Fundraising Best Practice Series: Volume 9, Planned Gift Prospecting

Does your nonprofit have a planned giving program?  Many nonprofits do, but I’m constantly surprised by the number of nonprofits that don’t.  If your nonprofit doesn’t have a planned giving program, you really need to start one. Here’s why.  According to Giving USA, bequests accounted for $16.3 billion in charitable contributions in 2011.  That’s huge! […]

Fundraising Best Practice Series: Volume 8, Cultivating Major Donors

Regardless of everything you’re hearing or reading these days, major gift fundraising is where transformational philanthropy happens.  Not Twitter and Facebook.  If you want to accomplish big goals in your organization and impact the world in bold ways as a fundraiser, you need to understand how to cultivate major gifts. But even before that – […]

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 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 […]

Are you soliciting minor gifts from MAJOR donors?

One key way to maximize Long-Term Donor Value in your direct response program is to ensure that each time you make an ask, you’re asking every donor for the most appropriate gift amount. You’re probably already doing that, right? I’m sure when you acquire a donor who gives an initial gift of $20, you probably […]

I’ve got a good excuse for not writing. I swear.

I can’t believe it has been 69 days since I last blogged.  That’s HORRIBLE.  It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say.  It’s just that I haven’t had time to get my thoughts out in a coherent manner.  But I have a good excuse.  Sort of. About 60 days ago we welcomed a new […]