Will one story to help you raise big money? Absolutely. In today’s fast-paced world, what you say to get attention matters, a lot. I believe our job is to be translators rather than money raisers. We translate our mission into bit-size messages to cut through the daily noise. What are the right words to say […]Continue reading
You have just 65 fundraising days left in 2019. If you want to raise more money, one story you MUST tell before year-end is what it takes to help one person. The story to stay away from is how much help you need to reach your goal. Instead, talk to your donors, volunteers and entire community […]
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THE most important thing missing from your stories is your vision for doing MORE. If I don’t know what more could happen, I’m not likely to increase my gift or give again.
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Do you work your butt off every day and still feel like you’re not making an impact? The Influential Executive Director Series was designed for smart, busy people exactly like you. It takes the guess work out of wondering when you’ll have time to plan for big growth. We’ll do it…together!
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Fundraising fulfills the aspirations of our supporters. Asking for the gift, then, must create a memorable asking experience. Before you ask for a contribution by mail, text, email, or in person ask these 5 important questions: 1. How are we causing people to feel with this invitation? 2. Will this feel like an special invitation […]
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Where will you be October 28-30? I’ll be helping people tell emotionally-connecting stories at the annual Nonprofit Storytelling Conference – in sunny San Diego. You’ve never experienced a session like this before at the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference! I’m honored to be invited back to create the first #npstoryconf story SLAM! Like in a poetry […]Continue reading
It’s time for a Mission Moment Monday! Today our focus is on urgency and empathy. I recently spoke with Jeff Peterson, Development Director of Forgotten Children Worldwide and his colleague Kelsey Schwartz, Media & Communications Director. This year they’ve been working on changing their “report-like” stories to stories that evoke more urgency and empathy. Part […]
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Your supporter community wants to feel they are helping your organization do something you could not do without them. But the key here is: They have to KNOW what it is you want them to do, and for you to tell them that, you really need to KNOW who you’re talking to.Continue reading