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 […]

Thank You Receipts: Are You Missing a Critical Opportunity?

Recently I made contributions to two nonprofit organizations.  One in the Midwest, the other on the East Coast.  Both very well respected, regional organizations.  My contributions weren’t huge.  Just $25 each.  But $25 isn’t a bad first time gift for most organizations. This afternoon I went out to the mailbox and found two receipts, one […]