[Guest Post] 5 Principles to crowdfunding success - a case study

Renee Tougas on running a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter

Today it's my distinct pleasure to introduce you to Renee Tougas. I've known Renee and her husband Damien for more than a decade. They're not your typical fundraisers, so when their crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign for $16,000 raised over $19,000, I knew I wanted their story. As a fundraising coach, I'm not advocating nonprofits scrap their [...]

Yet another unassuming donor gives multi-million dollar gift

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Today The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported about Lotta Fields. According to the New York Times, Ms. Fields was an avid reader and a regular donor to the New York Public Library. Her regular gifts were only described as "modest." But when she died, she left the library $6 million. $6 million! The NYT's quotes the [...]

[Guest Post] Correctly setting up your nonprofit's Google+ Community

Gabriel Reynoso on Google+ Communities for Nonprofits

A few months after I wrote the book Google+ for Nonprofits, Google+ released a new feature called "Communities." In the time since the introduction, have become a great tool for interacting on Google+, both in raising awareness and in interacting with supporters. As a Google+ user--whether personal profile or organization page--when you share with the [...]

Donor stewardship and Acres of Diamonds

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A couple weeks ago, I was working with my son on a school project. We are having him study 10 great speeches from USA history. In looking at top 10 and top 100 lists, I was thrilled to come across Russell Conwell's Acres of Diamonds. I'd read this dozens of times growing up. The gist [...]

Top 13 Readers Favorite Fundraising Coach Posts from 2013

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Happy New Year! A record number of people came to FundraisingCoach.com for fundraising help in 2013. Here are the the top 2013 posts based on website traffic! They cover everything from social media tips, to strategies on year-end fundraising, to how board members can be effective askers. Top 13 Fundraising Posts Written in 2013 Content [...]

[Guest Post] Fostering Positive Nonprofit Volunteer-Staff Relations

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Today I'm glad to be able to introduce you too Victoria Michelson a freelance writer for Wild Apricot. When she's not writing, but she spends most of her time running races to support local nonprofit organizations in Boise, ID. I've asked her to share on how to improve volunteer-staff relations within nonprofits. Her three points [...]

Is there a Ron Newell in your donor pool?

Courtesy image of Ron Newell from Fosters Daily Democrat

Did you hear the latest story about an unassuming millionaire? According to Foster's Daily Democrat, Ron Newell was a quiet truck driver in Dover, NH. He liked kids and animals, especially dogs. Last August, Mr. Newell passed away at the age of 78. Last week, two nonprofits were told that he'd left them $550,000 each. [...]