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The Never Ending Discussion Between Development and Accounting; Counting versus Accounting financial management work relationships

By  Kathleen M. Clayton, CPA 

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Development Director, “I just got this huge pledge! Closing in on my budget, maybe I’ll get a bonus.  Put it in my donor data base already.  I need to let accounting know.”  Walking over to accounting department...

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To Bring in the Money, Be a Mission Hawk building community support development planning for executive directors fundraising

We’ve all heard it, “No mission, no money.” But what does that mean exactly? After all, sometimes you just need to make money to get through. It doesn’t always have to be related to your mission, right? Wrong. If you want to stay within the purposes of your Articles of...

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How to Attract New Donors to Your Cause building community support relationship building

“I want you to find us new donors.” It could be individual, foundation, corporate or governmental donors you seek, or all of them. And I can help you. But not in ways you might think.

Target Specific Donor Groups

Attracting donors takes time and effort. And in the nonprofit world,...

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Common Budgeting Mistakes NOT to Make – And the Easy Solutions that Will Revolutionize Your Fundraising Results financial management for executive directors

 

One of the most difficult tasks an executive director undertakes is to get his or her nonprofit financially stable and grow. The task is especially hard during times of economic distress, when money is hard to come by and the need for services rises exponentially. To get your agency on a...

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The future may look different for many nonprofit organizations

By:  Kathleen M. Clayton, CPA

2020 has been a difficult year for the world and certainly for the nonprofits of the world. Many have had to adapt and provide services in different ways. Many have seen a huge uptick in the need for their services. Many have lost most, or all, of their older...

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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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