Category: Fundraising

Make Delay Your Best Friend Forever

Waiting Well and Nonprofit Leadership: Make Delay Your Best Friend Forever

Make Delay Your Best Friend ForeverIn another life, Elaine and Justin, a favorite couple of mine, gave me this sound advice: Do all the things you want while you’re still single. When you’re married, things get more complicated. My friends taught me how to wait well.

You also wait. You pursue more money, resources, donors, customers, and supporters. You know they’re coming, but they aren’t here, yet. How can you wait well? Set up your systems and process that will make your organization a success …

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Can We Still Get Donations If We Have Healthy Reserves?: Added Value Video

You have substantial financial reserves to protect your organization and follow sound business practices. What can you do so they don’t reduce your donations or impact your grant applications?

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What is the Board’s Role in Fundraising?: Added Value Video

Do board members have to fundraise? Or, is giving a personal gift and creating an excellent revenue strategy enough? Let’s answer this long-asked question once and for all.

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Setting Firm Follow-up Dates with Donors: Added Value Video

Meeting with a donor? How can you close with a firm follow-up date? What to say, when to offer options, and why you want to make a promise.

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Three Smart Questions to Ask Development Candidates in Interviews: Added Value Video

Getting ready to hire development staff? Here are three questions to ask in your interviews to help you identify the best candidates. (1)

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Ruined by Success? The Danger of Windfalls

The Young Parent’s Group won a grant of $50,000 to launch their program. It was a significant step forward and,  it almost did them in.

The nonprofit that served seniors received a bequest, from a senior woman no one knew, for $250,000. It was terrific, and it nearly ruined them.

Almost every nonprofit over time will receive one or more windfalls. At successful nonprofits, these windfalls create grand celebrations. But after celebrating and investing the funds to further the mission, …

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Surviving and Thriving The Anxiety Causing Grant Panel Review

The room is dark except for a projection screen that displays a slide outlining your proposal. Fourteen people sit at a conference table: eleven-panel members and three staff. The leader calls the name of your organization. You stand and move forward. At the podium, you introduce yourself. An icon on the screen flashes, “Questions. Questions. Questions.” The panel members shoot. And, you field a dozen questions (seems like more!) about your 63-page application, your reports from last year and anything …

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Better Than a T-shirt: Can You Earn Funds With One of These Eight Ideas?

On my a trip to London, I experienced the following income generating ideas in practice. Read further to learn about current trends and opportunities that your nonprofit can copy or enhance to increase your revenue and fundraising.

1. Start With Planned Giving. When I arrived in the National Gallery’s lecture hall, a slide on the screen did not confirm the lecture’s name or offer a welcome. Instead, it invited participants to remember the Gallery in their will.

2. Not Always

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The Top Ten Things Your Donor Needs to Hear From You

1. Thank you.
2. We see you as more than a just as a fat wallet.
3. We want to help you to achieve your hopes and dreams.
4. We are interested in what you want but also what the nonprofits needs. We will work to find ways to honor both needs in our relationship.
5. We will not take advantage of our relationship with you. This non-profit is worthy of your trust.
6. We respect you.
7. We will …

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How to Ask Your Board to Help with Fundraising Today & Get Profitable Results

Your board wants to help lead you to greater fiscal health. You want the same thing. Why then do so many CEOs tell me they’re disappointed in the board support they receive when it comes to generating income?

Often, boards don’t understand what you mean by “help.”

So they:

  • Interpret their roles as advisory and recommend tag sales, grants, and strong-arming new homebuyers with estates
  • Ignore your request and wait for another task they better understand
  • Decide you have the
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