November 15, 2023
Overcoming Anonymous Donor Challenges: Is Your Backdoor Light Out?

We toured the Salvation Army shelter during one of my city’s Leadership classes. Besides seeing the complex and hearing the facts, our guide shared stories[…]

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November 1, 2023
When Another Nonprofit Receives “Your” Gift

“We’re bummed. A competitor just received a million dollars from a donor with whom they’ve had no contact. We’ve been seeking a relationship with the[…]

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October 26, 2023
Need Donations? The Truth about Abundance Asking

Transcript What if you got a phone call today from a donor, a new donor, and they said, ‘What do you need?’ And you gave[…]

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October 15, 2023
A Nonrprofit Fundamental: Why You Must Offer Standout Value

For two years, I lived aboard a 40-foot motor sailor. When we were underway, I was the navigator and this meant frequent night crossings. Before[…]

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October 2, 2023
5 Ways Nonprofits Turn Off Unsolicited Major Gifts Donors & Funders

Imagine this. You receive a voicemail from a lawyer. She’s calling because her client wants to make a six-figure gift. The client is considering several[…]

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September 19, 2023
7 FAQ about Unsolicited Major & Mega Gift Donors & Funders

1. Who are unsolicited major gift donors and funders?   They’re nonprofit investors—individuals, foundations, government agencies, and corporations, who surprise you by reaching out to[…]

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September 5, 2023
I Was Wrong about Windfall & Unsolicited Major Gifts

For years, I attributed mega and unsolicited major gifts to luck. I told clients, “If you build your nonprofit’s quality, eventually you receive windfall gifts.[…]

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August 31, 2023
Are You Missing This Nonprofit Income Stream?

Have you ever felt that your nonprofit income development is missing something? Maybe you’re gearing up for the year-end appeal, submitting applications, exploring earned revenue,[…]

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May 23, 2023
Find Out: How to Increase Your Success With Bequests

Olivia Thomas, Executive Director of the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC), opened a thick legal envelope. The return address lists the name of[…]

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October 31, 2022
Never Fundraise Alone, How to Build A Culture of Philanthropy

Do you do the heavy lifting of raising individual donations alone? If so, you bear a heavy burden. Worse, the nonprofit you serve is probably[…]

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