5 Things You Should Never Write in a Thank You Letter

Thank you.   They’re two simple words, yet critically important to fundraising.   You see, thanking donors isn’t just a task you need to get done so you can mark it off your list.   Neglecting to thank donors upon receipt of a gift is not only rude, but it sends the wrong messages to30

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Can you fundraise in the face of disasters like Hurricane Harvey?

In this morning’s note to my weekly Fundraising Kick coaching email subscribers, I offered two ways to respond to a tragedy like the devastation people are experiencing in Texas because of Hurricane Harvey. This message is so timely, I am sharing it here as well. If you turn on any news channel, you have undoubtedly

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Fundraising Lessons from the Inspired Fundraising Retreat

  The Inspired Fundraising Retreat was a mind-blowing, game-changing 3-day event designed to get people thinking about how to raise more money for their nonprofit’s important work.   With our focus on donors and donor relationships, we covered growing your donor base, messaging your work in a motivational way, building relationships in manageable steps, and30

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More Storytelling Questions Answered

I get asked A LOT of questions. Most are about sharing powerful stories, some more general. This week I’ve collected a few more questions from web classes I’ve delivered in the past two weeks.

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Running a Successful Text-to-Give Campaign: 7 Best Practices

Text giving campaigns have become incredibly popular fundraisers with the public’s increasing love for smartphones. And as a nonprofit, how you could pass up the opportunity to capitalize on your supporters’ favorite piece of technology? There are plenty of skills to master when it comes to your text-to-give campaign, and there’s a lot of information30

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Your Nonprofit Storytelling Questions Answered

Recently I was honored to be invited to deliver a web class for Firespring the superstar website folks. We talked about Powerfully Sharing Stories to Attract and Retain Your Donors.

Since there were a few questions asked during the session that relate to many of you I thought I’d share my answers here.

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Breaking the rules: This Martha’s Vineyard auction succeeds by doing things differently.

Here’s a benefit auction that breaks the rules. Their successful formula is an afternoon event with a low $25 ticket, a casual dress code and no food.

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5 Ways to Rise Above Your Competition when Writing Grants

This weeks article was written by Sheri Chaney Jones from Measurement Resources Company.   There are no participation trophies when it comes to grant funding.  Some organizations will win the funding and others will not.  Organizations that consistently get funded start from the funder’s perspective when developing the application.   Winning applicants understand that funders30

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From Lurkers to Supporters to Advocates:

How to Win More Donors and Cultivate Better Relationships By Dana Ostomel       With a crowdfunding campaign, your number one goal is to raise money—that’s a no-brainer. But have you considered that crowdfunding can help you accomplish other goals as well? I’ve had organizations tell me, “Of course we want to fundraise (with30

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Charitable Solicitations Registration – An Overview

This weeks article was written by Greg McRay from The Foundation Group.     One of the least understood compliance issues facing nonprofits is charitable solicitations registration. Consequently, this also makes it the filing that an organization is most likely to be delinquent concerning.  And that’s a recipe for trouble…trouble that is unnecessary and totally30

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