Seems like almost every day there's a different "National _______ Day." National Hot Dog Day. National Cat Day. World Accordion Day (yep, it's real).
That land of political arguments and memes of questionable factual backing, all shared from people you haven’t spoken to in 15 years.
Anytime a post ends with “Please share this with anyone you can,” it should usually set off alarm bells.
Every now and then, a variation of this gem will make the rounds:
Yikes. There’s a lot to break down here.
Arguing on Facebook can be a hopeless endeavour. Most of the time, you’re unlikely to change the person’s mind (after all, they wouldn’t have shared it if their mind wasn’t already made up). But stuff like this can be hard to ignore.
So how do you set people on the right track? The best thing you can do is share some basic information with them to help them understand.
Here’s some things to share to help educate your friends who don’t quite get how the nonprofit world works.
The end of the year and holiday season is a busy time for fundraisers.
Not only is it when over half of nonprofits receive a majority of their donations, but you also have #GivingTuesday and end-of-the-year compliance issues to handle. Yikes!
Don't panic: we've got a few resources to help you out.
Over the last two years, I’ve gotten to speak with fundraisers from all over the world, and there’s something they all have in common that resonates with me.
Every fundraiser I've met has a reason for doing the work they do.
My behaviorist psychology professors in college would say “Of course, we all have reasons for everything we do!” but it’s deeper than that. It’s beyond circumstance, compensation, or natural skill sets (though those things do matter).
Fundraisers (and nonprofit workers in general) are some of the most intrinsically motivated people I’ve ever met.
It’s strange to me that peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising hasn’t caught on more in the nonprofit world.
Even as I write that, it feels like a straw man argument. Who says it hasn’t caught on?
This job provides me with the unique opportunity to speak with lots of fundraisers at lots of different nonprofits all over the country, and peer fundraising is something that I’ve noticed ranks low on the priority list when it comes to development opportunities.
Most fundraisers are familiar with peer fundraising when it comes to boards. The “give/get” model is pervasive throughout the sector. But when it comes to just general supporters who might be interested in raising money on their behalf, a lot of nonprofits are hesitant.
One reason for this that I frequently hear is that the development officers just don’t know how to get started, and more importantly, how to ensure that their peer fundraisers will be successful.
This is a reasonable concern. Afterall, your peer fundraisers aren’t professional development officers. They lack the skills, training, and experience that your seasoned fundraisers have that help them make asks and close gifts (even small ones).
But peer fundraisers have a much more manageable task; they’re raising smaller amounts, and typically just through their own social circles.
There are a few things you can do, however, to set them up for success. Think of this like preventative maintenance you do on your car: it seems like a lot of work for nothing up front, but the end result is a much more reliable machine that will payoff in the long run.
Topics: P2P fundraising
Private charitable foundations.
To the general public, they’re just those names they hear read off at the end of their favorite NPR show.
But to nonprofit development workers, they’re a valuable source of funding and support.
Many of these foundations pay out millions of dollars a year to deserving nonprofit organizations. Often times, the causes they support align with the values of the wealthy individual who founded them (even if he or she has long since passed).
So who are the biggest players in private foundations near you? I put together this handy spreadsheet breaking down the largest foundations by state, along with how much they distributed in the form of grants for the latest calendar year available (2014 for most).
Take a look to see who’s near you!
There’s a lot of wringing of hands in the world these days about how much young people use their phones.
Whether you’re young or old, you’re probably rolling your eyes right now (but for two very different reasons). We’ll save the merits for and against our connectedness for another day. For now, let’s discuss something I think we can all agree on:
How can you really nail your social media at your next fundraising event?
A strong social media game can work wonders for your events. For one, they help you capture that “F.O.M.O.” (that’s “Fear Of Missing Out”) feeling that can drive future engagement. If my friend goes to an event that I decided to pass on, but all the pictures he’s sharing on Instagram look amazing, I’m going to feel a bit silly for deciding not to go.
And you can bet that next year I’ll be there.
Point is, when your event is consistently producing a stream of social media content, it’s free advertising for you. Beyond that, it helps increase the level of engagement of attendees. People will scroll through the posts surrounding your event to see what other people are doing. Perhaps you’ve got a fun station set up somewhere in the event space, and they’ll see other people posting about it and go check it out themselves.
But good social media doesn’t happen by itself. Sure, you need a fun, engaging event, but it goes beyond that. If you don’t set yourself up for success, you’ll find your attendees might be staring at their phones for a very different (and not nearly as good) reason: they’re bored out of their minds.
Here’s some tips for maximum social media exposure during your next event.