6.30 Best of the blogs

Hello GIFT Blog Family,

I am writing you for the first time as the new Executive Director of GIFT and I couldn’t be more excited to come on and be in dialogue with all of you.

In this month’s round-up of the fundraising blog world we begin with an article from tacticalphilathropy.com Underperformance is Philanthropy’s Natural State by Sean Stannard-Stockton. Sean provides us with some reviews of 2 new books on giving and fundraising: Leap of Reason and Give Smart. He reaches the conclusion that the natural state of philanthropy is not to be solution orientated and that most groups are not focused on concrete changes to be made in their fields of work. I personally am not sure what groups he is thinking of here, as the majority of groups I know are consistently using various forms of checks and balances to evaluate their work. What do you guys think?

Second, Susan Gordon, Director of Non –Profit Services at Causes tells us Community Is Better than Cute Cats: How to Raise Money for Your Unsexy, but Important, Cause at the nten.org/blog. Susan gives us some tips and examples of how smaller groups are making big impacts using social media.

Then we head over to nonprofitmarketingguide.com for reviews of the 2011 Millenial Donor Summits with Kivi Leroux Miller who speaks to Millenials and Mobile Marketing, where she makes compiling points on the advancement of smartphones as primary computer/internet access points for low income communities. She also talks about how this shift affects the giving patterns of young and new donors.

Finally we head over to futurefundraisingnow.com and a blog post called Be the Donor posted by Jeff Brooks who highlights ways we can evaluate our donors’ experiences by trying to go through the ways that they interact with us as organizations.

I hope you enjoy this month’s blog round-up and that you find the articles helpful and thought -provoking. As always if you have any questions or comments about articles posted here or things you’d like to see please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Yours in the Struggle,

Charles Ryan Long