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What Do Funders and Foundations Need to Know About Grant Writing? 

January 25, 2017

By: Brian Lauterbach, CFRE

Grant writing is hard. You know it, and so do we: effective grant writing takes up valuable time and needs extreme attention to detail. It requires nonprofit staff to get out of the mindset of day-to-day programming and instead focus on making a case for their mission and the impact they want to bring to the… Read More

3 Ways Real People Can Bring Your Annual Report to Life 

January 18, 2017

By: Nancy Schwartz

How Unforgettable Stories Motivate Giving & Keep Donors Close With budget and staffing challenges touching us all in some way, it’s hard not to evaluate how much time and money go into your annual report. I encourage you to consider this advice from master fundraiser Tom Ahern: “Think of your annual report as… 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

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016 

December 31, 2016

By: Liz Ragland

In 2016, Network for Good’s blog covered topics ranging from fundraising planning and capital campaigns to leveraging a donor database. Here are the top posts of 2016. 10. Are You Ready to Launch a Capital Campaign? 3 Questions to Answer This post by guest blogger Barbara O’Reilly gave nonprofits a reality … Read More

Two Ways to Transform Your Annual Report from Dull to Dynamic 

December 22, 2016

By: Nancy Schwartz

Raise your hand if your organization continues to produce your annual report the same way each year? You’re not alone. Too many organizations continue to print pricey, time-consuming reports featuring dozens of text-heavy pages. Another challenge? Many organizations shape their annual reports based on internal wants … 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

How to Achieve a Year-End Win Without Client Photos 

December 8, 2016

By: Nancy Schwartz

Question: Our last two year-end campaigns were fueled by client stories that featured a photo or two. Naturally, I planned to feature the same kind of moving, memorable profiles this year . That plan changed radically last month, when our social workers urged us to put our clients’ privacy first and stop using client… Read More

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