Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants Here Next

Fundraising Breakthroughs

Randal is working in Ukraine this week, so for better or for worse, the selection of posts will be mine. Monday, June 2, the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants comes to Fundraising Breakthroughs. Bloggers writing on nonprofit sector, fundraising, social change, and capacity-building can submit posts on this page.

The babushka, the alarm clock and the art of fundraising

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Once upon a time, when I was living in Ukraine, I met the staff of a community foundation named Dobrata that was trying to encourage businesspeople to give money to charitable causes. It was depressing—everyone in Ukraine knows the collapse of the Soviet Union hit pensioners hardest—but not personally motivating.

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What’s missing from your appeals

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When I was Ukraine, I saw a poor grandmother begging before the church of Saint Sophia, jangling spare change in a McDonald’s cup. When my life flashes before my eyes someday—and I hope that’s very far in the future - I suspect it will be a series of small details, each of which stands for something meaningful. That’s because as humans, we experience the immense through the small. We relate to the historic through the personal.

Using Colored Ribbons to Symbolize Your Cause

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In Ukraine blue ribbons are worn in protest of the seizure of power during the “Orange Revolution.” How powerful is the colored ribbon as a visual awareness symbol? Can causes and nonprofits continue to adopt existing colored ribbons and yet still have meaning invested in all the rest? What’s the potential for confusion when two or more different charities/causes claim the same color of ribbon?

What’s missing from your elevator pitch

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When I lived in Ukraine, I met a clothing designer who ran a social enterprise—a workshop for disadvantaged women. You know what I mean by an elevator pitch, right? It’s a pitch for your organization that you could make in the time span of an elevator ride—about thirty seconds to two minutes. What’s usually missing from your pitch? The other person in the elevator.

How to show impact? Here’s a great example.

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These efforts range from a single mother in Minneapolis who staves off foreclosure thanks to an emergency financial assistance grant, to a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor living in Ukraine who receives food, medicine and warm clothes, to a boy in Haiti who can access a counselor to manage the post-traumatic stress he endures following the earthquake. “At One of the most powerful things you can do this year is to make more visible to your supporters the impact of their gifts.

Fundraising Overseas: Lost in Translation?

Fundraising Breakthroughs

I’ll be returning to Ukraine in late August to deliver a two-day training on fundraising for local alumni of U.S. Economic Realities While Ukraine’s economy has done better than some former Soviet countries, inflation is an enormous problem.

Impact - not ideas - should be the star of your story

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While I was living in Ukraine, the government tax authority launched a campaign to motivate taxpayers to stay honest and continue paying their taxes. The tax authority developed several ads. One was a cartoon illustration of a bee in front of a hive with a slogan celebrating the fruits of a collective contribution to the government. It looked like an ad for Honey Nut Cheerios with worker bees starring as the cereal mascot.

The well, the mom and the baby: Breathing life into work that’s indirect or technical

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While I was living in Ukraine, the government tax authority launched a campaign to motivate taxpayers to stay honest and continue paying their taxes. I got this email today: Hi Katya –. I subscribe to your blog and get your great tips every morning! I’m wondering if you could give any advice on marketing a non-direct service organization?

What a double espresso says about human behavior and donor loyalty

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I lived in Ukraine a few years ago, and a friend who just returned from there told me a great story that holds the secret to inspiring generosity. Here’s my December column from Fundraising Success. Really. My friend was eating breakfast at a pricey hotel frequented by his international agency. Two beverages came with the breakfast package. He ordered the first: a double espresso. Toward the end of his meal, he ordered another.

Several Grants Available for the Arts Or Theatre

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and their counterparts in Russia or Central/Eastern Europe, including Albania, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Herzegovina, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia. From The Foundation Center. Below, are three grants. Two grants are available for art; one in California and one in art education in the United States.