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.Read More
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
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.” [...]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
I once worked at a nonprofit with a very funny CFO. One day he made a sign to hang above our grant writer’s desk that said “Let’s get a grant for that!!” We all had a good laugh. The phrase on the sign was all too familiar, used early and often by both staff and board members every time expenses exceeded the money we had on hand. [...]Read More
Have you ever been tempted to accept a donation that didn’t quite align with your organization’s mission or values? Maybe you’ve found yourself bending over backwards to please a donor whose interest in your cause was iffy from the start.
Read on for 3 reasons why you should NOT do whatever it takes to get a donation. [...]Read More