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Whither the Ice Bucket Challenge

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If you, like me, are one of the six or so people left in this country who hasn’t thrown a bucket of ice on your head in the past six […]

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6 Signs Your Major Gifts Fundraising is On Track

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A successful and sustainable major gifts program: that’s just about every nonprofit’s goal. Then why is it that some programs thrive, while others never get off the ground? Here are […]

Categories / Boards / General / Major Gifts
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Popsicle Eating and Major Donor Discovery

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One of my simple summer pleasures as a kid was eating those popsicles with the silly riddle on the stick. In honor of summer, here’s my cheesy fundraising popsicle joke […]

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It’s 3:00am – Do you know how engaged your donors are?

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Ever lie awake at night wondering how you’re going to “get to” that enticing prospect that could take your campaign from “feasible” to “successful?”  Here’s how to take the guesswork […]

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Electronic File Management Tips for the Development Shop

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Fundraising can seem like a race from one ask to the next. In the flurry of day-to-day activity, how you use and store your electronic files is probably not top […]

Categories / General / Nonprofit Management
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Getting that corporate gift: think partnership, not sponsorship

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We all hear success stories similar to this one I just heard: A museum with a touring exhibition secured a seven-figure corporate gift.The company produces equipment and specialty products, and […]

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Categories / Donor Relations / General
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Moving toward an investment mentality

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If a stockbroker approached you with an opportunity to invest in a company, what kinds of questions would you ask? You’d probably want to know about the fundamentals of the […]

Categories / Donor Relations / General / Trends
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What to do with new donors? Make them feel special

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Now that your spring event and GiveBIG are over, hopefully you are sitting on a treasure trove of brand new donors. And as you know, it costs a lot more […]

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To Affinity and Beyond

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So often in nonprofit donor research, we focus on donor capacity—whether a donor has money to give, and how much, based on known assets and previous giving. While this is […]

Categories / General
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Donor Communications: Death by Email, Life through Segmentation

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Recently when I was deleting unread emails from my inbox, I had a guilty thought: if am abducted by aliens, and someone was reconstructing my life only through my emails, […]

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