3 Tips for Telling Your Nonprofit’s Financial Story

3 Tips for Telling Your Nonprofit’s Financial Story

Many fundraisers focus on telling client stories, impact stories, stories about how our programs are changing the world for the better. These stories tug at the heart strings. We are comfortable communicating this sort of information.

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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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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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4 Common Fundraising Tactics – Are They Right For You?

4 Common Fundraising Tactics – Are They Right For You?

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 [...]

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4 Must-Haves for Success With Grants

4 Must-Haves for Success With Grants

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. [...]

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3 Reasons Why Chasing Donations is a Bad Idea

3 Reasons Why Chasing Donations is a Bad Idea

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. [...]

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