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6 Lies Many Small-Shop Nonprofits Believe

Below are 6 “lies” that I’ve seen in action at different small-shop nonprofits in one form or another. Can you identify with any of these?   1. “My board members know best how to fundraise.” Board members are a great and necessary part of a successful nonprofit. However, sometimes they think they know best how…

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Bloomerang Named to 2017 Nonprofit FrontRunners Quadrant

Bloomerang has been named a leader in the 2017 FrontRunners Quadrant for Nonprofit Donor Software from Gartner Methodology. Though over 260 Nonprofit Donor Management products were evaluated, only 25 systems were listed as FrontRunners. Those with the top scores for their capability and value made the quadrant. Scores are based largely on reviews from real software users, along with other…


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Early-Bird Registration Open for BloomCon 2018 in Phoenix!

Looking to up your fundraising game in 2018? Early-bird registration is now open for BloomCon, a unique conference for nonprofit fundraisers, consultants and Bloomerang users. This year, Adrian Sargeant, Claire Axelrad, Kivi Leroux Miller and Kent Stroman will share the latest research and best practices that will help you unlock the potential of your development…

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3 Must-Haves to Cultivate Donors as Volunteers

The numbers are compelling. Research shows that two-thirds of volunteers make their charitable gifts to the organizations where they volunteer. Even more impressive, volunteers tend to give almost twice as much to charity as non-volunteer supporters. In other words, the volunteers within your organization who already build capacity by delivering service, have the potential to…


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[VIDEO] How to Think Like a Donor in 1 Hour

Rachel Muir, CFRE helps us see through our donor’s eyes in this thought provoking webinar loaded with tips for better donor communication, cultivation and discovery. Full Transcript: Steven: All right, Rachel. Is it okay if I go ahead and kick us off officially? Rachel: Please. Steven: All right. Cool. Well, good afternoon everyone, if you…

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The Ultimate Guide to Nonprofit Strategic Planning Board Retreats

Okay, I know what you’re thinking! “Our board is sick of retreats, they just want to get the plan done.” “We cannot afford the time or money to do a retreat.” “We don’t need a facilitator; we can do a retreat ourselves.” “Do we really want to “retreat” from our planning duties?” A few years…


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[VIDEO] Keeping Your Nonprofit Board Engaged

How do you keep your board members engaged with fundraising and other supportive activities? In this video, Amy Eisenstein interviews nationally recognized nonprofit founder and thought leader Rachel Muir, who shares some great advice about how to keep nonprofit board members engaged and accountable so they will fully support your organization with fundraising and more….

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What’s the Lifetime Value of Your Monthly Donors?

Last week I had an experience helping a customer prepare some segmentations for an upcoming appeal letter that really changed my perspective on recurring donations. The automatic recurring donation payment is a relatively new tool in the non-profit development toolbox – at least it seems that way when you’ve been doing this for 35 years…


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[VIDEO] Packaging Program Into Donor Offers

Richard Perry recently joined us for a webinar in which he showed how to build a donor centered budget, what is needed to support it, and a clear description of every program category to put into proposals and present to donors. In case you missed it, you can watch a full replay here: Full Transcript:…

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Want to Report on Impact to Donors? Start With Common Results!

A recent article in the GuideStar Newsletter recapping lessons learned from the first year of their Platinum Level status and the status being achieved by more than 2,200 charities is a victory for those who believe there is far more than overhead percentages to consider when the judging worthiness of nonprofits. One aspect of the…