2017 Digital Outlook Report: 62 percent of nonprofits have no digital program

By Meg Gardner • March 23, 2017

It seems kind of staggering, no? Nonetheless, that’s the finding from the third annual Digital Outlook Report, a joint effort of Care2, hjc, NTEN and The Resource Alliance.
The theme of this year’s report is “Advance Your Nonprofit’s Game to the Next Level.” It very helpfully shapes its findings into strategic information …

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2017 Digital Outlook Report: 62 percent of nonprofits have no digital program

By Meg Gardner • March 23, 2017

It seems kind of staggering, no? Nonetheless, that’s the finding from the third annual Digital Outlook Report, a joint effort of Care2, hjc, NTEN and The Resource Alliance.
The theme of this year’s report is “Advance Your Nonprofit’s Game to the Next Level.” It very helpfully shapes its findings into strategic information …

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Resourcing out-of-hours social media

By Kirsty Marrins • March 20, 2017

When I wrote about how charities are missing out on valuable conversations on Twitter that take place out of hours and that they need to be flexible when it comes to managing their social media accounts, what I didn’t address was how exactly charities should be doing this.
I didn’t address …

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Video: Innovative social entrepreneur talks about collaboration

By Meg Gardner • March 16, 2017

No doubt, the power of consumer spending is undeniable. Aliza “Alice” Napartivaumnuay, co-founder of Socialgiver, has harnessed that power to create a movement to support social change around the world. Socialgiver is an online giving ecosystem that sells products and services from leading brands at exclusive rates. When consumers spend …

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Is there plenty of room on your fundraising island?

By Marc Pitman • March 13, 2017

A while back, Seth Godin wrote about there being plenty of room on the island. He observed that authors regularly recommend other authors even though an MBA program would call them “competitors.” It’s a great reminder that most of life is not a zero sum game.
Competition isn’t really competition
A new …

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Hail the all-powerful Rock!

By Bill Toliver • March 9, 2017

When I was a kid I had the fortune to grow up in the deserts of the Middle East. A place that was brilliantly interesting, but not particularly hospitable to life — especially the life of a pasty white kid.
While living there I became a bit of a student of …

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Arm(adillo) yourself to engage with donors

By Meg Gardner • March 6, 2017

I made eye contact with an armadillo the other day. Well, I was staring at it, and I admit it might have been folly to think it was doing anything more than looking past me and thinking about whatever it is armadillos think about. Despite living in the deep south …

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Walking a tight rope well: 5 ways progressive nonprofits can use risk management to succeed in uncertain times

By Jocelyn Harmon • March 2, 2017

“Organizations face internal and external actors and influences that make it uncertain whether, when, and the extent to which they will achieve or exceed their objectives. The effect this uncertainty has on the organization’s objectives is risk.”
Like it or not, the year ahead will be risky for all nonprofits with …

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Do something different and try something… old!

By Sarah Carter • February 27, 2017

It’s not easy being a fundraiser at the best of times. But in the current market, the pressures and expectations on fundraising organisations can have a huge impact on our workforce at all levels. What can charities do to help ease the burden and ensure a more positive working culture?
Alongside …

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Has fundraising moved forwards, or backwards, in the last 50 years? And where next?

By Giles Pegram • February 22, 2017

Let me start with a short eulogy, then quote some of what I, and many others, believe are the wisest words ever said about fundraising, before leaving you with a question: How much of this is relevant now?
November 2016 marked the centenary of Harold Sumption’s birth. Harold was, without doubt, …

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NEW research on fundraiser-donor relationships: What part of ‘broken’ don’t we understand?

By Paul Vanags • February 20, 2017

A new piece of research from Birkbeck/LSE highlights major issues with the “broken” contract between donor and humanitarian NGOs such as Oxfam, Save the Children and others. It asks big questions of fundraisers and calls into question the whole basis of our relationship with the public and with our supporters. …

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Resource mobilisation: the two most thrilling words I know

By Derek Humphries • February 15, 2017

In an age of snappy slogans, it can be good to remind ourselves that the thrill of words should come from their meaning and not from their sound-bite superficiality.
This was brought home to me last month when I was in Delhi, India, as a volunteer organiser and speaker at The …

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The Top 50 blog posts of 2016!

By Meg Gardner • January 3, 2017

 

Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to a year full of hope and promise, dreams fulfilled, goals met and new ones set.
As you know, the original 101fundraising team has passed the considerably weighty baton to us here at The Resource Alliance. Many of you know us and have been part of …

Simply the Best: Top 10 blog posts! (Q4 2016)

By 101fundraising • December 21, 2016

The final Top 10 of 2016. Simply an awesome list again. Superb content by great fundraisers. We have nothing to add. Read them all… Congrats to Matthew with the #1 position in the 4th quarter!
(The first post of 2017 will give you an overview of the best posts of 2016.)
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Online charity benchmark 2016 – compare your website

By Victor van der Veen • December 12, 2016

Ever wondered how your online fundraising is doing? And how that compares to other organizations? Do you need numbers that can help you to set your goals? This online marketing charity benchmark tool will kickstart that process. We have analysed close to 12 million sessions, looked at more than 40.000 …

Make fundraising great again!

By Charlie Hulme • November 29, 2016

I’d be shocked if there were any, or many, Trump supporters among this community of fundraising hipsters. But how many otherwise great people inadvertently emulate him as fundraising practitioners?
What do I mean? Well, if I (as ‘the Donald’ is wont to do) let fly a barrage of sweeping generalisations about …

Changing fundraising. For good.

By Ken Burnett • November 24, 2016

Much has changed since the Commission on the Donor Experience was initiated in mid 2015. Early in the process Giles Pegram and Ken Burnett each set themselves the task of listing 10 things they’d most like to see change. Now, as completed projects (the CDE has 30+ of them, see …

Men in Fundraising: We have a problem. And it’s you.

By Matthew Sherrington • November 21, 2016

Only a few years ago a senior UK fundraiser was quoted in an article about staff development. He talked of getting his female staff mentors, to help them behave in a more ‘feminine’ way in their relationships at work and with donors. I’ve always remembered it, because I remember my …

Major Gift End of the Year To-Do List

By Karen Osborne • November 14, 2016

Major gift end of the year to dos are not the same as your annual giving big push and wrap up.
For annual giving, your focus is on the final appeal for the year, working on getting the words just right and the letter out the door. You’ve reviewed all of …

Are we managing a fundraising decline? Only if we let ourselves.

By Giles Pegram • November 10, 2016

“The Daily Mail is not inherently anti fundraising”, I recently and naively posted on a chat forum on Facebook.   The response was vigorous, and almost universally in disagreement.   I stand corrected.   But some of the language surprised me.
“Fundraising is currently being subjected to a concerted ideological attack by the state, …

I can’t thank you enough

By Reinier Spruit • November 3, 2016

Sometimes it’s the simple things that transform the relationship with a donor into something magic. As part of my quest for examples of the best donor-centric fundraising for The Commission on the Donor Experience I came across an inspiring story I’d like to share with you. This is the fantastic …

A donor relationship is not a trick

By Reinier Spruit • October 22, 2016

Rockstar Amanda Palmer said it in the opening plenary of the #IFC2016 : “A relationship is not a trick“. And it came back to me throughout the conference. The best donor relations are based on authenticity and reciprocity. If that’s our goal and we take a closer look at our fundraising results in recent years, we have to …

The trouble with vanilla…

By Lucy Gower • October 17, 2016

Over the years I’ve observed sparky, funny, passionate and clever people morph into vanilla shells of their former selves as they enter their office to get on with their professional job of being a fundraiser.
It’s a strange phenomenon. Somehow through our drive to excel in what we do – to …

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