35 amazing ways to engage and involve your donors and supporters


Workbooks. >> The Definitive List of Engagement Fundraising Channels. >> If you’re stuck wondering how to involve your supporters with your mission, look no further. Here are 35 ideas from a stream of my consciousness. Surveys. Quizzes. Invitations to join a board or committee. Games. Polls. Videos. Advocacy or activism opportunities. Podcasts. Testimonials. Online chat tools. Webinars. Streaming live events. Question and answer sessions.

The 5 p’s of engagement fundraising


Having a list of 100,000 matters little if no one engages with your outreach. You can gain permission if you develop content (engagement experiences, tools, widgets, videos, workbooks, apps, etc.) 1- Permission. Donors have immense power these days. They can ignore your communications!

Find Your Frequent Email Readers Using Excel

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Karin provided the following instructions, starting with MailChimp (but you can use anything that allows you to export lists). I quickly cut and paste those emails into one column in a new Excel workbook.

Why You Need A Strategic Online Nonprofit Communications Plan

J Campbell Social Marketing

I have heard the same complaint from every single nonprofit client that I work with – they are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by their always-growing marketing and fundraising To Do list. You even get a workbook to follow along and jot down notes!).

Top 10 Things to Look For in New Board Members

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

And if you’d like a recruitment guide – you can use my 24-page Recruit Your Dream Team Board Workbook (it’s free to my subscribers.). Here’s my short list of top qualities I want in a board member (warning – I’m biased – and this is not a politically correct list!): Gail Perry.

Goal Setting for Personal and Professional Development

Fundraising Coach

The best way I’ve found to do that, is by listing out 100 things you want to do next year. Get it all onto a list. After you push through this first hard spot, you’ll find yourself start including goofy ideas on the list. Treat this list like a brainstorm : don’t qualify what you put down. In the MagnetGoals Workbook , I have a worksheet to help with this. It can also be useful to think of listing goals for various areas of your life including: Health.

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What does an LGBTQ nonprofit organization do?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I interviewed Kate Bornstein , author of My Gender Workbook , Hello Cruel World and transgender activist. Have any fantastic LGBTQ orgs you’d like to add to this list? Berdache or "Two-Spirit" in America, late 1880s.

Announcing the Fundraising Career Conference

Wild Woman Fundraising

1) The number of women in leadership roles is no better now in major national Jewish federations, service and advocacy groups and religious and educational institutions than it was five years ago, when the Forward compiled its first list of executive salaries in communal institutions.

Plan Your Year-End Campaign in 7 Steps

Fundraising 123

Wow your organization's Board and leadership with conversation rates, list-building, website traffic and any other number results into which they can sink their teeth. Download your copy of the workbook today. . It's that time of year again! It's time to make a plan to reach your year-end fundraising goals. These 7 steps will help you make your map to December gold. Figure out what you're trying to accomplish. Any campaign worth its salt is about getting results.

Developing a Plan to Approach Companies

Fundraising Coach

Perhaps you already have a list of companies that could donate to your organization. Once you have that list, the next step is to determine who the real decision makers are in each company and how you can get in front of them to present your case. Let’s focus on determining the decision makers for the top ten prospects on your list. You can use a worksheet in my workbook to help. If not, we’ll be helping you with that in our December 6 webinar.

New and Improved – My Fundraising Career Plan has Received a Major Update

Wild Woman Fundraising

So my career pathing workbook is set up to help you get to the core of the problems your interlocutor may be facing. Then I’ll show you a list of values, and then ask you to pick your favorite 10 values.

Do you want more attention for your cause? Order My New Book: The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media

Wild Woman Fundraising

Want to see a chapter listing? The gold is in your list, AKA e-newsletters. The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media Workbook. Buy The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media, the NEW book out October 20th, 2012!

Get to know your donor’s digital body language

Wild Woman Fundraising

And we do that using not only digital technology, but a lot smarter tactics for targeting and segmenting lists and delivering the right messages to the right people at the right times using multiple channels. If you’re bothering them, just reduce the size of the list.

Thank you so much Beth Kanter!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Beth Kanter, co-author of The Networked Nonprofit featured my book on her 2010 list of nonprofit books last week! I wrote it as an overview, a primer, workbook and all in one fundraising office with an 80 page resource CD. It’s really like a textbook and workbook combined. Thank you so much Beth! And thank you to the people who commented and wanted a copy of the book! If Beth doesn’t pick you for a free book, let me tell you, it’s totally worth $40.

Will you let me help you raise money through the mail?

Get Fully Funded

Choose the best mailing list. You’ll get a downloadable workbook to follow along. Secrets of Direct Mail Mentoring Course. Give me 4 weeks and I’ll show you how to raise gobs of money through the mail! I’m proud to announce a new teleseminar series that I’ll be starting July 14th. It’s my “Secrets of Direct Mail Mentoring Course&# and in it you will learn everything you need to know to raise money like the big nonprofits do.

How To Edit, Improve, Clarify, and Make A Compelling Case In Your Grant Proposal

Seeking Grant Money Today

So, when appropriate, don't write paragraphs but instead list out key information (especially any information that is actually a list of four or more things) in a bullet formatted list. Don't do this for each paragraph, of course, but if there is some really compelling list that you feel shines for the organization (i.e. then select it, out of all of your listed information, to format into a bullet point list instead of putting it in a paragraph.

Reporting to Grant Donor After End of Project

Seeking Grant Money Today

You applied for the grant and after receiving it, understood that the grant money would cover the workbooks, guest speakers' fees, and the rental car you used to practice with your agency's clients. On March 2, 2006 we received from the Safe Driving Foundation a grant, in the amount of $5,000 to pay for the clients' workbooks, guest speakers' expenses, and the rental car expenses. When your grant was listed, we noted the donor as "anonymous".