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 […]

Six Ways to Engage the Entrepreneurial Donor

Every major donor is different.  Your cultivation process should be tailored to meet the specific needs and expectations of each donor. And remember, beyond the need for customized cultivation strategies, within the sphere of major gift donors, the entrepreneur is an even more unique animal. Entrepreneurs are often self-made success stories, and they value those […]

Want to raise more money? Learn to play nice together!

Do you remember when you were 7, and that kid next door had all the cool toys?  You so desperately wanted to play with them, but he wouldn’t let you.  He’d say things like, No! These are my toys – go get your own!  So instead, you went out and got your own toys.  But […]