Talking Peer to Peer Fundraising Software To Strangers

Like many programmers, I am much more comfortable behind a computer than I am walking alone into a crowded room full of strangers with the intention of getting to know at least a couple of them. Needless to say, networking events are not my forte. Building a peer-to-...
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The Why of Peer to Peer DIY Fundraising: Lessons from Cupids and Children’s Tumor Foundation

Imagine being on the staff of Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF http://ctf.org) 6 years ago and a bright, young, energetic young man comes to your office with an idea for a peer to peer fundraising event for your organization. What if you knew that 5 years later, this...
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Massachusetts Top Under The Radar Charities: Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS)

Every year the New Balance Falmouth Road Race (http://www.falmouthroadrace.com/) is a major fundraising event on Cape Cod.  Most noteworthy, is every year the small but mighty charity Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS) (http://www.ccals.org) is at or near the top of the...
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How Our Founders Values Inspired Them To Be Peer to Peer Fundraising Pioneers & Minority Business Owners

Hi!  We are Syam Buradagunta and Anna Bremner.  Two individuals with a passion to help others, help others.  Read on to learn why we believe in peer to peer fundraising and enjoy what we do at Blue Sky Collaborative. Syam:  As a first generation immigrant from India,...
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Squidoo Lenses and Nonprofits

A couple of folks have asked for my take on Seth Godin's Squidoo project.  Apparently there's been some flap on how nonprofits use or choose not to use Squidoo. Before I get into that can I just say that the term "guru" is officially the most overused...

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Social Networking Software for Alumni

It's been a while since my last post.  Me and some other folks  have been huddled up in cave furiously working on new products.  So pardon me if I'm squinting from the light.  But I guess one doesn't have to see that well to toot their own...

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Silent Auction Bid Sheet Templates

Download and edit these templates of Silent Auction Bid Sheets Silent Auction Item Bid Sheet in Microsoft Word or PDF Format These are simple, no-frills docs that can get you started with creating bid sheets.  Spruce them up but keep them relatively...

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Search for your cause

Raise money for your charity by using Goodsearch. Goodsearch is a search engine that donates a portion of its ad revenues to a charity designated by the user Why should Google have all the ad revenue?  Goodsearch is powered by Yahoo search.  Personally, I...

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Should nonprofits have blogs?

Recently, a couple of nonprofit executives have asked me if their organization should have a blog.   I usually point them here: This is a well thought-out opinion based on personal experience written by a nonprofit CEO. ...

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The “Allure” of fundraising

Allure magazine is full of advice on how women can spend millions of dollars on clothes, cosmetics, and even plastic surgery. (No joke: they actually have a section called "Scalpel News.") Every month they feature endless lists of new "must buy"...

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Dodgeball?

I recently posted a quote from Dodgeball the Movie on our blog.  Since then a bunch of folks have ended up on our blog after searching for information on dodgeball fundraisers.  Who knew? Not only does it sound like a lot of fun but it sounds therapeutic...

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Six ways to improve your Silent Auctions

Don't forget who your friends are. You're much more likely to get tickets to a Red Sox game from your friend who is a season ticket holder than you are from the Red Sox Make the first bid. Always write in the minimum bid on the first line of the auction bid sheet....

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The Big Bad Third Party Fundraiser

I met with 3 event planners from 3 different nonprofits earlier today to discuss how they could increase their third party fundraising.  I have to say that I was pretty amazed by how third party fundraisers are viewed by these particular event planners. ...

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Website Redesigns

I sat in on a website redesign brainstorm session today at one of my nonprofit clients. A couple of observations: Designers love leading clients down a path that focuses on color and style and I figured out why.  Tastes change, so by making the color scheme the...

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