Devon Reeser, Author at Fundraising Letters, Checklists, How Tos and Event Ideas


About Devon Reeser: Devon has helped more than 40 non-profits, community groups, and government agencies throughout the US and abroad design and fund sustainable programs for economic and social development. With an MA in Environment and Development, she focuses on helping innovative environmental programs and is currently consulting on two environmental non profit projects in the US and designing an ecology education initaitive for local schools in Paraguay. Read more here.

5 Best Year-End Fundraising Strategies

year-end fundraising

Is your nonprofit overlooking strategies for year-end fundraising? Probably!  Here are 5 of the best tactics you might not have considered that can help boost your giving results this year. (More tips for year end here.)   Year-End Fundraising Strategy #1: Focus on increasing gift amounts from current donors New is not always better – […]

Charity Navigator vs. CharityWatch: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

charity-navigator vs charity-watch

If you work in the nonprofit sector, you have probably heard of Charity Navigator and CharityWatch. You also probably know that they are two of the top “watchdog” websites to keep track of your nonprofit. But do you know who is using each site? How it affects your donors or potential donors? Or how each […]

Gun Violence Research And Public Funding for Gun Ranges – What Nonprofits Need To Know

gun violence research and public funding for gun ranges

What should the government do with tax revenues? This is the age-old question of appropriations that applies to all Americans. As more and more federal grant dollars are drying up, nonprofits might be particularly concerned with how tax dollars or public revenues are re-granted – and to whom. Millions of dollars are granted annually to […]

Why Your Nonprofit Needs a GuideStar Seal and How to Get One

guidestar and nonprofits

Every nonprofit needs to take time to create a rated GuideStar profile. Why? Because not only is GuideStar visited by 8 million people annually. It also directly links your information to Facebook Fundraisers and dozens of other top fundraising and social media sites. Here is everything you need to know about GuideStar – what it […]

6 Fun Halloween Fundraiser Ideas for Your School or Nonprofit

halloween fundraiser for schools and nonprofits

Halloween might be the new best time to throw a fundraiser.  It has become so popular that it only falls behind Christmas for the most celebrated US holiday. 171 million people partook in some sort of Halloween festivity in 2016, spending more than 8 billion dollars! Here are a few ideas for your nonprofit or […]

Fundraising For A Wind Energy Project

wind energy project fundraising

Is your charitable group looking to support or raise funds for a wind energy project? Or is your school looking to cut electric costs and overhead with a renewable wind project? Outlined here is a quick guide about what you need to know for project funds to get a wind turbine installed! Click here for […]

Sample Fundraising Letter for Community Fund for People in Need

sample fundraising letter community fund

Following is a sample donation request letter to the members of a community for donating to a community fund. Feel free to copy it and modify it for your fundraising needs. (For any other use, please contact us.)   >> In light of the recent disasters, you may also find the following sample donation request […]

Chicken Poop Bingo Game Fundraiser!

ckicken poop bingo fundraiser

Adding fun and interesting games like Chicken Poop Bingo to encourage guests to give more at your next event is just a wise use of your time and resources! And that is regardless of whether your next fundraiser is a small cocktail party, a full scale gala, or just a simple community event like a […]

4 Ways Foreign Aid Helps Your Community

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It is logical to think “Why give tax dollars and charitable dollars abroad when so many people are suffering in America?” The reality, however, is that there is a long list of seemingly unconnected benefits to Americans for giving tax dollars as well as private dollars as foreign aid. Those benefits are tangible and intangible […]

5 Clever Ways To Boost Donations – Fundraising in the New Presidential Era

fundraising in a new presidential era - 5 clever ways to boost donations

Every new president brings policy and economic changes that affect charities and their fundraising.  Possibly never before has the nation been so uncertain about the future than with the new Trump administration, however. Changes can be good for you – if you adapt with them to keep being successful. Here is what you need to know about how […]

6 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Generate Earned Income

Just because you’re a charity doesn’t mean you can’t generate earned income like a traditional business! Too often nonprofits are so focused on fundraising they don’t take advantage of what may be an easier way to support their mission – raising real dollars through revenue, or “earned income”, vs. philanthropy. Here are six ways that […]

6 Tips to Apply Positive Persistence to Get Your Donation!

apply positive persistence to get your donation

As a fundraiser, the best way to cope with constant rejection is increased persistence. The most common response to a fundraising request is silence. Then the second most common responses are “no,” “not now,” “we can’t help you,” or variants of the same. The most successful fundraisers are persistent – those that keep trying, those […]

8 Tips to Improve Your Fundraising Report to Your Nonprofit Board

Tips to improve your fundraising report

It’s that time of year again, when your board chair is asking, “how did fundraising go this year?” Whether you met your goals or fell short, it can be difficult to explain all of the work you did to cultivate your donors, throw events, find new grants, and befriend corporate sponsors. Here are some tips […]

Sample Fundraising Letter: Year-End Donation Request Letter

year end donation request letter

The holidays are just around the corner, and end-of-year has snuck upon us once again. Read on for one of our sample donation request letters we hope will provide some inspiration and help for your appeal! For more sample fundraising letters, browse here. For more on annual appeals, click here. For even more sample letters, see […]

8 Tips for Making a Nonprofit Video

Videos for nonprofits

If you don’t have a good video for your nonprofit work, you need one! YouTube has over 1 billion users (1/3 of all internet users), and even if you have a limited or nonexistent budget, you can make a video that helps share your mission and impact to the world. Here are 8 tips to […]