Tag Archives: donor relations

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 »

A #DonorLove Lesson From A Fortune Cookie?

Have you ever had a Thai fortune cookie? Until recently, I never even knew they existed. Over the years, I’ve eaten more than my share of Chinese fortune cookies. However, I had never experienced the Thai variety. Before anyone comments below, let me just say that I’m completely aware that Chinese fortune cookies are not really… 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 »

Overcoming The Challenges Of ‘Working The Room’

Recently I’ve been talking about Working the Room – how to get the most out of donor relationships during event. Then I wrote a post about getting the right people to the event. The posts outlined practical steps about how fundraisers, board, and staff can focus on the donors and not the event. As fundraisers, we… Read More »

Crying Over Thank You Letters

If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen this tweet: I cried a little bit today as all the thank you letters under $500 went from being hand signed w/ notes (by me) to a pre-printed CEO sig. — Beth Ann Locke (@FundraiserBeth) July 10, 2013 For me, that really was a giant… Read More »

6 Ways To Raise More Money Without New Donors

If you achieve your fundraising goal this year, your reward will likely be an increased goal next year. At most nonprofit organizations, the struggle to raise ever-increasing amounts of money never ends. This drives many nonprofits into a continuous donor-acquisition mode. However, you don’t need a single new donor to raise more money. Given that… 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 »

Give Your Nonprofit Volunteers The Right Tools

As fundraisers, we are so fortunate to work with volunteers who are supporters and wish to assist our charity with fundraising. I’m not talking about event volunteers, although they may bring guests to an event, but donor-volunteers. At several charities where I have worked, we have referred to these good people as Ambassadors. Your organization… Read More »