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How to Get People to Give Again and Again fundraising

According to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, the average overall nonprofit donor retention is 46 percent. That means that for every 100 people who give to your nonprofit, 64 will probably not give again. And that isn’t the worst news. The average first-time donor retention rate is a...

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How to Find People Interested in Giving to Your Nonprofit fundraising

Whenever I am working with a nonprofit looking to increase their fundraising revenue, I get asked, “How do I get new people to give to my nonprofit? Where do I find new donors?” Good questions. The answers lie in your focus on mission, your planning, taking advantage of all your...

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Creating Donor Communications that Work communications fundraising

To effectively communicate with donors, you need to engage them first. c It’s a relationship. It’s a two-way street. To be a successful relationship, each party will give and get something as a result of the interaction. You want them to listen and respond to your request. If you...

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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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