Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 9

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

What leadership skills do nonprofit emerging leaders need to succeed?

Leadership

Are leadership skills different for emerging “Millennial” leaders than for people from different generations?   This is a question being asked in many nonprofits as they look at how to prepare younger leaders in their organizations to lead and develop their talent.  … Read More

Kids and Kickstarter: The Rise of PhilanthroKids and Kid Crowdfunding!

Fundraising

Crowdfunding in general has raised more than 5.1 billion in 2013 and nonprofit fundraisers using crowdfunding platforms and techniques continues to explode (according to this infographic from Craig Newmark).   As nonprofits hone and refine peer to peer  fundraising best practices, we are also seeing more more people make philanthropy a part of their everyday personal expression – whether on social networks or in the real world.  … Read More