Urgent vs. Important – How to Organize Your Fundraising Work

Urgent vs. Important – How to Organize Your Fundraising Work

Where to start?

This is a question I hear often when it comes to major gifts. Even if you know the process, the number of tasks involved with major gifts fundraising – from donor research to strategy to scheduling a meeting and many others – it can be an overwhelming list.

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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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Help a New Team Member and You’ll Raise More Money

Help a New Team Member and You’ll Raise More Money

Development (or fundraising) is a relationship business – you’ve heard this before and probably even spoken it yourself. Although this is certainly true, when people say it, they are usually referring to outward-facing, external relationships. In other words, the relationships your organization has with your donors.

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2 Mindset Shifts to Help You Raise More Money

2 Mindset Shifts to Help You Raise More Money

As a fundraiser, chances are you are pulled in many directions and juggling multiple responsibilities. More and more, in both our personal and professional lives, we are all trying to do more things in less time, because there is so much to do! It can be exhausting. [...]

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Bridging the Knowledge Gap – 3 Ways to Work with a CEO Who Knows Little About Fundraising

Bridging the Knowledge Gap – 3 Ways to Work with a CEO Who Knows Little About Fundraising

Are you a development staffer, trying to figure out how to work with a CEO or executive director who knows less about fundraising than you do? How can you decrease her stress about fundraising? How can you get her to trust you, buy in to your ideas, and not derail your efforts with her own limited personal experience? [...]

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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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