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Are You A ‘Certified’ Fundraising Professional?

Transcript now available – click here. The moderators of #grantchat and #fundchat are teaming up to focus on career advancement and the value of being a “certified” fundraising professional. On Tuesday, September 23 from 12-1 p.m. EST, follow the #grantchat hashtag on Twitter to participate in the conversation. You can preview their question line-up here. Then, on… Read More »

Nonprofit Sponsorships 101

Transcript now available! Click here. For many nonprofits, sponsorships are something that falls to the bottom of the list. There’s usually not enough time, resources, or expertise to focus on them. After all, corporate sponsorships feel more like “selling” than the heart-on-the-sleeve mission-driven work of your noble nonprofit! But done right, corporate sponsorships can become a… Read More »

What Can Fundraisers Learn From The Ice Bucket Challenge?

Click here for the transcript! You’d have to be living under a rock to miss the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This viral fundraising effort has caused a surge of donations to the ALSA and has raised considerable visibility about the disease, as people from celebritites, politicians, high-powered CEOs, family, friends, and neighbors have joined the… Read More »

Are You A Great Fundraiser?

Click here for the full transcript of the conversation. The latest issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy describes a great fundraiser this way: They connect supporters with the charity’s top experts, get into donors’ minds to understand how they want to give, ask open-ended questions to find flexible solutions, use their imaginations to help people give even in hard times, and inspire passion by sharing… Read More »

The Next ‘Big Thing’ In Fundraising: Stewardship

Click here to review the transcript! There’s always the next big thing. But sometimes the thing that matter most is staring you right in the face. It’s not sexy, it’s not shiny…it’s stewardship. In our quest for the magic bullet that will solve all of our funding woes, we often overlook the importance of the… Read More »

This Week’s #fundchat – Making The Ask

Click here to review the transcript. As Joe Garecht says, “Making an ask is the penultimate act of a development professional. It’s the final step of what is often a long process, complete with identifying and cultivating prospects, doing research, getting people involved, and planning the final approach. “ Unfortunately for many fundraisers, making the ask is… Read More »

Is Content Marketing Right For Your Nonprofit?

Click here for the transcript! If you are disillusioned by traditional marketing tactics, then it might be time to explore “content marketing,” the idea that creating and distributing good content is the best and most effective way to gain traction for your cause, while earning the trust of prospective donors and strengthening the respect from your… Read More »