18 Strategies to Maximize Year-End Giving

Focus on the top 15 – 30 donors who haven’t made a gift yet this year.  Get your Executive Director, Board Chair and senior development staff out to meet with these key donors personally.  Find out what’s going on in their lives, and what’s still important to them about the work you’re doing.  Then ask […]

6 questions that can improve your nonprofit copy.

If you want to write better nonprofit copy (whether for direct mail, newsletters, annual reports, etc.), make sure you’re answering these six questions: 1. Does my copy speak to the values my donors use to make decisions? 2. Am I using the same language my donors use? 3. Is what I’m saying credible and verifiable? […]

Social Media: Effective Fundraising Tool, or the Nonprofit’s Sacred Cow?

An intense debate is brewing across the nonprofit sector right now.  Chances are you’ve probably been party to this debate, whether on the pro or con side of the discussion. At the heart of this debate lies question, what is the appropriate role of social media for nonprofits?  Is it an effective fundraising tool, or an expensive […]

6 Tips to Improve Your Online Donor Experience (and Results)

1. Understand the purpose of your site Sure, you want to build awareness, share information, and educate the public about your organization and your cause.  I get it.  That’s what every organization wants.  But let’s be honest.  The purpose of your site is to RAISE MONEY!  So many organizations miss the mark on this.  They […]

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 […]

9 Tips to Maximize Year-end Giving

2010 is quickly coming to a close.  It’s been a tough year, no doubt.  But this is no time to put the brakes on your fundraising efforts, despite what some “experts” are saying about the continued bad economy.  In fact, the last few weeks of the year are huge for most nonprofits – so make […]