Hi, I’m Andrew Olsen. I am an award-winning author, speaker, and nonprofit marketer. In the last 15 years I’ve helped dozens of nonprofit and political organizations raise more than $150 million to advance their causes.

This is my personal blog.

My goal is to help nonprofit professionals lead successfully and execute effectively so that they can make a greater impact in their organization and our world.

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Work with me

I love to collaborate with nonprofit leaders. Here are a few ways we could partner together.

Major Gift Training: Using the proven major gift fundraising techniques from my book, Rainmaking, I’ve developed a major gift training program that can be delivered as a two-day intensive on-site course at your location, or spread over the course of 12 weeks via webinar and conference call. This course covers the basics of creating a major gift program, developing a donor-centric moves management strategy, identifying and cultivating high net worth donors, and the most effective ways to make an ask. We’ll also address setting goals for your program and tracking program performance.

Leadership Coaching: Sometimes as a nonprofit professional, it’s difficult to access the leadership and coaching resources you need to lead at your best. I love 1-on-1 coaching, and focus on helping Executive Directors and Development Directors sharpen their skills in four key areas: Developing talent, creating high performance cultures, managing conflict, and creating strategic focus in their organizations.

Fundraising Coaching: You don’t have to go it alone when it comes to building fundraising capacity in your organization. Whether you’re looking for 1-on-1 coaching in a specific fundraising area, or looking for group coaching support for your entire development staff, we can design a program that’s just right for you.

Speaking: I’ve been speaking publicly for nearly a decade. In the last few years I’ve keynoted a half-dozen charity gala events, and several corporate conferences. Right now there are two ways that I can support you and your organization. If your organization is involved in domestic hunger and poverty relief, you might consider having me tell my story at your fundraising event (I’ll even make the ask for you if you’d like). I’m also available to speak on major gifts, direct response fundraising, and strategic planning at your nonprofit industry conference or workshop.

Auditing: This might be right for you if you’ve got a great team that’s just stuck somewhere. I’m often brought in to audit specific areas within an organization. Whether it’s a full-scale development audit, or something as simple as an audit of your newsletter to help increase results, I can help.

Content Creation: I’ve written dozens of high-performing direct mail packages and email campaigns over the last decade. If you are looking to turbo-charge your direct response fundraising results, I can help you.

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Here are a few of the most popular posts from my blog:


We Increased Our Newsletter Revenue by 1,000%. Here’s how…

3 reasons your nonprofit needs a mobile website

Optimization: The Secret Weapon in Online Fundraising

8 Tips to Kick Start Your 2015 Major Gift Efforts

Fundraising and the Executive Suite

6 Steps to Integrated for Small Charities