Key Metrics for Donor Acquisition

What are the key metrics you track in your donor acquisition efforts? Do you monitor response rate, average gift and total income generated? Those are pretty standard, and are probably the most frequent metrics tracked. But if that’s all you’re tracking, chances are you aren’t maximizing your acquisition efforts. Recently I had a conversation that […]

Nonptofit list building – there are no magic bullets

How you build your donor list is important. Critical in fact. Over the last week I’ve seen, heard or had conversation with a half dozen nonprofits about so-called “alternatives” to traditional donor acquisition. I’ve heard social media is the magic bullet. Using surveys on Facebook and Twitter to capture names, etc. Or capturing more names […]

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 […]

Multi-channel or Integrated fundraising?

Is your nonprofit conducting multi-channel fundraising campaigns?  What about integrated fundraising campaigns? It’s hard to tell the difference, right?  Wait, is there a difference? You bet! Multi-channel fundraising involves coordinating the timing of multiple fundraising channels, without necessarily intentionally coordinating themes and messaging across the channels.  Often this happens when fundraising channels are managed in […]