Fundraising

The Right Donor Questions and Timing that Every Nonprofit Needs to Know

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.  As children, we are often conditioned not to talk about …

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How Nonprofits Can Raise More by Telling the Right Story to the Right Audience

Did you know the success of your nonprofit organization starts with your story? That’s right. The story you tell donors, both small and large, will heavily influence how much money you raise, how many donors you retain, and whether you will build a sustainable future for your organization. When we think of storytelling, we often …

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The Undeniable Value of Nonprofits Working With Cross-Sector Partners

It’s always been known that nonprofit organizations need cross-sector partners to successfully raise money for their causes. However, it hasn’t always been made aware of just how much nonprofits contribute to the success and positive culture of those corporations. The need for organizations to partner with nonprofits in pursuit of broad-reaching outcomes has increased substantially …

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Donor Retention— A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit organizations across the world are struggling with donor retention, with the average retention rate hovering around 45%. Of course, donor retention benchmarks vary depending on many factors, including the type of nonprofit. Retaining donors is essential to the longevity of any nonprofit organization because those returning funders represent stability. Contributors who routinely invest in …

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Identify Your Limiting Beliefs and Understand Your Influence

It’s no secret that being a fundraiser is a complex job with many emotional and social aspects that make it difficult. From anxieties about asking donors for money to formulating the perfect strategy to encourage more donations, it’s understandable why so many dread the act of fundraising if they haven’t done personal work around their …

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How to Effectively Present and Fundraise in a Virtual Setting

In this day and age, the advancements in technology have pushed nonprofit organizations to have to get creative when it comes to fundraising. Especially with the recent COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the planet, organizations are moving towards a more virtual avenue for raising charity funds. Hosting fundraiser Zoom events has quickly become a great way for …

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Nonprofit fundraising

What Nonprofit Fundraisers Can Learn From Political Fundraising And Organizing

What Nonprofit Fundraisers Can Learn From Political Fundraising And Organizing While you might not associate nonprofit fundraising with political fundraising, there are plenty of tools and techniques you can learn from political organizing when researching the best ways to fundraise.  If you are wondering how to fundraise for your organization or campaign, we’re here to …

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Volunteer: Recruit Volunteers successfully

The difference between your Volunteer Program and Your Major Gifts Program

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 …

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How Philanthropy Can Reduce Anxiety

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, …

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Donations

Who, How, and why to talk to donors about stock donations

Stock donations; have you ever asked your donors to donate their stocks directly to your nonprofit? I know I never did when I was fundraising.  I never even considered having donors donate their stock directly to me.  Of course I know that many donors sell their stocks at year end to make donations that they …

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