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Creating a culture of fundraising

Part one of a three-part series “How can we raise money before the end of the year?!?” We have received several calls like these. Established and emerging organizations want to make sure they communicate with and solicit donors before the end of the year. It’s too late. Fundraising is something that goes on year-round. If you’ve […]

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Don’t wait until everyone resigns: three ways to retain staff and board members

Don’t wait until everyone resigns: three ways to retain staff and board members

“Nobody taught us how to go out and fundraise.” – Former board member. “After my experience at this organization, I am no longer interested in working in fundraising.” – former fundraising professional. We heard each of these statements during the past week. These are not uncommon sentiments. However, they are not frequently voiced before people […]

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Who gets credit for the gift?

November and December are times of increased giving. So many of us are relationship and philanthropy focused. We open our homes to friends and family, and we open our wallets to nonprofits. Knowing that many choose to make financial gifts during this time, nonprofits focus on reaching out to donors through direct mail, online campaigns, […]

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Two leadership requirements: honesty and trust

Are you brave enough to have an open and honest conversation about your organization’s fundraising? Are you willing to step out from behind your role as executive director and have an honest talk with your board chair? Are you willing to talk with him – or her – about what’s working and not working? Can […]

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Dr. Tracy Hall

Storytelling and fundraising… make sure your story isn’t a fantasy

If your story isn’t real, how can the funds you raise make a difference? Success is what nonprofits are supposed to project. Increased impact. New audiences, more people served, policies changed… Everything is rosy. But what if it isn’t? What if our “successes” blind us to what isn’t working? We might tell a good story, […]

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Yearend Solicitation – You want me to ask someone for a gift?!?

Fall is in the air. Time for football, warm sweaters, and the approach of the holidays. For those involved in fundraising it is also time to focus on the year-end campaign. There are direct mail letters to write, holiday events to host, and on-line giving campaigns to launch and manage. There is also the process […]

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Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture Architectural Photrography

The Feasibility of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

As I watched the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on television I was filled with excitement and emotion. I was excited about this historic moment, and what it means for the African American community and the nation. I thought of my great grandfather William Harrison Hammond, an ex-slave […]

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two generation approach

Tools for addressing generational poverty

Are you effectively using the resources available to you? Are your programs making an impact? Do you try new ideas? Have you explored the “two-generation” to addressing poverty? Do you understand poverty as a “condition” – similar to a medical condition – that has a standard of care? We recently had the opportunity to learn […]

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A Response to the Current Racial Unease in Our Country

After Obama’s election victory in 2008 many of us thought our country had at last turned the corner toward racial equality. Current events have shown how wrong we were. Reaction among African Americans to police shootings of blacks seemed to be all that was needed to ignite understandable resentment to the shootings. But could there […]

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I didn’t give because you didn’t ask

I didn’t give because you didn’t ask

Fear, ego, time and misinformation can keep you from asking for the gifts your organization needs. Don’t make these four mistakes. We are entering the giving season. Many readers will focus on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza and the New Year. Here at FUNdraising Good Times we are focused on giving to nonprofits. Like children who […]

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