Enjoy these reads with a beef brisket and an American Oak-Aged Merlot.

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Businesses, too, can reap those benefits through social entrepreneurship, setting out to change the world through innovative thinking.
— Jane Burnett
The 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe Art & Culture honorees are more than outstanding artists, founders, designer and models. They are the best in the world because in their success, and through their creativity, they champion originality and goodness.
— Alexandra Sternlicht
Read the following quotes about giving to remember why you do what you do and reflect on all of the wise and generous people who embodied the spirit of giving before you.
— Meredith Kavanagh
Just because someone has worked weekends for a similar organization does not mean they are ready to be your next CEO.
Understanding your motivation style could be the key to setting yourself up for greater success.
— Gwen Moran


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Enjoy these reads with some roasted Brussel sprouts and an excellent Scotch:

  1. 3 Ways to Help Federal Workers Today

    by Ashley Post at Charity Navigator

Many of these employees and their families are struggling to put food on the table while they scrape together savings to pay their rents and other bills.
— Ashley Post
While the potential for this investing theme to become a dominant narrative makes sense - after all, who wouldn’t want to make money AND save the environment, there are a few key hurdles that have made ESG solutions more about potential than impact.
— Peter Hans
No matter your level of experience or role at a nonprofit, conferences are an important part of staying on top of best practices and industry trends.
— Will Schmidt
Consider what you can offer to bring your major donor prospect joy.
— Claire Axelrad
Although many companies represent direct competition, there is actually plenty of potential value in forging business relationships with like-minded organizations. This can be particularly true for nonprofit partnerships.


Here are my 5 favorite articles from this week… enjoy these reads with some vegetarian chili and good stout:

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Today’s consumers respect brands that take a stand. But choose your issues wisely.
— Adam Snitzer
Businesses are having to openly talk about where they stand, so that customers understand who they are and why they should choose them over other brands
— Todd Fischer
Your data has to be owned by you and it has to come with you when you migrate. Without it, you could lose the ability to connect with your donors.
— Will Schmidt
The company has started the Fellowship program to send employees to work full time for up to six months to help nonprofits harness technology to help solve critical social problems.
— Nicole Wallace
Bryan and Bradford shared with me how they got started with the business, the central role their mission plays in it, and how by having philanthropy at the core of their business they’ve been able to raise over $300,000 dollars in the fight to find a cure for blindness – even as a startup.
— Brent Leary


Hey there. This is a round up of my favorite articles of this week covering social good and sustainability. Enjoy these reads with a hot slice of pizza and a locally brewed IPA.

May the weekend be good to you,


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When visibility is high, these more self-interested consumers are more likely to pay a higher price for the product, perhaps as a result of a higher personal utility of the feeling of having done “the right thing” when the process by which value is transferred can be more easily interpreted.
— Alex Behrens
...when you look at giving, it is a very personal thing
— Rob Acker
...ask me for an action. So many well-meaning nonprofits miss this step, or clutter up the CTA (Call-To-Action) with too many requests.
— Julia Campbell
We asked entrepreneurs to offer their book recommendations for the new year, including both recent releases and older favorites.
— Pavithra Mohan
Women are twice as likely to leverage a crowdfunding platform in fundraising as well as look for women-owned business grants or loans.
— Cari Sommer


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