Is Your Board Hurting Your Major Gifts Program?

Is Your Board Hurting Your Major Gifts Program?

Have you ever gotten pushback from your board on the topic of major gifts? Maybe when the topic of asking for a significant gift from a donor comes up at a board meeting, you’ve heard, “Why don’t we just write more grant proposals?” Or, “Instead of starting a major gifts program, let’s hold another event.”

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3 Tips for Telling Your Nonprofit’s Financial Story

3 Tips for Telling Your Nonprofit’s Financial Story

Many fundraisers focus on telling client stories, impact stories, stories about how our programs are changing the world for the better. These stories tug at the heart strings. We are comfortable communicating this sort of information.

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What to Do When Your Board Asks For an Elevator Pitch

What to Do When Your Board Asks For an Elevator Pitch

“I’d like to help with fundraising, but it’s not possible without an elevator pitch.” Sound familiar? How about this: “If we had an elevator pitch about our organization, I’d be able to connect with people about what we do. Without one, I don’t know what to say.”

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Can You Survive (and Thrive) Without a Development Director?

Can You Survive (and Thrive) Without a Development Director?

The high turnover rates among senior development staff are well known. This reality, combined with the high expense of providing salary and benefits to a development director (DD) causes many smaller organizations to ask themselves: Is there another way?

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