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. […]

Fundraising Myth Busters: Brand Advertising and Direct Response Fundraising

This is the second of seven posts in the Fundraising Myth Busters series.  In the first installment we looked at donor acquisition. Today, we’re moving on to a topic that tends to spark heated debates across the nonprofit sector.  Brand advertising and direct response fundraising. Myth #2 Branding and direct response fundraising are competing options […]

Improve your hospital fundraising with 71 FREE education sessions!

The schedule for the upcoming Hospital Fundraising Summit has just been finalized. This exciting and FREE event is packed with 71 presentations from 48 expert speakers over an 7 day period. This is a great learning opportunity for anyone involved in healthcare philanthropy, or anyone looking to get into the business. If you’re unable to attend […]

Optimization: The Secret Weapon In Online Fundraising

Many nonprofits are taking advantage of optimization testing to conduct small experiments that drive huge increases in revenue. If optimization testing isn’t in your organization’s digital plan for the year, add it now. For a relatively small investment, you could reap significant gains in online fundraising. What is optimization testing, you ask? A/B split testing […]

Are you running a siloed direct mail program? (Tip #49)

Managing your fundraising programs in silos is a recipe for failure.  Donors don’t live in silos.  They don’t behave in a predictable manner.  Donors might see your mail, hear you ad on the radio, attend an event and then make a contribution online.  So which channel gets the credit?  More importantly, which channel gets more […]

How to Hire a Nonprofit Marketing Director

Hiring in the nonprofit space can be challenging, just as it often is in the commercial sector.  But maybe for different reasons. Last week I blogged about integrated fundraising.  A reader asked me to write a follow-up to that post to explore the key traits and talents you should look for when trying to hire […]