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Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy

You Never Know: The Importance of a Study Before a Major Campaign

If you really want to maximize fundraising success, you embark on a feasibility study before a major campaign. Read More >>

 


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Who's Up Next?

5 Keys to a Successful Shoe Fundraising Drive

Wayne Elsey

Shoe drive fundraising events are a fast, easy and innovative way to raise money for your organization and make a greater impact than you thought possible. Read More >>

 


Outside Counsel

Willis Turner

Print This Blog: 10 Fundraising Copywriting Guidelines

The 10 tips below are basic copywriting guidelines that will help you every time you write a fundraising letter, email or blog post. Read More >>

 


Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore

Donor Centricity: How Do You Measure It?

It’s easy to say you are becoming donor-centric, but are you measuring your progress? Read More >>

 


Connections

Richard Perry

The Case of the Major Gifts Fundraising Employee Who Didn’t Fit

A sad situation I observe very frequently is a major gifts manager whose primary skill set is major gifts but finds him- or herself in a management position where the up-line managers, even the CEO, are critical of his or her "lack of management ability."

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Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad

Nonprofit Leadership: Succession Planning Is a Must

If you ask most senior-level nonprofit professionals they would admit succession planning doesn't exist or the plan sits and gathers dust. Read More >>

 


Peeling the Onion

Katrina VanHuss

I Am a Paid Volunteer Fundraiser

"We pay volunteers to fundraise." Even as I write this sentence I realize that the words themselves sound ludicrous. And yet, I see my nonprofit clients try to do it over and over.

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Get What You Give

Joe Boland

Washington Nonprofit Conference Keynote: 'Will the Mail Be There in the Future?'

Robert Taub, acting chairman of the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission, summed up the state of the USPS in 2015 during his DMA Nonprofit Federation Washington Nonprofit Conference keynote: "Very few people wonder if the mail will be there — it's always there and always has been … but will the mail be there in the future?" Read More >>

 


It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson

Danger: Icky Money Ahead! — When Nonprofit Leaders Won't Ask Volunteers

Volunteers want you to succeed. These true believers will be more than happy to provide financial resources if you ask them. They do so at a rate 50 percent higher than non-volunteers and in amounts 50 percent higher than those who don't give their time. Read More >>

 


Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden

6 Habits of Fundraising Excellence

Knowledge matters in fundraising, but that's not all. What each of us brings to the job matters, and I am convinced that a daily commitment to these six habits is critical to be excellent fundraisers. Read More >>

 


Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry

The Fastest Way to Turn Off Your Major Donor Prospect

There is one important thing you can do to ruin your chances with a major donor. It's when you are guilty of being boring. Read More >>

 


Hump Day Hullabaloo

Jo Sullivan

Hump Day Hullaballoo: Sometimes It's Hell in the Hallway

This week, as I transition into my new position as interim executive director at Save the Chimps, we're talking about change — its inevitability; its power to invoke fear; and ultimately, our power to overcome that fear, ride out the transition and embrace any brave, new worlds that result from it. Read More >>

 


Get Engaged

Margaret Battistelli

What's Cooking in 2015?

Here's your chance to chime in and help us paint a picture of trends and best practices across all aspects of the nonprofit world in the new year. Read More >>

 


Donor Trippin'

Nick Allen

Is There an App for Us?

Got an idea for an app that could connect a charity or nonprofit with its supporters and beneficiaries in an ongoing way, one that could become part of their daily or at least weekly lives? Read More >>

 


Raising the Possibilities

Thaddeus B. Kubis

Recurring Themes: The Case for Integrated Marketing Communications, Part 2

Recent discussions focus on a myriad of topics, but in the past two months, the recurring targeted topics seem to include the following: cold calling, converting supporters into superstars, the education angle, increased brand awareness, determining what is fundraising ROI, how to apply for grants, the correct use of social media, and planning and executing events. In part 1, I covered the first half of these themes. Here, I tackle the remaining themes.

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