Fundraiser Education

Do Youth Sports Influence Later Philanthropy?
December 15, 2017 at 10:42 am

I have always had a personality that cared about others. I have many weaknesses, but my one great strength is empathy. When I am with someone, I immediately place myself in their shoes. Another factor that has shaped my being is sports. I have loved sports from a very early age. I enjoyed playing individual sports and team sports. The thrill of competition is something that I have loved and have never forgotten...

Accept No Substitutes
December 14, 2017 at 11:05 am

Several years back, a popular consumer product used the tag line, “Accept no substitutes,” to claim singular distinction for their product. The implication here is that the quality of the product is so high, the essence of the experience so fulfilling that you’ll never want anything else. Ever...

How to Guide Your Nonprofit Toward Mission-Friendly Growth
December 12, 2017 at 11:18 am

About 80 percent of startups aspire to scale-up their current operations over the next year and a half, according to a recent Abila Nonprofit Finance Study, and it’s important for them to understand that without careful planning, growth—even the nonprofit variety—can turn toxic. As the founder of MEBO International and a seasoned nonprofit leader, I’ve seen many…

When Someone Says, ‘I Know All This Stuff!’
December 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

It was time to trot out my PowerPoint presentation and go through all the points of what we did as a company, the results we secured and how we did it. I was invited into the office of the president of a very prestigious eastern nonprofit. The purpose of the meeting was to explain what…

Not All Holiday Fundraising Is Created Equal
December 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Who doesn’t love a holiday? The very word conjures up notions of celebration, warmth and love. If you’re a donor-centered fundraising practitioner, you’d be a fool not to take advantage. Why not tap into pre-existing positive vibes to increase the chances your appeal will be warmly received? After all, if you can channel something positive…

A Nice Touch: Year-End Statements
December 6, 2017 at 11:58 am

You want to be seen as organized, thoughtful and helpful, right? Those qualities are a must in fundraising. Few other donor communication methods convey those qualities as much as sending a year-end statement to acknowledge a donor’s itemized giving over the past year...

Want to Achieve Impact in the Nonprofit Sector? Here's Why and How
December 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Holiday travel—navigating aging airports, over rusting and pot-holed bridges—reminds us all of a national infrastructure desperate for repair. But an inspiring new book, "Engine of Impact: Essentials of Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector" (Stanford University Press), points to a more intangible infrastructure also needing renewal: the historical culture of America’s community associations and volunteer networks, people…

Donations: Gotta Catch ‘Em All!
December 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Framing your donations as a set can double, triple or even quadruple your average gift. Hopefully, that statement is enough to get you to plow through some psychology, behavioral science, and peer-reviewed research with me...

Nonprofit Trends for 2018 and Beyond
December 1, 2017 at 11:32 am

When you work for an organization like The Salvation Army that has many key holiday special “getting-and-giving” activities during the last quarter of the calendar year, you do not have a great deal of time to think about the short- and long-term future...