Attitude of Gratitude: our Favorite #UNselfies from #GivingTuesday 2015


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


Have the right attitude. Now that you have a better idea of how to tout your for-profit accomplishments, here are some interview attitude tips to help you shake off the nerves and put your best self forward. This guest post originally appeared on Idealist Careers blog.

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The top 3 attitudes of wildly successful Fundraisers

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Adopt these three attitudes and watch things start to change. . . . . Many people are being wildly successful in fundraising these days. After working with several, I’ve noticed that share a few things in common. The are passionate about their cause. They believe deeply in the work their nonprofit does and they love seeing loves changed. They are willing to do whatever it takes to see their nonprofit organization succeed. If that means working long hours, they’ll do it.

The top 3 attitudes of wildly successful Fundraisers

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Adopt these three attitudes and watch things start to change. . . . . Many people are being wildly successful in fundraising these days. After working with several, I’ve noticed that share a few things in common. The are passionate about their cause. They believe deeply in the work their nonprofit does and they love seeing loves changed. They are willing to do whatever it takes to see their nonprofit organization succeed. If that means working long hours, they’ll do it.

"I Y'am What I Y'am": Why You Should Always Hire for Attitude

Marketing for Nonprofits

Hire for attitude. But they all agree on one core “people” proposition: They hire for attitude and train for skill. Do this by defining the personality traits and attitude necessary for new team members to succeed and find a way to rigorously assess and hire for that.

INTERVIEW: Lisa Taylor of Challenge Factory Talks Your Career Transition

Wild Woman Fundraising

Conflict Finding a job Keeping a job Leadership Sector-Switching american career attitudes boomer career boomer transitions can't afford to retire canadian career challenge factory executive search company for nonprofits fired? Lisa Taylor, Founder, Challenge Factory.

What will your attitude help you see?

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I believe that our attitudes about our work have a direct impact on the bottom line of our fundraising. Your positive attitude can help you see things in new and different ways. And that willingness stems from a positive attitude about your work. .

3 Ways + 1 to Get Your Head Back in the Game

Fundraising Coach

Ask attitudeFundraising is hard. You’re asking people to do something they probably haven’t considered doing yet. So they need to be helped through the process. After all, they’ve given it far less thought than you have!). And then there’s the news.

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Starting Over #6: Measuring Donor Experiences

The Agitator

A surprising number of fundraisers fail to understand a basic axiom of a successful organization/donor relationship: It is the actions an organization takes toward its donors (the so-called ‘donor experience’) that determines the attitude — positive or negative — of the donor. In turn, it is the donor’s attitude that determines the donor’s behavior toward the organization — e.g., giving volunteering, staying or leaving.

Measuring Donor Experiences- Part 1

The Agitator

Old-fashioned, traditional organizations measure the efficiency of the organization’s own internal actions rather than the effectiveness of how the organization’s actions directed toward the donor actually affect donors’ attitudes. A surprising number of fundraisers fail to understand a basic axiom of the organization-donor relationship: It is the actions an organization takes toward its donors (donor experience) that determines the attitude positively or negatively of the donor.

The Language of Change: 20 Words and Phrases that Impact Attitudes, Actions and Funding

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Download the presentation handout below 'Related Documents'! Learn how to engage board members/stakeholders, simplify your message and jumpstart funding by understanding the lexicon of change and--more importantly--the thinking behind it. This is the difference between charity and philanthropy, sustainable funding and transformation, a mission statement and a message.

New Report on Donor Attitudes

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

According to a new report by the nonpartisan research organization Public Agenda, "typical giving tends to be based on personal experience and emotional connections." Hopefully most of us knew that already, but it's good to be reminded of it occasionally anyway. The report, The Charitable Impulse , finds that "American donors are passionate and positive about the charities and nonprofits they support. But at the same time.

Show some donor appreciation!


Gratitude is the best attitude! You should know that lots of people try to tell me how to market MarketSmart. They tell me I need to drive tons of traffic to my website. They call me up and tell me I should speak at or sponsor this or that event. They recommend I buy a booth at an expo so I can jump out at people as they walk by. They try to sell me spam lists (also known as email lists). They tell me I need more Twitter followers. And the list goes on. Guess what?

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When it comes to “moves management,” are you concerned too?


But then Wikipedia continues by saying, “David Dunlop, the Cornell University senior development officer who developed the concept of moves management, described the idea as “changing people’s attitudes so they want to give.”. Now before you start typing an angry response to this post telling me you are insulted because you are not a manipulative louse, remember, Wikipedia said David Dunlop described the idea as “changing people’s attitudes.”

Are You an ATM or a Fundraiser?

The Agitator

We see it every day, reflected in the actions and attitudes of nonprofit boards, CEOs and fundraisers. We don’t pay nearly enough attention to the issue of disrespect and the horrible price our sector pays for ignoring it or shrugging it off with a “well, that’s the way it is.”

Donor Retention: Good News And Poor Excuses

The Agitator

Here’s what the survey of 775 nonprofits revealed about the attitudes and action toward donor retention. At last! I’m pleased to report that there seems to be some evidence that more and more fundraisers are paying attention to the issue of donor retention.

Are Your Donors Losing Interest?

The Agitator

In some cases to even know what to measure, let alone understand how to respond in terms of organization-wide attitude and communication tactics. Most of the discussion that occurs around the sorry state of donor retention deals with failure on the part of nonprofits to even take notice of their situation. The underlying assumption is that just by ‘getting it right’ in terms of focus and mechanics a large proportion of haemorrhaging donors can be, well, salvaged.

Communicate In The Purple Zone

The Agitator

” Much is written about donor-centric fundraising (the only kind that works) as a philosophy and attitude, and also regarding the nitty gritty of how to communicate properly with donors.

Quote of the Week: Why the Web Was Won


I recently came across another quote that embodies this belief from one of the TurningPoint Collaborative’s PDFs, The Basics of Social Marketing : The process of heightening awareness, shifting attitudes, and strengthening knowledge is valuable if, and only if, it leads to action.

Hispanic Trends

The Agitator

Their Hispanic Trends Project has now launched an e-newsletter with bi-weekly updates on trends in this key demographic segment — basic demographics, media usage, political orientation, cultural and religious attitudes … you name it.

Cold calling major donors to arrange appointments doesn’t work— but this method does


Attitude is 80% of the battle. No one likes getting cold calls and you probably don’t like making them.

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Yes to Multichannel BUT Mix Depends on Audience

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Blackbaud just released a must-read report—findings from its Next Generation of American Giving study on charitable giving trends and engagement behaviors and attitudes across Matures (68+), Boomers (49-67), Gen X (33-48) and Gen Y (18-32).

Quality vs. Quantity: Which is better for selecting fundraising prospects?


In case you aren’t a researcher, quantitative research basically counts things while qualitative research looks at people’s attitudes, feelings, or emotions.

10 Ways to Use Body Language to Close More Major Gifts?


His landmark studies ( “Decoding of Inconsistent Communications” and “Inference of Attitudes from Nonverbal Communication in Two Channels”) uncovered w hat elements you should focus on most for effective communications as follows: Body language = 55%.

Telefundraising Reveals The Pulse

The Agitator

Colin is properly balanced in his analysis, covering the growing hurdles that telefundraising faces — chiefly, cellphones, compliance issues, and changing consumer attitudes associated with intrusive communications — but noting the opportunities that still exist. I can’t even remember the last time I read a decent article on telefundraising. Can you? If so, please pass along the link!

Break the Rules! You’ll never look back

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Make It Work — focused on changing attitudes and policy so families can live in economic security while participating fully in family and work—made good on its promise big-time. Wake up, girls and boys! It’s time to change our ways. Here’s the thing: I’m a rule follower, and I bet you are too.

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Can’t Invent Needs

The Agitator

His point in Inventing a tribe is — individuals with the attitude, the need were there before we (the marketer) were. In a recent post, Seth Godin argues: “I can’t think of a single time that an individual or an organization has created a brand-new worldview, spread it and then led that tribe.” ” He notes that there were social rebels before there were Harley Davidson motorcycles, and Rastafarians before Bob Marley.

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


Re-set your attitude so you see their complaints as opportunities— not only to make things right but also to expand the relationship further. 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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Still time: Summer-ize Your Marketing

Getting Attention

Even though schooldays ended eons ago for most of us, our focus, attitudes, and readiness to act change as the weather warms. You know it, and I know it. Shaping content that matters to your readers is everything.

Opportunity! Nonprofit Communications Jobs

Getting Attention

Communications Associate, Religion and Global Attitudes Pew Research Center (Washington, DC). Please post YOUR nonprofit marketing job here: Featuring jobs with nonprofit organizations, grantmakers, B Corps, and agencies and other vendors serving nonprofits.

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5 Steps to Building Your Generosity Network

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Your personal attitude toward money and giving can impact your ask and how you relate to donors. In The Generosity Network , authors Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey C. Walker stress that “[t]rue generosity is rooted in relatedness”.

Building Allies

A Small Change

As a new employee you want to find your way in the organization= you don’t know the existing attitudes (positive or negative), and have little ingrained thinking about the organization. I find the first few months are so important at a new job. I recently read the book The First 90 Days. One of the key items that the book talks about is building allies. This is so important for us in fundraising as we often end up touching the entire organization.

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Drop your membership in the “Ain’t It Awful” club

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One thing I’ve learned over the years is that mindset and attitude are everything, especially in fundraising. Change your attitude. If you’re a card-carrying member of the “Ain’t It Awful” club, it’s time to drop your membership. Especially if you want to raise money. Membership in the club is given to people who. complain about how hard fundraising is. whine about how bad the economy is.

4 Myths About Fundraising You Need to Stop Believing

Wild Woman Fundraising

There’s very much the attitude of “here you go little woman, you’re doing this for the mission, this is all you get.” I have talked with so many people about fundraising. Founders. Executive Directors. Board members. and of course, fundraising staff.

5 Steps to Powerful Staff Messengers

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Flickr: OpenUniversity. How often have you banged your head against the wall because you just can’t squeeze any more from your existing team and budget?

Shades of Social Marketing


All About Attitude. Kotler’s interview also reminds us the badge true social marketers wear, and it’s stitched with attitude. ” As I also teach my students, he shares that the difference lies in the attitude and mindset we wear as we approach our work.

How Can Nonprofits Communicate to Two Americas?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The best way to combat these attitudes and push for the greater good is to find areas of common ground. It’s Kivi here.

I Don’t Want A Relationship … Do I?

The Agitator

Roger and I are big believers in building donor relationships, based upon positive donor attitudes and experiences, in order to maximize donor lifetime value. However, reading this rundown on successful direct mail tactics employed by candidates in 2012 left me wondering … would I want a ‘donor relationship’ with any of these folks? That led me in turn to: Does any giver really want a ‘donor relationship’ with a charity or nonprofit?

5 pieces of advice for nonprofit communicators who want to rock their marketing in 2017

J Campbell Social Marketing

There is an insidious attitude that has infected many nonprofits, large and small, old and new. This past year was certainly an explosive one for digital marketing and online fundraising. Many nonprofits upped their efforts on digital channels , and reaped the benefits.

Ep163: Mary Kay Cosmetics: Don't Cover Up Domestic Abuse

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How is the Don't Look Away program is executed in countries that have different attitudes about women and abuse. Lobbying for Good - Mary Kay Partners with the Texas Council on Family Violence to Help End Domestic Violence.

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