Author Archives: GIFT

1.4 Moves management for grassroots groups

Nurturing Relationships for Today and Years To Come-a GIFT webinar featuring Kevin Johnson January 20, 2011 10am PT/11am MT/12pm CT/1pm ET Good fundraising is about good relationships. Learn how to make and keep more friends for your nonprofit than you ever thought possible. Join Kevin Johnson as he shares five simple questions to help guide […]

12.30 Happy New Year from GIFT!

I just got back from spending time in Southern California with my huge family and loving partner. It reminded me why I do this work. That I do it for the rights of immigrants, for the hopes of the next generation, in honor of those who fought before us, and to nurture the love and […]

12.13 Welcome Ryan Li Dahlstrom!

Hello fabulous GIFT community, My name is Ryan Li Dahlstrom. I go by Ryan Li. I just relocated to Oakland from Minneapolis, MN where I grew up and spent most of my life. While in Minneapolis, I was involved in some fierce and transformational organizing work for safety, community space, and leadership within queer and […]

12.7 November: Best of the Blogs

Decentralized Fundraising Wikipedia proved that volunteer-based, decentralized, group collaboration works. They took that same concept and applied it to their fundraising to raise millions of dollars. Dues versus Donations A guy that grew his group’s membership from 7,000 to 30,000 argues that to raise more money from your existing members, don’t ask them to upgrade […]

12.2 Could your web and print materials use a makeover?

Join us Tuesday, December 14th at 10am PT for Designing for Change: Developing Effective Print & Web Materials, featuring Nadia Khastagir and William Ramirez of Design Action Collective. Learn how to tell the story of your group and its work with print and web materials that resonate with your community and funding base. Nadia and […]

11.10 Your fundraising search is over–take advantage by 11.30

Does this sound familiar? You’re sitting at your desk, trying to think of something good to write in your end-of-year appeal. If only you had some samples to inspire you, best practices to guide you, and tips for making your letter stand out above the rest. Now you can! For just $29 (a 25% discount!), […]

11.8 “Why Philanthropy Should Welcome the Tea Party” – Huh?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy posted an article last week about Why Philanthropy Should Welcome the Tea Party, causing quite a stir. While many of us would say that civic engagement and mass organizing are positive things – and many of us on the Left have envied the Right’s long-term funding strategy of multi-year general support […]

11.4 October: Best of the Blogs

Top 3 ways people give money A quick look at donor giving patterns that underlie the importance of engaging donors in a variety of ways. Marketing is more than social media An intelligent piece that cautions against abandoning traditional marketing strategies to focus almost entirely on social media. A second attempt at Twitter Your Twitter […]

11.2 Keynote speeches from Money for Our Movements

Feature article from the Nov-Dec 2010 Grassroots Fundraising Journal, Sustaining Social Justice Movements by Ai-jen Poo & Cara Page We opened GIFT’s 2010 Conference with inspiring stories of how we can fund our work collectively. Ai-jen Poo brings lessons from the National Domestic Workers Alliance on how they raised money and built a movement. Cara […]

10.28 Raise more money for community organizing!

Join Margie Fine on Tuesday, November 16th for her webinar with GIFT–Untapped: Developing & Deepening Relationships with Donors for Community Organizing. Just $50-$150 per site (more than one person per site is encouraged!) depending on your group’s budget size. Having a hard time communicating the importance of community organizing to prospective donors and funders? Join […]