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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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How to Increase Fundraising Capacity Without Incurring Extra Costs financial management for executive directors fundraising

You’re an executive director. Finances are tight. You need to grow your fundraising capacity but don’t have the money to do it. What do you do?

Most nonprofit leaders focus on executing those fundraising activities that raise the most gross revenues, not accounting for costs,...

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How to Fulfill Your Fundraising Dreams for executive directors fundraising

Do you need your board members more engaged in fundraising? Is your fundraising staff meeting your overall financial goals? Do you dream of your community readily supporting your cause?

It’s what I dreamed of as an executive director. I remember being told at my first board meeting,...

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How to Raise More General Operating Monies financial management for executive directors fundraising

Are you looking for more money to pay for rent, utilities, administrative salaries, and other core operating costs? What if I told you could find it, with just a few small changes to the way you are currently fundraising?

If your agency is like most nonprofits, you have funding for programs but...

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5 Fundraising Principles We Can Learn from Martin Luther King, Jr. communications for executive directors fundraising

     Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known as a prominent civil rights leader of the 1950’s and 60’s. In 1964 he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent activism. He is probably most famous for his moving speeches, most notably his I Have a Dream speech.

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How to Raise More Money Through Your Holiday Appeal fundraising individual giving

How do you conduct your holiday appeal? I have worked at several nonprofits that have each done it differently.

They all sent out direct mail appeals, physical letters. For some, the only thing left to do was receive and record donations and send thank you letters. For some, the letter was...

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Individual Donor Giving Differences fundraising individual giving

Different fundraising causes, vehicles, and ways to research nonprofits appeal to different generational cohorts. Using the information about each donor group to customize your fundraising program will drastically increase the response to your appeal and improve your fundraising results. The U.S....

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Why Donors Give corporate giving foundation giving fundraising individual giving

Why do donors give? Different types of donors, that is individuals, foundations, and businesses, are motivated to give for different reasons.

Individuals

People are driven by values, feelings and beliefs. Know your donors’ values, needs and motivations and meet them where they are. Appeal...

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How to Make Sure You Raise Money When You Ask fundraising

Are you doing a lot of fundraising but still not making the kind of money you want? Maybe it’s because you’re focused on asking for money instead of asking to meet mission. 

Keep Your Fundraising Focus on Squarely Your Agency’s Mission

Fundraising is not about getting...

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