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Robert Weiner

And the Chronicle of Philanthropy ran 'But It's Free!' I was interviewed for two articles that were published recently. The NonProfit Times ran the story The Evolution of Donor Management And Its Fundraising Future , which deals with how technology is transforming the way nonprofits interact with donors, particularly online. and 9 Other Lines About Technology You Don't Want to Hear. If you're a Chronicle subscriber you can read that one by clicking here.

10 Traits of a Great Consultant

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy published a nice list of consulting traits that I want to pass along. The traits they list are below. My comments are in parentheses. Have self-confidence and be as adept at delivering bad news as good. This is hard. I hate delivering bad news, but it often goes with the job.). Have a good understanding of the business and of themselves. Understand your client's business, and also your own strengths and weaknesses.). Have transferable skills.

Roundup of 2009 Online Giving Stats

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual assessment of online giving came out in April, based on data from 176 of the largest nonprofits in the U.S. I t's the season for a slew of reports analyzing last year's online giving results.

What’s a good donor database?

Robert Weiner

I've been enjoying the discussion in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's LinkedIn group in response to the question, " What's a good, affordable donor database program for a small non profit? " (you'll probably need to join the group to read the responses).

Social Media for Revenue or Volunteers? Maybe Not

Robert Weiner

The first from Philanthropy Action , has the depressing title, " Social Networking and Mid-Size Nonprofits: What's the Use? " The results of two new surveys paint a bleak picture of the effectiveness of social media for fundraising and volunteer recruitment.

Win $5K for Charity Through Creative Pitching

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy isn't known for giving away money, but for talking about how to get it. They've come up with a contest to benefit a few lucky nonprofits. Here's the deal: read more.

Using Facebook Causes to Promote Your Nonprofit: October 13 Online

Robert Weiner

What: Another in The Chronicle of Philanthropy 's series of online discussions: How to Use Facebook Causes to Promote Your Nonprofit Group. When: Tuesday, October 13, at 12 noon, Eastern time. Where: [link]. How Much: Free. Description: read more.

Podcast: How to Use Facebook to Attract Supporters and More

Robert Weiner

As we've noted previously, The Chronicle of Philanthropy has been running a series of online discussions on how nonprofits can use social media tools. In addition to these open discussions, the Chronicle has been conducting a series of recorded interviews. In the latest, Allison Fine interviews Joe Green, one of the creators of Facebook Causes, and Amy Eldridge, Executive Director of Love Without Boundaries. These podcasts are available at [link]. Topics to date include: read more.

Transcript: Promoting Causes on Online Social Networks

Robert Weiner

As I mentioned last week , the Chronicle of Philanthropy held a live online discussion about how nonprofits can use social networks to promote their organizations. On the panel, was Danielle Brigida, social-media-outreach coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation; marketing and communications consultant Nancy E. Schwartz; and Felicia Carr, director of online communications for the National Parks Conservation Association.

July 21: How Can You Measure the Value of Social Networking?

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is holding another in its series of free online discussions on social networking. This time their guest will be social media guru Beth Kanter (you may know Beth from her eponymous Beth's Blog — and if you don't, you should). . What: What's the Payoff? How Charities Can Figure Out How Much Time and Money to Invest in Social Networking. When: Tuesday, July 21, at 12 noon, U.S. Eastern time. How Much: Free. Where: online at [link]. Description: read more.

Live Discussion Promoting Causes on Social Networks on June 2

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is holding another in its series of free online discussions on Tuesday, June 2 (tomorrow). Here are the details: What: Promoting Causes on Online Social Networks. When: Tuesday, June 2, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. Cost: Free. Where: Online. Questions are submitted via keyboard, and answers come the same way. The discussion will be archived, so even if you can’t attend, you can at least read the transcript. Register at: [link]. Description: read more.

Corporate Giving Declined in 2008

Robert Weiner

The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy's 2008 assessment of corporate gving (PDF) reports that corporate giving was down nearly 8% overall ($30.78 Last month we mentioned GivingUSA's annual assessment of individual giving which showed that donations from individuals had dropped 5.7% overall in 2008. Things were even worse on the corporate side.


Transcript: Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes

Robert Weiner

If you missed The Chronicle of Philanthropy's June 23 online discussion Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes , the transcript is now available. The discussion featured: Danielle Brigida , the social-media outreach coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation, in Washington, DC where she manages the organization's voice on online networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Care2,, Digg, and StumbleUpon.

Online Discussion on June 23: Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes

Robert Weiner

This Tuesday The Chronicle of Philanthropy will host another free online discussion about how nonprofits can use social media. The speakers include: Danielle Brigida , the social-media outreach coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation, in Washington, DC where she manages the organization’s voice on online networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Care2,, Digg, and StumbleUpon. Wendy Harman , the social-media manager at the American Red Cross, in Washington, DC.

Trends Affecting Fundraising in 2009

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is starting the year off with a list of trends they believe will affect fundraising in 2009. The trends they cite include lower estate taxes, low investment returns, the possibility of inflation, no minimum required withdrawal from individual retirement accounts, the impact of medical costs, and a push to lower fund-raising costs. You can read the full article at id=6835.

Online Discussion Tomorrow: Getting Your Message Out

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has another online discussion coming up that may be useful for many nonprofit fundraisers and marketing pros. It’s a free discussion so if you’ve got the time, it could be a valuable session. Here are the details from their announcement: When: Wednesday, January 21, at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Where: Online at [link]. Cost: Free. read more.

Twitter Best Practices

Robert Weiner

Today’s entry comes from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which published When Characters Count: Advice for Charities on Making the Most of Twitter. Every day it seems like there’s a new article on how nonprofits and businesses can use Twitter for engagement, activism, marketing, and fundraising. Their recommendations include: Do some casual research to learn if people who care about your cause are talking about it on the site.

Advice for Consultants - Part 1

Robert Weiner

This post was inspired by my colleague Kris Putnam’s advice for new consultants ( So, You Want To Be A Philanthropy Consultant? and Starting A Consulting Business? 15 Things To Do Right Now ). I received the following via CharityChannel’s Consultants forum in 2003. I was just completing my first year as a solo consultant after 9 years of working for firms. This advice was provided by John Elbare in response to a question about what to expect as a new consultant.

Inside the Mind of a Top Donor

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently conducted an online discussion with Lorry I. Lokey, who has appeared on The Chronicle’s list of America’s top donors every year since 2000. Mr. Lokey responded to questions such as. What is the biggest mistake development officers make when first meeting a new prospect? How could a small institution with big aspirations engage donors with significant financial capability? What do you see as the ED’s role in working with major donors?

Getting Your Message Out

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy held an online discussion on January 21, 2009 about how nonprofits can publicize their work. They described the agenda as: Now, more than ever before, it is important that (nonprofits) communicate effectively with supporters, the news media, and their communities about the challenges they face and the good work that they perform. What can your organization do to make sure these efforts are meaningful? Whom should you try to reach?

Coping with a Troubled Economy

Robert Weiner

Here are two new resources for surviving in tough times: The Chronicle of Philanthropy has compiled a collection of recent stories , discussions, and statistics about how charities deal with turbulent economic times. Topics include getting creative in tough times, the job market for fundraisers, and experimenting with new ways to ensure that donations flow over the holidays.

The Current Economy and Major Gifts Fundraising

Robert Weiner

I’ve previously posted resources for nonprofits coping with the economic downturn ( Coping with a Troubled Economy , Fundraising Survival Guide , Economic Effects on Philanthropy ). Here’s another: Kevin Johnson of Retriever Development Counsel posted a response to the question, I’m preparing a major gift strategic overview and wanted to include updated thoughts on the current economic situation and how that might affect our numbers moving forward.

Top 10 Threats to Higher Ed Computer Systems

Robert Weiner

In his article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy titled “ Top 10 Threats to Computer Systems Include Professors and Students ,&# Jeffrey Young says. Today a growing number of network bad guys are professional criminals, and they’re looking to steal real money. They don’t just want to post an embarrassing note on your college’s home page. They want to nab the identities of students and professors to go on shopping sprees with forged credit cards.

Philanthropy Is a Leadership Issue

Connection Cafe

If you are like one of the nonprofit leaders in the study, you will love Philanthropy by the Numbers from Blackbaud’s npEXPERTS. Philanthropy is a leadership issue. Get that legal pad and get ready to take your philanthropy to a whole new level.

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5 Trends in Giving That Will Reshape Philanthropy in 2017

Connection Cafe

2016 was a record-setting year for philanthropy, with Americans donating more than $373 billion and communities across the globe setting new standards for #GivingTuesday. The Philanthropy Outlook from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy projects a 3.6

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Philanthropy and Sustainable Development: Our Role as Interlocutors for Good

Connection Cafe

She reminded us that, ultimately fulfilling these ambitions is part of what philanthropy has stood for all along. Business and philanthropy have roles to play above and beyond just acting as funders, but also in advancing partnerships and the marketplace of ideas to turn programs into policy.

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Donor-Advised Funds: Philanthropy’s Hot-Button Issue

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have become one of the hottest tools in philanthropy over the last few years. As assets in DAFs continue to grow, so will the scrutiny—fundraisers are well-advised to stay tuned into philanthropy’s latest hot-button issue.

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Honoring both Funders and Fundraisers on National Philanthropy Day

Connection Cafe

National Philanthropy Day—minus the turkey—is much the same, with our family comprised of funder and fundraiser alike, with donors committed to the communities where we live and work joining with the professionals who have helped them match passion with cause.

The Ecosystem of Good: How We’ll Revolutionize Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

Social Good cloud technology Collaboration Ecosystem of Good network effect nonprofit philanthropy ripple effect StrategyIf you’re a regular reader of this blog, my assumption is it’s because you’re someone working to build a better world.

50 Fascinating Philanthropy Stats

Connection Cafe

They’re the proof point that change is happening and a predictor of where philanthropy is headed in the future. You can imagine my numerical delight when Blackbaud launched the brand new 50 Fascinating Philanthropy Statistics website.

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Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

Amy Sample Ward

Earlier this week, I had the terrific opportunity to participate on a panel at the US launch event for “Philanthropy and Social Media”, a whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy and The Indigo Trust. Philanthropy has been able to move into the real time web, too.

Apple Pay for Nonprofits: Frictionless Online Philanthropy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

With more and more nonprofit donors transacting their lives on mobile phones and an increasing percentage of mobile donors, the ability to use Apple pay will mean the potential for “ frictionless philanthropy.” Fundraising Mobile Philanthropy

Are Millennial Runners Influenced by Philanthropy?

Connection Cafe

Millennials (born 1980-2000) now account for more than a quarter of the nation’s population, which speaks to their profound ability to change the norms of the workplace, philanthropy, culture, technology, recreation and societal behavior—including the sport of running.

How the Global Mobile Revolution is Transforming Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

In the late 1990s, I worked as a communications director for a small international development organization in San Francisco. When I came on board, the company’s first website had just launched, and my role was to create the first email newsletter and set up the site to accept online donations.

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Three Reasons Why It’s Necessary for Philanthropy to Engage Black Americans

Connection Cafe

of Americans are non-Hispanic whites , Americans of color still struggle for their voice in many areas of society, namely philanthropy. 2: Black Millennials Will Be Your Ticket to the Next Generation of Black Philanthropy. Philanthropy has a problem and it is long overdue to address it.

Corporate Philanthropy Trends Affecting Nonprofits in 2016

NonProfit Hub

2016 is also looking to be a great year for corporate philanthropy and nonprofits. From matching gifts and payroll giving to fundraising events and mobile giving, corporate philanthropy is going to be all the rage in 2016.

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32 Sure Fire Ways to Grow Philanthropy after 40 Years of Static Giving


With that in mind 35 influential leaders from across the nonprofit industry came together at the Growing Philanthropy Summit to develop an action-oriented agenda on growing philanthropy. 32 Sure Fire Ways to Grow Philanthropy in the U.S.

Unlocking Data for Philanthropy: Notes from Global Philanthropy Forum Session

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I was honored to be invited to cover this year’s Global Philanthropy Forum , a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes. I went to cover one session, “ Building An Information Infrastructure: Unlocking Data for Philanthropy.”

Association Social Media: Philanthropy Ohio


——————— This interview is with Jessica Howard, Membership Services Associate, Philanthropy Ohio. For us, Twitter is a great platform to share articles, in-the-second news/happenings, best practices and more in-depth information about philanthropy.

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Will the Sharing Economy Catalyze New Forms of Philanthropy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Now that we’ve had some time to reflect, I am wondering about how the Sharing Economy will catalyze new forms of philanthropy and CSR? Data Philanthropy. How do you see the sharing economy disrupting corporate philanthropy and giving in general?

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