Create a Fundraising Plan that Plays to Your Fundraising Strengths

When mapping out your fundraising plan, it’s best to play to your fundraising strengths.  Are you strong in event planning, mindful of all the little details?  Great at asking for in kind gifts?  Masterful at telling stories that bring people to happy tears?  Is social media where you connect with people? Or do you

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How to Write a Successful Annual Fundraising Plan in 6 Steps

If you are trying to fundraise without an annual fundraising plan, you are trying to bake a pie with a lot of ingredients but no recipe. Can you do it? Maybe. The contestants on The Great British Baking Show manage to get it right with impressive frequency. But… that either requires a good memory

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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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What to Do When Your Fundraising Methods Fall Flat

It’s a horrible feeling when the tried-and-true fundraising methods that have worked in the past stop working. Maybe you’ve experienced this… …your spring campaign that you thought would bring in $5,000 only brings in $1,200… …or the fundraising letter you hoped would generate $7,000 barely nets $3,000… …or your online fundraiser barely brings in

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How to Conduct an Honest Mid-Year Fundraising Evaluation

When you’re halfway through the year, it’s a good time to conduct a midyear fundraising evaluation. Why? A midyear evaluation will show you how you are doing and highlight areas where you need to improve. Because wherever you are with your fundraising, no matter how far behind you think you are, with six months

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How to Conduct an Honest Mid-Year Fundraising Evaluation

When you’re halfway through the year, it’s a good time to conduct a midyear fundraising evaluation. Why? A midyear evaluation will show you how you are doing and highlight areas where you need to improve. Because wherever you are with your fundraising, no matter how far behind you think you are, with six months

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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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20 Ways to Raise Money if You Are at Risk of Not Reaching Your Fundraising Goal

It’s scary to get halfway through the year and realize you are NOT on track to meet your fundraising goal. Or maybe you find yourself approaching the end of your fiscal year and you’re not going to make your goal. Either way, it’s a problem, but it might not be your fault. Sluggish fundraising

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How to Predict Fundraising Revenue For Your Fundraising Plan

You can’t plan out your nonprofit’s impact this year without projecting your fundraising revenue. The two are tied together. In fact, you must plan your programs first so you know what your fundraising goal is. If you try to just raise as much as you can then figure out how to spend it, that’s backwards.

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Grab This Fundraising Plan Template for New Nonprofits

If you’re starting a new nonprofit, you already know that you need to raise money. What you might not know is that the right fundraising plan template can make the job much easier. In the beginning you may self-fund your fledgling organization. (Many founders do.) Or you may ask your friends, coworkers, and family

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