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Fundraising Plans: One Size Does NOT Fit All development planning for executive directors fundraising

Several times over the course of my career I have been asked to implement a particular fundraising activity because Organization X raised hundreds of thousands of dollars by doing it. While I, too, want to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, I do not want to do it solely based on what worked...

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To Meet Your Fundraising Goals, Meet Your Donors’ Goals

As fundraisers and leaders, we all feel the financial pressure our agencies face. Especially now, with the havoc COVID-19 has wreaked on our budgets. To survive, we must meet our fundraising goals. In my experience, I’ve found the best way for me to my goals is helping other people meet...

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How to Be Effective at Generating Community Support building community support

The questions I hear most often from the nonprofits I encounter are, “How do I increase community support for my cause?” and, “Where do I find people to support my nonprofit?”  The answers, strangely enough, are not based on fundraising theory. Rather, they are based...

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How to Be Proficient at Fundraising evaluation fundraising

 

To be successful at fundraising, you need to learn from previous fundraising experiences, either yours or someone else’s. Look at what your nonprofit has done in the past to try and raise money. If you work for a startup with no fundraising history, learn from your peers. When you...

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Cinch that Grant Award by Making a Good Impression grant writing

To understand how funders perceive your grant submissions, let’s take a look at the submission process from the recipients’ points of view.

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Today’s article deals specifically with starting out on the right foot and maintain a positive relationship with...

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Reputation Counts in Getting the Grant Funding building community support communications grant writing

What is your nonprofit’s reputation? Is it intact? What about your leadership? What is your executive director’s reputation? What about you as the grant liaison? What do others think about you personally? And what in the world does reputation have to do with grant funding?

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To Get the Grant Funding, Make Sure You Follow All the Rules grant writing

If you want your grant proposal to rank at the top of the pile, or in some cases even be read, you must follow all the rules. Some grant presentation rules are obvious because they are given to you. Some rules not so obvious because they are not written anywhere. However, your proposal will be...

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The Value in Involving Your Team in the Hiring Process for executive directors professional development relationship building

By Katherine Spinney, ACC, MT, MSW

Since I was nine, I have had some type of paid work. From newspaper delivery to babysitting to nonprofit executive-ing, I have had more jobs than most people have in a lifetime - which means I have gone through countless different hiring processes along the way....

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How to Rebuild Public Trust Amidst the Negative Organizational Effects of COVID-19 communications for executive directors

Every nonprofit I know has suffered greatly under COVID-19. As revenues declined and expenses went up, many nonprofits have had to reduce services. There may be people who were getting services who aren’t now. Or people aren’t receiving the same level of services as they did before....

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