Resources

November 20, 2017

Memories of IFC 2017

Thanks to the Resource Alliance, UK for the marvelous IFC 2017 (International Fundraising Congress). 

Truly international – and risk-taking.

Imagine talking with colleagues all over the world... And you can always find and connect with people in the dining rooms reserved for IFC participants. Just sit anywhere… Perhaps you’ll be talking with Chinese and South African colleagues. Fundraisers and executives from Nigeria, Argentina, Slovakia, Thailand, Singapore, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, France, Autralia, Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan, Czech Republic, Germany…. And more….

Here are some wonderful highlights… To inspire and challenge you and me over and over…

Ahmen…Fundraiser and rapper…This is my favorite plenary session. Beautiful. Angry. Hopeful. Speaking out. Challenging us.

I did a 6-hour masterclass called “Changing Your Organization for Greater Impact.” Here’s my video promo for the masterclass. (People came up to me at the conference — whom I didn’t know — saying that they liked my ad.)

Have you ever seen live graphic documenting during meetings or presentations? It’s marvelous. And the IFC has this happening… First in 2016, I think. And again in 2017. And I hope forever!!!

This is the graphic facilitation (by Housatonic) for my masterclass. You can see many more IFC drawings on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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September 13, 2017

A good day of blogs/newsletters

Today – the day that I am writing – is Tuesday, July 25.

Maybe you saw these blogs and newsletters back on that day. But in case you did not — or even if you did — check these out. Read carefully. Then read again.

Now how will you apply this to your organization?

How your beset fundraising turns into junk mail when you aren’t looking. (Jeff Brooks at Moceanic)

Those agitator.net pals talking about ice cream (also known as VICE CREAM).

Tom Ahern’s e-newsletter with communications audit and bunches of particularly cool stuff.

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September 6, 2017

So much out there on the internet.

I often get emails from various businesses asking me to blog about their assistance to nonprofits. Sometimes I post because the info seems that it might be useful to our beloved NGO sector. I’m not attesting to the quality or usefulness or anything else. But something caught my eye and it could be useful.

I was intrigued about the Data Cleaning Checklist. We’re all talking about/worried about data…too much data…wrong data…better data…whatever. So visit ADVIZOR Solutions Inc. And there’s a section on FUNDRAISING DATA.

ADVIZOR uses the phrase: Creating a culture of analytics. I LOVE THIS!

You know how much I appreciate organizational culture – and all the subsets of culture. That’s the theme of my September newsyletter…various cultures.

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And how about the newest from Abila? 2017 Member Loyalty Study. Remember what The Agitator said back in 2009: Loyalty is the Holy Grail of fundraising. And I say loyalty is the Holy Grail of any business!!!!

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August 28, 2017

Free 4-part workshop! Starts September 13.

I love this title! “Don’t Ask, Don’t Get”

We’re in the asking business, people!! The biggest reason anyone gives anything? Because they’re asked!

This workshop will help you fundraisers (and your board members and CEO and and…) be more comfortable and effective when they ask. This workshop will help you – the leader – help them do the asking.

How does this work?

  • 4 videos delivered directly to you over a week. Each video is only 30 minutes long. Long enough for you to learn. Short enough to squeeze the learning in over lunch or breakfast or after work or…
  • And live Q&A with Brian!

Who is doing this? ASKINGMATTERS.COM. What will you learn?

  • You’ll learn about asking styles (Did you know there are different styles? I learned helpful stuff when I read the book about asking styles.)
  • You’ll learn about the role of the asker. (That could be you or a board member or a donor who loves you and wants to help raise money!) 
  • You’ll learn about how to design and conduct the asking meeting.

Click here for more details.

Register now. Register yourself…your CEO…And maybe a board member or two! Just go for it. Ask. Ask better!

 

August 14, 2017

Online learning

June 14, 2017

Learning together

I know you’ve been to lots of conferences. But the September 2017 tour with Mallabone, Ross, Ahern, Joyaux is different. I’ve done this kind of tour with Guy Mallabone before. We each have 1.5 hours and we integrate the topics and we do a 4-way conversation at the endIntimate. Presenters who know each other and can comment back and forth with each other and you, too!

Register here.

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April 25, 2017

Various stuff that might interest YOU

What’s happening right now?

  • No newsyletter yet. Too busy setting up new home in France. (Yes, Tom and I are very aware of how fortunate we are!)
  • Just returned from France (and presenting in Portugal) last night. Check out www.calltoaction.pt for information about their 9th annual fundraising conference.
  • Thursday I head to AFP International Conference in San Francisco.

BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY…STUFF FOR YOU!!!

May 19 A kick-ass 3-hour session for AFP RI: The Donor’s Journey – Not Yours. Why does this session matter to you? Donors are leaving. Retention rates are awful. Ill-informed bosses and opinioned board members stop good fundraisers from doing the right stuff. And too many fundraisers don’t know the right stuff. Maybe you want to attend? Visit the AFP RI Chapter website.

Anyone near Winnipeg? I’m presenting there on May 31 and June 1: Western Canada Fundraising Conference.

And an AFP International Webinar on June 20. About neuroscience, important information for fundraisers. Visit AFP International to learn more.

 

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April 5, 2017

Cool training to help you raise more money

YOU’RE INVITED …

Changing your organization into a fundraising powerhouse through applied donor-centricity….

Join me (Simone), Tom Ahern, Guy Mallabone, and Bernard Ross as we wander around Canada the last week of September.

Focus on Donor Centricity, a fundamental and disruptive concept for many organizations, that requires placing the donor first long before they even become a donor, and all the way through their lifecycle.

Practical. Critical. And if you can shift the paradigm in your organization, you can raise
significantly more money.

  • September 25: Mississauga, Ontario
  • September 26: Toronto
  • September 27: Calgary
  • September 28: Edmonton
  • September 29, Vancouver

And if you can’t join us there in that place, there’s a webcast on September 26.

For more information, click on the title back up at the top. Or click here.

 

February 27, 2017

Check out some interesting resources. What do you think?

There’s interesting stuff out there in our fundraising and nonprofit world.

See what you think:

What would you like to share?

 

 

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February 13, 2017

Truth. Facts. Whatever.

Have you ever fought with your boss or board about the fundraising body of knowledge and research? Do you ever get frustrated when non-fundraisers tell you, the professional, that you’re wrong?

Your boss and board don’t do that to the accountant. Darn few people question the building contractor about the size of wall studs.

But in the nonprofit sector, opinions (especially from that really powerful board member or your boss) win too often over body of knowledge and research and expertise.

And this happens in the regular world, too. The world of climate change and evolution and….

One of my favorite articles of all times is Chris Mooney’s “The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science.”  I know I’ve told you to read this before.

There are actually true truths in this world. And facts not opinions. Rembrandt did exist. That’s a fact. Evolution is true. It’s been proven.

We can’t disagree with these facts. We can’t claim that there are differences of opinion.

Then there are personal truths. He might believe in god. She doesn’t.

We get in big trouble by denying facts and truths. Sadly, we’re wired to do so. Just read Mooney’s article again.

If you’re a professional, then you learn the body of knowledge. You follow research. You distinguish between facts and professional opinion…facts and personal opinion… And you fight to make sure that the others learn and behave accordingly.

We’ve got lots of fighting to do, people. In the fundraising profession, in the nonprofit sector…and in our world. Don’t get confused about the distinctions. Check out this article, “Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a ‘post-truth’ world,” Joyce Valenza.

And here’s another thing to have at your side all the time, The Miniature Guide to Critical ThinkingIt costs $4. You can read it in 30 minutes or less. Get the whole real thing. Not just the short limited free version.

 

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