What to Do When Your Donor Misses a Pledge Payment

What to Do When Your Donor Misses a Pledge Payment

Imagine this: Two years ago, you secured a five-year pledge agreement from donor “Anne” to fund the Doing Good Work program at your nonprofit organization. For the first two years, Anne sent in her annual pledge donation check. In year #3, Anne’s payment due date came and went and your organization did not receive a check. [...]

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One Simple Trick to Help You Raise Big Gifts

One Simple Trick to Help You Raise Big Gifts

Have you ever struggled to meet your annual fundraising goals – or any goal for that matter? If so, you are not alone. Many people struggle with reaching goals because of one common mistake: we set a deadline, but not a schedule. [...]

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3 Ways to Make "Good Enough" Great for Fundraising

3 Ways to Make "Good Enough" Great for Fundraising

This article in The Atlantic, “The Power of Good Enough,” is one of those articles that I’ve reread several times since I first saw it. The article talks about choices and how people who choose things that are “good enough” are generally happier and more satisfied than people who are always searching for “the best.” [...]

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3 Reasons Role-Playing Can Help You Raise More Money

3 Reasons Role-Playing Can Help You Raise More Money

I know what you are thinking. You don’t like role-playing, right? To be honest, it’s not my favorite thing to do either. But, as the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect.” Or, as I prefer, “Practice makes progress.” [...]

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Why Your Donors Don’t Care About Cultivation vs. Stewardship

Why Your Donors Don’t Care About Cultivation vs. Stewardship

“Cultivation” and “Stewardship” are fundraising terms that pop up frequently in development staff meetings, and in every fundraising plan I’ve ever written. They are part of an internal terminology used by those of us in the fundraising profession [...]

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4 Reasons Your Meetings Should Only Last 30 Minutes

4 Reasons Your Meetings Should Only Last 30 Minutes

For the vast majority of my career – in both nonprofits and the corporate sector – meetings were scheduled for 60 minutes. It was the norm. Then about four years ago, I started working with a nonprofit organization whose staff scheduled their meetings for [...] 

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Say No to These 3 Time-Wasters

Say No to These 3 Time-Wasters

January is the time for to-do lists. But often we create so many lists, we set ourselves up for failure. My suggestion? The anti to-do list! Here is a list—short and sweet—of three major gifts-related activities that DO NOT warrant your time [...]

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Your Story 5 Ways: How to Raise More Money With Less Work

Your Story 5 Ways: How to Raise More Money With Less Work

Chances are, if you are working in the nonprofit sector, you have a busy job and are always looking to get more done in less time. Lucky for you, efficiency is a passion of mine! This post will help you leverage good stories to raise more money [...]

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