AFP Top Ten (Week of January 20, 2016): Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed!
1. Three Ways for Fundraisers to Manage Time When Time is Tight (Amy Eisenstein): Amy tackles the perennial issue of how to manage your precious time as a fundraiser—available in both in video and written form.
2. Think Forward – The Truth About Federations, Donor Advised Funds, and Supporting Foundations (Or “What Is Participatory Philanthropy?”) (eJewish Philanthropy): Donor advised funds have helped Jewish philanthropy morph into a more entrepreneurial and less centrally controlled enterprise. An interesting piece with good ideas for all campaigns and their annual campaigns.
3. Five Ideas for Personalizing the Experience (The NonProfit Times): Giving donors or supporters a painless online experience is key to getting them to donate or in other ways support an organization or cause. That’s good advice, but it isn’t enough anymore.
4. Want to Build Up Your Major Gifts? 5 Steps to Take Right Now! (Fired Up Fundraising): Major gifts are what every nonprofit needs and wants. But it takes a lot of knowhow to bring in the money that is sitting out there for your organization. Gail Perry gives you five important things you need to have in place to ramp up your major gift program.
5. Finding a Way to Engage Potential Donors (Movie Mondays): Wendy Hatch talks about finding ways to engage potential donors when there doesn't seem to be a clear path. She tells a great story about a potential donor who was initially not too interested in an organization. She then talks about what the organization did that transformed the person into one of their largest donors.
6. Volunteer Canada's Top 12 Volunteer Engagement Tips for 2016 (Volunteer Canada): Volunteers are an important part of communities nationwide. Volunteer Canada gives us 12 great tips, along with an article for each one.
7. 3 Email Newsletters "Dos" and 1 Big "Don't" (Tech Soup): Ginny Mies gives us a few of her favorite newsletters to help inspire you and get you started on your own! There are also a few out there that serve as examples of what not to do in an email newsletter, but she isn’t going to name any names.
8. I Spy 5 Fundraising Trends In 2016 (101fundraising): More trends for the year—why? Because it’s Tom Ahern, that’s why. Read for some good perspective.
9. 2016 Top Fundraising Case Studies (Mobile Cause): Twenty case studies that will help you learn top organization’s best practices for successful mobile-first fundraising and communication campaigns for educational, faith-based, health and charitable organizations. (Note: this is an ebook—you have to input your information to download.)
10. Death of a Fundraising Evangelist (The Agitator): Roger Craver on the death of Tony Elischer.