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.
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.
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.
A fundraising plan is one of the best ways to set goals, gain buy-in from others, and raise the money your nonprofit needs. Your plan can be simple or complex, depending upon the complexity of your organization, your fundraising goals, and your organization’s culture and history of fundraising. Three things to consider as you build your plan.
Don’t let preconceptions get in the way of determining who should be part of your solicitation team. Your data people know more than you think they do. And, if you make them a full member of your team, sharing your plans and projections, they can add insights and data you need to succeed.