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27 06, 2017

Facts About Charitable Giving for 2017 and Why You Need to Care

By |June 27th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Facts About Charitable Giving for 2017 and Why You Need to Care

The annual report by Giving USA is out for 2017, and you can obtain it here. Every year, the nonprofit sector waits for this important report. Here are some of the key findings based on reporting from the Chronicle of Philanthropy: 2016 was the third year of growth in fundraising. Fundraising grew by 1.4 percent [...]

13 06, 2017

The Greatest Ongoing Nonprofit and Donor Debate

By |June 13th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on The Greatest Ongoing Nonprofit and Donor Debate

Recently, I've started to see renewed push-back from donors about their gifts to charity. If you participate in nonprofit groups, I've heard some exasperated nonprofit executives and fundraisers speaking about donors demanding to know how much of their donations are going directly to programs. This debate and discussions have been going on for a long [...]

2 05, 2017

Nonprofits Are Not Meeting Their Fundraising Goals

By |May 2nd, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on Nonprofits Are Not Meeting Their Fundraising Goals

“Take all these results together, and we are seeing the first slow-down in the rate of growth in charitable giving since the Recession of 2008 and 2009.” - Jason Lee, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals  Should nonprofit executive directors, board members, and fundraisers be worried about the results of the latest [...]

4 04, 2017

What Makes Nonprofit Fundraising Difficult?

By |April 4th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on What Makes Nonprofit Fundraising Difficult?

2015 was a great year for fundraising. Over $373.25 billion was given to charity. And, 25 percent of the U.S. population volunteered for charitable work from September 2014 to September 2015. So, why is it that a lot of nonprofits, schools, churches and others have it so hard in raising money for their groups? Ask [...]

21 03, 2017

3 of the All-Time Best Ways to Identify Major Donors for Your Small Nonprofit

By |March 21st, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on 3 of the All-Time Best Ways to Identify Major Donors for Your Small Nonprofit

In 2015, Bloomerang reported findings you can review by clicking here, that fewer than 20 percent of nonprofits had someone actively working major donors. I realize that many organizations simply don't have the staff to hire fundraisers dedicated to cultivating and soliciting major donors. However, every nonprofit—large or small—should be in the business of getting [...]

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 [...]

10 01, 2017

Your Relationship with Donors is a Two-Way Street

By |January 10th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Your Relationship with Donors is a Two-Way Street

Not too long ago I was speaking to a director of development at a school. Susan was excited because she had been working for two years trying to get her principal and the board started on a strategic plan. As any good fundraiser knows, a good strategic plan helps clarify fundraising goals and priorities. I [...]

22 11, 2016

A Conversation With a Nonprofit Fundraiser – Part 2

By |November 22nd, 2016|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on A Conversation With a Nonprofit Fundraiser – Part 2

Last week I published the first part of my conversation with Neil, a strategist and fundraiser, which you can find by clicking here. This week I’d like to continue our discussion as the talk shifted to nonprofit leadership, management and donors. You’ve spoken a lot about the changes and investments nonprofits need to make. Do [...]

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 [...]

8 09, 2016

How to Write E-Mail Copy that Converts for Your Nonprofit

By |September 8th, 2016|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on How to Write E-Mail Copy that Converts for Your Nonprofit

Email donation conversions are important for nonprofits. There’s immediacy in email and you can personalize it in ways that’s much tougher to do on social media. M&R’ 2016 Benchmark Study is fascinating with regard to what it reveals about email in the nonprofit sector. Open, click-through and response rates were all down in 2015 for [...]