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Understanding Donor Motivation, One Person at a Time

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The classic book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” gave a cultural tagline to the notion of a vast and insurmountable psychological divide between genders. Though not as […]

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The Golden Rule of Board Engagement

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“Our board is so engaged in fundraising, we can’t imagine how they could possibly do more.” Wait…what? Why is it so rare to hear nonprofit leaders making this kind of […]

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A Relationship Map that Leads Somewhere

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Does this story sound familiar? Board members embrace the idea of launching—or growing—your organization’s major gifts program. They get the importance of donor-centered, peer-to-peer fundraising and are ready to partner […]

Categories / General
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What’s your Universal Fundraising Truth?

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In the spirit of reflection, here are three universal fundraising truths, reinforced by my recent work with diverse clients.

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The Report that Rocked – and Can Change – Our (Development) World

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From the internet to water coolers across the country, the nonprofit world is abuzz with the findings of a new study done by CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, […]

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What Recent Feasibility Studies Tell Us about Today’s Donors

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As the “new normal” economy continues to strain traditional sources of funding throughout the nonprofit sector, organizations are looking to embark on “special campaigns” to fund capital, program, and endowment […]

Categories / Campaigns / Trends
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After the Year-End Whirl: A January Checklist

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Repeating this favorite from last January as it still holds true. Have you made your checklist yet? Year-end gift acknowledgments and tax receipts are going in the mail. For many development professionals, […]

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Beyond the Thank You: Making the Most of Your Stewardship Efforts

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As fundraising professionals, my TCG colleagues and I often remind our client organizations about the importance of retaining donors, and the role of good stewardship in retention. As individual donors, […]

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Overcoming Objections: From Obstacle to Opportunity

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We all know the scenario. You’ve designed a compelling and concise case for support that explains the needs your organization is meeting in the community, why you are the right […]

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‘Tis the Season (For Special Events): Part 3, After the Event

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Your event is over. It was an amazing night filled with great conversations, delicious food and wine, and a stunning presentation, and you raised $15K over goal! Congratulations! Now what […]

Categories / Donor Relations / Events
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