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 […]

Women Give 2012 Study

I ran across this Women Give 2012 (slightly dated) study comparing giving behaviors of women and men thanks to Gail Perry this evening. The study compared only single adult households (excluded married households) in order to better understand gender-based giving differences. Key findings… 1. Boomer and older women are more likely to give to charity […]

The fundraiser’s spring cleaning checklist

It’s that time of year again. Time to clean out your development operation, reorganize and re-prioritize your efforts and rid your organization of the fundraising clutter that keeps you from maximizing your success. Use this fundraiser’s spring cleaning checklist to help get your house in order and get you focused on the most important tasks […]

Mark Cuban’s advice for your nonprofit

Famed entrepreneur Mark Cuban once said, Make your product easier to buy than your competition or you will find your consumers buying from them, not you. What does Mark’s advice mean for your nonprofit? What do you need to do to make sure that donors are investing in your organization instead of going to the […]

Analyzing Your Direct Mail Campaigns (Tip #52)

There are many ways to evaluate your fundraising performance.  Response rate.  Average gift.  Cost per dollar raised.  Cost per donor.  Those are all important metrics to track.  But the one you should focus on more than any other is Long-Term Donor Value (LTDV). LTDV takes into account the cost of acquisition and cultivation, and the […]