Five Ways to Become a Better Fundraising Professional

Connection Cafe

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.

23 Fundraising & Marketing Reports for Nonprofit Professionals Worldwide

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The data can be used to help your organization craft your next online fundraising and marketing plan. 2018 Fundraising Effectiveness Project :: Download. Published by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Research Fundraising

The Self-Taught Analytics Professional

Connection Cafe

There are several resources out there that you can investigate on the subject of learning the mechanics and strategies behind database analytics as it relates to your various fundraising programs and initiatives. Blogs and websites: Blackbaud’s npEngage blog on Fundraising Analytics.

4 Free Professional Development Opportunities You Might Not Be Thinking About

Connection Cafe

It’s so easy to get caught in the day-to-day of our jobs and think of “professional development” as something that only happens at work or that requires a lot of extra time or money (or both).

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. Too often, nonprofit professionals don’t receive the training they need.

Ten Books for Every Nonprofit Professional’s Reading List

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

1) Asking Styles: Revolutionize Your Fundraising by Brian Saber. The book is for any fundraising professional who needs to ask for charitable gifts face-to-face. Effective storytelling is the secret sauce of nonprofit fundraising and marketing.

A Reality Check for Nonprofit Professionals: Are You Taking the High Ground?

Connection Cafe

Many of the job descriptions I read couldn’t be filled by 10 great fundraiser somehow molded into one candidate; it seems some leaders are expecting instant miracles instead of hard work that produces results over time.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Technology Blog: An Underused Fundraising Resource

AFP Blog

Thanks to techsoup.org for the great coverage of our technology blog The Association of Fundraising Professionals Technology Blog: An Underused Fundraising Resource : I have to admit that the venerable Association of Fundraising Professionals website was one of the last places I looked to find fresh interesting coverage of fundraising technology, but I have mended my ways.

Breaking News: Twiddling Thumbs of Nonprofit Professionals Causing Sore Thumbs

Connection Cafe

We know that nonprofit professionals are the hardest working folks out there and we want to help you succeed. Here are 10 of the most helpful reports and resources for philanthropy professionals: Giving in an Election Year. And that gives you a head start on successful fundraising!

10 Online Job Boards for Nonprofit Professionals

Nonprofit Tech for Good

If you are a nonprofit professional feeling restless or unsatisfied at your current job, 2016 is shaping up to be a good year to make a change. The greatest growth is expected in the area of fundraising (44%). Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits.

Tracking Social Media Fundraising Revenue: Understanding the Challenges | AFP Greater Toronto Chapter - Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter

AFP Blog

Tracking Social Media Fundraising Revenue: Understanding the Challenges | AFP Greater Toronto Chapter - Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter : What you need to start asking is “how did you track your fundraising results?” because all the keyword strategy, timing tests, creative tests or anything else is worthless, if we can’t adequately track the true fundraising results.

Best bits: what will fundraising look like in 10 years' time? | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional

AFP Blog

Best bits: what will fundraising look like in 10 years'' time? Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional : Best bits: what will fundraising look like in 10 years'' time? In this week''s Q&A, our expert panel discussed the role of digital platforms and social media, the skills needed for the future and the development of community-based fundraising

Honoring both Funders and Fundraisers on National Philanthropy Day

Connection Cafe

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.

15 Online Job Boards for Nonprofit Professionals

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Working at a nonprofit often pays less than the for-profit sector, but the perks of extended vacation time, flex time, and the personal satisfaction of having a meaningful professional life can outweigh the financial downside of building a nonprofit career.

Social Media Makes a Splash at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference

Connection Cafe

Last week at the 47th Annual Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference in Baltimore, online fundraising and outreach was a key issue covered throughout the event and the topic of social media was more popular than ever to this group of fundraising pros.

19 Proven Fundraising Ideas from Nonprofit Experts

NetWits

If you’re looking for Fundraising Ideas you’ve come to the right place. The npEXPERTS e-book includes Forbes’ most influential, top bloggers, CFRE/ACFREs, animal lovers and association pros, pioneers and innovators, peer-to-peer fundraisers, and direct response agitators all in one place.

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The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide

Everyaction

For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them. But it isn’t enough to have a rough idea of messaging, an incomplete timeline, some scheduled tweets, and an arbitrary fundraising goal.

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15 Online Job Boards for Nonprofit Professionals

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Working at a nonprofit often pays less than the for-profit sector, but the perks of extended vacation time, flex time, and the personal satisfaction of having a meaningful professional life can outweigh the financial downside of building a nonprofit career.

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.

The 6 Scariest Monsters Nonprofit Fundraisers Are Facing This Halloween

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

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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3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Resilience

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Rituals can also be used by professionals to boost personal productivity because rituals capitalize on our brains’ ability to direct our behavior on autopilot, allowing us to reach our goals even when we are distracted or preoccupied with other things. Flickr photo by Geoff Livingston.

The 2016 Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide

EveryAction

For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them. But it isn’t enough to have a rough idea of messaging, an incomplete timeline, some scheduled tweets, and an arbitrary fundraising goal.

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Online fundraising is great for smaller charities – but which site? | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional

AFP Blog

Online fundraising is great for smaller charities – but which site? Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional : But what about more rooted small charities? Few figures exist but anecdotally, online fundraising is being embraced by the majority for whom at least a "donate" button exists, says Cath Lee, chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition.

44 Ways to Turn Nonprofit Supporters into Fundraising Superstars

Connection Cafe

Turning your supporters into fundraising superstars isn’t easy. It requires the right combination of fundraising expertise, engaged staff members, and savvy technology. So, how can you help supporters become fundraising superstars? Offer rewards for fundraising levels achieved.

How to get ahead in. digital fundraising | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional

AFP Blog

digital fundraising | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional : Donations from digital giving hit a record high at the international health charity Merlin last year. At the same time latest figures from the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) reveal that in the last quarter of last year 15% of donations to charities in the UK were made digitally. How to get ahead in.

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.

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What Fundraisers Can Learn from Direct Marketing

Connection Cafe

Fundraisers who can take these best practices and reinvent them for university fundraising will more effectively raise money for their organizations. Annual giving teams already know the power of person-to-person fundraising.

5 Cold Calling Tips to Meet Your Fundraising Goals

EveryAction

The fundraising call has always been a staple of donor outreach. But nonprofit professionals know that fundraising never ends, especially at the end of the year, s o how do you cut through the noise? fundraising strategy

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Is Social Media the Fund Development Professional’s Magic Bullet?

NonProfit Hub

Therefore, development professionals must not lose sight of these basic principles. Staffers must not stray the course to focus on “fundraising” versus “development.” Development professionals should RARELY make a direct ask for money in social media.

Is it Time to Take Our Events Back? Conversations from the P2P Professional Forum

Connection Cafe

This is what Adam, a 5k fundraising program manager, asked during our small group discussion at the P2P Professional Forum conference. Is it time we take our events back?

What’s to Come in Digital Fundraising?

Connection Cafe

This milestone got me thinking about how fast time flies, but also about the huge changes the company has seen in the digital fundraising space. The digital fundraising space has changed so much in the last ten years, what will the next ten hold?

Spontaneous text giving can transform fundraising | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional

AFP Blog

Spontaneous text giving can transform fundraising | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional : "Donating by text has huge potential – the market is estimated to be worth 96m annually by 2014. It comes as no surprise when you consider that 89% of adults in the UK own a mobile phone and 300 million text messages are sent each day.

3 Principles Fundraisers Should Adopt from Service Providers

Connection Cafe

I left private legal practice for nonprofit fundraising to get away from the less relational aspects of the service provider-client relationship. I thought nonprofit fundraising was the opposite of lawyering. But the provider-client model is potentially valuable to fundraisers, too.

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BBCon Dance Card for P2P Fundraisers

Connection Cafe

“I’m a team event fundraiser, which sessions should I catch at BBCon?” ” BBCon … Event Fundraising Friends Asking Amy #bbcon professional development

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

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Rapid technological developments over the past few years have left many nonprofit professionals scrambling to stay up-to-date with the newest tools and techniques without wasting time and money on passing fads. digital fundraising trends

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Mario’s millions: could US charity gaming marathons sweep the UK? | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional

AFP Blog

Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional Mario’s millions: could US charity gaming marathons sweep the UK? Could UK fundraisers tap in Mario’s millions: could US charity gaming marathons sweep the UK? The craze for video gaming for charity has seen some events rake in more than $1m in the US.

How to Write a Winning Fundraising Appeal

John Haydon

Writing a fundraising appeal letter can be tricky. Fundraising Writing Framework with you, the busy nonprofit professional, in mind. The post How to Write a Winning Fundraising Appeal appeared first on John Haydon. Fundraising

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10 (Totally Awesome) Email Newsletters for Nonprofit Professionals

Everyaction

While their focus is branding and online marketing, their content also deals with all sorts of other challenges - from managing your manager to fine-tuning that #GivingTuesday fundraising appeal. You know that person in the office who seems to hear about everything first? The one who’s always reading something interesting, always has the best links to send, and knows about all the new trends before you’ve even made sense of the old ones?

Connection Café: Social Media Makes a Splash at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference

AFP Blog

Connection Café: Social Media Makes a Splash at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference: "Former President of AFP Golden Gate Nicci Noble and current AFP Golden Gate President and Development Director of Center for Environmental Health Sean Sullivan presented on 'How Tweet It Is!: Mastering Social Media for Fundraising Success'. (**full presentation slides can be found here) My

Make No Mistake: Fundraising IS Mission

Connection Cafe

But then, later in the summer, I found myself in different rooms filled with people who were just learning about nonprofits and fundraising, rooms where the thinking was different. We have more room to tell the story and build understanding that fundraising is not separate from mission.

24 Must-Watch Webinars for Nonprofit Professionals

Wild Apricot

Here's a handy list of the top free nonprofit webinars sorted into categories like marketing, finance, and fundraising

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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5 Standout Strategies for Year-End Fundraising Success

Connection Cafe

For nonprofits, the year-end fundraising season always seems to creep up when you least expect it. Summer fades, the leaves start to change, and before you know it, it’s time to kick your fundraising strategies into high gear again! Fundraising software. Now get to fundraising!