12 Lessons for Fundraising According to Disney©

  Great stories not only entertain us but can provide some pretty good lessons.   Some of those lessons are great life lessons about finding answers inside yourself, being authentic, and fulfilling your life’s purpose.   Ever since I was little, I have loved Disney movies. As an adult, I giggle at the more advanced30

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Ask for this, not that

What you say when you ask for money largely determines whether or not you’ll get a donation.   Bore people or make your request confusing, and the answer likely will be ‘no,’ though you won’t ever hear that from a donor.  They simply won’t respond.   Of course, you already know what happens when you30

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Nail the Nonprofit Non-Ask with these 9 ideas

If you’re going to be successful in fundraising, you must learn to nail the nonprofit non-ask.   What’s a non-ask?   It’s an interaction with your donor that doesn’t ask for anything.   In the language of Get Fully Funded, we call it a warm touch.   Its sole purpose is to make the donor30

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12 Must-Read Fundraising Blogs for New, Young, and Small Nonprofits

There’s an old saying that the more you learn, the more you earn.   It’s true in business and in nonprofit, too.   Those who continually learn or “sharpen the saw” make better decisions, come up with better ideas, and execute their plans better than those who don’t.   The only problem is that there’s30

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3 critical fundraising goals every small nonprofit should focus on in 2018

It’s a new year and time for some new goals for your small nonprofit.   Without goals, it’s tough to raise the money you need to fund your programs.   When there’s no targeted result, it’s tough to know when you’ve crossed the finish line.   But, what if you’re not sure what your fundraising30

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The Best of Nonprofit Fundraising: Top 10 articles of 2017

  Every week, we work hard to bring you an info-rich article with practical, ready-to-use information for fundraising in the small nonprofit.   Here are the top 10 most popular nonprofit fundraising articles from 2017.     1. How do I ask strangers for money? If you like cold-calling, go right ahead. If not, get some ideas30

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Fundraising Truth #7: Your fundraising nonprofit will never outgrow your ability to lead it

  Your small fundraising nonprofit depends on your leadership ability to survive and grow.   It’s like this: every garden has a farmer.   Someone has to have a vision for the garden and what it can produce.   Someone has to plan what to plant and where so the soil isn’t overtaxed.   Someone30

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Fundraising Truth #6: Your search for funding may have you barking up the wrong tree

&nbsp: It’s the middle of December. &nbsp: Tons of nonprofits are out there asking for money. I bet you’ve noticed. &nbsp: Are you getting your share? &nbsp: Do you know where to search for funding for your nonprofit? &nbsp: And not just little bits, but amounts that put you over goal like my clients Lisa,30

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Fundraising Truth #5: A written fundraising plan puts you on the path to success

  A fundraising plan changes your likelihood of success.   I can’t think of any big, successful nonprofit that got to where they are now without a plan.   Having a written fundraising plan moves you from being reactive to proactive which keeps you moving purposefully toward your goals.   A plan can keep you30

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Fundraising Truth #4: Take care of your geese to keep the golden eggs coming

Do your donors and prospects respond when you write to them? Or do you hear crickets?   Here’s the problem: Time.   Or rather, lack of time.   Being crunched for time is the enemy of fundraising.   We all are so busy that we don’t have the luxury of time to think. Time to30

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