Fundraising for Nonprofits

Inspiring Gifts that Transform

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

How to produce your next fundraising event and remain smiling

Hey kids, the Giving Carnival has rolled into town again. Let's all go! Hosted by Roger Carr of the Everyday Giving Blog, this month's collection of participants offer valuable of tips on how to produce successful fundraising events.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Danger, men at work

Never a dull moment in my neighborhood. Fortunately, nobody was physically hurt. Just a little wounded pride I suspect.


Thursday, August 16, 2007

What ever writer needs: a room with a view

It may look like this is the second time in five months this small strip of concrete outside my window has been replaced, but that wouldn't really be the correct answer. More accurate to say it's been four times in the last three years.

Now if you find the above snap a little boring -- particularly on a blog that is supposed to be about fundraising -- perhaps you will find the view from my front door of the distant San Francisco Bay more inspiring?


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Steady but slow, slow, slow

Just a little update to my post of two months ago. Thought you might be interested in seeing how far construction has progressed in my neighborhood since then.

During this time the major freeway bridge to Oakland collapsed (in two places) and was rebuilt, all in just 25 days.


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

No more country life for me

Just a quick update to my recent post on the Casa Roberts street repairs. The good news is the sewer lines have all been finally replaced, and the boys in orange are now starting to work on the sidewalks -- next week I'm even getting a new driveway! Soon they'll have the stairs to the park at the top of the hill finished. Can't wait till they turn on the new retro streetlamps.

Not as noisy this week, but I gotta tell you, this all is wrecking havoc on my billable hours. Ugh.


Friday, March 30, 2007

We do more things before 8:00 a.m. than most people do all day

Really, I love my job, I do. But sometimes working out of my home has its disadvantages. Like today. Third time in three years the roads are being torn up. Been like this for nearly a month. New sewers this time. Took this blurry photo on my camera phone just minutes ago at 8:00 a.m. from my office window.

Look at the shadow, the sun is barely up! Do you think I'm going to get a lot done today?


Thursday, December 14, 2006

Yet another holiday season year end solicitation

Dear Sir or Madam,

My name is Mr. Fawaz Hafiz, the President & CEO of Liquid Petroleum Import & Export Trading Co., Ltd. Plot 1980, Broadway Ave, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. My company exports raw materials such as non-metallic minerals such as Break fluid, Fuel Pump Cleaner, Super Oil Treatment, Engine Oil Treatment, Radiator Rust Preventive, Fuel Injector Cleanser, Motor Engine Flush, and other products for world trade.

We are searching for a reliable and sincere representative who can help us establish a medium of getting to our teeming customers in North and South America, Europe, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia as well as making payments through this representative to us. Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we will be very glad. You will be entitled to 10% of every payment made through you. Our customers will make payments to you via will be made via bank draft, personal certified checks and bank wire transfer.

Kindly contact us for more information. Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to negotiate your mode of which we will pay for your services as our representative. You will not be financially committed to this transaction.

It is pertinent to let you know that you will not expend any of your resources in the course of this representation offer, if you decide to assist my company. My customers will call you to ascertain your representative status with my company before making payment through you to my company.

Please, feel very free to contact me with any question.


We look forward in working with you, as you send your response back to me.

Mr. Fawaz Hafiz


Sunday, August 20, 2006

Why is so hard to reach a nonprofit development department office on the phone?

Jeff Brooks is so right. At Donor Power Blog he laments about how most nonprofit websites, rather than facilitating donations, are actually hindering them.

And it not just websites. Just Friday I attempted without success to reach Development Directors at two major San Francisco Bay Area community health centers. Neither agency website contained a staff directory or information on how to contact the development department directly, either via phone or email. Both main phone lines were answered by automated voice mail systems that offered no transfer options. Instead, by default I was dropped into a general voicemail box, where a recorded voice told me that my call would returned within 24 hours. Frankly, today that is too late.

They won't be getting my donation. What about your's?


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Become a professional fundraiser and color your hair green

I always tell young people that if you can learn to successfully raise money, you will always work. Doesn't matter who you are or what color your hair is, you'll have your pick of jobs. Here's just three openings that have been emailed to me in the last 24 hours.
I'm serious about this. The week after I got my first full-time fundraising position, I went out and died my hair three different colors. Of course, I was younger then, but not that much younger.


Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Virtual fundraising, the next frontier?

So your good cause's website has been up and running for years. You're now finally getting around to building your email list and accepting online donations -- perhaps even setting-up a blog -- but have you launched your online avatar yet? The American Cancer Society has. Micropersuasion reports they recently auctioned off a virtual car raising $2,000 and have hosted their second virtual relay race on Second Life.

Just imagine if the Salvation Army took its army of little red buckets online this Christmas season ....


Sunday, July 09, 2006

Oh, it's because I'm from Minnesota!

MarketWatch reports:
Of all the Americans who donate their labor to a charitable cause, a disproportionate number live in the Midwest -- and in Utah, according to a new report. A whopping 48% of Utah residents volunteer, followed by Nebraska at 42.8%, [and] Minnesota at 40.7% ... Overall, 28.8% of Americans volunteered last year. West Virginia, Florida, Louisiana, New York and Nevada had the lowest rates, with Nevada at 18.8%.
Who knew?