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Is It Charity or Is It Community?

Irv Katz | Posted 08.01.2013 | Impact
Irv Katz

Another challenge to charity in 21st century America is donor confusion and disenchantment. And why not? It is very confusing, what with the huge numbers of causes and organizations coming at us, a lack of clarity of what is government and what is charity, and our dated notions of charity.

Paul Blumenthal

'Fundraising Bonanza' For These House Republicans | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the first six months of their tenure, new House committee chairmen have seen their campaign contributions increase by 59 percent from...

Entrepreneurship 101: The 'Best' Startup Pitch Deck & How to Raise Venture Capital

J. Skyler Fernandes | Posted 09.22.2013 | Small Business
J. Skyler Fernandes

So where do you start? Your pitch! You can pitch even before you have a fully-functional technology or any business operations.

The Fundraising Tool Every Class Mom Should Know About

Kirsten Bischoff | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Kirsten Bischoff

In a time when school budgets have been cut back, fundraising for schools is more necessary than ever. If you are a class parent, or your child is active on a sports team or other extracurricular activity, it is now possible to design a sweatshirt or t-shirt that can be ordered by anyone interested in having one.

How-To Kick It As A Fundraiser For Fun And Profit

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

One million U.S. nonprofits compete for the $300 million annually donated to charity. Historically, most of the money goes to religious and education...

My Visit to Prague

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.21.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

They all agreed that the most important thing they learned at the Kennedy Center was courage, the courage to ask for money, the courage to embrace a new funding paradigm, the courage to do something different than others in the Czech arts ecology.

House Democrats Keep Raising Money

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $6.7 million in June to put its total six-month haul at $40.8 million, according ...

Paul Blumenthal

14 Vulnerable Congressmen Rush To Build War Chests | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 14 most vulnerable congressmen with already declared challengers for 2014 are off to a fast start in fundraising, but so are their o...

Are the Wealthy Obligated to Support the Arts?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.14.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Arts institutions -- and all not for profit organizations for that matter -- must make it engaging, fun, enlightening and inspiring to participate. They must earn their donors.

Top 8 Things That Make Investors Cringe

Lili Balfour | Posted 09.07.2013 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

Have you ever left a pitch and wondered what investors really thought about you? I decided to roll up my sleeves and conduct a nationwide, sector and stage agnostic survey of investors.

How the Board Can Really Step Up to the Fundraising Plate

Nell Edgington | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Nell Edgington

It's no secret that nonprofits struggle with money. In fact, the Nonprofit Finance Fund's most recent State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey found that 41% of nonprofit respondents ran a deficit in 2012.

One Role of the Chair

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As the pressures facing arts organizations increase, it has become more important than ever that the selection of a Chair of the Board be made with care.

The Vets Challenge Was About Giving Back

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, a big congratulations to all the Teams who participated in the Veterans Charity Challenge over on CrowdRise. As many of you know, I gave $50k to ...

Building a Powerful Fundraising Board: Three Things You Need to Know

Alice Korngold | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Alice Korngold

It's like starting a story in the middle. In fact, the key to successful fundraising is to begin with a vision of what you seek to achieve. That is, what is wrong with the world, and how will you make it a better place? And how will the donor's money help achieve the better world?

Just Liking Us On Social Media? You're Doing It All Wrong

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 09.01.2013 | Media
Robert J. Rosenthal

Shame, guilt, and fear can be very effective motivators for a nonprofit, but they tend to leave a bad smell in the nose of its supporters. It's the odor of slash and burn, an indicator of a completely unsustainable message.

The Power of a Special Campaign

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.31.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have become increasingly convinced that special, targeted fundraising campaigns can be effective ways to galvanize board and staff and to ratchet up the level of fundraising.

Paul Blumenthal

How Paul Ryan Helps The Democrats Raise Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Worried about the budgets proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)? Don't like what Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has to say about anything...

New Rules for Crowdfunding: Respect Your Audience to Maximize Your Results

Ciara Pressler | Posted 08.27.2013 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

As a marketer and consultant for new business and creative projects, I see every rule in the book being broken in crowdfunding campaigns. In some cases, these campaigns are even hurting the future of the project, from alienating your audience to scooping your press story.

Corporate Funders: Would You Kindly Allow Me to Take a Tiny Bite of The Hand That Feeds Me?

Margery Leveen Sher | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Margery Leveen Sher

Companies: in your efforts to reach out to the non-profit community, you may not realize that there are some problems abrewin'.

Vastly Scaling Up the Effectiveness of Nonprofits

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

How does a person of good will work with others, across the planet and across the years, to scale up to help out everyone? I've realized, in the past few days, that a solution could involve nonprofits which focus on vetting on-the-ground nonprofits.

OFA Reportedly Cuts Fundraising Goal In Half

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

Organizing for Action, the nonprofit advocacy group committed to boosting President Barack Obama's agenda, has reportedly cut its fundraising goal for...

Where GOP Keeps Beating Dems By Big Margins

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics

The Republican National Committee maintained its fundraising lead over the Democratic National Committee in the month of May, as the RNC raised $7.5 m...

Democrats Keep Up Strong Money Run

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Thursday that it had raised $6.1 million in May, yet again setting a record for the most mon...

Problems in England

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Does the Arts Council "reduce from the bottom," zeroing out grants to the smallest grantees (effectively putting them out of business), or does it make drastic cuts to the largest organizations, which presumably have the easiest time raising private funds?

A Lesson In Unified Humanity: Evangelical Christians And Jews Support Israeli Children's Hospital

Cathy Lanyard | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion
Cathy Lanyard

A country known for political and religious strife that polarizes large groups of people, is simultaneously bringing divergent sects together.