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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

8 ideas to raise more money from middle and major donors

Tips from Rainmaking: The Fundraiser's Guide to Landing Big Gifts

I’ve shared these 8 key ideas with over 50 nonprofits in the last two months. Over the next two months I’ll be with 30-50 more nonprofits sharing the same thoughts and tips. Chances are, your nonprofit could benefit from these key tips, as well as the full strategy in my book. Change the way you engage your middle […]

Leadership lessons from 2015

2015 was quite a year. Truth be told, it was the most challenging, most frustrating, and most energizing year of my career (so far). It was a year of significant change and immense personal growth for me as a leader. In this post I’m going to share some of the things I’ve learned this year […]

Raising major gifts

For social service organizations

Today’s guest post is from my good friend and colleague, Karen Erren. As a career nonprofit executive and fundraising leader, Karen has spent more than 20 years building, growing, and leading social service organizations. She’s exactly the right person to share some valuable insights with us about raising major gifts from donors to local social service […]