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 […]

Fundraising Best Practice Series: Volume 3, Online Donation Pages

This third installment in the Fundraising Best Practice Series will highlight online donation pages. In most cases your donation page is the only online vehicle for a donor or potential donor to use to make a gift to your nonprofit.  So please, make sure your page is in good working order and easy to navigate.  […]

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 […]