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The Effect of 'To-Do' Lists on Donor Relationships

Guest contributor Lori Jacobwith discusses checklists and how it can affect powerful donor relationships, Claire Axelrad gives you the inside scoop behind the concept of "moves management" and we share findings from the "Working at the Intersections: LGBTQ Nonprofit Staff and the Racial Leadership Gap...

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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?...

The Difference Nonprofits Can Make in Politics
July 18, 2017 at 10:55 am

Nonprofit organizations have always had a significant effect on politics and culture in the U.S. Their effect on legislation and culture is vital to our democracy. These organizations allow mobilization of passionate citizens for an issue they feel is important, regardless of establishment politics...

Are You Creating a Checklist or a Powerful Relationship?
July 17, 2017 at 10:37 am

Not surprisingly, most development professionals have a long "To-Do" list. It can feel overwhelming to keep up with data-entry, make donor phone calls, draft mailings and reports and more. Being able to cross things off our list can feel great...

Fundraisers, Get Out There and Try ‘Something Different’
July 17, 2017 at 10:31 am

As fundraisers, we deal with people all the time—those who work in, those who serve by or those who support your organizations. Some of them may have been born and raised here for many generations. Others may have emigrated from other countries, like myself. Differences in culture and new impressions have formed our experiences...

You Need to Make Mistakes
July 17, 2017 at 10:14 am

Making a mistake is one of the best things you can do. Did I just say that? Yes. And, I mean it. I’ve talked many times about how we all need to own up to our mistakes and that donors will appreciate it when you do. Today, I want to urge you not to be afraid to make mistakes...

The Issue With Nonprofit Sector Talent
July 14, 2017 at 11:02 am

While serving as an executive for several nonprofit organizations, I noticed the issue of nonprofit sector talent was rarely discussed or pursued at the highest organizational level in the board room. Many organizations did not have an up-to-date strategic or operational plan, much less an HR plan for recruitment and retention of talented employees...