. Another factor that has shaped my being is sports. I have loved sports from a very early age. I enjoyed playing individual sports and team sports. The thrill of competition is something that I have loved and have never forgotten...

Fundraising communication is different—understand the variances, make it personal and consistent, and you will be taking great strides in deepening donor relationships...

Several years back, a popular consumer product used the tag line, “Accept no substitutes,” to claim singular distinction for their product. The implication here is that the quality of the product is so high, the essence of the experience so fulfilling that you’ll never want anything else. Ever...

E-Philanthropy

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...

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...

Most people think that anything that gets people to focus attention on their nonprofit leads to good things happening. Increased attention = increased revenue. And no matter what your mission is, you can find ways to connect with prospective constituents. Facebook, of course, is the biggest fish in the pond...

Direct Marketing

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...

What does it mean to make it more personal? We don’t mean personalizing salutations, using segmentation or even using behaviorally triggered automated-marketing tools (although you definitely want to do all those things)...

Do you have a bucket list? For many years, going to Graceland, the home of the late Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tenn., has been at the top of my bucket list. I spent many hours creating excuses why I could not go on this visit...

Leadership Management

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...

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!...

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…

Data Management

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...

Many have called 2017 “the year of me.” In fact, we’ve heard the idea come up in a variety of conversations, and characterized in other forms, like the “you universe” or “the transformative me.” While there’s an unmistakable trend in the retail world this holiday season around self-gifting and a little more self-indulgence overall, there is another layer...

Nonprofits engage in marketing to help win support for their causes, attracting potential donors and members, which can be challenging enough. But nonprofits in unique niches face additional challenges, especially if their causes are relatively unknown...

Sectors

Teenagers are irresponsible. They are lazy and entitled and never look up from their smart devices. Wait, what about Jack Andraka, who identified an early detection mechanism for pancreatic cancer… while he was in high school? He not only invented it, he pitched the idea to 200 research professors to test it and earned workspace in a scientific lab...

This week, I was having breakfast with an incredible leader. He owns three significant businesses in a metropolitan area and is one of the region’s most respected leaders, fully engaged in the civic affairs and direction. One of his affiliations is with a university. He was sharing with pride the caliber of the university’s current and past presidents and how, while with different leadership styles, they have taken the university to another level...

Former NFL Super Bowl quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a lone nut. He was the guy who famously took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem before games to protest discrimination and brutality against minorities by police. The events of the past week transformed him from a lone nut into the leader of a movement...