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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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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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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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Mission Statement

How to Write a Nonprofit Mission Statement

Mission Statement: How to Write One for a Nonprofit First of all, are mission statements still a thing people even look at? I know, I know, they can seem like outdated and boring sentences that have little to do with what your organization really does. But they are an integral part of running a successful …

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Stop Stewarding Donors, Start Raising Money

Stop Stewarding Donors, Start Raising Money

For a lot of organizations, donor stewardship is nonexistent. If you don’t have any donor stewardship happening in your organization, then you want to read this blog on: How Forgetting About Your Donors Leads to a Hamster Wheel Hustle.  And yet for others, they use donor stewardship as a distraction to cultivation. Is this you?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ …

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