Fund Development

Nonprofit, Fundraising

Tell Your Story Well (Part Three)

In this final blog of the series “Tell Your Story Well,” we will explore three “best practices” to help your financial supporters care. In all of your communication (appeals, thanks, and reports) you should focus on the people you serve and how their lives have been changed because of the support of your givers. Best [...]

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Nonprofit, Fundraising

Tell Your Story Well (Part Two)

So what? Who cares? In this second blog of the series “Tell Your Story Well,” we will continue to discuss the complications we face when there is a disconnect between why people give and the story we tell. Recently, I’ve gotten to work with incredible outreaches in Africa, India, China, with indigenous First Nations peoples [...]

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Nonprofit, Fundraising

Tell Your Story Well

We know why people give. But often there is a “disconnect” between why people give and how we ask them to give. The resolution? Tell your story well. As you tell your story well, givers will have more joy and satisfaction, and you will raise more money for your important work. In this series of [...]

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Learn from Mistakes

Four Fundraising Mistakes to Avoid

I’ve been observing and learning from relationship mistakes in fundraising for 30 years, and there is usually a good intention behind every mistake that is made. Often mistakes are made by well-motivated professionals who want to see the mission of their organization advanced. Many of these could have been avoided by heeding the counsel of [...]

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Fundraising in Everyone's Business

Fundraising is Everyone’s Business

Whether your nonprofit is large or small, you can help your staff (program, administrative, and development) understand that fulfilling their job description alone is not enough to move the mission forward. With your vision and guidance, they can learn how to help you with fundraising…and even enjoy it! You know from your experience as a [...]

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