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Barbara O'Reilly, CFRE

Barbara has more than twenty years of fundraising experience. She helps organizations to build nonprofit excellence through strategic planning and coordination of annual funds, capital campaigns, individual and institutional major gifts, and donor engagement as well as and Board and staff training and coaching.

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2 Questions Before Planning Your Next Nonprofit Event 

March 7, 2018

By: Barbara O'Reilly, CFRE

Truth be told, I have a love/hate relationship with events. I love getting dressed up to attend a fancy benefit. On the other hand, I’ve seen too many organizations host events because their leaders felt they “should.” Without strategy or follow-up, events waste an organization’s limited resources and leave an … Read More

4 Fundraising Ideas to Develop Your Fundraising Plan 

January 16, 2018

By: Barbara O'Reilly, CFRE

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Embarking on a new year—whether it’s a calendar or fiscal year (or both!)—is always an opportunity for a fresh start.  After all, that’s why resolutions are written at the start of a new year.  New year. New goals.  It’s the sa… Read More

[Template] Create a Fundraising Plan that will Propel Your Nonprofit Forward 

January 3, 2018

Use this template to itemize your nonprofit fundraising data to lend support to your fundraising strategy.…

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[eGuide] Create a Fundraising Plan that will Propel Your Nonprofit Forward 

January 3, 2018

Having an annual development plan helps you define not just what your fundraising goal will be, but also what key steps and metrics you need to have in place to successfully reach that goal.…

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[NFG Masterclass Webinar] Donor Retention Series: 5 Tips to Building Stronger Donor Engagement and Raising More Money” 

January 17, 2018

Speaker: Barbara O'Reilly, CFRE

Join Network for Good and special guest, Barbara O’Reilly, CFRE with Windmill Hill Consulting and expert fundraiser, as we explore the topic of donor retention to learn how to leverage both online and offline fundraising tactics to attract more donors, build longer lasting donor relationships, and increase your reven…

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“We need to talk”: How to Break Up (or Make Up) with Board Members 

June 1, 2017

By: Barbara O'Reilly, CFRE

Editor’s note: Need help with your board? Check out these free webinar recordings from of our recent Virtual Conference: Learn to Love Your Board. Break ups are awkward, painful, and uncomfortable. Whether it’s a professional partnership or a personal or romantic relationship, it’s never easy to part ways. T… Read More

Setting and (Re-Setting) Board Fundraising Expectations 

May 15, 2017

By: Barbara O'Reilly, CFRE

It’s no secret that many board members just don’t like fundraising In fact, in a recent BoardSource study, CEOs graded their boards on their fundraising performance. Nearly two-thirds of gave their volunteer leaders either a C or D grade. See what I mean? Before you start recruiting new board members, it’s essent… Read More

Unearthing “The Why” in Major Giving 

April 19, 2017

By: Barbara O'Reilly, CFRE

Think about the best and worst relationships in your life. Why do you consider one relationship the “best” and the other “the worst?” I bet your response probably includes the word “feel.” You may say: “That person makes me feel like a rock star.” Or “I feel valued and understood by him/her.” On the… Read More

Major Gift Fundraising for the Small Shop 

April 12, 2017

By: Barbara O'Reilly, CFRE

Editor’s note: Being able to analyze your data and keep track of your ongoing cultivation efforts is vital for building a major gifts program. Having the right tools can save you a lot of time – and keep you organized and on track. Click here to learn about Network for Good’s donor management, design… Read More

4 Strategic (and Successful) Ways to Manage Your Board’s Role in Fundraising 

February 27, 2017

By: Barbara O'Reilly, CFRE

When it comes to boards, there’s a fine line between governance and management that can be hard to navigate. For smaller nonprofits, board members can play a more hands-on role in the organization’s operation. But as an organization grows, moving to a role focused on governance can be a big change for board members… Read More

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