2019: The Year of Things

We’re not talking about just any old “thing,” we’re talking about the Internet of Things. From smartphones to smart refrigerators, the Internet of Things is making it possible for us to use connected devices to collect, share and utilize data. We’re thinking voice assistants, like Alexa and Siri that can tell you what the weather is, what the best Italian restaurant in your city is, and how much longer your cupcakes need to bake for. Today’s homes are even getting smarter and smarter. From smart thermostats that help people be more energy efficient, smart refrigerators that let you know when your produce is going bad and how much milk you have left (yes, this is a thing), and smart lightbulbs that automatically adjust based on the time of day.

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Unique ways to encourage giving in 2019

We all know the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But what if you and your fundraising took the time to deviate from your usual fundraising methods to try something a little bit different? Sometimes, changing the giving experience for your donors is the key to encouraging your donors to increase their giving amounts or frequency.

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3 Ways CSR Benefits Nonprofits

As a nonprofit organization, you work hard to raise funds and promote the importance of your cause or mission. So, what happens when you find out that a local corporate social responsibility (CSR) program is focusing its efforts on the realm that you’ve committed yourself to, as well? This means that people who are socially conscious and want to dedicate themselves to a mission no longer need to work for a nonprofit, but can instead expand their job search to for-profit companies that have a strong CSR program.

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Guest Post: 7 Ways to Use Existing Donor Data for Year-End Fundraising - Part 3

By: Sarah Tedesco, Executive VP at DonorSearch

Part 3 of "7 Ways to use Existing Donor Data for Year-End Fundraising" is here, just in time for year-end! Catch Part 1 and Part 2 on the blog for a complete look at year-end fundraising and how to utilize your donor data for best results.

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Making the Ask: 3 tips for less awkward fundraising

You're a dedicated fundraiser with a passion for your mission. You know the ins and outs of major gift programs, creating campaigns, organizing donor data, segmenting your constituents and handling appeals. But asking for donations, no matter how seasoned you are in the world of fundraising, can still be intimidating and even a little awkward.

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Channel Your Inner Type A: Segmenting Donors

Even if you're typically relaxed, easy-going and go-with-the-flow, there's a little bit of Type A in all of us. When you're walking through the store and see a jar of peanut butter facing the wrong direction, one shirt unfolded, a roll of paper towel in the soup aisle... there's a little piece of all of us that gets driven a little crazy by these inconsistencies.

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Why your nonprofit work matters

We won’t deny it – working for a nonprofit organization is hard. Limited funding, endless hours of work that so often goes unrecognized, number crunching, task juggling and fundraising. While Metafile is not a nonprofit, we work closely with the organizations who work day and night to accomplish their missions and see the blood, sweat and tears that nonprofiteers put into their work. This, and many other blog posts out in cyberspace, probably make you wonder why anyone would ever choose to work for a nonprofit.

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