Why your fundraising stories don’t work

During my time as a leadership and fundraising coach, I’ve helped thousands of nonprofit leaders clarify their fundraising stories. Nearly all make the same mistake: they forget the audience – the donors. Take hospitals for instance. Have you ever asked hospital leaders and fundraisers what the most important story they should be telling to donors?

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Don’t Disappoint. Properly Thank Your Donors.

Teaching nonprofit staff how to communicate to cause donors to be inspired to give again is my work and passion. So, please remember, inspiring donors starts with the quality of donor thanking.

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How to build your first nonprofit Board

Building your first nonprofit Board is both fun and challenging. It’s a huge opportunity to pull in people who can help you launch your dream and fulfill your nonprofit’s purpose. For some people, it’s the first time they ask for help, which can be a bit unnerving and make the process challenging. The big

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[Question Marc] What is a good voicemail script for fundraising?

QUESTION: What should I do when I call potential donors but only reach their voicemail? Should I leave a message? If yes, whats a good “script.” MY ANSWER: Great question. Years ago, the norm was to not leave a voicemail the first couple times. Only maybe on the third attempt. But now with caller ID and

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5 Tech Strategies for Making a Multi-Channel Fundraising Ask

You already know the importance of fundraising for your nonprofit. Without financial means, it’s more difficult—or even impossible—to achieve your mission. To get there, you’ll need to perfect the art of making a fundraising ask. That is, the process of soliciting your donors and securing gifts for your cause. But, what is the most effective

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Common Fundraising Mistake: Talking Too Much

It’s true, when we’re nervous we tend to talk too much, to ramble.

Asking for a contribution makes most people nervous which causes rambling. Put these together, and we have the perfect storm to make the most common fundraising mistake: talking too much.

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9 nonprofit leadership skills every Founder & Director must master

Growing a nonprofit takes more than just passion: you also need creativity, persistence, and a handful of nonprofit leadership skills to guide your organization through the growth years. Without good leadership, everything falls apart. It’s like a band with no director – everyone is playing their own song and together it’s just noise instead

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