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Strategic Fundraising, Fundraising Training, Who's Out In Front

The Cost of Hassle

Nonprofits worry about cost all the time.  From board members to staff members, everybody’s focused on “cost”.  For some organizations the only inviolate rule is “Don’t spend money.” While everyone’s eyes are fixed on every minor expenditure, the real “cost” goes unnoticed.  “What’s that?”, you say. Principle 6 of The Eight Principles® is Divide &…

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Three Tips for Launching Your Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaign

By: Lomesh Shah, CEO, Fundly If your organization is looking for a way to involve your supporters more closely in your next fundraising effort and strengthen your social media presence at the same time, consider launching a crowdfunding campaign. You’re likely familiar with this popular format, in which a nonprofit sets up a donation page…

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Good Leaders Think About What They Think About

By: Sally Bryant DeChenne, President & CEO, BRYANT GROUP Ever have one of those days? It seems like the world is falling apart around you…but you have a team to lead. People are watching you. People are unconsciously testing your temperature every day. When you’re confident, it helps them be confident. When you’re afraid, they’re…

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Strategic Fundraising, Fundraising Training, Who's Out In Front

Nothing Comes from Nothing

Seems pretty obvious.  You put nothing in you’ll get nothing back.  And yet.  A lot of fundraising training out there claims just that. It’s quick.  It’s effortless.  It’s a technique.  It’s three tips.  Those sorts of things aren’t fundraising training.  They’re hypnosis.  And when you wake up you wonder why you’re still running just to…

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3 Mobile Fundraising Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

By: John Killoran, CEO, Snowball While it’s true that new tech tools won’t solve your fundraising problems, they certainly help when used in smart ways. Mobile fundraising and text-to-give platforms are a perfect example. There are a number of benefits to crafting a smart mobile fundraising strategy, particularly in regards to Principle 7: Renew &…

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Strategic Fundraising, Fundraising Training, Who's Out In Front

Being in Fifth Grade—Strategic Fundraising

When you were in fifth grade everything was planned.  Safe. Secure.  You’ve been in school a few years now.  You get the drill.  You’ve mastered the playground.  The challenges of adolescence aren’t even on the horizon. The biggest challenge in your life was figuring out what was going to be on the test. Many nonprofit…

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Relationship Building and Fundraising

By: Jay Lugo, Executive Director, Idaho Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation & Executive Director, Idaho Lions Eye Bank I have directed a service based nonprofit for 13 years and have been employed by the same organization for 24 years. The term “Strategic Fundraising” was not understood or utilized in our organization’s vocabulary 24 years ago. However,…

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Strategic Fundraising, Fundraising Training, Who's Out In Front

The Skunk at the Gala–Strategic Fundraising

Since you think you’ve heard the all the objections to holding your annual gala and you believe you’ve answered all of them, I challenge you to work around this one!  The granddaddy of strategic fundraising truisms. Keep reading. Most of the objections center around the cost of the event.  And the time.  And those are…

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Build Your Fundraising on Those Closest to You

By: Jeff Jowdy, President, Lighthouse Counsel For successful and sustainable fundraising, building a donor pipeline is important for any nonprofit. However, before you focus on donor acquisition (much more expensive than upgrading donors, of course), be sure that you have a firm understanding of who is already in your database. And that you have plans…

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Strategic Fundraising, Fundraising Training, Who's Out In Front

Too Busy–Strategic Fundraising

When I poll CEO’s and fundraising staff in nonprofits asking them why they haven’t adopted a strategic fundraising approach, the answer is almost always “time.” My response used to be “Huh?” until I began to hear the same answer over and over.  That answer?  “I don’t have the time.” Everyone has the “time”.  It’s how…

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