Fundraising in an age of coronavirus (Covid-19)

If you’re one of my private coaching clients, you’ve already heard me ask: what preparations are you making for the possibility that your fundraising event might be canceled due to the coronavirus (now officially called Covid-19)? The numbers of coronavirus seem to still be low outside of China. But reports are that the current total

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Create a system for expressing gratitude

Do you have a system for expressing gratitude? For telling your nonprofit’s donors how grateful you are for their support? In my weekly coaching email, Fundraising Kick, we’ve been looking at systems we use in fundraising. Using a system allows you to make a decision one time, rather than needing to make decisions with each and

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[Guest Post] Expanding Your Money Mindset

Changing the way you think about money is a vital key to becoming successful at fundraising. In this guest post, Andrea Waltz points out an important area for us to address. Andrea is the author of “Go for No! Yes is the destination, No is how you get there” – an important book in helping

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Book review – 10 Simple Fundraising Lessons

One of the joys of being a speaker and executive coach is that people send me their books. I have such a long reading list, that I usually take a l-o-n-g time reading the ones that are sent to me. I’m glad I didn’t wait to read Jim Eskin’s. (It definitely helped that he sent

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A surprising way to better fundraising

Improving fundraising is a never-ending quest for nonprofit leaders. But recent research shows a startling discovery on how to make your fundraising better. In “The Wake Up Call,” researchers Dr. Adrian Sargeant and Harriet Day researched leadership styles and their connection to successful fundraising. In the course of their research, they made a remarkable finding:

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You’ll LOVE Working On Your Case for Support!

We’re honored to have case for support writing expert Jen Love show us exactly how to write a compelling case. In this post, she shares the formula they use! You can learn more about Jen at AgentsofGood.org and follow her on Twitter @agentjenlove You’ll LOVE Working on Your Case! by Jen Love What if I

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Get over your discomfort and politely ask for money

I recently tweeted “your discomfort with asking is getting in the way of a donor’s joy in giving. So get out of the way!” (Click here to tweet that.) Since then, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to get over the discomfort! How to politely ask for money Too often, our own

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Impact Storytelling – translating data to action

Today I was honored to give a webinar with CiviCore on data and impactful stories. I shared one researcher’s experience with stumbling on to a form of a story. Then look at studies about using statistics in fundraising versus not using any statistics. We saw images that viscerally illustrated the studies’ findings. Then using classic

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[Guest Post] The Recipe for Nonprofit Committee Failure

Today’s guest post is from Kim Donahue. Kim is the resident governance expert at Boardable. In a fun tongue-in-cheek tone, she shares a perfect formula for making sure your board committees don’t work! And she knows. With over 30 years of nonprofit experience, Kim was named one of the “100 Community Heroes” by the United

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