Category Archives: FUNdraising Good Times

Choosing and using a donor management system - part one

Choosing and using a donor management system

Technology makes the world go round. And that includes the world of fundraising. The complaints related to fundraising technology are many and varied. Some people complain they can’t produce “simple” reports requested by management. Others are vexed by the stand-alone nature of a product. Integrating with accounting is a common […]

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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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Secrets to passionate leadership

Secrets to passionate leadership

Leadership is more than a job. It’s an expression of your commitment to an organization, a cause, or an institution. People know when they meet you whether you are going through the motions, or living the mission and vision of the nonprofit you represent. Some leaders have charisma, that ability […]

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What is capacity and infrastructure?

What is capacity and infrastructure?

Knowing your mission, vision and proposed impact is critical to your success as an organization. Equally important is the process of building your fundraising capacity and infrastructure. But what exactly are these things? Here are three things you need to know. These refer to tangible and intangibles such as people, […]

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