Want to raise more money? Learn to play nice together!

Do you remember when you were 7, and that kid next door had all the cool toys?  You so desperately wanted to play with them, but he wouldn’t let you.  He’d say things like, No! These are my toys – go get your own!  So instead, you went out and got your own toys.  But […]

What do Unicorns, Loch Ness and Big Foot have to do with your fundraising?

So what exactly do Unicorns, Loch Ness and Big Foot have to do with your fundraising, huh? The answer?  Well, they’re just as mythical as the following 6 assumptions you and others in and around your organization might have about your fundraising program. 1. If a donor makes a gift, you should let them rest for […]

Are you soliciting minor gifts from MAJOR donors?

One key way to maximize Long-Term Donor Value in your direct response program is to ensure that each time you make an ask, you’re asking every donor for the most appropriate gift amount. You’re probably already doing that, right? I’m sure when you acquire a donor who gives an initial gift of $20, you probably […]

Key Metrics for Donor Acquisition

What are the key metrics you track in your donor acquisition efforts? Do you monitor response rate, average gift and total income generated? Those are pretty standard, and are probably the most frequent metrics tracked. But if that’s all you’re tracking, chances are you aren’t maximizing your acquisition efforts. Recently I had a conversation that […]

Insights from Russ Reid’s 2011 Development Conference

It’s just after 8:00 a.m., and I’m 30,000 feet over Los Angeles right now, headed home from the 21st Annual Leadership and Development conference put on by Russ Reid.  What a great week of learning, sharing and connecting with nonprofit leaders from around the U.S. and Canada. This is an amazing conference put on by […]

3 Keys to Successful Direct Mail Fundraising

There are dozens of articles and blog posts that discuss how to write a successful fundraising letter.  And many of them contain pretty solid recommendations. But the success of your direct mail campaigns is decided well before your writer sits down to write your letter.  It’ll be decided during the planning phase when you establish your […]