5 Ways Your Brand Can Destroy Your Fundraising Results

I’ve been talking about nonprofit branding a lot lately with organizations all over the country.  Seems brand strategy is top of mind once again for organizations trying to raise their community profile and generate more money for their causes. There’s only one problem.  Brands  and fundraising don’t always mix.  In fact, often when a nonprofit […]

The 3 E’s of Nonprofit Board Responsibility

Engage.  Evaluate.  Evangelize. There are many qualities you want in board members – and many responsibilities they need to be ready to assume.  Three of the most important responsibilities are to Engage, Evaluate and Evangelize. Engage All too often we hear horror stories of board members who are just warming a seat or building a […]

Creating Your Development Action Plan – Part 2 of 2

This is the second half of my 2 part series on Creating Your Development Action Plan.  In Part 1 we covered why you need a plan and how you should use it.  In Part 2 we’ll cover the key elements you should have in the plan and what those should include.  I’ve also included some […]

Creating Your Development Action Plan – Part 1 of 2

NOTE: This is Part 1 of a 2 Part blog post on Creating Your Development Action Plan.  In this first installment we’ll cover the reasons why you need a written development action plan for the year.  In Part 2, we’ll get into the details of how to write the plan, what information to include, and […]

Evaluating Fundraising Agencies and Consultants

Can I get a few direct mail samples and some pricing info from you? Ugh.  These questions, more than any others, frustrate me as a nonprofit fundraiser.  I got an e-mail this evening from a well-meaning nonprofit executive who is looking to launch a direct response fundraising program.  As I read the e-mail I was […]

Fundraising Best Practice Series: Volume 10, Donor Stewardship

This final installment of the Fundraising Best Practice Series focuses on donor stewardship.  It’s fitting given that many of you are probably knee deep in thank you notes, thank you calls and visits to round out the 2011 holiday giving rush. When I think about the word stewardship, I think of the responsibility of taking care […]