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Year-End Countdown Week 11: Warm Up Donors Now 

October 16, 2016

By: Connie Poulos

#GivingTuesday and year-end will be here before you know it. Now that you’ve (hopefully!) started working on your campaign, it’s time to make sure your message is going to resonate with your donors. Not only does the content of your appeal matter—but so does the way it is delivered. That means taking the time to… Read More

Year-End Countdown, Week 12: 3 Ways to Use Storytelling to Craft a Powerful Year-End Appeal 

October 9, 2016

By: Connie Poulos

Editor’s note: For in-depth guidance and tips on writing the ultimate year-end appeal, download a copy of our popular e-guide, How to Write Amazing Year-End Appeals.   “Call me Ishmael.” Stories have staying-power. They live in our memories, pull at our heartstrings, and motivate us to act. At its deep… Read More

3 Steps for Cultivating Year-End Fundraising Ambassadors 

October 4, 2016

By: Nancy Schwartz

It’s almost year-end fundraising season. Are you banging your head against the wall yet? Joking aside, it may seem like your team’s hard work and limited resources just won’t be enough. And you know what you could do, if only… I believe that there is a way to move past this seemingly insurmountable barrier: Dev… Read More

Year-End Countdown (Day 90): 3 Things to Do This Week 

October 2, 2016

By: Connie Poulos

It’s official: there are only 90 days to go until year-end. Start getting ready now by checking these three things off your to do list: 1. Assemble your #GivingTuesday and Year-End Ambassadors. Especially for a giving day like #GivingTuesday, your campaign success depends on having a group that is actively rallying t… Read More

Four Donor Communication Mistakes to Avoid in Year-End Giving Plans 

September 29, 2016

By: Liz Ragland

There’s no question that this is a busy time of year in our field. But don’t let the hustle and bustle of year-end planning and #GivingTuesday campaigns distract you from the basics of good fundraising, especially strategic donor communications. Here are four of the most common mistakes nonprofits make in their don… Read More

Why Donor Cultivation Events Are Better Than Cinnabon 

September 14, 2016

By: Rachel Muir

Did you know that more than two-thirds (67%) of donors surveyed said that attending donor cultivation events was the main reason they made gifts to nonprofits? To me, that statistic reinforces the invaluable role these events play in our work. I love helping nonprofits plan donor cultivation events because they connect… Read More

Unicorn Leads Record-Breaking Fundraising Campaign 

September 12, 2016

By: Nancy Schwartz

Ah-mazing! When the May 2016 Give Out Day (national LGBTQ day of giving) was indefinitely postponed, Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul, MN had to scramble to find a way to fund its LGBTQ programs. The Clinic couldn’t risk losing these vital donations. Here, Development and Communications Director Wendy Brovold, shares t… Read More

3 Mistakes That Could Derail Your Year-End Campaign Before It Even Begins 

September 5, 2016

By: Connie Poulos

Over 30% of all donations to small nonprofits are given during the last few months of the year- primarily in the month of December.  It’s the busiest and most crucial time of year for small nonprofits- many of which don’t have the time and resources available to take full advantage of this opportunity. T… Read More

5 Questions to Start Planning Your Year-End Fundraising Campaign 

August 30, 2016

By: Connie Poulos

Get the plan, tools, and strategy you need to crush your goals this December. Learn more at Jump-Start Fundraising. When I was a kid, I would start writing my Christmas list in August. I wanted plenty of time to edit and revise the draft until I was sure that Santa would understand exactly what I… Read More

9 Steps for a Perfect Nonprofit Board Meeting 

August 26, 2016

By: Brian Lauterbach, CFRE

(Join us on Tuesday, August 30 at 1 pm EDT for a free webinar, How to Create a Fundraising-Friendly Board with fundraising consultant Barbara O’Reilly. Register now. Can’t make the time? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording.) Although the ferocious flurry of gathering reports to prepare p… Read More

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