Fundraising

Google Contributes gRPC Framework to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation
March 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

Google announced that it is donating gRPC, its high-performance remote procedure call (RPC) framework, to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The CNCF is already the open-source home of the Google-incubated Kubernetes container orchestration tool and similar projects that all aim to bring software containers and microservices to the mainstream. GRPC is the sixth project…

3 Nonprofit Challenges You Should Anticipate This Year
March 6, 2017 at 8:31 am

Trends change every year, bringing new opportunities that are tied to new challenges. Many of them impact donor and volunteer perceptions. Based on my time working in the nonprofit environment, I'm noting specific trends in anticipation for the remainder of 2017. Here are some of the challenges I foresee and some thoughts on how to…

Is Bitcoin the Currency of the Future?
March 3, 2017 at 11:33 am

In our digitally dependent era, there are various ways to donate funds online. A donor can make a donation through their smartphone faster than we can count to 10. Technological innovation is at its peak right now, and we think it’s going to continue to grow and grow—rapidly, too. Included in the countless forms of online payments are bitcoins. What are do you think? Is bitcoin the currency of the future?...

Seek to Better Understand Your Fundraising Traits and Personality
March 3, 2017 at 11:03 am

You must understand you have a unique personality and traits. Like dating, everyone is different and all of us relate differently to the staff, volunteers, prospects, donors and others we meet. Some will connect to us and some will not connect to us. In all cases, you need to be professional, honest, ethical, institutionally driven, have high expectations and persevere...

Wyss Foundation Commits $65M to African Parks to Secure Protected Areas in Africa
March 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

The Wyss Foundation today announced a commitment of up to $65 million to the South African-based conservation organization African Parks to support the protection and management of four existing parks in Rwanda and Malawi and to enable the nonprofit organization to conserve up to five new protected areas yet to be identified in other countries. African Parks,…

Do Your Donor-Cultivation Events Effectively Support Your Fundraising Goals?
March 3, 2017 at 10:17 am

When is a donor-cultivation event more about building your organization’s profile than it is about fundraising? How can you be sure that your “friendraiser” is actually moving you towards the achievement of your fundraising goals? Events can be great fun, excellent for networking and for catching up with people in the community, but sometimes I…

Google Commits $11.5M to Racial Justice Efforts
March 3, 2017 at 10:12 am

Google’s charitable arm is pumping $11.5 million into 10 organizations fighting for racial justice. The largest of Google.org’s new grants, $5 million, will go to the Center for Policing Equity. It’s a think tank based in New York that’s working with police departments and communities to create a database that tracks police interactions with citizens…

Top Peer-to-Peer Campaigns Decline for Fourth Year in a Row
March 2, 2017 at 10:37 am

Peer-to-Peer fundraising is a great way to engage your donors and get them to participate in some healthy, happy, fun physical activity. We are currently surrounded by a world promoting fitness and wellness. Just look around: From fitness tracker watches (FitBit, Apple Watch) to food tracking apps (MyFitnessPal, My Macros+) to the numerous amount of “#fitspos” out there popping up like dandelions—all of these things keep you motivated to stay healthy and find any excuse to engage in physical activity, right?...

Are Fundraisers Professionals?
March 2, 2017 at 10:22 am

Are those of us who earn our income as fundraisers professionals? Oddly, that’s something I never really considered. I’ve always considered myself a professional and strived to act accordingly. But seeing how the occasional few in the name of fundraising act dishonorably or even illegally to increase contributions and/or their income does certainly point to at least some who view fundraising as simply a way to earn a living...

The IKEA Foundation Calls on Funders to Step up, Save Lives in Yemen
March 2, 2017 at 8:44 am

Yemen is on the verge of social, economic and institutional collapse as a merciless war continues to rage. People are struggling to survive. Since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, over 2 million people have fled their homes, putting host communities under pressure and leading to insufficient food and inadequate access to basic medical…