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CFRE International Now Offers a Practice Exam

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International recently released its Practice Exam, a Web-based tool to help fundraisers prepare for the CFRE exam. The questions in the practice exam are written in a “similar style and degree of difficulty to those contained in the CFRE exam...

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How to Tell Strategic Nonprofit Stories That Raise Money
July 25, 2017 at 11:20 am

Storytelling has been "hot" for some time now and for good reason. Our human brains are wired for storytelling. We’re automatically open and receptive. So, you’d be foolish not to use this to your advantage when it comes to your nonprofit marketing and fundraising—especially if your goal is to raise money. Storytelling is not difficult once you get the knack of it...

Change Your Mindset: Capital Campaigns Build More Than Buildings
July 24, 2017 at 11:40 am

What’s the first thing you think of when you think “capital campaign?” I’ll bet it’s buildings. Most people believe that capital campaigns raise money for new buildings. In fact, many people think that donors like to give big gifts for buildings...

How to Increase the Success Rate of Fundraising Campaigns
July 24, 2017 at 11:29 am

Most nonprofits rely on donors to fund campaigns that allow their organization to pursue its mission and achieve goals. Convincing prospects to become donors can be challenging if a nonprofit is not taking a strategic approach to identify the most convertible prospects...

Tips on Selling Anything in Major Gift Fundraising
July 24, 2017 at 11:26 am

The point is that in major gifts, the successful major gifts officer (MGO) needs to identify the interests and passions of the donor, then present a program to that donor that matches those interests and passions. Done correctly, these activities eventually cause an economic transaction...

When Is Not a Good Time to Upgrade a Monthly Donor?
July 24, 2017 at 11:18 am

I’ve been a monthly donor for many years. Two years ago, I did a little experiment: I joined 20 organizations to see what they would do (10 small and 10 large organizations). I wanted to experience their “thank you” process, their subsequent communication stream, tax letters, emails, lapsed recapture (if any) and upgrade process...

Don't Forget About the Telephone as a Fundraising Tool
July 21, 2017 at 10:35 am

In July of 1979, I had my first article published in CASE Currents titled “Mini-Phonathon: Many Benefits.” The basic premise of the article was that you can use the telephone to inform, as well solicit funds. I worked at Florida International University in Miami and was the first alumni/development director for the university...

4 Steps Nonprofit Leaders Can Take to Tackle Workplace Negativity
July 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Call it gossip, scuttlebutt, tittle-tattle or rumor—workplace negativity is an insidious morale buster that can distract even the most dedicated employees. And nonprofits aren’t immune to it. People are people, even when working for the greater good...

Don’t Be Out of Your Major Donors’ Minds!
July 20, 2017 at 12:06 pm

How often is “enough” for a prospective donor to see you? Often, organizations have stewardship and cultivation plans that may outline five, 10 or even more “touches” for donors...

Introduction to Strategic Nonprofit Major Gifts Moves Management
July 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

Today, we’re going to look at a great tool for building those important relationships with top prospects over time. And we all know that is what will result in the big gift. You know how important it is to put a plan in place to build relationships, right? It’s super de-duper important if you want to secure major gifts. I’m talking about “moves management...

4 Things That Can Kill Your Walk Program
July 19, 2017 at 11:23 am

While meeting with Turnkey’s clients in New York City this week, a recurring question came up: What is the state of fundraising walks? Is the walk dying off? Will DIY someday edge out the tried and true mainstay that has raised millions—sometimes billions—of dollars for so many nonprofits?...