Are you a BFF?

I’ve been seeing a disturbing trend of late: a sharp rise in what I call are BFFs: blunt force fundraisers. Nonprofit leaders willfully skipping planning to jump straight to asking. As the author of Ask Without Fear!®, you know I am an advocate for asking. But the number of BFF’s I’m seeing of late –

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3 Common Capital Campaign Mistakes

Capital campaigns are a wild roller coaster ride of vision-fueled excitement followed by long stretches of slow. slogging. work. The slow parts require incredible discipline to stay on course. I know because I’ve helped run 18 capital campaigns at schools, universities, and hospitals. Most were at organizations that felt they didn’t have “the right” donors.

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Don’t put off fundraising planning to the fall!

Summer. It stirs up thoughts trips, outdoor activities, and school break. A pause in the normal routines of life. Even though we’re no longer in school, we still let that “summer mentality” affect us. Rest is good. But taking a break from fundraising in the summer can kill your fundraising. “We’ll start in late August”

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Don’t put off fundraising planning to the fall!

Summer. It stirs up thoughts trips, outdoor activities, and school break. A pause in the normal routines of life. Even though we’re no longer in school, we still let that “summer mentality” affect us. Rest is good. But taking a break from fundraising in the summer can kill your fundraising. “We’ll start in late August”

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The conundrum of corporate gifts

Last week, I was able to listen to a terrific discussion from business leaders about how their organizations make corporate gifts to charities. It’s always good to hear the thought process of donors. But it sometimes raises more questions than it settles. Seeking corporate gifts? Don’t be “that” guy At one point in the conversation,

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The conundrum of corporate gifts

Last week, I was able to listen to a terrific discussion from business leaders about how their organizations make corporate gifts to charities. It’s always good to hear the thought process of donors. But it sometimes raises more questions than it settles. Seeking corporate gifts? Don’t be “that” guy At one point in the conversation,

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The missing link in fundraising programs

Whether your fiscal year starts now or is only part of the way through, January is a good time to evaluate your fundraising progress. To help you’re planning, here’s an email I sent our Fundraising Kick subscribers yesterday. Good morning, Kickers! Listening to a conversation between Stephen R. Covey and his son Stephen M.R. Covey

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One way to avoid a failed capital campaign

Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about capital campaigns. Some nonprofits are going into them wisely, knowing that they have one-time additional costs to be able to better fulfill their mission. Others are looking at a campaign like a “Hail Mary” pass – a last ditch effort to raise needed funds to operate […]

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Tips & Tricks from the Foundation Side of Grant Seeking

Grant seeking is a distinct form of fundraising – one that can seem like a complete mystery. That’s why I asked Diane H. Leonard to share some tips. She’s not only written grants, she’s successfully helped others write them. More importantly, she’s even worked in a foundation that gave out grants. She has seen it […]

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Watch the fundraising objections fall to the floor

Last week, I was invited to give a full day Ask Without Fear!® training in Kansas City. We had a blast. One of the exercises involved overcoming objections…even before they come up. The process was: The participants pictured someone on their “chicken list” – a person they were afraid to ask for a gift. They […]

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