18 Strategies to Maximize Year-End Giving

Focus on the top 15 – 30 donors who haven’t made a gift yet this year.  Get your Executive Director, Board Chair and senior development staff out to meet with these key donors personally.  Find out what’s going on in their lives, and what’s still important to them about the work you’re doing.  Then ask […]

6 questions that can improve your nonprofit copy.

If you want to write better nonprofit copy (whether for direct mail, newsletters, annual reports, etc.), make sure you’re answering these six questions: 1. Does my copy speak to the values my donors use to make decisions? 2. Am I using the same language my donors use? 3. Is what I’m saying credible and verifiable? […]

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 […]

5 Steps to Major Gift Success

I can’t believe we’re nearly halfway through 2011.  Where the heck did the first half of the year go!?! Approaching the month of June means you’ve got just about six months to close as many major gifts as you can to ensure the financial security of your organization.  If you follow these five steps, you’ve […]

Social Media: Effective Fundraising Tool, or the Nonprofit’s Sacred Cow?

An intense debate is brewing across the nonprofit sector right now.  Chances are you’ve probably been party to this debate, whether on the pro or con side of the discussion. At the heart of this debate lies question, what is the appropriate role of social media for nonprofits?  Is it an effective fundraising tool, or an expensive […]