#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 »

Do Your Donors Want Poetry or Prose?

How should you raise money for your cause? Fundraising can take many forms: grant proposals, appeal letters, events, or crowdfunding? It all depends whether your donors want poetry or prose. Raising Funds with Words that Sing My late brother Ron Fischman needed money. He had commissioned artist Debora Alanna to produce the beautiful cover illustration for… Read More »

Are You Bothering Your Donors Or Inspiring Them?

“Let’s not send too many emails. We don’t want to turn them off.” Why are so many fundraisers  deathly afraid that they’re “bothering” their donors? Make it meaningful. It’s less a question of frequency and more one of content and relevance. When someone receives your letter or email, are you one more thing to get done in… Read More »

Effective Altruism vs. Traditional Charity

Click here for the transcript! Despite all of the talk about the nonprofits having to demonstrate the “direct impact” of philanthropic gifts, William Schambra’s research has found that “only 3 percent of donors give based on the relative performance of charities.” In addition, “Among those [donors] who do research, only 24% regard outcomes as the… Read More »