Tony Martignetti is the host of Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio and he video blogs at tonymartignetti.com. He talks with nonprofit leaders and consultants about how organizations can more effectively raise money, build better relationships with boards and supporters, and manage volunteers. Look for new installments once a month.
Rank #1: Fine-Tuning Fundraising to Draw Female Donors.
Andrea Pactor of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy talks about what nonprofits can do to draw support from a growing class of wealthy women.
Rank #2: Tips for Taking Your Fundraising Auction Digital.
In this month’s Fundraising Fundamentals, two experts explain how to use data and audience engagement to move a benefit sale online.
Steve Vick from NonprofitAlly.com talks with nonprofit experts about social media strategies, capacity building, board of director development, fundraising and budgeting.
Rank #1: NPA 086 – How to Fundraise without Asking for Money.
The reason most people hate fundraising is because they hate asking people for money. But this assumes that “asking” is all we do when we fundraising. And this is where the problem lies. It’s not so much that we hate asking for money… it is that we think that asking for money is what funding raising is about. And this is just not true. In fact, if you want to be a really good fundraiser, then “asking” for money should only be 10% of what you do. Hmmm… gotcha you thinking yet? Successful fundraising requires strategy, timing, planning, data and relationship building. Here is how our guest, Laurie Wolf, lays it out. Fundraising is: 30% internal work and research 30% relationship building 10% asking for money 30% recognition This podcast goes into detail on how to be successful at fundraising without having to always be asking for money. ABOUT LAURIE Laurie Wolf, MNPL, CFRE is the President and CEO of The Foraker Group. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 30 years and with Foraker for 17 years. She has been instrumental in creating many of Foraker’s services and philosophy. Laurie holds a BA in English from Scripps College and an Executive Master’s degree in Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University. She has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2003. She has served on a variety of boards and worked as a volunteer in arts, environmental and human services organizations. Resources Gift Chart Download Example Gift Chart for $25K Website: forakergroup.org Awesome Article: Where’s the Magic Wand for Fundraising
Rank #2: NPA 003: Developing Your Board of Directors.
In this episode I speak with Cecily Stern from Word Craft Consulting. Cecily is an expert in nonprofit board development, strategic planning as well as grant writing. We discuss how to build a strong board of directors and plan for the future. Topics include: Board Development Board Recruitment Board Member Responsibilities Strategic Planning Also in this episode I talk about the FaceBook PTAT… that is “People Talking About This” and why it is more important than “likes”. Program Links: Cecily Stern Word Craft Consulting Website: www.myrenandstern.com Social Media Minute nonprofitally.com/ptat
Nonprofit Hub is dedicated to bringing you the best content in all forms. The nonprofit podcast series we like to call the Hubcast gives you the opportunity to experience a new way to not only learn, but to be inspired.From breaking down content posted in article form on nphub.org and recapping webinars, to having conversations with the industries most influential thought leaders, CEO Randy Hawthorne will narrate the way into transforming your organization for good.We’ll be dropping knowledge in new episodes of the nonprofit podcast, the Hubcast every month. Check us out on Soundcloud or download episodes from iTunes to listen on the run.
Rank #1: Farra Trompeter — Building a Nonprofit Brand.
In a world where nonprofit brands are 'give us money, please,' Farra Trompeter kicks the door in and changes your world. Farra takes time out of her schedule to give us a rundown of building your own, unique nonprofit brand.Our Hear Nebraska artist this week is Rothsteen. Check out more at rothsteen.com.Visit hearnebraska.org for more local artists.
Rank #2: Amy Eisenstein — Four Steps to Major Gifts Cultivation.
Amy Eisenstein is an ACFRE certified development professional and fundraising consultant. She’s worked with nonprofits of all sizes for the last 15 years. Her specialty? Major gifts. When dealing with major gifts, it’s important to remember these four steps:Have a private face-to-face meeting. This is a must. You cannot discuss a major gift in a group setting. This can be at the beginning of your cultivation or toward the end, but you cannot get around it. More than one person can go on a face-to-face meeting — usually a board member and the executive director or development director. The meeting can take place at the prospect’s home or office and can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.Invite them to see your program in action. Persuade each of your prospects to take a tour, visit a program, or attend an event. Choose something you think will have the greatest impact on that individual.Engage your prospects to volunteer. Invite your prospects to volunteer. On a committee, in the office, in direct service, one-time or ongoing. Volunteering brings people closer to your organization and makes them more inclined to give.Provide regular updates. Updates about your programs and services can be delivered by phone, email, in-person, or a handwritten note. Updates should be delivered twice annually to all prospects on your list.But before you jump into it, you should know where to start.Randy and Amy talk about cultivating donors and mistakes you should avoid. They also talk about how to set up meetings with potential donors and the best ways to measure success. Speaking of setting up a meeting with a potential donor, it’s important to allocate your time and focus on cultivation. Amy recently launched a major gifts challenge on her website. It’s a free challenge that encourages you to set aside time every day to focus on building up your donor base and taking large steps towards attaining major gifts. To get started, watch each video in the series. Start with the first one and go in numerical order. New videos will appear each week throughout 2017. Commit at least a few hours each week (5 hours is ideal) to taking the recommended action. This step is critical—if you don’t take action, you won’t see results. And share your progress in the comments section; if you add a comment at the end of each post Amy will offer free advice to keep your efforts on track.Remember—it’s never too late to start raising major gifts!
Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%
Rank #1: 440: Small Dollar Donor Power & Donor Retention – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio.
This week Small Dollar Donor Power Small dollar donors are shifting the digital fundraising landscape. Our panel reveals basic principles of running a sustainable program online. They’re Sara Kerrigan from ActBlue and Carrie Mann with Friends of the Earth. (Recorded at 19NTC) Donor Retention Now that you’ve got new donors, learn how to keep them with you: Avoid retention pitfalls, leverage technology and track the right metrics. Our teachers are Laura Cole and Paul Habig, both from Sanky Communications. (Also recorded at 19NTC) There’s more at tonymartignetti.com
Rank #2: 457: Peer-To-Peer Peek & Poverty Porn – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio.
This week: Peer-To-Peer Peek Our panel from the Nonprofit Technology Conference shares an overview of community-driven fundraising. How do you plan for, inspire and activate your supporters? They’re Noah Barnett from CauseVox and Kenny Kane with Testicular Cancer Foundation. (Originally aired 7/6/18) Poverty Porn Amy Sample Ward returns to discuss the issues around graphic images and descriptions of poverty. How can you avoid the porn trap and white savior stereotyping, while telling compelling stories and advocating effectively? She’s our social media & technology contributor and CEO of NTEN. (Also from the 7/6/18 show) There’s more at tonymartignetti.com
The Nonprofit Leadership Podcast discusses important issues facing nonprofit leaders in our community and features real stories from real leaders about what strategies and practices have made them successful. Enjoy the show!
Rank #1: charity: water.
The featured organization on my show today is one of my favorite nonprofits, charity: water. They have funded over 28,000 water projects, bringing clean and safe drinking water to over 8 million people. Not only that, they have one of the more unique funding strategies that you will want to hear about. My guest is Tyler Riewer, Brand Content Lead at charity: water.Enjoy today’s show.
Rank #2: Maddy Shear.
In this podcast, Rob interviews Maddy Shear – a nonprofit consultant that coordinates nonprofit roundtables in Park City, Utah. Maddy shares with us her tips and strategies to help nonprofits be effective. You can reach Maddy at maddyshear@comcast[.]net
The Nonprofit Optimist podcast showcases positive change agents and talks through lessons that their small nonprofits have learned. With interviews of executive directors, founders, board members and staff leaders, we share practical advice based on real experiences working in the non-profit sector. Since most nonprofit professionals wear many hats, this is a great opportunity to learn how to grow your small nonprofit without needing to re-invent the wheel!
Rank #1: NPO 007: Considerations for Starting a Nonprofit (Jennifer Smith, Black Butterfly Chicago).
Jennifer Smith, founder of Black Butterfly Chicago, shares her experience of starting a nonprofit-- what to expect, who to involve and how to keep perspective. This is a great interview for people interested in starting nonprofits or in the beginning stages because there's lots of advice that you'll appreciate and/or relate to. That said, for those of you who have been working in nonprofits for a while, I think you will appreciate this one too. It's always helpful to hear a fresh take on something that is old hat to you. You never know what ideas it'll spark or remind you of from your earlier days. You can find the show notes at www.nonprofitoptimist.com.
Rank #2: NPO 027: Getting Started, Fundraising and Collaboration (Carin Willis, Bridge for Pelvic Pain).
Carin Willis is the guest for today's episode and serves as the founder and executive director of Bridge for Pelvic Pain. Based in Colorado Spring, the Bridge for Pelvic Pains's mission is to connect the global community of chronic pelvic, sexual and genital pain patients to resources, education and hope through an integrative approach. In our conversation, we discuss how she founded this nonprofit, and the importance of planning for a sustainable future. We talk about being part of existing groups that are connected to the mission of your work and how that can help lead you to new donors. We also talk about how hard this work can be and what Carin and I have found to help us. Episode sponsor: audibletrial.com/nonprofitoptimist To see the show notes for today's episode: www.nonprofitoptimist.com
Successful Nonprofits Podcast brings you fresh ideas and featured conversations with nonprofit thought leaders.
Rank #1: Ep 55 - Supercharge Your Nonprofit Social Media with Shantel Khleif.
Shantel Khleif shares how she built a social media base with over 20,000 followers. She explains which platform is best for your nonprofit, ways to engage your followers, and whether you should be paying to boost posts and pages. Highlights (timestamps): (3:37) How Shantel built a base of over 20,000 social media followers (5:35) The ideal number of weekly social media posts (7:09) The user demographics of various social network platforms (9:41) Whether paid boosting of social media posts should be included in your marketing strategy (10:42) Why the number of followers is less important than your followers’ engagement (11:32) The social media platforms most appropriate for your nonprofit (16:10) Specific ways to use social media in your fundraising and marketing efforts (18:30) The importance of video content to tell your story (22:00) The danger in not responding to your social media followers (23:24) Using social media to increase transparency (27:40) How to know the best time to post for your audience
Rank #2: Ep 6 - Nonprofit Mergers and Partnerships with Erik Speakman.
Nonprofit Mergers: A more perfect union For decades, the nonprofit sector has sought cost savings and a better continuum of care through the strategic merge of two or more organizations. Some well known mergers have been phenomenally successful, while others feel like Absolute blunders. Our featured conversation this week is with Erik Speakman, a partnership and merge specialist who has successfully led facilitated many successful mergers. In our conversation we discuss: • How to know whether two organizations might be good partners • What are the costs associated with merging (and who funds them) • Why mergers driven entirely by funders are often less successful • The importance of due diligence that goes beyond just programs and financials to include organizational values and culture • The danger of merging without first developing a true partnership • The importance of relationships throughout the process • Consolidating two CEOs, boards, staff, and locations • Other pitfalls that sabotage organizations with an interest in merging Links: • Speakman Consulting: o Web: http://www.speakmanconsulting.com/ o Phone: 404-936-1211 • Nonprofit Mergers by David La Piana: https://www.amazon.com/Nonprofit-Mergers-Part-Considering-Negotiating/dp/0940069725/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470066873&sr=1-2&keywords=la+piana Article of the Week Denise Spivak, the Senior Director of Programs and Outreach with CenterLink, introduced us to the NonprofitPro website with this week’s Article of the Week: 6 Steps to Volunteer Happiness by Katrina VanHuss. Happy volunteers make great ambassadors and supporters for an organization, and this article helps us understand how to recruit, engage, and retain truly happy volunteers. Links: • 6 Steps to Volunteer Happiness: http://www.nonprofitpro.com/post/6-steps-volunteer-happiness-low-price • Volunteer Management Practices and Retention by the Urban Institute: http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/Management_Brief.pdf • CenterLInk: www.lgbtcenters.org
Subscribe to The sgENGAGE Podcast to hear experts from across the social good community share best practices, tips and must-know trends that will help organizations increase their impact.Formerly called the Raise & Engage Podcast.
Rank #1: Episode 34: Finding the Sweet Spot with Behavior Based Email Communications ft. World Wildlife Fund.
On today’s podcast episode, we are talking about behavior based email marketing for nonprofits with Jessica Sotelo the director of online marketing at the World Wildlife Fund. Jessica oversees the email marketing and fundraising at WWF. Listen in as we discuss how email marketing approaches change over time, and how to take a more thoughtful approach to crafting email campaigns that create lasting engagement. Topics discussed this episode: Creating engagement by sending emails to smaller segments Swim lanes and defining the levels of engagement Having an unwelcome series as a last ditch effort to get opens Shifting focus to acquiring subscribers through advocacy Collaborating with different teams within nonprofits Trusting your decisions when defining email segments Resources: Blackbaud Blackbaud - Twitter #nofilternonprofit Blackbaud - Facebook World Wildlife Fund Jessica Sotelo @jayrayfray on Twitter Quotes: “Instead of sending a large email blast to everyone, focus on interaction and send emails to a smaller group.” - Jessica Sotelo “Smaller email segments have higher open and higher engagement rates.” - Jessica Sotelo “We are going to start sending reactivation emails to unresponsive groups three times a year.” - Jessica Sotelo
Rank #2: Episode 43: What the Heck Is Happening in Digital Marketing.
In the nonprofit sector, digital engagement and fundraising is a hot topic. But are donors and activists on the same page as organizations when it comes to digital engagement and giving online? Are nonprofits taking the right steps to engage them digitally? Do nonprofits understand what metrics matter online? To answer these questions and more, Steve’s guest today is Carie Lewis Carlson, of CLC Consulting and formerly of the Humane Society of the United States. Listen in to hear Steve and Carie discus what’s happening in digital marketing today. Topics Discussed in This Episode: The similarities between consumer behavior and donor behavior Whether donors distinguish between online giving and offline giving How resource availability and leadership can affect the ability of nonprofits to appeal to donors with digital marketing The importance of being willing to try new things and learn from them, even if they don’t work out How to wean off vanity metrics and focus on more useful types of metrics The importance of developing a strong content strategy Resources: Carie Lewis Carlson CLC Consulting Blackbaud Blackbaud - Twitter Blackbaud - Facebook “I think that our constituents and our customers are actually way more advanced than we are. Technology can’t keep up with them.” “You’re going to come out better in the end, no matter if you fail or succeed, because you’re going to learn from those mistakes.” “Everybody’s on social, but they don’t know why.”
Joan Garry: Nonprofit Leader and former Executive Director of GLAAD helps fellow CEOs, Boards and Board Chairs, Fundraisers, and Nonprofit Marketers
Rank #1: Ep 44: The Executive Director With No Staff (with Sarah Audet).
With everything nonprofit leaders have to get done, imagine that you are the only staff person. What would that look like? I wanted to know... The post Ep 44: The Executive Director With No Staff (with Sarah Audet) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
Rank #2: Ep 86: An Artful Approach to Social Media (with Robin Cembalest).
Learn how Robin Cembalest has built an enormous social media following and take away lessons that any nonprofit can implement. The post Ep 86: An Artful Approach to Social Media (with Robin Cembalest) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.
The Classy Podcast tells the stories of today's leading founders and executives in the social sector. Each week, we unlock their founding stories and share them with you to inspire the next generation that is mobilized to drive change. Visit classy.org/podcast or classy.org.
Rank #1: Upworthy’s Creative Director Will Radically Change Your Perspective on Millennials.
Erica Williams Simon grew up watching her father transform people’s lives through stories. It didn’t take long to realize that she had a similar calling. Today, after a stint in politics, dozens of TV appearances, numerous conferences, advising the White House and several Fortune 500 companies, and serving as Creative Director for Upworthy.com, Erica has honed her voice and built a platform that uses storytelling to affect change across generations, with a particular focus on millennials. In this episode of the Classy Podcast, Erica shares the work she is doing to create and share messages that help generation Y thrive and radically change the world. She revisits the experience of discovering her strengths, the moments and people that shaped who she is today, and how she approaches journalism and storytelling in very different ways. In this episode, Erica discusses: How to have a great personal and working relationship with millennials Tactics to get outside your “filter bubble” and listen to news objectively How to get “un-stuck” in your career path Why it’s important to distinguish journalism from storytelling Why it’s ok to not settle for just one professional title The #1 challenge for anyone creating content today Why her go-to power pose has more to do with her heart than her physical presence
Rank #2: Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED | Approaching Business With Head and Heart.
You’ve likely seen or even own Lauren Bush Lauren’s most popular product: a burlap tote that was inspired by the bags of food rations she saw being delivered by the World Food Programme in 2007. Nearly a decade later Lauren has inspired a movement of artisans and buyers and has established FEED as a leader within the intersection of business and social impact. In this episode, the FEED Founder & CEO speaks openly about her early days founding the social business and the challenges and milestones that have carved her path since. She also reveals her hacks on finding balance in a busy world, where she finds inspiration, and mentors that have shaped her and FEED's trajectory.
Frank talk about social innovation and the nonprofit sector
Rank #1: 07 Jimmie Briggs on self care.
In this episode of the Do Good Better Podcast I chat with Jimmie Briggs, author, speaker, and nonprofit leader about self care and the lessons he finally learned after a heart attack and kidney transplant. Links for today’s episode: Jimmie Briggs on Twitter (@briggsjimmie) Rockwood Leadership Institute
Rank #2: 06 Brand communications with David Grad.
In this episode I chat with David Grad, Emmy-winning producer and brand consultant, about brand communications, how to break down what exactly “brand” is, and what questions to ask when you’re planning to communicate your brand strategically. Links for today’s episode: Find David Grad on LinkedIn and Twitter (@davidgrad) An example of using Tinder for promoting a cause POST method (originally via Groundswell…I got the acronym a bit wrong, but the essence is the same: people/purpose and technology/tactic)
The Fund Raising School is excited to launch the First Day Podcast from The Fund Raising School! Highlighting current news and research, this 10 minute podcast provides fundraisers with the latest information in fundraising and philanthropy. Be more informed and stay up to date with the First Day Podcast from The Fund Raising School!
Rank #1: Fundraising Fundamentals.
Fundraising Fundamentals by The Fund Raising School
Rank #2: The Difficult Art of Engagement.
The Difficult Art of Engagement by The Fund Raising School
Learn tactics and strategies you need to become an expert at raising money and building a high-performance fundraising program. There are Interviews with industry experts, as well as dozens of practical tactics you can apply immediately to raise more money, improve your program's effectiveness, and inspire you about the art of fundraising.
Rank #1: Episode 05 - How to Raise More Money by Not Asking for it! .
The best way to raise money from donors when you first meet them is NOT to ask them for money. Rather, make a non-monetary ask, first -- a "connection" ask. Ask them to volunteer, observe your programming, provide advice, watch a performance, or attend a "friend-raising" event. This podcast addresses this common problem and provides suggestions on ways you can raising more money by taking a softer, more patient approach. Enjoy!
Rank #2: Episode 03 - Small Donors, Big Opportunities .
Sometimes your smallest donors hold the largest promise of major gifts, but you'll never know unless you reach out to them!
Wonder what other organizations are doing to grow that you might not have thought of? Schools, nonprofits and associations have so much in common when it comes to attracting the right people, keeping them excited to be there and inspiring them to give back. From branding strategies to marketing programs and fundraising communications, organizations of all sizes are trying new ways to inspire action. In Driving Participation, Beth Brodovsky talks with marketers, fundraisers and consultants, exploring what what’s working to get people to show up, stick around and give back.
Rank #1: DP 028: Starting a Movement and Building Momentum with Kait Sheridan.
In just three years, the 92Y has generated real, measurable action around an idea. With #GivingTuesday, they have created something more than an "event", they have launched a movement. And that's no easy task. As we head into its third year, Beth talks with Kait Sheridan, Director, Partnerships & Programs for 92Y about the enormous and fast growth of #GivingTuesday and what it takes to create this kind of impact.
Rank #2: DP 011: Banning the "V" Word with Peggy Hoffman.
Peggy Hoffman wants to get rid of volunteers. Well, she wants to get rid of the emotional baggage attached to the word “volunteer.” Instead, Hoffman, president of Mariner Management, looks at how we can eliminate the pressure of being a volunteer. They explore ways to engage members to become more active with the organization as involvement is the trigger to commitment.
Futures in Fundraising is a new, interview-based podcast that focuses on careers in fundraising and development. Futures in Fundraising consists of interviews with leading and emerging fundraising, development and nonprofit professionals. While focusing on the interviewee’s fundraising journey – their experience in the field, tough situations, lessons learned and their “Ah-ha!” moments, as well as advice for those seeking to advance their careers in fundraising – we hope to bring new inspiration and light to unique, as well as typical, situations that fundraisers face.Each episode is approximately 25-30 minutes in length…just long enough for a commute to work, a walk with the dog or a half-hour workout! Futures in Fundraising is available for download for FREE on iTunes and through the Futures in Fundraising website. New episodes released monthly!So JOIN US and prepare for YOUR future in fundraising!
Rank #1: 003 - John Taylor, Principal of John H. Taylor Consulting.
John Taylor, Principal of John H. Taylor Consulting Success quote: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell Best piece of advice ever received: Lead with the heart, advice taken from the book, “Leading with the Heart: Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life” by Mike Krzyzewski Personal habit that contributes to success: Write it down! Take time to write your thoughts and to-do’s down on paper. Internet resources: FUNDSVCS Book recommendation: “Leading with the Heart: Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life” by Mike Krzyzewski CASE Guidelines www.case.org Parting piece of advice: Follow your heart. LEAD with your heart. And focus on being ethical. Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org 919-816-5903
Rank #2: Missy Ryan Penland, Senior Director of University Development at Clemson University.
Online tools/resources: Book recommendations: Belief and Confidence by Ronald J. Schiller Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family's Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University by Doug White Topgrading (How To Hire, Coach and Keep A Players) by Brad Smart Personal habit that contributes to success: Work hard. "The harder you work, the luckier you get."Ice breaker for new donor prospect: Always start with a "Thank You" for what they have done, and follow up with something discussed in their discovery call.Best piece of advice ever received: AFI. AFM. "Ask for it. Ask for more."If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?:For work: Visiting a donor.For personal time: Hiking.Contact info: email@example.com