Fundraising Friday | June 5, 2015

June 5, 2015


Why Nonprofits Fail. Some excellent points over at Third Sector.

You may have received a call from me recently. And there’s a reason for that: as Mary Cahalane notes: Personal connections grow strong bonds. Think that telefunding is only for the big guys? Think again.

If you’ve been a reader for any length of time, you know I am not a fan of event-based fundraising (unless it’s done right and you’ve got a system in place to turn those ticket buyers into lifelong donors:). Interestingly enough, many metrics don’t factor in staff time (can you imagine?). Here’s a terrific ROI analysis tool shared with me by a good friend, Erik Anderson of Donor Dreams. Erik was generous to share this tool with you and requested only that I credit the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for the creation. Click here to get it.

Our friends at the Agitator with a super quick fix for credit card hell (point taken!)

This week we’ve got two What’s in my Inbox posts. How do you make your supporters feel great? Here’s the best swipe-able subject header ever! And you know how for years I’ve been advising you to survey donors??? Here’s one of the best examples ever from Soi Dog Foundation.

5 Super Simple Ways to Turn New Donors Into Loyalists. From Joanne Fritz of

Too much sloppy reporting of nonprofit issues. Nonprofit Quarterly with Please, Reporters: No More Stories on “Nation’s First Nonprofit Grocery Store”

Are you representing or stereotyping the people you serve? New from 101Fundraising.

From SOFII: Does thanking really work? Observations from a new, fresh fundraiser.


Stop. Before you get sucked in, read: How to Be a Nonprofit Development Director – Charting Your First 100 Days.

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