Combine Fundraising Thermometers and Events to Take Donor Engagement to New Heights

You’ve seen fundraising thermometers before. Everyone uses them—when I was a kid, we used them for elementary school fundraisers, church fundraisers, building funds, and other events. Today, nonprofits use them for peer-to-peer fundraising, capital campaigns, and lots of other places.

But it’s when they combine event fundraising with fundraising thermometers that really exciting things happen.

Everything You Need to Know about Running an Email Campaign for Your Nonprofit Organization

The success of an email marketing campaign relies on a foundation of good organization, preparedness, and fine-tuning. Only with these things can you be sure that your nonprofit emails will affect your readers, leading to interest in your cause. To ensure you get off on the right foot and maximize your rates of success, here’s everything you need to know.

Social Fundraising Deconstructed

While social fundraising is a critical concept to understand, it can also be a complicated one. But when you can embrace the idea and add it to everything your nonprofit is doing, it can be a powerful force that can help take both your fundraising goals, and your awareness goals, to the next level. 

Someone Wants to Start a Nonprofit? Quick, Grab the Torches and Pitchforks!

OK, everyone, sit down, we need to have a talk. Every once in a while, someone—usually from outside the sector—mentions their goal of forming their own nonprofit. “It has been my life-long dream to quit the rat race and start a possum therapy organization. It’s kind of like one of those equine therapy programs, but with possums instead of horses.”

From the online discussions I’ve seen, the response from us is often, “Hiss! How dare they want to start a nonprofit! Let’s burn their barn down! Let’s pour salt in their field so it shall remain fallow for seven generations! Let’s mix up the labels on their spinning spice rack so that nothing they make will taste good again!”

I understand where this anger might be coming from.

Power Questions Your Major Gift Donor Will Love

Here’s a natural, friendly and much more successful approach to major gift fundraising.

I’m showing you how to develop a warm, easy relationships with your major gift prospects. Relationships where they feel heard and understood. A relationship that builds trust and credibility.

When you take a donor-centered approach to a major gift, you let the donor lead the way. She feels entirely in control. She never feels “presented” to or pushed.

And she’s much more likely to end up with a generous major gift coming from her heart—and she’s with you for the long term.

Size Matters in Unexpected Ways, Suggests New Report on Lean Foundations

The following article is cross-posted from Alliance magazine blog. Based out of the UK, Alliance magazine is the leading global magazine on philanthropy and social investment.

“Lean” foundations—those with few or no staff—make a significant contribution to American philanthropy but their size conditions how they operate according to the latest annual benchmarking report from Exponent Philanthropy (EP), which supports small foundations.

Bitcoin: What Nonprofits Need to Know and How It Might Give Your Fundraising a Competitive Advantage

Bitcoin news has been everywhere in recent months. With so much buzz around this relatively new way to pay, it’s important to know how it works, and to think about whether your nonprofit should be either accepting donations in bitcoin, or indeed actively targeting successful Bitcoin investors.  So, what exactly is Bitcoin, and how might it impact your nonprofit’s fundraising?  

Want to Keep Your Donors? Then Answer These Unspoken Questions

The days of the seemingly infinite pool of new donors available to quickly and inexpensively replace those who have stopped their support are long gone. Today, as more and more donors abandon ship, the cost of replacing them has grown so great as to be no longer affordable for most nonprofits. 

Are You Successful?

“What does it take?”

Most every time I'm with a leader or a highly successful corporate executive, I ask, "What does it take? What are the traits and characteristics that contribute most to your success?"

(A pretty good question, by the way. And it does help stroke the psyche of the person you ask. Try it. "Tell me why you are so successful. What does it take?")

Over the years, I've gathered these 28 bits and pieces I've listed below. (If you can add any, let me know.)

3 Reasons Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Professional Development

Does your nonprofit support staff through continuing education? Do you even have a line item in your budget for professional development? Or are you asking yourself, “What does ‘professional development’ even mean, anyway?”