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Help! How Do I Get a Company to Sponsor My Nonprofit? 

May 13, 2020

By: Andrea Holthouser

“I am a fundraiser/grant writer and I’m preparing an email to request funding from a large corporate company. Do you have any examples that can help me?“ In my experience, no two nonprofits or large corporations are the same. As a result, I don’t have general examples. Instead, because I’m invested in… Read More

Help! Should I Refund Tickets to My Canceled Event? 

April 29, 2020

By: Andrea Holthouser

“We had to postpone our indoor mini golf fundraiser due to COVD 19. It was a three day event and we had approximately $15,000 in sponsorships- national sponsors to small local companies- the most successful fundraising drive yet- and that does not included what we would have brought in with raffles and tickets at… Read More

Help! How Do I Get Ready for #GivingTuesdayNow? 

April 22, 2020

By: Andrea Holthouser

“I just heard about #GivingTuedayNow on May 5. How do I prepare/should we spend the time and effort getting involved? What should I tell my donors about it?” Great question! With a short planning window and strong chance you’re operating partially remote, my #1 recommendation is to keep your call to actio… Read More

Help! How Do Explain the CARES Act to Donors? 

April 15, 2020

By: Andrea Holthouser

“I can’t find the right language to help our donors understand the new tax deduction allowance in the CARES act. Do you have anything I could use to explain in simple language? Example: ‘Our Sip for Smiles event will be postponed until 2021. Your tickets at $40 are now 100% deductable per person up to… Read More

Help! How Do I Acknowledge Matching Gifts? 

April 8, 2020

By: Andrea Holthouser

“I have a question about acknowledgement letters. If I am acknowledging a donor whose company has matched a gift, should my acknowledgement letter to the donor recognize the total amount received? Or should the letter acknowledge the donation and then specifically address the match? I would also like to thank the… Read More

Help! How Do I Use Videos to Fundraise Online? 

April 1, 2020

By: Andrea Holthouser

“I had an event planned for March 28th – A Spring Tea Fundraiser. What steps can I take to do it viral? I have never done any video marketing at all so I am a newbie.” Great question. We are all newbies at some point and this is a spectacular time to learn and grow!… Read More

Help! Should I Raise Money During a Pandemic (and How)? 

March 25, 2020

By: Andrea Holthouser

A lot of you are wondering how, when, and whether to ask for donations during this time. This week I’ll be giving one answer to 4 reader-submitted questions. First up, here are your questions: #1: How do you frame your message and your need to keep planning for the future as you solicit support from… Read More

Help! A Coronavirus Special Edition 

March 18, 2020

By: Andrea Holthouser

Editor’s note: The Ask a Fundraising Coach inbox has been flooded with questions related to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Andrea and the rest of our fundraising coaches are doing their very best to answer each of your questions quickly during this time. If you have a question or concern relating to your event, your mis… Read More

Help! Coronavirus Might Force Me to Cancel My Fundraising Event 

March 11, 2020

By: Andrea Holthouser

Hi. How do I go about creating a plan B in case my spring gala gets canceled because of coronavirus fears? It’s at the end of April. (Or really any worst-case scenario. All of this has really made me realize that my org tends to put all its eggs into one basket with no backup… Read More

Help! How Do I Write Stronger Emails? 

March 4, 2020

By: Andrea Holthouser

I just read the email fundraising strategy post and had a question. [editor’s note: read the post here] I saw the break-down recommendation for what each email blast should be about and wondered if you suggest keeping them separate or combining them? For instance, if we do a post educating people and sharing a st… Read More

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