I’m Dead, Since 2003

The Agitator

Yesterday’s post, When To Give Up On A Donor , kicked off a good discussion of how to approach lapsed donors. And I want to preview … Roger has written a spectacularly thorough post on that subject which we’ve scheduled for Monday. It’s an entire mini-course with a treasure of pertinent links. A post you’ll want to study and archive. It’s heavy lifting.

Has Generosity Peaked?

The Agitator

Whereas 68% of families gave in 2003, only 56% did so in 2015. Call me Chicken Little, but I’m afraid. And maybe you should be too. For over 15 years the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (Indiana University) has tracked the giving of nearly 10,000 families and individuals in the US. Their newly released data is here — Generosity for Life. The bad news is that American generosity seems to have peaked … in fact, it did so in 2005, when average giving was $1,024.

Sustainable Charity

Cause Related Marketing

Back in 2003 I was working for a company that was considering a relationship with Dr. Laura, the no-nonsense radio show host famous for kicking her listeners in the pants.

A list of some humongous bequests that should get your planned giving team psyched up for only 3 seconds!


Kroc to National Public Radio in 2003 [10]. I give you permission to read this list but only if you’ll count to three afterward. Let it sink in. Then DELETE IT! Forget about it. Because your organization will probably never get a gift as large as any of these.

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Why you need to focus on the most qualified donors


According to The Institute for Policy Studies (after they crunched the data from Giving USA Foundation’s annual philanthropic survey from 2003 – 2013), itemized charitable donations over 10 years have increased : 104% from households with earnings of at least $10 million per year. Focus. Because… the world is quickly becoming one that has fewer donors giving more.

I must sound like a broken record but here’s more nonprofit data that will inspire you to focus more on major donors


Here’s what they determined: Itemized charitable donations increased +104% between 2003 and 2013 (10 years) from households with earnings of at least $10 million/year.

Ep195: Why Cause Marketing Forum is Rebranding to Engage for Good

Selfish Giving

How cause marketing has evolved since the forum launched in 2003. Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to David Hessekiel , the founder and president of Cause Marketing Forum Inc. which recently changed its name to Engage for Good !

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Is Populist Fundraising for You?


While your organization cannot spam people, politicians conveniently wrote themselves out of the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act citing political speech as a demonstration of free speech protected under our Constitution.

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Tubbs Reports the Results of its Romp to Stomp Cause Marketing Event

Cause Related Marketing

Since 2003, Romp to Stomp has raised more than $2.5 Tubbs, which makes snowshoes, recently announced the result of its 11th annual cause marketing event called Romp to Stomp, which benefits breast cancer charities in the United States and Canada. This post is part of an occasional series when I announce the results of cause marketing efforts that I have posted on in the past. You can read that post here. For the 2012-13, Romp to Stomp generated $369, 203 for Susan G.

3 Quick Tips to Maximize Your Fundraising Efforts

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Since its inception in 2003, eBay Giving Works has been the driving force behind nonprofit fundraising on eBay. Nonprofits can benefit from many types of donations, gifts, and support from their community- particularly in the new year.

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The Taxman Cometh, Part 1: The Downside of the 2017 Tax Bill for Nonprofits

The Agitator

The Institute for Policy Studies found that : Contributions from people who make $10 million or more have gone up 104% between 2003 to 2013. We’ve had a few reader requests to talk about the nonprofit implications of the new tax bill.

Exceptional Results From Exceptional Expenses

The Agitator

This is a “what happens if my 2003 Saturn Ion chooses to give up the ghost today” contingency fund that we can dip into. The old saw was that nobody ever got fired for buying IBM. Being part of the herd is a safe, comfortable place to be.

Hidden Canadian Government Gems

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

I just found a 2003 Yamaha ATV with a starting bid of $100. I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll mention it again, certain government departments are full of great hidden online products/tools that few people know of.

Building Trust in the Sector: How & Why to Make Your Nonprofit More Transparent

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Dan joined GuideStar in 2003 and today heads the team that manages GuideStar's relationships with the individual nonprofits that make up the GuideStar database. "Transparency" has been a buzzword in the nonprofit sector for more than a decade. It refers to openness, communication and accountability. How transparent is your organization? How easily can interested people find your programmatic and financial information?

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Email Rules to Live By

A Small Change

The law governing mass emailing is often referred to as CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. Many fundraisers are fuzzy on the rules of email solicitations. Nonprofits seem to receive a little grace with people regarding how we use and reuse our email lists. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t know the rules. By following the rules, you can make sure that your email blasts do not start to become SPAM and that you can build trust and accountability with your donors.

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#SOCIALNETWORKS: LinkedIn’s Value As Networking Platform Far Bigger Than Mere Numbers

Non Profit Marketing 360

The platform was launched in May 2003, and currently has about 161 million members. Whether they put skin in the game or not, everyone has been watching the Facebook IPO for the last week or so.

Need Some Online Fundraising Ideas?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

million gifts to 66,470 different nonprofits between 2003 and 2009: Even small upgrades to the donor experience make a measurable difference in online giving.

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Email client market share


Outlook 2003 and earlier – 34%. Here at Donordigital, we obsess about “email clients,&# which are the various software tools that people use to read the email they receive.

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Where's the Social Media in this Youth Targeted Cause Marketing Effort?

Cause Related Marketing

We’ve taken the same DNA of direct selling that has always been a part of Avon’s history and applied it to the digital world for our Mark reps to reach their customers,” said Claudia Poccia, president of Mark at Avon, which introduced the brand in 2003. The direct sales business… think Amway, Avon, and Shaklee… has a demographics problem, namely attracting the next generation of sales reps.

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Five Steps to Nonprofit Messaging Success

Getting Attention

They launched a radical new prevention approach in 2003, supported by a powerful message. I’m thrilled to welcome back guest blogger, Rebecca Leet, who helps nonprofits sharpen their goals and connect with the people who can achieve them.

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Logo Trends: How Does Yours Stack Up?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

For more on the 2011 logo trends (and to access the annual archive dating back to 2003), visit logolounge.com and learn why mortar & pestles, the letter “O”, and the color brown were also popular logo trends this past year. Julia Reich.

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#SM4NP: ‘Kony 2012? Still Stirs Engagement, Controversy, And Embarrassment

Non Profit Marketing 360

“Kony 2012 is a recycling of almost a decade old footage of film taken by film makers in northern Uganda in 2003″ said 70 year-old Tony Ojol, a respected elder in northern Uganda. Director's breakdown raises further questions.

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Dear Mr Edward Jones

Wild Woman Fundraising

It’s 2003. We got a donation from “Edward Jones!” ” my coworker exclaimed. I looked blankly at my computer in the darkened office in Vancouver. I just wanted to leave. I was working for $10 per hour.

Social Media "Pioneers" Tell Why

Diva Marketing Blog

Des Walsh, Business Coach - In 2003, there was a convergence of my enthusisam for networking, my keen interest in communication technology (for communication''s sake, not so much for the technology itself) and my then new involvement in coaching. We came, we saw, we kicked its ass.

Grassroots Cause Marketing from Volvo

Cause Related Marketing

She won it in 2003. Buy a virtual glass of lemonade from Lemonadestandforlife.com , sponsored by Volvo, and the money goes to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to support families who must travel for their child’s cancer treatments.

Social Cognitive Theory for Social Marketing Research and Practice

Social Marketing and Social Change

Hornik & Yanovitsky (2003) argue that designing interventions and evaluations of complex interventions such as social marketing are extremely difficult without a theory of change to guide what variables to measure/change and how to attribute success to the intervention. 2003).

#Tech: New Book Argues For New Education To Prepare New Economy

Non Profit Marketing 360

Professor Davidson first made a splash outside academia in 2003, when she convinced Duke University to give each incoming freshman a free iPod and to encourage faculty to find ways to integrate it in their curricula. Technology IS the classroom.

4 Steps to making your first donor retention calendar

Wild Woman Fundraising

In 2003 Mazarine wrote her first grants for Indonesian nonprofit Yayasan Emmanuel. Our donors don’t give year after year. Donors staying loyal is the exception, not the rule.

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100 New Donors by December 3rd

Fundraising Coach

Other Possibly Related posts: Extreme Fundraising Special Edition—December 29, 2003. It’s September! How are your fundraising goals going? Could you use 100 new donors by December 3rd? I know that sounds like “hype” that a snake oil salesman would use.

Me and Debbie Weil

Marketing for Nonprofits

She's been blogging since 2003!) One of the GREAT things about social media is that being part of the conversation enables you to CONNECT on and offline with cool people far and wide.

How to find 90 donors in the next month

Wild Woman Fundraising

2003 Mazarine wrote her first grants for Indonesian nonprofit Yayasan Emmanuel. This is your last chance to get a $20 discount on this course this year! It’s normally $107, and just $87 until the end of the day Feb 23rd. Go here to get started.

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Social Cognitive Theory for Social Marketing Research and Practice

Social Marketing and Social Change

Hornik & Yanovitsky (2003) argue that designing interventions and evaluations of complex interventions such as social marketing are extremely difficult without a theory of change to guide what variables to measure/change and how to attribute success to the intervention. 2003).

Let’s hear it for Asian Female Nonprofit Leaders!

Wild Woman Fundraising

In 2003, Lisa was a Fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Program. Have you ever wanted to be a nonprofit executive director? Curious about how other people got to the top?

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Service-Dominant Logic and Social Marketing

Social Marketing and Social Change

Some social marketers have examined these same concerns for our field and come to similar conclusions (Hastings, 2003; Lefebvre, 2007; Marques & Domegan, 2011; Peattie & Peattie, 2003). 2003). 2003). Is it time for more of us to loosen our grip on the 4Ps of the marketing mix as a necessary ingredient or benchmark for social marketing programs?

Social Net Fundraising - All Hype?

The Agitator

consumers who frequent online video destinations has climbed 339% since 2003, while time spent on video sites has shot up almost 2,000% over the same period. Meanwhile, there are 87% more online social media users now than in 2003, with 883% more time devoted to those sites. Mercy me! Even while media researcher Niesen is reporting that social nets and online video have transformed the web, the Washington Post is telling us that online fundraising via social nets is over-rated.

Social Models for Marketing: An Overview

Social Marketing and Social Change

Similarly, Donovan & Henley (2003) take issue with the prevailing individually-focused definitions and call for a focus on social determinants seeing ‘the primary future goal of social marketing as achieving changes in these social determinants of health and well-being’ (p. 2003) Social Marketing: Principles & Practice. At a Social Marketing in Public Health conference 10 years ago, I did a session on Putting the ‘Social’ Back Into Social Marketing.

The power of naming: Clarify and frame your work


the 2003 “Clear Skies Initiative“,” which weakened the Clean Air Act and required fewer reductions in air pollution). flickr/THEfunkyman. A week ago there was a piece in the NYT magazine about Frank Luntz, issue framer for the Republicans. You know him even if you don’t know him.

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#Interview: Syam Buradagunta, Blogger & Co-Founder of Blue Sky Collaborative

Non Profit Marketing 360

Syam and his co-founders worked in nonprofits before starting their firm in 2003.

Grants Available for American Public and Private Schools and/or Districts That Teach Character Education

Seeking Grant Money Today

Districts need to have been engaged in character education for a minimum of four full years, starting no later than December 2003. From The Foundation Center. Character Education Partnership Accepting Applications for National Schools of Character Awards Deadline: December 3, 2007 Every year, the Character Education Partnership ( [link] ) names ten public and private schools and districts (K-12) as National Schools of Character for their outstanding work in character education.

Stories From Smaller Nonprofits ~ Bags of Hope Project

Diva Marketing Blog

As a 2003 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy program, I got to learn a great deal more about the role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and about the work they are doing in our community. I am excited to bring back Diva Marketing's Holiday For Small Nonprofits Series.