Topic: Fundraising

How to Get More Donors With Your Nonprofit Website

November 17, 2015
Dear nonprofits of the world: Is your website helping you increase donations to your cause? Many nonprofits often find themselves in a catch–22. You need a better website, but you don’t have the budget to improve it. And you’re not raising as much money as you could be because you need a better website.

Beyond the Idea Accelerator with Teresa Peltier: “The Change Jar”

October 29, 2015
As the grand finale to NTEN’s Leading Change Summit, a covey of 15LCS attendees pitched and developed changemaking projects during the Idea Accelerator. The Summit may have ended, but many of these projects are just getting started. Today, we want to introduce you to “The Change Jar,” an idea pitched by Teresa Peltier.

The Sign-up Sheet Is Dead

October 8, 2015

Could you imagine the potential of filling a room with 800 of your strongest supporters? This group of 800 people could sustain your organization (and many others!) for years. Your challenge is to activate them. What if, within 5 minutes, you had the mobile cell numbers, names, and email addresses of everyone in the audience?

Finding Your Path Just Got Easier

August 25, 2015
About a year ago, I (virtually) sat down with my staff and told them I wanted to build an interactive program that would help individuals who are trying to develop their grantsmanship skills. I thought, this idea might engender some interesting conversation. I had no idea how quickly the staff would latch on to it!

Fundraising Trends and Counting Deck Chairs on the Titanic

August 21, 2015
What we choose to measure, and how frequently, is all too often a symptom of what is current – a reflection of our immediate needs. On Wall Street, companies sweat the quarterly earnings; car dealers stress in the final days to hit their sales goals; and in nonprofits it is frequently our annual donation deadlines. Just like the lifeboat seats on the Titanic, impact metrics can often be forgotten until it’s too late.

Step-by-Step Guide to Cultivating a Community For Fundraising

August 20, 2015
The stronger your community is, the more trust they’ll have in your nonprofit. And the more trust they have, the more they’ll want to donate to see your cause flourish, or even better, become fundraisers through peer-to-peer fundraising.

The 5 Pillars of High-Growth Organizations and Other Insights from #NYNP2015

August 20, 2015
I recently returned from speaking at the DMANF Nonprofit Conference held in the heart of NYC. My conference experience started off with an unexpected gem. The scheduled keynote speaker was sick and unable to present, but the silver lining is that we got the pleasure of hearing from guest keynote speaker, Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise, an organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world.

Fundraising Online 2015: Five key takeaways

August 18, 2015
Each May, the Resource Alliance brings together fundraisers from around the globe via our free virtual conference, Fundraising Online. This year, we were joined by over 3,000 fundraisers from more than 100 countries, including 16 speakers who shared their experiences of successfully adapting to and benefiting from technological change to enhance their fundraising.

Tales from the Individual Donor Benchmark Project

August 13, 2015
To build a successful fundraising program, nonprofits need to set goals, track outcomes, and learn from past performance. Collecting and analyzing this data in a vacuum only gives part of the picture—nonprofits also need to be able to compare themselves to others, as well as to the larger sector.