6 Sustainable Ways to Bring More Money into Your Auctions

November 15, 2023

Sustainable fundraising is all about developing key, core practices within your organization that can be applied to several different events and initiatives so your team isn’t constantly feeling burned out and at capacity.  For many nonprofits, auctions can often feel taxing—without the right tools or practices in place, they can become burdensome—making it anything but […]

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How Your Nonprofit Can Benefit from Costco’s Key to Success

November 15, 2023

I love Costco. After all, what’s not to love? You’ve got the rotisserie chicken. Large and meaty. Seasoned to perfection and slow-cooked on rotating skewers. For my small family of two, Costco’s rotisserie chicken is a real value for the money. The birds are big and the meat is tender and moist. That means that […]

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4 Ways to Streamline Online Giving For Your Donors

November 13, 2023

As a nonprofit professional, fundraising is at the center of what you do. But along with fundraising comes the responsibility of engaging donors. After all, your fundraising efforts won’t be successful if you don’t turn community members, social media followers, and website visitors into donors. An easy donation process makes these prospects more willing to […]

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What’s in My Inbox | Thanking Your Monthly Donors

November 8, 2023

How do you thank your nonprofit’s monthly donors? Monthly donors are a special breed of supporter. They’ve chosen to make a real commitment to your mission in the form of a recurring gift. How can you make them feel how special they are to you? Should you send a monthly thank you? You can, certainly. […]

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How to Keep Donor Data Safe With Your Nonprofit CRM

November 6, 2023

As a nonprofit leader, you know the importance of donor data. It guides your fundraising efforts, drives marketing decisions, and largely impacts your ability to engage supporters.  But your data collection contains sensitive information about your supporters, and they trust you to handle that data carefully. Thankfully, your nonprofit constituent relationship management (CRM) system can […]

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Maximize Monthly Giving with Nonprofit Data Analytics

October 30, 2023

According to the latest M+R Benchmarks Study, monthly giving increased by 11% in 2022, making up 28% of all online revenue. Even as overall giving slumps, this increase is significant because it means that more organizations are receiving reliable funding on a monthly basis. To take advantage of this trend toward recurring giving, your nonprofit […]

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Nonprofits can become more resilient by spending more on fundraising and admin − new research

October 29, 2023

Food banks can operate on a large scale that requires expensive equipment and skilled management. Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images Telesilla Kotsi, The Ohio State University and Alfonso J. Pedraza Martinez, University of Notre Dame Most food banks, homeless shelters and other social services nonprofits constantly face hard decisions about how to […]

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Going Green: How Software Helps You Host Sustainable Events

October 25, 2023

Organizing a fundraising event can be daunting, and it might seem easier to leave sustainability out of the mix. And, with donations declining across the board for the first time in five years, organizations need to pay attention to the concerns of their donors now more than ever.  But with the right tools, you can […]

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New to Fundraising? Get to Know Your Donors with an Introduction Letter

October 22, 2023

Are you a new development director or executive director and feeling a bit lost on how to learn exactly what motivates your donors? Or maybe you’re a new major gift officer and you’d like to set up as many donor meetings as possible. If these scenarios sound familiar, this blog post is tailor-made for you. […]

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Lessons from MotivateMonday | Could AI be the Answer to Your Grantwriting Woes?

October 18, 2023

No time, staff, or resources when it comes to grant seeking? You are not alone. Fortunately, you now have access to hundreds of AI tools which can save you time. In fact, these tools can potentially save you hours when writing your next proposal. However, current AI tools cannot replace an effective grant writer. But […]

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Donor Fatigue | It’s Not Your Donors, it’s YOU

October 14, 2023

I see crap like this every day. On LinkedIn. In my inbox. Articles with headlines like The Reality of Donor Fatigue and Strategies to Overcome It. Or Give Your Supporters A Break. Usually from platforms marketing to nonprofits. Sometimes from nonprofit professionals who don’t have a clue. And it pisses me off. Big time. Truth bomb. Donor […]

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Lessons from MotivateMonday | Fundraising for Introverts with Brian Saber

October 12, 2023

Break free from the biggest stereotype holding you back – the misguided belief that only extroverts can be successful fundraisers. Join Brian Saber, author of Fundraising for Introverts: Harnessing Our Powers for What Matters, to learn all the powerful attributes we introverts bring to fundraising, not only in individual giving programs, but in special events […]

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Crafting a Fundraising Letter That Gets Results: The Original Fundraising Appeal Letter Template

October 4, 2023

Have you ever cringed in embarrassment after writing a fundraising appeal letter that fell flat? We’ve all been there. It’s a common challenge faced by many nonprofit organizations. Crafting compelling letters is an art, one that requires finesse and skill. Unfortunately, even an AI prompt is likely to bring up something like this… Dear Fill […]

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Lessons from MotivateMonday | The Philanthropy Pivot: Adapting to Post-Pandemic Fundraising Obstacles

October 3, 2023

Charitable giving declined by a whopping 10.5% in 2022. As we navigate the aftermath of this decline and the broader post-pandemic landscape, it’s crucial to understand the transformations in donor behavior and what you should be changing in your fundraising approaches. In this MotivateMonday webinar, Rob Wu, founder of CauseVox, shares the unexpected ways donors […]

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Three Strategies to Convert Website Visitors into Donors

September 20, 2023

This guest post is brought to you by Murad Bushnaq Murad Bushnaq is the Founder and CEO of Morweb. Since its inception in 2014, Murad has acted as Creative Director and Chief Technologist to help nonprofits spread their vision online through engaging design, intuitive software, and strategic communication. Imagine this: a new site visitor passionate […]

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Elevate Your Fundraising Game with These Essential Nonprofit Books

September 14, 2023

What are the nonprofit fundraising and communications books you turn to, time and time again? Those books that may have brought about a shift in thinking or a new way of doing your work? These are the books that line my bookcase. What’s your favorite? And which books are missing from my shelf? (Note: contains affiliate links) Fundraising […]

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Book Review | Fundraising for Introverts: Harnessing Our Powers for What Matters

September 13, 2023

“Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.” These words, from Susan Cain’s book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, have always resonated with me. Because, as a fundraising professional, I never was one for the small talk of golf outings or galas. Instead, I preferred […]

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What’s in My Inbox | In a time of AI, keeping your emails human

September 7, 2023

Donor stewardship and communications make up the most important component in growing your nonprofit’s general operating support — AKA individual giving. So it follows that as a nonprofit trainer, I “mystery shop” roughly 100 or so nonprofit organizations every year. I’m looking at: How easy is it to make a gift? How do they respond […]

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Lessons from MotivateMonday | Answering the Sustainability Question

August 30, 2023

It’s the grant application question you always dread… How will your organization sustain this program when the grant is complete? But the real answers to the sustainability question start long before keying in the first word on a grant application. After all, without grants, you’d be hard-pressed to fund new infrastructure, increase staffing, or expand programs […]

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