Fundraising Myth Busters: Donor Acquisition

This is the first in a series of seven posts focused on busting (or validating) common fundraising myths. Believing you know the truth about anything in fundraising without testing it is both foolish and dangerous. Everything is NOT as consistently true as you (or I) might think it is. Furthermore, what was absolutely true five […]

We increased our newsletter revenue by 1,000%. Here’s how…

Back in 2009 at Gillette Children’s Hospital Foundation we had a problem. Our newsletter, Momentum, was an institution unto itself. It won multiple communications awards. The staff raved about it. The CEO loved her nearly full-page column. It was packed full of insider information. Articles about new technology being used at the hospital. Informative columns […]

Improve your hospital fundraising with 71 FREE education sessions!

The schedule for the upcoming Hospital Fundraising Summit has just been finalized. This exciting and FREE event is packed with 71 presentations from 48 expert speakers over an 7 day period. This is a great learning opportunity for anyone involved in healthcare philanthropy, or anyone looking to get into the business. If you’re unable to attend […]

Using Data To Drive Donor Insights

What data points does your nonprofit use to develop insights and new strategies to better engage your constituents? If you’re like most nonprofits, it probably depends which department head you ask. Development maintains the donor database that houses biographical data (i.e., name, address, etc.) and transaction data (i.e., date and amount of most recent, last […]

5 Things Nonprofits Get Wrong About Donors

Jonathan Lewis and Mya Abi-Khalil co-authored a great post, 5 Things Clients Get Wrong About Consumers over at DigiDay. This post was written for the commercial world, but the model is equally valuable for nonprofits. The 5 incorrect assumptions are listed below along with what I believe are the equivalent incorrect assumptions that nonprofits make. Consumers are rational […]

Rainmaking: The Fundraiser’s Guide to Landing Big Gifts

Two years ago my good friend Roy C. Jones and I had the bright idea to write a book designed to help fundraisers build better donor relationships and raise more money. It’s been a long road. We’ve learned a lot in the process, and had the opportunity to talk with dozens of great leaders in […]