Topic: Fundraising

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Is It Time to Ditch That Event?

July 22, 2016
Too many small nonprofits get on what I call the "special event hamster wheel" and they go from one event to the next. How do you know when to get off the wheel?
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Managing State Registrations for Email Fundraising

July 21, 2016
It's a fact: Thirty-nine states as well as the District of Columbia require charities and other nonprofit organizations to register in order to solicit donations within their jurisdictions. That means email.
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The Busy Board Member’s Guide to Fundraising

July 19, 2016
As a board member you have a responsibility to the organization, and that includes helping to make sure the doors are kept open and the programs are financially supported.
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Technological Bridges Connecting Funders & Nonprofits

July 12, 2016
Increasingly, funders want to go beyond doing good—they want to focus on achievement through measurable outcomes that demonstrate that their investments (in the form of donations, grants, etc.) have improved the situation for the intended population.

Should You Use a Custom Donor Management System?

July 8, 2016
Most nonprofits make use of technology to manage donor information, fundraise and collect donations, and track results. However, the technology used varies dramatically, from simple spreadsheets, to robust, all-encompassing, donor management products.

The Building Blocks of a Successful Fundraising Landing Page

July 7, 2016
None of your online channels will be effective if the landing page they link to fails to communicate clearly or move respondents efficiently through the donation process. How do you build a landing page that converts?
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Avoid Technology Traps to Achieve Fundraising Success

July 6, 2016
While working with our nonprofit clients, I consistently come across some persistent traps that I see nonprofits fall into when choosing and implementing technology. These traps can be avoided.

Postcard from the Individual Donor Benchmark Report

March 23, 2016
It is incredibly important to understand how your data measures up – where you are doing well, and where there’s room for improvement. That’s why we created the Individual Donor Benchmark Project, a deep dive into the data of small but mighty organizations.

How to Say Goodbye to a Valued Supporter

February 17, 2016
When a new volunteer walks into the doors of your organization, they feel the possibilities are endless. During the early stages of the budding relationship, you tend to be more attentive. Somewhere along the way—maybe a year from now, maybe 10 years from now—things change. That supporter moves on to something new. It doesn’t have to be an ugly breakup.  

3 Smart Ways to Retain, Renew, and Upgrade Donors

January 11, 2016
Donations are crucial to the operations of all nonprofit organizations. Unfortunately for nonprofits, donation numbers have continued to drop in recent years. According to a survey of nonprofits in 2014, for every $100 in new donations, these organizations lost $95 in lapsed or reduced donations. Although that is still a 5% gain, these figures are disappointing to say the least.