How To Reach Younger Donors

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I was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Salvation Army Southern Territory’s Community Relations and Development Conference in Atlanta recently. One of the other speakers was Penelope Burk from Cygnus Applied Research. During her talk, she revealed the results of an extensive survey of younger donors to nonprofit organizations. Since most nonprofit leaders are concerned about developing next generation donors, her findings are important news. Here’s some highlights:

Does Street Preaching Still Work?

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This weekend, my wife Kathleen and I went to a movie here in Los Angeles, and outside the theater was a street preacher from a local church. He wasn’t very compelling, so I stood there and watched the response from people coming and going from the theater. Needless to say, I didn’t see any converts. Which led me to the question, “Does street preaching work anymore?”  Christianity has a long history of

What is a “Social Media Chaplain?”

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I asked Robyn Bridgeo, who’s the “Social Media Chaplain” for The Salvation Army’s SAVN.TV online initiative about how he’s using social media to extend the internationally known Salvation Army brand. So many church, ministry, and nonprofit leaders are still struggling with whether or not to explore social media, so it sometimes helps to hear from people experiencing success in the field. Here’s what Robyn had to say:

This Month’s Interview: Producer Guy Noland

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From time to time, I’ll be posting interviews with various communications professionals on this blog. My first one was with pastor and former TV producer Joel Osteen. This one is with Guy Noland, Executive Producer of the new Salvation Army Vision Network. He’s responsible for launching and leading this new video driven web initiative. I asked him about the remarkable journey that’s been his life and career in the industry:

Impact Isn’t Always About Numbers

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ROI (Return on Investment) is an impressive business sounding term, which means in business, it’s important. If you’re selling widgets then you need to track sales, and knowing how many widgets you sell versus how much you spend on manufacturing, sales, advertising, and marketing is important. But how about nonprofit organizations? In some cases, tracking ROI is very informative. How many water wells did you build based on donations to the project? How many meals did you distribute as a result of the grant? The truth is accountability matters, and particularly when it comes to future fundraising,