Fundraising Truth #2: You have only 1 nonprofit to compete with

As humans, it’s our nature to watch those around us.   In fact, that’s where we get our cues for behavior and learn where we fit in the world.   Sometimes we feel intimidated by those we’re watching.   We might get jealous of their success or of what they have and we want it,30

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Fundraising Lessons from the Inspired Fundraising Retreat

  The Inspired Fundraising Retreat was a mind-blowing, game-changing 3-day event designed to get people thinking about how to raise more money for their nonprofit’s important work.   With our focus on donors and donor relationships, we covered growing your donor base, messaging your work in a motivational way, building relationships in manageable steps, and30

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Fundraising for Introverts: How Introverts Can Stretch to Raise More Money

I was so honored to speak at Planet Philanthropy recently about Fundraising for Introverts. I’m an introvert. No, really, I am. There are a fair number of us working in development who aren’t all that outgoing, and the nuggets I shared seemed to really strike a chord, so I thought I’d share some of my30

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Top 10 Time Wasters in Fundraising

The most common complaint I hear from people trying to raise money is that they don’t have enough time.   “There aren’t enough hours in the day” “I can’t get everything done” “I’m just one person” “How do those other nonprofits get it all done?”   Sound familiar?   Here’s some good news: you’ll never30

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Are donors more likely to support Fundraisers or Fundraising?

There’s a difference. Most people are used to events. Those are Fundraisers. They’ve seen them, been to them, even helped plan them. They’re galas and raffles, dinners and golf tournaments, 5Ks, and bake sales. They’re transactional in nature and in every community on any given day, there’s one happening. But Fundraising is a different thing.30

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Your Personal Fundraising Success Plan

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that there are two sides of fundraising. There’s the outside part where all the “how to” stuff lives. Do this, don’t do that, love your donors, etc. Then there’s the inside part where it’s all about how you think and what you feel. Really, it’s mindset. And30

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7 Terrible Tales of Foul Fundraising and Detestable Donors

It’s Halloween week and to celebrate, I’ve got a treat for you – scary stories that some of my readers have shared with me about their experiences working in nonprofit fundraising. Some of these are crazy. Some will make you shake your head in disbelief. Others might even make you wonder what kind of a30

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12 of the Biggest Fundraising Opportunities that Most Nonprofits are Wasting

Oddly enough, this started with a conversation with my chiropractor. She was telling me that she’d been trying to volunteer with the local pregnancy support group. And she was frustrated. She told me a story that’s way too common. Maybe you’ve experienced this too. I sure have. She reached out to them to volunteer. They30

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12 of the Biggest Fundraising Opportunities that Most Nonprofits are Wasting

Oddly enough, this started with a conversation with my chiropractor. She was telling me that she’d been trying to volunteer with the local pregnancy support group. And she was frustrated. She told me a story that’s way too common. Maybe you’ve experienced this too. I sure have. She reached out to them to volunteer. They30

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12 of the Biggest Fundraising Opportunities that Most Nonprofits are Wasting

Oddly enough, this started with a conversation with my chiropractor. She was telling me that she’d been trying to volunteer with the local pregnancy support group. And she was frustrated. She told me a story that’s way too common. Maybe you’ve experienced this too. I sure have. She reached out to them to volunteer. They30

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