10 Steps to Secure Your Nonprofit’s Future Success

  Success is not about being lucky. It’s about being prepared.   For new, young, and small nonprofits, it’s about systems and working smarter, not harder.   You see, success doesn’t come in a tidal wave. Success comes in slowly, like a pond gently rising from lots of Spring rain.   Simply, success is in30

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How to create a wildly successful fundraising committee

  One of the best ways to get work done for your nonprofit is with extra hands. Think about it: You’re one person. You can only do so much.   There’s a limit to the amount of work you can do during the day.   And I’m really sure you have more to do than30

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4 things you should ALWAYS include in your donor newsletter

  Most nonprofits rely on their newsletter to communicate with donors.   They slap it together, click “send,” and mark the item off the old “To Do” list.   The problem is that most nonprofit newsletters are crap.   They’re a waste of time for the reader.   They’re boring, full of jargon, and written30

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7 time leaks that are zapping your productivity

  Your most precious resource is time.   If you had more time, you could get more done. Right? More time to get organized.   More time to plan.   More time to respond to email and voice mail.   More time to THINK and not rush through everything (can I get an amen?).  30

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5 tricks for writing better fundraising emails

  Wouldn’t fundraising be easier if people actually opened and read the emails you send?   You already know most of your list isn’t engaging with you through email. And it’s frustrating.   According to Mail Chimp, the average open rate for emails sent from nonprofits is about 26%.   That means ¾ of your30

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The #1 Reason Why You Should be Thanking Volunteers Next 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.30

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Fundraising isn’t about the ASK: It’s about these 35 spots

Most people think fundraising is all about asking. It is and it’s not.   Fundraising – and I mean good, sustainable, donor-based fundraising – happens in all the little things that lead up to the ask.   It’s a lot like gardening.   You don’t pick the fruit on the day you plant the seeds.30

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10 Tips for Rocking Your Next Nonprofit Speaking Gig

  One of the BEST ways to raise awareness and find new donors is to get out and speak to groups in your community.   A successful talk can bring new supporters, volunteers, donations, and maybe even additional speaking opportunities.   It’s also a great way to spread the word about your organization and reach30

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6 Tips to Get Hiring Right When You Grow Your Nonprofit Team

  Congratulations! Your nonprofit is growing and it’s time to get help.   Getting help isn’t always easy, especially if you like being in control. The key is to realize that you can still be in control AND get help – you can structure jobs so the person is doing what you need them to30

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5 Old Fundraising Tactics Still Work Today (and 4 that don’t)

  Everything changes over time. Fundraising is no exception.   When I look back on my early days of fundraising (nearly 20 years ago), I see there are things we did then that we don’t do now. And vice versa.   When you’re new (or newish) to fundraising, it’s easy to choose something that you30

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