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Live, from the AFP 2012 International Conference on Fundraising

Here I am at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising, and I just got out of a packed session called Social Networking and Online Fundraising Success, with Ted Hart. I've been following Ted and reading his emails via ePhilanthropy for years, and it was fun to walk in the room and see him up there IRL. He crammed a lot of good stuff into the 1 hour 15 minute time frame, and I can't even begin to give a cohesive summary, so here's one thing I want to focus on: [More]

thedatabank at the Forefront of Building a New Sustainable Economy

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to give testimony at a Minnesota State Senate Committee hearing on legislation that would create a new type of for-profit corporation, a Public Benefit Corporation. As one of 3 Certified B-Corporations in Minnesota, authors of this bill turned to thedatabank as an example of a small business that can be both profitable and operate with a social mission. [More]

Meet the New Web Site - and Some Lessons on Web Site Redesign

This week thedatabank launched an updated web site. Here are some key changes:

A Learn section with white papers, guest articles, recorded webinars, and other resources for nonprofit organizations.
A Connect section with many ways to engage, from social media to "in real life" events.
The design has been streamlined to be easier to read, and convey the friendly personality of thedatabank.
Behind these changes are strategic efforts... [More]

Cloud Nine

Last month, thedatabank signed a new three-year agreement with SunGard Availability Services to use their Enterprise Cloud Services platform to deliver our products. This is an evolutionary step in our long-term relationship with SunGard, who have been managing and monitoring our servers and internet bandwidth for several years now. While this change is not likely to be noticeable to our typical users, it is a major change behind the scenes. Some salient points: [More]

Looking the Gift Horse in the Mouth

Yesterday, November 16th, was Give to the Max day in Minnesota. By most accounts it was a great day for nonprofits in Minnesota with over $13 million donated to some 3,978 organizations. As a 25 year fundraising veteran, I’m all for any effort that increases donations to the nonprofit sector, especially during these difficult economic times. However, I’m concerned that focusing so much energy and time on one single donation event could diminish ongoing individual fundraising activities in the sector by creating an impression that Give to the Max Day is THE day to give.

The reality is that way more than $13 million is given in individual donations each and every day in Minnesota. [More]