Finding Your Money Story for Your Nonprofit

Quickly, do you know exactly where your organization is, at this point in the year, in meeting your annual fundraising goals?

Does everyone?

Do you talk about your “growth” budget with your board and your donors? Are you regularly sharing your vision for making a bigger impact and what that will take financially?

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7 critical mistakes to avoid when communicating with donors

  Messaging is a key ingredient in successful fundraising.   No matter if you’re asking for money or building a donor relationship, what you say and how you say it will either grab the donor’s attention or push them away.   Your words are a turn on or a turn off.   It’s kind of30

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10 weird things that happen when you grow your donor base

The key to long-term, sustainable fundraising is having a big donor base of people who WANT to support your nonprofit’s mission.   But when you’re new (or newish) to fundraising, it can be tricky to find ideal new donors.   Not just any donor will do – you want people who love your nonprofit’s mission30

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I think “hotel silent auctions” are scammy — what do you think?

Hotel silent auctions are NOT auctions, so let’s rename them: Maybe “Pop-up Shops for the Public Good” (whereby a portion of each sale benefits charity).

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Meaningful Nonprofit Donor Experience: Habitat for Humanity Women Build Day

What are the best ways to create a meaningful nonprofit donor experience? A Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Women Build day I participated in hit-the-nail-on-the-head, so to speak, in every way.

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4 Steps to Successful Year-End Fundraising

Happy Summer!   It’s time for vacations, cookouts, and…. Planning your year-end fundraising campaign!   Yeah, you read that right. And I know what you’re thinking – it’s WAY too early to bother with fundraising during the holidays.   Actually, it’s not. For three reasons:   You need plenty of time to plan things out. No one30

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What are You Doing with Your Portion of $410 Billion?

Last week Giving USA released their annual giving report with excellent news: Charitable Giving in the U.S. was more than $400 billion in 2017 for the first time, ever. That’s a 5% increase over 2016.

Why? Economy is strong and the stock market is performing well — for now.

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