Beth Kanter's Blog

Summer School: Test Drive: Using #GivingTuesday to Experiment with New Fundraising Strategies

Fundraising, Philanthropy

 

How many of you who work for nonprofits are getting asked to “come up with an icebucket challenge” for your annual fundraising campaign?  Or maybe it’s caught your attention and you are more realistically asking, “What can we learn from the icebucket challenge apply to our year-end giving and integrating social media in fundraising?”

Participating in a local or national giving day may help you work on that second question.  … Read More

Basic Facilitation Techniques for Nonprofits

Facilitation

As a trainer and now adjunct professor,  I’m constantly working on and honing these skills sets: assessment, instructional design, curriculum/materials development, presenting, facilitation, and evaluation.    There is a lot of learn and refine in each of these areas.       And that’s why I love teaching and training because it is all about the learning for both you and the participants.  … Read More

Is A Downer News Cycle A Factor in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Success?

Fundraising

In the last six weeks of summer, turn on any TV news channel, NPR, or read news articles online, and there was depressing news.    The Malaysian Airline tragedy in the Ukraine, the Ebola virus outbreak,  the conflict on the borders of Israel/Palestine, Iraq/ISIS,  Ferguson, and the sad passing of Robin Williams.    … Read More

Free E-Book: NetworkforGood Giving Day Planning Guide

Fundraising

While it may be the dog days of August,  GivingTuesday 2014 kicks off on December 4th.   After spending a year facilitating a peer learning community of  Knight Foundation grantees hosting giving days, one of the most factors for success  for local no nonprofits participating is having about 6-9 months timeframe to develop a plan.      … Read More

Planning to Win: A Framework and Free Toolkit for Nonprofit Campaign Planning

Strategy, Tools and Tactics

Planning to Win is an online guide for nonprofits that are looking to win support for an issue, impact policy, or get a corporation or government body to change its policies.   Spitfire developed this upgraded version of its first campaign planning tool because of the many new factors affecting what it takes to design and run winning campaigns in today’s rapidly changing world.  … Read More