Tag Archives: best practices

Fundraising Resolutions For 2015

Click here for the full transcript. It’s that time of year again: a time to reflect on the year that is coming to a close, and to make resolutions for the year ahead…your fundraising resolutions, that is. Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, December 17 from 12 – 1 pm EST for “Fundraising Resolutions For… Read More »

Working the Room: Getting the ‘Right’ People

In my last post, I offered some practical tips on ensuring that your nonprofit events maximize donor, volunteer, and prospect relationships and help move them forward (and how to deal with challenges here). But much of this work can start even earlier:  at the invitation stage. What typically happens for an event is that we… Read More »

This Week’s #fundchat – Your Nonprofit Stinks At Donor Retention (And What To Do About It)

Review the chat transcript for tips and advice! Click here. The single most important thing your nonprofit can do right now is to focus the majority of your energies on donor retention. Yes, it’s even more important than donor acquisition. This week’s edition of #fundchat is inspired by Frank Barry’s great article for npEngage called… Read More »

For Fundraisers, Why Quantity Is Sometimes Better Than Quality

Everything I was taught growing up focused on the idea that quality was better than quantity. My father was always reinforcing that, especially with these two sayings: Measure twice, cut once.  If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well. I recently read Sasha Dichter’s post, “Fifty Pounds of Clay,” and after a… Read More »

What ‘No’ Means for Fundraisers

Here’s what “No” really means from your donor: I’m too busy – You haven’t prepared me for this conversation, or I’m not ready to make this level of commitment I don’t trust you – You or your charity have not created a feeling of trust personally or organizationally This isn’t on my list – Your project does… Read More »

Fundraisers: The Family Doctor Of Any Organization

I keep reading that the practice of medicine has changed radically: Family doctors are getting hard to find. It seems we live in an age of specialists. These thoughts crossed my mind one day as I was (once again) thinking about my organization and my role within it. Since I was hired as the development… Read More »

8/31 #fundchat: Worst Practices in Fundraising & Development

Updated: Read the transcript and check out the stats from a very enlightening #fundchat! Thanks to @hashtracking for providing real-time access, stats and details. … Here are tonight’s questions: Let’s have the list! What are the worst practices that you have seen in fundraising? How do these worst practices get started and why do they… Read More »