Excellent Example: Meaningful and Personal Donor Thanking

How much time do you spend thinking about donor thanking? Even the simple task of thanking can make a difference in keeping donors connected. Why? When donors feeling special they stick around longer and give more.

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How to Have the Most Successful Fall Fundraising Season Possible

It’s summer and I know some of you are relaxing and enjoying this very precious downtime. Good for you! However, I also know a bunch of you are at the office working your butts off and wondering how you’re going to get the fall fundraising results you want. Good for you, too!

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What Makes You Uncomfortable Makes Your Donors Uncomfortable

What should I say to get Ms. Kent to make a bigger contribution?

How do I ask for more money?

What will move the Gibson’s up the donor pyramid?

Yikes. These questions make me uncomfortable.

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Mission Moment Monday – Ignite Your Fundraising Results

Coaching people to share powerful, action-causing stories is my passion. The most exciting outcome for those invited into the June/July class — they collectively raised more than $161,400 in 7 weeks!

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Using Excel: Keep Donor Data Ready for a Database Import

Whether you already use a donor database or not, somewhere, lurking on someone’s computer is a list (or many!) of donor information.

It could be event attendees, volunteer lists, your list of donors prior to having a database, OR information your volunteer is helping track from a specific campaign.

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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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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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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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