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Seven Qualities of Excellent Grant Proposals

There are literally dozens of books and articles (okay, perhaps hundreds) written about how to write excellent grant proposals.  They walk you through the technical components of the application: need statement, SMART goals and objectives, budget narratives, and the rest. They deal with the more precise aspects of the grant writing process. Understanding and mastering… Read More »

Making Your Charity Auction a Million Dollar Success

How can your nonprofit benefit from charity auctions? Join #fundchat on Wednesday, May 11 from 12-1pm EST for “Making Your Charity Auction a Million Dollar Success.” We’ll delve into the details of how to make the most of these events from conception, to planning, and implementation. We’ll be joined by @CharityBids who will share their… Read More »

Social Media Success for Special Events

Click here to review the transcript! Want tips on how to leverage social media to build on the success of your special events? Curious about strategies before, during, and after events to maximize communication potential, build buzz, raise funds and steward donors? Then “tune-in” from 12-1 p.m. EDT on April 20 when Lisa Chmiola, CFRE… Read More »

Turning Tweets & Likes Into Donations For Your Nonprofit

Click here for the transcript! Has your nonprofit tapped into the power of social media for fundraising? That’s what I thought. There’s a lot of advice out there about how to turn likes, tweets, and shares into cash for your organization. But success with social media fundraising has proven elusive. As NPR reported in December,… Read More »

Best Practices for a Successful Phonathon

Click here for the transcript! It’s long been a staple of many fundraising programs: the traditional phonathon. Whether it’s a call from your alma mater or from your local United Way, calling potential donors directly and asking for their support is a tried and true method of raising money for your school or local charity.… Read More »

Crisis of Confidence: How Should Wounded Warrior Project Respond?

Click here for the transcript! A Crisis of Confidence Becoming headline news for all the wrong reasons is at the top of the list for nonprofit nightmares come true. A crisis of confidence has enveloped the Wounded Warrior Project coming under intense scrutiny after news stories questioned its spending habits and how donations are being… Read More »

Should Your Nonprofit Pull The Plug On Social Media?

Click here for the transcript! A few years ago, an intern or Millennial staffer at your nonprofit was tasked with “creating a social media presence” for your nonprofit. They signed up for Twitter, uploaded a profile picture for your Facebook page, started a group on LinkedIn, posted some photos on Instagram, and (what the heck)… Read More »

Create a Winning Nonprofit Annual Report

Click here for the transcript! With December in the rear-view mirror, many nonprofits turn their attention to creating an annual report to share their success from the previous year as well as an accounting of their fundraising efforts and a list of donors. Let’s put aside the debate of whether or not to even produce… Read More »

How To Recharge Your Volunteer Program

Click here for the transcript! Many nonprofits rely on the work of volunteers to fulfill their missions. A volunteer is often worth their weight in gold. Yet, volunteerism in the United States is at an all time low. According to a new report by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on… Read More »

#fundchat Open Mic

One of the hardest parts of being the moderator of #fundchat is making the time to come up with topics that may (or may not!) be interesting to an amazing and talented group of nonprofit fundraising professionals. This week, my team was “all in” on a Giving Tuesday campaign and by Wednesday morning, I realized… Read More »

Giving Thanks: A Fresh Look at Donor Stewardship

Click here for the transcript! Time for a check-in on donor stewardship! Join #fundchat on Wednesday, November 18 from 12-1 p.m. EST to discuss best practices in making your donors feel appreciated. Here’s what you can do to ensure a successful #fundchat: Share this post with your social networks! Invite your colleagues to join the conversation. Suggest questions… Read More »