Does your nonprofit need a strategic agency partner?

In the nonprofit sector we often hear board members, CEO’s, and even development officers argue that they shouldn’t invest in fundraising agency partners, and instead should just “go it alone” in order to keep costs down. There’s a belief that fundraising strategy and communications are easy to create, and that anyone can be successful in […]

The 4 Myths that keep homeless service organizations from major gift success

Working with over 200 organizations that focus on serving people who are homeless, hungry, and living in poverty, I’ve come to conclude that there are 4 myths that keep organizations like this from achieving their full potential in major gift fundraising. As you read this post, maybe you’ll recognize some of these myths. Maybe you’ve […]

5 Culture Problems That Can Kill Your Fundraising

#3: We don't INVEST in philanthropy

If you haven’t checked out my first and second posts in the series of 5 Culture Problems That Can Kill Your Fundraising, check those out now!  This series is adapted from a presentation my good friend Derric Bakker, CEO of Dickerson Bakker & Associates gave at the 2017 Association of Gospel Rescue Missions conference. Today we’ll look […]

If your fundraising agency does this, fire them.

Yesterday I was advising a friend who is Executive Director at an organization I’m very fond of. I was shocked at a recommendation she received from her fundraising agency. It went something like this… “Don’t send a summer direct mail appeal because it’s too expensive. We think direct mail works for big nonprofits, but small […]

The success of middle and major donor direct response campaigns

I’ve just reviewed results from three middle/major donor integrated direct response fundraising campaigns that my teams managed for various social service organizations over the last year. The numbers are astonishing! We’ll get to those in a second. First, I want to share some of the negative myths we’ve dealt with around these campaigns, and why […]