The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


In the past year, thousands of nonprofit pros took advantage of our definitive Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar, and we're so excited to share our brand new 2016 list! 2015 - 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar. 2016 Nonprofit Organizations Institute. Social Capital 2016.

All Your 2016 Goals Start with This Statement [Only Chance in 2016]

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If you want to raise more money in 2016, you first need to have a fabulous case for support or case statement. It answers the #1 donor question: “Why Should I Give You My Hard Earned Money?” This will be the only time this training is offered in 2016.

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Is your job really to raise money?


– Your job is to facilitate the process of giving money away. Money gets raised after you provide value to your organization’s supporters and make them feel good! Render more and better service than is expected of you and you’ll raise more money.

Finally, you can learn what words work to raise money!


The post Finally, you can learn what words work to raise money! Last year I worked with Dr. Russell James to present his findings in the ground-breaking webinar titled Words that Work (get the quick-read eBook here ).

5 thoughts that might lead your supporters to feel donor remorse


Here are some of the thoughts crossing your donors’ minds while you’re asking them to support your cause: Will they say thank you or just take my money and run? Will I now get flooded with lots of spam or junk mail asking for more money? Will they call and badger me for more money? Will they tell me what they did with my money and whether or not the impact was achieved?

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After-Action Pop-Ups: The Secret to Getting Gifts From Your Online Advocates

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If the answer is “Yes,” then you might want to use after-action popups to transform your advocate’s actions into money. Using this and other methods, any organization can build an advocacy program that organically leads to a more-effective fundraising effort.

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How to Raise Money With Facebook – One Organization’s Success Story

J Campbell Social Marketing

It will lead to missed connections with supporters, and thus, a seeming inability to raise money using the platforms. However, raising money using social media, specifically Facebook, can be done. What’s on deck for 2016?

How to Ask for a Bequest…And Get It

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Why do organizations in the UK, Canada, and Australia raise more money with bequests than we do in the US? According to Tom: UK fundraising superstar, Stephen Pidgeon, notes that a well-executed bequest marketing program can raise far more money than a major gifts program.

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What’s your fundraising asking style?


Now you can find your Asking Style for free and learn how you can use it to raise more money here. According to Brian Saber, “Your ‘Asking Style’ is based on your personality and unique set of strengths in fundraising.” ” But, don’t be fooled by stereotypes.

Why fundraisers should take some lessons from stockbrokers


With stockbrokers, investors seek to feel good and make money as a result of their engagement, relationship, partnership, and shared vision. They want to know what the heck you’re doing with their money! Think about it this way and I bet you’ll raise more money more efficiently.

Can changing your words help you raise more money?


money. The post Can changing your words help you raise more money? Fundraising Lead Generation Major Giving Planned Giving cultivation for major gifts cultivation for planned giving Dr. Russell James major gift fundraising marketing marketing tips persuasive words planned gift fundraising tips response ratesHere are some of the most powerful words used frequently in advertising: finally. suddenly. announcing. introducing. improved. amazing. sensational. remarkable. fantastic.

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Donor Complaints: Why it’s a bad idea to get upset with donors when they complain


Promises were made to me in exchange for my money, but the promises were not kept. 10,000 is a lot of money! No one likes to hear complaints. . But when you work for a nonprofit or a private sector business, you need to welcome complaints.

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4 Surefire Ways To Use Social Media To Promote Your Year-End Fundraising Campaign

J Campbell Social Marketing

There’s a lot to learn about using social media tools to raise money, but the busy and stressful year-end fundraising season probably isn’t the time to delve into the depths of analytics and algorithms. IndyShakes (@IndyShakes) October 12, 2016. Guest blog by Candace Cody.

The Heroes and Villains of the Give Local America Story #GiveDayLessons

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I’ve loved seeing community foundations step up to lead Giving Days. They’ve shown genuine community leadership, rather than just being philanthropic money managers. Let’s talk about the money. I challenge them to speak out and to lead among their peers.

A harsh reality most fundraisers don’t want to face


Sadly, as time goes on, the value your donors place on their time will only grow since the more money people have, the less time they have. What donors value is often their time without you and not their time with you. That’s right. I said it. And I know it’s hard to take.

12 Fundraising Questions Major and Planned Gift Officers Should Be Asking


The best fundraisers know that you can’t ask for money until you’ve aligned with the donor’s personal mission. >> 12 Questions that Lead to a Better Fundraising Story. >> Everyone says the number one reason why people give is because they were asked.

What to Do When the Media Gets Your Story Wrong

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When you manage the reputation of a nonprofit that is working to advance an important mission, incorrect information — particularly if it’s reported in the media — can damage your ability to raise money and effectively advocate for change.

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Drive Donors to your Online Donation Page with These Six Marketing Strategies, Part 1

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Your emails should include several links and a strong call-to-action that inevitably lead recipients to your online donation page. Once the image is clicked, it should lead them to your donation page. First-time donors will want to know what you’re going to do with their money.

How to Market Text-to-Give to Your Donors

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It not only allows you to raise money from more donors on the go; it also allows you to do so almost instantaneously. Raise money for a specific project. You won’t be trying to capture new leads forever. John Killoran.

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Where Should I Pitch My Nonprofit’s Story?

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Partnering with local companies to raise money and collect food. But attempting to develop messages that reach everybody leads to watered-down messages that fail to inspire anyone to take meaningful action. Photo by Jeronimo del Villar.

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Why everyone talks about segmenting emails but hardly anyone ever does it


And your time costs your organization money. Fundraising Lead Generation strategy best practices for fundraising email list segmentation email segmentation strategy philanthropy blog segmented email campaigns segmenting email listsThey’ll talk about it at conferences.

What planned and major gifts officers can learn from Shark Tank


Recently, Claire Axelrad (the nonprofit sector’s “practical visionary”) wrote about Shark Tank and what you can learn from the show to raise more money.

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The Four Types of Productivity Styles

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Their excessive spontaneity and impulsiveness can lead to breakthrough ideas, but can also derail project plans at times. Carson Tate. Next Thursday, February 11th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m.

Mobile Fundraising 101: The Basics

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He’ll be back soon with more details on how to raise money with mobile so stay tuned. smartphones and mobile tablets) to raise money. One of the keys to raising money through mobile is to start out with a very mobile-responsive website or application. John Killoran.

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A Simple Guide to Injecting Colorful Quotes Into Your News Release

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As a former newspaper editor and reporter, I saw countless releases from Fortune 500 companies and big-money PR firms that left me shaking my head. When your nonprofit sends a press release to a reporter or editor, it’s immediately facing stiff competition for coverage.



Here’s just one of the charts from this report: Recommendations: >> How to generate more planned gifts with less money and reduced resources. >> A chart from Third Sector’s Report.

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Effective Bequest Marketing [Webinar Tomorrow]

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Pacific), Tom Ahern, one of the world’s top authorities on “raising more money from the very same donors,” will join us for his popular 90-minute webinar, Marketing Bequests: The Art of Asking for That Final Gift. Tom Ahern. Tomorrow, June 16th at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m.

Nonprofit Fundraising Basics: Matching Gifts


Adam Weinger is one of the leading experts on corporate giving programs. He’s the president of Double the Donation , a company which helps organizations raise more money from employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs.

Introducing the “FOUR SELFs” of Engagement Fundraising


It creates circumstances that lead your supporters to ask themselves to act, to solve problems and to take stands. When I first came up with the term engagement fundraising it was because I was a pissed-off donor! I wanted the charities I cared about most to treat me better.

How to prep for your next big ask


But, sadly, only a few sentences in the entire report actually focus on the moment of truth— when you ask for the money. Fundraising Lead Generation Major Giving Planned Giving asking for a donation best practices for fundraising How to ask for a donation philanthropy blog

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7 Solid Reasons Why You Should Kill Your Printed Planned Giving Newsletter


In fact, one of our clients generates planned gifts and leads as a result of the newsletter we produce for them AND they also generate $200,000 in cash per issue. How long and what did it cost to raise that amount of money in the first place?

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NPCOMM: Behind the Scenes [2 NEW Webinars]

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April 21st and 28th, 2016. THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016. Girl Scouts gave the money back, but they needed to replace it and fast. THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016. Ever wonder how they did it?

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3 ways to use direct mail effectively in the age of social media


Drive respondents online for more information – then give them opportunities to convert into leads. While small postcards are a form of direct mail, they are cheaper to produce and deliver than full-blown direct mail packages or sales letters, and they are great for generating leads. Then design and print them all at once to gain economies of scale and save money.

The best way to predict the future is to invent it


>> How to Generate More Planned Gifts with Less Money and Reduced Resources. Fundraising Lead Generation Major Giving Planned Giving charitable giving donor cultivation fundraising technology major gift marketing Marketing Solutions nonprofit marketing planned gift marketing

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What to do instead of the crusty old estate planning seminars you run hoping to generate planned gifts?


They’re expensive since time is the same as money. Those that come forward will obviously care about the organization’s future— qualified leads. Fundraising Lead Generation Planned Giving estate planning fundraising advice fundraising blog legacy gift marketing nonprofit lead gen tips Philanthropy planned gift fundraising tips planned gift marketingI’m not sure the old-fashioned estate planning seminars really work to generate legacy gifts.

10 Types of Social Media Posts Every Nonprofit Should Be Sending

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Sending out congratulatory messages and praising your donors and volunteers is a great way to show them you value their contributions of money and time. Space your posts out in the months leading up to your fundraiser or event. Guest blog by Adam Weinger.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Assign a “Fundraising Leader” and Raise More Money , says Lori Jacobwith. A post from last year, but still worth a read – 16 Easy Ways to Lead Your Organization’s Culture Shift by Pam Grow.

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What to do about planned gift marketing when you don’t know what to do…


Next give each person a numerical ranking with 5 reflecting potential capacity (in other words, a 5 means they have money!). You’ll generate leads and uncover previously undisclosed gifts.

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The 7 biggest mistakes weak major gift officers make repeatedly


Focusing on the wrong donors (especially super-nice ones with no money). Fundraising Lead Generation Major Giving Planned Giving strategy 80/20 rule charity blog fundraising do's and don'ts fundraising don'ts major gift marketing mistakes mistakes major gift officers make nonprofit marketing planned gift cultivationWasting time in-house letting themselves get caught up in meetings, activities, or office politics.

How to Approach a Nonprofit Job Interview with a For-Profit Attitude (and Résumé)


Hint: it’s not for the money. Do you want to lead a team? This guest post originally appeared on Idealist Careers blog.

Are face-to-face meetings with donors overrated?


Keep in mind, they are probably afraid that you just want their money. So how the heck are you supposed to raise a lot of money if your prospects are going to lie and you don’t know what value you can provide for them? When I first got into professional sales at Washingtonian Magazine I was taught that the only way to really sell anything was to get face-to-face with a prospect. That was back in 1988 and I’d agree that, back then, it was true.

So, THAT Happened…In-the-Trenches Reflections on December Online Fundraising Campaigns (Add Yours!)

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And compared to 2014, Fountain House raised six times more money on #GivingTuesday in 2015 and almost doubled the average gift from $146.73 The money we raised during #GivingTuesday was an integral part of our year-end fundraising. Photo Credit: p/3cF1TQ.

Stop shaming your supporters!


They invite him to events and ask for money from a stage with a microphone. So I’m out having lunch with one of my fellow CEO buddies. I do that a lot.