The Development Shrink Shopping Guide (for gifts that give back)

‘Tis the season for gift giving.  Of all the invented holidays, I think Cyber Monday is one of my least favorite…but aside from all the hoopla from media folks who think that “hey, people shop online…a lot” is a news story, it’s pretty practical.  I’m not anti-shopping, mostly because I’m very pro-gift giving!

If you’re looking for some ideas, here are a few ways that I get more bang for my own gift giving dollar, giving gifts that are neat gifts but also help support organizations and causes.  You’ll feel like the savviest of all savvy shoppers, and it can often add to the experience for the recipient. Read more

Quick Tips: Getting Online Donations Up and Running, ASAP

A friend/reader just took a summer internship helping a small organization to think about their fundraising strategy.  He’s young (as you might have guessed from the internship bit), so the first thing the board did was assume that he knows a lot about “online stuff.”  Kids today, right?

Their top priority for him was to figure out how to get the organization to a place where they could accept online donations.

There’s more to having an online strategy than simply being able to take a credit card donation online…a LOT more, honestly.  Bottomline, being thoughtful is worth more than being an early-adopter of new technologies.  Always.  But ideally, you want to be thoughtful and take advantage of new tools. Read more