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Year-End Nonprofit Fundraising: Get Your Ducks in a Row 

September 10, 2017

By: Claire Axelrad

The last six weeks of the calendar year are make or break time for nonprofits. In fact, nearly 30% of nonprofits raise 26-50% of their annual fundraising in November and December – when folks are feeling their most grateful and generous. Nearly a third of all annual giving happens in the single month of December,… Read More

Are We Doing Enough? Why Individual Giving Matters 

August 16, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

Last week in our series, 4 Lessons from the Trenches to Prepare for Giving Season, we talked about how nonprofits of all sizes face capacity challenges when it comes to finding new donors and developing new, creative campaigns. This week, we’ll discuss how to create the right mix of funding sources to make your missi… Read More

Technology and Monthly Giving: An Interview with Erica Waasdorp 

August 3, 2017

By: Connie Poulos

In the final installment of our monthly giving series, Erica is talking technology. She’s answering questions about: What goes on behind the scenes. What tools are needed. How can a small nonprofit afford them. Our biggest challenge is setting up an online system that works. We do not want to take credit card numbers… Read More

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

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

“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

End Your Fiscal Year Strong: 3 Campaign Ideas 

May 9, 2017

By: Liz Ragland

For many nonprofit organizations, year-end is June 30. Fiscal year-end, that is. Although the busy giving season in December marks the end of the financial year for donors, a June 30th fiscal year-end for nonprofits means it’s time to wrap up financial reports and budgets before July 1. Download our newest resource b… Read More

7 Ways to Keep Your Nonprofit’s Board Engaged 

April 25, 2017

By: Brian Lauterbach, CFRE

The members of your board of directors are not just donors. They’re people, too. They didn’t join your nonprofit’s board to ask their friends and family for money, but because they care about your mission. While they are on the inside, they still need to know they are valued and making a difference. Here … Read More

Eight Ways to Measure Fundraising Success 

April 4, 2017

By: Leigh Reynolds

How do you measure fundraising success? The answer isn’t just the amount raised. There are several metrics that can give you a clearer picture of the overall health of your fundraising efforts. Using your donor management system to track donations and donor activity is a great start, but it’s worth it to digging a … Read More

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