Katrina & Otis explore a Facebook fuss…. In-groups and out-groups (and why it’s good to know the diff) Social media can be conspicuously cruel and irrational. It also reveals a lot about human nature and our “identities”… NBC12 asked the question. Honestly answering? Katrina VanHuss. She is the CEO of TurnKey, “a U.S.-based strategy and execution firm for nonprofit fundraising campaigns.” TurnKey’s magnificent client list includes Susan G.… Read more »
The Vida Joven story amazed me from the start: since 1996, this determined (and for many years all-volunteer) orphanage has rescued thrown-away children from the merciless, dangerous gutters of Tijuana (in 2019, TJ was the “most murderous city” on earth, statistically) … and yet … eventually … those very same VJ-rescued kids mostly go on to college.
CAF America, America’s nonprofit leader in international grantmaking, offers a current analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on the world’s charities in a new report titled 12 Months Later: The State of the World’s Nonprofits, The Voice of Charities Facing COVID-19, Volume 7. The survey included nonprofits worldwide that have survived the pandemic’s often devastating financial effects. It provides insight into how charities have… Read more »
Read a chapter from Tom’s new book… as usual… it’s fabulous! Chapter 14 Goldfish pay more attention than humans (but goldfish can’t make gifts) Every day thousands of messages aim for your brain, to reach your heart, mind . . . and wallet. It’s a well-funded assault, too . . . via web, streaming TV, your car’s radio, free newspapers, magazines, roadside advertising, flyers pinned… Read more »
Every word matters. Some words matter more. We or you?
Why this book screamed to be made In the US, as of 2017, there were something like 1.3 million government-sanctioned charitable organizations. It’s a growing sector: at current rates, about 47,000 new US charities are born each year. Is that a lot or a little, for a nation of some 330 million? I say it’s a lot. After all, the same population gets by with… Read more »
Early in my 30-plus year career in the philanthropic arena, I was looking for a major gifts officer for a reproductive health clinic in Los Angeles. Of the many résumés I received, one was from a candidate with ten years of solid experience—but for eight of those ten years, he worked for religious charities that opposed the values held by my organization. Within the… Read more »
The IGNORANCE CEILING is destroying fundraising. Now you know. Meet the frustrated: So MANY fundraisers quit so fast. They learn “best practices” … and then collide with the “Ignorance Ceiling.” I.e., bosses and boards insisting: “I don’t like it. No way.”
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 »
Many of the principles of fundraising I learned early on really are true: listen to prospective donors to connect them to your cause; build relationships to move supporters to the next level of giving; and thank donors more often than you ask for money. These do result in better fundraising outcomes. But based on my recent experience, I’m wondering if the scarcity-based approach of holding your funding sources under lock and key could use an upgrade.
People of the North American West depend on healthy rivers, national parks, forests, monuments, and other public and working lands to sustain their families and their communities. These majestic landscapes provide refuge and inspiration, and fulfill economic, cultural, and spiritual needs. And yet, we are losing the equivalent of a football field of natural land in the Western United States every two-and-a-half minutes. Family… Read more »
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 »
As someone who began her career as a fund raiser and migrated to become a funder as head of a large corporate foundation, I have a somewhat unique vantage point on the struggle many nonprofits endure when engaging funders and major donors to support their cause. In speaking with executive and development officers who are charged with fundraising, I find it most helpful to… Read more »
On the delicate topic of approvals . . . What is the Mt. Everest-sized obstacle which prevents many nonprofits (yours?) from taking advantage of “donor-centricity”?
Funding News and Grant Tips Registration is now open for the Funding Information Center’s annual grant writing workshop/webinar. Please go to http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-3-3.aspx#R for details and instructions. Kaiser Family Foundation Issues Report on HIV, Opioid Epidemic http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-4-1.aspx#A 2018 County Health Rankings Highlight Disparities by Place and Race http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-4-1.aspx#B Community Health Centers Don’t Have Capacity to Expand http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-4-1.aspx#C Parents’ Giving Habits… Read more »
Learn what it takes to govern efficiently Be part of Board Boot Camp on Saturday, April 21. Jennifer Moriarty, the founder of Moriarty Consulting Group, will lead board members and executive directors through the fundamentals of effective board governance the basic roles and responsibilities of a board strategies for building effective board structures. $5.1M raised during Big GiveOver 600 nonprofits participated in 24 hours of… Read more »
Newbies, skeptics, the timid (and Ian) DO worry: “So, Tom, where’s the irrefutable research that switching to ‘donor-centered’ communications will raise more money for our org. than the comms crap we now send out?”
Witness one form of abuse unique to fundraising . . . You get the training. You learn, say, how and why donor-centered communications raise lots more money. But your boss doesn’t like the way donor-centered communications sound … so your boss says no. Why? Because your boss doesn’t know any better. Because your boss trusts her own uninformed hunches, instincts, opinions more than she or he trusts you and the training you’ve just received. And you need the job . . .
In Reciprocity We Trust Newbies, skeptics, the timid (and Ian) DO worry: “So, Tom, where’s the irrefutable research that switching to ‘donor-centered’ communications will raise more money for our org. than the comms crap we now send out?” Mike wrote me a couple of weeks ago…. I’m an avid follower of your newsletters and webinars, so first a little bit of flattery. Thank you… Read more »
Your board wants to help lead you to greater fiscal health. You want the same thing. Why then do so many CEOs tell me they’re disappointed in the board support they receive when it comes to generating income?