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3 Common Capital Campaign Mistakes

Capital campaigns are a wild roller coaster ride of vision-fueled excitement followed by long stretches of slow. slogging. work. The slow parts require incredible discipline to stay on course. I know because I’ve helped run 18 capital campaigns at schools, universities, and hospitals. Most were at organizations that felt they didn’t have “the right” donors….

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Upcoming Events

I’ll be on the road quite a bit this fall. If you’ll be at one of these events, let’s try to meet up! Atlanta – August 14 – YNPN 2017 I’m looking forward to giving leadership trainings on taking charge of your own career. They’ve let me offer a $30 discount to people reading this….


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5 Easy Steps: A Guide to Hiring a Fundraising Consultant

Hiring a fundraising consultant, while incredibly important, can be tricky. With so many firms and so many service packages, how can you tell which is the right choice for your nonprofit? Well, don’t worry! We’ve broken the process down to 5 simple steps to help you figure it all out: Understand your organization Read up…

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The danger of seeking 100% online giving

Online giving definitely is growing. And if you listen to the growth statistics, you may feel you can fully fund your organization using online giving tools. If that’s you, stop. Seriously. When something grows from 1% to 2% it’s 100% growth, but it’s still not the other 98%. According to a recent GivingUSA webinar, online…


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Are you just putting out fires?

Here’s the text of an email I sent to subscribers of the free #FollowUpFriday email list. Versions of this process helped keep me sane as a fundraiser so I thought I’d share it here. Good morning! Yesterday I felt overwhelmed by the demands on my time. Projects needing completing. People needing to be followed up…

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It's not about scaring, but caring

I recently blogged about a storytelling tip for nonprofit leaders that I learned from Kindra Hall. The tip is especially powerful in nonprofit fundraising. Kindra took the millenia old story structure – beginning, middle, end – and reframed it as normal, explosion, new normal. One of her lessons for us was that as storytellers, we…


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Nonprofit Payment Processing: The Ins and Outs

Passion may be a key player in determining a nonprofit’s success, but without the necessary funds to make it happen, your nonprofit will only get so far in making a difference. That’s why in order to gain real traction with donors, your nonprofit must first set up a reliable source to accept online donations. In…

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Are there other ways to fund your nonprofit?

Have you ever been asked by a board member, “Isn’t there some other way of funding our work rather than asking for money?” Or have you thought that yourself? Well, NonprofitHub’s CEO Randy Hawthorne says, “Yes!” He is experienced at generating revenue for his nonprofit and for others that complement both the nonprofit’s mission and…


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No donor wants to make a donation

Years ago, I wrote about Zig Ziglar teaching that nobody wants a drill. He said millions of drills are sold every year. But no one wants a drill. They want a hole. The same is true with donors. No donor wants to make a donation. Donors want the value the donation will make. So tell…

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Don't put off fundraising planning to the fall!

Summer. It stirs up thoughts trips, outdoor activities, and school break. A pause in the normal routines of life. Even though we’re no longer in school, we still let that “summer mentality” affect us. Rest is good. But taking a break from fundraising in the summer can kill your fundraising. “We’ll start in late August”…