5 Essential Free Online Courses for Nonprofit Professionals

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Alec Green , Chief Marketing Evangelist at NonprofitReady.org , an online hub of 400+ free online courses in topics ranging from fundraising to grant writing, leadership to program management. 2) 10 Strategies for Success with Digital Fundraising.

Raise More Money: Incentive-Based Fundraising 202 — The Advanced Course

NonProfit Hub

Incentive-based fundraising puts your donors first. If you’re just learning the basics of incentive-based fundraising and want some ideas on how you can incorporate it into your organization, you can check out our first guide, Incentive-Based Fundraising 101.

New online course to create Fundraising Rockstars!

John Haydon

Following in an interview with my good friend, Pamela Grow who has just launched FundraisingRockstars.com : Four women – each with their own area of nonprofit expertise – who have created an amazing online course for fundraisers. What do they know about fundraising?

Philanthropy University Offers Amazing (Free!) Online Courses

Tech Soup Blog

There are seven free online courses available starting in mid-September by people like Paul Brest, former head of the Hewlett Foundation and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Other Fundraising Tips and Tools via TechSoup.

Livestream Fundraising 101: What is Livestream Fundraising?

Connection Cafe

There has been a lot of buzz lately around “livestream fundraising” but what exactly does that phrase mean? It turns out that adding the phrase “fundraising” into the mix is when things get a little more complicated. . Recently, I was able to spend two days with 24 nonprofit leaders either successfully running livestream fundraising campaigns or actively looking to start one of these programs. Organizational Livestream Fundraising. Of course, t his can come with risks.

[PODCAST] Donor Communications Crash Course | Ft. Tom Ahern

NonProfit Hub

He knows the ins and outs of donor-centric fundraising and gave us some great tips for nonprofits. The post [PODCAST] Donor Communications Crash Course | Ft. Donor communications guru, Tom Ahern is a copywriter by trade.

The Fundraising Event Planning Checklist

Connection Cafe

Fundraising events are an exciting and useful tool for exposing your mission to the community. Fundraisers allow you to bond with prospects and donors, whether it’s formal or informal, strengthening your relationship. The Fundraising Event Planning Checklist: 1.

Three Tips for Common-Sense Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Fundraising is certainly not exempt from this problem; we base decisions too often on expediency rather than an analysis of long-term consequences. As fundraisers, facts are the basis of much of our work, especially with the direct response portion of our program.

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DIY Fundraising – Easy Money for Your Nonprofit?

Connection Cafe

“Do-it-yourself” (DIY) fundraising has long taken a back seat to more traditional run, walk, or ride fundraising events. No matter the reason, I’ve never heard more chatter about DIY fundraising than I have over the past year. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

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5 Important Higher Ed Fundraising Truths for FY2020

Connection Cafe

With the future in mind, I think there are five fundraising truths that are especially urgent to understand as higher education fundraising leaders set the course for FY2020. It’s Time to Adopt a Coordinated Multichannel Approach to Fundraising.

3 Steps to Creating Your Perfect Advocacy Fundraising Moment

Connection Cafe

In the 400-odd days since Donald Trump’s inauguration, fundraising in the nonprofit space has been more competitive and chaotic than ever before. With so much competition, organizations can no longer rely on #GivingTuesday or year-end pushes to meet their fundraising marks.

Storytelling Workouts for Year-End Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

As End of Year Fundraising quickly approaches we've started to think of what you can do now to ensure a successful fundraising season. No matter what’s on your fundraising to do list this fall, there’s one must have that you can’t afford to leave off that to-do list – stories.

Diversifying Fundraising Programs: A Q&A with the CEO of Emancipet

Connection Cafe

In the Blackbaud Institute’s report, The Right Mix , Anne Wallestad spoke about the Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness framework that quantifies the risk associated with a lack of diversification in fundraising.

7 Fall Fundraiser Ideas

NonProfit Hub

With a new season upon us, we present you with seven wallet-friendly fall fundraiser ideas that will help you meet your #GivingTuesday goals and get you into the spirit of the most charitable (and the spookiest) season of the year! Featured Fundraising

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Year-End Giving Prep: 21 FAQs Answered by Fundraising Experts

Connection Cafe

Recently, Brock Warner (Senior Manager, Fundraising at War Child) and I hosted a webinar regarding end of year fundraising for nonprofits —the things we need to stop doing and things we should be doing instead. What are the 5 W’s for a fundraising appeal?

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7 Spring Fundraisers to Delight Your Donors

NonProfit Hub

Spring is in full bloom, which means a whole new season of fundraising opportunities are headed your way! By taking advantage of the sunshine, gorgeous weather and plentiful holidays spring has to offer, you can make spring fundraisers the best of the year. Featured Fundraising

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Idealware Email Fundraising Courses: Discount for TechSoup Readers!

Tech Soup Blog

Our friends at Idealware.org are conducting two courses on the ins and outs of email fundraising this fall, starting tomorrow. They're offering a 15% discount to TechSoup readers , so use the code GD15EF during checkout to get access to these great email fundraising events on the cheap! The online courses are each Tuesday for five weeks, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14 !

The 5 Rules for Supercharged Year-End Fundraising

Connection Cafe

In working with dozens of nonprofit organizations on year-end giving programs, I have found that there are five basic rules that must guide your strategy if you want to steadily increase year-end fundraising each and every year: Rule #1: Make Sure Your Message is Consistent.

Fundraising data analytics – mining the gold in your own backyard

3rd Sector Labs

Fundraising data analytics is becoming more popular – and more necessary in today’s philanthropy marketplace. ” What is fundraising data analytics? Why is fundraising data analytics important? Fundraising data analytics is VERY important.

Why You Should Start Creating a Mid-Level Donor Program ASAP

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Of course, your mid-level donors will also share their vision for the future of your nonprofit. Of course, that’s not to dissuade you from getting on the phone. fundraising major gifts

[New eBook] Fundraising Matters: Building a Culture of Philanthropy

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Fund released Underdeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising. And this culture cannot be achieved if the only people pushing for it are fundraisers—the very people whose time and resources are already stretched thin.

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Are You Ready for the Future of Fundraising?

Connection Cafe

If we’re not careful, that thinking can take us off course. The Future of Fundraising , the brand-new npEXPERTS eBook, gathers 16 of the sharpest minds in nonprofits to sort through the trends and help us focus on the strategies that will lead us into the next era of philanthropy.

24 Nonprofit Resources for your Mid-Year Check In: A Smart Fundraiser’s Summer Reading Checklist

Connection Cafe

The weather is warm, summer camps are in full swing, BBQs are a weekly occurrence, and as the sixth month of the year wraps up, some organizations are already gearing up for end-of-the-year asks and setting up holiday campaign fundraising goals.

Tips for a Rockin’ Top Fundraiser Club

Connection Cafe

A Top Fundraiser Club can be a great tool to show appreciation to the participants who are raising the most for your events. My first gig as a peer-to-peer fundraiser was working on the MS Walks and MS 150 Bike Tour in the Houston office of the National MS Society.

5 Research-Backed Lessons on Major Gifts Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Of course not. The question is important, of course, because charity giving for most households is not considered a neccisity, rather it is something that philanthropic individuals want to do to better the communities around them.

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What Matters Most to Event Fundraisers?


Is it logistics and course planning for your run, walk, or ride? Is it how to engage and inspire your participants to fundraise more effectively? But I happen to think what matters most to event fundraisers is your participant. What was your answer?

11 Fail-Proof Ideas for Holiday Fundraisers

NonProfit Hub

These holiday fundraisers are sure to help you spice up your year-end giving season! While the concept of giving money to jump into a freezing body of water may not sound very appealing to some, this fundraising trend has become wildly popular in recent years. Featured Fundraising

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The Key to Relevant Fundraising in 2015 and Beyond

Connection Cafe

As far as I could tell, he did not have any fundraising background; he was a matchmaker, linking nonprofit organizations with resources. I asked myself, “What would I focus on if I wanted to begin a career in fundraising today?” Storytelling is critical for fundraising.

Technology and the Shift to Donor-Centric Fundraising

Connection Cafe

On December 31st, 2015, the busiest day of the year for online fundraising, we had just one email queued up to go out from NTEN. But NTEN is certainly not the only organization leveraging advances in technology to make fundraising a donor-centric process.

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Tips for Keeping Your Fundraising Events Unique and Memorable

Connection Cafe

With this in mind, here are tips for planning a fundraising event that is memorable, spiced up, and unique. . Best Practices: Event Management course. Nonprofit Fundraising events fundraising events Training

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400 More Email Subject Lines from End of Year Fundraising

Connection Cafe

The 2014 edition of my annual review of year-end fundraising email subject lines. 44% of all fundraising emails were received between 9am ET and 1pm ET during the month of December 2014. Nonprofits sent a median of 6 fundraising emails during the month of December 2014.

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Multichannel Givers: The Key to Online Fundraising Success


Download the full Multichannel Fundraising Report. to learn more about the turn to online fundraising, the need for a multichannel approach and how direct mail is still alive and well. Here are few key insights about multichannel givers from our 2011 Multichannel Fundraising Report.

Recipes For A Successful Fundraising Moment

Connection Cafe

In a previous blog posts from my friend, colleague and all around wonderful human Adva Priso, she laid out three steps to creating a fundraising moment for your organization. . Optimize your moment by testing and be flexible enough to change course while in a campaign .

3 Nonprofit Fundraising Lessons Learned from Political Campaigns

Connection Cafe

Campaigns push staff, vendors, and consultants to stretch and test the limits of best practices and tools in communication, fundraising, advertising, branding and targeting. Lesson One: Online Organizing and Fundraising. And who could forget Howard Dean’s turkey sandwich fundraiser?

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3 Things You Should Know About Fundraising in Canada

Connection Cafe

And of course, Justin Bieber ( We really are sorry about that one …). Knowing Canadian giving habits is key to successful fundraising in Canada. Peer-to-peer fundraising in Canada is big. Face-to-face and door-to-door fundraising in Canada is huge.

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Adobe Absolute Beginners Courses: Go from Design Doldrums to Design Delights!

Tech Soup Blog

Free Online Design Courses for Nondesigners. Our new Adobe Absolute Beginners courses will help you build elementary, foundational design skills in Adobe's Creative Cloud programs. Adobe Absolute Beginners: Create a Fundraiser Invitation Using Adobe InDesign.

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Write Better Fundraising Appeals by Implementing One of Dr. Robert Cialdini’s 6 Principals of Persuasion

Connection Cafe

Of course we could talk about how to apply the science of persuasion to many different areas of our lives, but let’s stick to the topic of improving your fundraising appeal (download the ebook ). Fundraising tip : Segment your fundraising appeals so that you target people appropriately.

Did Facebook Just Change the Game for P2P Fundraising (Again)?

Connection Cafe

It’s hard to imagine a time when peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising wasn’t fueled by digital platforms and online communications tools. Instead of directing donors to paper pledge forms, fundraisers were now able to direct them to a website.

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Is End of Year Fundraising Really A Myth?

Connection Cafe

For those in the fundraising business, the end of year period means the beginning of not just a new year but the large task of reconciling and reporting all that occurred in the previous days, weeks, months and year. Of course.

Can You Crowdsource Your Next Big Fundraising Idea?

Connection Cafe

With all this crowdsourcing at the corporate level, is it time for fundraisers to up their game? Red Riders receive a special jersey, are cheered on along the course, and receive lots of perks. Not surprisingly, they also tend to be the best fundraisers.

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4 Things Successful Fundraising Appeals Have in Common and How to Get the Right Mix

Connection Cafe

So how can you make your online fundraising messages stand out among all the other messages competing for your supporters’ attention? We know that successful fundraising appeals have 4 things in common: A compelling story.

The Email Fundraiser’s Toolkit: A 5-week Course to Create Your Strategy


Yes, the trees have started to change, the mornings are a bit nippier* – and we all need to start work on our end-of-year fundraising appeals. During the course, attendees will complete worksheets for review by peers and experts. nptech nten FundraisingAh, Fall is nearly upon us.

How to Craft a Tight Message for End-of-Year Fundraising Success

Connection Cafe

No, that’s not right… Ah fall… when a nonprofit’s fancy turns to thoughts of their end-of-year fundraising efforts. They have already committed financially, and you may have their contact information (along with permission to contact them, of course).