Don’t Let Comparison Kill Your Creativity

Don’t let comparison kill your creativity. Do you look at the work of other organizations and get jealous? It's happened to me. I look and think "we should do it like that!" In fact, what you're doing, may be just right for your donors and your organization. Stop comparing yourself to others.

Episode 27 – How to Acquire More Digital Donors

You must acquire new donors to survive. How many donors do you lose a year? Figuring out your donor attrition rate is a crucial metric that can determine the longevity of your charity. If you aren't acquiring enough new donors to make up for the ones you lose, your nonprofit's revenue will start to decline.

12 Things You Must Give Up to Become a Successful Fundraiser

Becoming a successful nonprofit fundraiser isn't just about what you need to learn or do, it is also about what you need to give up. For 14 years, I volunteered as a football coach in various levels from 5th and 6th grade through high school junior varsity. Each season, I started the team with the

By |2018-12-03T16:52:39-04:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Beginner, Fundraising|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

118 REAL Nonprofit Email Subject Lines for Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is almost here! Many nonprofits take advantage of the collective campaign around Giving Tuesday to drive donations. This list of 118 email appeal subject lines came from a variety of nonprofits last year for Giving Tuesday. Use it as inspiration as you develop your Giving Tuesday email campaigns. It's Not Too Late to

Developing a Great End of the Year Fundraising Strategy

Developing a great end of the year fundraising strategy can mean the difference between success and failure with your biggest fundraising quarter of the year. Today, you're going to learn how to develop a strategy - not just any strategy, but a GREAT one to guide you to success. You're going to build this great

By |2018-10-26T16:52:53-04:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Featured Intermediate, Fundraising, Intermediate|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

4 End of the Year Goals You Need to Set

Do you have written goals for your end of the year fundraising? You've probably heard this illustration before: having goals is like having a destination for a trip. If you get in the car and start heading somewhere without setting a destination, you'll end up heading nowhere. The same is true for your goals. Do

By |2018-10-26T16:03:09-04:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Fundraising, Intermediate|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Nonprofit Myth: Your Writing Style Won’t Work

Overcoming the naysayers on fundraising can be an overwhelming task. It's funny how many people who don't understand fundraising offer an opinion that what you're doing won't work or they have a better way to do it. One of the myths you may encounter is that the writing style doesn't work, that it's outdated, and

By |2018-09-22T22:30:08-04:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Fundraising, Intermediate|Tags: , , |0 Comments

5 Ways to Build Loyalty with Your Donors

Much of the fundraising material written today is about acquiring new donors, yet building loyalty with your existing donors and getting that second gift is finding its way to the top of the nonprofit list of strategies. Smart organizations are aggressively courting first time givers to engage for multiple gifts. Many organizations are now focusing on

By |2018-09-20T18:56:27-04:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Advanced, Fundraising|Tags: , |0 Comments

Episode 017 – 5 Secrets to Successful Fundraising

In this special episode, I reflect on the lessons I've learn over these years and share the five secrets successful fundraisers know. You'll learn how to demonstrate urgency, how to be more direct with your ask, a mistake you're likely making in how you talk to donors, a lesson on using facts to motivate donors, and key insights into showing gratitude. These lessons, learned over the course of raising tens of millions of dollars, will help propel you forward as a nonprofit fundraiser.

By |2018-10-15T14:52:46-04:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Fundraising, Podcasts|Tags: , |0 Comments