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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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