Tag: communications

Is padding your endowment an ethical use of unrestricted funds? My first response: “You’re kidding, right?”

Our gifts were solicited as unrestricted gifts and matched dollar-for-dollar by the foundation. A board member recommends that we split the funds raised ($100,000) between the general operating fund and the endowment, which is managed by the community foundation. Is it ethical/legal to take funds solicited as unrestricted and without a donor’s explicit direction, deposit them (or percentage of) into an endowment?

How To Write a Donor-Centered 3.0 Caption Using ideas learned from Identity-Based Fundraising Research

Pat Bradley at CrisisAid shared some very good news from Ethiopia. He sent a photo of Asha’s newborn via email. I thought: “Perfect! I wonder what a donor-centered caption on such a photo might read like.” And here’s what emerged: a quick tutorial (fingers crossed!) in caption writing. Above: Just the facts. Which is 1/2 the AP formula for good photo captions. The other… Read more »

Optimism, communication, and leadership: Fundraising during COVID-19

Fundraising during a global pandemic is not an easy task. How can fundraisers stay optimistic, yet realistic, during this time? How can they properly communicate and steward donors? How can fundraisers be leaders? So, we asked the experts about these topics. See what they have to say below.

Return On Investment – A new age of business-mindedness dawns for nonprofit enterprises

Suddenly it seems like everyone’s talking about it. Or maybe “finally” is better than suddenly. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has gotten weighty on the subject. On June 7, it featured a scathing article by Amanda Pearce, CFRE, under the headline, “Nonprofit is a Tax Status, NOT a Business Model.” Even US charity watchdogs have admitted they got it wrong. In case no one at… Read more »

My Top Eleven and Three-Quarters Bits of Advice for Winning at Donor Communications – Part II

7. Donors aren’t forever. Mostly. Again: Why do you need a donor acquisition program as well as a donor relationship program? Because donors come and go, like pee holes in the snow. A couple of years ago, I polled experts around the world with the question, “How long does the average donor stick with a charity?” There was a gawdly lot of hemming and… Read more »

My Top Eleven and Three-Quarters Bits of Advice for Winning at Donor Communications… part one in a two-part series

1. Why Eleven and Three-Quarters? Be a little less predictable. “10 Top Tips” is predictable. “11 Top Tips” is a little less predictable, but still pretty obvious. I ripped this idea off, as most of you immediately recognized, from Harry Potter’s Track Nine and Three-Quarters at King’s Cross Station. Steal well. And often. But don’t steal from failures. Which means you’ll have to learn… Read more »

A Message from Joyce Slocum, President & CEO of TPR

My passion for the mission of public radio is what led me to leave a career in children’s entertainment and join NPR in 2008. My desire to return to Texas and still be in public radio is what brought me to TPR in 2014. I couldn’t be happier to be here. It’s particularly rewarding to me when someone from our community shares with me… Read more »

Social Media Audits – Setting Your Social Media Strategy

Are you engaging your followers on social media? Find out how to analyze your performance and strategy at our Social Media Audits: Setting Your Social Media Strategy workshop on Tuesday, May 22. Ever wonder how organizations like yours seem to be generating more attention or whether your new Instagram strategy really works? Learn how to perform a routine social media audit to find out. … Read more »