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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 »

Don’t Let Your Donations Get Lost in the Mail

My beloved brother Ron Fischman died in October 2014. Our family asked that donations in Ron’s memory go to an organization he had supported. We gave out the organization’s website and its mailing address. But only the online donations went through. The mailing address we found on the website was wrong. Now before you wonder… Read More »

The Value of Being Grant Professional Certified (GPC)

Recently, when #fundchat and #grantchat teamed up to talk about professional certifications for nonprofit fundraisers/grant professionals, as always with both communities, a thoughtful dialogue transpired. As a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) through the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, I  find I am often in the minority within the #fundchat community since much of the discussion talks… Read More »