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The 2016 Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence
January 24, 2017 at 8:00 am

It’s that magical time when we get to recognize the best, most memorable, most innovative fundraising campaigns. It’s a big responsibility, and choosing the winners is no easy task. All of these entries are just so good—our judges had their hands full. But boy is it rewarding seeing the work of all you fundraisers out there, and the massive impact you help nonprofits achieve. Here are the winners of the 2016 Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence, presented by Turnkey...

An Ask in a Thank You? It Depends
January 24, 2017 at 11:12 am

An email recently landed in my inbox, and it was all about the ask. As I’m sure you can imagine, it wasn’t the first email I’ve ever received about it, and it surely won’t be the last. The ask is such a nuanced thing, and it lives in a gray area, which is often the case when there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for doing something the right way...

How to Make a Prize Promotion a 'Win Win' for Membership Enrollment and Donor Engagement
January 24, 2017 at 11:44 am

Running a true raffle though is legally quite complicated. Registrations for charitable gaming licenses are cumbersome, time consuming and potentially more costly than the money you could raise. Instead, we operate these types of promotions under sweepstakes laws. But what are the keys to success? How can you use sweepstakes to attract new members and engage your donor base? Here’s what we’ve discovered...

Trump Reverses Abortion Policy for Aid to NGOs
January 24, 2017 at 8:00 am

President Donald Trump signed an executive action on Monday reinstating the so-called Mexico City Policy, which bars international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions from receiving U.S. government funding. "The President, it's no secret, has made it very clear that he's a pro-life president," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his…

5 Proven Online Donor Stewardship Techniques You Can Start Today
January 23, 2017 at 8:00 am

With online donations becoming the go-to way for donors to make contributions, it’s not surprising that donor stewardship should include ways to cultivate relationships online. Online stewardship adds variety to your outreach. By using online stewardship, nonprofits can reach donors on platforms they already use to communicate with friends and relatives. Here are five techniques…

How to Turn a Donor Into a Stranger
January 23, 2017 at 9:15 am

More donors than you know are feeling that they have become strangers, only valued for what they can give. When my business partner Jeff sent me this letter, I took a little trip in my mind. I went to this lady’s home and sat beside her as she was writing. It was a very sad experience. Take a moment to read what she wrote. I have faithfully reproduced it here with slight edits for clarity...

The 'AAA' Approach to Board Members and Your Capital Campaign
January 23, 2017 at 10:17 am

Whatever you do, don’t assume that your board members know what they are doing. Chance are high that they don’t. Your capital campaign gives you a wonderful opportunity to train them. The stakes are high, and you can develop a small training program just for them. Consider this three-part approach...

Wants, Needs and Building Donor Relationships
January 23, 2017 at 8:00 am

Donors give to organizations for a variety of reasons. They also choose not to give to organizations for a variety of reasons. Successful nonprofit professionals need to understand their organizations from both a need and want perspective, plus measure the impact their organizations are making in the communities they serve...

Medical Charity Speculates on Affordable Care Act Repeal Impact
January 23, 2017 at 8:00 am

With new leadership in Washington, D.C., the future of health care is up in the air, and that spells uncertainty for consumers and clinics like Volunteers In Medicine. "It is extremely unnerving, it's so concerning to me," says Ashley Evans of Volunteers In Medicine. "I've seen so many proposed plans." Says Will Wallace, "As far…

USPS Prices Go Up on Sunday
January 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

At 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, First Class stamps will cost 49 cents. USPS says it will also increase postage prices on other products, such as Standard Mail, periodicals and package services. USPS says the postage increases are happening because of the removal of an exigent surcharge...