Well, why not disrupt nonprofits? Every once in a while, I come across something that makes me sit back on my heels and think. These guys did it through the power of video storytelling. They led me to their Facebook page and then to their website where I was blown away again by the idea […]
I was stunned. I walked outside from the bank to see a pile of 20s littering the ground, being picked up and scattered by the wind. There must have been thousands of dollars worth of bills there. Now, THAT’s something you don’t see every day. I dove for them to keep them from flying away. […]
A couple of recent articles from the Greater Good Science Center caught my eye. They explore interesting questions around giving to causes. Do people with the highest incomes give less? How does it feel when a person ignores an opportunity to help others? The Poor Give More How Does It Feel Not to Give?
Lisa Chron believes our ability to share stories is a superpower. “Story was more important to our evolution than opposable thumbs.” It kept us from eating poisonous berries because we learned of others who had and died from eating them. She advises, “We turn to story to learn how to navigate reality.” Story translates ideas […]
I’ve been behind a nonprofit desk like yours for many years, so I know what it’s like: you have a million tasks to deal with and not enough time to devote to them. Suddenly, you realize: IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER FUNDRAISING LETTER! My motto is: “Panic last!” My method, however, is: “Make it easy!” I’d like […]
Who’s that in your database? The findings from a study by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute didn’t surprise me, but I found the article useful. Perhaps you will, too: WSJ The Gender Gap in Charitable Giving. P.S. But that said, what’s really important about the people in your database are their desires, beliefs, and values.
Watch this 6-minute-video on how your donors are changed by the stories you tell about your organization: The Future of Storytelling.
I was about to interview an accomplished pianist, who happened to be blind, for a nonprofit’s fundraising letter. Why did you get into your line of work? he asked me before we started. Well, I responded, I am intrigued by resiliency. I am interested in how people find a way to solve major problems or […]
I love RSA videos. They distill great talks into imaginative liquor that you can drink up in one shot. Watch this delicious video in 3 minutes: The ABC’s of Persuasion by Dan Pink