Andrew’s top posts of 2016

The best of fundraising & leadership all in one place

As 2016 comes to a close and I look to 2017, I took some time to reflect on this blog. I love helping nonprofit leaders and fundraisers more effectively lead their organizations and raise massive amounts of money to fund their causes. That’s why I host this blog and share my insights on our sector. In […]

The success of middle and major donor direct response campaigns

I’ve just reviewed results from three middle/major donor integrated direct response fundraising campaigns that my teams managed for various social service organizations over the last year. The numbers are astonishing! We’ll get to those in a second. First, I want to share some of the negative myths we’ve dealt with around these campaigns, and why […]

The Kimbia crash should make us re-think community crowdfunding efforts

But not for the reasons you think...

This afternoon I read an article about The Pittsburgh Foundation’s efforts to pressure Kimbia into making restitution for the disastrous crash of their system on the national Day of Giving a few weeks ago. For those of you who aren’t aware, Kimbia’s system is the back-end giving solution that many community foundations use to solicit and […]

Cultivating trust-based relationships with major donors

An excerpt from "Rainmaking: The Fundraiser's Guide to Landing Big Gifts"

How exactly DO you build trust with donors? What are some of the most effective tools and and strategies you can use to develop authentic, trusting relationships with donors? If you want to build the kind of donor relationships that lead to transformational giving, you need to make donors feel and understand that you’re invested […]

10 bad decisions nonprofits make

That cost them millions of dollars in lost revenue

I’m going to rant for a minute here. Over the last six months I’ve explored more than five dozen nonprofit development operations, and in many ways I’ve been disappointed at what I’ve seen. That’s not to say that these programs are failures, or that the people in these organizations aren’t doing good and meaningful work. […]

Building your leadership cabinet

The advisers every nonprofit leader needs around their table

Every leader needs a leadership cabinet. A small group of advisers who help you be the best you possible. And who help keep you grounded, focused, and honest. In most cases these aren’t paid advisers — they’re people who know you, respect you, and are willing to be honest with you when you need that most. […]