AFP Top Ten (Week of March 23, 2016): Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed!
1. The Wounded Warrior Project's Problem Is Not Solved (WorkXO): An interesting take on the issues surrounding the Wounded Warrior Project, focusing on the culture at the organization.
2. Take Your Donors on A Storytelling Journey. (Nonprofit Storytelling Conference): A longer video (more than half an hour) but with some great insights on how to use storytelling to engage your donors.
3. Three Questions All Fundraisers Should Be Able to Answer (bigduck): Sarah Durham brings together a lot of data in a nice easy read in the form of three questions fundraisers need to know about their organization’s donor retention approach and activities.
4. Bizsplaining: Mansplaining for Nonprofits (Allison Carney, LinkedIn): People from the "business world" talking to nonprofit staff like they have never successfully operated a blender, let alone worked (successfully) in their underpaid, understaffed, and completely vital position for years. It's so commonplace in fact, that it deserves its own term: bizsplaining. We love it!
5. Is it Time to Dust off Your Nonprofit’s Conflict-of-Interest Policy? (BoardSource): When was the last time you had all board members sign your conflict-of-interest agreement? To make sure you aren’t potentially putting your organization at risk, dust off your current policy, and continue reading this article.
6. Marketing Is Not Fundraising (Imagine Canada): Nonprofit marketing communications does not equal fundraising. But many organizations lump the two together and this is a problem; because it holds nonprofits back.
7. Donor Remorse: Nonprofit Board and CEO Failed to Meaningfully Engage Him (Charity Channel Press): After the gift is received, announced, and celebrated, where do a nonprofit board and its management go from there? And whose job is it to avoid donor remorse by seeing to it that the donor remains engaged and involved in the organization?
8. The Voluntourist’s Dilemma (The New York Times): What are the limits of voluntourism—spending a few days or a couple of weeks in a different part of the world supporting a charity? Key lesson: the first step toward making the world a better place might be to simply experience that place.
9. The Pursuit of Stardust Solutions (101 fundraising): Ah, the Stardust Solution. A Deus Ex Machina. An answer which drops from the sky. A magic bullet. They happen in movies. They do not happen in fundraising. (Small Star Wars spoiler alert!)
10. William Quarrier – The Most Determined Fundraiser of All Time? (SOFII): Using an approach not designed for the faint-hearted, William Quarrier went into a room full of wealthy people and walked out with enough money to fund a village for homeless children in Glasgow. But how did he do it? And what can we learn from this fundraising superstar?