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Andrea Holthouser

Personal Fundraising Coach

Andrea is a creative problem-solver dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders meet and exceed their fundraising goals. A dynamic coach, she has twenty years of experience in developing innovative strategies to exceed goals.

Help! I Have Volunteers but Nothing for Them to Do 

January 15, 2020

By: Andrea Holthouser

I have people wanting to volunteer but we do not have a space for them or any events at the moment (small nonprofit operating out of my home). What should I tell the people wanting to volunteer? Just wait until we have events or see if they are interested in other tasks that we need… Read More

Help! I’ve Been Accused of Nonprofit Accounting Misconduct 

January 8, 2020

By: Andrea Holthouser

I appreciate you taking questions! We just had a bookkeeper quit, citing that she felt it was morally reprehensible that my wage (with a % of my time spent on fundraising) was being wrongfully charged to the Administration accounting class (rather than a Development class). We are in the process of changing our accou… Read More

Help! My Boss Set Me Up for Fundraising Failure 

December 18, 2019

By: Andrea Holthouser

One of my 2020 goals is to improve the donor experience. However, I’m not sure where to start to see our donation experience through the donors eyes. What’s your go-to method for reviewing and improving donor experience?  First and foremost – congratulations!! This is a very important and all-too-often overlooke… Read More

Help! I’m in Charge of Everything and I’m Overwhelmed 

December 11, 2019

By: Andrea Holthouser

I need help prioritizing. I have some volunteers but I’m still in charge of everything. I’m currently directing our programming, managing day-to-day operations, and fundraising. Out of all the things I have to get done (and want to do to grow), what are the top things I can do that will maximize impact? Here’… Read More

Help! I’m Bitter About Small-Dollar Donations 

December 4, 2019

By: Andrea Holthouser

We hold a fundraiser once a year in June, and in June 2018 we sold a private event where Santa comes to your house and gives (your gifts) toys to your kiddos.   We reached out to the two donors who purchased the events and never heard back from one donor…until yesterday! It is a year… Read More

Help! A Long-Time Donor Snubbed Us 

November 27, 2019

By: Andrea Holthouser

My organization has a donor who has been with us for more than 7 years, always at the $1000-$1400 level (annual gift). This year they gave $40. I’m considering contacting them to find out why (obviously I would ask this in a nice way). I’m wondering if there’s something we did wrong or could do… Read More

Help! My President Micromanages Me 

November 20, 2019

By: Andrea Holthouser

I just joined my organization (6 months ago) and I don’t like the way our president treats me. I feel like I can never do anything right. And there’s no point in doing trying anyway – he’s just going to redo my work and tell me how bad a job I’m doing. Since he basically… Read More

Help! My Colleague Rants on Facebook 

November 13, 2019

By: Andrea Holthouser

I’m in a higher-up development position at a nonprofit that doesn’t have a social media policy. I’ve noticed the head of our marketing/communications engaging in some non-professional Facebook activity. For example, arguing over political posts and sharing problematic rants. So far this is only taking… Read More

Help! I’m a Fundraiser Who Hates Fundraising 

November 6, 2019

By: Andrea Holthouser

I’m a new development director at a tiny nonprofit. I love my organization but I feel like I’m failing a little in my position because I hate, hate, hate asking people for money. What are some strategies for getting over my anxiety? I also have to meet with donors so I have to ask in-person,… Read More

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