Face-to-face Fundraising

6 Tips for Communicating in a Way That Truly Resonates
October 19, 2010

At a time when people are tweeting, blogging, e-mailing and more 24/7, the best way to genuinely connect and create change is via truly human, in-person presentations. To help you get started creating presentations that really stick with your audiences, here are a few tips on how you can incorporate repeatable sound bites.

Getting to the Heart of the Donor
October 1, 2010

There's much debate underway regarding the effectiveness of traditional fundraising sources. We're hearing a lot about social media, the importance of websites, emerging technologies and the transitioning of direct mail to electronic media.

10 Steps to a Successful Exhibit Program
September 28, 2010

As a fundraiser, you understand the importance of leveraging every budget dollar to produce tangible benefits. Art exhibits are a proven, cost-effective method of doing just that. Here are 10 steps to a successful exhibit program.

Nonprofits refine pitch for donor dollars
August 30, 2010

Gail Wilson-Giarratano prepares for a grilling when she asks for money for Girls Inc. of the Capital Region, a youth program for inner-city girls in Schenectady and Albany.

Gone are the days when corporate donors wrote checks for the “nice” programs or the “cute” girls, said Wilson-Giarratano, the nonprofit’s CEO and its chief fundraiser.

The recession has left corporate donors with less money to give, and they are scrutinizing charitable requests with a keen eye. Now, more than ever, return on investment weighs heavily in determining who gets what.

Are You Nurturing the 4 Fundraising Babies?
August 3, 2010

At the 2010 Bridge Conference in National Harbor, Md., last Wednesday, Tony Elischer, managing director of Think Consulting Solutions, said fundraisers should focus on the third “R” — rewriting, as in rewriting how you think and how you fundraise. To do that, he proposed looking at fundraising as four babies — brave baby, baby and the bathwater, looking to the future baby, and fully managed baby — in his keynote presentation, “Futurology 2010: Focus, Determination & Transformation."

When Fundraising Gets Personal
May 1, 2009

Every fundraiser has his or her tried-and-true bag of tricks. But in this day of donors seeking to be more actively involved with the charities they support, it might be time to bury those bags and try a fresh approach.

Do You Ask on the First Date?
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

Your nonprofit needs you to have the courage to fundraise. I’m surprised how often I need to remind fundraisers that their job is to raise funds. That is true for CEOs and executive directors too. Here’s hoping these two approaches will help you ask without fear and see your mission fully funded!