#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 »

Choosing The Best Fundraising Software For Your Nonprofit

Click here to review the transcript! You know it’s time. There was a time when your nonprofit could get along with the system you’ve had forever, but you realize that your fundraising software just doesn’t cut it any more. In fact, the systems that you have today are holding you back from better serving your donors,… Read More »

Grant Writing Feels Like Begging (And Four Other Myths)

I am always intrigued by the different concerns or myths that individuals will share for why they either don’t like grant writing or do not have their organization engage in grant writing. I have heard many variations of the concerns during my fifteen years in the field, and so was caught slightly off guard when… 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 »

How To Write Fundraising Emails That Don’t Suck

Click here for the transcript! There’s nothing more satisfying than spending an afternoon crafting killer fundraising emails, sending them out to thousands of potential supporters, and the response? Crickets. While email has made a comeback thanks to mobile devices, it’s harder than ever to get your message through. Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, September… Read More »

How To Stay Engaged With Donors During Summer Vacation

Click here to review the transcript! Summer. A chance to kick back, unplug, and let your hair down. We all need a summer vacation to rest and recharge, but does that mean our fundraising can afford to take a holiday too? For fundraisers, summertime is a time of anxiety and frustration. While our donors are… Read More »

#fundchat On Summer Hiatus!

Since our first #fundchat in June 2011, we’ve hosted over 150 discussions on a wide variety of topics having to do with marketing and fundraising for nonprofits. As we celebrate our 4th anniversary, it’s not time to chart a bold new direction, it’s actually time for a vacation. That’s right team, #fundchat will be going… Read More »