10 Best Practices to Raise More with Your Year-end Appeal

After helping thousands of nonprofit organizations increase their year-end appeals from 5% to more than 60% I’ve learned what works. If you want to raise more with your year-end appeal this is not a “pick & choose” list.

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Why Donors Stop Giving

The truth to why your donors stop giving is that they lose interest. They don’t feel their gift matters enough to keep giving it.

I recently talked with the team at a large nonprofit and discovered that other than the thank you letter or email after a contribution, there is no other communication with donors until it’s time to ask for another gift. Yikes!

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Overcoming the Fear of Fundraising

Once upon a time there was a passionate CEO of a nonprofit organization. We’ll call her Susan. She wanted to make a bigger impact in the world by helping more men, women, and children. Susan’s gift was her ability to envision and design amazing programming that built confidence and helped even the most awkward, shy […]

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What Do Your Donors Say About YOU?

If you want to raise more money.

Listen.

My recommendation to anyone in the Executive or Development Director positions is to make time every day to call 3-5 long-time or first-time supporters and listen. Yes, it’s a lot of calls a week.

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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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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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Is Anyone Paying Attention to Your Messages?

Your nonprofit has a Facebook page, an Instagram account and maybe someone on your staff regularly writes blog posts with mission moment impact stories. You’re doing all the work to get noticed, right?

But are your messages breaking through the noise?

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Here’s How to Get the Best Fall Fundraising Results Possible

As I mentioned a few months ago, doing your work alone IS harder. Really, it is. That’s why I’m inviting you to spend the next eight weeks with me. I know exactly what it is that will help you have the most successful fall fundraising season possible.

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A Bunch of Free Stuff to Help Your Nonprofit Fundraising

Who doesn’t like something for free? This week I’ve collected a few excellent free resources for you to use and reuse. I’ve included online trainings, articles, worksheets, templates, and best practices.

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