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How I Get It Done: Lisa Ling

<i>Lisa Ling is an award-winning journalist, a former co-host of</i> The View<i>, and the host of the CNN investigative docu-series</i> This Is Life<i>. In the new</i> …

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The four pledges I took to make my life better

Life is all about change. As they say <i>“we cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are”.</i> It takes great courage and perseverance to …

Photographer Captures 'Smiling' Shark That Looks Just Like Bruce

An underwater photographer has managed to capture the moment a shark pulled out its best impersonation of Bruce from Pixar’s “Finding Nemo.”<p>This …

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The 13 Greatest Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home!<p>Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home! Via Redbook.com

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Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to...

8 Ways To Improve Your Fundraising Letters

Here’s what I know about writing good fundraising letters: You can practice and study for years. And still feel like you’re only scratching the …

The Elusive Search For 'Big Donors'

So many nonprofit leaders come to me searching for “big donors.”<p>They seem to think that there’s a pool of donors pining around at some cocktail …

Seven Qualities of Excellent Grant Proposals

There are literally dozens of books and articles (okay, perhaps hundreds) written about how to write excellent grant proposals. They walk you through …

Why you should always 'Like' your own Facebook posts

401.9K Shares<p>If you’ve been using Facebook for a while you’ve probably noticed that many people “Like” their own posts just as soon as they post them.<p>…

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30 Tips You Can Use To Approach Anyone

In order to meet new people we have to actually approach and speak to them, which can be really nerve-wracking. Thankfully, Ivan Chan of Self …

5 Things A Successful and Happy Person Should Never Say

Do you chose your words before speaking? Find out the 5 Things a Successful and Happy Person Should Never Say.

Geared Up for Growth 2013 FundRaising Success Virtual Conference Wrap-up

In October, <i>FundRaising Success</i> held its fourth annual Virtual Conference & Expo, a daylong, online gathering that allowed fundraisers to listen to …

Google Keep for content marketing

Tool of the week: Get organized with Google Keep<p>Every New Year, people resolve to get organized once and for all, and for content marketers being …

The Secret To Raising More Money in 2014

Every week, I have a conversation like this with a nonprofit leader:<p><b>Nonprofit Leader:</b> "We need to find new donors." (As though there's a magic …