The Winter 2015 Digital Issue of Advancing Philanthropy Is Now Available!

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. It is all the buzz, this thing called “philanthropic culture.” Everyone wants it, but what is it exactly? And how do you get one? A philanthropic culture is most certainly desirable but not so easy or quick to achieve. You must build such a culture. Culture-building requires thought leadership, values-based interactions and a strategic,… Read more »

Images of Impact – Call for Submissions

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Images of Impact is an online gallery dedicated to showcasing the outcomes of philanthropy and set to launch in time for Giving Tuesday on December 2, 2014.  . Submit your entry by November 18, 2014 and your organization will be entered into a draw for chance to win one complimentary admission to Fundraising Day 2015!  Please email the completed Entry… Read more »

5 Tips to Plan Your Best Holiday Campaign

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Jessica Lewis, Fundraising Innovation Consultant, hjc November is here, the leaves have changed colours and the air is crisp and cool. Most people are starting to think about the holiday season and shopping. Not fundraisers, many of us have been thinking of the year-end holiday season for the past few months. As a fundraising consultant at… Read more »

November 15th is National Philanthropy Day®!

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National Philanthropy Day®, November 15, acknowledges the spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes its profound impact. It is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—have made to our lives, our communities and our world. What makes philanthropy… Read more »

Why Do I Do What I Do?

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Julie Davis, CFRE, Vice President External Relations & Advancement Trent University I’ve heard many negative and uninformed comments about my profession as a fundraiser. “You’re that person who keeps sending me letters. I would never stoop to begging for money”. “How can you do this job? It’s ambulance chasing at its worst.” “I don’t know… Read more »

The 7 Deadly Sins of Nonprofit Webpage Design

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Beate Sørum Digital Fundraising Consultant, b.bold 1. Not having clear, prioritized goals If you ask around your organization why you have a website – the answers may be embarrassing. A lot of the time it’ll be “just cuz”. The first step in any successful strategy is to set goals. Web strategies are no exception. How… Read more »

Happiness, Habits, and Major Gift Fundraising: Strategies to Help You Survive and Thrive

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Amy Eisenstein, MPA, ACFRE Consultant, Tri Point Fundraising  Are you as happy as you could be at work? Do you have good work habits? Think of how much more you could accomplish (and raise) if you adopt a few proven strategies to not only to survive, but to thrive at your organization. Two Key Strategies… Read more »

The Fall 2014 Digital Issue of Advancing Philanthropy is Now Available!

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  The Fall 2014 digital issue of Advancing Philanthropy is now available. To read your issue, simply click here! Learn how to keep your organization in shape with the Fundraising Fitness Test (FFT).Fundraisers are skilled at understanding the motivations of donors, but are they equally attuned to their own emotions and intentions before they walk… Read more »

What does the new Apple watch have to do with fundraising?

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Philip King, Founder, The Donation Funnel Project You’ve probably heard about the new Apple watch, but don’t plan to buy one soon. Unless you’re super geeky, and if so please see me after one of my presentations at this year’s Congress! But I’ll bet you’ve upgraded your smartphone in the past 18 months. Did it hit… Read more »