Top Tips For Your Nonprofit or School’s Spring Peer to Peer Fundraising Event- Part 2

Now's the time to get participants, donors, and sponsors excited about your organization's upcoming spring or early summer fundraiser where they can GET OUTSIDE to soak up some Vitamin D!  One opportunity to help grow that excitement is how online peer to peer...
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Top Tips For Your Nonprofit or School’s Spring Peer to Peer Fundraising Event- Part 1

Spring is Coming!  Yes, it really is going to come.  Winter is still in full swing but Spring is right around the corner. Now's the time to get folks excited about your organization's upcoming spring peer to peer fundraising event where they can GET OUTSIDE to soak up...
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Top 10 Reasons A Hoopathon Is A Great FUN Fundraising Idea For Your School

Oh what fun a gym full of kids is in terms of energy, enthusiasm and laughter.  What's makes the moment that much more memorable is when the kids are participating in an event to support their school and classmates.  That is why I believe hoopathon puts the fun in...
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Blue Sky Collaborative’s SWEET! Platform- The Best Value in Peer to Peer Fundraising Software

Fuse passion with performance and achieve your peer to peer fundraising goals.  At Blue Sky Collaborative we work with you to ensure over time you receive more value than any other software provider.  The reason is we believe in the power of Peer to Peer fundraising...
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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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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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