In the fundraising world, nothing gets us grumbling quite like the thought of planning a special event (especially on the eve of the fall event season).
There's so much going on in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, we just have to say our piece. Comments welcome!
So the real question we should be asking our volunteers is: how can they help us to actively engage members of the community in the mission of your nonprofit? How has your mission caused them to reach that aspirational place of wanting to reach out to others, and are they open to sharing their story with others?
In the spirit of reflection, here are three universal fundraising truths, reinforced by my recent work with diverse clients.
The environment for grantwriters has become more competitive than ever. Below are some grantwriting tips for your organization.
One simple organizing method that I like to suggest to major gift fundraising teams of staff and volunteers is the “A, B, C” categorization to determine how “ready” our donor prospects are for making an investment in our campaign or initiative.
Yesterday the Giving USA Foundation released its annual report on giving in America and reported that an estimated $316.23 billion was donated to charitable causes in 2012.
A recent study from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and 21/64 sought to learn more about who is the next generation of major donors.
There is not one path to take towards being a fundraiser. As Barb and I mentioned in our webinar two weeks ago, most people stumble into it.
The most surprising thing about the development pros who attended a break-out session I led at a professional workshop a few years back was their willingness to admit the role fear plays in keeping them from fully embracing their jobs.
Organizations might spend years thinking about a campaign, years ramping up for and running the campaign, and then what? Staff and volunteers pack up and move on? A return to the pre-campaign status quo? A fundraising cliff? There’s no magical formula or standard experience that will explain exactly what an organization will find on the other side of a campaign.