If your fundraising agency does this, fire them.

Yesterday I was advising a friend who is Executive Director at an organization I’m very fond of. I was shocked at a recommendation she received from her fundraising agency. It went something like this… “Don’t send a summer direct mail appeal because it’s too expensive. We think direct mail works for big nonprofits, but small […]

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Conference 2017

I had the honor of speaking last year at the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless’ annual conference. It was an extra special experience because my daughter Isabelle joined me for the day — and the conversations we had about the root causes of poverty and homeless on the drive home were amazing.

The 2017 MCH conference happens again this September, and I’m excited to share fundraising strategies and recommendations with dedicated professionals fighting poverty and homelessness once again!

Middle & Major Donor Fundraising Success for Social Service Orgs

Mel Trotter Ministries raises nearly $1 million in six weeks!

As an adviser to 60+ nonprofits across the U.S. and Canada, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, how can we better engage our middle and major donors through direct response to generate more revenue and deepen our relationships? This is a question that my good friend, Dennis Van Kampen, President/CEO at […]

Andrew’s top posts of 2016

The best of fundraising & leadership all in one place

As 2016 comes to a close and I look to 2017, I took some time to reflect on this blog. I love helping nonprofit leaders and fundraisers more effectively lead their organizations and raise massive amounts of money to fund their causes. That’s why I host this blog and share my insights on our sector. In […]

Fighting hunger and poverty with great friends!

Loved spending the week in Chicago at the #FeedingAmerica conference with Russ Reid’s Food Bank leadership team. We had a great week of marketing, fundraising, and communications conversations with food bank leaders from across North America. And, we had an extra special opportunity to impact the local Chicago community at the same time.

The Kimbia crash should make us re-think community crowdfunding efforts

But not for the reasons you think...

This afternoon I read an article about The Pittsburgh Foundation’s efforts to pressure Kimbia into making restitution for the disastrous crash of their system on the national Day of Giving a few weeks ago. For those of you who aren’t aware, Kimbia’s system is the back-end giving solution that many community foundations use to solicit and […]