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Just Tell Me: What's the Best Way to Raise Money? Choosing a Revenue Strategy

We're pleased that this article appears this month in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal as well.

It's aggravating to have someone say (at a board meeting, for example), "Look at how they over there raise money! That's better than what we're doing . . . we should do that!" Or for a funder to tell you what they think is the best way to raise money: from major donors, or from government, or from black-tie dinners, or . . . . you get the idea.

Think for a moment about two very successful stores: Target and Williams-Sonoma. Both sell cookware. Target sells inexpensive cookware through large stores in outlying areas and it advertises through newsprint inserts in local newspapers. Williams-Sonoma sells expensive cookware through boutique stores in high-rent districts and it advertises through glossy, full-color catalogs mailed to high-income zip codes. Each has put together a winning formula.

But what if Target were to try selling its colanders and measuring spoons at the same prices that Williams-Sonoma charges?

World Press Freedom Day: A Free Press and a Free Nonprofit Sector

Maggie, Lisa, Bart, Marge and Homer: the five members of the Simpson family. One in every five Americans knows who they are. But what are the five freedoms of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Only one in 34 of us know! Do you?

You probably remembered freedom of speech and freedom of the press. In addition to freedom of religion, two lesser known freedoms define a free nonprofit sector: the freedom to assemble, and the freedom to petition.

Promises, Promises: Rural Advocates vs. Big Philanthropy

When a foundation comes calling with big promises, community folks - and the nonprofits that serve them - often invest hundreds of hopeful hours to meet the funder's conditions. And when those foundations don't fund the community after all, anger, resentment, and disheartenment often follow. But it's rare for disappointed would-be grantees to take the foundation to court. Blue Avocado asked nonprofit investigator Rick Cohen to follow up on the aftermath of a troublesome encounter between a large regional foundation and a Washington state community. . .

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