Give and Take

Emotional Intelligence
Major Gifts
Barbara Kappel

Emotional Intelligence: The Key Ingredient to Major Gifts Success

In every major gifts operation there are a few key factors that will either foster success or precipitate repeated frustration. In this brief, light, and digestible rant, I will define emotional intelligence and the role it plays in several aspects of successful major gifts management.

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Fundraising Strategy
Viken Mikaelian

Importance of Planned Giving: Leverage

Is your charity the nonprofit version of The Titanic?​ It could be if you don’t have a planned giving program. We all know that finding and maintaining sources of funding is a constant challenge. But too many nonprofits focus their time and energy entirely on annual donations. Their fundraisers dodge crisis after crisis, caught in a never-ending storm of annual appeals that just manage to keep the boat afloat.

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Interruptions Tweets Social Media
Personal Development
Viken Mikaelian

Workus Interruptus

Endless texts, tweets, emails, calls, chats, IMs, Facebook updates… A barely digested cacophony of overwhelmingly irrelevant mind-trash, all uncontrolled by you, all buzzing and vibrating and robbing you of the attention you need to get your work done.

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Building with communication
For Donors
Joe Garecht

How to Use Your Nonprofit Communications to Build a Better Donor Funnel

When we talk about nonprofit communications, we’re talking about all the different ways to communicate with your donors through the written word: newsletters (both snail mail and e-mail), your website, social media, fundraising letters, e-mail appeals, and everything in between. These types of donor communications are essential to your fundraising program and can be used across all phases of the donor funnel.

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eBook Cover - 25 Ways to Influence Others

25 Ways to Influence Others

Influencing others is a skill that can be learned and developed into an art form. Here are some easy techniques to help you to develop your influence.