Say The Right Thing To Raise Money

It’s time to get real. Do you feel like you know the exact next step to reach your fundraising goals?

You’re busy. I get it. You juggle more tasks than other departments or jobs at your organization. Much of what you do is invisible to others: update donor information, write grant proposals, do research on donors, schedule meetings, and, and, and. . .

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Get The Most Out of Your Fundraising Event

If you’ve ever planned a fundraising event, you understand the months of planning and coordination that go into it. From securing sponsors to mobilizing volunteers, the process of executing a successful event can be all-consuming. With all of that hard work, you want to make sure that you get the most out of your event. Follow these tips to host a successful fundraising event.

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Using the Tools of Improv to Raise More Money

At the 2018 AFP International Conference I have the honor of delivering a fun breakout session based on the business book Getting to “YES AND” The Art of Business Improv by Bob Kulhan.

My friend and colleague, Bill Dewan, Development Director at the Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity affiliate is the improv expert and my partner in crime for the session titled: YES. And…ASK. Using the Tools of Improv to Raise More Money.

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I’m Sorry for Your Pain

If you work at a non-profit organization you’ve likely experienced pain, frustration, and overwhelm. Sometimes on a daily basis.

I want you to know that I’m sorry for your pain.

Rather than tell you to “get over it,” I’m here to say I understand that your pain is real.

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10 Tips for Rocking Your Next Nonprofit Speaking Gig

  One of the BEST ways to raise awareness and find new donors is to get out and speak to groups in your community.   A successful talk can bring new supporters, volunteers, donations, and maybe even additional speaking opportunities.   It’s also a great way to spread the word about your organization and reach30

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Share a Story. Save a Life.

We know how important it is to bring to life the faces of our clients, patients, students. . . those whose lives are different because of our mission.

People stories are the most common way to engage, inspire, and even brag about your organization. But, there is another story topic that gets less air time. Your money story.

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5 Old Fundraising Tactics Still Work Today (and 4 that don’t)

  Everything changes over time. Fundraising is no exception.   When I look back on my early days of fundraising (nearly 20 years ago), I see there are things we did then that we don’t do now. And vice versa.   When you’re new (or newish) to fundraising, it’s easy to choose something that you30

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10 Growth Hacks for Small Nonprofits

Who doesn’t love a good shortcut to raising more money?   Just imagine finding a magic pill that could bring donations down on your head like the spring rains?   You’d swallow it in a flash, right?   Well Sunshine, I’ve got good news and bad news.   The bad news is that there is30

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I Don’t Have Time for Fundraising – For Small Nonprofits

If you have a small staff or are the founder of your startup nonprofit organization you’ve likely said the words, “I don’t have time for fundraising.” I get it. It’s not that you don’t want to invite people to support the organization you are passionate about.

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12 Lessons for Fundraising According to Disney©

  Great stories not only entertain us but can provide some pretty good lessons.   Some of those lessons are great life lessons about finding answers inside yourself, being authentic, and fulfilling your life’s purpose.   Ever since I was little, I have loved Disney movies. As an adult, I giggle at the more advanced30

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