Is it a good idea to send political money to nonprofits?

 Have you seen this article from Chronicle of Philanthropy? Group Wants to Steer Political-Campaign Money to Charity April 12, 2012, 10:48 am A new Web-based company is seeking to reduce the influence of money in politics by creating a way for contributors to support candidates while actually sending their cash to charity, writes The Washington Post. Repledge, […]

Why your nonprofit story needs tension and emotion

Tension is the element of story-telling you need to communicate well in the midst of your organization’s crisis moment.  Tension draws the audience into the experience…Emotions are an essential part to a master storyteller’s repertoire. That’s from Dan Portnoy’s newly released book, The Non-Profit Narrative.  I couldn’t agree with Dan more on this point, except […]

Fundraising and the Executive Suite

Good, bad or ugly (err…otherwise), Executive Directors set the tone for philanthropy in any nonprofit.  For many organizations, this is wonderful news.  There are some amazingly talented executives who are adept at leading both the operational and philanthropic efforts of nonprofits. There are others, however, who are less capable (or comfortable/interested) in building organizational capacity […]

How do your prospects rank on the 3 C’s?

All indications are major gift revenue will rebound throughout 2012 (compared to 2010/2011).  This is great news! Are you ready to take advantage of this impending increase in major gifts?  Are you prepared with a solid understanding of how your prospects rank on the 3 C’s? Commitment: Do they have a history of supporting your […]

Why Nonprofits Don’t Do Big Things

Phil Stolberg over at Grizzard Communications Group wrote an interesting blog post this morning.  In his post, Next Big Things for Nonprofits, he said: …if one can change television channels or locate a movie with hand gestures, we ought to be able to figure out how to match the communication channels that motivated a philanthropic […]

5 Ways Your Brand Can Destroy Your Fundraising Results

I’ve been talking about nonprofit branding a lot lately with organizations all over the country.  Seems brand strategy is top of mind once again for organizations trying to raise their community profile and generate more money for their causes. There’s only one problem.  Brands  and fundraising don’t always mix.  In fact, often when a nonprofit […]