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    Motivating donors: Which prizes work best for Giving Days

    Oct. 7, 2014, 1:16 p.m., Posted by Anna Dilernia

    Anyone who has hosted an online giving campaign can relate to the exhilaration that comes when the total-amount-raised tracker goes up and up and up.  Prizes offered throughout Giving Days, or online fundraising sprints, are a big part of generating that excitement and keeping donors and nonprofits engaged.  

    But what prizes are most effective in motivating donors? How can matching funds be used to keep the momentum going during a 24-hour campaign?  Below are some insights we’ve learned through an evaluation of the Giving Days run by community foundations that Knight Foundation supports. These insights build on Knight’s new report that contains 10 lessons for Giving Days.

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    A peek at ArtPrize 2014

    Oct. 7, 2014, 9:52 a.m., Posted by rsharp

    "Peralux" by Gabriel Hall & Daniel Land; illuminated, time-based installation at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), and one of the finalists in the time-based category. 2014 ArtPrize is alive and thriving around Grand Rapids, with the 1,500+ entries from local and international artists narrowed...

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    Increasing the impact of the Knight Fellowships program at Stanford

    Oct. 7, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Jim Bettinger

    2015 John S. Knight Journalism Fellows Christina Passariello (left), Anne Kornblut, Zena Barakat and Charla Bear take on the challenges of journalism during a brainstorming session last month. Photo: Samaruddin Stewart

    Jim Bettinger is director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford. The program fosters journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership; each year it brings 20 journalists and journalism entrepreneurs from the U.S. and around the world to spend the year at Stanford. It was founded in 1966 as the Stanford Professional Journalism Fellowships program and was renamed for Knight Foundation co-founder John S. Knight in 1984, after the foundation made a major gift to endow the program.

    We believe in journalism. We believe in journalism so much that we’re constantly looking for new ways that our fellows and our program can make journalism better — in the future and right now.

    And that’s why we’re so amped about our new initiatives, which $1.8 million in new support from Knight Foundation will enable us to pursue. This will:

    ·      Give us resources to increase our fellows’ impact, especially after their year at Stanford.

    ·      Help us create a technology resource curriculum that will be useful not just to our fellows but to journalists everywhere.

    ·      Enable us to convene — at Stanford University — small groups of top editors and news leaders for grounding in the latest thinking about innovation, human-centered design and leading organizational change.

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