5 Fundraising Lessons I Learned from Seeing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Last week I was lucky enough to witness Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg have a one-on-one conversation with an old friend, Senior Circuit Judge Bruce M. Selya.  While the hour was filled with her soft-spoken inspiration, there was one moment at the very beginning that was meant to be a fundraising … [Read more...]

Prospect Research – Amazingly Informative or Just Too Creepy?

We offer prospect research screenings to our clients.  We think it is a good way to assess the potential of a nonprofit’s current donor base. But, when we describe the process to a committee, invariably, someone asks something like, “is prospect research to creepy for us to use?” I’m never quite … [Read more...]

Getting Ready for the New Year

On the first day of the New Year, I found a few things that gave me pause for thought as I clear the decks and begin getting ready for the New Year. At the end of the year, most organizations judge their success by one question: Did we meet our budget goal?But growing future giving means … [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...]

How Nonprofits Create a Connection with Donors

Recently, Michael Katz, of Blue Penguin fame, posted an article on why birthdays are such easy connectors between people across countries, religion, age, politics, race, etc. With only a few exceptions, saying it’s your birthday (or someone else’s) will elicit a similar response, “Happy Birthday!” … [Read more...]

The Key to Any Successful Fundraising Campaign

by Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky There is no obligatory giving Following World War II, as families moved out of urban centers and into the suburbs, they continued to support non-profit institutions, especially synagogues, out of a sense of obligation. Over the last decade, obligation diminished as a … [Read more...]

Prospect Research: A Rundown of the Basics in 5 Steps

by Sarah Tedesco of Donorsearch Modern nonprofit fundraising is all about multi-channel marketing because organizations cannot rely on one or two strategies to sustain their needs. Rather, most nonprofits find success by combining a variety of offline and online strategies such as: Direct … [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...]

3 Complicated Planned Gift Options Explained

We were, initially, hesitant to produce anything on planned gift options under the current President and his administration. Simply put, it seems that anything, including tax codes, can change on a daily basis. Please ask your donors to check with a financial advisor when considering these, or any … [Read more...]