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...

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...

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...

Maximizing Joy: The Secret of Fundraising Success
July 13, 2017 at 11:50 am

For those of us in the fundraising profession, there’s nothing quite like the elation of closing a significant gift. You’ve worked hard, and then you feel the reward. I’ve been there. I’m sure you have as well. I wonder how many of us stop and think about what the donor may be feeling?...

U.S. Veterans Organizations by the Numbers
July 10, 2017 at 1:07 pm

“Out of sight, out of mind” is the expression meaning that a person stops thinking about someone or something if they do not see that thing or person for a period of time. How often is “enough” for a prospective donor to see you? One of the advantages of having donors serve on boards, advisory […]

Maximize Holidays and Celebrations
July 5, 2017 at 11:19 am

Independence Day was a welcome celebration of the founding of our country. It provided an opportunity for us to remember what we have in common, and it seemed, in most cases, a welcome respite from what can seem like a constant partisan bickering...