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As always, you are looking for ways to raise funds—and someone on your team has just suggested using crowdfunding. So what is it—and more importantly, is it appropriate for you?

Free Seminar Series: The first of this three part series entitled "Look Ma---No Hands!" will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 8-10 am at the Charter One Offices at 71 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago.

Chances are you've heard of "this Pinterest thing" that's become the new social media cool kid on the block. It's now the third largest social media site and the 16th most popular site on the web.

While chatting with nonprofits, we've been asked how they can use Pinterest to help their organizations. Here are 7 tips on how nonprofits can start using Pinterest to raise awareness, impact and fundraising.

In working with various kinds of non-profit organizations (large, small, healthcare, education, etc) SocialRaise gets asked about the return on investment of online fundraising. Our first answer is always, online fundraising is more than just a "donate here" button on your website. Real fundraising is the same in person, by phone/mail or online. You need to have a plan, engage your constituents and manage the relationship carefully. So, the short answer is yes, it is worth the effort, but only if you do it properly.

Organization: Dreams Fulfilled Through Music (DFTM), A non-profit organization based in San Antonio, TX, dedicated to bringing the joy of making music to persons with special needs.

Key Success Factor: Creating a community around a compelling and emotional story, and communicating their story on a 1-to-1 basis that moves individuals to action.

Acromegaly Community ( launched a new web-based community platform designed to provide information, support and personal interactions to patients coping with the rare disease. Within a month, the site had over 200 members sharing stories, tips and experiences as well as new donations, a book for sale and even selling tickets to their community events.

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