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Powerful and Ethical Nonprofit Storytelling

Most nonprofit organizations have only the best intentions for the communities they serve. However, when it comes to their process of telling the stories of their constituents, they often unintentionally fall short of being effective and respectful. When creating an impact story to inspire prospective donors to become involved, nonprofits must be mindful of their …

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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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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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Vulnerability: one of THE biggest missing elements of fundraising training and support in the sector. PART TWO

Vulnerability: one of THE biggest missing elements of fundraising training and support in the sector. PART TWO

In my last article I mentioned two things that must change in the nonprofit sector to support us and detailed the first one: Training for fundraisers on how and why vulnerability shows up in our work.  Understanding the nonprofit stigma that creates the shame side cycle that exists when inviting people to give to our …

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In all of my years of fundraising, nobody ever talked to me about vulnerability and fundraising, it ultimately impacts all we do as...

Vulnerability: one of THE biggest missing elements of fundraising training and support in the sector. PART ONE

In all of my years of fundraising, nobody ever talked to me about vulnerability and fundraising. Which is a shame, because it ultimately impacts the way we feel about fundraising and all we do as fundraisers.  Being in touch with the vulnerabilities that are brought up around fundraising and knowing how to handle them is …

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