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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

Children’s Museum Brings in 85% New Donors with First P2P Campaign (Case Study) 

August 24, 2016

By: Nancy Schwartz

Hands-on Executive Director, Jillian Shaver, who also founded the new-ish Children’s’ Museum of Oswego (CMOO) shares tips from CMOO’s first peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising campaign. CMOO built its campaign on this gorgeous image that beautifully captures the organization’s mission and a clear, doable call to act… Read More

3 Ways to Create Board Members Who Love Fundraising 

August 19, 2016

By: Connie Poulos

Does your board take an active role in fundraising for your nonprofit? If you said no, you’re not alone.  Many small nonprofits struggle with how to engage their boards in fundraising. The truth is that your board members would love to do more to support your mission, but they don’t know where to start or… Read More

3 Things You Need Now for a Successful Giving Season 

August 17, 2016

By: Connie Poulos

The next 120 days are going to be the busiest of the year–and the most important for nonprofit fundraisers. Now is the time to start laying the groundwork so you can crush your goals and land in the black by December 31st. Your organization’s fundraising strategy will be as unique as your mission, donors, … Read More

Transform Your Nonprofit Board into a Fundraising Machine 

August 14, 2016

By: Connie Poulos

For a foolproof plan to get your board on board with fundraising, check out our on-demand webinar: 5 Simple Steps to Turn Board Members into Fundraisers. Let me tell you a little secret. Your board wants to fundraise. Really, they do. They care about your cause, they care about your success, and they want to create i… Read More

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