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2 02, 2017

How to Be an Excellent First-Time Board Member

By |February 2nd, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on How to Be an Excellent First-Time Board Member

There’s a first time for everything, including becoming a board member for a nonprofit. Being asked to serve on a board can be a great opportunity and a rewarding experience. Nonprofit board members are the bridge between a tax-exempt charity and the community. Nonprofit board members are essential in ensuring the sustainability and success of [...]

26 01, 2017

A Fundraiser Gets Fired for Seeking to Raise A Million Dollars

By |January 26th, 2017|blog, leadership, news|Comments Off on A Fundraiser Gets Fired for Seeking to Raise A Million Dollars

Have you ever heard of a fundraiser fired who was just about to secure a gift for $1 million? That’s what happened to a professional I’ll call Tom. Houston, we have a problem A few weeks ago, I was reminded of Tom's story when someone called me in a similar situation. Tom didn't last six [...]

24 01, 2017

The Value of Email Marketing and Why You Shouldn’t Discount It

By |January 24th, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on The Value of Email Marketing and Why You Shouldn’t Discount It

We know that the majority of nonprofits have limited resources. Social media tools are great resources, but one of the ones you may be missing is email. I know. Email’s been around for a long time. It’s much cooler to engage with you donors and prospects on Snapchat or Facebook, but you can’t minimize email [...]

19 01, 2017

The Most Interesting Man in the World Is Looking to Help Your Charity

By |January 19th, 2017|blog, branding, news|Comments Off on The Most Interesting Man in the World Is Looking to Help Your Charity

I always say it: anyone can be a philanthropist. And today I'm writing about a clever ad campaign, which led to stardom for its spokesman and now a path to becoming a recognized philanthropist If you recall the Dos Equis beer advertising campaign the “Most Interesting Man in the World,” then you should remember its [...]

17 01, 2017

Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy is Beginning to Take Root

By |January 17th, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy is Beginning to Take Root

Finally, it seems that the insanity around the “nonprofit starvation cycle” is coming to an end. For those of you who may be new to the world of philanthropy, the nonprofit starvation cycle happens when donors have unrealistic—and absurd—expectations regarding the costs of running an organization. For a long time, donors have been restricting their [...]

4 01, 2017

Master the Art of Visual Storytelling for Your Nonprofit

By |January 4th, 2017|blog, branding, news|Comments Off on Master the Art of Visual Storytelling for Your Nonprofit

Did you know that people retain 80 percent of what they see? If you were to come and visit me at my social enterprise, you’ll hear me telling my marketing team to always keep the copy brief and make it about the image. Nonprofits have it tougher, I think, than a lot of businesses. They [...]

29 12, 2016

As We Enter into the New Year, Look in the Mirror

By |December 29th, 2016|blog, development, news|Comments Off on As We Enter into the New Year, Look in the Mirror

“Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead I can’t believe this is my final post for 2016. It went by so quickly. Doesn’t it always? My post today is brief, short and sweet. As we enter into 2017 in the coming [...]

27 12, 2016

7 Social Media Tips to Help You Kick-Start Your Fundraising for 2017

By |December 27th, 2016|blog, leadership, news|Comments Off on 7 Social Media Tips to Help You Kick-Start Your Fundraising for 2017

I happen to work with thousands of schools, churches, missions and nonprofits every day and one of the things I keep getting asked about most is how to master social media. Some Facts About Social Media According to Global Web Index[1], here are some key facts about social media, you should be aware of since [...]

29 11, 2016

3 Ways to Use Instagram for Nonprofit Fundraising

By |November 29th, 2016|blog, development, news|Comments Off on 3 Ways to Use Instagram for Nonprofit Fundraising

I’ve written a lot about Facebook and social media fundraising. While it’s important to be on the grand-daddy of all social media platforms, there’s a great opportunity for nonprofits in Instagram. Let’s face it, there’s no better way to get your message across than in striking visual images. One picture can convey 1,000 words. Instagram [...]

17 11, 2016

3 Critical Questions to Ask When Hiring a Major Gift Officer

By |November 17th, 2016|blog, development, news|Comments Off on 3 Critical Questions to Ask When Hiring a Major Gift Officer

If you’re doing things right in your nonprofit fundraising program, it should cost you about $0.10 to raise $1.00 with a major gift program. By comparison, events can cost you as much as $0.30 to $0.40. Savvy nonprofits understand this and that’s why many have a solid major donor program. If you’re looking to hire [...]