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Building Donor Relationships: Individuals fundraising relationship building

In my last blog, Successful Nonprofit Fundraising: It’s Not about the Money, we discussed the perils of asking donors for money. So the questions is, if you don’t approach individual donors by asking for money, how do you approach them? How do you build strong donor relationships that...

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Why It Pays to Have Gift Acceptance Policies: True Life Stories—the Good, the Bad and the Ugly financial management fundraising

by Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

Are gift acceptance policies really important? Here are some real-life stories of organizations who found themselves in a dilemma because they did not have policies in place. And others, who were “saved by the bell” because they did have policies in place.

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5 Ways Micro-Learning Leads to Your Maximum Results for Your Nonprofit professional development

By Matt Hugg

Bite-sized learning. Micro-learning. Nano-learning. I won’t debate the differences – for our purpose they all mean the same thing:

A little information can go a long way!

(In my opinion) Micro-learning (what I’ll call it) is exactly what nonprofit staff, boards and...

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Finding Time for Fundraising When You Don’t Have a Full Time Development Staff

by Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

When I first entered the wonderful world of philanthropy back in the dark ages (before email, can you believe that?), I was amazed when I found out this was actually a career and that large organizations had staffs of dozens of fundraisers. But when I started my...

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The Executive Director’s Role in Fundraising When EVERYTHING Demands Your Attention for executive directors fundraising time management

In any one day, a nonprofit executive director’s duties can include managing operations; satisfying funders and donors; informing and inspiring board, staff and volunteers; listening to clients; communicating your mission and accomplishments to the public; assessing community needs;...

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The Community Contract building community support

Nonprofit organizations exist to meet community needs, are governed by community members, and funded through community contributions. Nonprofit agencies leverage their scarce resources by fostering community relationships. Nonprofits even receive special tax-exempt status based on their...

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The 12-Step Cure to Event Addiction fundraising special events time management

by Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

Why are so many nonprofits addicted to special event fundraising? I’ve observed several reasons for this addiction. First, for many organizations they seem like the only way out of the fundraising dilemma. They aren’t aware of the diversity of fundraising...

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Keeping Community Partnerships Going building community support

So, you’ve increased the number of people and organizations supporting you, either financially, by volunteering, through leadership service, by referring clients to you, advocating for your cause, or promoting your agenda. You’ve worked hard to achieve as much support as you have. You...

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Making a Good First Impression on Potential Community Supporters building community support

So, you’ve clearly defined your nonprofit’s identity. Your internal and external materials communicate a unified message. You’ve identified what groups and organizations you want to partner with. Now it’s time to approach them.

Do Your Research

To make the most of your...

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