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10 ways to refine your fundraising readiness in 2017

10 ways to refine your fundraising readiness in 2017

Part Two of a Two Part Series Are you ready for a successful fundraising year?  Are you already involved? Before you go full force in the marketplace – whether with cultivation or solicitation – stop and review your fundraising readiness status. Here are 10 business processes we have found impact fundraising. Take a moment to […]

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The FUNdraising Doctor is in - 2

The FUNdraising Doctor is in! Part Two

Part Two of a Two Part Series The financial health of an organization is often attributed to the board of directors. The composition of the board, its actions, the level of giving, and the recognition of individual members all impact financial health. Part one of this series provided information on nine symptoms of board health. […]

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The FUNdraising Doctor is in!

The FUNdraising Doctor is in!

Part One of a Two Part Series The board of directors of an organization is responsible for its financial health. What does this mean? How do you measure the fundraising health of the board? We at Saad&Shaw suggest a visit to the FUNdraising doctor. A check-up may be in order. Below you will find symptoms […]

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Donor Retention and Attrition: How effective is your fundraising?

We know you want to meet your fundraising goals. We also know some readers may be anxious wondering, “how will the calendar year end? Will we be in the red or in the black come December 31st?” While we don’t have a magic wand we do want to suggest two aspects of fundraising management you […]

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Avoid the special event pitfalls!

Avoid the special event pitfalls!

Many nonprofit organizations and institutions rely on revenue from special events. If you check any calendar of events you will find many to choose from: 5k and 10k runs and walks; galas with dinner, dancing and awards; concerts; luncheons with nationally recognized speakers. With strong competition for the philanthropic dollar we want to help you […]

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Ingredients of a quality meeting

Ingredients of a Quality Meeting

We recently received a request from a reader wanting to know how to get the most impact from meetings with her supervisor. “Each week, I am given full responsibility for what is discussed. It is the one opportunity where I have my supervisor’s undivided attention and think I should be more strategic in our discussion.” […]

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Empowered Fundraising Team

Secrets to an empowered fundraising team

This is the fifth in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success. Last week’s column focused on building a fundraising team. This week we provide suggestions for creating an empowered fundraising team. The key word is empowered. Here’s the best definition of an empowered fundraising team that we have heard “allowing good people […]

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Team Power

Fundraising team building

This is the fourth in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success. We can do so much more together than we can alone. A fundraising team – that includes board members, staff and volunteers – can transform your nonprofit. It will take time, energy and talent to build and manage such a team, […]

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Are you really committed?

Are you really committed?

This is the third in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success. Commitment is critical to successful fundraising. Without commitment, ideas and plans remain just that. Our experience has shown that the full commitment of the board of directors, CEO, staff, and volunteer leadership is key to fundraising success. People who are committed […]

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Building consensus and reaching agreement

Building consensus and reaching agreement

This is the second in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success.  Agreement is the cornerstone upon which a healthy nonprofit is built. Without agreement amongst an organization’s leadership it is almost impossible to sustain successful fundraising. You may be in a situation where there was agreement in the past, but changes in […]

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