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 campaign? I hope so, because August is right around the corner! You can count on a return of our year-end campaign planning webinar series to return next month. And in the meantime, it’s not too early to start warming up your donors.

Will there (finally) be a shift in focus in foundation funding from program to general operating support? I wouldn’t hold my breath. We’ve been hearing “hopeful” signs since the 90’s. The Grantmaking Pyramid, a graphic released by the Bridgespan Group and the Ford Foundation this week, is an attempt to help nonprofits think about grants in a new way, to focus on long-term financial strength.

What is The Secret to Happiness in a World Gone Nuts? New from The Agitator.

If an organization lacks staff and time but continues to reduce the number of staff members to meet artificially imposed overhead cost limitations, are they planning to fail? New from Guidestar.

How are you taking your donors from first-time gift…to lifetime? Marvelous post on Bloomerang from Gail Meltzer. 12 Ways One Nonprofit Has Kept Me Engaged for Almost 30 Years

Do you want to raise more money? You need a plan. From my always wonderful, always on point, dear friend, Mary Cahalane.


Can you take a cue from my oh so fabulous subscribers and members, who are using fun and novel ways to deepen their relationships with their donors? Check out these 10 tips to make your donors say “Wow!

Learning Opportunities

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The Asking Styles are a revolutionary concept in the field. Join Brian Saber to learn about them and to understand how you can ask for gifts comfortably and effectively by paying more attention to who you are. Motivate Monday. July 10 at 1:00 pm EST.Save your seat here.

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