What to do instead of the crusty old estate planning seminars you run hoping to generate planned gifts?


I’m not sure the old-fashioned estate planning seminars really work to generate legacy gifts. Others feel that the seminar offer is incongruent with the charity’s mission (leaving donors to wonder why you’re doing it in the first place). And, finally, if you aren’t being transparent about why you’re holding the seminar, then you’re really just trying to dupe your supporters… now that’s not nice!

TL:DR or What Is The Perfect Length?

Social Media Bird Brain

email subject lines headlines length NGOs podcasts seminars small nonprofits social media title tags Twitter videos Ran across this infographic at MakeUseOf.com and thought it was worthy of a short discussion. As you may know, TL:DR stands for "Too Long: Didn''t Read". There is a sweetness to brevity, particularly when it comes to social media. As a technical writer, I learned early on that wordiness can be a killer when you''re trying to get people to read - and use - a user manual.

Trending Sources

Learn How to Increase Your Nonprofit Marketing Impact – Fall Seminar

Getting Attention

Please join us for this intensive, limited-enrollment planning seminar. I’m partnering with my friend and colleague, Kivi Leroux Miller, to offer you a special opportunity to find the solutions to your 2011 marketing challenges: The Total Focus Marketing Plan Workshop. Learn more here.

Free seminar and win a free coaching session!

Fundraising Coach

Seminar. Andrea Waltz is offering FundraisingCoach.com readers a free seminar on Wednesday, April 13 at 1 p.m. free seminar for fundraisers page. And the seminar really is free. Those on my Fundraising Kick email list already know that April is Go For No!

How does your nonprofit use storytelling?

J Campbell Social Marketing

Events Nonprofits Speaking Storytelling handson tech boston seminar storytelling tools This morning I am presenting with HandsOn Tech Boston on the topic of Nonprofit Storytelling in a Digital World. This presentation involves many examples from the field and a lot of research.

A long overdue call to action on cyber-bullying

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Here is the kind of potential agenda (I’m drafting this on the spot) I would use for a “Responsible Digital Engagement” seminar for students (with mandatory attendance by teachers and parents). I watched Amanda Todd’s tragic video message today.

#Communications: ‘Tis The Season For Making Lists & Prepping For 2012

Non Profit Marketing 360

In our last blog posting for 2011 we wanted to encourage some meaningful reminiscence over this past year and what it meant for the nonprofit world and to inspire some thinking about the possibilities for 2012.

#SOCIALNETWORKS: 4th-Annual Social Media Week Will Educate & Inspire Worldwide

Non Profit Marketing 360

Advice Advocacy authenticity Blogs Campaigns Cause Marketing Civics Communications Community Conference/Congress Design Education: Technology Events Fundraising How-to Marketing Marketing Skills Nonprofit Public Media Public Relations Revitalization Seminar Social Media Technology Web and Print advocacy Charitable organization communication design education Marketing and Advertising Non-profit organization Online Communities Social Media Week Social network Twitter

Free Valentine’s Day Bow Tie Card

Fundraising Coach

Other Possibly Related posts: Free seminar and win a free coaching session! Whether for you or that special Valentine in your life, get them a free bow tie card this Valentine’s Day! (c) c) The Fundraising Coach, LLC. Get 100 donors in the next 12 weeks? Learn how: 100 Donors in 90 Days ! Get a free month of 501 Mission Place! Why it’s time for YOU to say good-bye to free WiFi. Specials Valentine's Day

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7 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Pinterest Secret Boards

J Campbell Social Marketing

Using a Secret Board, you can collect ideas for presentations, workshops and seminars before they are ready to be shared with the public. Pinterest announced today that users are now able to create an unlimited amount of Secret Boards! Secret Boards have many uses on Pinterest.

Are you following up on your quality of life? #followupfriday

Fundraising Coach

Yesterday, I worked on slides for a seminar I'm co-presenting with Meghan Godorov and Mazarine Treyz next month as part of the Fundraising Career Conference. Our session is only one of three full days of seminars ! It's Follow Up Friday!

Thoughts On National Philanthropy Day

The Agitator

These events, much like the one we attended on Tuesday organized by the Miami Chapter of the AFP included award ceremonies, galas, luncheons, seminars and other special activities.

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Who should pay for your training?

Get Fully Funded

How do they expect their professional fundraisers to keep their skills up-to-date without attending seminars and webinars? I have a lot of opinions about nonprofits and how nonprofit staff should be treated (I know, big surprise!). One of the things I feel strongly about is taking care of people. After all, it’s the people who make or break a nonprofit organization.

Is your nonprofit fundraising ask like Al Roker’s #Rokerthon?

Fundraising Coach

She led an amazing seminar for The Nonprofit Academy called the " The Asking Conversation." Legendary weatherman Al Roker is attempting to set a Guinness record for the longest weather broadcast with a 34-hour weather report. 34 hours! For every hour of reporting, he gets a 5-minute break.

Upcoming Fundraising Coach Speaking and Trainings

Fundraising Coach

This isn''t your regular shuffling from seminar to seminar conference. My seminar will be a conversation with Global Fundraising Summit founder Alan Sharpe on the biggest fundraising hassles nonprofit CEOs have with board and development staff. I am often asked where my next speaking events are. Here are the upcoming trainings and talks for November 2014 into January 2015. In addition to online events, I''ll be on all over the USA and in two other countries!

Nonprofit Storytelling in A Digital World

J Campbell Social Marketing

I’m happy to announce that I will be teaching a free two hour seminar with HandsOn Tech Boston ! REGISTER. Description: Digital technologies have fundamentally changed the way people read and consume information.

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Increase Your Marketing Impact in 1 Day – Seattle, June 16: Just 6 Seats Left

Getting Attention

Please join us for this intensive, limited-enrollment planning seminar.

Upcoming Nonprofit Leadership Talks & Training

Fundraising Coach

I'll be doing two sessions: a seminar on "The Crisis in Nonprofit Leadership" and facilitating a discussion with leaders. Are you in Orlando, Salt Lake City, Austin, Seattle, or Kansas City? I'll be coming to each and would love to get together. Most of my work is private, with individuals and nonprofits. But I also love giving leadership and fundraising trainings at conferences.

The Online Nonprofit Leadership Summit Rocked SO HARD!

Wild Woman Fundraising

A very gracious and supportive seminar.” I appreciated the break between seminars. Last week we did our incredible Nonprofit Leadership Summit, with 12 presentations over 3 days for nonprofits all over the world!

Continuing Education for Cause Marketers

Cause Related Marketing

Cause Marketing There are a handful of professional seminars and conferences that address the issues of cause marketing and offer training. What do you do, as a cause marketer, to keep learning?

How many more no’s can you get this month?

Fundraising Coach

Free seminar and win a free coaching session! I really like the book Go For No! amazon affiliate link]. It helped change my perspective on getting a “no.&# In this brief video, I tell you what I mean! In April, I interviewed Go For No!

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Its 45 workshops, seminars and lectures explore internal and external strategies, systems, methods, best practices and successful examples.

FREE “Ask Without Fear!” Teleclass

Fundraising Coach

Purchase this full-day fundraising seminar you can download right to your desk and start learning today ! Bookmarks Creating Donor Evangelists Teleclass Free Fundraising Seminar. Tags: Samples & Tools Specials ask without fear fundraising seminar nonprofit fundraising Since this month marks the 1 year anniversary of the publication of “ Ask Without Fear! “, I’m deciding to have a party!

An unlikely summer reading list for nonprofit leaders

Fundraising Coach

And while you can read books on how to tell stories, learn from storytelling seminars , and go to nonprofit storytelling conferences , some of the best lessons come from reading stories themselves. Summer can be a great time to catch up on some reading. Catch up" may be relative term.

MLK and your nonprofit fundraising

Fundraising Coach

Fundraising Seminars and Nonprofit Executive Coaching. Nonprofit Fundraising Seminars. In the United States we’re honoring the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m sure many people will be posting about the “I have a dream” speech.

Add Google+ to your New Year Resolutions

Fundraising Coach

Google+ for Nonprofits seminar at BlogWorld (this is more of a seminar). Did you watch CNN this morning? It reported Paul Allen’s stats that Google+ growth is exceeding expectations.

How To Tell a Powerful Fundraising Story

Fundraising Coach

We've seen storytelling seminars for nonprofits and read the blog posts extolling the virtues of stories for fundraising. We've all heard that science proves stories are more powerful than statistics.

Upcoming Events

Fundraising Coach

Register at: [link] Indianapolis - August 29 - NICF I'll be joining Dr. Adrian Sargeant and Dr. Mari Ann Callais as we keynote one day each of THE Foundations Seminar put on by NICF. I'll be on the road quite a bit this fall. If you'll be at one of these events, let's try to meet up!

Want to learn fundraising or social media? Check Out These New November Webinars & Workshops!

Wild Woman Fundraising

After just one session of your Make Tons of Money in the Mail seminar that I finally got how to do that! “I learned so much from Mazarine’s Wildly Successful Events seminar!

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Just Give Us 1 Day to Boost Your Nonprofit Marketing Results – Sept. 19 in Chicago

Getting Attention

We hope you’ll join us for this intensive, limited-enrollment planning seminar for nonprofit communicators and development staff members, board members and executive directors who do it all. Register Now! The first 15 registrants save $100.

What Does it Mean to Be a Development Professional?

A Small Change

They learn, attend seminars, find mentors, read books, and figure out ways to become better fundraisers and better non-profit employees. As fundraisers, we often refer to ourselves as “development professionals” or “development pros.” I like this terminology, because at their best, fundraising staff members, consultants, and development directors are professionals. But it got me thinking… in terms of fundraising, what exactly does it mean to be a “pro?”.

Self talk, body chemistry, and being successful at fundraising

Fundraising Coach

If you’ve read any of my writings or been to any of my fundraising seminars, you know I’m all about doing the hard work. Other Possibly Related posts: Successful Fundraising in a Recession Seminar. What we say to ourselves can sink our fundraising program.

Getting to the World Social Marketing Conference - 2015

Social Marketing and Social Change

The 3rd biannual World Social Marketing Conference is coming up 19-21 April 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Winston C. Trumpet

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

He is a highly regarded facilitator for strategic planning workshops, marketing seminars, and Faith-based outreach event planning. Winston C. Trumpet.

Where I am Speaking February – April: Come Say Hi!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

February 29- March 1, Wilmington, NC, QENO Nonprofit Marketing Seminars at UNC Wilmington. I love getting to meet our blog readers in person, so if you will be attending any of these events, please find me and say Hello! I’m usually around for awhile both before and after I speak.

Fundraising layups- basics to fund your nonprofit

Fundraising Coach

This Rule of 3′s article continues to be one of my most popular seminar topics. Tweet. While Google+ is fun, our nonprofits won’t exist without our asking people for money. Here are some articles and interviews to help you with the basics of fundraising.

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5 Tips For Increasing Traffic to Your Nonprofit’s Website

Fundraising 123

When I looked at the pages on FundraisingCoach.com in light of search terms I was interested in, I was shocked to see that I talked a lot about seminars and trainings but never used the terms "fundraising seminars" and "nonprofit trainings." Obviously people that searched on the "fundraising seminars" were a better fit to my site than people just searching on the generic "seminars." I'm not an SEO expert, and I've never played one on TV.

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Recent Study Finds Cause Marketing Affects How Consumers Percieve Product Performance

Cause Related Marketing

In the first experiment attendees at an executive education seminar were given wine to taste in plastic cup. Academic research in cause marketing has long centered around the degree to which the practice affected things like reputation, goodwill, consumer loyalty, or how cause marketing could preserve pricing power. A new study finds that a corporation’s ‘pro-social activities’ positively influence how consumers feel about how their actual products perform.

Interview with a planned giver, Paul Nazareth: What’s your fundraising journey?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Good seminars? Paul Nazareth, Storm Trooper Helmets not actual size. First off, Paul, I’m sorry. I am sorry I put a halo of stormtrooper helmets around your head. But you started it with the lightsaber picture. You know it’s going to end with wookies in metal bikinis.

Now on YouVersion: Principles of Fundraising

Fundraising Coach

I’m thrilled to announce my Fundraising in the Bible seminar is now a free devotional reading plan on YouVersion ! If you use this popular free Bible app, you can now do the 6 day study from your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Blackberry, or even your desktop. Check it out at: YouVersion.com. (c) c) Marc A. Pitman, FundraisingCoach.com. Know you should be fundraising but just need a little kick? Sign up for the weekly Fundraising Kick !