10 New Year’s Resolutions for Fundraisers

As we embark on a new year I wish you all much joy and success in your fundraising efforts!  Here are 10 resolutions I’m committing to – and I hope you might as well. 1. I will say thank you more than I say please. 2. I will focus my time where it counts most […]

Fundraising Best Practice Series: Volume 9, Planned Gift Prospecting

Does your nonprofit have a planned giving program?  Many nonprofits do, but I’m constantly surprised by the number of nonprofits that don’t.  If your nonprofit doesn’t have a planned giving program, you really need to start one. Here’s why.  According to Giving USA, bequests accounted for $16.3 billion in charitable contributions in 2011.  That’s huge! […]

Fundraising Best Practice Series: Volume 8, Cultivating Major Donors

Regardless of everything you’re hearing or reading these days, major gift fundraising is where transformational philanthropy happens.  Not Twitter and Facebook.  If you want to accomplish big goals in your organization and impact the world in bold ways as a fundraiser, you need to understand how to cultivate major gifts. But even before that – […]

Fundraising Best Practice Series: Volume 6, Special Events

Nonprofit special events are not my favorite thing, by far.  But the certainly have their place in the tool kit. Successful events rely on a number of moving parts, a lot of effort on the part of staff and volunteers, and attention to detail. Here are some tips and tricks to help you achieve success […]

Fundraising Best Practice Series: Volume 4, Thank You Receipting

What better time of year is there than Thanksgiving week to talk about thanking your donors? This week’s best practice area covers the thank you process, and what you can do to improve your organization’s fundraising outcomes by fine-tuning your thank you receipting process. Before we get into tips & tactics though, I want to […]

Fundraising Best Practice Series: Volume 1, Direct Mail

This is the first installment in a series of 10 posts dedicated to fundraising best practices.  Once a week for the next 10 weeks, I’ll cover another best practice topic.  The areas I’ll explore are: Direct Mail E-mail Fundraising Online Donation Pages Thank You Receipting Social Media Fundraising Events Upgrading Donors Stewardship Strategies Cultivating Major […]