Below is a summary of the latest 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!

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Online Strategies

  • Gail Perry shares some thoughts on how to increase the percentage of people who make it to your donation page – and who actually make a gift.
  • How is online giving going? Network for Good has developed a national online giving index.  Hint: online giving is up!
  • As more people begin reading their email on their mobile devices, it’s becoming more important to make sure your email is mobile-friendly.
  • Meghan Keaney Anderson shares some ideas on how to ensure your Facebook posts are getting seen (especially in light of the recent changes).

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Marketing

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Fundraising

  • Agitator Roger Craver reflects on how tote bags and calendars seem to be taking the place of relationships and brand recognition.
  • Want to learn more about giving trends this holiday season, check out this infographic from Razoo.
  • In my mind, the need statement is the most important part of a grant proposal or case statement. Betsy Baker shares some tips on how to make yours even better.
  • Does crowdfunding have a place in your fundraising plan? Here’s a Q&A with Ed Norton, founder of Crowdrise.

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Leadership

  • If yours is one of the majority of boards that isn’t making the most of your board members, read some tips from SSIR to improve that.
  • Considering a collaboration? Good data can help your chances for success. This article from Fast Company shares some lessons if you’re planning on taking it one step further and consider a merger.
  • As more nonprofit scandals hit the news, you’re probably a little concerned about making sure that your organization doesn’t get that kind of publicity. Jan Masaoka shares her thoughts about how a conflict of loyalty can also be a concern.

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Nonprofit News

  • Blackbaud’s recent survey shows that more people donated to charity in 2012 than in 2011. It also shows that mobile is gaining in importance.
  • Recent research shows that Americans are volunteering more than ever. Joanne Fritz shows some more information from that report.
  • The ‘fiscal cliff’ has been all over the news. Greg McRay shares about how it could impact nonprofits. Bath Kanter has a guest post from Steve MacLaughlin that shares some interesting trends – and suggestions for thriving in this environment.
  • Capping charitable deductions has been in the news as part of that discussion. This infographic illustrates dangers associated with that cap.