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  • Seattle-Area Affiliate Again Tops United Way Fundraising

    By Mark Hrywna — September 21, 2011

    For at least the third year in a row, United Way of King County was the highest-grossing affiliate in the nation, and the only one to top $100 million in public support during 2010. The Seattle-based affiliate raised almost $117.4 million last year, up almost 18 percent from 2009, according to data released this week by United Way Worldwide.

  • The First 30 Seconds Of An Ask

    By Rick Christ — September 20, 2011

    Telephone calls to lapsed donors can bring them back. Calls to new donors, especially online donors, can turn a drive-by donor into a second-time giver, or even a monthly donor.

  • 2 Hours Every Day

    By Mark Hrywna — September 20, 2011

    Arnie Korotkin spends the first couple of hours of his day online, compiling news articles about anything related to the September 11 terrorist attacks. The 66-year-old Brooklyn native wasn’t directly affected by the attacks. But what started out as one email a decade ago has evolved into what’s probably the largest September 11-related list-serv in the country.

  • Foundations Fear Recession, Double-Dip

    By Mark Hrywna — September 16, 2011

    The first-ever downgrade of long-term U.S. debt threw more uncertainty into any potential economic recovery just as charitable giving was creeping back to pre-recession levels.

    While the downgrade will lead to higher interest rates on borrowing it also could have a ripple effect on other ratings, putting more pressure on state budgets, and in turn more nonprofits that depend on them. And the massive sell off in the markets fueled fears of a potential double-dip recession.

  • The First 30 Seconds

    By Rick Christ — September 15, 2011

    Telephone calls to lapsed donors can bring them back. Calls to brand new donors, especially online donors, can turn a drive-by donor into a second-time giver, or even a monthly donor. In fact, it’s more profitable to call new online donors and ask for a monthly gift, than it is to send them another email.

  • Texting Isn’t All About Giving

    By Mark Hrywna — September 15, 2011

    When disaster strikes these days, lots of donors don’t think twice before whipping out their cell phones and donating $5 or $10 via text message. Vast amounts of money were raised via text when an earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, and again this past spring when an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan.

  • Recruiters Seeking Experience, Connections

    By Samuel Fanburg — September 15, 2011

     When Lynn Croneberger, the soon-to-be vice president of development for the Wilderness Society, was selected by the organization it wasn’t her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation that propelled her to the top. She believes it came down to her “well-rounded” experience.

  • ‘Call To Action’ Films Are Winners

    By Samuel Fanburg — September 15, 2011

    As traditional film ceremonies like the Academy Awards or Screen Actors Guild Awards recognize films based on traditional filmmaking elements, the Lights. Camera. Help. Festival (LCH) in Austin, Texas has a slight reconfiguration of these criteria.

  • United Way Revenue Up 2.4 Percent In 2010

    By Mark Hrywna — September 13, 2011

    Total income for United Way grew by 2.4 percent last year, considerably slower than the 6.5 percent growth in revenue reported a year ago for 2009.

  • Safety Blueprint

    By Melanie Lockwood Herman — September 1, 2011

    It’s hard to picture a “typical” nonprofit workplace. Nonprofits operate from traditional urban office environments, as well as summer camps in bucolic rural settings and even large warehouses filled with pallets of donated products. A nonprofit vehicle could be a minivan, a tractor-trailer, a forklift or a small bus. With all that variety in mind, it makes sense to go back to basics to improve the safety of facilities, people and the very mission of your nonprofit.

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In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!

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