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8 March 2017

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einstein says

Albert Einstein says…

Everyone knows about persuasion, but what about PRE-suasion? Recently I was reading a book called Pre-suasion by Robert Cialdini. You may know his name […]

22 February 2017

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Here's a picture of the Grit book by Angela duckworth

Do you have Fundraising GRIT?

What is fundraising GRIT? Grit is a combination of passion and perseverance. According to Bill Damon, a Stanford developmental psychologist, you need these 3 […]

4 August 2016

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blue ocean strategy

Are you in a blue ocean?

Recently I was reading a book called The Blue Ocean Strategy, recommended to me by Molly Ola Pinney and Aja Davis. This book was […]

27 June 2016

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how to reinvent your job

What to do in a changing nonprofit job market

A lot of nonprofit fundraising staff come to me in despair. My job sucks! They say. I know what best fundraising practices are, but […]

15 June 2016

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How can you make your nonprofit writing more persuasive?

Yesterday we talked about what makes people turn around their criticism about your nonprofit when you’re speaking about your cause in person. If you […]

14 June 2016

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mazarine treyz presents

4 mindset shifts to make when talking with a critic

Have you ever been awkward trying to network with people while you’re tabling, or after a nonprofit speaking gig, or just networking in general […]

23 May 2016

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Fundraising the SMART way

14 Questions to Find a New Donor for Your Cause

Fundraising isn’t JUST about money. It’s about relationships. How can you start to build a relationship with a donor? Conversation about their values. And […]

24 March 2016

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Book review: Mindset, A New Psychology of Success

Were you ever in a position to teach someone who seemed very smart? How did you teach them? Have you ever taught someone who […]

3 November 2015

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Mastery by Robert Greene

Are you wondering how to attain mastery in fundraising?

Lately I’ve been reading a book by Robert Greene called Mastery.  Throughout this book there are stories about how people overcame incredible odds to […]

7 October 2015

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Book Giveaway: The Sponsorship Seeker’s Toolkit

NOW is an excellent time to start asking for sponsorship. According to Sponsorship.com, the 4th quarter is when most sponsors start allocating their budgets […]

1 October 2015

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Inspiring Generosity

Book Giveaway: Inspiring Generosity

This week I’m giving away a book! You may remember this book, Inspiring Generosity, with tons of good quotes to help your donors give […]

28 September 2015

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A sample fundraising campaign email

Hey it’s election season! In a year and a half, it will be time for another US presidential election, which means it’s a good […]

21 September 2015

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Campaign craft review 2015

The 5 motivations for political donors

I’ve been learning more about political fundraising lately, to help a friend of mine run for office. So I thought I’d share a little […]

3 July 2015

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Goal, motivation conflict

What makes a good story for your nonprofit appeal?

How do you know if your nonprofit story is any good? Are you stuck with writing a story right now? How can you make […]

30 June 2015

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Story by Robert McKee

How can screenwriting help you write your nonprofit story?

  Why do people give us money? It could be because we asked them. Guilt, fear, hope, or even, possibly, because they want more […]

25 June 2015

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Book Review: It’s not just about the money

Recently I started reading Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifel’s new book about major gifts. It’s called “It’s Not Just About the Money.” You may […]

28 April 2015

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How can you encourage your donors to be more generous?

When I was back on the east coast for the holidays, I went to a radical bookstore with my parents in Brattleboro, Vermont. This […]

16 March 2015

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Antifragile Nassim Taleb

How can you make your nonprofit impervious to shock?

  So in 2011 I wrote about a book called The Black Swan, by Nassim Taleb. good book. He now considers it an appendix […]

2 March 2015

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Fundraising matters just as much as programs

Recently I was reading a book called Zero to One by Pete Thiel. In it, Thiel writes about misconceptions of the tech bubble in […]

24 February 2015

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Grab that rusty board member and heave-ho matey!

Let me tell you a short, sad story. Once upon a time there was a nonprofit executive director that wanted to send out an […]