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Passion for the mission is a MUST!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you ever read a nonprofit job description that included the words, “Passion for the mission”? It had lost its meaning. Listen.

Gatorade Mission Control = True Business Intelligence

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

mission control social media audit social media monitoringWaste of time or the obvious future?

Millennials on a Mission: Idealism, Impact, Innovation

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Peer influence plays an important role in motivating Millennials to volunteer, attend events, participate in programs, and give. It’s simple.

RIDDLE: How do you measure the success (or failure) of your planned giving program?


How exactly ARE fundraisers supposed to know how well THEIR planned giving program is doing compared to other nonprofits? That sounded great!

Your mission is the gift. Really.

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

A main piece of evidence that incentives appear to work is the fact that in incentive-based programs there are fundraising peaks at incentive levels.

Mission Drift: What Is It, Potential Impacts, & Recovery Methods

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The mission statement provides clarity for everyone about that specific nonprofit. Mission drift is the term given when a nonprofit (or other type of entity) either finds that it has moved away from the organization's mission; or the organization consciously moves into a new direction from its mission statement.

Fundraising QuickStart Program

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ANNOUNCING THE FUNDRAISING QUICK START PROGRAM! That’s what you’ll find in the Fundraising QuickStart program. Register now! No fluff.

How DecentWork can take your nonprofit to the next level: Interview with Cathy Taylor, Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network

Wild Woman Fundraising

MT: For the CEOs and the executive directors listening, and the board members, they may be struggling to make their programs effective. Welcome.

How to Showcase Your Monthly Giving Program

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

What good is a monthly giving program if no one can learn more about how it will help further your mission? On Your Blog.

5 Big To-Dos for Monthly Giving Programs

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

So, if you’re serious about your monthly giving program, make sure that you follow these 5 Big To-Dos. The Sleeping Giant.

Firing Your Development Director? It’s not you, it’s me!

Wild Woman Fundraising

The report finds that high performing fundraising programs promoted a culture of philanthropy. picture by mb21 on Flickr. Why is this? And fail.

Recurring Giving Challenge Lessons Learned: Named Monthly Giving Programs

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Take, for example, the great debate around naming recurring giving programs. Debates can stem from the most banal of subjects.

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A Real World Example Demonstrating Why Nonprofits' Mission Statements Are More Important Than The Almighty Dollar

Seeking Grant Money Today

On Thursday, though, I spotted a news item that I think is, at a minimum, informative and more than that, probably a good example of when and how a nonprofit can run into conflicts of interest when weighing the organization's very reason for existing and operating (its mission statement) against a donor's wishes. To quote The Times piece,".Coca-Cola,

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Got Donors? No? Then make modules of your mission.

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

He was looking for advice on positioning his after school programs for disadvantaged children. The program, he explained, had so many dimensions: soccer, dance, arts. My advice was to think of his program in modules. Get them to put their name on the dance program. It was hard to make it simple. I say: don’t.

Integrating channels to spark hot monthly giving programs


No doubt, a robust monthly giving program provides many benefits. Success Factors: Building program that engages around the core mission.

Want more planned gifts? Focus on why not how


They help them recognize how your organization’s mission entwines with their personal missions. Folks, let’s be kind to the people who make your mission possible. There are a whole bunch of so-called “marketing companies” out there that say they help nonprofits get more planned gifts. Can you justify that?

Can You Merchandise Your Mission?

Marketing for Nonprofits

I mentioned on Friday that one of the four trends in fundraising is to learn how to merchandise your mission. So how do you do it? Cheers!

Guest post: New Donors Do Join Monthly Giving Programs! by Erica Waasdorp

Wild Woman Fundraising

New Donors Do Join Monthly Giving Programs! Monthly Giving is probably the one fundraising program surrounded by the highest number of myths.

INTERVIEW: How to get substantially more money per donor with Alan Bacharach

Wild Woman Fundraising

This interview tells you the first steps in setting up your first planned giving program. Successful businesses have a mission. Read on!

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Mission-Based Thinking - Why It Matters, Especially Today - Why It Works, And Examples of It Enabling Organizations That Use It

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Mission-based thinking, a staple of contemporary, professional, nonprofit, best practices, is often discussed and explained but examples are more difficult to locate. In this two part post I will explain the critical importance of mission-based thinking in this post. So, the mission is the reason the community members (i.e.

5 questions to ask your planned giving marketing vendor


Why do each of those leads care about my organization’s mission? Fundraising Planned Giving best practices for planned giving Lead generation for planned giving nonprofit marketing planned giving acquisition planned giving programs for nonprofitsHow many of those leads could also be major gift donors? So what are you waiting for?

6 ways you can be an effective nonprofit leader

Wild Woman Fundraising

Flickr image by GinasPics. First off, if you like how I write, you are going to LOVE how I teach. For the THIRD TIME IN A ROW! PEOPLE REALLY LOVE IT!

Why does your nonprofit fail to accomplish its mission? 3 reasons.

Wild Woman Fundraising

Status Quo Culture A status quo culture, which means nobody striving for more efficient and effective activity. Because their salaries are not tied to actually solving the problem, in any way. Nor are salaries tied to how much money they raise. Nor are salaries tied to any measure of client satisfaction or employee satisfaction. So [.].

3 Easy Ways to Bring Your Mission to Life at Your Next Fundraising Event

Fundraising 123

What better time is there to make your mission and work come to life? " With that in mind, here are three easy ways to bring your mission to life at your next event: Live testimonial. Look for opportunities to bring your mission to where your supporters are. Who has your organization touched? What lives have you changed?

Is Your Nonprofit Organization Operating In Order to Close Upon Its Mission's Completion?

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Stephanie Strom wrote Mission accomplished, nonprofits close up shop for the New York Times , April 1, 2011. To quote, "A few nonprofit groups have recently announced plans to wind down, not over financial problems but because their missions are nearly finished. Nonprofits are in the business of getting out of business. So.what then?

The Heart of a Program Staffer

A Small Change

I think that every person that gets into fundraising has the same heart as a program staffer. Politics & Motivation major donors program

501 Mission Place: helping nonprofits do more with less

Fundraising Coach

501 Mission Place launches today! Here’s the story as it is on the site: 501 Mission Place – Who & Why We Are. Like so many of the organizations that we lead, 501 Mission Place started as a conversation between friends. So come on over to 501 Mission Place. It’s finally here! c) Marc A.

Starting Your Major Gifts Program

Wild Woman Fundraising

Once you’ve gotten over that, Here are 3 objectives of a major gift program. Belief in the mission of the organization. This is part one in a series of ten on major gifts. What are major gifts? Gifts that make a significant difference for your organization. Why pursue leadership or major gifts? That’s okay. Digg this!

John Urschel Interview

Wild Woman Fundraising

The first is how to start your major gifts program and how to succeed professionally in major gifts fundraising, right? . Hey, everybody.

Nonprofits have two missions to balance–cause and corporate


You have two missions —a cause mission to change society and a corporate mission to sustain your organization.

Starting a Business Program- PART 1

A Small Change

I work as the project lead for the business giving program at my work. But what if the business is counter to your mission.

Considering Or Beginning A Grant Writing Program? Here's Some Help.

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Have on hand the nonprofit's current list of board members, your nonprofit's most recent financial audit, the most recent financials, all proposed programs' or projects' budgets, your nonprofit's most recent tax filing (probably a tax form 990), etc. Does it have a reputation as being successful in its mission (work)? I know.

Mission Based Thinking Part Two of Two - Examples Of It Enabling Organizations That Use It

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Examples demonstrating how mission-based nonprofit operations best works when it is used effectively by a nonprofit''s staff and volunteers are difficult to come by. The mission statement must be the first and guiding principle. can be answered using mission-based thinking. Mission based thinking is more of a group effort, then.

Non Profit's Mission Statement, Program/Project Impact, and Your Field's Current Trends

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As I've written in this blog over and over again in my 'how to do it' posts; clarity and relevence of mission statement, the results of your work in our community, and how up to date and in touch with the latest in your field that your work is - are very important to raising funds. Follow through on new programs and projects.

Susan G, Komen Organization's Experience Is the Devil In the Details (for Us and Not Just Komen)

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The mission statement, as Shakespeare might have written (sorry, William, for my liberties here) , is "the thing". Mission drift , at a minimum, occurred. The number one way to get an organization back on track is for any one (or more) of the nonprofit's leaders to simply recognize and acknowledge the mission drift has happened.

"Missionize" Your Year-End Fundraising: Maximizing Your Organization's Fundraising Potential this Holiday Season

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Listen and ask questions about how to customize this mission-based system to maximize your organization's fundraising potential at year end.In this session you will learn: An overview of the Benevon Model, an organic system for building sustainable funding for the mission of your organization from multiple-year individual donors.

On A Mission

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

When I teach fundraising workshops, I always ask how many of my students can remember their organization's mission statements. Rare is the student who knows their mission word for word. The flip side of that problem is the mission statement that's just a laundry list of programs, but doesn't explain why the programs are important.

YouTube Nonprofit Program

Fundraising Breakthroughs

YouTube has a Nonprofit Program with tips and tricks to help you get you started, such as: Reach Out. Well, no more excuses for you! Partner Up.

4 Ways to Incorporate Corporate Philanthropy into your Digital Fundraising

J Campbell Social Marketing

Promote corporate giving programs online. Some of these programs include: *Matching gift programs. Volunteer grant programs.

How a Small Nonprofit President Got a Big Spot in The New York Times’ Room for Debate

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This represented a huge win for CDI — injecting its president’s voice into a high-profile debate that was central to its mission.