Marita Meegan, Author at Fundraising Letters, Checklists, How Tos and Event Ideas

About Marita Meegan: Marita is the creator of and occasionally contributes tech related and other articles. She created her first fundraising related website in 2001 to raise funds for schools and individuals. Read more about here.

Why Fundraising Is Important

It seems obvious why fundraising is important: to raise funds for needed items, services and programs. Yet, raising funds has so many other benefits besides the obvious. Often, budgets get cut, or less than ideal family situations mean that children have to go without things or activities that their classmates receive, and later life opportunities […]

Q & A with Linda Kissam, Nonprofit Consultant and Instructor at Ed2Go

nonprofit consultant Linda Kissam

I’m excited to present this interview with Linda Kissam, who has over 20 years experience in nonprofit education and consultation, public relations, media outreach and also freelance travel writing. Her clients include nonprofits, wineries, and wine related businesses and online publications. She serves on numerous nonprofit boards and consults with startup and established nonprofit agencies, […]

Helpful Tips for a Successful Charity Fundraising Event – Interview with Teresa Mathers

Helpful tips for a successful charity fundraising event

Last week I met up with Teresa Mathers and asked her about her experiences working for many different charities in different roles wearing many different hats for the last 25 years. She currently volunteers for the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society and is Vice President of membership. I asked Teresa a few questions about what […]

Should Your Non-Profit Have a Mobile App?

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With more people using smartphones and tablets to access the web, you might be wondering if your non-profit should invest in a mobile app. The answer to that depends on what you think the mobile app should accomplish for you. – If you’d like make a specific function available to your visitors that might even […]

Is Your Website Optimized for Mobile Devices?

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Maybe optimizing your website for mobile devices isn’t first on your to-do list, but if you want to make the most of your online presence and don’t want to lose potential newsletter subscribers and supporters, it’s necessary to make sure your mobile visitors can easily access your site with ‘responsive’ web design. Maybe you have […]

39 Ways to use IFTTT to Automate Your Workflow and Social Media for Your Group

Automate – to some folks in the non-profit world this word might as well be a cuss word. But reality is that if you’re running a blog you’re probably already automating at least your email sign-ups: you might have it set up that as soon as a blog post is published, it triggers emails to […]

5 Ways to Optimize Your Fundraising Email Signups

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Have you looked at your email signups lately? If your signup boxes don’t work correctly, you might lose subscribers, or they might not track correctly in your statistics. And if you’re not collecting emails at all your events or through your online accounts, you might also lose out on potential supporters and revenue. Likely there […]

17 Great Non-profit Resources

There is a wealth of non-profit resources available online about every single aspect of fundraising and we have collected some of our favorites to share with you! We will update this post from time to time to add other new and useful resources as they pop up. Enjoy! Feel free to add your own favorite […]

7 Points to Consider Before Promoting Your Cause

Where and how should you be promoting your cause? Are you overwhelmed by third party statistics and infographics? The internet and social media has added a whole new layer of ways to communicate with your supporters, but with it came a whole new layer of things that need updating, writing and monitoring. But as complicated […]

How to Run a Used Books Fundraiser

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Even though the balance of book buying has shifted from print to e-book downloads, many of us still own and love printed books, new or used. Printed books are still in demand, especially when they can be had for a low price at a fundraiser like this. Essentially, a used books fundraiser brings together those […]

15 Most Popular Online Fundraising Sites

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Even if your group has a website – what if a PayPal Donation button isn’t enough and you still need help with marketing, email services and tracking your donations? Consider trying on of the dozens of online fundraising sites available; we’ve combed the web for you and have come up with a list of the […]

100 + Fundraising Ideas!

Need some inspiration for your next fundraiser? Following are 100 + ideas to get you started! Don’t forget: * To maximize your income, get as many materials, rentals and prizes as possible donated, including space to hold your event and flyer printing * consider inviting special guests, like principals, local business leaders and celebrities who […]

Fundraising Idea: Peace Sign Fundraiser

For this fundraiser you’ll need hula hoops, string lights, and volunteers to help assemble your peace signs – or any other signs you think are appropriate and supporters would love to buy. We chose the peace sign because of its popularity, but, as with any other type of sign or symbol, it can mean different […]

Tips for Running a Marathon Fundraiser

Holding a marathon fundraiser is a fun and healthy way to bring community and family together to raise money for a good cause. Considering the estimated number of runners, spectators, volunteers and sponsors you’ll have, as well as road closures, health care and security concerns, it’s wise to start planning your fundraiser six to twelve […]

New Options for Mobile Donations

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You can already collect mobile donations via an SMS text donation campaign through companies like mGive or MobileCause. However, these services are relatively expensive and aren’t suitable for smaller fundraising campaigns, or drives that need to be organized and executed quickly. It’s also hard to collect donor data and impossible to enable recurring gifts. If […]