Be Human Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources
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by Claire Axelrad
14h ago
“Overconfidence and AI Human beings are often more effective when we’re a bit self-effacing. “I think,” “Perhaps,” or “I might be missing something, but…” are fine ways to give our assertions a chance to be considered. The solar-powered LED calculator we used in school did no such thing. 6 x 7 is 42, no ifs, ands or buts. Part of the magic of Google search was that it was not only cocky, it was often correct. The combination of its confidence and its utility made it feel like a miracle. Of course, Google was never completely correct. It rarely found exactly the right page every time. That wa ..read more
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Should Your Nonprofit Jump on the Artificial Intelligence Bandwagon?
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by Claire Axelrad
4d ago
I confess I know virtually zip about artificial intelligence. But I’ve been learning. Fast. Because it’s hard these days to travel anywhere in the world, including the social benefit sector, without hearing enticing things about it. How it can do all sorts of things faster and better than humans. How it can create cost savings. How it enables greater personalization. How it leverages effective use of data for marketing and fundraising purposes. How it tracks engagement and predicts future behaviors. How it creates efficiencies for program purposes. At first blush this sounds good. But… the d ..read more
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Transform Annual Reports into Gratitude Reports for the Best ROI
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by Claire Axelrad
1w ago
Annual reports don’t have to be dry as dust. In fact, the most effective ones are not financial reports; they’re a story with the donor at the center. And they inspire action. When you consider all the blood, sweat, tears and money that go into them, you want to assure they: Resonate with people emotionally. Paint a picture people want to jump into. Showcase the value of philanthropy and what it does to create change. Shine a light on how much the donor is needed. Include specific areas where donors can help. Towards getting the biggest bang for your annual report buck, consider renaming the ..read more
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Philanthropy, Not Fundraising: I Have a Dream for the Social Benefit Sector 2023
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by Claire Axelrad
1w ago
I have a dream… Today would have been Dr. Martin Luther King’s 94th birthday. During his lifetime he challenged us to recognize the privilege of being part of the struggle for goodness to prevail. He did not live to get to the promised land, yet he saw it from the mountain top. And in his famous speech he mused on the question of what he would say were he to be given the extraordinary opportunity to live in any moment in history. His answer to the Almighty was, “If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the twentieth century, I will be happy.” Today we ..read more
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Atmospheric River Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources
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by Claire Axelrad
2w ago
There is more than one way to beat a flood. And when the problem at hand is a flood of ideas, products, strategies and what-not, it helps to have a way to focus and make decisions.  And I know no better help-mate than the inimitable Seth Godin. Staring at decisions “Soap is 85 cents a bar or two for a dollar. Which should you buy? It depends. It depends on how much space you have, whether you like this brand, how full your cart is and whether or not you’re sure if the person who sent you to the market wants you to buy two. It’s easy to focus on these sorts of low-value decisions. There ..read more
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Do You Have the Write Stuff? Top 5 Nonprofit Attention-Grabbers.
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by Claire Axelrad
3w ago
Take your writing into the stratosphere!   Want your writing to take off more this year? Ann Wylie, editor, author, interviewer, teacher and more, is one of the folks I look to for writing tips. And recently she offered 8 tips I believe all nonprofits should take to heart. At least if you want to be persuasive and drive people to take the actions you desire. You DO, right? Okay, good. Allow me to share my favorite of Ann’s tips, together with my own thoughts on how they pertain – in spades – to nonprofits. Some of these I write about a lot. They’re that important and, IMHO, rather obviou ..read more
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10 Most Popular 2022 Clairification Articles: Any You Missed?
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by Claire Axelrad
3w ago
Have a heart- and people- centered, colorful year! Here are the 10 most popular Clairification articles from the past year, according to Google Analytics. Plus, at the end, I’m sharing some photos I hope you’ll enjoy! Counting Down… 10. What to Say When Your Donor Asks: How Much do you Spend on Overhead? Here I explore the “overhead myth,” and what to consider as an “appropriate” amount of overhead. It should be no surprise that measuring overhead does not neatly correlate with a nonprofit’s impact or effectiveness. 9. What Causes so Many Fundraisers to Leave Their Jobs? Money is part of it ..read more
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Ringing in the New Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources
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by Claire Axelrad
1M ago
How about taking a moment, as one year ends and a new one begins, to take a good hard look at yourself in the most favorable light possible? See the good. Dwell on the beautiful. Smile when you recognize the essential “youness” of you. LOVE AFTER LOVE by Derek Walcott The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your l ..read more
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Why Donor Wooing Requires WOWing
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by Claire Axelrad
1M ago
The Unfair Exchange Bernadette Jiwa, The Story of Telling. “That will be eight dollars,’ the woman, who is carefully weighing and wrapping two serves of freshly made fettuccine for us to take home, says. As my husband is about to hand her the cash, she takes another handful of the pasta from behind the glass and adds it to our package. She doesn’t announce that she’s giving us twenty per cent extra for free. She doesn’t even invite us to notice the gesture at all. It’s enough for her that she knows she has added value. We think of value as a hard metric—the anticipated fair exchange of this ..read more
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Year-End Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources
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by Claire Axelrad
1M ago
Here’s something to bring into your conversations with family, friends, colleagues and supporters as you navigate what can be a stressful time of year. “In the Culture Code, Dan Coyle observes that good leaders learn how to listen in a specific way. Like a trampoline. Absorbing the message and then adding height and perspective to the conversation by asking questions, increasing our understanding. Even if you learn nothing from listening except “this is what this person believes,” you still enhance your understanding of the world. If you feel 100% comfortable discounting what ..read more
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