Sorry, but It’s Not the Economy
November 1, 2011

If your fundraising hasn't been going well, you might have been telling yourself it's not your fault — it's the economy. But it's not. At least not entirely. Here are five much more likely reasons your fundraising doesn’t work.

Adapt or Die: Fundraising Technology in the Post-Borders World
September 14, 2011

We might look at Borders and think that can never happen to our organizations — we’re far too savvy, right? But what are the lessons we can learn as nonprofits and fundraisers from this and other sad endings? Are our methods and technology threatening to make us the dinosaurs, while the Amazons of our sector plough ahead without us?

Jeff Bezos gives $10 million, MOHAI's biggest gift ever
August 18, 2011

Jeff Bezos, the self-made billionaire who started out of a Bellevue, Wash., garage and built it into the world's dominant online retailer over the past two decades, has given $10 million to the Museum of History & Industry to establish a "Center for Innovation" at MOHAI's new location on South Lake Union.

The gift is the largest in the museum's 59-year history. It also is the most visible sign yet of personal giving by Bezos, who is better known for spending money on space exploration and other business investments than on local philanthropic activities.

'Books for charity' bins around Oregon reveal blurry relationship between nonprofit and for-profit businesses
May 9, 2011

Big blue bins popping up around Oregon are labeled "Books for Charity." But most of the books don't land in the hands of nonprofits or literacy groups.

The bins are managed by for-profit Thrift Recycling Management, which ships the books to its headquarters for sorting. Thrift then sells 25 percent at online websites like Amazon, pulps about 50 percent and hands the remaining 25 percent to nonprofits.

Local groups like Friends of the Tualatin Public Library say the bins are deceptive and will unfairly siphon books from nonprofit efforts.

Announcing … Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits!
May 3, 2011

Based on more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit communications and 15,000+ hours spent utilizing social and mobile media, "Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits," by Heather Mansfield, is packed with more than 100 best practices covering Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 nonprofit communications and fundraising. From building your e-newsletter list to finding your “Twitter voice” to launching a mobile website and texting campaign on a small budget, this guide presents a step-by-step strategic plan for launching and maintaining successful social-media and mobile-marketing campaigns.

DoJiggy Introduces Customer Referral Incentive Program
April 15, 2011

Online fundraising software provider DoJiggy introduces a referral incentive program, which runs April 15-June 30, 2011. The program rewards DoJiggy and GolfRegistrations customers for referrals that result in software sales more than $279. Referring organizations can choose a $50-credit on future DoJiggy software services or $25 Gift Card to rganizations who complete three or more sales referrals by June 30 will receive a $100 donation from DoJiggy Giving toward their cause. For rules and details visit Refer A Friend.