Fundraising Board: 4 Ways to Help Board Members be Successful Fundraisers

Fundraising Board

Here’s the dream: You have a fundraising board. Your board members are introducing you to people in their network, bringing in corporate sponsorships for events, and filling their event tables with amazing prospects. Oh, and, they are signing letters, making thank you calls, and going on solicitation meetings with you. Here’s the reality: We ask…

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A Major Gifts Rite of Passage: Getting Turned Down

I will never forget my very first face-to-face solicitation out on my own.  I was raising money for an incredible children’s museum that made tremendous impact in my community, and it was my first job as a fundraiser.  I think back to that day and cringe!  The solicitation was made too early and without enough…

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Never Underestimate the Power of a Widow

Even Beyonce said, ‘girls rule the world.’ It’s also true in the world of philanthropy. Women and their role in philanthropy have been hot topics for many years. There are amazing books that go into the depths of exactly how women are moving the needle. In this blog post we’ll focus on female widows and…

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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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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,…

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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…

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