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 […]

8 Tips to Kickstart Your Major Gift Efforts

1. Write a plan: What are the organization’s goals for the year, and what will it cost to fund them? How much $ do you have to invest in your major gift program, and what ROI do you need to deliver? Who will be responsible for managing the program, cultivating donor relationships, making the ask, […]

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: […]

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 […]

Uncovering Philanthropic Passion

Uncovering philanthropic passion sounds like a big job, doesn’t it? It isn’t, really—as long as you are a good listener, enjoy spending time with people and know how to build authentic relationships. Uncovering someone’s philanthropic passion is simple. You ask key questions, then shut up and listen. I mean really listen. Don’t spend the time […]

Creating a framework for major gifts

As the saying goes, “What gets measured gets done.” And there’s no way to measure your progress if you don’t have it documented. Likewise, you’ve probably heard the addage, “You get what you measure.” If you don’t have a written plan you have nothing to measure your progress against. There’s no way to know if […]