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Top Ten (Week of March 16, 2015): How Effective Is Your Charity?

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There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. 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 Strategy/Approach: How effective is your charity? (The Charity Commission (UK)): The UK’s Charity Commission has prepared a 15-question checklist to help you review how your nonprofit operates and make sure it’s prepared for the future.

2. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: And The Bloomie Goes To: The Salvation Army (Bloomerang): Here is an quintessential example of “newsjacking” — co-opting a current event or pop culture story for the benefit of your own nonprofit brand.

3. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: Fundraisers: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Nonprofit Quarterly): Fundraisers often find it easy to blame others when their board members, staffs, and volunteers produce mediocre results. Less often do they look in the mirror and ask what they can do to make these people more successful.  Here are some useful questions to ask about your own organization when you look in the mirror.

4. Younger Donors/Gen Y/Millenials: Introducing The Millennial Donor Playbook (Network for Good): A new guide you can download to help you retain and recruit young donors, activists, and volunteers.

5. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: YOU HAD ME AT HELLO: 54 Ideas For Strong Leads And Smooth Transitions in Your Appeals and Action Alerts (Kevi Leroux Miller): Here is a generous list of tried and true leads and transition phrases you can use to spice up your appeals and alerts.

6. Donors: A retention vision like Billie Holiday (101 Fundraising): Billie Holiday’s 1937 recording of “Me, Myself, and I” can help your team make donors keep falling in love with you.

7. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: The Most Important Metric Major Gift Fundraisers Should Track (Bloomerang): Besides revealing what experienced major gift fundraisers consider their most important metric, this blog post shows how you can create a graphic dashboard of Key Performance Indicators to keep everyone on your team focused on the major gift goals.

8. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: Change Your Vocabulary (ForImpact): Tom Suddes encourages you to change your vocabulary from the usual to have more impact with your fundraising communications.

9. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: App Makes Donor-Advised Funds More Accessible (Nonprofit Quarterly): The “DAF Direct widget” solves the problem smaller charities have getting access to Donor-Advised Funds (DAF). The widget was designed by 10 charities in collaboration with donor-advised fund administrators. This article explains all about it.

10. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: 10 things great leaders do that drive innovation (lucyinnovation): What 25 business and nonprofit leaders see as the most important traits of an innovative leader.

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