Happy Holidays From The Blue Sky Collaborative Peer To Peer Fundraising Team

Happy Holidays everyone. The team at Blue Sky Collaborative is very grateful for the opportunity to work with you all in 2017.  The best part of our job is knowing that our peer to peer fundraising sites play a small role in some significant societal impact.  Because...
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Top Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Software Features For Volunteers

All substantial Peer-to-Peer fundraising campaigns and events depend on a corps of dedicated volunteers.  Accountable volunteers can help boost fundraising by 10-30%.  The challenge is setting up your volunteers for success with your software.  Your peer to peer...
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Why Choosing A Great Cover Image For Your Peer to Peer Fundraising Event Is Essential

What does your cover image say? "I want to participate in this event! I want to raise money for this cause! I want to make a donation!" If the home page cover image on your fundraising event website doesn’t inspire those reactions right away, you might want to think...
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Peer to Peer Fundraising by Celebrities

JJ Watt?!?! Peer to Peer Fundraiser Extraordinaire. Houston Texans defensive end, J.J. Watt's peer to peer fundraising campaign raised over $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief.  Proving once again, that @JJWatt can do anything he sets his mind to...except beat the...
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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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Inspiration

this helped when I was feeling overwhelmed. Lines from Dodgeball the Movie...goofy but pretty funny.  This is towards the end when Peter LaFleur, played by Vince Vaughn, decides to abandon his team at the ADAA (American Dodgeball Association of America)...

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Checklist for Letter Writing Campaign

Many people kick off their 3rd Party fundraising activities by organizing a letter writing campaign. This is a simple way to get started and most people are surprised at how much awareness and money letter campaigns can raise. The content below is designed to simplify...

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Software as a Service for Nonprofits

Here's a great powerpoint presentation by Forrester Research on the pros and cons of "Software as a Service."  Download it to your computer and view outside of your browser since IE inexplicably and frequently stiil craps out when opening Office...

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What the hell am I doing?

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. For me, there's definitely a higher sense of purpose than the paycheck. For me it's about incentives. I need to know that what I'm doing matters to those that are important to me. More specifically, do the results of my...

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Essential Third Party Fundraising

I've been heavily involved in the nonprofit sector since 1994 and today I am more certain than ever that 3rd party fundraising is an essential component of a nonprofit's development portfolio. Third party fundraising refers to any fundraising activity that is executed...

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Increase your matching gifts

Follow the link below to an interesting service that allows your online donors to search if their company provides matching gifts. It's something that can easily be incorporated into a donation form or within a thank you email. Good idea......

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