ALEC Threatens Legal Action Against Common Cause, League of Conservation Voters
April 7, 2015

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.

The Connected Economy: Moving Philanthropy From Begging to Self-Sustaining
May 13, 2014

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.

More People See Charities' Emails After Groups Pare Address Lists
March 13, 2014

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.

Whither SEO Fundraising in 2014?
December 23, 2013

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.

3 Keys to Year-End Giving Success
October 9, 2013

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?

Inspiration or Perspiration?
May 10, 2013

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.