8 Must-Have Tools For Your Fundraising Toolkit

Having the right tools in your fundraising toolkit makes your life easier. And your fundraising more productive! Maybe you’ve heard this phrase: “When the only thing you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” It’s true. Sometimes we get one tool – one skill, one talent – and out of habit, we stick

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Set SMART Fundraising Goals for Fundraising Success

While goals are vital to success, SMART fundraising goals help make sure you’re setting goals that you just can’t miss. That sounds good, right? “Can’t miss” goals! In some form or fashion, we’ve all heard how essential goals are. Want to lose weight? Set a goal! Want to get a job in a new

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Write your annual fundraising plan with these 6 steps

If you don’t have an annual fundraising plan in writing, you’re not alone. Most folks who work in a small nonprofit have no fundraising plan. Or maybe they have a few ideas about what they want to do, but it’s not written down anywhere, which means it isn’t a real plan. People who take

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Simplifying nonprofit strategic planning for beginners 

  Nonprofit strategic planning does not have to be complicated or time consuming.   Yet most people cringe at the thought of doing it.   Probably because we’ve participated in the process at some point – sequestered in a room with our Board and staff, doing exercises on flip charts with sticky notes or dots,

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13 mistakes that cripple your fundraising plan

Raising all the money you need to fully fund your budget doesn’t happen by accident – You need a plan.   Planning for many people is like trying to grab smoke – you can see it, but when you try to touch it, it disappears.   The good news is that planning doesn’t have to30

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13 mistakes that cripple your fundraising plan

Raising all the money you need to fully fund your budget doesn’t happen by accident – You need a plan. Planning for many people is like trying to grab smoke – you can see it, but when you try to touch it, it disappears. The good news is that planning doesn’t have to be hard,

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Fundraising Truth #5: A written fundraising plan puts you on the path to success

  A fundraising plan changes your likelihood of success.   I can’t think of any big, successful nonprofit that got to where they are now without a plan.   Having a written fundraising plan moves you from being reactive to proactive which keeps you moving purposefully toward your goals.   A plan can keep you30

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8 Steps to Planning a Super Successful Year of Fundraising

I hear it all the time.   “We need to (increase programs/build a new building/eliminate a waiting list) and we need money to do it.”   Yes, but the FIRST thing you need is a plan.   When you have a big goal, the best way to ensure that you’ll reach it is to figure30

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3 Goals for a Successful Fundraising Plan

People ask me all the time “what should be in my fundraising plan?” I find that most people who don’t have a plan just don’t know where to start or what to include. When I give them my simple answer, they don’t trust it at first. For some reason, they seem to want to make30

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The Magic of Diversified Revenue for Nonprofits

  Want to fully fund your nonprofit? Here’s a key: create diversified revenue streams.   Having diversified revenue streams means you have money coming in from a variety of sources. It creates stability and keeps you from being overly dependent on one source of funding, which is dangerous.     The problem with sole-source funding30

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