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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How to get Board members to step up to a leadership role

Your Board exists to provide leadership for your nonprofit.   Whether you have a working Board, a governing Board or something in between, your Board is meant to fill some key roles for your organization.   Individual Board members have the responsibility to bring their time, talent, and treasure to the table, to benefit the

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Simplifying nonprofit strategic planning for beginners 

  Nonprofit strategic planning does not have to be complicated or time consuming.   Yet most people cringe at the thought of doing it.   Probably because we’ve participated in the process at some point – sequestered in a room with our Board and staff, doing exercises on flip charts with sticky notes or dots,

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What successful grant seekers know that grant strugglers don’t 

Grants can be a vital component of a successful fundraising plan and generate a big chunk of income for your nonprofit.   But if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can be hard and those grant awards can be elusive.   So, what does it take to get grants? What do the successful grant

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3 keys to turn your fundraising event into a 6-figure success

Fundraising events are a lot of work.   For most nonprofits, they don’t generate nearly enough revenue to be worth the time, effort, and money invested.   Yet other nonprofits have 6 and 7-figure events that attract all the big donors in town and are talked about for weeks afterward.   How do they do

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A game of 20 questions for small nonprofits trying to grow

Fundraising people are full of questions.   Who, where, when, why, how much….. asking to seek knowledge and find ways to generate the revenue their nonprofit needs.   Questions are a good thing. They help you learn.   When you ask the right question, you can get information you need to make decisions.   But30

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