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How to Improve the Volunteer Experience
August 8, 2017 at 10:23 am

It’s no secret that volunteers are one of the most important components to the success of your nonprofit and its ability to achieve goals. If volunteers engage in a positive experience with your nonprofit organization, they can fill multiple opportunities of need and take part in your fundraising campaigns. The truth of the matter is that providing an outstanding experience for your volunteers starts from the first communication you have with them...

4 Fundraising Principles Reinforced From a Fraternity Convention
August 3, 2017 at 9:14 am

Generous givers inspire me! This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the fraternity convention of Phi Kappa Theta. I have the honor of serving as chairman of the fraternity’s foundation and was interacting with many generous donors over the weekend...

6 Ways to Reverse the Peer-to-Peer Skid
August 2, 2017 at 10:28 am

America’s love affair with peer-to-peer fundraising events is well documented. Every year, thousands of organizations sponsor “a-thon events”—such as walks, runs and rides—in which their supporters act as their fundraisers...

Successful Automation Starts With Heart
July 31, 2017 at 10:43 am

There is something inherently satisfying about setting up an automated marketing system. Whether it’s retargeting, welcome series, scheduled social updates, automated ad buys, there is a temptation to "Ron Popeil" these efforts (“Just set it, and forget it!”)...

How to Tell Strategic Nonprofit Stories That Raise Money
July 25, 2017 at 11:20 am

Storytelling has been "hot" for some time now and for good reason. Our human brains are wired for storytelling. We’re automatically open and receptive. So, you’d be foolish not to use this to your advantage when it comes to your nonprofit marketing and fundraising—especially if your goal is to raise money. Storytelling is not difficult once you get the knack of it...

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...

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...

A Simple, But Powerful ‘Thank You’ Can Make a Big Impact
July 10, 2017 at 9:26 am

Jeff and I have talked quite a bit about “taking the donor to the scene,” the phrase that describes using words and pictures to help the donor understand, feel and “see” the need. The same thing is true on the backside of giving—the stewardship side. If you can show the donor what his or her giving has done, through a picture and a story, it can have a tremendous impact...

4 Keys for a Killer Cycling Event
July 5, 2017 at 11:14 am

I have spoken at and attended many of my clients’ national leadership meetings, supporting their peer-to-peer income streams. I have been in a lot of bars (for the sake of science), have been in a lot of conference hotels and have spoken with a lot of volunteer leaders about how they came to be there...

#NPPTrendingNow Ep 8: Creative Ideas for an Awesome Swag Bag
June 30, 2017 at 8:49 am

Welcome back to #NPPTrendingNow, a weekly video series where NonProfit PRO editor-in-chief Nhu Te breaks down the top three coveted stories of the week. Topping the ranks this week is from guest blogger Sam Momin, where she gives you some really creative and valuable tips for putting together an awesome swag bag. Angela Struebing shares…