Mailbag: What Tools Do Nonprofit Teams Use to Manage Sponsorship Fulfillment?

Selfish Giving

I work for a larger arboretum in the Chicago suburbs and believe it or not, our biggest challenge is working with other teams here to stay organized! I am hoping to find suggestions or ideas from other organizations that work to ensure that internal teams are keeping up with mutually agreed benefits such as logos or signage, acknowledgement in press releases, and on-site presentations, etc. To manage our sponsor deliverables, we use our database (we use Salesforce) to track everything.

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More Looking to Nonprofit Jobs for Personal Fulfillment

Fundraising Breakthroughs

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.

How BvB Dallas used CrowdRise to turn their community into a movement

CrowdRise

When it comes to ease of use, and the breadth of things we need, CrowdRise is going to always fulfill those needs way more than anyone else.” - Dani McArthur, former Board of Directors at BvB Dallas “We needed a place we could advertise and push out, and that could collect our funds and show it in the right way. It needed to be user friendly for our participants, but also offer different levels of involvement for donors.

NONPROFIT BRANDING: Staying Afloat Is Job One

NonProfit Branding

A century-old wreck reminds us that not all ships fulfill their mission. Mission is the reason your nonprofit exists. But survival comes before mission! Your first mandate is to keep the ship afloat. Only if your organization is solvent and … Continue reading → CONTEXT: Tricks, Tips & Taboos PROTECTION: Guarding & Repairing Brands Uncategorized brand management crisis communications nonprofit management Nonprofit marketing nonprofit morale nonprofit stewardship

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

iMarketSmart

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. But whose needs do they serve? You might think that commercial businesses serve the needs of their customers while charities serve the needs of their missions (such as feeding the hungry or curing cancer).

16 Simple Things Your Best Donors Want

iMarketSmart

Here’s my list of essential major donor needs that you must aim to fulfill: 1. Your best donors want you to do the important work they can’t or won’t do. Your best donors want you to give them the credit and praise for your achievements. They want to be the hero in the story, not you. Your best donors want you to remind them how great they are frequently. Your best donors want you to take an interest in them and their story.

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Fundraising is Broken…Fix It With Engagement Fundraising

iMarketSmart

Together we can: Foster true engagement with hi-value donors; Develop meaningful donor experiences; Deliver the kind of honesty and transparency your supporters deserve; Drive down donor acquisition and retention costs while plugging holes in your cultivation and stewardship efforts; And, ultimately empower your supporters to help your organization fulfill it’s mission.

VolunteerMatch Enters into Sweet Cause Marketing Deal with Ben and Jerrys and Target

Cause Related Marketing

VolunteerMatch actually fulfills the brightest hopes for the potential of the Internet by connecting people with causes and doing great. I hold the San Francisco nonprofit VolunteerMatch in the highest regard.VolunteerMatch enables people to easily find the kind of volunteer opportunities they'd prefer, wherever they live. It's technology and processes harnessed together in brilliant fashion.

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Focus on the mission, not the money

Get Fully Funded

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.

Why you need to think of yourself as a facilitator

iMarketSmart

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! Supporters give because they trust your organization to satisfy that need. Tweet This!

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Giving headlines should grab your attention, but not for the reasons you think

Fundraising Coach

Doing that will become a self fulfilling prophecy - they will raise less money. Private coaching clients have been emailing me the doom and gloom articles on the latest Giving USA report. Giving was up about $3 billion but when adjusted for inflation, giving was down in 2018. This should grab our attention. But not for the reasons you think. In answering a coaching client today, I ended up writing a blog post and giving links to other people's analyses of the state of giving.

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Storytelling at Its Very Best

Non Profit Marketing 360

But the girl is killed in a car accident before she can fulfill her pledge. Child enjoying clean and safe drinking water from a newly built well, funded by charity: water (Photo credit: Wikipedia). To see just how powerful storytelling can be for your cause, take just a few moments to watch this new video from Charity: Water.

Storytelling at Its Very Best

Non Profit Marketing 360

But the girl is killed in a car accident before she can fulfill her pledge. English: child enjoying clean and safe drinking water from a newly built well, funded by charity: water (Photo credit: Wikipedia). To see just how powerful storytelling can be for your cause, take just a few moments to watch this new video from Charity: Water.

Twitterific Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

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! tallies your Tweets and sends you a bill. has nearly 6,000 charities already in place. It’s a simple matter to add yours. Ehren Foss Facebook David J. Neff Sarah Vela Network for Good HelpAttack Twitter

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The Edge Visible Challenge: $1,000 Award

A Small Change

What does your organization do/offer to fulfill your mission? do you fulfill your mission? I’m always trying to let you know right away when I learn about a new online award or grant. The Edge Group in Washington and California is celebrating their 5 year anniversary with a $1,000 award. They believe that nonprofits often describe themselves with such generic language that they become invisible to the communities they are in.

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Be careful what you think!

Get Fully Funded

If you spend your day focused on how bad things are and how you can’t raise money, your thoughts become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Every nonprofit can raise all the money they need to fulfill their mission. If your organization is having trouble raising money right now and you’re blaming it on the economy, I want you to stop. There are lots of nonprofits who are doing just fine. Many of my clients are raising more money this year than last year.

The difference between goals vs. quotas for major gifts and planned gifts fundraisers

iMarketSmart

They’ll only fulfill them and acquiesce to them. I am a big believer in setting goals with my staff, not administering quotas. When we sit down to set goals, I prefer to collaborate with my staff, not dictate activities to them. Here’s the difference between a goal and a quota. Goal: The object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

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What’s missing from most nonprofit mission statements?

iMarketSmart

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. It’s probably because everything I think, write and create begins with the donor in mind — not the fundraiser. Sorry.

Notes from a Board retreat

Get Fully Funded

A nonprofit will best be able to serve people and fulfill its mission when the Board, staff, and volunteers are all passionate about the cause. In order to fulfill your mission, you must have money. I had the pleasure of spending time with the Board and staff of Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity in Prescott, Arizona last weekend. Habitat is one of my favorite organizations and this group is full of heart and passion for the people they serve.

Our EveryAction Hero: Girls Inc.

EveryAction

fulfill some of their most important goals. Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With over 1,400 sites in 400 cities across the United States and Canada, the organization has grown tremendously since its founding in 1864. Through educational programming, mentorships, and advocacy, Girls Inc. focuses on providing girls everywhere the knowledge, resources, and opportunities to live healthy and productive lives.

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Website Words to Live By

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Interaction with your organization's website should be easy and fulfilling. Here are some of the most important takeaways from our Speed Consulting for Nonprofit Websites webinars, featuring Mark Rovner and Alia McKee SeaChange Strategies along with our own Katya Andresen. Don’t leave your common sense at the door ? ?. Don’t make them have to think (the most important rule!). Visitors don't want to have to stop their search to figure out where to go.

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3 Steps to Funding Nonprofit Marketing

Getting Attention

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Fulfilling work. However, it is so fulfilling knowing that what I’m doing is helping others in some way. Cynamon Frierson. Kivi met Cynamon at the Create Good Conference this year and asked her to share about making the change from the corporate world to a nonprofit communications director position. Kristina. Guest Post by Cynamon Frierson.

4 Ways To Convince Your Nonprofit Board to Invest in Fundraising Tools

EveryAction

Framing your arguments within the context of maximizing your impact and fulfilling your mission is a surefire way to win over your board. For EDs and other staff who are closely involved in the day-to-day efforts and operations of a nonprofit, it is often easy to see the challenges your organization is facing and understand the solutions necessary to address them.

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More About the Difference Between Buying and Donating…

iMarketSmart

It’s time to think in terms of donor needs and how nonprofits fulfill those needs. Yesterday I said that, in order to inspire a monetary exchange (for profit or nonprofit), you must provide value to others. I said that I think the problem with fundraising is that nonprofits think fundraising is “different” from other forms of marketing and sales when it isn’t. And that is actually why so many organizations are so bad at fundraising, resulting in retention rates at all-time-lows!

Want Staff Help with Communications? Start with Photography

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Julie Edwards, executive director of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, Georgia, agrees that contributing photography is an excellent way for program staff to fulfill their communications responsibilities. “We Before social media, nonprofit communicators needed mostly text, and convincing non-communications staff to devote time and energy into writing was (and still is) a challenge. Now, communicators need visuals as much as they need text.

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16 Simple Things Your Best Donors Want

iMarketSmart

Here’s my list of essential major donor needs that you must aim to fulfill: 1. Your best donors want you to do the important work they can’t or won’t do. Your best donors want you to give them the credit and praise for your achievements. They want to be the hero in the story, not you. Your best donors want you to remind them how great they are frequently. Your best donors want you to take an interest in them and their story.

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Notes from Day 1 of the Cause Academy in Phoenix

Cause Related Marketing

Causes are increasingly willing to partner with non-competing causes to better fulfill their missions More tomorrow. I'm in Phoenix for the Cause Academy, a convocation of cause marketers, including causes, sponsors, and counsel. Here's some early notes: Causes are trying to figure out the work structure that would best deploy their teams. Sponsors want face time with the top leaders of the cause they partner with. Top cause marketers have the ear of their CEOs.

What’s Wrong with Storytelling for Fundraising

iMarketSmart

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. Just a few weeks ago lots of folks even attended a Nonprofit Storytelling Conference. The reason I say, “I get it!” ” is (first) because telling stories to generate revenue is not a new concept.

7 Reasons Why SMEs Say They Don’t Need a Good Website – and 7 Reasons Why They’re Wrong

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So why is it important that your website fulfils its potential? 7 Reasons Why SMEs Say They Don’t Need a Good Website – and 7 Reasons Why They’re Wrong. by Zoe Allen. When 90% of UK adults are online, having a website that doesn’t work for you is a huge mistake.

Successful Nonprofit Storytelling: Stay Humble

Getting Attention

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. Julie is intrigued by storytelling, and the opportunity it offers to inspire donors and volunteers to act.

Be careful what you think!

Get Fully Funded

If you spend your day focused on how bad things are and how you can’t raise money, your thoughts become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Every nonprofit can raise all the money they need to fulfill their mission. If your organization is having trouble raising money right now and you’re blaming it on the economy, I want you to stop. There are lots of nonprofits who are doing just fine. Many of my clients are raising more money this year than last year.

3 words for 2010

Get Fully Funded

And it will help you move forward in fulfilling your organization’s mission. Think about how you might fulfill your organization’s mission. I see a few friends who are setting their intentions for the year by choosing 3 words from Seth Godin’s new guide “ What Matters Now.&# I thought I’d do the same. There’s something powerful about setting an intention.

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Grant a Soldier's Wish in Time for Christmas

Cause Related Marketing

5 posting on Sears Hero's At Home, I'm pleased to highlight SoldierWish.com, which allows armed service men and women and their families to post wish lists that you and I can fulfill. Quick Post:In keeping with Thursday's post on Current Energy and and my Dec. But do it now, secret Santa's. There's not much time before Christmas.Tip of the hat to Jeremy Hanks for introducing me to Soldier Wish.

Cause Marketing and 'Nature Deficit Disorder'

Cause Related Marketing

Make two mouse clicks, sign the pledge with your Facebook ID, and all you have to do is fulfill it. Likewise, The North Face could ask several questions that help people think about exactly what they’ll be doing when they fulfill their pledge. These are straightforward additions in Facebook that would increase the likelihood that the pledges get fulfilled. Just last night my youngest asked me what my favorite thing to do was when I was her age.

Two Examples of How to Cultivate Your Donors (Even When They Aren’t Your Donors)

iMarketSmart

Sam and Meghan have planted seeds that may take decades to grow, however the impact of their work (if I am able to fulfill my personal mission first!), There’s a theme to major and legacy gift fundraising. You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to uncover it. It’s the importance of relationship building. At the root of every major or legacy gift made there’s an intimate and undoubtedly deep connection between a donor and the organization.

Top 2 cringeworthy things some fundraisers say to major donor prospects (and what they might want to say instead)

iMarketSmart

So they fulfill those request promptly. “I’d like to meet you to update you / tell you what we do / tell you what we’ve been doing , etc.” ” I’ve had fundraisers approach me this way. It’s all about them and their organization. I guess they figure they’ll ‘wow’ donor prospects into giving because they and their organization are so awesome. Most major donor prospects are not looking for an update. They’re looking for a fit.

Why you should never get a job and go to work.

iMarketSmart

Making progress is a self-fulfilling journey, working is punching a clock. I taught my kids to avoid using the words job , work and can’t. To me a job is what some people get so they can work to get money; and if they fail to find one, they might say it’s because they can’t. I’ve had lots of jobs. I got paid plenty of money for my work. I never said, “I can’t.”. I bussed tables at restaurants. I carried luggage as a bellboy at hotels. I waxed and polished cars.

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How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community

iMarketSmart

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. . Although this letter is meant for the “community” (non-donors and donors), this is NOT how you should ever address people. Here’s why: It’s boring. It lacks emotion. It fails to tell a story.

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