Have you seen memes like this circulating online? There are many variations of memes referencing different professions. It reminded me of a conversation I had with a medical doctor at a fundraiser this summer. I was working on behalf of the Leukemia an…Continue reading
Every single nonprofit that engages in fundraising will, at some point, face the task of selecting the best Donor Management/CRM System for the organization. This task does NOT need to be daunting! After all, we are living in an age where more information than we will ever need is literally a few keystrokes away.
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Will one story to help you raise big money? Absolutely. In today’s fast-paced world, what you say to get attention matters, a lot. I believe our job is to be translators rather than money raisers. We translate our mission into bit-size messages to cut through the daily noise. What are the right words to say […]Continue reading
Successful fundraising depends on keeping your nonprofit donor database clean. You’ve probably heard the saying “garbage in, garbage out.” And it’s true. Clean data gives you the best shot at reaching people, prevents offending donors with misspelled names, and keeps you from wasting money on bad addresses. With today’s highly mobile workforce and employee
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If you’ve been in the nonprofit sector for at least a couple of years, then you understand many board members don’t like to raise money. But, while it might make things challenging, it is understandable. In other words, most people don’t feel comfortable asking friends, colleagues, and family for money. And, this remains trueContinue reading
You have just 65 fundraising days left in 2019. If you want to raise more money, one story you MUST tell before year-end is what it takes to help one person. The story to stay away from is how much help you need to reach your goal. Instead, talk to your donors, volunteers and entire community […]
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If there’s one thing that can drag down a small nonprofit, it’s a broken Board, especially when it’s your nonprofit’s first Board of Directors. Maybe you’ve been there – busting your can to grow your small nonprofit and you’ve got Board members who don’t show up, don’t want to lift a finger to help,Continue reading
A few years ago — maybe 5 years ago, but not more than 10 — I started to hear chatter about involving young professionals (YP) at the fundraising gala. “We need to get the younger generation involved,” was the general vibe. In p…Continue reading
THE most important thing missing from your stories is your vision for doing MORE. If I don’t know what more could happen, I’m not likely to increase my gift or give again.
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The holidays are coming soon and that means you need to be ready to make the most of it, from having your year-end fundraising plan outlined to getting your nonprofit website ready to receive donations. If you’re like most people, you haven’t looked at your website in a while. But you should. Many donor
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