Author Archives: GIFT

3.1 Nonprofit Newsletter Reality Check: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

A GIFT webinar featuring Tina Cincotti! March 24, 2011 10am PT/11am MT/12pm CT/1pm ET Newsletters are the one of the most valuable tools you have for keeping donors connected to your work and for showing them the impact of their support. Yet, surveys show that donors aren’t reading them. Why? Because a good newsletter is […]

2.22 Taxes, Deductions, and Budgets…oh my!

The Obama administration’s fiscal 2011 budget proposes limiting the tax deduction for charitable donations. Most nonprofits and philanthropists have reacted with a resounding “No!”….but is that really the best response? The proposal is to provide a tax credit, rather than a deduction, to everyone who gives away at least 2% of their income regardless of […]

2.18 Creating Change Report Back: Leading from a Place of Love and Connection

By Ryan Li Dahlstrom, GIFT Training & Network Coordinator I just got back from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s 23rd annual Creating Change conference in the brisk Minneapolis, MN winter. It was great to be “home” in the city and state I grew up in, see old friends and family, and be in […]

2.3 January: Best of the Blogs

We’ve culled through hundreds of posts to bring you our 7 favorites for the month: Test it with a Ten-Year Old (Re-posted from Tactical Philanthropy) Is your website clear enough for a 10-year old to understand what you do, how you do it, and how you know if you’re making a difference? A great story […]

2.1 Planned Giving Made Easy

Do you dream of a wealthy benefactor leaving your organization $1 million in her will? Chances of that happening will increase greatly if your group actively asks supporters for estate gifts. We are in the midst of the greatest generational wealth transfer in U.S. history. Wouldn’t you like some of that wealth directed towards your […]

1.27 Welcome New Editorial Board Members

Like most of GIFT’s programs, the Grassroots Fundraising Journal relies on a volunteer committee of amazing fundraisers to help guide our work. They make sure the articles we run are needed and relevant in the ever-shifting fundraising landscape, and that important stories are shared. They’re also the folks who pushed for GIFT to create this […]

1.20 Finance and Fundraising: Learning to Speak the Same Language

The Finance Issue Jan-Feb 2011 Fundraising and Finance–Learning to Speak the Same Language by Margi Clarke Despite their similarities—dealing with money, numbers, data—fundraising and finance often don’t speak the same language and therefore run into trouble trying to communicate. Margi Clarke explains three keys to helping your organization get past the language barrier. Read the […]

1.17 Inspiration from the Civil Rights Movement

We welcome guest blogger, Holly Fincke, a fundraiser and fundraising consultant. You can read the full article this post is based on in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, free if you’re a subscriber or just $3. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday 2011 – A day to remember the leader and the movement that shook the country […]

1.13 Help GIFT Find a Dynamic New ED!

Job Announcement EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training, Publisher of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal Oakland, California OVERVIEW The staff and board of directors of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT), seek a resourceful and visionary executive leader in the field of social justice fundraising. In partnership with board and staff, the successful candidate […]

1.11 Special Message from Priscilla

Dear Friends, It is with both sadness and excitement that I share with you my plans for transitioning out as Executive Director of GIFT. Sadness to be leaving the staff of an organization that I care deeply about, and excitement for its future. I plan to transition out in June 2011. I know that’s still […]