Turn your likes into dollars: Converting social media fans to donors

The Global Trends in Giving Report notes that social media is the number one way that online donors are most inspired to give—more than email, websites or even print communication. And if that wasn’t a helpful stat to tell your executive director the next time you meet, most donors (87%) who make an initial donation […]

The Greatest Worry of Newly Wealthy Families – and How Major Gift Officers Can Help

Newly Wealthy Donors Aren’t Anything Like Donors Who Come from Families with Generational Wealth They have different world views, different perspectives about money, work, and philanthropy, and different worries. In fact, newly wealthy families share one great worry, almost unanimously, and they will listen to anyone who can help them address it. Solving that problem […]

Donors and Non-Donors, Is That the Best We Can Do?

Why do people give?   I’ve seen academic research showing a big driver of giving is asking. That’s like saying you can’t win the lottery if you don’t play.  True enough but it doesn’t make the opposite true; you will also lose if you play.  The expected return is always negative. People don’t give because we […]

Michelle’s RiseUP Fellowship Experience: RiseUP Fellow to Full Time Employee

I was part of the second RiseUP fellowship cohort— but I almost didn’t apply. When asked to write about this experience as the Organic Social Growth fellow, I held off as long as I possibly could. Not for lack of gratefulness for the program (which you’ll see there is much), or the feeling of imposter […]

Nonprofit Illustrations: Understanding the Design Process

Receiving a new illustration project request is exciting! We might immediately begin dreaming up imagery and fantasizing about the endless possibilities of what we can create. It may also be a bit intimidating—creating work we are proud of that WOWs our team or client and checks off all needs can be challenging.  Making sure that […]

A Guide to bbcon 2022 Virtual for Higher Education Professionals

Higher education professionals from around the world are attending bbcon—Blackbaud’s Tech Conference for Good—October 17–18 to learn from thought leaders in education, fundraising, technology, and more. The entire conference is free and virtual, so everyone can join for inspiring content and peer networking opportunities. Register now for bbcon 2022. Keynote speakers include Glennon Doyle, New […]

A Guide to bbcon 2022 for K–12 School Professionals

Blackbaud’s Tech Conference for Good is October 17–18, when thought leaders from around the world will share insights into education, fundraising, technology, and more. The entire conference is virtual and free this year, so everyone can join for inspiring content and peer networking opportunities. Register now for bbcon 2022. Keynote speakers include Glennon Doyle, New […]

Show Me the Data!: Discovering Your Value Prop

As a nonprofit organization, your mission statement is your guiding light. It is at the heart of every grant you write and outreach letter you send and is the first metric you use to measure your impact year to year. Chances are that each member of your staff and board knows your mission by heart. […]

Crypto Fundraising 101: How to Start Fundraising Crypto & NFT Donations

Cryptocurrency (crypto) has become the fastest-growing donation method in the US, and crypto investors are one of the most desirable donor communities in history. The average crypto user is young, wealthy, and motivated to give. They donate hundreds of millions of dollars via crypto each year, and nonprofits are eager to tap into this new […]

Some of Your Work Will Not Be Successful

I was scrolling through Instagram this morning and came across this carousel about bad habits. Habit #6 stood out in particular: I had not heard of Jonathan Mann, but I liked this thought process so I looked him up. And I found an article he wrote about The 70–20–10 Theory on Medium. He is a […]