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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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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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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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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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Impress Your Funders at Your Next Pitch!

Impress Your Funders at Your Next Pitch!

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 …

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Speaker Diversity

Speaker Diversity

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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2021 Fundraising Trends: How to Make Virtual Events Work for Your Organization

2021 Fundraising Trends: How to Make Virtual Events Work for Your Organization

What are the top 2021 fundraising trends? I talk a lot about the idea of understanding your ‘core offerings’ to funders. This isn’t about old-school donor-centric models. It’s about creating experiences based on the perspectives and through the ‘lenses’ of everyone involved. What I mean by your core offering is:  What is at the heart …

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