Tag Archives: fundraising management

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 of thanking them for supporting your work? Do you have a policy that meets the diverse tangible and intangible needs and wants of your donors and prospective donors? Do you offer meaningful recognition to donors at all levels? There are many schools of thought on this topic. Some are held by donors, others are organizational policy. Some of these are articulated and well defined. Some are unconscious, unspoken or unaddressed. Here are two exaggerated examples. One is “I believe in […]

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More than a plan: Three things you need to implement your fundraising plan

More than a plan: Three things you need to implement your fundraising plan

Will a fundraising plan solve your fundraising challenges? Will your organizational culture change? Will your board suddenly become more involved? What about funding: will the money and resources you need miraculously appear? Creating fundraising plans for our clients is one of our core services. We invest time learning each organization, its culture, assets, position in the marketplace, challenges and successes. And we get to know the people. We combine our learnings and experience to create a fundraising plan. While we wish a plan could magically bring resources to a nonprofit, the truth is that it won’t. A plan is only as valuable as the people who implement it. Here are three things we have learned about the important role of a fundraising plan. 1. A fundraising plan is a management tool. […]

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