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 […]

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s already 2015! If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t have a ton of free time to surf the web looking for the best marketing & fundraising content. That’s precisely why I’m taking this blog in a different direction in 2015. This site will be focusing in on five key areas: […]

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 […]

Are you running a siloed direct mail program? (Tip #49)

Managing your fundraising programs in silos is a recipe for failure.  Donors don’t live in silos.  They don’t behave in a predictable manner.  Donors might see your mail, hear you ad on the radio, attend an event and then make a contribution online.  So which channel gets the credit?  More importantly, which channel gets more […]

Are You Ready For Year-End Fundraising?

It’s August. Have you planned your year-end fundraising efforts yet? If not, what’s keeping you from it? This is the most crucial fundraising season, and now’s the time to start planning! If you wait until September or October to plan your year-end efforts, you’ll waste many precious opportunities for success. Check out these 18 Tips […]

63 Fatal Fundraising Mistakes to Avoid

With competition for donors and charitable dollars at an all-time high, and the economy still keeping many donors on the sidelines, it’s more important than ever to focus on getting things right. These 63 fatal fundraising mistakes can have significant negative impacts on your fundraising results (both short and long-term). If you’re like me, you’ll […]