Incentives

How Asking for Less Will Get You More
June 21, 2017 at 11:30 am

Most of us can identify with this experience: Agreeing to help out with a project or an organization, ending up more involved than we intended and vowing to say “no” to future requests. And yet, here I am, year after year, running tickets for Hot Times, Holy Enchilada and the other games of chance. The truth is, I fell prey to a technique we subscribe to at Turnkey to help our clients raise more money for their various missions...

New App Encourages Businesses to Stop Wasting Food
June 20, 2017 at 11:17 am

Feeding America has 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs and is continuing to grow. Its dedication to ending hunger in the U.S. has led them to their next initiative: MealConnect. In partnership with Google.org, General Mills and Walmart Foundation, Feeding America created a technology platform that makes it easier...

Why Monthly Dollars Are the Best Dollars
June 14, 2017 at 11:39 am

I am a sucker for those ads that feature dogs and other four-legged creatures in cages. The organizations that I contribute to on a regular basis include the following: ASPCA, The Humane Society, Farm Sanctuary, AARF and PAWS...

Personalization: Good, Bad and Just Plain Ugly
June 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

Dialogue with your donors, clients or prospects begins with good data; we all know that one tenet of direct mail—garbage in and out. When we go to the mailbox, a treasure trove of information on fun, as well as vital information, awaits us. Some good, some bad and at most, lame or even useless...

Selling the Experience
June 13, 2017 at 11:25 am

There is a popular advertisement on television that must be working well, as it has been on for some time now. The Volvo ad is striking and memorable. It uses verses from Walt Whitman’s beautiful “Song of the Open Road...

#NPPTrendingNow: Episode 5
June 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm

The No. 1 trending article this week on NonProfit PRO was from our weekly blogger, James Sullivan. He shares seven things you need to do when dealing with lapsed donors...

The 5 Donor Love Languages
June 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm

If love is the answer, what was the question? It seems the question on our minds these days is, "How do I raise more money" or "How do I retain my current donors and get them to give more?"...

A Career Lesson: Incentives Are Bad for Nonprofits
June 7, 2017 at 10:08 am

I (Katrina) have had several 10,000-hour thresholds in my career. I started my company, Turnkey, in 1989, so my first 10,000 hours happened around 2007 or so. By that time, while certainly not having achieved genius-level competence...

People Give to People
June 2, 2017 at 10:23 am

It is true that people give to people. If you are interested in a long and satisfying career in fundraising, get out of the office and engage others. You will be amazed at what you’ll learn about others and yourself...