One Story = Big Money — No Kidding!

Will one story to help you raise big money? Absolutely. In today’s fast-paced world, what you say to get attention matters, a lot. I believe our job is to be translators rather than money raisers. We translate our mission into bit-size messages to cut through the daily noise. What are the right words to say […]

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65 Fundraising Days Left in 2019 – One Story To Tell

You have just 65 fundraising days left in 2019. If you want to raise more money, one story you MUST tell before year-end is what it takes to help one person. The story to stay away from is how much help you need to reach your goal. Instead, talk to your donors, volunteers and entire community […]

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5 Important Questions for a Memorable Asking Experience

Fundraising fulfills the aspirations of our supporters. Asking for the gift, then, must create a memorable asking experience. Before you ask for a contribution by mail, text, email, or in person ask these 5 important questions: 1. How are we causing people to feel with this invitation? 2. Will this feel like an special invitation […]

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You may need a new fundraising strategy to keep your small nonprofit growing

Sometimes, no matter what fundraising strategy you try or how hard you work, you just can’t seem to raise enough money. It’s like you’ve hit a wall. What used to work just isn’t productive anymore. Or what you’ve seen work for others doesn’t work for you. It’s frustrating and can leave you feeling inadequate,

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Fundraising with an eye to the future

In nonprofit fundraising, the constant pressure to raise more with fewer resources can be so all consuming that we forget to step back and look at future trends. To help us break out of that, we recently had fundraising futurist Trista Harris in The Nonprofit Academy. Having run an endowment through the toughest economic time

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4 Ideas for Incorporating Text-to-Give in Your Fundraiser

When planning a fundraiser of any kind, it’s important to ensure your supporters have easy access to donation tools. An easy giving process leads to more donations and deeper engagement with your supporters. So, how can you ensure this is the case for your fundraiser? By incorporating text-to-give, you can make it easy for

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8 Questions for Building Your Culture of Philanthropy

Culture of philanthropy. We hear about it. Read about it. Talk about it. But what is it? I define a culture of philanthropy as: values and actions that support and nurture fund development at a nonprofit organization. If your organization requires outside financial support to survive and thrive – building a culture of philanthropy is […]

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Scarcity Mindset vs Possibility Mindset

The simple question I ask most often when I’ve been brought in to help an organization raise more money is: How will you reframe your comment or question to come from possibility rather than scarcity?

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How to raise funds for a new nonprofit

You’ve finally taken your passion for helping to the next level! You’ve established a new nonprofit, you have your 501c3, and you’re ready to start changing the world! But first you have to figure out how to raise funds to pay for services and programs and everything you need. Where do you start? It

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