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.

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

global aid

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 […]

Best Year-End Appeal Ideas and Samples for Your Group

Year-end donation ask

Nonprofits raise more than half their funding at “year-end”, or the final two or three months of the year. Up to a third of online donations are made in December alone. From emails to formal letters to “tweet” or text campaigns, here are some concrete samples of good year-end fundraising appeals to help your organization […]

6 Steps to Create Meaningful Benchmarks For Your Nonprofit

creating nonprofit benchmarks

In just 6 steps, you can create meaningful benchmarks to help your nonprofit in strategic planning, proposal writing, and evaluation of your staff and programs. You can apply benchmarks to nearly anything that is goal oriented, so you can use them liberally to improve your measurement and ultimately your nonprofit’s efficacy! Step 1: Figure out […]

How Nonprofits Can Piggyback Off Elections for Fundraising and Branding

How nonprofits can piggyback off elections for fundraising and branding

Nonprofits cannot get involved in politics and elections, but they can piggyback off of them! Here’s a simple road-map to identify how your nonprofit can benefit from elections this fall, and some ideas for how to go about it. At minimum, you can boost attendance to your already planned events, increase your network, improve your […]