July 22, 2014
How Your Charity Can Avoid the Donor Fatigue Trap

How Your Charity Can Avoid the Donor Fatigue Trap

Many nonprofits are constantly asking themselves a single question: How can we consistently keep donations flowing in to support our cause?

There really is such a thing as donor fatigue – if you are constantly pleading with your supporters to donate cash, you risk having them “tune out” and become desensitized to this type of call to action.

The solution: give supporters a new call to action, a…

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July 21, 2014
Justin Bieber vs. the Gates Foundation

Justin Bieber vs. the Gates Foundation

This following post first appeared on Glasspockets’ Transparency Talk blog. Click here to view the original post.  Glasspockets, which champions philanthropic transparency in an online world, is a service of the Foundation Center.  

When it comes to social media and “crowds,” the largest philanthropic foundation in the world is no match for Justin Bieber. Not even close. As the graphic below…

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July 18, 2014
Branding yourself as a nonprofit consultant

Branding yourself as a nonprofit consultant

Mazarine Treyz

Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising

Sometimes fundraising people get fed up with working for nonprofits all the time and think, I’ll just be a nonprofit consultant! How hard can it be?

It’s actually really hard.

Don’t get me wrong, fundraising prepares you in many ways to become a nonprofit consultant, but there are a few key things that you won’t learn in a fundraising office.

One of them…

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July 17, 2014
A list of social enterprises: why does it not exist?

A list of social enterprises: why does it not exist?


Despite the buzz, energy, and enthusiasm surrounding social entrepreneurship, we are missing something fundamental: a list of social enterprises.  Several leading organizations have begun to compile such lists but we will need a shared effort if we are to build something comprehensive.

Why would a list of social enterprises be good?

Investors, researchers and entrepreneurs alike could…

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July 16, 2014
5 Strategies to Generate More Donations at Your Nonprofit

5 Strategies to Generate More Donations at Your Nonprofit

While generating donations for your nonprofit can seem like a never-ending battle, there are ways to make it easier. The Internet has changed the face of nonprofit fundraising, and as an ever-increasing number of donors give online, it is crucial to ensure that your organization is up to the task of accepting these gifts.

Use these strategies to bump up the giving from your current donors, while…

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July 15, 2014
Balancing Philanthropic Travel and Voluntourism with Family Time

Balancing Philanthropic Travel and Voluntourism with Family Time

The tourism industry represents one of the largest service industries in the world, employing 102 million people around the globe in 2013, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council, and generating $2.1 trillion in economic output in the U.S., claims the U.S. Travel Association.

Within this thriving economic sector, the Center for Responsible Travel reports, a growing percentage of travelers…

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July 14, 2014
The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

Data-usage-600x411There is a lot of talk, across many diverse industries, about “big data.” But what does that really mean? It’s really nothing more than what it sounds like, data – and a lot of it. The real value is in the information and insight it can provide, if it is used properly.

The philanthropic community has accumulated massive amounts of data over time and, while this data is very valuable, there’s room…

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July 11, 2014
Millennials and Philanthropy: Musings from the Field

Millennials and Philanthropy: Musings from the Field

Two weeks ago, I abandoned my Metro card, business casual attire, and commuter shoes for a brief foray into an alternate universe filled with camping, live music, port-a-potties, and crowds of millennials known as Firefly Music Festival 2014in Dover, Delaware.  Naturally, one would think that this festival is great opportunity for charities to engage with millennials and enlist new donors and…

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July 10, 2014
The Future of the Nonprofit Workplace: Introducing the Mobile Office

The Future of the Nonprofit Workplace: Introducing the Mobile Office

From GenMobile to telecommuting, the nature of work and the office are fast changing: nonprofits, are you ready to cut the cord?

“In the near future the term ‘office’ will be obsolete and the drab surroundings we associate with the executive life will be erased as a new model for work emerges. This emerging vision of the workplace will facilitate flexible working patterns in a society in which…

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July 9, 2014
Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Excel to Manage Grants

Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Excel to Manage Grants

Most nonprofits rely on grant funding to support their programs and services.  In fact, 41% report that grants make up over a quarter of their funding.

Given how critical grants are for many nonprofits, having good systems in place to manage the grantwriting process from end-to-end.  Yet 75% of nonprofits use simple spreadsheets to manage what can amount to millions of dollars of grant funds.

Dahna Goldstein


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