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Connie Poulos

Senior Associate, Copywriter

How to Harness Emotion as You Get Ready for Giving Season 

August 2, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

Last week, we introduced a series on four lessons learned from fundraising for real nonprofits in Baltimore. This week, we’re diving into the first lesson: the emotional nature of giving. We’ve said it before– giving is an emotional act. Donors give when they can feel a connection – when they know they are doi… Read More

4 Lessons from the Trenches to Prepare for Giving Season 

July 26, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

Here at Network for Good, we’re continuously innovating our platform. The best way we do this is by immersing ourselves in the lives of our nonprofit users to understand the everyday problems they are trying to solve. Last week, during a quarterly business review meeting in Baltimore, our team was challenged to m… Read More

Communicating with Monthly Donors: An Interview with Erica Waasdorp 

July 20, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

Editor’s note: Check out the recent webinar that Erica presented with us: How to Create Sustainable Funding with Monthly Donors. Last week, Erica Waasdorp of A Direct Solution answered questions about  getting started with a monthly giving program. In this installment, Erica takes on communicating with monthly dono… Read More

Getting Started with Monthly Giving: An Interview with Erica Waasdorp 

July 13, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

Recently, Erica Waasdorp of A Direct Solution presented a webinar on creating sustainable funding with monthly donors. With over 1,000 people participating, it was impossible to answer everyone’s questions live. Luckily, Erica offered to answer your questions in another format: a three-part blog series on monthly giv… Read More

Which Jane Austen Character Has Your Fundraising Style? 

July 5, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

“It is a truth universally acknowledged…” Just like the timeless characters of a Jane Austen novel, fundraisers come with many different personalities. Which one are you? Marianne Dashwood The “sensibility” from Sense and Sensibility, the younger Dashwood sister often lets her emotions dictate her decisions. … Read More

Overcoming Obstacles to Sustainable Funding: What Nonprofits Need to Thrive 

May 1, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

How do you fund your mission? A healthy nonprofit has multiple sources of funding, including individual giving. Depending entirely on grants or public funding is risky, as either could be lost without any control on the part of the nonprofit. A robust fundraising program provides needed financial security, expands… Read More

How to Write Awesome Emails Your Donors Want to Read 

April 17, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

When you want to contact your donors, chances are, you email them. And so does everybody else. Your donors, through no fault of their own, have inboxes that are constantly bogged down with messages from various organizations, businesses, stores, news outlets, and bloggers. And it’s a rare person who actually reads al… Read More

3 Steps to Getting Corporate Sponsors for Your Event 

March 31, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

Fundraising events take a fair amount of money to produce, and it’s easy to spend more money on the event than it actually raises. There are a number of ways to keep this from happening (like setting a realistic budget and fundraising goal and having a data-backed plan to boost donations), but one of the… Read More

Becoming a Data-Driven Organization: Q&A with Heather Yandow 

March 15, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

Data-master Heather Yandow is the brains behind Third Space Studio’s annual Individual Donor Benchmark Report (IDBR). This report offers a detailed analysis of fundraising data collected from small organizations nationwide whose total revenues fall under the $2 million threshold. Not a numbers fan? Not to worry. In … Read More

A Crash Course in Donor Prospecting 

March 13, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

Nonprofits need donors to be sustainable. For small organizations with limited staff and resources, finding individual donors can be a challenge. What can you do to jumpstart your growth? Whether you’re starting a new organization or you’ve been at this for a while, there are always new ways to build and strengthen… Read More

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