Things That Makes Us Go “Hmm..”: Income Inequality

Here at Campaign Consultation, we’re closing out the year thinking over things that makes us go, “Hmmmm…,” particularly ongoing issues that didn’t really evolve over 2013. This video has been making the rounds in our office, and we’ve all been struck by both the persistence of this issue as well as how dramatically it illustrates the disconnect between Americans’ perception and the reality of income inequality. Income inequality is a persistent and intractable problem, and this video has sparked many conversations on how to fix it, such as this article. Other articles, inspired by President Obama’s speech on income …read more

Crowdfunding 101

A Rotating Savings and Credit Association (ROSCA) for women (Photo credit: The Reboot)

Crowdfunding is a relatively new idea compared to other methods of securing capital (bank loans, personal savings, line of credit, venture capitalist, charitable donations). However, it’s actually been around for several years. Many of us have heard stories of people funding various initiatives online.

So what do you need to know about crowdfunding? Here’s a quick tutorial:

What is crowdfunding?

Individuals contribute their money, from as little as one dollar to thousands of dollars, to collectively fund various initiatives introduced by other individuals, organizations, or businesses. …read more

Grassroots Fundraising Can Be Personal

Many organizations see grassroots fundraising as scattershot fundraising, where you want to hit as many targets as possible, without too much time spent on perfecting your aim. It’s often used when seeking small donations from unknown, uncultivated donors.

In Community Health Funding Report, Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Grassroots Fundraising Institute Training (GIFT) fundraising director, says grassroots fundraising is more than asking for money. “It can be thought of as giving people a chance to make a difference in something they personally care about, “

Dahlstrom urges fundraisers to build an ongoing relationship based on mutual concerns rather than focusing on obtaining …read more

Given by Anonymous?

English: This statue is also known as “Statue of Three Lies” Lie # 1 : This is not John Harvard’s face; no picture or statue of John Harvard survived. Lie # 2 : John Harvard was not founder of Harvard University; it was founded two years prior to being renamed Harvard in 1638. Lie # 3 : The inscription says that Harvard was founded in 1638; in fact, it was founded two years earlier. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is it better to be an anonymous major donor? Or do donors have a need to see their names on buildings? Does …read more

Spring Fundraising Cleaning: Get the Dust Bunnies out of your Database

Spring has finally come and it’s time to throw open the windows, clean out the closet and sweep under the bed. If you haven’t cleaned up entries in your nonprofit database in a while, it’s probably a good time to do that now.

A robust database with correct names and addresses and accurate giving information is essential for effective fundraising.

Are your aware that approximately 15 percent of people move households every year and 70 percent of business contact data is out of date within one year? Ideally, your database should be thoroughly updated and scrubbed annually, but at minimum …read more

Charm Donors With Alluring Visuals


…Hope… (Photo credit: ĐāżŦ {mostly absent})

The power of an image lies in its ability to convey a story without words. A moving photo compels people to craft their own story. We’ve talked about the importance of storytelling (link to storytelling post), using visuals and social media tools such as Pinterest as communications tactics to convey your organization’s mission and generate donors.

This week, I stumbled upon Amber Bonner’s post “No Words Necessary” which highlights how a few images and just one sentence can help organizations appeal to their constituents in a deeper way than any copy-written paragraph.

In …read more

Post Sandy: Be Wary of The Storm-Chasers


By Arlington County


As Superstorm Sandy slowly marched inland, millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday flooded, without power, and/or mass transit. While the full extent of the damage is still unclear, what is clear is that Sandy left unprecedented debris and there are millions across the country who are in need of assistance.

CNN has compiled a list of charities that are seeking donations and volunteers, such as AmeriCares, Feeding America, the Humane Society of the United States, the Salvation Army, and Save the Children. Forced to cancel 100 blood drives as …read more

The Latest Fundraising Buzz: Impact

There’s a new buzz word on the fundraising street – impact. The theme of this year’s Clinton Global Initiative is “Designing for Impact,” which echoes the growing influence of “design thinking” in shaping the way that Nonprofits develop better solutions to social problems.

Design thinking crosses the traditional boundaries between public, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors. By working closely with the clients and consumers, design thinking allows high-impact solutions to bubble up from below rather than being imposed from the top.

Nonprofits that think more strategically about how they can design their programs in advance make it more likely that their …read more

Can Charitable Giving Replace the Social Safety Net?

As the nation seeks to recover from the worst economic slide since the Great Depression, the cities and states with the most-generous residents may be in a better position to help the millions of people still suffering from joblessness and other financial setbacks, say experts.

“There’s a storm coming,” says Bruce Katz, vice president at the Brookings Institution and an expert on the nation’s cities. “Which places are prepared?”

Mr. Katz says local governments should be thinking hard about how to encourage giving because “we don’t have the welfare programs that we have had in the past. The need for …read more

Four Ways to Engage Millennial Donors

While they may not currently be giving large gifts, building relationships with Millennials can lead to larger gifts down the road. Here are a few things your organization can do now to engage this new generation of donors:

1) Provide opportunities to make small commitments: Millennials often have several passions and tend to make many small contributions to a variety of organizations. Engage potential donors with several events and campaigns throughout the year that ask for small contributions.

2) Create peer-to-peer relationships: Millennials are more likely to give and get involved in an organization when they receive recommendations or are …read more