Todd Baker

Not long ago, a few companies realized something profound about the human spirit in its pursuit of meaning and purpose. Then they quietly began to reinvent their reason for being in order to bring “meaning” to the lives of the people who buy their products.

Many nonprofit organizations define online success by its effectiveness in augmenting their offline fundraising. Certainly a level of praise is justified for such efforts, but to truly realize the full potential of the Internet we must go beyond mere integration of marketing.

A new perspective is needed … we must move the Internet from after- to forethought in our minds. Imagine if the Internet was your only way to communicate with donors. Suddenly, you would need to transform financial transactions into altruistic experiences.

In every successful nonprofit organization, there is a small percentage of donors that will support it no matter what. Usually, these donors (who are called many things, but mostly “major”) can account for approximately 75 percent to 85 percent of the charity’s total revenue.

Rent Smarter, Not Harder Oct. 18, 2005 By Abny Santicola, associate editor, FundRaising Success The first thing nonprofit organizations should do when it comes to renting lists is understand their market definition. So says Todd Baker, vice president of marketing and brand development for Paulsbo, Wash.-based full-service direct-marketing agency Masterworks. Ask yourself: Are you an organization that's involved in health and human services, the arts, or relief and development? After you have a clear picture of your market definition you can begin by looking at the lists that similar organizations in your category rent. If you're just embarking on list rental, Baker advises taking

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