Category Archives: FUNdraising Good Times

Growing Pains

Growing pains

How can nonprofits predict their futures in unpredictable times? Embracing change and growth is important, especially during times of COVID-19. The only way to go is forward, by keeping our eyes on the prize.

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How Are Fundraising Goals Set?

How Are Fundraising Goals Set?

Are you setting realistic fundraising goals? Checking your progress throughout the year and anticipating future funding needs will help to meet your goals. Using examples from other organizations can help to guide your goal setting process.

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If I only had five more staff - Quality vs. quantity

If I only had five more staff – Quality vs. quantity

If you don’t hire the right people, or can’t support their work, you won’t see much difference in fundraising results. Nonprofits can grow their staff and stumble over each other. There are also lean operations that raise funds in a nimble fashion.

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UNCF Ad Campaign

What it takes to build a national brand

We drove to JFK to meet the red eye from LA and pick up Alex Haley whose televised historical novel, Roots, was astonishing America. I’d set up an 8 a.m. “power breakfast” at the Regency with UNCF’s corporate CEO supporters.

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A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

It takes a team to bring a vision to life. Hear the story of Harriet Sherman Schimel and the work of her team on the historic UNCF A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste campaign that changed higher education fundraising.

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Growing a diverse donor base

How does a nonprofit deliver on its mission while in the midst of change that may not be embraced by all members of the board or funders. Balancing the power and voices of funders, board members, people served, and those not served.

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How diverse is your fundraising?

How diverse is your fundraising?

Asking fundraisers (professionals and volunteers) to look at who they are cultivating / soliciting as donors is one component of building equity. Building diversity into all aspects of your vision and priorities can broaden fundraising effectiveness.

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Plan to take the craziness out of fundraising

What should you include in your fundraising plan? Five things to include that can help take some of the “craziness” out of fundraising. Be proactive and reduce the exasperation, exhaustion, and frustration that can overcome staff and volunteers.

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