Four Words to Never Say When Making Thank You Calls

As we started to make thank you calls to donors one of the longest-serving board members said the four words to never say about thanking donors:
“I can’t do this.”

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Knowing What to Say to Get the Gift

Isn’t this one of the things that scares you the most about fundraising: Knowing what to say to get the gift?
The same goes for the marriage proposal or the sales pitch in business.
Knowing or not knowing what to say tends to trip us up. Then we become paralyzed or just skip making the ask altogether.

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Knowing What to Say to Get the Gift

Isn’t this one of the things that scares you the most about fundraising: Knowing what to say to get the gift? The same goes for the marriage proposal or the sales pitch in business. Knowing or not knowing what to say tends to trip us up. Then we become paralyzed or just skip making the […]

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True Story: I Took Out A City With My Words One Day

Do you ever worry about how to best say what you’re thinking? Especially to your donors?
A number of years ago, Sarah, my friend and coworker pulled me aside after a meeting to ask, “Did you mean to take out the entire city in that meeting?”
I gave her a blank look until she repeated back a few of my comments—what I meant to be honest and helpful sounded, well, pushy and like I was criticizing.
In raising money, engaging board members, building relationships, and frankly in just about any area of your life, communication is the key to success.

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Four Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Board Share More Stories

You already know putting a face on your impact is key to raising more money. And that means having your staff and board share more stories about your impact.

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5 Reasons Your Nonprofit Board Doesn’t Do What You Want Them to Do

What I find most often when I work with board members: their intentions are good. BUT you or your staff can make it look like you really don’t need them to do more than show up to a meeting now and then and rubber stamp the financials. And frankly, they find your board meetings less than stimulating.

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