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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It’s Not About Money: Don’t Let Wealth Drive Your Prospecting

It’s Not About Money: Don’t Let Wealth Drive Your Prospecting

Has it ever been suggested to you to raise money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation? Or perhaps Mark Zuckerberg, or a wealthy individual in your community? The logic goes like this: 1) Mark Zuckerberg is wealthy; 2) He donates a lot of money; 3) We need money – and he donates money! – so maybe he’ll give some money to us [...]

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5 Must-Haves for Annual Fund Success

5 Must-Haves for Annual Fund Success

Do you love and appreciate your annual fund? Hope so! Your annual fund brings in favored general operating dollars, surfaces new prospects for major gifts, and gives you a reason to clean up your donor database—always a good thing. 

Here are 5 things you can do to ensure your annual fund keeps on giving. [...]

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5 Tips for Raising Big Gifts in Less Time

5 Tips for Raising Big Gifts in Less Time

Fundraising—and major gift fundraising in particular—takes time. That said, there are ways to build efficiencies into your program. Read on for 5 quick tips you can use right now to start raising big gifts in less time. [...]

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5 Ways to Boost Your Fundraising Efficiency

5 Ways to Boost Your Fundraising Efficiency

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that you are really busy at your job raising money for your nonprofit. I’ve been there – there’s always too much to do and too little time. This post shares five things you can start doing RIGHT NOW to save time, energy and maybe even your sanity, while [...]

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Escape Your Comfort Zone to Raise More Money

Escape Your Comfort Zone to Raise More Money

It’s that time again. Time to reflect on the year that’s coming to an end and look ahead to what the new year might bring. Whether or not you make New Year’s resolutions, you’re likely to evaluate your past fundraising efforts and considering raising more money for your mission in 2015. [...]

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Why to Send a Year-End Appeal and How to Make it Great

Why to Send a Year-End Appeal and How to Make it Great

The weather is cooling, school’s back in session, and all of a sudden, we’re sprinting into fall. Fall is a REALLY BUSY season for most development folks. You, too? Your donors and board members are back from summer vacation, programs are in full swing, grant deadlines are looming, and you’ve begun planning your year-end appeal—or at least it’s crossed your mind, right? [...]

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