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The Secret Sauce for Effective Fundraising

Jennifer McCrea | Posted 02.10.2016 | Business
Jennifer McCrea

Resources like time, creativity, networks, ideas, passion and money.  These resources are ours to leverage. Unfortunately, they can get stuck and stalled, in large part, because of the barriers we erect around them.

New models aim to disrupt charities

Adi Gaskell | Posted 02.10.2016 | Impact
Adi Gaskell

It's hard to dispute that the social web has transformed society and created any number of new ways to connect people in more personal ways.

Charitable Giving Up Nearly 2% in 2015

Steve MacLaughlin | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Steve MacLaughlin

Blackbaud just released its latest Charitable Giving Report, which provides largest analysis of real fundraising data from more than 5,300 nonprofit o...

An Iconic Charity Refits: Will It Save the Ship?

Joe Waters | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Joe Waters

After starting telethon 1966, pulling the plug on it was the best thing that MDA ever did. Without the darkness, they would have never seen the stars they are now aiming for.

Why I Do Not Support Eating Disorder Charity Runs

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh

We often forget that not only is compulsive exercise a frequent and devastating symptom, but that eating disorder sufferers are some of the most altruistic and self-sacrificing people you will ever meet. Holding an event in which they are unable or should not fully participate seems not quite thought through.

Top 15 College Entrepreneurs Take Flight In Nation-Wide Business Pitch Competition

Matt Hunckler | Posted 02.01.2016 | College
Matt Hunckler

Remember back in the day when you were a twenty something college student? Did you want to be a rockstar, DJ, actor, or rapper? College studen...

Startup Insider: The Company That Is Revolutionizing the Advertising Industry With Image Recognition

David Ongchoco | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
David Ongchoco

Startup Insider got the chance to speak with GumGum CEO Ophir to learn more about the this whole revolution of in-image advertising and how it all started.

450 Email Subject Lines From End of Year Fundraising

Steve MacLaughlin | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Steve MacLaughlin

For several years now, January 1st not only means the beginning of the New Year, but also an opportunity to look at trends in year-end fundraising emails from nonprofit organizations. Back in 2011, I started collecting all the emails that nonprofits sent me during the month of December and reviewed what was in my inbox.

Unfinished Thoughts

Beth Whitley | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Beth Whitley

In a way, these half-written blogs and unfinished reflections sum up the past six months pretty well: a collection of emotions and experiences with few clear ends or answers, with dangling ellipses and uncertain next chapters.

How One Man Is Out-Running and Out-Climbing Cancer, One Step at a Time

Tammy Letherer | Posted 12.31.2015 | Impact
Tammy Letherer

Four years ago in the shadow of Chicago's Aon building, surrounded by 40,000 people, Chicago marathon runner Jeff Goad stopped thinking about cancer a...

Start-ups Wars: The New Financing Force Awakens in 2016

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

2016 marks the start of a new era in venture financing and capital formation and if you are an entrepreneur searching the galaxy for capital, well, to borrow a Star Wars saying - May the Force be With You.

Nonprofits and Startups Aren't As Different As You'd Think

Sriram Krishnan | Posted 12.28.2015 | Technology
Sriram Krishnan

Nonprofits that want to raise funds as well as awareness have a lot to learn from the startup community, an industry often at the forefront of trends.

Fostering a 'Win-Win' Corporate Partnership

Gary Laermer | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Gary Laermer

While this shift from "corporate giving" to "corporate partnership" requires sharper stewardship by development officers, it is a win-win for both parties. Developing a mutually beneficial partnership can advance a company's objectives while yielding a strong and enduring supporter for the nonprofit.

The Stereotype of the Damaged North Korean Is Demeaning

Rachel Stine | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Rachel Stine

This compulsion to treat North Koreans as victims, essentially the same in their experiences, who should be showcased as examples of injustice can be found throughout the global human rights community.

Afghan Hands

Ann Paisley Chandler | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Ann Paisley Chandler

Matin Maulawizada Founder, Afghan Hands Matin is one of the most sought after fashion and celebrity make-up artists working today. His work has be...

Choosing Schools in NYC

Elissa Stein | Posted 12.02.2015 | Education
Elissa Stein

This week applications are due for NYC's public high schools (middle schools too) and anxiety is running high.

Join Me in Supporting the Work of Bread for the World

Rick Steves | Posted 11.25.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Supporting the work of Bread for the World is one of the most effective ways we can help stabilize our world. If you're one of the many who have responded so generously, thank you. Consider sharing this challenge with your friends so we can further leverage our concern.

Recreating the Refugees Narratives: From Sympathy to Dignity

Lara Zahabi-Bekdash, MD, PhD | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Lara Zahabi-Bekdash, MD, PhD

In Toronto, the community event Supper with Syria, is a social experiment to allow Syrians, some of whom are refugees, to become co-creators of the narratives on Syria and refugees, by showcasing their culture and their stories.

This Website Is Making It Super Easy To Donate To Democrats

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In September, a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC sent out an email that sought to tie Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to deceased Venezuelan P...

What the Widow's Mite Tells Us About Empowerment

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

Whether you are fortunate enough to be rich and powerful like a scribe or poor as the widow, we all depend on God's grace, and we all have received what we have through that grace and not our own deserving. Let us put our resources towards those things that lift up the lowly, that empower those with no voice, and that, with God's help, will perhaps even change history.

Generous Souls Fundraise Better

Cat Moore | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Cat Moore

Written in conjunction with Nicholas Warnes* Unlike professional fundraisers, non-profit founders like Cissy Brady-Rogers are rarely excited (or skil...

Food4Kids is Feeding Alachua County, Nourishing our Future

Plumfund | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact

One out of four children in North Florida is affected by poverty and lives in a food insecure home. Despite programs that offer free and low-cost meals, afterschool snacks and food stamps to target hunger, there is still a significant number of families that are struggling to put food on the table.

Ben Carson Thanks 'Biased' Media After Raising $3.5 Million In One Week

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.08.2015 | Politics

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Tias Arms: Making a Difference in South Africa

Margaret Moodian | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Margaret Moodian

The most prevalent concentration of individuals living with HIV in the world is in South Africa, according to the Current HIV/AIDS Reports. These reports state that, of all the people worldwide who have HIV, almost one fifth of them, or 6.4 million, live in South Africa.

College Fundraising: The "Haves" and "Can'ts"

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.02.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Last week the Chronicle of Higher Education reported on the fundraising achievements of the top ten public and private colleges and universities in America. The results are sobering and instructive.