12 tips for fundraising during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic

With more and more countries, states, and cities enforcing at-home isolation and the financial markets falling, fundraising is definitely harder. But of the worst things I kept hearing from clients was “We don’t think this is the right time to ask for money.” My general response? How dare you make a giving decision for a

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Avoid the 3 Biggest Mistakes of Fundraising in a Recession

The media is full of stories about how this Covid-19 coronavirus is impacting the economy. Gatherings are getting canceled. People are self-quarantining. And donors who are freaking out watching their investments shrink. Last month, I shared some ideas on fundraising in an age of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Since then, stock markets have been on a

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Leadership tensions in fundraising

Leaders are an amazing group. They regularly tackle issues no one else is willing to. And, in the midst of being pulled apart by multiple interest groups, they figure out which priorities to focus on. Leadership is not for the faint of heart! Add to that the tensions created in a fundraising context. In a

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[Guest Post] The Recipe for Nonprofit Committee Failure

Today’s guest post is from Kim Donahue. Kim is the resident governance expert at Boardable. In a fun tongue-in-cheek tone, she shares a perfect formula for making sure your board committees don’t work! And she knows. With over 30 years of nonprofit experience, Kim was named one of the “100 Community Heroes” by the United

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What Nonprofit leaders need to know about the brain

Nonprofit work is stressful. So often we go about our work without realizing the effects of that ongoing stress on our brains. But Jessica Sharp does. The founder of Sharp Brain Consulting, Jessica helps leaders and the people they serve. Here she gives insights into what we should know about the brain to help our

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When in doubt, write a JTOY

Excellent fundraisers know that fundraising is about a relationship with a donor. Since they’re a “donor,” the relationship is centered around their giving. But it is a relationship. That giving is linked to a donor’s values and passions – things that make her uniquely human. And it’s those values and passions that contribute to a genuine

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48% of US nonprofits say December fundraising was lower than last year

But most say overall 2018 fundraising is the same or better than last year’s. What a year 2018 was here in the USA. It started with a lot of nonprofit professionals and boards scared that the new charitable deduction would hurt giving. As the year went on, others worried about the tariffs and their impact

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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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He’s rich. Now what?

I’ve been getting the same type of question from a wide variety of nonprofit leaders in many different sectors. The question goes something like this: “This guy is rich. What’s my next step?” Part of me wants to applaud them. These leaders are doing the hard work of trying to expand their fundraising. But most

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The new tax bill’s aftermath doesn’t need to be the end of your nonprofit

There are dire warnings in the United States press about the huge drop in charitable giving coming in 2018. Even groups who should know better, like AFP – the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is saying the sky is falling. (Full disclosure: I am on the board of my local AFP chapter. That doesn’t mean I

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