WEBINAR: Maximizing the Middle

Middle donors, like middle children, are often overlooked. Most nonprofits have defined major gift programs, and annual giving programs for lower level donors. Very few, however, spend the effort to create strategies aimed at their mid-level givers. This is a HUGE mistake! Join me for a webinar (Thursday, Sept 10, 10am PDT) where I’ll share the characteristics that […]

Your donors are tired of being crappily asked

Last month Marc A. Pitman wrote on the myth of donor fatigue. Something Marc said stuck with me, and hit home like a hammer when I got an email solicitation from Catholic Charities USA (below). First, check out what Marc said on the topic of donor fatigue – the myths – and the realities: The […]

Should you include a reply envelope in your thank you letters?

I get this question all the time! And I’m sure there are a lot of people who will disagree with me on this topic. My standard response to development directors and executive directors who ask this question is a resounding, ABSOLUTELY! The most frequent argument against including reply envelopes in thank you letters is that […]

Fundraising Myth Busters: Major donors shouldn’t get direct mail

This is a widely believed fundraising myth. It’s one that I personally hear at least monthly – if not weekly. The thinking is that because major donors give more money, they don’t want to get your organization’s regular direct mail solicitations. This is installment six of seven in my Fundraising Myth Busters series. If you […]

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 […]

Balancing your major gift pipeline

Yesterday I talked with a nonprofit CEO who told me that 70% of his organization’s major gift revenue came from local corporate partners. There was a sense of pride and accomplishment in his voice as he shared this with me. These corporate partners are a big part of this nonprofit’s revenue. So, not surprisingly, this […]