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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9 Tips to Hit a Home Run with Your Fundraising House Party

A great way to raise funds for your organization is to hold a fundraising party in someone’s home. Read on for 9 tips to help ensure your next party is a home run.

1. Set a Goal

Knowing your fundraising goal is your first step to success. You will plan differently—and invite differently—if your goal is to raise $5,000 vs. $500. [...]

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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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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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