4 specific tips for each stage of the ask

When it comes down to it, successful fundraising is about successfully executing the basics. When you want to raise money for something, be sure to do these fundraising basics: Research Remember, run your dollar goal through a gift range calculator. This helps you know what levels of gifts to be looking for. Engage Before you

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We’re not selling t-shirts

Fundraising isn’t just about raising money one time. If it were, we could sell t-shirts. Fundraising is about connecting values – the values of donors with the values of your cause. Sure, there are times when we just need the transactional. We need to pay the bills. But when all we do is transactional, we

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Doubt in fundraising isn’t surprising – it just might be a gift

There are a number of misconceptions about what being a successful nonprofit leader and fundraiser looks like. One of the most common is that the leader needs to be 100% confident. Completely sure about themselves at all times. If they aren’t sure, how can they ask donors to give? Looking in all the wrong places

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3 Things to do Now to Successfully Finish Year-end Fundraising

There is so much information on year-end fundraising out there right now. And, let’s face it, so many of us are tired. Ready to stop. But if you run a nonprofit or run nonprofit fundraising, this is not the time to take two weeks off. Here’s the advice I gave subscribers to my weekly coaching

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Thanking donors is NOT an activity report

Fundraising is filled with things that seem to make sense, but don’t. One of those areas is when it comes to thanking donors. When we thank donors, we think we need to prove to them that we did great work. So we fill our donor newsletters with Statistics (we fed X many people) Staff accomplishments

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Asking is (almost) more about listening

In the last few weeks, I’ve had interesting conversations with people about asking. CEOs who think that asking is a “schpeal” – a precise formula of words that will get the prospect to give generously. Or that asking is a step by step process so precise that they can let the staff do the relationship

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Leadership and Fundraising in a Pandemic

This week, I was honored to be the guest on Eliz Greene and Thom Singer’s show, The Webinar Talk Show. We talked about leadership, fundraising, events, and sales in a pandemic. I loved Eliz’s story about a fundraising appeal that wowed her. And Thom’s observations on the similarities with the process of nonprofit fundraising and

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How NOT to write a fundraising letter

Have you ever written a fundraising letter? A fundraising letter you felt really proud about? One that presented your nonprofit in an amazing light. That showed how good you were working in your cause. One that was sure to convince donors to give to you? I have too. And I bet your fundraising letter hardly

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[Guest Posts] 10 Tips for Creating a Highly Effective Planned Giving Appeal

Today’s guest post is from planned giving expert Tony Martignetti. Tony is the host of Nonprofit Radio and the creator of the Planned Giving Accelerator. Both as staff and as a consultant, he’s helped nonprofits raise over $100 million. You can follow him on Twitter @TonyMartignetti 10 Tips for Creating a Highly Effective Planned Giving

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