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Don’t Knock It Until You Try It—New Ways of Fundraising

I can picture a few skeptics out there thinking, “We have a strong major gifts program. I’m not going to dilute that with some new social fundraising fad.” That makes sense, to a point. If you have a robust and successful major gifts program established, do everything you can to keep it thriving!...

8 Key Indicators of a Strong Nonprofit Fundraising Campaign

What are the key indicators of a strong nonprofit fundraising campaign? In order to have a strong fundraising campaign of any sort, whether it be capital, endowment or even annual, you need several hallmarks of success in place before you launch it...

Make Succession Planning and Staff Development a Priority

Recently I enjoyed lunch with two friends who also happen to be my mentors. One is a former manufacturing operations guru who, for decades, has enjoyed success in human resources. The other is the former CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The focus of the conversation ended up on a vital nonprofit and fundraising topic: succession planning...

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Direct Marketing

I can picture a few skeptics out there thinking, “We have a strong major gifts program. I’m not going to dilute that with some new social fundraising fad.” That makes sense, to a point. If you have a robust and successful major gifts program established, do everything you can to keep it thriving!...

Fundraising drives with sizzling names raise more money. It’s a statistical fact. The name of your campaign, annual drive or new program should be dynamic and memorable, and convey your values to donors and funders, and the passionate impact you seek...

Who doesn’t love a good story? When it comes to the nonprofit marketing space, and you’re asking people to reach deep into their pockets and donate to your mission, your story better be good...

Development

What are the key indicators of a strong nonprofit fundraising campaign? In order to have a strong fundraising campaign of any sort, whether it be capital, endowment or even annual, you need several hallmarks of success in place before you launch it...

Of course in your organization, nothing ever goes wrong with your monthly donors. But what would you do if something did? Would you hide? Would you stick your head in the sand and let someone else handle it? Or would you consider your donors and confess?...

How are you acquiring major donors? If you are concerned about your major gift pipeline, start reviewing how you are currently bringing in new donors and spend the time and energy it takes to start filling that pipeline. Years from now, you will reap that investment...

Leadership Management

Recently I enjoyed lunch with two friends who also happen to be my mentors. One is a former manufacturing operations guru who, for decades, has enjoyed success in human resources. The other is the former CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The focus of the conversation ended up on a vital nonprofit and fundraising topic: succession planning...

You had a dream to start a nonprofit organization for a cause you're passionate about. Creating a local office and overseeing the day-to-day running of your 501(c)(3) is a bit different than expanding and creating additional nonprofit chapters and affiliates...

If there’s one rule in fundraising that takes years of real experience to be convinced that it’s critical, it’s the need for a fundraising coach. Notice I didn't write consultant...

Data Management

There is a lot of room for improvement in the usual nonprofit strategic planning process; so much so that current approaches can create fiduciary and organizational risk. Root causes are not hard to find...

There is something about social media and online communications that twists many people’s heads around to conclude that the up-and-coming Millennial cohort is where the money is. Couple this conclusion with a “direct mail is dead” view, and you have a deadly combination...

I was having a lively discussion with my fundraising staff recently. No matter what your training, every fundraiser typically weighs in on important fundraising metrics to follow for ultimate fundraising success...

E-Philanthropy

The nonprofit tech space has changed drastically over the years; so why do we treat it the same as back in the '90s? Check out our modernized expert’s guide!...

With a wealth of potential data to track, nonprofits must determine the right technology and best practices to utilize relevant metrics and present them in a meaningful way to target audiences. The right approach will vary depending on an organization’s situation...

Aside from the work it does, an essential possession of a nonprofit is its donor database, which is the financial pipeline it requires to complete its mission. Recently, Adam Treiser noted that we’ve moved from donor experience-driven fundraising to fundraising with the power of artificial intelligence...

Sectors

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...

Turnkey’s clients include organizations like Church World Service and UNICEF, groups that address humanitarian crises around the world. We never expected to be confronted by a humanitarian crisis unfolding in our own home, on the southern border of the U.S. One created by our government...