5 Cold Calling Tips to Meet Your Fundraising Goals


The fundraising call has always been a staple of donor outreach. However, changes + advancements in the ways you communicate with your audience means adjusting your approach to the dreaded cold call.

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We wanna make you a movie!! But we need your help.


That''s right folks! We''re making a movie and it''s all about you - we want to help you find a solution to your largest organizational challenge for 2015! But - we can''t do that until we know what that is!!

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#NPTech, Digital Inclusion, and the Web we are cocreating

Amy Sample Ward

Regardless of the specific sector you work in or the kind of technology you may be interested in, it’s likely you’ve seen blog posts, tweets, or other coverage of some incredibly tough experiences by a few women working in the tech industry.

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VisionLink - Untitled Article


Sadly, this week marked the loss of one of the disaster response world’s strongest leaders and advocates. Joann Hale was one of the most influential, hard-working, and caring people we have ever had the pleasure of working with here at VisionLInk.

Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One of the reasons I started the Beneblog more than ten years ago (!) was to keep the Benetech team in the loop.

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Moving the Needle: The Success and ROI of #GivingTuesday

AFP Blog

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Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology


Preventing Fraud on our Online Giving Pages

Robert Weiner

Vered Siegel , Manager of Development Services. Children’s Home + Aid. Kirsten Williams , Associate Director, Gift Services. University of Oregon Foundation. The Scams. The credit card scam/fraud attempt that many nonprofits have experiences starts with a very large online gift from an unknown donor. Shortly afterward, an email arrives saying the amount was a mistake (e.g., 7,000 instead of $700) and asking for a refund of the difference to a different credit card.

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Best Halloween costumes ever? We dressed up as our favorite nonprofits.


You have just a few hours before your end-of-the-day office costume contest and evening Halloween festivities, but have no idea what to be. Well, we have your back. For the ultimate procrastinator, we''ve got 6 nonprofit costume ideas that you can do with (almost) no planning at all

An executive director reminds us of the importance of prayer


Bobby Calvillo is the Executive Director of a large housing non-profit in Texas. He has shared his insight with us on many occasions, and today he speaks from the heart about how prayer can guide us everyday as we work to reshape community

Social Media Tools to Watch in 2014 for #NonprofitRadio

Amy Sample Ward

Last Friday, I had my monthly spot on Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio , a weekly online radio show that Tony hosts, it’s Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%.

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Performance Based Funding Institute to Improve Higher Education


Two weeks ago VisionLink''s W. Douglas Zimmerman and Lois Ann Porter traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to organize the Performance-Based Funding Institute VisionLink produced for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Accessible eBooks for Equal Opportunity

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Kevin Leong was in kindergarten when he experienced an organic brain injury that forced him to relearn everything from walking to using the bathroom. For several years, he struggled in school because his vision was blurry and reading normal size print was grueling.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge Epilogue: Data

3rd Sector Labs

The conversations about the ALS Association’s astounding success with the Ice Bucket Challenge continue. Blogs, newsletters, periodicals, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter … people are still talking about it.

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For Goodness Shake: The App That Matches Your Passion With A Nonprofit Near You

Connection Cafe

Have you heard of #GivingTuesday ? At Blackbaud, we’re proud to be a founding partner of #GivingTuesday , the global movement dedicated to giving back.

7 Strategies Your Nonprofit Should Implement to Engage Volunteers


Image courtesy of Huffington Post and Idealist.org. While volunteers keep your staffing needs minimal, and allow your nonprofit to focus on the next big project, are you really getting the most out of your volunteers?

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AFP Blog

Material on Storytelling and a contest from Tech Soup. Storymakers 2014 This webinar is part of a series of events supporting our Storymakers 2014 Contest , which is happening now through September 26, 2014.


Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology


The Art of Facilitating Meetings with Sticky Notes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Post-It Note Facilitation of A Network Map - 2012 Pakistan NGOs. What’s in your facilitation toolkit? Mine includes markers , sticky notes , index cards, and flip chart paper. But wait, paper??? And, I’m not alone.

Mark your calendar: best conferences for nonprofits in 2015


Believe it or not, it''s already time to start planning for the wealth of marketing, education, and networking opportunities for nonprofits in 2015. nonprofit conferences

The tool that every volunteer coordinator needs


How often has this happened to you - you interview a prospective volunteer, love their background, love what they offer, and love what they could bring to your movement, but you never hear from them beyond the initial interview? If this has happened to you (and I’m sure it has :).

Great reads from around the web on June 29th

Amy Sample Ward

I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of June 29th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

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Welcome, Mark Roberts!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

After an intensive search period, I’m delighted to share that Benetech recently appointed seasoned executive Mark Roberts as our Vice President of Engineering. Mark is former Senior Vice President of Engineering, Consumer Products, and Operations at TiVo Inc.

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More fundraising software = more data headaches

3rd Sector Labs

Technology both simplifies and complicates our lives. Nowhere is this more true than in the nonprofit sector. Let’s face it … there is a direct relationship between the number of fundraising software systems we are using and the data problems we are creating for ourselves.

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3 Ways to Embrace Change and Shake the Status Quo at Your Organization

Connection Cafe

Your nonprofit’s mission is likely the same as it was when your organization began; to make an impact and to effect change, whether locally, nationally or globally. The challenge then is to stay true to your mission while taking the steps needed to keep pace in a changing industry.

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13 Nonprofit Statistics You Never Knew


Image courtesy of ok.gov. Let’s be honest, we’re all suckers for numbers. They captivate us, put things into perspective, shock us, and give everyone something to talk about at the coffee pot in the morning. Nonprofit statistics seem to grow more positive with each passing day.

Bitcoin: how the charity RNLI is using the digital currency

AFP Blog

Why did RNLI decide to use Bitcoins? The idea came from our research into future trends and changes that may impact on the RNLI. Basically, it looked likely that we would receive digital currency as a donation and/or as part of a legacy at some point and we wanted to be prepared for that eventuality. While researching, we became aware that using Bitcoin could expose the RNLI to new audiences.

It’s official – marketing will destroy everything good about social media.


Jay Baer posted a provocative post titled Why It Might Be Time to Completely Change Your Social Media Strategy.

Ice Bucket Challenge: Can Other Nonprofits Reproduce It?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Is success of the Ice Bucket Challenge a happy accident for ALS and the people who suffer from the disease or is the first example of the power of crowd charity? Can other nonprofits reproduce it? My answer: yes and no. The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over $88.5

50 Best Nonprofit Twitter Accounts to Follow


A frequent assumption is that social media runs itself, but the “build it and they will come” model won’t yield the engagement or impact that you’re looking for.

Four Things Every Leader Should Do to Sustain the Engagement of Volunteers


Volunteers arrive to serve, filled with passion and excitement. but what got them there at the outset, may not be what brings them back. That initial passion may evolve over time, or it may even wane. The good news is, it doesn’t have to. Leaders can make a difference.

How to Find a Nonprofit Job After Election Day


The end of the campaign trail is in sight and while it’s hard to think much about anything besides GOTV stats and your campaign team’s eventual glory on November 4th, you can’t help but think: What’s next?

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Community Solutions: Just What the Doctor Ordered!


Last year, 11,000 hospital and clinic patients received prescriptions for food and heat, along with scripts for their medicines.