How to prevent donor fatigue in a small nonprofit

Donor fatigue is real and it’s hurting lots of small nonprofits that are over-asking their donors without balancing those asks with enough feel-good interactions. Some experts say donor fatigue is a myth. Others say it’s an excuse used by lazy fundraisers to justify their poor results. I say it’s a real phenomenon that occurs

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How to thank nonprofit volunteers during National Volunteer Week

Volunteers are an important resource for any nonprofit. There’s no way you can do everything yourself to run your organization. It’s just not physically possible. While you’re in growth mode, volunteers can help you get things done, deliver services, run your programs, and help with the thousand little things that must be done. Volunteers

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Create a flawless online donation receipt with this 11-point template

There are two parts to any donation: 1) the donor gives and 2) you receive the donation and thank the donor. We call it the cycle of giving.   It doesn’t matter if the donation is made online, through the mail, in person, or by carrier pigeon, you need to thank the donor and provide

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How to start a monthly giving program for your small nonprofit

One of the best ways to create consistent, monthly income for your nonprofit is through monthly giving. It works like magic – people sign up and their donations show up like clockwork, right on time each month. These days, people are used to signing up for monthly subscriptions for things like Netflix. The bad

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What words should you use to get people to donate?

Your words matter when you’re asking people to donate. If you inspire people, you’ll get a gift. If you bore people or confuse them, you won’t. It’s pretty simple. This means you can’t just slap anything on a page, send it to a donor, and expect great results.  (Maybe you’ve experienced this with a

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How to create your new nonprofit’s first budget

When your nonprofit is new, a budget is a critical tool to help you manage both your organization and your finances as it grows. A budget combined with a fundraising plan can help you make sure there’s always money to pay for the things you need to operate your programs. Without a budget, you

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What comes first – start the program or look for funding for the program?

When it’s time for your nonprofit to meet a need, do you start a program then go seek funding or start by getting funding before you start the program? It’s the old “chicken or the egg” dilemma. The truth is that it’s hard to get money without clearly defined programs and proven success. You’re

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6 steps for finding corporate sponsors for your next fundraising event

The best way to add money to the bottom line of your fundraising event is through corporate sponsors.   It’s simple really: The more sponsors you have, the more money you’ll net.   You’ll also gain credibility as you promote your event because of the businesses already supporting it as sponsors.   Having sponsors means

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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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