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The Secret to Keeping Your Donors Giving: Make Them Feel Special

The Secret to Keeping Your Donors Giving: Make Them Feel Special

You put a lot of time, energy, and money into acquiring new donors. So it's frustrating when the majority of them give just once or twice and never again. It's not uncommon these days to find yourself fighting a continuous uphill battle of acquiring donors who never...

Integrating a Digital Fundraising Strategy for Nonprofits

Integrating a Digital Fundraising Strategy for Nonprofits

Have you considered your Digital Fundraising Strategy? In 2017, 81% of all adults in the U.S. were users of at least one social media site. This is a number that will continue to grow given the high rates of social media use among younger Americans. With...

Engage Donors and Prospects with a Nonprofit Tele-Town Hall

Engage Donors and Prospects with a Nonprofit Tele-Town Hall

Tele-Town Hall meetings are a revolutionary approach to engaging donor groups of all sizes. While politicians have been using them for years, more and more nonprofits are turning their attention to this game-changing outreach method, giving them the ability to bring...

The Value of Fundraising with a Social Entrepreneurship Mindset

The Value of Fundraising with a Social Entrepreneurship Mindset

In 2005, PBS ran a documentary series called "The New Heroes." Narrated by Robert Redford, it explored the approach, mindset and impact of 12 social entrepreneurs doing good in the world.  (You can watch full episodes on YouTube courtesy of the Skoll Foundation.) The...

How to Raise More Money From Lapsed Donors

How to Raise More Money From Lapsed Donors

Let’s face it: keeping donors committed to your organization takes some extra time and effort. And, convincing a donor to re-engage after a lapse takes even more time and even more effort. But trust me, giving up on your lapsed donors is a huge mistake. In fact, for...

How to Change Organization Culture – Without Resistance or Chaos

How to Change Organization Culture – Without Resistance or Chaos

For most nonprofits, organizational culture is an incredible source of strength and staying power. According to a Bridgespan study of 130 nonprofit management teams, “culture” rated as one of the top two organizational assets across the board. However, all too often,...

No More Running for the Hills: Fundraising Ideas for Board Members

No More Running for the Hills: Fundraising Ideas for Board Members

Have you ever noticed those board members that start to sweat when the monthly meeting agenda turns to the topic of fundraising? There are many reasons why this subject might make certain board members freeze up, – especially because they know that one day soon, if...

Cause Marketing: What Is It and How to Do It Effectively

Cause Marketing: What Is It and How to Do It Effectively

It was recently suggested by several industry thought leaders that, in the future, “all marketing will be cause marketing.” Whether this concept comes to fruition or not, the focus on these efforts is without question, growing exponentially among nonprofits and...

Spice Up Your Blog This Season With These Content Ideas

Spice Up Your Blog This Season With These Content Ideas

It seems like you can’t throw a stone without hitting a “share your story” blog tip online these days. Yet, there’s a reason for this recurring theme: it actually works. In fact, recounting your nonprofit’s roots, as well as how far you’ve come, is a powerful way to...

Performance Metrics = More Contributions

Performance Metrics = More Contributions

As many nonprofit execs probably agree, measuring your organization’s Return on Investment (ROI) is an important endeavor, but one that comes with more inherent challenges when compared to those in the for-profit world. While nonprofits are typically proficient at...

Crisis Communications: Be Aware, Be Prepared, Be Proactive

Crisis Communications: Be Aware, Be Prepared, Be Proactive

It’s not a matter of if, but when. As nonprofit professionals committed to doing “good,” we’d all like to think we’re immune to a public relations crisis. However, just like corporations, nonprofits are susceptible to catastrophes beyond our control, whether they are...

Steps to Cultivating a Highly Successful Major Donor Strategy

Steps to Cultivating a Highly Successful Major Donor Strategy

Engaging major donors – those supporters who provide significantly sized monetary contributions – is increasingly important to many of today’s nonprofits. Yet, engaging major donors can be challenging. First, the process relies on finding – and then cultivating –...

Tips For Year-End Fundraising

Tips For Year-End Fundraising

Did you know that, according to statistics from this same time last year, your nonprofit could be raising more than half of its donations during the last six weeks of the year? For more than two decades, I have had the amazing opportunity to work with dozens of...

Are You Neglecting Generation X?

Are You Neglecting Generation X?

There seems to be a lot of chatter in the nonprofit space about Millennials and Baby Boomers as of late. Yet, there’s almost never any spotlight on Generation X – the often-forgotten group of important supporters between the ages of 35 and 50 years old. As nonprofits...

Adopting a Prepper Mindset for Survival Inside Trump’s America

Adopting a Prepper Mindset for Survival Inside Trump’s America

A few days ago, a stranger invited me to become part of his local "prepper" group. I appreciated the gesture and said I'd think about it. Prepping is the activity commonly associated with Survivalists -- a movement Wikipedia describes as "individuals or groups who are...

Best Practices for a Successful #GivingTuesday Campaign

Best Practices for a Successful #GivingTuesday Campaign

We can all agree that driving engagement and donations, and obviously raising awareness, is the mission of every organization. However, dedicating a single day to these goals can seriously enhance your nonprofit's usual efforts. If you haven’t already gotten started,...

The Impact of an Election Year On Your Fundraising Programs

The Impact of an Election Year On Your Fundraising Programs

When thinking about this, I recall something a colleague once shared with me a few decades ago during an equally intense election year. She said: “Many fundraisers are facing the remaining months of this year with great trepidation and there is reason to be...

Gala Events: A Prime Way to Connect

Gala Events: A Prime Way to Connect

For many of today’s nonprofits, hosting an elegant, yet impactful gala is a great way to authentically and passionately connect with donors, making them feel personally linked to your cause. Gala events are also a great opportunity to engage with new and prospective...

Four Ways to Help Your Board Become Fundraising Champions

Four Ways to Help Your Board Become Fundraising Champions

We all know that effective boards are great for helping set expectations for staff, develop organizational strategy and keep a nonprofit financially grounded. However, fundraising is also a vital ingredient of board membership. And if you develop your board to create...

Why I Hate the Idea of Performance Reviews

Why I Hate the Idea of Performance Reviews

Many nonprofit employees say they dread performance reviews. And if you secretly survey them, I bet the vast majority would be happy to get rid of them altogether. In fact, I strongly believe the annual performance review is one of those practices from the business...

Find ‘Em and Keep ‘Em: Are You Attracting New Mid-Level Donors?

Find ‘Em and Keep ‘Em: Are You Attracting New Mid-Level Donors?

Do your mid-level donors ever seem to feel uninspired, neglected or disengaged? To many nonprofits today, the donor pyramid is a familiar concept. This simple structure represents common successful donor cultivation, with an ultimate goal of upgrading and retaining...

Nonprofit Live Streaming: Broadcast Your Impact Via Facebook Live

Nonprofit Live Streaming: Broadcast Your Impact Via Facebook Live

Have you met the new kid in town? I’m talking about Facebook Live. While this fun, new feature – that allows any Facebook Page live-broadcast events, breaking news, interviews and more – is pretty simple to use, many nonprofits are understandably reluctant to dive...

Draft a Winning RFP (Request for Proposal)

Draft a Winning RFP (Request for Proposal)

It's a fact of life at most nonprofits that sometimes outside help is necessary. Help with annual fund fundraising, major donor fundraising, event planning, grant writing, organizational strategy, etc. Very often, the need is urgent and pressing. In such cases, how do...

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