PicoFeed The Chronicle of Philanthropy https://philanthropy.com/ 2017-04-24T16:55:55-04:00 The Chronicle of Philanthropy Fundraising Advice: Mailing-List Segmentation for Beginners https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Fundraising-Advice-/239840 2017-04-20T08:00:00-04:00 Splitting supporters into subgroups can help you pinpoint messages, improve programs, and assess what types of appeals and extras work best for which donors. By Timothy Sandoval Illinois Budget Crisis Spurs Advocacy Push by Nonprofits https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Illinois-Budget-Crisis-Spurs/239838 2017-04-19T14:06:00-04:00 The foundation-funded effort highlights the financial toll on charities from the state's partisan budget warfare and could provide a blueprint to fight looming federal spending cuts. By Alex Daniels Study Shows Value of Using Competition to Revive Dormant Donors https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Study-Shows-Value-of-Using/239646 2017-04-04T07:59:53-04:00 An experiment involving users of Kiva showed that inactive donors who were part of a giving team could often be prodded into contributing if faced with a challenge to help outdo other teams. By Alex Daniels Facebook Expands Charity Fundraising Tools for Celebrities and Corporations https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Facebook-Expands-Charity/239644 2017-03-30T12:02:00-04:00 The company is also taking a page from the playbook of crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe and expanding its features to allow fundraising for personal reasons. By Megan O’Neil Daily News Roundup: U. of Louisville Foundation Halts Controversial Compensation Plan https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Daily-News-Roundup-U-of/239643 2017-03-30T10:33:00-04:00 Also, a new tech platform is becoming the favored tool of the anti-Trump movement, and the American Civil Liberties Union is helping to fuel grass-roots advocacy.  College Doubles Down on Phone-athons for $1 Billion Campaign https://www.philanthropy.com/article/College-Doubles-Down-on/239611 2017-03-28T08:00:00-04:00 Fundraisers at William & Mary believe an old-fashioned technique will help them round up young donors and meet an ambitious goal. By Drew Lindsay Many Midlevel Donors Are Being Ignored, Report Finds https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Many-Midlevel-Donors-Are-Being/239473 2017-03-13T11:57:00-04:00 Nonprofits often lack communication strategies tailored to supporters who make gifts of $1,000 to $5,000. By Eden Stiffman How to Use Data to Boost Giving https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Use-Data-to-Boost/239429 2017-03-08T10:18:00-05:00 Tell a story, and present information that matters to donors in a format that’s easy to understand. By Rebecca Koenig Network for Good Registers 21% Bump in March Online Giving https://www.philanthropy.com/interactives/online-giving-dashboard 2017-03-07T00:00:00-05:00 The fundraising platform drew more than $19 million in contributions last month, and the number of donations was up 23.9 percent from March 2016. By Ben Myers, Eden Stiffman, and Ariana Giorgi How Nonprofits Can Be Ready When News Breaks https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-Nonprofits-Can-Be-Ready/239362 2017-03-01T10:55:00-05:00 Even small organizations should be prepared to respond quickly to a crisis — or a big fundraising opportunity. Experts explain the key steps. By Timothy Sandoval 5 Ways to Raise Money When Donors Are Consumed by Nonstop News https://www.philanthropy.com/article/5-Ways-to-Raise-Money-When/239219 2017-02-16T11:49:00-05:00 Don’t give up just because your cause isn’t the topic of the moment. By Rebecca Koenig A Stewardship Plan for Midlevel Donors https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/template/a-stewardship-plan-for-midleve/6218/ 2017-02-15T08:00:00-05:00 The American Farmland Trust developed a simple tool for managing outreach to $1,000-plus contributors. By Timothy Sandoval In Wake of Travel Ban, Nonprofits See Support Surge https://www.philanthropy.com/article/In-Wake-of-Travel-Ban/239046 2017-01-30T12:59:00-05:00 Organizations that serve Muslims and refugees saw big spikes in donations after the president’s controversial executive order. Now they’re waiting to see what’s coming next. By Timothy Sandoval African Charities Most Likely to Optimize Sites for Mobile Devices, Survey Finds https://www.philanthropy.com/article/African-Charities-Most-Likely/239045 2017-01-30T11:12:00-05:00 The poll of nearly 5,000 nonprofits from around the world also found that nearly two-thirds accept online donations. By Rebecca Koenig Greenpeace Sees Surge in Support With Defiant Message https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Greenpeace-Sees-Surge-in/239032 2017-01-27T11:37:00-05:00 The group’s display of a banner telling people to "resist," which appeared to hang over the White House, was part of a much bigger behind-the-scenes push to build support — and find new donors. By Timothy Sandoval Video: Dos and Don’ts for Crafting Appeals That Work https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/video/video-dos-and-don-ts-for-craf/6192/ 2017-01-26T09:45:00-05:00 Peter Drury, director of corporate and foundation relations for Seattle Children’s, runs down highlights from his Philanthropy Next workshop critiquing fundraising pitches. By Eden Stiffman and Nidhi Singh Answers to Your Questions About State Fundraising Rules https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/template/answers-to-your-questions-abou/6190/ 2017-01-24T08:24:00-05:00 A lawyer who represents charities answers some frequently asked questions about fundraising registration and complying with regulations. By Eden Stiffman Audio: How Colorado State Fundraisers Make Phone-athons Work https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/audio/audio-how-colorado-state-fund/6180/ 2017-01-18T10:45:00-05:00 Listen to a mock fundraising call, and see guidelines and survey questions, for tips on how Colorado State University has boosted graduates’ giving by phone. By Timothy Sandoval ACLU’s Tough Talk on Trump Leads to Huge Fundraising Success https://www.philanthropy.com/article/ACLU-s-Tough-Talk-on-Trump/238874 2017-01-12T09:30:00-05:00 Time will tell if the American Civil Liberties Union’s aggressive stance will continue to resonate with donors. By Timothy Sandoval A Survival Guide for Nonprofits as Big Changes Loom for Fundraising https://www.philanthropy.com/article/A-Survival-Guide-for/238784 2017-01-04T07:59:59-05:00 Young donors with unknown motivations are replacing aging stalwarts, making fundraising less predictable with each passing day. Here’s what charities need to know to avoid being left behind. By Nicole Wallace Donor Recognition Doesn’t Need to Be Prominent to Work, Study Says https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Donor-Recognition-Doesn-t/238783 2017-01-04T07:59:54-05:00 New research suggests that a link to an online list of donors may be as effective in spurring gifts as listing boldface names in expensive, glossy printed materials. By Alex Daniels Challenging Sacred Cows and Killing Jargon: Our Most Popular Articles of 2016 https://www.philanthropy.com/specialreport/challenging-sacred-cows-and-ki/124 2016-12-29T08:00:00-05:00 In a year full of changes and big questions for nonprofits, Chronicle readers looked for unconventional wisdom and evidence of ideas that work. New Postal Rates Will Raise Costs for Charities https://www.philanthropy.com/article/New-Postal-Rates-Will-Raise/238753 2016-12-27T11:10:00-05:00 The changes, which take effect January 22, also include designating standard mail as "marketing mail," prompting worries that more solicitations will go straight into the trash can. By Timothy Sandoval Experts Predict Strong Finish to Fundraising Season https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Experts-Predict-Strong-Finish/238661 2016-12-13T10:13:00-05:00 A booming stock market and strong economy — along with potential changes in the tax code and possible spending cuts under President-elect Trump — spur fundraisers to urge donors to give now. By Timothy Sandoval Opinion: Checkout Charity Can Backfire for Nonprofits and Retailers https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Opinion-Checkout-Charity-Can/238591 2016-12-07T09:48:00-05:00 New research indicates people don’t like being asked to donate as they pay for purchases. There are better ways to nudge shoppers to give. By Casey Newmeyer After #GivingTuesday, Network for Good Announces #RetentionWednesday https://www.philanthropy.com/article/After-GivingTuesday-Network/238573 2016-12-06T10:07:00-05:00 The online-gift processor plans to help charities follow up with giving-day donors and will collect and share data about nonprofits’ fundraising performance. By Timothy Sandoval Nonprofits Brace for Big Changes Under Trump Administration https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-Brace-for-Big/238506 2016-11-29T07:59:59-05:00 A Republican-controlled White House and Congress means sweeping efforts to overhaul tax laws, redirect spending, and roll back programs important to many charities. By Megan O’Neil, Timothy Sandoval, Alex Daniels, Rebecca Koenig, and Drew Lindsay Why Fundraisers Should Take the Long View https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Why-Fundraisers-Should-Take/238427 2016-11-16T10:05:00-05:00 Being patient and keeping all donors informed can result in big rewards.  By Maria Di Mento Nonprofits See Unprecedented Support Following Trump’s Win https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-See-Unprecedented/238416 2016-11-15T10:17:00-05:00 The American Civil Liberties Union has received more than $7 million since the election, and 128,000 people have contributed to Planned Parenthood in the past several days. By Timothy Sandoval The Gates Foundation: Now Accepting Donations https://www.philanthropy.com/article/The-Gates-Foundation-Now/238402 2016-11-14T12:00:00-05:00 Gates Philanthropy Partners gives donors a chance to consult with foundation staff and give to nonprofits chosen from among those the grant maker supports. By Alex Daniels Liberal-Leaning Groups Flood Supporters With Urgent Post-Election Messages https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Liberal-Leaning-Groups-Flood/238367 2016-11-10T12:13:00-05:00 Organizations are working to buck up supporters deeply anxious about a Donald Trump presidency, with many urging backers to donate or take action to challenge the new administration on immigration, climate, and other issues. By Timothy Sandoval Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle Drive Lets Donors Earmark Gifts https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Salvation-Army-s-Online-Red/238344 2016-11-09T08:00:00-05:00 The new holiday campaign uses social-media tools to let people raise money from friends and direct donations to specific chapters or needs. By Eden Stiffman U. of Oregon Taps Its Scholars to Be Fundraisers https://www.philanthropy.com/article/U-of-Oregon-Taps-Its-Scholars/238183 2016-10-27T08:00:00-04:00 With state spending on higher education down, the institution is asking academic leaders to help cultivate big donors. By Drew Lindsay Video: Making Measurement Work for Fundraising https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/video/video-making-measurement-work/6103/ 2016-10-13T10:23:00-04:00 Richard Shaw, chief development officer at Youth Villages, talks about how, and when, the Washington-area charity uses data in crafting appeals. By Eden Stiffman and Nidhi Singh Thank-You Notes That Look Handwritten Inspire Donors to Give Again https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Thank-You-Notes-That-Look/237848 2016-09-21T10:49:00-04:00 How one nonprofit brought back 440 lapsed donors and boosted revenue after taking a new approach to acknowledgments. By Eden Stiffman