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Increase Your Fundraising in 2018

It’s 2018. And time to jump right in to fundraising activities. Before you dive in and expect different results doing more of the same, take a pause and notice what happened last year. As you review lists of names and donor data, remember that you exist to serve others: your clients and your donors of time and money. These are real people—not just numbers...

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Increase Your Fundraising in 2018
January 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm

It’s 2018. And time to jump right in to fundraising activities. Before you dive in and expect different results doing more of the same, take a pause and notice what happened last year. As you review lists of names and donor data, remember that you exist to serve others: your clients and your donors of time and money. These are real people—not just numbers...

How to Connect With Funders on 3 Levels
January 23, 2018 at 12:15 pm

You’re in a team meeting when lightning strikes: Your team just hatched the most incredible idea! It has the potential to answer all your problems, fix community issues and revolutionize your organization. It is so tempting to go out and try to raise money for it immediately. After all, who wouldn’t want to fund the next great idea?...

You Must Do These 5 Things Before Your Feasibility Study
January 22, 2018 at 12:48 pm

Perhaps you’re about to outgrow your building. Or the landlord’s not going to renew the lease, and it’s time to own your own facility. Or maybe you’re thinking about a new, exciting program for your organization that’ll springboard your organization’s services to a new level of excellence...

How Do You Manage a Large Sustainer Program?
January 22, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Last week, NonProfit PRO organized a webinar called “Effectively Managing a Monthly Giving Program that Exceeds the Thousand-Sustainer Mark,” sponsored by CharityEngine. The organization featured was the Wounded Warrior Project, and the focus was on how they acquired sustainers and then managed those sustainers...

An Organizational Block to Success in Major Gifts
January 22, 2018 at 12:39 pm

Organizing things or work is not everyone’s strong suit. In fact, some of the best sales people and major gift officers I know seem to be (on the surface) some of the most disorganized people I know. They seem to have a heightened sense of intuition that guides them to do the right things...

The Right Stuff That Makes a Nonprofit Executive Successful
January 19, 2018 at 12:08 pm

If you intend to make a career in the nonprofit sector, seek to constantly have the right stuff. Also, be aware that “the right stuff” constantly changes and you must be proactive instead of being reactive. The dynamics of the nonprofit sector continue to evolve internally and externally in your world...

Overcoming Analysis Paralysis at Your Organization
January 18, 2018 at 12:56 pm

You are a change-maker. You work for a nonprofit organization, so you must want to change the world. To be part of the impact. To move the mission forward. To end disease. To end hunger. To end racism, inequality and injustice. To end cruelty against mankind or nature. To end the bad stuff, the complicated stuff in this world...

The Major Gift Ask Secret to Success
January 18, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Every contribution is important, of course, but major gifts are “stop-and-think gifts,” according to fundraising legend Bill Sturtevant. They’re different, for example, from those that might result from a direct mail piece or made as a reciprocal gesture to a friend...

2 Data Trends Nonprofits Can't Afford to Ignore
January 18, 2018 at 12:49 pm

At CrowdRise and GoFundMe, we're combing through huge amounts of social fundraising data and putting together a report that will help nonprofits better understand how people donate and share. (You'll be able to check out the full report in March.) Till then, we came across some early insights that were too important not to share right away...

Why I Give Away Cash Out of My Car Window
January 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Around the first of each month, I go through my bank’s drive-through and get some cash in $5 and $10 bills. I keep the money in the console of my car to give away to people on street corners asking for assistance when I’m driving around...