Honoring both Funders and Fundraisers on National Philanthropy Day

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In 2009, when I was serving as the President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter , I found myself in front of a group of 400 generous, deeply caring people. Happy Thanksgiving…a week early.

Panda Nation is DIY Done Right: An Interview with WWF’s Jonathan Cass

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As an industry, we’ve been talking a lot about do-it-yourself fundraising. If you’ve read DIY Fundraising – Easy Money for Your Nonprofit? , Be strategic in determining how you can best leverage your supporters to fundraise on your behalf.

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Using National Doctors’ Day to Cultivate Your Grateful Patient Program

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Every March, National Doctors’ Day provides a time when healthcare development operations can lead the charge to honor their physicians in a myriad of ways, often with gifts and messages. Learn more about patient fundraising at [link].

U.K. cancer charity fundraiser teen Stephen Sutton dies - National | Globalnews.ca

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cancer charity fundraiser teen Stephen Sutton dies - National | Globalnews.ca : TORONTO – A British teen who raised over $5.86 Related Stories Stephen Sutton surpassed his bucket list fundraising goal after posting his "final thumbs up." million (CDN) for charity and inspired people around the world has passed away, his family has announced.

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P2P Fundraising: Expanding Beyond the Fundraising Event

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Peer-to-peer fundraising or P2P fundraising is a style of fundraising where an organization recruits supporters to solicit donations from their friends and family on behalf of that nonprofit. Your supporters expect fundraising tools that are accessible via a mobile device.

Kevin07 creator behind national fundraiser | The Australian

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Kevin07 creator behind national fundraiser | The Australian: "Neil Lawrence, of Sydney advertising agency Lawrence Creative Strategy, had initially planned only to host a barbecue himself and pass the hat around for flood victims.But after he tweeted his intentions the idea took off.So

Social Media, Fortresses and Free Agents with Danielle Brigida of National Wildlife Federation


If you’ve been around the non-profit social media scene for any amount of time you’ve probably heard of (or even met) Danielle Brigida from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

8 Things Resilient Fundraisers Should be Doing Now

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Resilient fundraisers stand ready to take on whatever the day brings, even if it wasn’t part of the plan. We talked about the tactics that resilient fundraisers should be embracing and they offered advice on how to build new processes and define strategies differently.

50% Fundraising Growth and National Acclaim in 2 Simple Steps [FREE Webinar]


Event based fundraising has grown in incredible ways over the years. According to the Run Walk Ride fundraising council “The top thirty “thon” or event fundraising programs generated $1.65 You might want to join even if you’re not doing this type of fundraising.

Our EveryAction Hero: United Nations Foundation


Created in 1998, the United Nations Foundation links the United Nations' work with others around the world, helping the UN address a range of global issues, including climate change, global health, women’s empowerment, peace and security, poverty eradication, and more. What does the United Nations Foundation do? AJ: Our mission is to support the work of the United Nations and to connect people and resources to the UN.

Index of National Fundraising Performance- Q2 2009


Target Analytics , a Blackbaud company, announced last week the latest Index of National Fundraising Performance for the second quarter of 2009. The index compares trends in key fundraising indicators from 77 organizations, including over 36 million donors and more than 68 million gifts totaling almost $2 billion in revenue

Perspectives from the Charitable Giving Report: National World War II Museum

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At The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, fundraising is all about data and their data is all about their donors. We test every single mailing,” says Terri Burton, Associate Vice-President of Membership and Fundraising Events. billion in total fundraising and $2.2

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4 Ways to Recognize Volunteers for National Volunteer Month

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April is National Volunteer Month! Most nonprofits interact with volunteers at least a few times a year, whether that’s recruiting dozens for a big fundraiser, or just one to help out with your day-to-day duties.

10 Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

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Related Webinar: Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits. Today, nonprofits worldwide have access to online fundraising tools that could not have been imagined at the turn of the millennium, and current best practices are shaped by 20+ years of innovation and experimentation.

Solving Nonprofit Marketing Challenges across National and Affiliate Offices

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It takes both a local and national presence to implement the strategies that will allow a nonprofit to make an impact. Vice versa, there are donors who want to support expanded research and larger programs managed by the national office.

National Potluck: a virtual event in action

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The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has come up with a way to let us all extend the holiday - as well as to celebrate their anniversaries and two decades of accomplishments. Author: Sally Heaven. Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday, but it's usually over way too fast.

Happy National Volunteer Week!


This week is National Volunteer Week ! Inspired by National Volunteer Week, we’d like to reiterate some of the ways one can volunteer and get involved with NTEN and be at the center of social change.

DIY Fundraising – Easy Money for Your Nonprofit?

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“Do-it-yourself” (DIY) fundraising has long taken a back seat to more traditional run, walk, or ride fundraising events. Others see the growth of programs like The Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day and the World Wildlife Fund’s Panda Nation and look to emulate them.

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SMS Nation: September 2015, Nonprofit Edition

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Welcome to this month’s nonprofit edition of SMS Nation! For instance, churches and religious groups are leveraging text messaging to receive real time feedback, support fundraising efforts, reach a younger audience, and remind parishioners of upcoming events and services.

The 6 Scariest Monsters Nonprofit Fundraisers Are Facing This Halloween

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This October 31 st , it’s not ghosts and ghouls that most nonprofit fundraisers are worried about. Rising email spam rates Many nonprofits depend on email as the backbone of their digital fundraising programs. fundraising nonprofit tools

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Crowd-funding campaigns gaining popularity with Canadians | News | National Post

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Crowd-funding campaigns gaining popularity with Canadians | News | National Post : TORONTO — A burlesque troupe, a film about female Palestinian race car drivers and a bullied American bus monitor — as diverse as those topics are, they all share a common Canadian thread. All three projects sparked crowd-funding campaigns, an Internet-based trend thrust into the spotlight recently by a Toronto man’s wildly successful fundraising effort for a Rochester, N.Y.,

How Nonprofits Can Use Instagram for Fundraising

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Here are four strategies your nonprofit should keep in mind when using Instagram for fundraising: 1. For example, Feeding America is a nonprofit with a national network of more than 200 food banks. Strategies for Fundraising on Instagram. Fundraising Guest Post Instagram

Creating Your Own Lens: 4 Tips for Evaluating Fundraising Advice

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If you’re like me, you probably receive a number of e-newsletters related to fundraising , as well as a print publication or two. But even a casual review makes one thing clear— not everyone agrees on everything, not even in fundraising. Where have they honed their fundraising skills?

5 Fundraising Resolutions for 2016

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The same trends that are changing the world around us at a rapidly accelerating rate are impacting the fundraising profession in new and exciting ways. In 2016, fundraisers will need to focus on tying the impact of gifts to the cause itself in order to retain and gain supporters.

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

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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.

Fundraising Ideas to Reverse the Trend of Declining Email Response Rates


It contains online fundraising, advocacy, email, social, and mobile results from 55 U.S.-based based national nonprofits in 2012. Nonprofits often use this study to benchmark their own online activities and fundraising ideas. Make sure to check out these email fundraising ideas.

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

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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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The Biggest Digital Fundraising Trends of 2018 (And How To Use Them This Year)

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Digital fundraising is area that has seen huge advances recently, and is expected to continue growing. In the sphere of digital fundraising, the patterns observed in 2018 will continue to inform how nonprofits should build their fundraising strategy for 2019 and the coming years.

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Fundraising data analytics – mining the gold in your own backyard

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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.

Performing Arts Fundraising: How to Target Life-Long Supporters

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Fortunately, there is a way to help you target your marketing and arts fundraising resources and begin fostering relationships with potential donors. One of my favorites has been pioneered by the National Center for Arts Research.

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Using Social Science to Strengthen Your Fundraising

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At its core, fundraising is a persuasive craft. While fundraising communications are often counterintuitive to people outside of the field, the reality is that it most of its best practices are grounded in time-tested techniques and principles of classical rhetoric ?defined

The New Wave of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

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During the past decade, we’ve seen a massive explosion in the number and types of activities that comprise peer-to-peer fundraising —the practice of having a nonprofit’s supporters reach out to their friends, family members, and colleagues for donations through their participation in activities.

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

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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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Put a Fitbit on Your Event Fundraiser

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In August I’m heading off to Snowdownia National Park in Wales for some hiking and “wild camping” along the Moelwyn mountain range. So what metrics should you check out to monitor the health of your peer-to-peer fundraising event?

15 Techniques Used by Top Nonprofits to Boost Donor Acquisition and Online Fundraising Results

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Online fundraising isn’t a fad. As a matter of fact, online fundraising accounted for seven-percent of total fundraising in 2016. Online fundraising has also proven to be an extremely effective donors acquisition vehicle.

Five Ways to Become a Better Fundraising Professional

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The more I engage with clients the more I find myself wishing I knew what I know now when I was on the fundraising staff at a nonprofit. It is easy to be overwhelmed so I recommend you are strategic in your learning: Five Things You Can Do To Become a Better Fundraising Professional.

82 Fundraising and Social Media Stats for Nonprofits

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Fundraising Stats. of overall fundraising in 2018 came from online giving ( Charitable Giving Report ). The number of new retained donors dropped 14.9% ( Fundraising Effectiveness Project ). Email Fundraising. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising.

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11 Fail-Proof Ideas for Holiday Fundraisers

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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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Building Impact Fundraising Capacity

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Speaking during bbcon 2013, Blackbaud’s Conference for Nonprofits in National Harbor, Md., Fundraising Major Gifts Planned Giving Sustained Giving The following article originally appeared in The NonProfit Times Live from bbcon newsletter.

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Tips for a Rockin’ Top Fundraiser Club

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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.

Four Ways to Engage Your Employees with Fundraising Technology

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Re-ignite the tradition and give it new meaning by adding a fundraising component to casual Fridays. These groups often support a cause that is aligned with the group’s common interests, and they might already be fundraising by using tools outside the corporation’s ecosystem.

8 Lessons Learned from Hosting Golf Event Fundraisers During COVID-19

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By Katie Casillas , director of marketing at GolfStatus.org , an event management platform specifically for golf fundraisers. Event fundraising is no exception and, within the category, the golf fundraiser has become especially critical.

[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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