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An insider’s view of crowdfunding success

Ghazal Vaghedi, a committed proponent of “crowdfunding,” presented the case to MVDP Thursday for why and how nonprofits might adopt this technique. Ghazal, the vice president for digital philanthropy at in San Francisco, said that crowdfunding is “using the … Continue reading

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Assessing digital fundraising at MVDP April 16

“Nonprofit crowdfunding is changing the landscape of online fundraising and growing at an exponential rate.” That’s the assessment of Ghazal Vaghedi, who comes from San Francisco April 16 to present “Best Practices for Building a Successful Online (Crowdfunding) Fundraising Campaign.” … Continue reading

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Samantha Swaim: Special appeal is where the money is

Samantha Swaim emphasized the “special appeal” as the most important element of a nonprofit’s fundraising auction, because that’s where the money is. She spoke Thursday to Mid-Valley Development Professionals in its 2015 kickoff event. Swaim heads Swaim Strategies, a Portland … Continue reading

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Kim Klein shows how to make the ask

Author/trainer/consultant Kim Klein was on her game Thursday as she presented a workshop on how nonprofits can improve their asking for gifts. This was the third of six programs on the schedule for Mid-Valley Development Professionals, and Kim did not … Continue reading

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How to succeed at major donor fundraising

Jim Shapiro of The Edge Group in Seattle brings a concrete set of best practices to our April 24 meeting, designed to increase revenue and deepen relationships between nonprofits and their major donors. The program will be held at the … Continue reading

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Susan Howlett leads off MVDP’s 2014 program lineup

A six-program lineup for professional development of nonprofit fundraisers in 2014 kicks off this month with a presentation by Susan Howlett, a Seattle consultant and author of Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leadership to Raise Money Joyfully. The Howlett presentation Feb. … Continue reading

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Lean keys to fundraising success

Learning who the donors are and making it personal about them is “where the magic is” in lean fundraising, Erica Charbonneau told Mid-Valley Development Professionals Oct. 24. “You are the conduit” for the nonprofit’s relationship with the donor, she told … Continue reading

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