What 60 Years of Living Taught Me About Fundraising

This week I turn 60. I never imagined I would still feel like I’m 38 or 42 for this milestone birthday. Alas, these years have taught me a lot. I’ve taken some time to reflect and have come up with a list of what 60 years of living taught me…

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Get the Word Out: 5 Tips for your Giving Tuesday Campaign

As any fundraising professional is very well aware, it’s been a whirlwind of a year for the nonprofit sector. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, its ongoing economic impacts, the movement for racial justice, and the upcoming election, your team has likely had more than enough on its plate.  We can’t know what else might happen

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Why You Need a Case Statement for Fundraising

As a nonprofit leader, you may have been told somewhere along the lines that you need a great case statement for fundraising. If you haven’t heard that yet, I’m here to deliver the news: You need a case statement! A case statement is a really useful tool for gathering your thoughts around why people

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How to Use Storytelling for Nonprofits to Tug Heartstrings and Raise Funds

Everyone loves a good story, and your skills in storytelling for nonprofits can make the difference between getting big bucks and donation requests that fall flat. The good news is that great stories are all around you. EVERY nonprofit has stories to tell! And you don’t need to be a professional writer to craft

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4 Reasons Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Should Be Your Next Move

Modern media is constantly highlighting prominent issues, and it can feel like nonprofits that address those issues are always asking for support. Consider how your nonprofit can take advantage of the online space to spread awareness of your cause, reach the right audiences, and stand out among world issues and constant corporate marketing messaging.

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Five Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits That Don’t Work (or Why You Aren’t Raising Enough Money)

We hear from folks all the time who are looking for new fundraising ideas for nonprofits. Especially fundraising ideas for a new nonprofit. They’re excited to get their fledgling organization off the ground, and they need the funds to do it. They’ve tried what they know to raise money, but it just isn’t working.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Running Your First Capital Campaign

Your nonprofit is growing. You’ve outgrown your space, and you’re ready for your first capital campaign! It’s a big deal! Certainly not something to be taken lightly. You see, raising money for bricks and mortar is different than fundraising for ongoing operations. You need a different approach so you can successfully raise the money

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The Fundraisers Paradox – Updated for Coronavirus

Until the end of time we, in the nonprofit sector, live in the fundraisers paradox. That place of what we feel we need to tell our donors and what our donors want to hear from us.

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Making Things Work Right Now

I won’t lie. I’ve had to dig deep lately to find good news & to feel support while living alone. If you’re feeling the same, there IS good news out there. Consider me YOUR support person today. I’ve gathered some resources for making things work as you go through your day.

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Nail Your Request for Donations, Especially During a Crisis

For most of us, fundraising isn’t something that comes naturally, especially a straight request for donations. Asking for money goes against everything we were ever taught, right? We all grew up learning that it wasn’t polite to talk about money and it definitely wasn’t right to ask your friends and family for handouts. It

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