Why Connection is More Powerful than Content

The COVID-19 outbreak has created challenges for the way nonprofits engage their supporters. While we remain apart from each other at physical distances, unable to travel or even convene in large groups, the question on everyone’s mind is: how do we continue to steward and engage our donors while they can’t meet us in person, […]

10 Virtual Engagement Tips and 100+ Examples

The outbreak of COVID-19 has presented a new urgency for nonprofits to engage donors virtually. After training over 5,000 people on virtual engagement and helping a dozen of my current clients come up with creative ideas, I put together this list of 10 tips to help fundraising and event staff focus their efforts on those […]

Why Intercultural Competence Matters in Short-term Assignments

What kind of cultural preparation do staff, volunteers, and donors really need before embarking on a short assignment overseas? Here, I argue that it is more critical to provide cultural preparation for short-term assignments than it is for long-term ones. While much attention has been paid to the role of intercultural competence in long-term international […]

What Funders Get Wrong About Site Visits

Site visits play an important role in helping funders determine which organizations and causes to allocate resources to, but unfortunately these engagements are also ripe for exploitation. Staff in nonprofits often spend undue time preparing for and facilitating site visits from funders, much of it to the detriment of their programs. Nonprofit clients are sometimes […]

VIDEO: In Defense of the Volunteer a as Learner

The “Volunteer as Learner” is one of the least explored roles in voluntourism. Hear Caliopy’s take on why we need to talk more openly about this role in our volunteer programs.   View my article, 3 Models of Voluntourism: What You Need for an Ethical and Engaging Program here. View my Checklist here.