5 Questions Every Fundraiser Should Ask Each Day

In today’s world we all move so quickly and have so many competing priorities. I find that if I’m not intentional about asking myself a few critical questions each day, I tend to lose focus on the things that are really important. Here’s my list of questions that I think every fundraiser should ask daily. […]

Why #HungerActionMonth Is Important To Me

  September is Hunger Action Month in the U.S. It’s a special time of year when Food Banks all across the United States, in conjunction with Feeding America, ask Americans to take action (donating, volunteering, advocating, sharing, etc.) to fight domestic hunger. I, however, have the privilege of helping Food Banks tell their stories and […]

Guest Post: Two of the biggest mistakes nonprofits make

As I continue with the second installment in this series on the biggest mistakes nonprofits make, I’ve asked veteran nonprofit executive and fundraising consultant, Jim Shapiro, to share his thoughts on two of the biggest mistakes we in the sector make. Here’s what Jim had to say… (1) Most organizations make their fundraising too complex, […]

The danger of nonprofits chasing discounts

A few years ago one of our nonprofit clients fired our firm because they found another fundraising agency that quoted them a cheaper price for their direct mail services. This other firm was cheaper. By almost six figures. That’s big. However, focusing on cost only, rather than on value, is dangerous. 18 months after moving their business to […]

Balancing your major gift pipeline

Yesterday I talked with a nonprofit CEO who told me that 70% of his organization’s major gift revenue came from local corporate partners. There was a sense of pride and accomplishment in his voice as he shared this with me. These corporate partners are a big part of this nonprofit’s revenue. So, not surprisingly, this […]

Become a better leader by investing more in your personal relationships

Leading a nonprofit isn’t easy. Neither is successfully running a development department. No matter how hard you work, you never have all the resources you need to accomplish your mission. People are constantly vying for your time and attention. You work late most nights, and take work home with you on the weekends. Then there […]