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What you need to know, need to read, and should be talking about.
August 2014    
"One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing" -- Summertime, Gershwin/Hayward/Gershwin.

Data Worth Purchasing

I always find the Giving USA's annual update on philanthropic activity in the USA to be pretty interesting, particularly if you are trying to get a handle on overall trends. The $89.95 digital package is well worth it.  
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A White Paper Worth Reading


We all love to talk about the Giving Pledge and how to secure a new $1 million donor. Less discussed, however, are the thousands of individual donors who might not be able to have lunch with Warren Buffett, but do want to make a larger than membership-level gift to your organization. Sea Change Strategies developed this great white paper on the oft neglected mid-level giving program and its huge potential for organizations of all sizes. Definitely check it out. 

Have You Read This Book Yet?


Even with over three million views of his very compelling TED talk on changing the way charities think and work, Dan Pallotta is anything but uncontroversial. His ideas on how nonprofit organizations (or humanitarian or social profit orgs as Mr. Pallotta would like them called) should fundaise and operate in the 21st Century, have raised a lot of ruckus with both proponents and skeptics of his concepts. Although Charity Case is a few years old now, it is well worth a read, even if you may not agree with all of Mr. Pollatta's ideas.

 

Campaigns Worth Checking Out


Why should you check out this campaign? Because they did it in ONE day and personally engaged their donors in some compelling, new ways. Charity Water hosted a Google Hangout with various thought leaders and asked people to purchase a seat in the hangout which would allow them to ask whatever questions they wanted..... And it was hugely successful.

That's donor engagement, check it out here.

Blogs worth reading...

HOW THE WORLD CUP PANINI STICKERS CAN SAVE THE WORLD

THE CHIHUAHUA FACTOR

WILL THE VIRTUAL GALA REPLACE TRADITIONAL FUNDRAISING DINNERS?

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