Fundraiser Education

It Is Time for Your New Year’s Resolution!
January 4, 2019 at 3:08 pm

As one who strives for perfection and success regardless of age, I seek opportunities to renew and to look ahead. There is no better time to regroup and prepare yourself than a change in calendar year. So, with that said, it is now time to make New Year’s resolutions...

The Ultimate Nonprofit Guide to Fundraising Minimums
January 3, 2019 at 3:48 pm

I cannot believe it’s 2019. Time seems to fly as one ages. I did a study of my life at one point regarding success and failure in even and odd years. After much random analysis, I concluded many activities and situations affecting me cannot be controlled. Therefore, I quit worrying whether an odd or even […]

Nonprofits Need to Earn Respect
December 17, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Years ago, when we were crafting our firm’s mission statement, there was a lot of discussion over one word: respect. Our mission statement says that we “partner with respected nonprofit organizations.” Unfortunately, organizations sometimes stray, and honesty and integrity are compromised...

A Philanthropic New Year Is on the Horizon—Will It Be a Happy One?
December 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Many of us are working very hard to close the 2018 calendar year on a positive fundraising note. With Christmas coming quickly, many of us are already looking to the next year. If possible, get a little rest between Christmas and the new year. I do not have a crystal ball, but I am very interested in what may happen in 2019. I wonder if we will have a Happy New Year?...

Mission-Focused Fundraising in the Current Political Climate
December 11, 2018 at 12:35 pm

I received an onslaught of emails with subject lines showing a political candidate’s name. It was an invitation to contribute to one of many campaigns during this mid-year election season. "Max out at $2,700 is a solid show of support," claimed some of the pitches I received...

Shock Your Donors This Year-End
December 11, 2018 at 12:22 pm

At year-end, we are focused on that last push. December is a critical month. Take a moment to step away from the madness and gain perspective. Fundraising can be especially intimidating and discouraging for leaders of both new and small organizations...

Take Stock in Promoting Stock Gifts This Year!
November 30, 2018 at 12:46 am

According to CNN, many people take advantage of a provision in the tax code that enables benefactors to donate appreciated stock to charity. It is a win-win situation: charitable organizations get a nice contribution (they usually sell shares immediately), while donors can write off the gift and avoid paying capital gains taxes on the stock gains...

Lessons From Working at the American Red Cross
November 27, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Bill was one of the first people I met when I worked at a local American Red Cross chapter. Now, a decade later, I mention him often when I train nonprofit staff because he taught me an important lesson. Maybe he can help you be successful in your nonprofit career, too...

Tis the season: Year-End Planning Ensures Success
November 21, 2018 at 10:58 am

For many nonprofits, the final quarter of the year—especially November and December—will determine their fundraising success. With the demands of year-end giving and a plethora of events and activities around the holidays, the final weeks of the year will be a blur. But it is time to close your door and do a quick check on these important points...