Do you ever think, “I could do so much more if I only had one person dedicated to…”
Ask yourself these questions:
Where are you strong in your fundraising program, and where would you like to grow?
It’s as if there were a wall. And on one side of the wall is this belief that not-for-profits and government exist for public service, and that they’re fundamentally altruistic, that they have a deeper purpose, and they’re doing good in the world, and they have pure motives. On the other side of the wall are corporations. And they’re just selfish and greedy. They have no purpose other than to make money.
What is it? An appeal letter is a letter you send to donors to ask for money. When to do it: Quarterly or yearly around December. You’ll need: sense of timing, successful letter samples, two pairs of fresh eyes on your letter, an up-to-date donor database, and solid systems of cultivation and stewardship. What to… [Keep Reading]
What is it? Lean Development is the practice of applying corporate waste-elimination strategies to the nonprofit development processes. When to do it: Every day, take 15 minutes and ask, “What went well today? What could have gone better?” Every week, examine your processes. Could something go faster? Could another thing eliminate waste? You’ll need: A… [Keep Reading]
What is it? Asking someone for money in person. In-Person Asks are usually Major Gift asks. That means a larger sum of money than people normally give to your organization. When to do it: All year round. You’ll need: A major gifts program, with moves management to track donors. A relationship with your major donors…. [Keep Reading]
What is it? Grantwriting is kind of what people think of when they think of development. This is only a small part of what development professionals do. Grantwriting includes researching grants, finding the best prospects, writing a letter of intent, connecting with the foundation, and if approved, writing a proposal and attaching the necessary documentation…. [Keep Reading]
We’d all like to do more with less, especially now. How can you make your nonprofit more efficient? Ask yourself and those around you these questions. 1. What does your nonprofit spend the most money on? 2. What does your nonprofit waste the most money on? 3. How many people have been hired and fired… [Keep Reading]
Where do you want your fundraising career to go? Do you want to become a Development Manager? Development Director? Executive Director? Director of Annual Giving? Director of Major Gifts? Dean? Board chair? A Social Entrepreneur? A Founder of a Hybrid nonprofit? How do you get ahead in fundraising? Sign up for my newsletter, and get… [Keep Reading]
Managing Others Development is a crucial department for any nonprofit organization. Not only are development staff tasked with getting all money for the organization, but they are also the brand evangelists for the organization. They raise you millions of dollars for a low end 5 figure salary. They MUST be excited about your cause. They… [Keep Reading]
The really interesting question is: “How much money goes into nonprofit programs that don’t work?”
With the climate talks in Copenhagen happening this week, and the police brutality against the protesters, it leads me to think about conflict and getting through to people in power. Ever had a situation in your nonprofit workplace where it seemed like you couldn’t get through to someone in power? What did you do? What… [Keep Reading]
What can make you a more productive fundraising rockstar? 1. Start your day without email. Look at your to-do list for the day, and accomplish one thing on that list before checking email. This will start you on a roll, and you’ll feel productive for the rest of the day. 2. Increase your bandwidth. Can… [Keep Reading]
Fundraising is the act of building relationships to help the cause you care about. This can include writing letters and newsletters, throwing parties, visiting people, calling people, doing speaking engagements, and more! What is The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising? The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising is an engaging, fun, and woman-centered model of how… [Keep Reading]