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Feb 08th


Summer reading can increase revenue in the fall

To be the best, learn from the best – and in fundraising, Pearl Saad and her husband Melvin B. Shaw, have the creds to not just teach fundraising essentials but to literally "write the books" about it. In an updated version of The Fundraiser's Guide to Soliciting Gifts, first published in 2008, everything you need to know is laid out in this small but powerful compilation in the form of how to's for the novice and gentle reminders for the veteran.

Success at Work: It's all fun and games

Tiger Woods has a good job: he swings a club as few times as possible in order to get a little white ball into a hole. Then he writes the number of swings on a scorecard. Kyrie Irving has a good job: his team clears the way so he can throw a ball toward a net as often as possible. Then he looks up at the scoreboard and finds out how many went in. Waiters have a pretty good job: they deliver food to tables as efficiently as possible without dropping anything, then count tips at the end of the night to measure success or failure.

FUNdraising Good Times: Start by asking "why?"

Part three of three part series on transformational giving

Do major gifts to nonprofits fall from the sky, or are they more typically the result of deep commitment, relationships, and the ability to use the tools and data available to nonprofits? We asked Barbara Pierce, founder of Transformative Giving, about how donor research supports transformational giving.

Strolling down the beauty aisles

Strolling down the beauty aislesWhen it comes to looking good, staying on top of your game, and making sure your pursuit of beauty is on point, you know the African-American community has that covered. Nielsen's latest insights highlight hair and skin beauty purchases and behavior, by the numbers among African-Americans and other ethnic groups in the U.S. and Canada in a recent NielsenWire Post titled Looking Good: Appealing to Ethnic Consumers in the Beauty Aisle.

FUNdraising Good Times: Are you interested in your donors, or their money?

FUNdraising Good Times: Are you interested in your donors, or their money?
Part two of two part series on transformational giving

Why does one nonprofit receive $1,000 from a donor when another receives $1 million? What is the difference between fundraising and the process of securing transformational gifts? To get some answers we talked with Barbara Pierce, founder of Transformative Giving.

When is it time to replace that old energy-hog refrigerator?

Many refrigerators and freezers will continue to operate for 15-20 years or even longer. But whether or not these appliances are really working efficiently is another question. It is probably time to replace your old energy-hog refrigerator when it becomes too expensive to operate.

Computer Issues? How to Help Your Help Desk

After a long morning on the phone with the Help Desk, it is surprising that people on sidewalks are not hit over the head more often by computers (and phones) flying out of windows. I wanted to this morning. I really did. But that would be an expensive way to litter, a poor way to problem solve and a good way to find myself out on the same sidewalk looking for new work. Therefore, I did the next best thing... I looked for ways to become part of the solution.
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