13 mistakes that cripple your fundraising plan

Raising all the money you need to fully fund your budget doesn’t happen by accident – You need a plan.   Planning for many people is like trying to grab smoke – you can see it, but when you try to touch it, it disappears.   The good news is that planning doesn’t have to30

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How you might be killing donor relationships (and what to do instead)

If you want ongoing, sustainable, repeatable, predictable revenue for your nonprofit, you MUST take care of your donors.   There’s no way around it.   If you were a farmer and wanted a steady supply of milk from your cow, you’d have to take care of your cow, right?   You’d have to feed her30

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7 critical mistakes to avoid when communicating with donors

  Messaging is a key ingredient in successful fundraising.   No matter if you’re asking for money or building a donor relationship, what you say and how you say it will either grab the donor’s attention or push them away.   Your words are a turn on or a turn off.   It’s kind of30

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10 weird things that happen when you grow your donor base

The key to long-term, sustainable fundraising is having a big donor base of people who WANT to support your nonprofit’s mission.   But when you’re new (or newish) to fundraising, it can be tricky to find ideal new donors.   Not just any donor will do – you want people who love your nonprofit’s mission30

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4 Steps to Successful Year-End Fundraising

Happy Summer!   It’s time for vacations, cookouts, and…. Planning your year-end fundraising campaign!   Yeah, you read that right. And I know what you’re thinking – it’s WAY too early to bother with fundraising during the holidays.   Actually, it’s not. For three reasons:   You need plenty of time to plan things out. No one30

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Nail Online Giving With These Tips and Tools

Raising money online seems like a great idea.   It’s free (or seems to be at first glance) and easy – you set up a campaign and people come find you to give, right?   Not really.   Online fundraising CAN be effective, but it’s a lot more complicated than it appears.   It’s more30

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5 Steps to Building Your First Productive, Working Board

For new, young, and small nonprofits, the Board of Directors provides leadership and governance for the organization. They’re there to help grow the organization and fulfill the mission.   That means they need to get involved – serve on committee, open doors, and bring their skills to the table.   When it works, it’s great.30

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7 ways to find your first (or next) nonprofit speaking gig

One of your greatest challenges as a new, young, or small nonprofit is to raise awareness about your mission and your work.   And one of the best ways to meet that challenge to spread the word about your good cause is to go out and speak. Speaking can provide you with great benefits like30

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3 ideas for turning your Board into a fundraising Board

I bet you’ve done it.   I sure have.   We bought right into the myth without even realizing what we were doing.   What myth?   The Myth of Boards. It goes like this: “Nonprofit Board members are supposed to help with fundraising.”   Well, there’s truth in it. And a problem.   How30

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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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