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Finding Out What Are Your VIPs Are Up To
Not happy with Google Alerts? Take a look at Newsle as another way to find out when your donors and prospects get in the news. This could be a very useful addition to your relationship-building toolbox.

Giving Tuesday 2014
The next Giving Tuesday isn’t until December 2 but it’s not too early to make your plan. The Knight Foundation has a handy Giving Day Playbook that covers planning, outreach, logistics, follow-up and assessment.

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Highfaluting words and long sentences make Papa cry

Ernest Hemingway's spare, concise and uncomplicated writing style packed quite a punch. The man himself departed this world more than 50 years ago but that doesn't mean you can't have him as a writing coach. Paste your text into the online app Hemingway and you'll get some tips for improvement.

For an alternative quick and dirty test, try The Readability Test Tool. You can check web pages by URL or paste in your text.

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” - Winnie the Pooh

Design Trend: The World is Flat

Over the last year the graphics on the user interfaces (UI) for apps, web, as well as on your smartphone has been updated to a style call flat design. In the past, UI graphics have used bevels, shadows and textures for a skeuomorphic effect  - a look that is now a little dated.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_wts_logo_220.pngNeed another revenue source for your nonprofit? You might take a look at WebThriftStore where you can set up an online thrift store where people can donate goods to sell on your behalf (they get a tax receipt) or look for bargains that support your cause. WebThriftStore >

9 Fundraising Lessons From the World’s Weirdest Charity Stunts >

Fair warning: Some of these might make your eyes bug out.

b2ap3_thumbnail_quote.gifI love infographics. They can be an effective way to impart a lot information in a concise way but some are better than others. The Secrets Of A Memorable Infographic >

Need to whip up an infographic for your next board meeting or presentation? Here are some free tips & PPT templates >

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