Tell a Story of One Person to Improve Your Fundraising

Great fundraising is about one person, not a bunch of people. Great fundraising is about a single person who needs the donor’s help, not the cause we’re fighting for. Learn how to tell the story of one person to improve your fundraising.

How to Use a Free Tool to Grade Readability of Your Fundraising Appeal

Your fundraising appeals need to be readable to convert. Testing has shown that the copy should be readable at about a grade level 7. But how do you write at a grade level 7? In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use a free tool, HemingwayApp.

Episode 29 – Secrets to Effective Event Fundraising

At Food for the Hungry, we acquire tens of thousands of monthly donors each year from events. In this episode, you'll learn how we structure a sponsored event for the best possible outcome: a new monthly donor. Learn the format for the event, how to do an effective fundraising, and how to integrate volunteers.

Funny Suggestions from Non-Fundraisers to Nonprofit Fundraisers

Sometimes well intentioned, sometimes demeaning, non-fundraisers often provide unsolicited advice on how we can better raise funds. Often starting with the ubiquitous “Have you thought about...” or “Why don’t you just...”, the statements are followed by head scratching words that prove everyone thinks fundraising is easy because they simply don’t understand the complexities of asking

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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

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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