Nail the Nonprofit Non-Ask with these 9 ideas

If you’re going to be successful in fundraising, you must learn to nail the nonprofit non-ask.   What’s a non-ask?   It’s an interaction with your donor that doesn’t ask for anything.   In the language of Get Fully Funded, we call it a warm touch.   Its sole purpose is to make the donor30

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From Lurkers to Supporters to Advocates:

How to Win More Donors and Cultivate Better Relationships By Dana Ostomel       With a crowdfunding campaign, your number one goal is to raise money—that’s a no-brainer. But have you considered that crowdfunding can help you accomplish other goals as well? I’ve had organizations tell me, “Of course we want to fundraise (with30

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5 Myths that Make Asking for Money Hard

The name of the game in fundraising is asking for money.   Yet so many people avoid it like the plague.   That’s a real problem when it’s part of your job.   Maybe it’s one reason why lots of people struggle with raising money – they avoid the parts that are actually the most30

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The A to Z Guide to Understanding Your Donor

  Everyone wants to be understood.   Taking the time to understand your donor is a great investment of your resources and will pay off big later.   Think about it: the more you know about what your donors want from you, the easier it is to give it to them. And donors who get what they30

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Effective Strategies to Retain Donors

This week’s article is written by Clay Boggess from Big Fundraising Ideas   You know the old trope: a family of four is in a station wagon on Route 66.   “Are we there yet?”   The parent inevitably answers, “No!”   This exchange repeats itself over the course of hours. The children are agitated30

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#1 Way to Get Repeat Donations

There are really only two ways to raise money: Ask new people to give to your cause. Ask current donors to give again. Now, the asking can be done through an event, through a grant application, through an appeal, or something else, but it’s always about people.   Seems simple enough, right? Except that it30

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25 Ways You’re Pissing Off Your Non-profit Donors

Hi there. My name is Ima Donor.   Sometimes I give to your nonprofit.   I like your cause, but I’m really thinking about switching my donations to another nonprofit.   Why?   Honestly, I feel like my money doesn’t matter.   I can’t give huge amounts of money (I’m sure you have people who30

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14 Ways to Show Your Donors Some Love

 Valentine’s Day is not just for couples.   The holiday reminds us that everyone deserves love and attention.   That includes donors, too.   It’s one of my favorite holidays to spread a little love to my donors.   As a Development Director, I used to get kids’ valentines and send them to my best30

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The Key to Grabbing and Keeping a Donor’s Attention

When was the last time you were confused? Yeah, I know. For some of us, it’s a daily occurrence. And it’s not fun. I don’t know anyone who LIKES being bewildered. I want you to really get this: Imagine you’re listening to someone who is trying to explain something. You’re just not following it and30

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The Best 6 Words Your Nonprofit Will Ever Struggle With

When you meet someone and they ask what your nonprofit does, what do you say? If you’re like most people, it sounds something like this:   “We’re a 501c3 nonprofit providing rescue services to at-risk populations in blah, blah, jargon, jargon, acronym, acronym, blah, blah…..”   Boring.   Your listener tuned out about 2 seconds30

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