Work in a nonprofit? Then join a board

Most other teams or organizations are run by a person or a partnership. The people in charge have both the responsibility for the welfare of the organization and the authority to make decisions for it. But nonprofits are weird organizations. The head of a nonprofit doesn’t have all the authority for the nonprofit. The board does. So […]

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Why fundraising asks are so hard

Fundraising is said to top the lists of things people find most scary. Right up there with fear of public speaking and fear of untimely death. Nonprofit fundraisers and volunteers refer to that fear when they explain why they don’t make the fundraising solicitations they know they need to make. They know they need to […]

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Inspiration and Advice for a New (Fiscal) Year

July 1st is the “New Year” for many nonprofits. New fiscal Year, that is! No matter how well the past year’s fundraising was, today is the day you start back at zero. Again. So I asked some of the top experts in the field what advise they’d give to nonprofit leaders and fundraisers starting the new year. […]

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What if we’ve asked them all?

When I’m being a fundraising coach, I tend to coach nonprofit CEOs and executive directors. One of my primary tasks I try to help them build into their rhythm is for them is to make 5 – 10 major donor calls each week. But since CEOs aren’t managing a large portfolio of donors, what do […]

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How much time should a nonprofit CEO spend on fundraising?

Every Monday, I send out a fundraising email for nonprofit Executive Directors and CEOs. Last week, I dealt with a question I get alot: how much of a nonprofit CEO’s time should be given to fundraising?. Here’s what I told them. Fundraising is all about Leadership As the CEO or executive director, the nonprofit follows

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The 2 things to avoid in year end fundraising

With 4 weeks left in the calendar year, staying focused is more important than ever. Rather than feeling like you’re living out a well planned fundraising year, these last four weeks can often feel like you’re missing out on everything. That you’re falling short everywhere. The 2 Things To Avoid In Year End Fundraising It would

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Fundraising is leading – from within

I’ve said for years that fundraising is all about leadership. And we all have leadership opportunities, even if we don’t have leadership titles. One of the best ways to grow in our ability to lead is to get clear on our values. Both personally and organizationally. When we know what we value, it makes it

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4 Fundraising Tips for your Nonprofit from Jerry Panas

Facebook used this picture to remind me that twelve years ago, I was with Jerry Panas at a fundraising training at the University of Southern Maine. What struck me about the picture is the pad of paper beside Jerry. These few fundraising tips are powerful. And they’ll serve you well as you head into the

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Fundraising Kick: Don’t Grow Weary

This issue of the weekly Fundraising Kick seems to have come at the perfect time for subscribers. So I’m sharing it here as well. Fundraising Kick coaching emails are written for busy nonprofit CEOs and my private coaching clients. The goal is to remind people who have full schedules to keep working on major gifts

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A nonprofit fundraising plan that adjusts with the time

Today’s guest post is from T. Clay Buck, Founder & Principal of TCBFundraising. A Master Trainer, Clay also teaches at the University of Nevada. He’s been on all sides of a nonprofit – running the fundraising, analyzing nonprofit databases, and consulting to nonprofits. Here, he shares the basics of creating an effective nonprofit fundraising plan.

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