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Creating a Nonprofit Membership Program

Posted by Steven Wesley on Mar 29, 2018 10:00:00 AM


A membership program is one of the most fruitful nonprofit funding models. It allows charity organizations to maintain financial stability and focus on real work instead of chasing money day after day. However, it’s not easy to create a successful membership program.

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Topics: Fundraising, Nonprofit, nonprofit management, fundraising campaigns, membership program, nonprofit membership program

15 People Doing Wonderful Things in the World That Will Make You Smile

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Jul 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Hey 2016, it’s me, Andrew.

Listen, you’ve been looking pretty rough lately. Is everything okay? Why do you have to keep throwing all this craziness at us?

It seems like every week there’s another case of violence, hatred, or bigotry being splashed all over my Facebook newsfeed.

Minnesota, Orlando, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Nice, Baghdad, and on and on and on.

Every terrible, awful story brings along a new wave of vitriolic anger and arguments in the comment sections. I’ve even been seeing arguments on LinkedIn lately! Really? LinkedIn?!

And we STILL have an entire election season to get through. Gross.

Enough already. I need a mood booster. Something to keep me pushing forward and looking at my fellow humans with a smile rather than a glare of suspicion. 

After all, this is a blog for nonprofits! We have mountains of "feel-good" stories!

I want to share warm-fuzzies with you, because I’m sure you need it too. Read ‘em. Share ‘em. Smile at ‘em. Bookmark it and come back to it later when you need a boost.

Oh! And leave a comment sharing your own feel-good stories!

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Topics: Nonprofit

The Nonprofit Sector Has a Diversity Problem.

Posted by Brooke Binkowski on Nov 30, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Diversity is a big word.

A huge one, actually. Not because it's a particularly long one, or even because it's more than three syllables, but because it's a word that's fraught with meaning and connotation, a corporate buzzword that is also a pretty decent goal. Diversity encompasses differences in how you perceive and are perceived, how you act, how you think, and what you think. It's something that should be pursued, but should diversity be a goal for its own sake, or should it occur organically? How do you foster it in the workplace and create an environment that benefits everybody without creating friction? Where do you begin?

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Topics: Nonprofit, nonprofit leadership, nonprofit management

Our Favorite #NonprofitPickUpLines Tweets

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Nov 4, 2015 10:24:28 AM

You gotta hand it to the nonprofit Twitter community: they can be pretty damn funny sometimes.

Back in September, we saw #MuseumSwearJar explode on Twitter. Now, thanks to the work of the wonderful Vu Le, we have #NonprofitPickUpLines.

Vu wrote a post on his blog (a most follow, by the way) called "10 Rules for Dating in the Nonprofit Sector", which spawned a series of nonprofit-themed pick-up lines in the comments. This spilled over to Twitter, and the hashtag #NonprofitPickUpLines was born. Hilarity ensues.

Here are some of my favs, including some from Vu himself:

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Topics: Nonprofit, social media, For Fun

Ask the Experts: Avoid Lazy Nonprofit Storytelling

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Jul 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Storytelling is all the rage right now in the nonprofit world. But sometimes we can get, well...a little lazy in our storytelling.

It's alright, happens to the best of us.

Lori Jacobwith of Ignited Fundraising was kind enough to join us this week to talk about this topic! Check out our interview below and don't miss these highlights:

  • The most important thing fundraisers can do to tell better stories (0:40")
  • How to avoid lazy storytelling (6:20")
  • Watch Lori tell the same story two ways: the lazy way and the WOW way! (7:50")
  • Listen to Lori's fundraising haiku (15:30")
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Topics: Nonprofit, Storytelling,

5 LGBT Nonprofits You Should Know

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Jun 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Friday’s Supreme Court decision sent a wave of celebration across the country, marking a monumental shift for gay rights in our country.

The decision happened to coincide with Pride celebrations all across the country, including here in New York City. I made my way to the parade on Sunday, fortunate enough to be able to watch from the second floor of my wife’s office on 5th Avenue.

From that perspective, from the street and from my view above, the excitement was palpable. The whole thing had the feeling of a victory parade after a long war, with millions of revelers celebrating along the Canyon of Heros.

I was also struck by the number of nonprofits serving the LGBT community specifically participating in the parade and the wide range of issues they fight for. Here are five LGBT nonprofits that caught my eye, and that you should keep your eyes on.

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Topics: Nonprofit

5 Membership-Based Nonprofits Rocking Their Social Media

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on May 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Membership-based nonprofits face a unique set of fundraising and marketing challenges that other nonprofits don’t typically face.

Namely this: How do you convince someone to be both a member AND a donor?

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Topics: Nonprofit, social media, nonprofit marketing,

Nonprofit Storytelling Lessons From GoPro

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Mar 5, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Do you want your nonprofit to be memorable in an online world with viciously short attention spans? Than you'd better be a good storyteller.

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Topics: Nonprofits, Nonprofit, Storytelling,

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