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6 Steps to Establishing a Photo Policy that Boosts Giving & Shows Respect 

February 22, 2017

By: Nancy Schwartz

  There’s no question that compelling photos are a powerful component of a successful fundraising campaign. Many organizations go further by sharing donor, volunteer, and staff photos. That’s because, “a picture may be worth MORE than a thousand words. A new study shows that text is more credible when accomp… Read More

Here’s How to Skillfully Upgrade Your Donors 

February 16, 2017

By: Brian Lauterbach, CFRE

It’s much easier to upgrade an existing donor than it is to find and attract new ones (and it’s always more cost-effective). But before you start asking donors to upgrade their gifts, it’s essential to understand the reason why donors upgrade their gifts. Although specifics may vary from person to perso… Read More

How a Fundraising Plan Can Save You From Bad Ideas 

February 13, 2017

By: Rachel Ramjattan

Lewis Carroll once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This is definitely true for fundraising. Heather Yandow, founder of the Individual Donor Benchmarks Report, discovered through her research of small and mighty nonprofits that nonprofits are more successful … Read More

8 Resources to Help with Fundraising Planning 

February 8, 2017

By: Liz Ragland

All nonprofits, no matter the size of their budget or staff, should spend some time crafting a fundraising plan for 2017. Here are some templates, resources, and tips to help you get your plan ready and give your individual giving a boost this year. If you’re exploring a capital campaign this year, Network for G… Read More

Choose the Right Annual Report Format for YOUR Donors 

January 27, 2017

By: Nancy Schwartz

When many of us hear “annual report,” we immediately think of a big book. You know what I’m talking about, a text-heavy, 12- to 24-page booklet printed on thick, glossy stock. I don’t know about you, but my eyelids are growing heavy just thinking about it. Let’s agree right now  to step away from the… Read More

What Do Funders and Foundations Need to Know About Grant Writing? 

January 25, 2017

By: Brian Lauterbach, CFRE

Grant writing is hard. You know it, and so do we: effective grant writing takes up valuable time and needs extreme attention to detail. It requires nonprofit staff to get out of the mindset of day-to-day programming and instead focus on making a case for their mission and the impact they want to bring to the… Read More

3 Ways Real People Can Bring Your Annual Report to Life 

January 18, 2017

By: Nancy Schwartz

How Unforgettable Stories Motivate Giving & Keep Donors Close With budget and staffing challenges touching us all in some way, it’s hard not to evaluate how much time and money go into your annual report. I encourage you to consider this advice from master fundraiser Tom Ahern: “Think of your annual report as… Read More

Five Things Nonprofits Must Know to Keep Donors 

January 4, 2017

By: Brian Lauterbach, CFRE

In January, Network for Good hosted the Donor Retention Virtual Conference (download free on-demand sessions here). As you begin planning donor retention strategies for 2017, keep these five things in mind: 1. You will lose most of your donors – and that’s not hyperbole. The 2015 Fundraising Effectiveness Project… Read More

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016 

December 31, 2016

By: Liz Ragland

In 2016, Network for Good’s blog covered topics ranging from fundraising planning and capital campaigns to leveraging a donor database. Here are the top posts of 2016. 10. Are You Ready to Launch a Capital Campaign? 3 Questions to Answer This post by guest blogger Barbara O’Reilly gave nonprofits a reality … Read More

Two Ways to Transform Your Annual Report from Dull to Dynamic 

December 22, 2016

By: Nancy Schwartz

Raise your hand if your organization continues to produce your annual report the same way each year? You’re not alone. Too many organizations continue to print pricey, time-consuming reports featuring dozens of text-heavy pages. Another challenge? Many organizations shape their annual reports based on internal wants … Read More

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