That may be the wrong kind of question! It might be more important to fail in fundraising as many ways as possible. I picked up this book, This Will Make You Smarter and was pleasantly surprised at how many essays in this book could be applied to fundraising. In Kevin Kelly’s essay in the book… [Keep Reading]
How can you stay creative in fundraising? I turned to IMAGINE, by Jonah Lehrer, to get some answers. Here are some marvelous tid-bits from this book. Did you know that song “I can’t get no (satisfaction)” by Keith Richards was written in his sleep? He went to sleep near his guitar and a tape recorder,… [Keep Reading]
If you’re blogging and feeling stuck, you are not alone! Take it from someone who has blogged since 1999, blogging is HARD! It’s a lot of work and you have to do it every week. In November 2009 I started to blog to market my book, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising. I wanted to… [Keep Reading]
When I first started blogging to build an audience for my book, I read Yaro Starak’s blog. He said that the way he got tons of website visitors and built up his traffic was by commenting on 10 blogs per night. So in 2010, that is what I did. I got tons of traffic and… [Keep Reading]
Wow! I am so excited! This ebook is finally here! If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about how to keep your donors, this new ebook will help you get there! What’s inside? Just some sweet articles by Pamela Grow, Roger Craver, Vanessa Chase, Claire Axelrad, Marc Pitman, Shanon Doolittle, Nancy Schwartz, Harvey McKinnon, and… [Keep Reading]
[raw] [/raw] You may know Pamela Slim from her book, “Escape from Cubicle Nation” but today we’ll be talking about her new book, “Body of Work.” I read this book and loved it, and the questions we’ll ask today are based on some of what you will learn when you buy this book. Note to… [Keep Reading]
I have read a LOT of career guidebooks. Heck. I’ve even written one myself! The trouble with books like “How to be, do, or have anything you want” or “What color is your parachute” is that they make certain assumptions about you. Namely, that you know what you’re going for. But what if you… [Keep Reading]
My friend Joe Waters just came out with a new book, called Fundraising with businesses. What’s it about? Well, if you thought that sponsorship was all a business could do for you, BOY are you in for a surprise! This book talks about ALL of the different ways that businesses can help your nonprofit succeed,… [Keep Reading]
Today you might have read this 5 star review of my new book from Joanne Fritz at Nonprofit.About.com. Here is a small piece of the review: According to a recent report from CompassPoint, Underdeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, fundraisers are too often set up for failure by a system that is… [Keep Reading]
Are you trying to ‘maximize” your “resources” and “optimize” your “funding dollars”?
Are you looking for a nonprofit with a good 5 year plan, and programs based on research?
Are you looking for a predictable (yet innovative) model of human behavior that other nonprofits can follow for “reproducible” or “Replicable” results?
Have you been burned out by a job? Would you like to learn how to make the best of a nervewracking situation? Since the average tenure of a fundraiser in a nonprofit organization in America is 18-24 months, then chances are you’re going to be looking for a job soon, if you’re not already. It’s… [Keep Reading]
People usually dread getting appeal letters. They want to trash them. But every once in awhile, someone opens one. And then you’ve got a chance. You might get them to read past the first paragraph. And possibly, do more than glance at the picture.
Imagine if people looked forward to getting your appeal letter. Imagine if they were excited to get your grant proposal!