The 4 stages of donor relationships and how to WOW them at each stage

“It’s like you don’t understand me at all.”   I bet you’ve said that at some point in your life. Or heard it.   It’s frustrating when you feel misunderstood.   We tend to leave or end relationships when the other person doesn’t get us.   Heck, I left a marriage years ago because my

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The Small Nonprofit’s Guide to Budgeting

Budgets. Ugh.   Not everyone’s favorite topic.   Yet a budget is a critical tool in managing your nonprofit.   And way too many small nonprofits operate without one.   A nonprofit budget can bring so many positives: Finances are much easier to manage because you know what expenses and revenue to expect. Success is

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The ONE change you need for a Great New Year

It’s the new year and time to make resolutions for a better year. Or not. Personally, I don’t like making resolutions. It just feels too hard to stick to them. My goals are always too lofty and I fall short within a few days, then I feel like a failure. Or I’m so busy still

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Year-End Round Up: Top 10 Articles of 2018

As the year winds down, I thought we’d take a look back at some of the most popular posts on the Get Fully Funded blog this year.   Catch them now if you missed them earlier, or re-read them to see if there’s more you can glean.   1. 10 year-end fundraising mistakes to avoid: https://getfullyfunded.com/2018/09/04/10-year-end-fundraising-mistakes-to-avoid/

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6 questions to help you find the perfect grants for your nonprofit

By Susan Caldwell   Grants are a great part of a healthy fundraising program.   Having a full grant pipeline means funding for programs, projects, and equipment for your nonprofit.   Last year, U.S. foundations gave away over $88 billion according to the National Center of Charitable Statistics. That sounds like a lot of money.

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The Best of Giving Tuesday 2018

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media. It’s celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the US and gives many a chance to focus on charitable giving for the holidays. Some nonprofits think Giving Tuesday is a waste of time. I say if they have no plan, they’re

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17 tips to make better fundraising videos

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then video must be worth millions.   Actually, Forrester Research says one minute of video is worth 1.8 million words.   Think about that.   Think about the impact it has on donors when they can see your nonprofit in action in video.   If you’re already using

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8 Tips to Strengthen Your Grant Budget

One of the most critical yet most neglected parts of a successful grant is the budget.   And hey, I get it. Not everyone is a ‘numbers’ person.   But here’s the truth: your grant must explain your request in both words and numbers.   In other words, your grant budget must paint the financial

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7 MUST DOS when thanking donors

Thanking donors is not the end – it’s the beginning. And you need to get it right if you want donors to give again.   You see, thanking donors is THE most important step in fundraising.   It lets the donor know you received their gift and have set it to work. It completes the Cycle of Giving.

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10 Fundraising Lessons from Harry Potter

There are life lessons to be learned nearly everywhere you look. And as people trying to raise more money to change the world, we need those lessons, especially the ones that inspire and uplift us!   The beloved books and movies of JK Rowling teach us many things about life, love, and loyalty, and are

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