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Is Crowdsource Funding Right for You?

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Crowdsource funding (aka crowdfunding) is all the rage right now. These campaigns are usually funded by many small gifts, typically through an online crowdfunding site. According to an infographic from […]

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Trend Watch: Northwest nonprofits receiving biggest gifts ever

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This is an exciting season for investing in the Northwest. Headlines from business journals in Seattle, Portland, and other cities confirm confidence in the economy. Real estate values are back […]

Categories / General / Major Gifts / Trends
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Call me back…Please!

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How many times have you sent a message to a donor and waited for a reply—and waited, and waited, and waited? You may be offering to provide information they requested, […]

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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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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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