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Make Your Major Gift Solicitation Dynamic with These 6 Tips 

April 5, 2017

By: Claire Axelrad

I could just say (1) prepare, (2) prepare, (3) prepare, (4) prepare, (5) prepare, and (6) prepare. Did I mention that you really need to prepare? Essentially, this is the meta-message of Shark Tank’s “Mr. Wonderful,” Kevin O’Leary, to would-be entrepreneurs seeking to get spots – and funding – on the televi… 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

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

The Ins and Outs of Peer-to-Peer Walks, Rides and Runs 

March 29, 2017

By: Leigh Reynolds

Editor’s note: Peer-to-peer campaigns have tremendous potential, even outside of an event. As a way to engage your board in fundraising, reach new donors, and extend the life of your annual appeal, the power of peer-to-peer fundraising is a hugely untapped resource right at your fingertips. To learn more, check out: … Read More

5 Tips for Launching a SMART and Successful Fundraising Campaign 

March 27, 2017

By: Janet Cobb

Did you hear about the anonymous donor who paid a $4 million mortgage of a church in Georgia? Or the California high school that received a $1 million windfall from the Snapchat investment? These stories are great, but most of us don’t have such fortune. Instead, we work and plan and worry about making budget.… Read More

“People Like Us” – West End Residences’ Fundraising Success Story 

March 21, 2017

By: Nancy Schwartz

When I saw the unforgettable stories and photos that West End Residences (WER) made the heart of its annual campaign, I had to learn more. West End’s short-form stories and warm photos stand out so dramatically among the avalanche of asks I receive, and I wanted share the secrets of their success with you.  … 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

5 Tips to Make Events Donor Centric and Stewardship Focused 

March 3, 2017

By: Kathleen Kelly

It’s common for nonprofit board members and staff to express frustration with special events. Questions like “How does this event advance our mission?” or “Where are the major donors, new donors, and volunteers?” are typical. Many of these concerns are raised because your board and staff want… 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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