15 Holidays You Can Celebrate with Donor Stewardship

Holidays come and go. We take days off, we celebrate with friends and family and, hopefully you express appreciation to your community through personalized donor stewardship.  At least, I hope that is what you are doing. Any holiday can be used as a good excuse to call, send a handwritten note, … [Read more...]

#GivingTuesday Update – Development is Not Just Fundraising

On #GivingTuesday I received 20+ solicitations. On Wednesday, the following day, I received only 2 #GivingTuesday updates. Only 2 organizations thought I would care about the results? Here is a list of excuses I have heard from friends, clients, colleagues, and nonprofits around the world as … [Read more...]

Last Minute Ideas for #GivingTuesday

I think this #GivingTuesday will look different than previous years. Many nonprofits will be asking for money and often forgetting basic fundraising rules - you know, like making it about the donor or telling a story. Instead, consider some ways to up your game during a crowded time period and … [Read more...]

Seven + Ways To Thank A Donor

What is the difference between organizations that acknowledge and recognize a donor once or twice after a major gift vs. seven times or more? Thousands and thousands of dollars. Before you say that you don’t have the time to thank a donor seven times, please know that we do not mean that you, … [Read more...]

Follow Up and Acknowledgements for #GivingTuesday Gifts

While the competition for #GivingTuesday gifts is fierce, there are a lot of people who decide to give their gifts on that day–especially if they want to promote their giving on social media channels. Your job is to make giving as easy as possible, and then, follow up in a way that shows your … [Read more...]

MJA Challenge: Thanks for Your Giving

I couldn’t resist a bad pun to start off this Thanksgiving week challenge. In the past, we have advocated many different ways to show thanks to your donors. This week’s challenge is to think of 3 ways to thank donors that your organization has yet to employ. If you are looking for ideas you can … [Read more...]

How Many Ways Can You Say Thank You?

Thank you to all of you who participated in David Mersky's webinar, "Stewardship as a Revenue Enhancer."  It was a great learning experience for all and the collection of ideas was worth sharing with our entire learning community.  References to the particular case study have been removed but … [Read more...]

Communication Feels Good

This morning I received an email from the head farmer at my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture – a sustainability model for local farms) and was so moved that I wrote back to her.  Why?  Not because this is the last week in what has been a good season.  Not because this is new and different for me … [Read more...]

Treating Board Members Like Donors

A long time ago, you met a person so committed to your organization, so passionate about your cause that you invited him or her to help direct the vision.  A momentous responsibility that all too often quickly turns into an extremely under-appreciated role. Board members are invited to serve for … [Read more...]

10 Excuses to Call a Prospect/Donor

If you were asked to call a donor with whom you have yet to form a relationship – how many excuses could you find not to make the calls?  Ignore those, and instead, consider these ten reasons you can use to make the call feel more organic (read: comfortable). The end of the year call. I know … [Read more...]