Here’s a summary of recent articles and blogs related to fundraising and nonprofit organizations. As always, please forward this to others who might benefit from the information. Thanks again for reading!


  • Some people make excuses; others raise money If I had a dollar for every fundraiser that’s told me they’re not making major gift calls because “August is a slow month,” I’d be able to make much larger gifts to nonprofits! By Marc A. Pitman
  • Have You Eaten Your Frog Today?: Two Tools to Keep Up with Raising Major Gifts If you’re serious about raising major gifts this year, now is the time to recommit to the challenge with everything you’ve got. We’re about to round the corner on the last quarter of the year. By Amy Eisenstein
  • Do you need to be an expert to raise money? When I was a full-time fundraiser, there were many things that I was expected to be an expert on: our mission, raising money, writing, and so much more. Most importantly, I had to know everything about the ins-and-outs of our cause and our community. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. By Sandy Rees
  • The Rest Of The Retention Story Most fundraisers continue to believe that ‘retention’ is some fuzzy, nice-nice concept where prompt ‘thank you’ notes on nice pink or expensive ivory stock will plug the leaky bucket of retention. NOT! By Roger Craver
  • Altruists with a taste for adventure Charity walks and marathons became popular in the 1990s, but today, fundraising campaigns are increasingly venturing into the unusual, said Michael Nilsen of the Association of Professional Fundraisers. By Corinne Ton That


  • Want to Deepen Your “Culture of Philanthropy?” Add Social Information Building a ‘culture of philanthropy’ is key. But how? Ed Dorsch, senior associate director of development communications at the University of Oregon, wrote: Here’s the deal. Our newsletter goes out to some recipients who do not give at all. By Tom Ahern
  • Encourage Planned Gifts By Telling a Bequest Story PG Marketing Expert Claire Meyerhoff knows great ways to reach and engage prospective planned giving donors. Here’s a terrific post from Claire, just for you. By Gail Perry
  • Best Tips to Rock your Online Presence So you launched your new website and have an online marketing plan in hand to help you reach new audiences. Everyone thinks the new website is fantastic. Now what? By Allyson Kapin
  • Knight Foundation Launches The Giving Day Play Book So you want to start a Giving Day. That’s something we have heard more and more over the last year, as foundations and nonprofits look for ways to tap into the growing online giving market with these daylong campaigns raising funds for local causes. By Beth Kanter
  • Why unsubscribes aren't the end of the world Whenever you send emails to your supporters, you inevitably get unsubscribes. Unless the number is overwhelming, these may not be so bad. Here's why, from Copyblogger, at 3 Reasons You Shouldn't Sweat Email Unsubscribes: By Jeff Brooks


  • Photo Contests Capture Hearts for Charitable Causes Not all nonprofits can give away a trip to Hawaii like AARP is doing in its InstaGrands Photo Contest, but there are lots of lower cost ways to have photo contests. Photo contests are great for engagement. By Joanne Fritz
  • Rochester Man To Reach Milestone In Fundraising Effort On Cyclone Roller Coaster This summer has been the ride of a lifetime for Michael Moran of Rochester. “My goal is 100 roller coaster rides in 100 days,” Moran said. His fundraising effort is named Kevin’s Coaster Crawlers in honor of his late brother. By CBS New York
  • Strangers share a meal, give to charity The concept for the grassroots social experiment is simple. A host brings a group of people who have little or no prior introduction to share a meal at a restaurant. What if each person at the dinner hosted his or her own where each guest donated a dollar for charity? It could become an infinite cycle of social networking, fundraising and food. By Marina Weis
  • Charity bounce 'sets world record' A group of friends believe they have broken a world record after completing a 36-hour bouncy castle charity marathon. By Belfast Telegraph


  • Pamela Barden-Shining a Light on the True Cost As the donor public has been focused on nonprofit overhead in recent months, nonprofits have been focusing on their costs to raise money. That's perfectly logical, but this has generated a lot of questions and misunderstandings about what and how consultants or agencies charge. By Pamela Barden
  • A Brief History: Aligning Budget to Outcomes & Impact Nonprofits are at a turning point. The ability to track how we use resources and how we produce impact (not just outputs) for our missions has become accessible for most nonprofits. By Steve Boland
  • Benchmarking and Goal Setting – Is Second Best, Best? CEO’s ask, “Who is excellent at this?  What are they doing?  How do we compare?”  Instead, should we examine the successes of organizations just one or two steps ahead of us? By Karen Osborne
  • Google Survey Reveals Patterns Of How We Donate Money Online In a survey released last week, Google tracked consumer search patterns, analyzed nonprofit donation behavior, and talked to nonprofit researchers about their survey behavior. Some of the results are predictable--but still may be news to nonprofits who are used to working offline. By Ariel Schwartz
  • Looked at LinkedIn Lately? Here's an overview of some of the recent updates to LinkedIn that might impact non-profits and membership organizations. By Lori Halley