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How to Control Seemingly Uncontrollable Factors Affecting Fundraising Performance development planning fundraising

A good fundraiser may or may not perform well for you because many factors that are out of their control influence their results. For example, community interest in your mission—there may or may not be millions of people out there who are interested in supporting your nonprofit’s...

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Raising More Money with the Resources You Have development planning for executive directors

Do you, as executive director, want to increase your nonprofit’s capacity without increasing the budget? It can be done.

Meet the maternal health education agency whose funding was about 80 percent from government, just under 20 percent from foundations, and the rest individual donations....

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Your Year End Checklist development planning

If you’re like me, you like to go into the office during the quiet times when you can get a lot of uninterrupted work done. As the new year approaches and many of your coworkers are out of the office, take time to do the following four things.

  1.  Personally Thank Every Donor

Make...

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How to Easily Raise More Money development planning fundraising

Raising money doesn’t have to be complicated. The best fundraisers are volunteer ambassadors who talk about their agencies’ missions and mission impact. Not all dollars cost the same to raise though. To really know if you are making money, you need to measure net, not gross, income....

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A Strategy for Data development planning fundraising relationship building

by Deron J. Tse of DjT systems: Business Systems Consulting

We make data-based decisions.

What does that mean for your nonprofit? You collect data on your constituents usually starting off with required transactional data points like contact info and transaction amount. Your organization might...

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How Much Does It Cost You to Raise Money? development planning financial management for executive directors

The usual nonprofit fundraising strategies generate revenue through individual giving, foundation requests, corporate contributions, special events, and government contracts. Each comes with its own set of financial costs and benefits.

Raising Money from Individuals

According to Giving USA,...

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In Pursuit of Both Mission and Money development planning for executive directors fundraising

If you want to make as much money as you can while advancing your mission, you need four things: 1) strict adherence to mission; 2) revenue-generating activities that make more than they cost; 3) a lens that will help choose among the numerous fundraising options available and 4) a calendar that...

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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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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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