Fundraising Best Practice Series: Volume 2, E-mail Fundraising

Integrated fundraising isn’t an option these days. If your organization isn’t integrating online and offline, you’re missing a huge opportunity. And chances are you’re losing donors to organizations that are running integrated fundraising campaigns. In this second installment of fundraising best practices, I’ll highlight best practice strategies for e-mail fundraising. You can implement these today […]

Combating Charity Navigator’s Predictions for Flat Year-End Giving

Charity Navigator just released the results of a year-end giving survey of donors to 101 charities.  The survey found that the majority of donors expect to give at the same levels they did last year. That tracks with what a lot of nonprofits I’m talking with right now are experiencing.  Giving is just about where […]

Year-end digital fundraising tips from Roy Jones Reports

  My good buddy Roy Jones nails it once again with this great and timely read, 4th Quarter Check List – Pump Up Your Digital RIGHT NOW! I’m especially pleased to see him focus on the value of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) in Q4.  Most nonprofits haven’t even stumbled onto SEM yet, and that’s unfortunate.  […]

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 […]

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? […]