How Do You Treat Former Board Members?

I have a pet peeve about this.  I do not understand why nonprofits do not treat former board members (FBM) as more than run-of-the-mill donors.  It seems to me that someone who has given their time and energy to your organization for 3, 6, or even 10 years is someone who should be cultivated more, … [Read more...]

The Annual Fund – Capital Campaign Correlation

Is there an annual fund – capital campaign correlation? In one word, yes. The annual fund does much more than supplement your budget. Your annual fund is a key indicator as to whether: Donors support your mission and vision (literally and figuratively) Your development program is donor … [Read more...]

Do You Segment Your Annual Appeal Personalization? Why You Should.

Like most of you reading this post, I have started to receive year-end annual appeal letters.  Unlike most of you, I read them in detail. Among other things, I look if I am being asked for a specific amount or not. I notice whether they are asking me to increase my contribution from last year to … [Read more...]

It’s That Time – Here Are 11 Annual Appeal Tips

It’s annual appeal time at nonprofits everywhere. These next few months will bring in large portions of fundraising revenue for many organizations–on average more than 30%. While we hope your letters are already written, it might not be too late to make a few donor-centric updates before you hit the … [Read more...]

The Difference Between Annual and Capital Campaign Gifts

A Guide for Prospects and Donors You may be clear on the difference between Annual and Capital Campaign Gifts, but can you explain the distinction to your prospects and donors in quick, clear and concise language? If not, here is your cheat sheet. Annual Campaign An Annual Campaign supports … [Read more...]

A Passion for What You Do – Nonprofit Edition

Last week I went to a conference where I saw phenomenal speakers. The list included Michelle Obama, Billie Jean King, Selina Tobaccowala, Brit Marling, Issa Rae, Mario Batali and Andy Cohen. The topics ranged from the experience of being the former FLOTUS (or former first spouse as she likes to be … [Read more...]

Make Your Nonprofit Stand Out Through Stewardship

Anyone who has worked in fundraising and development for more than a minute has heard the term stewardship. What we have learned during speaking engagements, webinars, and while working with clients is that the way to translate the idea of stewardship into the reality of a nonprofit environment is … [Read more...]

Does Your Nonprofit Want a Stronger Annual Fund or a Larger Endowment?

I have not seen your specific nonprofit’s budget, annual fundraising efforts, and/or donor lists for the past five years, but I have seen many other organizations’ documents in my work as a nonprofit consultant. The desire to have a stronger annual giving program or a larger endowment fund usually … [Read more...]

Good Fundraising Data Can Enable You to Have the Best Year Ever

The turn of the calendar page to June is a sure harbinger of warmer days ahead, and, as summer approaches, a development officer’s mind often turns to planning. Today, a clear understanding of your fundraising data is the foundation for sound development planning.  Are you and your colleagues … [Read more...]

Motivating Yourself To Make An Ask For a Donation

The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore. -Dale Carnegie “If you’re not asking them for money, someone else is.” - Abigail Harmon Recently, I have spoken to a few friends/colleagues who are frustrated by … [Read more...]