Mindset & Habits

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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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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coaching and consulting

Are coaching and consulting the same thing?

Coaching and consulting are nothing alike. You might be pretty surprised by the statement because often people say that they are a coach AND consultant. I am one of those people. But when I’m coaching and when I’m consulting it looks and sounds fundamentally different. This is why it’s so important that if you are …

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Reduce anxiety with this one tip

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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Are You Seeking More Visibility? — tips from a visibility expert Part 2

Tips from a visibility expert Part 2

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 …

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Seek more visibility

Are You Seeking More Visibility? — tips from a visibility expert Part 1

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 …

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Chatter: The Ethan Kross Blog (pt 2)

  What is chatter? Do you use your own name when you talk to yourself? What’s amazing about talking to a thought leader and award winning author are the insights you get when being able to ask whatever you want. That was my recent experience when I had the privilege to interview Dr. Ethan Kross, author …

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Internal Dialogue: Chatter

Internal Dialogue or “Chatter”: The Ethan Kross Blog (pt 1)

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 …

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