Best Practices for Qualifying Donor Prospects donor relations Feb 23, 2021

Who is your ideal donor? Why does it matter?

If you put together a set of criteria describing your ideal donor, grantor, or corporate giver, you’ll save a huge amount of time that you might otherwise waste chasing prospects that don’t have the money or the motivation to support you....

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Small Development Shop? Stretch Your Staff Resources by Involving Volunteers fundraising volunteers Feb 23, 2021

You’re in a small development shop, trying to manage grant seeking, coordinate special events, build your major giving program and start a planned giving program, all while maintaining a strong annual fund. So, how do you keep all the balls in the air and show the results your executive...

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Choosing the Right Charity for Your Company! for board members Feb 23, 2021

Gone are the days when companies gave to the same old reliable charities because “It’s the thing to do,” or “We’ve always supported this cause,” or “They have a great reputation.”

Today’s corporate donors are looking for results, but decision...

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Getting Ready for a Capital Campaign: Community Readiness capital campaigns Feb 23, 2021

Although your relationships with your current donors are of primary importance during a campaign, there is also a great benefit to having strong awareness of your organization within the community. Considering the external factors will also be important.

A capital campaign is the most public type...

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Wanna Get Business Leaders to Serve on Your Board and Sit through Meetings? board development Feb 23, 2021

Many nonprofits have difficulty attracting business leaders to serve on their boards. When they are successful, they often lose those leaders within the first year. Ever wonder why?

If you want these individuals to serve, you have to know what will make them comfortable and interested as well as...

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Building a Comprehensive Development Plan development plan Feb 23, 2021

Every development plan is as unique as the organization that is creating it. What works for some organizations, might not necessarily work for yours. So be careful when asking colleagues to share their plans. You can’t just cut and paste to create your plan. There is no quick fix. First,...

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The Client-Consultant Collaboration nonprofit consulting Feb 23, 2021

Are you a consultant or thinking of hiring one?

Consultants are becoming an increasing part of the fundraising landscape.  They can lend expertise, supplement staff efforts, or serve as an objective third party during big decisions. It can seem so tempting to bring on an outsider, take a...

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Advance in Your Fundraising Career by Following Three Simple Steps fundraising as a career Feb 23, 2021

When I first entered the wonderful world of philanthropy back in the dark ages (before email, can you believe that?), I realized if I wanted to advance in this career (and I did want that) I simply had to follow the same three steps I followed when I advanced rapidly in my banking career. They...

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Building Relationships with Business Leaders business fundraising Feb 23, 2021

You may not ways get to snuggle up to Steve Wozniak but developing relationships with key business leaders isn’t that hard either.

For most people, getting in the door is often the hardest part of making an ask. And it is really intimidating for those who have not worked in the corporate...

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Why Strategic Planning? strategic planning Feb 23, 2021

Whether you and your nonprofit are small and struggling, in the middle of a growth spurt, or large and well established, you can benefit by looking at the future together as board and staff.

In strategic planning, you have a unique opportunity to collaboratively envision your organization's...

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Why It Pays to Have Gift Acceptance Policies: True Life Stories—the Good, the Bad and the Ugly fundraising roadmap Feb 23, 2021

Are gift acceptance policies really important? Here are some real-life stories of organizations who found themselves in a dilemma because they did not have policies in place. And others, who were “saved by the bell” because they did have policies in place.

“Give me land, lots of...

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Assessing Your Development Program to Create Your Next Plan evaluating fundraising Feb 23, 2021

Where have you been? To go forward we usually look back first. We call this a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis. And, although many of us use this method when doing a strategic plan, it’s equally important in the development planning process. Your development...

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