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5.10 Social Media and Fundraising: Our Great Experiment

May/June 2011 Technology & Communications: Creative Strategies for Grassroots Groups Social Media & Fundraising: Our Great Experiment by Darshan Khalsa The constituency of Choice USA, a youth-led organization working for reproductive justice, is online 24/7. Challenging itself to keep up, the group turned to social media to turn out a record number of attendees for […]

4.19 Launching Generate :: Participate :: Liberate!

2011 is a momentous year for us. The Grassroots Fundraising Journal turns 30 years old and GIFT celebrates its 15th anniversary! It’s also the 5th anniversary of our decision to merge these 2 great organizations. This year also marks my 5th (and final) year as director of GIFT. To celebrate, we’re launching a fundraising campaign […]

4.15.11 Giving thanks

I am self-employed, which means that April 15 (or this year, April 18) is always an important day for me. I have to pay any tax I owe from last year, and also make the first of four payments on the money I will earn this year. We call these payments, “estimateds” for short. Usually […]

4.7 Raise $50,000 in Six Weeks

How to Raise $50,000 in 6 Weeks A GIFT Webinar Featuring Kim Klein April 27, 2011 10am PT/11am MT/12pm CT/1pm ET In this fast paced webinar, Kim Klein details one of the most important ideas in fundraising today: bringing volunteers together for a short specific intensive campaign, and then letting them go for the rest […]

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 […]

2.1 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 […]

1.17 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 […]

1.11 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 […]

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 […]