Do donors a favor; create opportunities to give

During a meeting, one of our clients brandishes this sticky note, waving it around in victory. “A donor thanked us for asking for money!” The sticky note is paired with a check in response to the organization’s first print newsletter, which we suggested after continuously positive responses to a monthly email. The print newsletter included … Continue reading Do donors a favor; create opportunities to give

Join the club: how friendships raise $

There are good ships and wood ships, and ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships, may they always be! Irish proverbs may seem an unlikely place to look for fundraising advice, but alas! An integral part of fundraising is developing relationships and perhaps even friendships with donors. As the Fundraising Authority … Continue reading Join the club: how friendships raise $

Grow your own individual donors!

We are here to chime in on everyone’s favorite topic over this past month: POLITICS. The talk of the town has been Pence’s war on Planned Parenthood (and the subsequent retaliation by donors giving in his name) but what does an administration change mean for other nonprofit organizations? Every administration change in the United States … Continue reading Grow your own individual donors!

How to throw a fundraising event that's not boring

A few years ago I went to an event of an organization with a $10 million budget. While tying my tie I had that giddy feeling only fellow fundraisers can understand; I was ready to nab some best practices from an organization that has a fundraising staff of 15+ to use at my future events! … Continue reading How to throw a fundraising event that's not boring

Best practices: get your nonprofit back in the game

Want to learn how to be better at your fundraising job? Listen to this podcast. I can hear Malcolm Gladwell lamenting, “what’s a podcast about free throws have to do with fundraising for my nonprofit?” Well glad you asked Gladwell; the underlying message about resisting change  is easily transferable to the nonprofit sector. The episode … Continue reading Best practices: get your nonprofit back in the game

Annual Appeal: Embracing the Individual Donor

Holiday bells are ringing, the smell of grandma’s homemade fruitcake is in the air, eggnog is flowing, and the purse strings are being loosened. You know what that means- it’s annual appeal time. Annual appeals only come once a year, at a time when over a quarter of all giving occurs.  So how do you … Continue reading Annual Appeal: Embracing the Individual Donor

Timing is everything: Making the most of your Annual Appeal

Once upon a time, I worked for an organization that exemplified why best practices are a necessity when timing an annual appeal. They were a great organization that helped many needy kids in Boston… Let’s call them the Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good … Continue reading Timing is everything: Making the most of your Annual Appeal