Create a flawless online donation receipt with this 11-point template

There are two parts to any donation: 1) the donor gives and 2) you receive the donation and thank the donor. We call it the cycle of giving.   It doesn’t matter if the donation is made online, through the mail, in person, or by carrier pigeon, you need to thank the donor and provide

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Knock-Your-Socks-Off Fundraising Training & Coaching

One of my great joys is to share what I’ve learned about successful fundraising and communication with as many people and nonprofits as possible. I love delivering fundraising training that helps you raise enough money to do your important work –with ease, and maybe, even joy. Unfortunately, I can’t be everywhere. So, this week I’ve […]

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How to start a monthly giving program for your small nonprofit

One of the best ways to create consistent, monthly income for your nonprofit is through monthly giving. It works like magic – people sign up and their donations show up like clockwork, right on time each month. These days, people are used to signing up for monthly subscriptions for things like Netflix. The bad

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School auction theme: Green for St. Patrick’s Day

I recently found some auction photos and videos I never posted from 2016. One school auction video seems perfect to highlight this week as St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated this weekend. The Green Gate Gala is so named because of a green gate found on the Catholic school’s campus. The school color is green.Read On >

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What words should you use to get people to donate?

Your words matter when you’re asking people to donate. If you inspire people, you’ll get a gift. If you bore people or confuse them, you won’t. It’s pretty simple. This means you can’t just slap anything on a page, send it to a donor, and expect great results.  (Maybe you’ve experienced this with a

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How to create your new nonprofit’s first budget

When your nonprofit is new, a budget is a critical tool to help you manage both your organization and your finances as it grows. A budget combined with a fundraising plan can help you make sure there’s always money to pay for the things you need to operate your programs. Without a budget, you

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Share More Stories. Raise More Money.

As I work coaching clients who are the impact speaker for a special event, or the executive director whose job it is to inspire others to make a contribution, I am privileged to hear some very personal stories. Some of these stories are long with lots of twists and turns to them. My job is to help the client or staff shorten their story to its emotional essence.

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What comes first – start the program or look for funding for the program?

When it’s time for your nonprofit to meet a need, do you start a program then go seek funding or start by getting funding before you start the program? It’s the old “chicken or the egg” dilemma. The truth is that it’s hard to get money without clearly defined programs and proven success. You’re

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