Make the Most of Your Year-End Fundraising

Year-end is a monumental time in the nonprofit sector. Fundraising efforts are already in full swing – and for good reason! A 2012 GuideStar Survey concluded that 50.5 percent of organizations surveyed said they receive the majority of contributions between October and December. It is critical that nonprofits spend time building smart tactics early because every donor they have will be solicited…

Read More

23% of Nonprofits Do Not Have a Fundraising Plan, Do you?

You might remember a groundbreaking report that came out earlier this year.  Under Developed is a national study highlighting the challenges that are facing fundraisers and fundraising efforts. The report concluded that nonprofits are stuck in an unhealthy cycle when it comes to revenue generation and staff retention.  I read it when it was published and recently…

Read More

5 Key Internal Changes To Improve Your Overall Fundraising Strategy

The majority of a development director’s time and energy should be focused externally through donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. But there are a few things to set up internally that will help you be more successful, enhance your revenue strategy, and take your external efforts to new heights. Add sophistication and increased revenue to your fundraising strategy…

Read More

Why I Will No Longer Apologize For Being a Fundraiser

Over the last few weeks I have sat alongside board members, leadership and program experts in strategic planning sessions for several organizations. Something I noticed happened at nearly every gathering:  I was apologizing for bringing a “revenue lens” to meetings. The reason for the apology? I’m acutely aware that shoulders begin creeping up toward ears,…

Read More

What the Nonprofit Sector Can Learn from Amazon

Amazon’s Six-Page Memo (Article Link) This is amazing insight into how Amazon presents ideas, distributes information, and utilizes data to make smart and decisive decisions.  As a nonprofit employee who has a closet full of hats, you might read this article and think, “Yeah, it would be nice to have everyone on the same page before important…

Read More

Database Health: Gift Entry and Pledge Management

nonprofit database health

We’ve all heard the saying about our fundraising database….”junk in, junk out.” That’s why putting some rigor around gift entry and pledge management can help lift all fundraising boats. With accurate data in the system your development team can accomplish a lot including: properly steward donors for their gifts, identify prospects, acknowledge donors in a timely…

Read More

Tracking Constituents in Your Fundraising Database (Part 4 of 4)

Our fourth and final blog in this series is about constituent tracking and management. This is where the rubber hits the road. If you can’t track your constituents, how to communicate with them, the relationships they have, and historical information with your organization, you can’t cultivate, solicit, or steward in a sophisticated way. Here are what we recommend…

Read More

Database Utilization (Part 3 of 4)

Using Your Database to Its Fullest Extent There are many development shops out there that invest in a big, beautiful database – the “Cadillac” of databases, if you will. But most shops we work with don’t utilize the database to its fullest extent. In fact, it typically serves as just a repository for gift information…

Read More

Measuring the Overall Health of Your Fundraising Database (Part 1 of 4)

When was the last time a database health check was performed on your fundraising database? If you don’t know, then it’s been too long. Your fundraising database should be the first place you look when searching for prospects, beginning a strategic plan or starting a new job. Everyone in your development shop should be utilizing your fundraising database.…

Read More

Improving Operations, Part 5: Ramping Up Fundraising Reports

nonprofit database reports

Today’s focus is on fundraising reports. Is it the 5th day of our fundraising operations series already?! We hope that our last four posts have helped you utilize any extra time you might have during this extraordinary period. We’d love to hear from you, so let us know if you have questions or would like to talk to one of…

Read More