63 Fatal Fundraising Mistakes to Avoid

With competition for donors and charitable dollars at an all-time high, and the economy still keeping many donors on the sidelines, it’s more important than ever to focus on getting things right. These 63 fatal fundraising mistakes can have significant negative impacts on your fundraising results (both short and long-term). If you’re like me, you’ll […]

Are your bequests in trouble?

  Every nonprofit board and executive should read this morning’s Wall Street Journal article, Counting on an Inheritance?  Count Again.  The article is primarily a discussion about the long-term impact on families of the economic declines of the last few years. Interestingly, WSJ found that nationally, “alling asset values reduced projected inheritances for baby boomers […]

This is why your special event doesn’t raise more money

  Do you ever wonder why your events aren’t raising more money? Why more people don’t make pledges and why pledge amounts are decreasing instead of increasing? It’s the economy, right?  That must be it.  People are hurting, so they aren’t giving as much or as frequently as they used to.  That’s got to be the […]

What story is your nonprofit telling?

In Dan Portnoy’s new book, The Non-profit Narrative, (a great read, by the way), Dan says: Nonprofit organizations weren’t started to consistently ask for money and talk about the troubles of keeping the lights on.  Remember, they were started to change the world.  This is the story you need to be telling. On this point, Dan is so […]

Is it a good idea to send political money to nonprofits?

 Have you seen this article from Chronicle of Philanthropy? Group Wants to Steer Political-Campaign Money to Charity April 12, 2012, 10:48 am A new Web-based company is seeking to reduce the influence of money in politics by creating a way for contributors to support candidates while actually sending their cash to charity, writes The Washington Post. Repledge, […]

Why your nonprofit story needs tension and emotion

Tension is the element of story-telling you need to communicate well in the midst of your organization’s crisis moment.  Tension draws the audience into the experience…Emotions are an essential part to a master storyteller’s repertoire. That’s from Dan Portnoy’s newly released book, The Non-Profit Narrative.  I couldn’t agree with Dan more on this point, except […]