Tis the season… and in honor of this jolly season, here is a list of some great books you can gift to the nonprofit leader in your life:

Social change is far more complicated than building a new app. It requires more listening, more care, and more stakeholders. To make a lasting difference, solutions must be embraced by beneficiaries, address root causes, and include an engine that can accelerate growth to reach the scale of the need. Lean Impact offers bold ideas to reach audacious goals through customer insight, rapid experimentation and iteration, and a relentless pursuit of impact.

In this book, Baird demonstrates how and where to find better ideas by lifting up people, places, and industries that are often overlooked. What’s more, Baird ultimately outlines how to create long-term success through “one-pocket thinking”—eliminating the blind spot that separates “what we do for a living” and “what we really care about.”

by Ross Baird

Pivot Point provides a guide for creating an organization that is more responsive, nimble, and open to the dynamic nature of its operating environments. Organizations experiencing sustainable success are willing to take risks, fail and learn from their efforts, and continually adapt their business model to build the highest value proposition possible.

The Digital Fundraising Blueprint provides a one-stop resource for nonprofits to use when it comes to raising more money online. The strategies and tactics contained in this book are the exact same ones used by the author, a digital fundraising consultant, that helped raise over $100 million for nonprofits. Now, you have access to the same tips and frameworks, which can power your nonprofit to do more good in the world

This book also helps readers form an in-depth description of their asking personality. It illustrates how they can best thank, steward, research, cultivate, and ask; which of the five steps they favor; how to address their fears; play to their strengths; overcome their weaknesses; and how to get what they need to excel. There are 16 different and distinct profiles, one suited to each reader.



It’s that time of year again!

Giving Tuesday is upon us and here are 5 amazing resources you can utilize to help your Giving Tuesday campaign be the best ever!

  1. Classy’s Free Fundraising Tools for Giving Tuesday

  • The Guide to Giving Tuesday

  • Giving Tuesday email templates

  • Giving Tuesday social media templates

  • A downloadable “save the date” postcard

  • And more!

2. FREE E-BOOK: 10 Tips to Get Social Media Ready for Giving Tuesday

These 10 ideas are designed to help you reach more people and inspire them to take action, whether they’re an employee, customer or anyone around the world!

3. FREE Giving Tuesday Logos

Free Downloads to make your campaign look awesome!

5. Funraise Toolkit

  • step-by-step, less-is-more calendar

  • pre-written emails galore

  • engaging social media posts

  • a press release

  • far-out ideas and tips in a delightfully downloadable layout




Gone are the days that “branding” was a luxury only the big nonprofit organizations could afford. Branding is a necessity for everyone … the big NFP’s and the itty bitty NFP’s too. Branding is an absolute must to accomplishing the mission your organization is set out to achieve.

This is why I always say:

Don’t rush through the branding process and please…. for the love of Pete… get help with the branding process. You’ll need it.

Here are 4 nonprofit branding agencies you should check out… and maybe even take the first bold step in calling for a consultation. Branding is a powerful tool that could launch your organization years ahead of where you thought you would be. So, dear friend… invest in a good branding plan. Without further adieu,

We are a marketing and communications agency with a mission.

Services offered:

  • Digital Strategy

  • Websites & Content

  • Advertising

  • Community Growth

  • Creative Campaigns

  • Fundraising

  • Advocacy

  • Technology

Amplify your impact

Services offered:

  • Brand Strategy

  • Marketing Strategy

  • Websites & Content Marketing

  • Inbound Marketing

  • Social Media & PR

  • Web and Search Optimization

  • Focused Training, Coaching and Issue Consulting

Causes that matter need ideas that work.

Services offered:

  • Define your goals, set strategy, and craft your marketing plan

  • Conduct market research to gain insight

  • Craft strong organizational brands, including messaging and visual identity

  • Launch public relations and social media outreach campaigns

  • Create websites, print and digital materials to motivate your audiences

We’re a social impact design agency that helps ambitious nonprofits & foundations advance their missions through brand experience.

Services offered:

  • Brand development

  • Design

  • Digital

  • Content

  • Consulting

  • Workshops + Coaching


I love the nonprofit world. We are like big giant family… all coming together to work towards good! Anyways…Here are three nonprofit influencers I think are pretty awesome:

  1. Amanda Wallander Roberts

    Why you should follow Amanda:

    “Amanda Wallander Roberts, MSSW, is a management consultant specializing in capacity building for social service organizations through providing evaluation, program/organizational development, and fundraising services. Amanda has helped nonprofits raise more than $24 million, developed and supported implementation of evaluation programs, and coached nonprofit leaders in program and organizational development.”

    What Amanda will talk you to about:

    How your organization can build capacity so you have the resources you need and understand the difference your programs are or aren't making . 

2. Vicki Bixel

Why you should follow Vicki:

“She has partnered with a multitude of nonprofit organizations, successfully guiding them toward multi-million dollar goals and assisting them to strengthen their missions while establishing and realizing their visions. Ms. Bixel is recognized for her knowledge of the ever changing philanthropic supported community. She is regularly quoted in the media regarding philanthropy and fundraising.”

What Vicki will talk you to about:

How to navigate the fundraising landscape in a rapidly changing world, to achieve success in funding your mission. 

3. Rob Harter

Why you should follow Rob:

“Rob is a nonprofit executive professional with over 23 years of experience in leading and building nonprofit organizations, leveraging resources, communication and personal development. Rob is known as an inspirational leader, highly relational, adept at emerging technologies, and has contagious energy combined with an entrepreneurial spirit.”

What Rob will talk you to about:

Nonprofit leadership and excellence. Robs speaks and writes on issues relating to nonprofits, leadership, social-justice, marriage and personal development.


I am not sure if you heard the big news… I will be hosting a podcast and I am looking for nonprofit influencers to join me as a guest on the show! If you think you would be a good fit for the show, please contact us.

In the mean time, here are 5 nonprofit podcasts that are worth listening to:

1.Nonprofit Leadership Podcast with Rob Harter

Episode Suggestion: #8 Laurel Mintz (Branding for Nonprofits)



Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!

...your Giving Tuesday mantra should not only be ‘attract,’ but ‘attract and retain.’
— Ellie Burke

Although traditional methods of giving still predominate, the number of people who give online is steadily increasing.
— Suzanne Coffman

What’s the hardest job in the world? Parenting a toddler or teenager? Milking venom from poisonous snakes? What about motivating unpaid volunteers to raise money and reporting to them because those same volunteers are your bosses?
— Rachel Muir

...organizations are more likely to close when a high-level executive is complicit in the fraud than if lower level employees were involved.
— Ruth McCambridge

You may see obstacles and limitations. Leave behind assumptions and look with the beginner’s mind.
— Pete Kimbis


Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!

When implemented properly, recurring donations can be an invaluable tool that accounts for the long-term sustainability of your organization’s revenue.
— Will Schmidt

...the best way to assure success is to get inside your donors’ heads.
— Claire Axelrad

... we will come to you live and discuss a topic designed to help you use your limited time and resources for social media more effectively and efficiently.
— Julia Campbell

These changes make capital campaigns less daunting and provide more pathways to success.
— Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt

...even if the motivation was not financial for Carlson, it was arguably inappropriately influenced by his avid interests and friendships, and if that got in the way of organizational stewardship, that is a problem.
— Ruth McCambridge



Dear Nonprofit Friends,

We are, indeed, living in a new day. Because I care, here is my shortlist of my favorite nonprofit technology resources (everywhere from software to social media). 

   Always cheering for you,


1. Classy

     Classy overs quality and use friendly products to help strengthen and expand your fundraising platform. They are one of my absolute nonprofit favorites and you will often see their blog posts turn up on my "FRIDAY FAVORITES" list (my favorite nonprofit articles of the week). Take a few minutes overs your next coffee week to peruse the wonderful resources they offer.


2. TechSoup

     TechSoup offers an abundant amount of resources and services to support the tech side of the  nonprofit life. It's super impressive. Every nonprofit should have the TechSoup bookmarked on their browser page. Just saying. 


3. Nonprofit Tech for Good

      Nonprofit Tech for Good is a great blog with current information to keep you organization technologically sharp.. I recently discovered them and I wouldn't be surprised if they make it onto my Friday Favorites list sometime in the future....


4. Nonprofit Technology Network

   I recommend nonprofits to consider becoming a NTEN member. The best way to improve your nonprofit technology is to learn how to do so in community. NTEN has a conference coming  on March 13-15, 2019 in Portland,Oregon. In this new day, it's worth having members of your team attend a conference like this one. Nonprofits cannot afford to get technologically behind...


Please feel free to add to this list by commenting below. It's always good to share the resources.


Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!

Every day, more and more nonprofits set up an online fundraising platform so they can get in on this action and take home a piece of the pie. However, despite the adoption of online fundraising, we find there are still some misconceptions around online fundraising best practices.
— Will Schmidt

We must shift our focus from just sustaining our programs and our organizations to incorporating sustainability into the program design and outcomes so we leave the recipients of our services in a place where they are able to sustain healthy behavior even when we are no longer there, and the grant funding has ended.
— Regina Brayboy

Not only does research tell us that soliciting donor feedback drives donor loyalty, but it can also generate data that helps fundraisers work smarter, not harder.
— Steven Shattuck

Remember, you aren’t in your role to be liked. You are here to get results for your stakeholders and to reach your mission. Anything that holds you back from that needs to be addressed.
— Sean Kosofsky

The nonprofit sector doesn’t have a problem with the education level, talent, creativity or ability of its workforce. What it has is an image problem and, in some cases, outdated leadership philosophies that thrive on a poverty mentality, leading to low compensation and a perceived lack of prestige surrounding positions in the sector.
— Tracy Vanderneck


Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!

...the 12 million people employed by various social good organizations actually represent the country’s third largest employment base by category behind retail and manufacturing.
— Ben Paynter
...asking folks to “show you the money” isn’t enough if you want sustainable fundraising. For that, you need friendraising.
— Claire Axelrad
Before approaching potential sponsors, think about the demographics of your community and which businesses would like to reach this audience. Your best bet is to seek out sponsors whose business relates to your cause.
— Allison Gauss
No other platform allows you to reach such a large audience so quickly—and no other platform allows you to ensure that of that audience, the vast majority are interested in what you’re selling them. This is even true if you’re running a nonprofit.
— Brad Wayland
Using free and discounted tools first will free up valuable marketing dollars for paid advertising and stretch those fundraising dollars for even greater effectiveness.
— Ansley Jackson and  Chase Bender