When is the right time to hire a grant writer for your nonprofit? I have seen organizations hire grant writers in the first year of the organization’s existence, in the last year, and at every point in between.Read More
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. [...]Read More
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? [...]Read More
A common mistake development professionals make in creating a fundraising plan is spreading themselves too thin. To avoid feeling like the jack of all trades, master of none - when deciding the HOW of your fundraising plan choose fundraising strategies and tactics that make the most sense for [...]Read More
You’ve probably heard it before: Storytelling will help you raise more money! Why? Because storytelling is one of the ways human beings connect to each other. Stories help donors feel a stronger connection to you and your organization. That sense of connection leads to greater empathy, which incites the desire to give. [...]Read More
You’re sitting at your desk planning your next donor visit. You wonder what information about your nonprofit is best to share. Your folder filled with client stories sits atop your folder packed with data and statistics about your organization’s impact. Stories or statistics? Which are best to share? [...]Read More
Imagine this: You’re working with a start-up nonprofit organization and scrambling for every dollar you can raise. Along comes a big philanthropist, passionate about your mission, who offers to donate $1 million to your cause.
Wow! Is this generous gift just the thing you need to build a stable and sustainable financial future? Or is it the beginning of the end? [...]Read More