Category Archives: Classics

THREE POWERFUL FUNDRAISING TOOLS

Three Powerful Fundraising Tools

Every time we work with an organization, agency or college we experience a deep kindred feeling with the people gathered at the table. Whether presenting information, listening to concerns, or developing strategies we are also meeting new friends. We are witnessing diverse individuals put their beliefs into action, and we […]

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A powerful way to honor mothers

A powerful way to honor mothers

Mother’s Day is almost here. Most of us get mom a card. Many of us like to give flowers or candy, take mom to dinner, or have a gathering at the house. But these are short-lived. The flowers wither, the food is eaten and the cards are forgotten. You’ve created […]

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It’s easier to blame technology than to assess human capacity. But that’s not a winning strategy. Learn how to improve the “human factor”

Choosing and using a donor management system – Part 2

The complaints associated with using technology to support fundraising are many and varied. Unfortunately the “human factor” plays a large role in how well a specific database or tool performs. We touched on a few of these in part one of this series. These include taking the time to evaluate […]

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Five ways to de-energize your board

Five ways to de-energize your board

There is an ideal board in the consciousness of many nonprofit leaders. It often involves members who are engaged in governance and fundraising; who advocate for the organization; and serve as community ambassadors building relationships and partnerships. These ideal board members are well connected with time to spare. They magically […]

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Responding to rejection: retreat or resilience?

Responding to rejection: retreat or resilience?

Fundraising involves rejection. That’s just the way it is. But, you’re not going to find the right partners and funders unless you are busy talking with people, exploring areas of mutual interest, and submitting documents that communicate the work of your organization. And, with every submission comes the possibility of […]

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What every board member should know

What every board member should know

What is your fiduciary responsibility? And what does fiduciary mean, anyway? We recently had the opportunity to work with an organization that is ready to increase its impact. Current board members had recruited and approved new board members; there was work to be done and people to do it. Our […]

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The pros and cons of engaging political leaders

The pros and cons of engaging political leaders

Fundraising is a community endeavor, and our communities include the politicians who are elected to represent us at all levels. Current, former and prospective elected leaders are often involved in fundraising, providing great value. At the same time there are challenges related to engaging politicians as fundraising volunteers. With this […]

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How to build a successful volunteer engagement program

How to build a successful volunteer engagement program

A well-run volunteer management program can change the life of your nonprofit. Most leaders know this and yearn for a team they can depend on. At the same time most delay engaging volunteers because “it’s a lot of work.” That’s the truth. But, it’s also true that an investment in […]

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Gifts for Gifts? What is your practice?

Gifts for Gifts? What is your practice?

As a donor, what do you want in return for your gift? A letter? Public recognition? Opportunities to meet with like-minded people? Access to the organization’s leadership? A plaque? A pen? Your family’s name on a building? As an organization, what do you offer to your donors as a way […]

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