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One of the top inquiries I receive from nonprofits is what types of questions they should be asking during donor meetings. In addition, I also often receive the question of when it is appropriate to ask a donor about their intended contributions to the nonprofit.
Thoughts from my conversation with Breauna Dorelus at Connecting the Cause So what ARE the key difference between your volunteer program and your major gifts program? When you think about the skills that make your major gifts program successful they include building relationships, earning trust, having a deep understanding of the donors needs, and ensuring that the encounter isn’t transactional. Urgency never plays a part in a successful major gifts program – boards, ED’s and the development team all understand that this program requires an investment of time and patience and successful outcomes are determined over a long range plan. But this urgency is built
They are everywhere. With millennials, who are currently ages 25-40, making up over 50% of the workforce – they are our coworkers, donors, and volunteers. The Pew Research Center says that there are 75 million millennials on the planet. These millennials are tech-savvy do-gooders and the largest generation of potential donors. Recent data also shows, however, that more than half of these millennials have self-reported having overwhelming anxiety in the last year. In my recent podcast episode with Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University – and Author of the books How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, and
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In my last article, I started sharing this amazing conversation I had with my coach and visibility expert, Michelle Vos. I shared the concept of visibility and how that reflects in your life to your business and in fundraising, although it creates fear. That exchange acted as a was the foundation for tips from a …
Have you ever realized that fundraising in itself actually involves all the components of who we are as people? And yet we look at it through a tiny lens focused on the work itself. My advice? Seek more visibility authentically. What I’ve found in my past roles as a fundraiser and now as a fundraising …
I had the true privilege to interview the author of the hands-down best book I have read this year, Chatter by Dr. Ethan Kross, who really dives into the concept of internal dialogue beautifully. Is it about fundraising? No. Is it about the nonprofit sector? No. But it’s about concepts so deep that it applies …
Mission Statement: How to Write One for a Nonprofit First of all, are mission statements still a thing people even look at? I know, I know, they can seem like outdated and boring sentences that have little to do with what your organization really does. But they are an integral part of running a successful …
So, you scored a spot in front of a funder and you’re ready to pitch. Great! Now you have the task of preparing and you might be wondering just how you can up your game to create an opportunity that benefits you both. First, it’s really important for you to understand what someone needs to …
As a fundraising consultant, I’m asked to speak at a lot of events. It’s one of my favorite things to do and it’s the best way to share fundraising tools for nonprofits. If you’ve asked me to speak for your foundation, podcast, or in an interview, chances are I’ve shared with you Speaker Rider’s 10 …
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