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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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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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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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Nonprofit fundraising

Why your nonprofit should accept stock donations

Do you ever come across a solution to a problem you didn’t even know you had?  This happened to me recently.  I came across StockDonator.com – a company designed to help nonprofits accept donations of publicly traded stock.  Then I posted on my instagram asking if accepting stock donations is something that my clients are …

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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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