How to Nail the Soft Skills of Fundraising: The Face-to-Face Ask

Connection Cafe

Take heart fellow fundraiser, practice makes perfect. Solid Face-to-face fundraising requires: A true understanding of your donor. Does the thought of making a six figure ask make your palms sweat? Or, to put it another way, confidence breeds competence.

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How to Nail the Soft Skills of Fundraising: The Face-to-Face Ask

Connection Cafe

Take heart fellow fundraiser, practice makes perfect. Fundraising Major Gifts Planned Giving Sustained Giving by Rachel Muir. Does the thought of making a six figure ask make your palms sweat? Or, to put it another way, confidence breeds competence.

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10 Must-Have Skills for Nonprofit New Media Managers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. It’s very difficult to find a new media manager that encapsulates all the skills listed below. Good Writing Skills. Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits.

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International Fundraising Congress to focus on skills and social media - Third Sector

AFP Blog

International Fundraising Congress to focus on skills and social media - Third Sector : Four-day conference, starting tomorrow in Amsterdam, will feature panel discussions and audience debates This year’s International Fundraising Congress will focus on developing delegates’ skills and using social media in fundraising.

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Improve Your Fundraising Approach and Skills at NetSquared Meetups

Tech Soup Blog

Fall has arrived, and with it comes fundraising season. Chicago, Illinois: It's Never Too Late: How Your CRM Can Save End-of-Year Fundraising. fundraising event

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.

3 Steps to Getting Your Board More Involved in Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Fundraisers often lament that board members are shirking their commitment to helping fundraise. Teach them that fundraising isn’t about asking for money; it’s about giving people the opportunity to give back and improve their communities. fundraising

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The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


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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Nonprofit Hub’s Favorite Fundraisers

NonProfit Hub

Here at Nonprofit Hub, we believe the most successful fundraisers are hybrids of innovation and tried-and-true ideas. Dinner galas and silent auctions are effective to an extent, but when someone asks you, “What’s the best fundraiser you’ve ever been to?” Featured Fundraising

Creating Your Own Lens: 4 Tips for Evaluating Fundraising Advice

Connection Cafe

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?

AI-Driven Fundraising Campaigns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Network For Good hosted a virtual conference today called “ Fundraise Like Netflix: Engaging Donors in a Subscription-Driven World ,” that included several hours of online presentations about strategy and tools for getting repeat donors.

How Organizations Can Use VR and AR Tech for Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Fundraising is and will always be a necessity for nonprofit organizations, but times have changed — and so has the technology. Some nonprofits have started utilizing AR and VR technology to assist their fundraising efforts. The Future of Nonprofit Fundraising.

Five Must-Have Skills for Nonprofit Social Media Managers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

They are simply tools that can result in high ROI for your nonprofit, but only if the person sharing Status Updates, Twittering, and Checking-in on behalf of your nonprofit has the right skills, experience and training to make social media produce results.

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The Best Way to Thank Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Fundraisers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Any fundraiser worth their salt knows they should be thanking people who donate or fundraise for their cause. However, there seems to be confusion around the best way to thank Facebook fundraisers, with many nonprofits not thanking them at all. The Best Way to Thank Fundraisers.

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

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

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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More fundraising software = more data headaches

3rd Sector Labs

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. More fundraising software = more data headaches. What sort of fundraising software are we talking about?

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Boost Your Fundraising Potential with Team Fundraising

NonProfit Hub

Online fundraising is one of the most effective, low-cost ways to raise funds for your organization. Online fundraising tools can elevate your fundraising goals, since donors can give at anytime, anywhere, with a mobile device. Improve peer-to-peer fundraising efforts.

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Casting Vision for Fundraising Success in 2019

Connection Cafe

Whether it’s their organizational skills, relational skills, financial prowess, or technological proficiency, each of your board members was brought on for a specific reason. If you want a thriving organization, you need to champion your fundraising campaigns. ­.

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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When Fundraising Programs Stop Running Like Clockwork

Connection Cafe

Thanks to my dad, I have a collection of antique American-made clocks, and out of necessity, I am trying to improve my clock repair skills. The intricacy of the clock movement is much like our fundraising programs. Some fundraisers won’t stick around to fix it.

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. Charity Digital Skills Report 2018 :: Download.

Staying Competitive in the Battle for Fundraising Talent

Connection Cafe

Staying competitive in the battle to attract and retain fundraising talent matters now more than ever. With the right people in the right positions, you’re better able to meet your fundraising goals. Infographic: How Gift Officer Management Impacts Fundraising Goals.

Vital Fundraising Skill - The Power of Story Time

ASU Lodestar Center

A story has the ability to unlock doors, unlock hearts, and open minds, all of which helps in fundraising. What about you, how have you seen the power of the story used in fundraising, or used it yourself? fundraising Susie Brownposted by.

6 Ways to Raise More with Facebook Fundraisers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Facebook Fundraisers are a relatively new fundraising tool, but they’re already driving a major boost in revenue for some nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Facebook has made both creating and donating to Fundraisers a highly streamlined process.

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5 Secrets to Fundraising like the Big Boys

Connection Cafe

But in time, my son will pick up these skills – that’s what I’m here for, right? But no matter the size of your nonprofit, you can start achieving your fundraising goals by being smarter about how you ask for support and by using many of the same strategies as the largest nonprofits.

Start 2017 by Building Your Tech Skills and Community

Tech Soup Blog

The top three technology challenges for respondents are building websites, managing data, and fundraising. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Skill Extension: Maps (on the Green Line) | Sponsors: Maptime MSP Meetup, CARTO.

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The Truth About Successful Fundraising: It???s All About THEM

Connection Cafe

Working in fundraising is a challenge. Fundraisers need to have the confidence of a sales person, the interpersonal skills of PR professional, the strategy of a marketer, and the business acumen of a finance manager. But perhaps the biggest challenge of being a fundraiser is that no matter what you do or what you accomplish, fundraising is NEVER about you. Simply put: There is no room for ego in fundraising.

Changing Channels: Easier on your TV than in Fundraising

Connection Cafe

With the rise of technology has come a proliferation of giving channels nonprofits can, and arguably should, utilize to fundraise. Nonprofit Fundraising Fundraising Channels multichannel fundraising nonprofit fundraising

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

We have everything from: Fundraising & Grants. Participants will acquire a foundational understanding of this increasingly important component of fundraising strategy and will be able to identify and distinguish between the most common planned giving vehicles. Fundraising.

AI for Fundraising Today: Voice Activated Fundraising & Chat Bots for Giving

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Allison Fine, my co-author for the Networked Nonprofit , and I are actively researching the use of Artificial Intelligence to better understand what nonprofits need to know about artificial intelligence to future proof their programs, marketing, and fundraising strategies?

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 89: Developing Fundraising Talent

Connection Cafe

How can fundraising professionals, especially those working for smaller organizations, improve their own fundraising skills? And what can organizations do better to attract and retain fundraising talent? Industrial versus artisanal approaches to fundraising.

Optimize Your Nonprofit Fundraising Team with Human Data

Connection Cafe

92% of job roles are not aligned with behavioral skills, making it more likely that a person’s job is a less-than-ideal match with their personality. In doing so, clearly outline the hard and soft skills that will help an employee excel in that position.

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5 Ways to Empower Your Crowdsource Fundraisers


It’s also spreading around the fundraising and nonprofit world. Some people are starting to call it “Crowdsource Fundraising” But haven’t we been doing “crowdsourcing” for a little longer than 5 years in the event fundraising space?

How Fundraisers & Grant Managers Can Collaborate to Achieve Stronger Results

Connection Cafe

As a former grant manager who works on a daily basis with grant-makers, the complex, creative, diverse world of fundraising has been incredible to me. What has struck me as most interesting is how fundraisers and the staff they work with closely at foundations are quite similar.

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A Fundraising Success Checklist for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits is a comprehensive 256-page book packed with more than 500 best practices that includes a companion “Mobile and Social Fundraising Success Checklist” at the end of the book. Online Fundraising.

Advice for Nonprofits on Hiring the Next Great Fundraiser—Don’t Overlook Older Candidates

Connection Cafe

I received an email the other day from a man who was in a fundraising class I taught a few years ago. I remember well his enthusiasm for fundraising as he planned to transition from a career in the aerospace industry to the nonprofit arena. But he has not yet been hired as a fundraiser. I’ve been told by some hiring managers that they want someone younger because an older fundraiser may not be planning to work for many more years.

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Reflections from Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute: New Skills for a Complex World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It also will change the types of skill sets that nonprofits will need now and into the future, for example “Data Analysts.”

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Build Your Storymaking Skills with Free Events and Webinars

Tech Soup Blog

We know that good stories power fundraising and marketing, so join one of our events to discover powerful case studies and connect with digital storytelling experts in your community. Topics include the latest storytelling tools, fundraising strategies, and a video 101 seminar.

5 Reasons Nonprofits Shouldn't Miss Out On Peer-to-Peer Fundraising


Peer-to-peer fundraising, a form of tiered crowdfunding which turns your supporters into fundraisers for your organization, is a trendy topic in the nonprofit world. average peer-to-peer fundraiser raises $568 from 7 donors – 4 of whom will be new to your organization!

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7 Ingenious Fundraising Ideas to Raise Money Online

NonProfit Hub

These days you can fundraise online. Now, that doesn’t mean that it is going to be easy sailing from here – it takes dedication and innovation to raise funds and it all starts with a great fundraising idea. Online Fundraising Websites. Interactive Video Fundraising.

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The Nonprofit Weekly Roundup: Fundraising Results You Really Want, Building Emerging Leaders, and Life After Websites.

Connection Cafe

Here are this week’s nonprofit highlights: Gail Perry is already setting you up for fundraising success in 2015. What leadership skills do nonprofit emerging leaders need to succeed? The 2014 Mid-Year Fundraising Trends  show that overall giving was up 1.6%

What The Crowd Is Telling Us About P2P Fundraising – Double Down on DIY

Connection Cafe

As we discussed in part one of this series , the surge in crowdfunding has resulted in a populace who is accustomed to the idea of setting up a fundraising page. We must create exciting and marketable experiences that rival GoFundMe or Kickstarter-style fundraising.

How To Engage Your Fundraisers With Gamification & Rewards

Connection Cafe

Bringing some fun into your charitable campaigns via gamification and rewards is a great way to raise awareness for your cause, create an engaging experience for your fundraisers, and turn them into lifelong advocates for your cause. To me, gamification isn’t about buying a system and using it to get fundraisers to do things for you. What this means is having a mix of the following elements in your fundraising programs or campaigns: Rewards and recognition.