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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Is Your Board Hurting Your Major Gifts Program?

Is Your Board Hurting Your Major Gifts Program?

Have you ever gotten pushback from your board on the topic of major gifts? Maybe when the topic of asking for a significant gift from a donor comes up at a board meeting, you’ve heard, “Why don’t we just write more grant proposals?” Or, “Instead of starting a major gifts program, let’s hold another event.”

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What to Do When Your Board Asks For an Elevator Pitch

What to Do When Your Board Asks For an Elevator Pitch

“I’d like to help with fundraising, but it’s not possible without an elevator pitch.” Sound familiar? How about this: “If we had an elevator pitch about our organization, I’d be able to connect with people about what we do. Without one, I don’t know what to say.”

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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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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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