Why some people rise in fundraising

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4 ways to find the work that is most fulfilling to you. Check out the first post in this series, all about how to get that fundraising job !

More Looking to Nonprofit Jobs for Personal Fulfillment

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In “ Execs find fulfillment in nonprofit leadership ,” the Pasadena Star-News writes about how for-profit executives are transitioning to the nonprofit world, where their business skills are much in demand. There seems to be a spike in news—do three stories count as a spike?—about about careers in the nonprofit sector.

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Book review: Mindset, A New Psychology of Success

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Corporate v. Nonprofit, 5 Lessons Learned When I Switched to Nonprofit Communications & Marketing

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Fulfilling work. However, it is so fulfilling knowing that what I’m doing is helping others in some way. Cynamon Frierson.

NONPROFIT BRANDING: Sweatshirts Were NOT Stolen From Under Our Client’s Nose. (Because His Head Was Turned!)

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One of the Best Campaign Messages Ever (Case Study)

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” In fact, I see—via comments on MN United’s Facebook post this morning asking folks to order this free bumper sticker while quantities last—that the popularity of the anthem has exceeded MN United’s ability to fulfill demand from eager messengers. Go ahead.

Need a Good Day? Focus on Your Little Wins

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According to research by Teresa Amabile from the Harvard Business School, your best work days likely include making progress – even if it is just a small win — on work you consider meaningful or important.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kirsten McIlvenna

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Although it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day life in her US office, she feels the most fulfillment when she gets to visit the programs in Haiti and the DR to meet and build relationships with those she works each day to help. Kirsten McIlvenna.

3 Steps to Funding Nonprofit Marketing

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If the funder doesn’t accept marketing grant requests, be prepared to explain how marketing could help your agency better fulfill its mission. Guest blogger, Julie Brown, is the program director at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. Julie is intrigued by storytelling, and the opportunity it offers to inspire donors and volunteers to act.

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How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community


Together, we have fulfilled our Great Expectations. Here’s an old letter from my alma mater. In 2012 they achieved their goal and raised $1 billion but, in my humble opinion, they failed miserably. .

Still-Time Summer Marketing Sizzlers

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This also ensures a greater return for the charity, since fulfillment is assured. Part 1. Dig in a.s.a.p. to these tested and terrific ways to get your people out of the heat and into action—shared by peer fundraisers and communicators in the field.

4 Ways to Segment Your Donors for More Effective Marketing

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Sarah is responsible for managing the production and customer support department concerning client contract fulfillment, increasing client retention, and customer satisfaction. Sarah Tedesco. We’ve talked before about segmenting your email list to send more relevant communications.

Why you need to think of yourself as a facilitator


Rather, they want to employ your organization to fulfill their desire to solve problems that are bigger than they are. This arrangement between you and them is their best prospect for fulfilling their charitable desires. Supporters give to satisfy a need Tweet This!

You’ve Just Been Promoted to Chief of Staff

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But what if you could transform your role away from that and into something much more valuable to your organization and fulfilling for you? Leili Khalessi.

What’s missing from most nonprofit mission statements?


You’ll be hard-pressed to find a charity mission statement that includes their donors — the very people that provide the funding to fulfill each charity’s mission. Last week I wrote a post that ruffled some feathers. I do that from time to time.

How to make the right fundraising decision every time

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It’s about the joy, fulfillment and peace that comes with feeling as if your life has meant something bigger, something beyond yourself. How can you make the right fundraising decision every time?

Successful Nonprofit Storytelling: Stay Humble

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Nonprofit directors—if you want to use a video to gain more funds or volunteers for the people you serve; let the story of one person inspire us to help you fulfill your mission. Guest blogger, Julie Brown, Program Director at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

What’s Wrong with Storytelling for Fundraising


By allowing an exchange of stories you show that you care about your donor and their reasons for wanting to fulfill the needs of others. I get it! I get it! Tell stories! There’s been a lot of talk about storytelling for fundraising recently.

9 Questions Fundraisers Need to Ask Themselves In Order to Improve in 2014


Commercial businesses and charities both have to fulfill needs in order to survive. Once charities learn to answer those questions well and put their ideas into action effectively, they’ll fulfill both their missions and their donors’ missions more successfully.

! Jackpot of Comms Skills & Inspiration: #17NTC

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Connecting face-to-face with our fellow nonprofit warriors is as fulfilling and educational as learning from session speakers. Liz Polay-Wettengel is National Director of Marketing and Communications for I nterfaithFamily , a Jewish non-profit based in Newton, MA.

5 Ways to Recruit Passionate Fundraisers

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Help your board fulfill their give or get commitment by making it easy for them to launch their own personal fundraising page. Giving is social. Study after study shows that people are more likely to give when asked by a someone they know. Social connections and personal ties are strong drivers of behavior, and charitable giving is no exception. So how do you inspire your supporters to spread the word and raise funds on your behalf?

Telling Your Nonprofit’s Financial Story

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It shows that they’re fulfilling their role of watchdog — protecting the interests of their readers by scouring public data and sharing it. Peter Panepento.

Focus on the mission, not the money

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It’s about fulfilling your organization’s mission. Too many times, nonprofit Fundraisers get so focused on the money that they forget to communicate about the mission. I’ve seen this in direct mail appeals, grant proposals, and major donor visits. . Keep this in mind: it’s not about the money you need. It’s about helping people and changing or saving lives.

How to use a blog to generate planned giving gifts.


Tell stories about how your organization helps others to fulfill its mission (we need to work on this more). According to research by the University of Massachusetts , charities and higher education have a higher adoption rate for blogs than any other category.

Facebook for Fundraising: Worth It or Waste of Time?

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My recommendation: Use Facebook only if you fulfill all of these criteria: 1. Your organization’s free Facebook ride is over! Now, when checking Facebook page activity stats (aka Insights) for our client organizations, I make sure to dive in with a sweet treat in hand.

4 Things your supporters want

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When you fulfill these needs, you are better able to meet your own. Too often, we forget the needs of our supporters in the pursuit of our own needs. And when we do so, we end up with double paucity: our supporters get neglected and we attract fewer resources to our cause. People are complex, but as I’ve said along with my friend Mark Rovner , they have at least four needs in common. 1: To be SEEN and HEARD. So acknowledge them.

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Are face-to-face meetings with donors overrated?


Tell them how you can fulfill their needs. 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. But today, almost 30 years later, I think face-to-face meetings for most situations might be overrated. I don’t think you necessarily have to meet with every donor assigned to you.

Creating Content to Match Your Org’s Personality

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I’m not sure how meaningful this really is, but here’s how Typealyzer tagged these nonprofits: Red Cross , Feed the Children , Planned Parenthood : ISTJ — The Duty Fulfillers. On Wednesday, I suggested a few ways that nonprofits can show their personalities , following up on a post where I listed a bunch of different personality traits and asked you to select three to describe your nonprofit.

Twitterific Cause Marketing

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Donations are processed and fulfilled through Network for Good.HelpAttack! Austin-based HelpAttack! wants to help you use your Twitter superpowers for good.Sign up and pledge a certain amount per Tweet for a month to the charity of your choice. At the end of 30-days HelpAttack!

Top 10 Things to Look For in New Board Members

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Even the most passionate board member is unhappy if they feel that they are not fulfilling their commitment to the organization. Gail Perry. Gail Perry knows how to fire up a board! But first you have to have the right kind of people in place.

Protecting Donor Information: What’s Your Security IQ?

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Bill Sayre is the president of Merkle Response Management Group , a full-service direct response processing and fulfillment company that works with nonprofits including Operation Smile and the Heritage Foundation. Bill Sayre.

Donors are the drivers

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If you want your donors to feel involved, ask how your organization is meeting donors’ dreams and fulfilling their desires. Learn and plan. Donors are the drivers. These are two important reminders that Larry C. Johnson shares in his new book The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising. While these maxims might seem obvious, Larry explores them in a way that will change how you think about asking for donations this holiday season.

10 Ways to Deliver Value to Your Major Donors and Planned Giving Prospects


People who help others selflessly feel happier, more fulfilled, energized and in control. Find ways to release dopamine and/or oxytocin in your supporters’ brains. Oxytocin creates intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships.

An open plea to hold better events

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It filled a need that they might not otherwise seek fulfill.” I got the following email today from one of my blog readers, John Scott Foster of the Wesselman Nature Society. I had an experience this weekend I thought you might be interested in. I attended two “gala” type events.

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Rocking the Case Study

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Once you explain that to donors, they’ll better understand how you fulfill your mission, and why it’s important to have operational expenses. I’m a huge fan of case studies. They’re an incredible tool to showcase your nonprofit’s work, demonstrate social proof, and gain more supporters. Jay Baer’s Youtility explains the power of case studies in greater detail, but here are a few ways you can use this approach to support your fundraising and marketing efforts: 1) Get testimonials.

Why social media can be addictive

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He describes three rewards that we seek, and shows that social media fulfills each. I was recently invited to become one of LinkedIn’s inaugural bloggers as part of its new thought leader platform. Here is one of my first posts.

How to raise money when every politician is asking for it

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If you’re afraid of the election and react by reducing your marketing and fundraising efforts, you guarantee a self-fulfilling prophesy of failure. There’s a nice piece this month in Fundraising Success by Tom Harrison , who offers helpful tips on raising money when every inbox and mailbox is clogged with electioneering. (It’s It’s not online yet but should be soon here.) I think it’s worth sharing his advice.

#INTERVIEW: Debra Askanase, Socialbrite.org Strategist, Offers Useful Advice To Nonprofits Using Social Media

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If those things are not fulfilled, you need them fulfilled. Debra Askanase, founder of Community Organizer 2.0 , is an “engagement strategist” who consults with nonprofit organizations on digital media. She is also a strategist for Socialbrite.

How to organize your fundraising job search like a pro with Phil Gerard

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So that said, what work do you find most fulfilling with your consulting? There are many things that I find fulfilling. So those are two examples of many fulfilling moments in my consulting life. Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Welcome.

I wish I could give you this for Christmas

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We might want to read these books and take a break from smartphones and computers for even one day to see what feels more fulfilling to you. Let me tell you a story about my family. My family came to visit me in October.