Facing a loss of high-profile corporate sponsors, a conservative state-level policy group—the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)—threatened action in recent weeks against activist groups that accuse it of denying climate change. Attorneys for ALEC sent letters to Common Cause and the League of Conservation Voters asking them to immediately “cease making false statements” and “remove all false or misleading material” suggesting that ALEC does not believe in global warming.
Becoming a more connected society doesn’t just mean “more communications,” but means that we all support and gain from each other. Organizations like the Pew Research Center and Boston Consulting have great data to support the idea that connection means, “supporting organizations that mutually benefit both donor and receiver.” For millennials specifically, this means that they see themselves as part of this interconnected Web, putting more emphasis on seeing their values reflected in their choices — charitable giving, career, family, etc.
The Environmental Working Group was in the middle of an all-out push to raise money when it made a disconcerting discovery. The nonprofit realized that all the fundraising emails it sent to people who used Google’s Gmail service, one of the most popular email providers, were going straight into supporters’ spam folders, not their inboxes.
As big email service providers continue to wage war on spammers, nonprofits are getting caught in the crossfire. The solution, as the Environmental Working Group found out, is a good old-fashioned email house cleaning.
The $1 billion major gift to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, is the capstone of a long-term strategy to reinvent the foundation in a way that makes it as cutting-edge as the ventures of Silicon Valley’s high-tech donors. Similar calls for modernization are being made across the country by community funds.
In an interview with Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, co-author of a new book titled "The Brand IDEA: Managing Nonprofit Brands With Integrity, Democracy, and Affinity," Forbes explores the origins of the book, key themes and insights, and how best to apply this new framework to your own nonprofit organization.
Is SEO now irrelevant? Definitely not. But it behooves us as fundraisers to take a long, hard look at how much it’s helping us expand our reach.
The final months of the year are going to be big months for nonprofits; that’s a given. The main question is: How are you going to capitalize on the philanthropic spirit?
When making a decision, having the facts on your side — especially if it backfires — can be very handy no matter how inspired your decision seems at the time.
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Qgiv, an online and mobile donation solutions provider, released "Technology's Impact on Charitable Giving Trends," its first annual report highlighting how a donor's technology choices impact charitable giving. Based on the analysis of more than 320,000 donations across 165,000 users, Qgiv found that Gmail, Safari and Mac OS users averaged more per donation than their technology counterparts.