Blogs

Capital Campaign Consultants Have a Dirty Little Secret

Have you ever wondered how capital campaign consultants figure out how much money your organization can raise for your campaign? Do you ever wonder if their assessments are wrong? Let me tell you a dirty little secret...

Nonprofit Sustainers Are Growing Like Hot Cakes

I just got back from the 14th Bridge Conference, energized by new ideas, case studies and proven fundraising “old” basics that still work and will continue to work as long as donors are human beings. I was privileged to co-present a first sustainer, full day, pre-conference workshop with the “Sustainer Brains.”...

Do You Have a Crystal Ball?

I always believe in studying the past and present of a subject to obtain objective theories and practices. By this application of study, one is better prepared to interpret subject matter. In addition to the past and present, it is also important to examine the possible future of a subject...

Other Staff Bloggers
Leadership Management

Have you ever wondered how capital campaign consultants figure out how much money your organization can raise for your campaign? Do you ever wonder if their assessments are wrong? Let me tell you a dirty little secret...

Finding and recruiting professionals for your nonprofit can be a time-consuming task. You likely have a list of qualifications, expectations and goals, but can be limited to your city when it comes to finding that perfect person...

Effective nonprofit board management is about more than To-Do lists or getting through an agenda. You need to be able to communicate effectively, to let your board know what your organization expects from them and, above all, respect your members’ time and service...

Development

I just got back from the 14th Bridge Conference, energized by new ideas, case studies and proven fundraising “old” basics that still work and will continue to work as long as donors are human beings. I was privileged to co-present a first sustainer, full day, pre-conference workshop with the “Sustainer Brains.”...

As a fundraising coach, one of my critical responsibilities is helping nonprofits set fundraising goals―both long term and short term. I've looked fundraisers in the eyes and said, "You can raise $5,000,000 in one giving day.”...

Can charities fundamentally change Russian society? Nonprofit executives in Russia think that the answer is yes. Last month we traveled to Russia to teach peer-to-peer fundraising to Russian nonprofits...

Data Management

Nonprofits today face significant challenges in providing a world-class experience to their valued constituents. Fraught with organizational silos in their programs and services, nonprofits find themselves with a limited understanding of their constituents...

Quality data is critical in helping to deepen our relationships with our donors. Data can help develop an action plan to use with each donor. It is needed to determine donor interests, appropriate gift requests, appropriate timing and appropriate recognition and appreciation...

Good news! Monthly giving is one of the few groups of small donors that is (still) growing. Not surprisingly, because organizations have started focusing on it over the past few years...

E-Philanthropy

Improving donor retention is finally at the forefront of our minds! These seven fundraising tech tips will help you boost these rates and create more relationships...

Let’s settle this once and for all: The Facebook fundraising feature isn’t a bad thing. If you’re an individual. By individual, I mean a personal cause campaign. Think raising funds for a sick friend, a grieving family or even a birthday campaign to support your local soup kitchen...

A fundraiser needs velocity. It needs to be focused and channeled to maximize every bit of energy expelled. In fact, it’s the emergence of several factors that creates the necessary velocity to make your crowdfunding campaign successful...

Direct Marketing

I am currently engaged in a silent phase campaign to raise dollars for several Salvation Army priorities in Indiana. One such priority is through solicitation by acquiring funds to build new cottages for a camp in Southern Indiana...

For nonprofits, the concept of “telling your story” is just as natural as getting a cup of coffee in the morning. With the zillions of media channels your nonprofit has at its disposal to communicate with its audience, the question of which moves them is a source of constant debate...

I love to listen to music. I typically start the day with classical music to place my mind in a daily rhythm. On visits during the day, I will listen to music from a variety of decades. It all depends on my mood. Recently, I was thinking about music impact on philanthropy...

Sectors

Most people who create nonprofit organizations do so because they have a charitable heart, and they wish to serve on the front lines of solving the worlds' toughest problems. One of the biggest issues we are facing today is epidemic pollution levels and rampant global warming...

I was recently with my niece who is a vice principal of an elementary school in Kentucky. She is very motivated and an excellent role model for her staff and students. While we were chatting at a family gathering, she told me she was interested in possibly obtaining a doctorate degree in education...

The root of the word “disaster” is based on the idea of a “bad star” or the stars misaligning. For foundations though, disasters can be a time to shine and provide aid and comfort while everyone else is flailing...