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 7, Upgrading Donors

Upgrading donors is an essential part of your nonprofit’s fundraising program.  Or at least it should be.  But the upgrade process isn’t just about asking all your donors for more money.  Check out these tips for more strategically upgrading your donors: Upgrading begins at the point of acquisition.  This is important to understand.  Not all […]

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 5, Social Media

I need to start this post off by confessing something first.  The title of this post is Fundraising Best Practice Series: Volume 5, Social Media.  But you need to know that I make no claim of social media expertise.  I’m not a social media expert, guru, sherpa or anything else. I’m primarily a direct response […]

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 […]

Give to the Max Day 2011: A Success?

By all indications, Give to the Max Day 2011 was a success in Minnesota.  Nonprofits in Minnesota raised $13.4 million (34% more than was raised during the same event in 2010) from more than 47,500 generous donors (13% more donors than contributed in 2010). This has me wondering whether the uptick we saw during this […]