Donor Relationship Management

A Career Lesson: Incentives Are Bad for Nonprofits
June 7, 2017 at 10:08 am

I (Katrina) have had several 10,000-hour thresholds in my career. I started my company, Turnkey, in 1989, so my first 10,000 hours happened around 2007 or so. By that time, while certainly not having achieved genius-level competence...

Manifesto: 3 Tips for Adopting a Growth-Hacking Mentality
June 6, 2017 at 10:57 am

In the nonprofit sector, we wear a lot of hats. We all do it anyway because we care about the mission. We are a passionate bunch. But let’s face it, despite our passion, we all need to get a lot accomplished with a limited budget and limited time to do so. We also need to recognize that cross-team collaboration is vital to fulfilling the mission. Enter growth hacking for nonprofits...

What the Democratization of Data Means for Nonprofit Leaders
June 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

Modern technology allows us to easily collect and analyze data, as well as gain valuable insights from it. This capability is now available to nonprofits of virtually any size and type and can be tremendously effective at helping them reach people, grow their organization and meet their other goals...

#NPPTrendingNow: Episode 4
June 2, 2017 at 11:13 am

This week, we received lots of love on our April cover story about donor-advised funds, followed by Pamela Barden's blog post, where she shares three things to consider when fundraising is no longer "fun," and Pamela Grow's blog post, where she shares her thoughts on donor-centricity vs. community-centric fundraising...

AFP International Conference Attendees Share Thoughts on Diversifying Your Board, Donors, Methods
June 2, 2017 at 10:37 am

Last month, the NonProfit PRO team attended the 2017 Association of Fundraising Professionals’ International Conference, which took place in the beautiful city of San Francisco. While we walking around the exhibit area, we saw something that caught our eyes—a diversity board! The Alford Group, a professional consulting partner helping board leaders, organizational management and community…

People Give to People
June 2, 2017 at 10:23 am

It is true that people give to people. If you are interested in a long and satisfying career in fundraising, get out of the office and engage others. You will be amazed at what you’ll learn about others and yourself...

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Handbook
June 1, 2017 at 9:34 am

Note: The following is an excerpt from the new book “Dollar Dash: The Behavioral Economics of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising.” Details for downloading Chapter 1 can be seen at the end of the blog post. In his 2008 book “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell writes, “10,000 hours is the magic number of greatness.” Gladwell contended that it’s “an extraordinarily […]

Cultivation Builds Confidence and Yields Results
May 31, 2017 at 10:40 am

There is no substitute for effective and focused cultivation. It brings new donors into the fold, and it strengthens the bonds with existing donors. It also helps nurture staff and volunteers—coaching and training them for a campaign...