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Do You Need a Really a Nonprofit Mentor?

The nonprofit sector is a strong and vibrant community full of people willing to help each other out. And now more than ever, it’s important to come together and work as allies and mentors. The value of being mentored seems pretty obvious: new skills, confidence, friendship, etc. And in fact, the research shows that people…

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Tithing from the IRA Rollover

Charitable Gift IRA Rollover: The Past In 2006 I was visiting with a donor who was very excited about the recent Pension Protection Act that enabled him to give from his IRA to charity. The Charitable Gift IRA Rollover allowed many donors like him to give a Qualified Contribution Distribution (QCD) to a qualified charity…


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7 Year-End Fundraising Practices That Work All Year

Year-end fundraising is a bountiful time in the life of the nonprofit. Giving Tuesday and holiday-themed asks are just the beginning of the strategies that nonprofits employ for the end-of-year season. But many of these practices are too beneficial to reserve for the end of the year alone. With a little tweaking, you can adapt…

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The missing link in fundraising programs

Whether your fiscal year starts now or is only part of the way through, January is a good time to evaluate your fundraising progress. To help you’re planning, here’s an email I sent our Fundraising Kick subscribers yesterday. Good morning, Kickers! Listening to a conversation between Stephen R. Covey and his son Stephen M.R. Covey…


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3 Great Fundraising Webinars to Kick Off 2017!

These three trainings will get your 2017 fundraising and goal setting off to a great start! The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People & How to Beat Them (free) Join neuropsychologist Dr. Theo Tsaousides as he teaches us about the 7 blocks the brain puts in the way of accomplishing our goals. He’s an expert…

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The most important words of your email?

Writing the only part of the email your donors might see: the email subject line Is your inbox filled with holiday sales, year end reminders, and charity appeals? It can be challenging to make your own nonprofit’s emails standout! The email subject line. Much like the importance of a postscript in fundraising letters, your email…


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3 things to do now that #GivingTuesday is over

I’ve been glad to hear of my clients’ #GivingTuesday success. Matching gifts and leveraging peer-to-peer approaches seem to be the most effective reasons for their success. But #GivingTuesday is over, now what? 3 Post #GivingTuesday Suggestions Start planning 2017’s #GivingTuesday If you’ve determined #GivingTuesday should be part of your fundraising calendar, start planning 2017. (It’ll…

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Educating donors is not fundraising

I’ve been hearing a well-meaning but fundraising killing myth while talking to many groups and training many boards over the last few months. It boils down to: “We need to do more education. If people really knew what we did, they would give money and our funding crisis would be over.” Or more generally: “If…


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How to Use a Street Team to Enhance Your Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a term you hear thrown around in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds these days, but few people have really grasped—and put into practice—exactly what it is. The way I’d define crowdfunding is with these three words: online social fundraising. Accepting donations online is not really innovative anymore, to be honest. We all…

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Developing a Plan to Approach Companies

Perhaps you already have a list of companies that could donate to your organization. If not, we’ll be helping you with that in our December 6 webinar. Once you have that list, the next step is to determine who the real decision makers are in each company and how you can get in front of…