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ALICE FERRIS, CFRE, ACFRE

Partner, GoalBusters Consulting

Social media is not the best tool to solicit a gift. There. I said it. So what’s all the fuss about? Social media is a very good tool for cultivation and stewardship. It has been said that social networking has created the largest cocktail party in the world and you can interact with any number of people without an invitation!

Here are some quick tips on what to do with your online presence:

  • Plan your content. You don’t want all your messages to be about selling something or about you—the majority of your posts should be information that establishes you as an expert in your sector. Your posts should also, on a regular basis, include references from other content sources so you don’t sound like you just talk about yourself. Read more »

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BEATE SØRUM

Consultant, Fundraising & Digital Communication, Norwegian Cancer Society

So, I keep hearing people speak about digital fundraising with a bit of fear in their voice. It’s this new thing, a thing that we don’t really know how to deal with. And we keep expecting it to raise loads of money, and yet it really doesn’t, and we can’t quite figure out why, and then everyone get’s frustrated. I think we’re overcomplicating things. In my opinion, digital fundraising is the exact same thing that we have been doing forever, just adapted to new channels.

If you look at it, what are the elements of classical fundraising?

Telling a story
Making an ask
Using emotions
Being the solution to a defined problem
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DON TAPSCOTT

Author, Speaker and Advisor on Media, Technology and Innovation

As we enter the networked age philanthropy is going through a profound change. This has big implications for fundraisers and donors alike.  In the old model, not-for-profits sought funds from individuals and institutions. Donors were courted and if successfully seduced, they provided funds, and were thanked.  But today because of a number of factors, most notability the Internet’s slashing of transaction and collaboration costs, charities can now build deep relationships with philanthropists.

Donors today can become more deeply engaged with causes. All parties become part of a network and therefore can view themselves differently. Donors become more like investors in social innovation, and are looking for a return on their investment. Charities can view themselves as participants in complete networks for solving problems, with more sustainable funding. Read more »

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Leah Eustace, CFRE
Principal and Managing Partner, Good Works

Here are my top eight tips for getting the most out of your Congress experience…using twitter!

  1. You don’t have to be on Twitter to follow the conversation. Congress has its own hashtag (#afpcongress) and the conversation is already heating up. What’s a hashtag? It’s basically a way of labeling tweets so that they can be easily found. Starting now, add Monitter as a tab on your web browser. Type “afpcongress” in the search bar and, voila, you’re monitoring the conversation. For those twitter pros out there, you can also add #afpcongress as a separate column in Hootsuite and Tweetdeck.
  2. See an #afpcongress tweet that begs a question? Does someone have a point of view that you disagree with? Don’t be shy, just jump in and join the conversation. Read more »