You may need a new fundraising strategy to keep your small nonprofit growing

Sometimes, no matter what fundraising strategy you try or how hard you work, you just can’t seem to raise enough money. It’s like you’ve hit a wall. What used to work just isn’t productive anymore. Or what you’ve seen work for others doesn’t work for you. It’s frustrating and can leave you feeling inadequate,

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Fundraising with an eye to the future

In nonprofit fundraising, the constant pressure to raise more with fewer resources can be so all consuming that we forget to step back and look at future trends. To help us break out of that, we recently had fundraising futurist Trista Harris in The Nonprofit Academy. Having run an endowment through the toughest economic time

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Successful Nonprofit Communication

Your supporter community wants to feel they are helping your organization do something you could not do without them. But the key here is: They have to KNOW what it is you want them to do, and for you to tell them that, you really need to KNOW who you’re talking to.

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What you need to know BEFORE you start a nonprofit

Setting a good foundation is important in any endeavor, but especially when you start a nonprofit. Good preparation can mean the difference between vibrant programs, happy donors, community support and…disaster. You’re here reading this so obviously you’re the kind of person that understands the importance of taking all the right steps from the very

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10 features every nonprofit website should have

Nonprofits operate with thin budgets and they may be tempted by the affordability of a DIY approach when it comes to building or redesigning their website. Website builders like WordPress, SquareSpace and Weebly have made it easier for those with less tech skills to be successful. But even if you hire a web designer,

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100% Board Giving: How to get your nonprofit Board members to give

“How can I get my nonprofit Board members to give?” I bet you’ve asked this question yourself. As well you should. Your Board should be giving. It’s part of their job. As leaders of your organization, they should be the FIRST ones to make a donation. Yet some don’t. Why is that? Why don’t

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How to effectively interact with donors

So many fundraising problems can be solved by interacting with donors. Getting to know them. Asking about their interests. Learning their stories. I call it “seeing donors in their natural habitat.” But if you’ve had years and years of only focusing on your nonprofit and what you do and how great your staff is, interacting

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