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“People Like Us” – West End Residences’ Fundraising Success Story 

March 21, 2017

By: Nancy Schwartz

When I saw the unforgettable stories and photos that West End Residences (WER) made the heart of its annual campaign, I had to learn more. West End’s short-form stories and warm photos stand out so dramatically among the avalanche of asks I receive, and I wanted share the secrets of their success with you.  … Read More

A Crash Course in Donor Prospecting 

March 13, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

Nonprofits need donors to be sustainable. For small organizations with limited staff and resources, finding individual donors can be a challenge. What can you do to jumpstart your growth? Whether you’re starting a new organization or you’ve been at this for a while, there are always new ways to build and strengthen… Read More

4 Strategic (and Successful) Ways to Manage Your Board’s Role in Fundraising 

February 27, 2017

By: Barbara O'Reilly, CFRE

When it comes to boards, there’s a fine line between governance and management that can be hard to navigate. For smaller nonprofits, board members can play a more hands-on role in the organization’s operation. But as an organization grows, moving to a role focused on governance can be a big change for board members… Read More

Here’s How to Skillfully Upgrade Your Donors 

February 16, 2017

By: Brian Lauterbach, CFRE

It’s much easier to upgrade an existing donor than it is to find and attract new ones (and it’s always more cost-effective). But before you start asking donors to upgrade their gifts, it’s essential to understand the reason why donors upgrade their gifts. Although specifics may vary from person to perso… Read More

Five Things Nonprofits Must Know to Keep Donors 

January 4, 2017

By: Brian Lauterbach, CFRE

In January, Network for Good hosted the Donor Retention Virtual Conference (download free on-demand sessions here). As you begin planning donor retention strategies for 2017, keep these five things in mind: 1. You will lose most of your donors – and that’s not hyperbole. The 2015 Fundraising Effectiveness Project… Read More

Year-End Countdown, Week 2: Top 10 Free Year-End Fundraising Resources 

December 17, 2016

By: Connie Poulos

Over 11% of all annual giving occurs during the last three days of the year—which is next week. Are you ready? If you’re not feeling quite in the giving season spirit yet, don’t worry.There’s still time to take advantage of the year’s biggest fundraising opportunity. Whether you’ve had y… Read More

5 Easy Ways to Boost Year-End Donations 

December 15, 2016

By: Nancy Schwartz

The clock is running out on year-end fundraising. Whether you’re exceeding expectations or are barely meeting the bare minimum, you can do even better. I know what you’re thinking: “There’s so little time.” But I want to share five important adjustments you can make right now to shape your most compelling yea… Read More

Year-End Countdown, Week 3: December Fundraising Dos and Don’ts 

December 11, 2016

By: Liz Ragland

As December 31st approaches, let’s review some fundraising basics.  There are a lot of details that go into your year-end fundraising campaign but this week, I encourage you to take a step back and make sure you are doing, or not doing, these 8 basic things: Don’t Make it Hard for Donors to Get to… Read More

Train Your Fundraising Ambassadors for Year-End Success 

December 9, 2016

By: Nancy Schwartz

December is here and the pressure is on. You need all hands on deck. It’s time to call on your fundraising ambassadors. Your colleagues, board members, volunteers, and loyal donors have tremendous potential to contribute as ambassadors . All they need is a little guidance to be successful. Here are six things you can… Read More

Steal this pre-#GivingTuesday Email 

November 26, 2016

By: Liz Ragland

I know you’re really busy prepping for #GivingTuesday and your year-end campaign so I’ll keep this short: Have you let your donors know that you’re participating in #GivingTuesday? If not, MONDAY is the day to send them a short message. Use this email template as a starting point, include your speci… Read More

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