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  • Leading Your Board to Major Gift Greatness
    By Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels - Monday Sep 25, 2017

    in non-profits today, leaders think that board members should just know what they are supposed to do and be for the organization. That is clearly a mistake.

    The post Leading Your Board to Major Gift Greatness appeared first on Veritus Group.

    Source: Passionate Giving Blog
  • Pamela Adlon found a niche in Hollywood on her own terms
    By ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press - Thursday Oct 5, 2017

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pamela Adlon jokes that she knew she wasn't going to take home an Emmy Award by her seating placement at this year's show.The co-creator, director, writer and star of FX's "Better Things" was nominated for lead comedic actress. She was seated near Jimmy Kimmel and Stanley Tucci, who also didn't win.Adlon found her mind wandering to a possible consolation prize: a gift basket. "I tapped Tucci and was like, 'Do you know if nominees get like a big gift basket or whatever?' He was like, 'I think we used to.' I was like, 'OK, I just want to make sure.'"She brings that realness and perspective to "Better Things," which airs on Thursday nights (10 p.m. Eastern).

    Source: Daily Dish
  • Stephen Moyer’s ‘Gifted’ family man is a far cry from bloodsucker on ‘True Blood’
    By Robert Rorke - Tuesday Oct 3, 2017

    Nearly a decade has passed since Stephen Moyer, as sexy vampire Bill Compton, sank his fangs into Anna Paquin’s neck on HBO’s supernatural soap “True Blood.” Paquin, who married her co-star in 2010, played waitress Sookie Stackhouse and was billed as the star of the show, but Moyer’s slithering sensuality was one of its main...

    Source: New York Post: Entertainment
  • Upgrading Year-End Donors to a Higher Gift Level
    By Gail Perry - Friday Sep 22, 2017

    Upgrading year-end donors can be a challenge - and an opportunity.

    What to do with your very important major and mid-level donors during your year-end campaign?

    Today we have a guest post from the very smart Rachel Muir, CFRE - sharing her best tips on upgrading year-end donors.

    Rachel partnered with me to create the EPIC year-end webinar series. We hosted top fundraising gurus, who shared their best coaching on how to max out your nonprofit's revenue the fall. 

    If you missed the live webinars, you can get ALL the recordings here. 

    With most organizations getting anywhere from 25 – 50% of their revenue at end of year there’s a lot at stake!

    Here's Rachel's Terrific Post:

    Upgrading Year-End Donors to a Higher Gift Level

    by Rachel Muir

    Major gift income could have the single biggest impact on the fundraising bottom line for your year-end.

    In the rush to plan your end of year strategy are you giving major gifts the attention it needs?

    Here are 4 tips to make the most of major gift (and mid-level) fundraising at end of year.

    • Crunch Your Data

    Do you know who your best major gift prospects are?

    Pull a list of to find your largest and most loyal donors.

    • Prioritize Your Portfolio

    Which prospects are most likely to say yes to a personal ask?

    • Pick up the Phone

    Ah, the phone.

    That highly affordable completely underutilized part of your fundraising program that’s sitting in your pocket right now.

    We were so honored to have Simon Scriver, aka The Phone Guy , join us to share tips on how to use the phone to boost end of year fundraising.

    Start by calling these donors (not emailing them) to thank them for their past giving. Tell them what their gift accomplished.

    Ask if you can visit with them to talk about their year-end support. Here’s a sample script you can steal:

    Hi, it’s Becky Smith, from xxxxx.

    I want to give you a huge thank you for your gift to us. It’s awesome that you are doing this.

    We are so thankful to have you in our family.  (AFFIRMATION OF THE DONOR)

    You may remember reading about xxx project that you helped fund.

    Thanks to you, xxxx (describe accomplishment) and now here’s the impact of this xxxx (describe impact).


    Because each donor situation is different I’ve outlined a few options where you can go on your call.

    You can discuss many things - from inviting them to an event, to making a sit-down appointment, to even making an ask on the phone which you might opt to do as part of a strategy for making calls to your midlevel donors.

    You can find more great tips and sample scripts on Gail’s blog post on 5 insanely successful ideas to the the appointment with a major gift prospect.

    Option 1: Invite your donor to an event

    I want to invite you to come see xxxxxx so you can experience your gift at work.

    I want to give you every opportunity to learn how your gifts impact the lives of xxxxxx. (INVITE THEM TO TAKE A TOUR OR ATTEND AN EVENT)

    Option 2: Ask your donor for a visit

    I want to sit down with you to get your feedback and learn about your giving interests.

    I have exciting new opportunities to share. I can come to your office or your home to make it convenient for you.

    Would your schedule us to meet Wednesday the 7th or Friday the 11th?

    Option 3: Making an ask on the phone (if you are calling midlevel donors).

    What we are doing today – is a phone campaign so we can tackle this next important project.

    We are asking people to increase their gift by xx amount to create xxxxx impact (or reach xxxxx people).

    Most people are giving in this range of $xxx to $xxxx. How much would you like to give?

    I love fundraising truth bombs.

    And this is my new favorite truth bomb for end of year fundraising: “No ask is ever just a single day affair.

    It’s going to take a lot of calls to get through, just like it’s going to take a lot of emails for your online campaign to work.

    Upgrading year-end donors is a process that takes time and effort.

    •  Plan the Donor Journey

    Once you get the gift, roll out the red carpet to thank your donor.

    Put them in a thoughtful communication stream that makes them feel great about their gift, updates them on your work and gets to know what they care about.

    This sample stewardship plan can help.

    Bottom Line from Gail: Upgrading Year-End Donors

    Those higher gift levels are just sitting there.

    All you have to do is employ the right strategies: The phone. The personal call or visit. The ask.

    It's not complicated! So give these strategies a try and watch YOUR year-end totals zoom up!

    About Rachel Muir CFRE, Fundraising Consultant, Trainer, Speaker

    Rachel has worked every side of the Rubik’s cube that is the nonprofit sector. When she was 26 Rachel Muir launched Girlstart, a non-profit empowering girls in math, science, engineering and technology in the living room of her apartment with $500 and a credit card. Several years later she had raised over 10 million and was featured on Oprah, CNN, and the Today show. Today she transforms people into confident, successful fundraisers. Learn more about Rachel at

    The post Upgrading Year-End Donors to a Higher Gift Level appeared first on Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry.

    Source: Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry
  • Women of Sex Tech, Unite
    By ANNA NORTH - Friday Aug 18, 2017

    New York is becoming a cultural center for young women trying to disrupt the male-dominated industries of design engineering and sex toys.

    Source: NYT > Home Page
  • The Top 10 Moments of New York Fashion Week
    By THE NEW YORK TIMES - Friday Sep 15, 2017

    Highlights from the shows, including a celebrity-packed front row at Calvin Klein and a trek to Bedford Hills, N.Y., to see Ralph Lauren’s vintage cars.

    Source: NYT > Home Page