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Fundraising Intermediate2018-01-10T09:56:28-05:00
Donors don’t give to institutions. They invest in ideas and people in whom they believe. 
G.T. Smith

Who is this site for?

BECOME AN EXCELLENT FUNDRAISER.

YOU can be an excellent fundraiser!

This site is for anyone with a passion for a cause. Perhaps you’ve been fundraising for some time, or maybe you have been working in development but need to learn more about digital marketing, or even, perhaps, you have a passion for a cause and just want to learn how to help raise more money, if so, this site is for you.

I’ve created this site to teach you the art and science of fundraising. Articles and training videos are categorized and rated by level of experience, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. No matter your starting point, you will be able to learn how to be an excellent fundraiser.

Natural born fundraiser is a myth. You can learn the skill of fundraising and raise millions of dollars for your favorite cause. I want to show you how.

What skills will you learn?

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF FUNDRAISING.

Fundraising is similar to other industries: there are specific skills you will learn to become a great fundraiser.

From understanding the motivations to why people give to writing fundraising copy that converts, as someone new to fundraising, you’ll need to understand the psychology of the donor and how to present your fundraising campaign. You’ll also need technical skills for managing a donor database, analyzing results, and creating tests to optimize performance.

You will learn how direct mail differs from digital, how to perform direct mail donor acquisition programs and how we’ve adapted those acquisition programs online.

Using the foundation of your existing fundraising skills and knowledge, you will learn how to write better appeals, developer deeper donor relationships, take advantage of cutting edge fundraising techniques, and produce a world class marketing and fundraising program at your nonprofit.

What should I read first?

LEARN MORE ABOUT FUNDRAISING.

  • How to Transition Fundraising Events to Virtual Events

    For many organizations, the crisis surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus is drastically and negatively impacting our fundraising. For organizations hosting physical fundraising events, many are being forced to cancel the event. Learn how to move a physical fundraising event, such as a race, gala, or fundraising auction, to online.

  • 3 Fundraising Goals for 2020

    You may be like me and take a little time at the end of the year to reflect on the previous year and look forward to the next year. As I reflect on 2019 and prepare for 2020, I'm reviewing my goals and see a need to take things back to the basics. You likely have many goals you must accomplish this year to consider it a success, but I suggest you focus on these three important fundraising goals.

Articles for Increasing Fundraising Knowledge

How to Transition Fundraising Events to Virtual Events

By |March 19th, 2020|Featured Intermediate, Fundraising, Intermediate|

For many organizations, the crisis surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus is drastically and negatively impacting our fundraising. For organizations hosting physical fundraising events, many are being forced to cancel the event. Learn how to move a physical fundraising event, such as a race, gala, or fundraising auction, to online.

3 Fundraising Goals for 2020

By |December 28th, 2019|Donor Communication, Featured Intermediate, Intermediate|

You may be like me and take a little time at the end of the year to reflect on the previous year and look forward to the next year. As I reflect on 2019 and prepare for 2020, I'm reviewing my goals and see a need to take things back to the basics. You likely have many goals you must accomplish this year to consider it a success, but I suggest you focus on these three important fundraising goals.