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How I Started My First Monthly Giving Program 

June 27, 2017

By: Sandy Rees

Note from the editor: Because our subscribers don’t always have the opportunity to read every post we have published on this blog (over 2,650!), we’ll be sharing some top posts to give you plenty of fundraising and marketing ideas to implement over the next few months. In this post about monthly giving, guest blog… Read More

The Importance of the Thank You: Creating an Attitude of Gratitude 

June 14, 2017

By: Janet Cobb

From early childhood, we are taught the magic words: thank you.  I don’t have to tell you that these two simple words can make or break the relationship between an organization and its donors. Most nonprofits know how important it is to send acknowledgment letters after receiving gifts. We dutifully thank our donors… Read More

Turn Up the Heat on Summer Outreach and Results 

June 9, 2017

By: Nancy Schwartz

Note from the editor: Because our subscribers don’t always have the opportunity to read every post we have published on this blog (over 2,650!), we’ll be sharing some top posts to give you plenty of fundraising and marketing ideas to implement over the next few months. In this post from last June, guest bl… Read More

Fundraising with Direct Mail: What Every Small Nonprofit Needs to Know 

June 7, 2017

By: Leigh Reynolds

A solid development plan used to rise and set around direct mail, and while there are many new fundraising channels available today, direct mail can and should still be an important part of your plan. Here are seven steps to executing an effective direct plan campaign that’s also integrated into your overall communic… Read More

“We need to talk”: How to Break Up (or Make Up) with Board Members 

June 1, 2017

By: Barbara O'Reilly, CFRE

Editor’s note: Need help with your board? Check out these free webinar recordings from of our recent Virtual Conference: Learn to Love Your Board. Break ups are awkward, painful, and uncomfortable. Whether it’s a professional partnership or a personal or romantic relationship, it’s never easy to part ways. T… Read More

6 Ways to Get Your Board Fundraising…NOW! 

May 17, 2017

By: Rachel Muir

Have you ever had a board member make this fundraising suggestion? “Just ask Oprah!” Sure. I’ve got her on speed dial, right? Seriously, the number one complaint I hear from organizations is that their board members aren’t fundraising. How do you fix it? Here are six ways to get them on board with fundraising (… Read More

Setting and (Re-Setting) Board Fundraising Expectations 

May 15, 2017

By: Barbara O'Reilly, CFRE

It’s no secret that many board members just don’t like fundraising In fact, in a recent BoardSource study, CEOs graded their boards on their fundraising performance. Nearly two-thirds of gave their volunteer leaders either a C or D grade. See what I mean? Before you start recruiting new board members, it’s essent… Read More

End Your Fiscal Year Strong: 3 Campaign Ideas 

May 9, 2017

By: Liz Ragland

For many nonprofit organizations, year-end is June 30. Fiscal year-end, that is. Although the busy giving season in December marks the end of the financial year for donors, a June 30th fiscal year-end for nonprofits means it’s time to wrap up financial reports and budgets before July 1. Download our newest resource b… Read More

Overcoming Obstacles to Sustainable Funding: What Nonprofits Need to Thrive 

May 1, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

How do you fund your mission? A healthy nonprofit has multiple sources of funding, including individual giving. Depending entirely on grants or public funding is risky, as either could be lost without any control on the part of the nonprofit. A robust fundraising program provides needed financial security, expands… Read More

Identify Your Major Donors Today 

April 27, 2017

By: Dan Shephard

It’s no secret that major gifts impact the bottom line for small and emerging nonprofits. Even though major donors might make up a small segment of a nonprofit’s donor base, they account for a large percent of the total of gifts that come through the door. How do you define “major donor” or “major gift”?… Read More

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