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Top Ten (Week of April 2, 2014): The World’s Weirdest Fundraisers, From Naked Ziplining to Tater Tot Eating

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There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it, especially over the holidays. Here are some of the top items, articles and ideas you need to know so you can keep up-to-date and find success.

1.     Fundraising Research: Live From AFP: 6 In 10 Charities Raised More Funds in 2013 (TheNonProfitTimes): Findings from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative Year-End Fundraising Survey, and what the results mean for fundraising in 2014.

2.     Technology: Thursday Tip: Shoot Video as an Alternative to Traditional Communications (KellenCompany): Testimonials, a quick message to your board members, a report on committee activities—all can be done via smartphone with a video! The new way of quick communications.

3.     Special Events: The World’s Weirdest Fundraisers, From Naked Ziplining to Tater Tot Eating Contests (HuffingtonPost): No longer reserved for just 5ks, marathons and dances—people will turn anything into a fundraiser!

4.     Special Events: Conference Recap: Peer to Peer Professional Forum 2014 (hjcnewmedia): Takeaways from a peer-to-peer conference—competition in peer-to-peer fundraising isn’t always a bad thing!

5.     Miscellaneous: Why Fund-Raising Is Fun (TheNewYorkTimes): Nonprofits help serve and build causes, and empower us to breathe more meaning into life—they make the world better! And their jobs can be “fun”, too.

6.     Younger Donors/Gen Y/Millennials: HOW TO: Engage 5 Generations of Donors and Supporters (nptechforgood): Each generation reacts to social media and mobile fundraising differently—this breaks down which tactics to use to get through to each one.

7.     Special Events: How to Sell More Tickets to Your Next Fundraising Event (TheFundraisingAuthority): Five sure fire ways to boost ticket sales for your next fundraising event, including follow-up invitations and a group purchase option.

8.     Technology: 4 Steps to Making an Infographic for Your Nonprofit (Fundraising123): First, have a reason to create an infographic, then use good data to tell a story with purposeful design.

9.     Online/Social Media: Your Nonprofit is So Vain…Bet You Think Social Media is About You (Clairification): Social media is about being social—sometimes it’s hard to communicate via text, but it’s imperative. Here are six steps to cure the online anti-social disease!

10.  Technology: Five Nonprofit Online Communities That Inspire Action and Generate Results (NTen): Creating an online community is much more than just an extra space on your website and it can be quite a daunting task. Start by taking inspiration from these five great online community examples.

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