Lessons on Turning Around a Bad Experience at Your Nonprofit

I recently read that it takes 12 good experiences to make up for 1 bad one.  Wow.  But maybe I shouldn’t be surprised.  If I stopped you on the street and asked you to name a recent bad experience with a business or a nonprofit you could probably come up with something pretty quickly. For me, just … [Read more...]

Creating a Culture of Yes

By Rabbi Sarah Mack, Joie Magnone and Rachel M. Woda Originally published in eJewish Philanthropy Our Education Team will be forever affected by a parent who came to us distraught, saying “my child loves two things in the world, lacrosse and Judaism and they are always in conflict.” As we confront … [Read more...]

Pareto’s Principle is No Longer the Standard in Fundraising

I just read a really interesting article titled, The 80-20 Rule is Dead! on MarketSmart’s blog.  As nonprofit consultants, we have long reported that wealth has shifted and we often find that 10% of donors now provide 90% of the funds to a campaign – especially an endowment or capital campaign. Now … [Read more...]

Are You Incorporating these 9 Short-term Fundraising Goals into Your 2017 Plan?

Yesterday, my daughter told me that we are five-eighths through the school year.  For those in nonprofits, that translates into two months into the calendar year and two-thirds through a June fiscal year. If you haven’t already, it’s time to focus on the short-term fundraising goals to help you … [Read more...]

How do you improve your solicitation, acknowledgement, and stewardship systems?

Chapter 1: What would help your nonprofit raise more money in 2017? How do you improve your solicitation, acknowledgement, and stewardship systems? While solicitation, acknowledgement, and stewardship systems may not seem like high priority to those new to fundraising, staff and board in the … [Read more...]

Accountability During a Nonprofit Capital Campaign

The Nonprofit Leaders Guide for a Capital Campaign Volume 12: Accountability During a Nonprofit Capital Campaign During the past year, I have used this series to explain some of the ins and outs of a capital campaign (too see the full series click here).  I will end this series, The Nonprofit … [Read more...]

12 Ways to Improve Your Annual Appeal Email

It’s hard to break through in email these days. My personal email account is through Gmail who is kind enough to segment the emails for me. On any given day, I will get 10-15 emails in my “Primary” box and 30-50 emails in my “Promotions” box.  Your annual appeal email is in the middle of those 30-50 … [Read more...]

New Board Member Time?

At this time of year, many organizations say good-bye to some board members and welcome their replacements. Some of you are thinking, “Our out-going board members can never really be replaced,” others are looking forward to the change, “Yes! We need some fresh blood in here. How quickly can the new … [Read more...]

Why He Joined This Board (AKA The Importance of Time, Talent, and Treasure)

I was in a meeting recently promoting 100% board participation in the annual fund when a board member stated, in no uncertain terms, that the board benefits from his expertise, he doesn’t also have to give financially. He doesn't believe you have to give time, talent, and treasure. I can think of … [Read more...]

Is Your Nonprofit A Wise Investment?

This week, it was announced that four cancer charities are being charged in a $187 million fraud case. Wow. The four charities, run by various members of the same family, are being charged with some outrageous practices. According to the article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, “Children’s Cancer … [Read more...]