Making a case for your state-funded organization's fundraising
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Making a case for your state-funded organization's fundraising

When meeting with new clients, I often hear this exact same question, "But, our organization receives state and federal funds...how can we realistically make the case for our fundraising?" And, my answer is, "Even more so you can! It…
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Ten steps to supercharge your nonprofit fundraising in the new decade

A new year and a new decade are quickly moving upon us.  Is your organization ready to hit the ground running when the clock hits midnight on December 31?  After what seems like months of preparation, and a rush headlong in the "Giving Season,"…
Making a case for your state-funded organization's fundraising
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Making a case for your state-funded organization's fundraising

When meeting with new clients, I often hear this exact same question, "But, our organization receives state and federal funds...how can we realistically make the case for our fundraising?" And, my answer is, "Even more so you can! It…
Use Peer to Peer Fundraising for Donor Acquisition
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Incorporating Peer-to-Peer Fundraising as a Calendar Year-End Donor Acquisition Strategy

I worked with various sized organizations all with different causes and the one thing that I see most in common is that they lack strong broad-based donor bases at the lower level. Most have focused their efforts on building relationships with…
Turning donor prospects into loyal donors
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How to use social media to acquire new donor prospects and turn them into loyal supporters

Development audit after development audit of small- to mid-sized organizations reveals that while donor retention remains a critical issue there is also another that is equally as important. Far too many groups are not focusing their fundraising…
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How to reduce the frantic pace in your nonprofit fundraising workday

Just recently, I noticed as I was driving around that everyone seems to be frantic. Or, is it more frenetic? Folks weaving in and out, road rage, and overall cortisol on overload. In comparison, I just spent three months in Australia. And,…
The top six tips to avoid the "Hope and Pray" method of calendar-year end campaign planning
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The top six tips to avoid the "Hope and Pray" method of calendar-year end campaign planning

Often, I work with clients who don't adequately plan for their calendar year-end efforts.  This lack of planning does a disservice to the organization for a couple of important reasons.  One such reason is that calendar year-end efforts and…
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What one thing can make or break the success of YOUR organization?

The Board. It can make or break your organization. If assembled and organized correctly, it can chart a successful future that prospers and preserves inspiration and creativity of its members and benefactors alike. If not, well...insert…
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The key indicators of a strong nonprofit fundraising campaign

I often get asked, "What are the key indicators of a strong nonprofit fundraising campaign?" In order to have a strong fundraising campaign of any sort, whether it be capital, endowment, or even annual, you need several hallmarks of success…
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Raising more money from your current loyal donors through repeat and best-ever gifts

What happens when you don't invest in donor acquisition? Well, your organization will face a declining donor base with the need to raise more money from fewer donors.  With about 10% of donor bases naturally declining each year, the focus…
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Using multi-channel digital fundraising "shoestring" strategies to acquire new donors.

In this day and age, as development professionals, we need to keep our eye both on donor retention and acquisition. It is one thing to retain your current donors. But if you are not constantly acquiring new ones, your donor file will naturally…
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How to craft an effective and impactful plan for your next fundraising fiscal year

For many, as the calendars switch to spring, our organizations begin their budget planning season in preparation of a new fiscal year. As a result, development departments are often hard-pressed to come up budget sometimes right in the middle…
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Hosting Your First Fundraising Cultivation Event

Donor cultivation events should be an important part of your fundraising program.  Whether you are a small or large non-profit, or if you are raising money for annual operations for capital campaigns, you need to incorporate them as a vital…
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How to take care of yourself as a busy nonprofit fundraising professional

It all happens to us. Time silently ticks away, and deadlines loom.  And, then, BAM, out of the blue, a crisis occurs with a client, or some other proverbial "fire" starts burning.  Perhaps it is a last-minute grant deadline suddenly arises,…
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How to keep your small shop fundraising focus on your major donor work

After having served most of my career as a Director of Development in a small organization, I understand the realities of trying to handle all of the major tasks and responsibilities that come up daily; plus the fires that seem to endlessly…

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quick fundraising ideas for nonprofit organizations

and crowdfund campaign to help you raise more money for your favourite cause. Many organizations when seeking to start their first development office do not which way to turn or where to start first. Far too many organizations often start and end with grant writing. They don’t get beyond this particular strategy. Quick Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofit Organizations. It is year-end campaign planning time. Far too often I see organizations using a blanket approach with their donor base. With a few minor tweaks in their strategy, they can increase their revenues by a third, sometimes even double.