Annual Campaigns

The Secret to a Smart Annual Fundraising Plan
July 23, 2014

When you make smart choices and set thoughtful priorities about where you are going to spend your time and resources, then you have a solid, workable fundraising plan.

The Importance of Higher Education Annual Giving and Young Alumni Participation
July 8, 2014

Tom Landrum, former vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of Georgia, discusses the importance of an annual fund and engaging younger alumni. In this conversation with Jeff Jowdy, founder of Lighthouse Counsel, Landrum covers:

  • Importance of annual giving
  • Challenges in higher education annual-fund programs
  • Why some fundraising programs are directed at younger alumni
  • The importance of student-directed development appeals
  • What higher education fundraisers need to do to engage younger alumni

Spelling Out the Steps to a Powerful Annual Appeal
July 1, 2014

Creating an annual appeal letter is business as usual for many nonprofit organizations. The challenge is that as the fiscal year draws to a close, nearly every nonprofit is seeking financial support at the same time. For supporters, this translates into mailbox and inbox overload and the challenging task of deciding which cause(s) to support.

Best Nonprofit Annual Reports
April 7, 2014

It’s annual report season — and awards season! What better time to get inspired by nonprofits that are publishing exemplary online annual reports? These organizations show the powerful results you can get when you revamp your annual report process. Here are some noteworthy online annual reports in five categories:

Does Your Nonprofit Annual Report Focus on What Really Counts?
March 13, 2014

The year was 2003, and I was insanely busy in my second position in nonprofit fundraising, grant writer for a regional organization serving women and children. Although I’d been hired only weeks earlier to develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for corporate and foundation prospects, already I’d been called off task any number of times.

And now I was given the assignment of creating my first annual report.

4 Ways to Make Your Fundraising Plans for Next Year Better and More Effective
December 19, 2013

For nonprofits, the end of the year is often a time for reflecting on what worked and what didn’t during the previous year, and laying plans for the year to come. It’s vitally important that our organizations make plans that not only inspire, but that also lay out an effective fundraising strategy for our teams to follow.

Whether you’re writing a whole new fundraising plan for the coming year or simply setting up some basic goals for the next 12 months, here are four quick tips for better and more effective development planning.