The time to begin mapping out a plan for year-end fundraising is now. Don’t let it creep up on YOU | How to rock your year-end fundraising

Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from Fire Drill Culture? An important read from Beth Kanter.

Looking for some terrific free tools you can use right now? Mary Cahalane has you covered!

You’re sure to recognize the behavior highlighted in this video from Temple Sholom Synagogue. We’re Not Like This Are We? New from The Agitator.

Now, more than ever, we need to come together to support women advancing in fundraising. Check out the advice in this brand new ebook “A Woman’s Guide to Thriving in Fundraising” from Vanessa Chase Lockshin. Opt in required.

Even if you’re not an animal organization, you’re sure to enjoy this clever social media campaign. Dog and His Fuzzy Purple Hippo Must Be Adopted Together, Shelter Says

Take it from a former foundation staffer: gratitude plays a key role in grant making as well. Next Level Gratitude. Via Diane Leonard.

Dr. Who is played by a female this year and you would have thought it heralded the end of the world. The Doctor is a Woman – A Short Story from Sheena Greer. Hysterical.

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Don’t let it creep up on YOU | How to rock your year-end fundraising

July 20, 2017

Have you started planning how to rock your year-end fundraising? Say what??? I can hear you now. “Pam, it’s summer and I’m going on vacation next week! Stop already.” But hey, the stats don’t lie. Almost a third of all annual giving occurs of December. Twelve percent of all giving happens in the very last […]

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When is an opportunity NOT an opportunity?

July 12, 2017

It’s crazy, isn’t it? Your days are filled with the insanity of snail mail only grant applications with extensive attachments (the guidelines demand eight copies) for grants averaging $5,000. Your development chair is excitedly emailing everyone on her contact list about the latest voting contest where the organization with the most votes stands to “win” […]

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What Does It Take To Keep Your Nonprofit Development Director?

July 11, 2017

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. Albert Einstein Trust. It’s one of the most important components of your relationship with the donors who make your very work possible. Trust isn’t easy to gain. And it can be destroyed in an instant. Yet every time a nonprofit […]

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The ultimate storytelling roadmap to ignite your fundraising in 2017 — and beyond!

July 10, 2017

Whether you’re a seasoned storyteller or you’re just beginning to test the waters, Julia Campbell’s newest book, Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits, is a necessary guide, and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. She delves into the timeless concept of storytelling, an already-invaluable tool for nonprofits from all walks […]

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Fundraising Friday | July 7, 2017

July 7, 2017

Do your board members say they’ll do anything but fundraise? Relax. Andy Robinson has you covered. From our last Motivate Monday session. What is the future of nonprofit fundraising success? In addition to a heightened understanding of our donors, I believe it lies in storytelling and transparency. Are you starting to think about your year-end […]

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Do your board members say they’ll do anything but fundraise? Relax!

July 5, 2017

Do you have board members who say they’ll do anything but fundraise? Do you still have board members who don’t contribute financially? Do your board members (or some of them) think fundraising is “Ledo’s Pizza Night” rather than major donors? Relax. As Motivate Monday guest Andy Robinson reminds us, “No one is born knowing how […]

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Fundraising Friday | June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017

Are you proposing on the first date? Tips for taking your donor from the first-time gift to lifetime… If you missed last week’s Motivate Monday featuring the marvelous Ken Burnett, you’ll want to watch the episode in its entirety now. Are you so “over” the gala (I know I am!)? Try A Better Gala—Here’s How […]

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Are you proposing on the first date? Tips for taking your donor from first-time gift to lifetime…

June 26, 2017

It was love at first sight. And it started at my very first job out of school. As I was being introduced to my new colleagues in the room, there was this man, Robert, who couldn’t take his eyes off me. He quickly appointed himself my unofficial tour guide. And he invited me to dinner […]

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Fundraising Friday | June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017

How are you bringing your donors into your mission? This week’s Power of Nonprofit Storytelling features a brilliant example from Oxfam. Are you remembering to include a dose of fun in your email communications, especially over the summer months? I loved this quiz from Best Friends. I got Pouncy — what cat did you get? […]

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Has nonprofit life got you burnt to a crisp? Here’s how to save your sanity!

June 21, 2017

Burnout. If you’ve been in the field of nonprofit work for any length of time, you no doubt know the feeling of being burnt to a crisp…with nothing left to give. Should you quit? Can you recover? Are there steps that you can take to not only relieve your burnout but lead your entire team […]

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What’s In My Inbox | Best Friends Animal Society remembers to include fun!

June 20, 2017

Here in the fundraising world, we treat often treat our donor communications with the utmost seriousness and respect. Don’t veer too far off into that territory, though, or you’ll be in danger of becoming stuffy and as dry as parched grass. Welcome humor, creativity, uniqueness, and all that good stuff into the messages you send to your […]

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The Power of Storytelling | Oxfam’s Hunger Banquet experience

June 19, 2017

Oxfam America is a global movement that has been actively engaged in the fight against poverty for over 70 years. By targeting the key issues of inequality, discrimination, and unequal access to resources (food, water, and land), Oxfam seeks to rectify the injustice of poverty and realize their vision of an equal, just world. To […]

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Fundraising Friday | June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017

How many donors are lurking in your donor base – donors you don’t believe have the means to leave a bequest, donors who are quietly giving $50 a year (and receiving little love in return)? In Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | Never underestimate the power of a schoolteacher, you’ll discover the inspiring story of Elizabeth […]

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Fundraising Friday | June 9, 2017

June 9, 2017

How does a small shop rock their integrated campaign? Learn how with this case study from Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection. For an enewsletter that’s simple, focused, and free of clutter, check out this week’s What’s In My Inbox. But make print your first priority. What do you think about board member term limits? I […]

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What’s In My Mailbox | A Basics & More alum rocks their small shop integrated campaign

June 7, 2017

Small shops can rock direct mail fundraising! Case in point, meet Kathleen Kennedy, Associate Director of Tucson-based Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection. Kathleen is a Basics & More alum who is going above and beyond. Soon after her recent direct mail campaign hit my mailbox, I reached out to Kathleen and asked if I could […]

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What’s In My Inbox | A Basics & More alum rocks their enewsletter

June 6, 2017

Our Savior’s Community Services is a South Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization doing very important work through two vital programs. First, they provide housing to homeless single adults through the Our Savior’s Housing initiative, which brings shelter to over 600 people annually. Second, through their English Learning Center, OSCS provides English language classes to immigrants and refugees. […]

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Fundraising Friday | June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017

For an example of urgency in an email appeal, check out this week’s What’s in my Inbox where I share another prime example from Preemptive Love. Great fundraising is focused on the long-term— taking that donor from first-time gift… to lifetime. And it’s built around the science of human behavior and what actually works. We […]

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What’s In My Inbox | How to focus on the very real need to fight hunger *right now*

May 30, 2017

I’ve supported Preemptive Love Coalition for awhile now. This organization is a global effort and movement that engages “the world’s most polarizing conflicts by confronting fear with acts of love.” Preemptive Love’s activity is donor and supporter-driven, and when their email communications convey this, they do so directly. Like the most recent Preemptive Love email to […]

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Fundraising Friday | May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017

With every new gift that arrives in your office, you have an opportunity. For connection. For communication. Will you view it as an opportunity — or as an obligation… a “have to?” Unraveling Donor-Centricity: Love is the Answer. My response to last week’s post, How donor-centrism perpetuates inequity, and why we must move toward community-centric […]

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