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AFP Top Ten (Week of August 26, 2015): Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed!

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1. Converting activists to donors (The Nonprofit Times) Activists are good. Donors are good. What’s the difference between them? Not all activists are donors. That can be changed, and telemarketing can help in doing it.

2. Twenty-one-time-saving tips for busy nonprofit professionals. (Nonprofits With Balls): How do you find time to have a regular nonprofit job and a family—and STILL write a weekly blog post? By managing your time wisely. Here are 21 good tips.

3. Stress Free Event Sponsorship – Part Two (Hilborn): Chris Baylis breaks down event sponsorships in three phases: pre, during and post event with a strategy for each phase. In part two of the three-part series, he focuses on the day of the event as the next key access point to your sponsors.

4. Seeking a mentor? Follow These Crucial Steps (  Establishing a mutually beneficial mentoring relationship entails more than just picking a senior colleague's brain. This Q-and-A will help both parties get the most out of the arrangement.

5. The Rise of the DIY Fundraising Superstar (Donor Drive): As Do-It-Yourself (DIY) fundraising has become a standard revenue stream for so many nonprofits, many organizations are building strategies to maximize the effect of their DIY programs. Here’s what we’re learning.

6. Give Before You Get: Volunteering and The Case Of The Unemployed Millennials? (Charity Village):  Why aren’t Millennials getting hired? Lack of experience and connections. And nonprofits can help in both areas. Look at the issue through the eyes of a young person, and get some tips on how to attract them to volunteer and other positions.

7. Ignite Action With a Powerful Data Story (Network for Good) Good stories can be found everywhere: In a glance between a client and staff, at board meetings, and even in financial data. The question is what to do with the stories you find, especially the stories in your data?

8. Three Simple Changes to A Newsletter That Caused Donations to Skyrocket! (Movie Mondays): How do you go from a newsletter that was producing about $500 in donations, and get it producing $35,000 in donations? By making three simple changes.

9. Musings of a Direct Response Fundraiser No. 1: Revisiting The Basics (SOFII): In this first article in a new series focusing on what you really need to know about direct marketing for fundraising, seasoned Australian fundraiser Jonathon Grapsas sets out some of the direct-mail basics. They might surprise you.

10. Warning to All Grantseekers: When Markets Tank, HOLD That Request! (Philanthropy News Digest): You can't time markets but you can time grant requests. So when newspapers scream: "Massive sell-off on Wall Street as investors fear China slowdown" (New York Post), you should think twice before asking a foundation for money.

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