Tag Archives: fundraising

This Week’s #fundchat – Your Nonprofit Board: A Key Fundraising Partner

The transcript is now available. Click here. Many nonprofit professionals lament that fact that board members “just don’t get it.” When it comes to nonprofit fundraising efforts, there seems to be consensus that board members avert their eyes, arrive late (or leave early) at key meetings, or drag their feet when it comes to sitting… 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 »

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 »

The Elusive Search For ‘Big Donors’

So many nonprofit leaders come to me searching for “big donors.” They seem to think that there’s a pool of donors pining around at some cocktail party, wondering where they can give all the wealth they’ve amassed! When I ask them why they want “big donors,” they tell me that want: Funding Financial stability Less… 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 »