To my friends in the U.S. who celebrate Thanksgiving this week, have a good one filled with many blessings. For those of you scattered elsewhere around the globe, make yourself a nice meal anyway and gather together with people you love. Life’s too short not to.
This poem I wrote several years ago seems particularly appropriate this year, so check out “Attitude of Gratitude” if you’ve a mind to.
And if you can, try to find some time this week to dig into some of these resources.
Now… go make our world a more caring place, and hug yourself some hope!
I am thankful for you,
Large Scale Change
Click-it: Paris and the Bigger Pie Theory. Do you compete or collaborate? Would you consider helping your donors be philanthropic, even if it meant sending their gifts elsewhere? This article by Leslie Allen on the Front Range blog will make you think — and possibly offer the world hope for a better future.
Click-It: 12 Easy Phrases to Massively Improve Your Leadership. How do you engage folks, build their confidence and get them to trust in you and your team? Lolly Daskal on the Inc. blog suggests these easy, yet powerful, communication strategies. Paste them next to your computer,
Click-It: 5 Rules to Get Year-End Appeals Read. I had the opportunity to guest blog on Guidestar this week. Just in case you missed this timely article, here’s your chance.
Social Media Tools
Click-it: 9 Social Media Tools Recommended by Marketing Pros. Social Media Examiner is one of my favorite sites for social media advice. It’s not directed solely at nonprofits, but most of their information is directly applicable. I’ll bet you can find at least one of these tools to help you streamline your work!
Click-it: The Rule of 7 vs. 3-to-1 fundraising. Greg Warner on the Market Smart blog offers this reminder that once you receive a gift, it’s incumbent on you to offer up multiple communications that have nothing to do with asking for another gift. Thank you’s. Reports on outcomes. Pick a rule; then stick with it.
Click-it: 32 Team Building Activities to Improve Leadership and Teamwork Skills. The folks at Epic Adventures has put together this list of ice-breakers, get-to-know you and trust-building activities to help you build your teams. Don’t worry if you’re not an outdoorsy type – the bulk of these can be done indoors.
Click-It: Let’s Get Social: Developing Your Nonprofit’s Multichannel Online Fundraising Plan. This is a free webinar offered by Blackbaud with Joe Garecht of The Fundraising Authority. Download it for free and watch it at your convenience. You really need to get more familiar with online social fundraising in the coming year. And you’ll be hearing a lot from me on the subject!
Click-It: 23 (Plus 6!) Fundraising Websites and Blogs Every Fundraiser Should Read This is a great collection of 29 fundraising blogs curated by Chris Bayless. All of them offer up wonderful pieces of wisdom, at no charge, on nonprofit fundraising and marketing. I’m honored to be among them.
Channel an Attitude of Gratitude
Will you be ready to show your donors how grateful you are for them when your year-end gifts start flooding in?
- Ready to turn your thank you around in 48 hours?
- Ready to pick up the phone and call folks who’ll give much more if you give them special attention?
- Ready to surprise your donors with something special they didn’t expect?
- Ready to get to know your supporters better?
- Ready to set things in motion so your next gift is a slam dunk?
My Gratitude and Retention Playbook covers all this and more!
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It’s the perfect read for this time of year when we spend some time counting our blessings and being thankful. Click on the link to learn more about what’s inside, or grab it here.
With gratitude for doing the important work that you do.