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Got the Donor Blues? Stewardship and Donor Relations

There’s a phenomenon, a wave of charity and compassion that greets cataclysmic events and earth shattering tragedies. The torrent of giving that follows a crisis or disaster fills the databanks of nonprofits with new benefactors. But all too often this groundswell of emotional response is lost soon thereafter. Could this brief moment of enthusiastic generosity […]

9 Ways to Use Nonprofit Watchdogs’ Standards to Up Your Game

The nonprofit sector is huge. Did you know the Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University reports that more than 70 million people work and volunteer in the industry? Nonprofits produce more than 1.9 trillion dollars annually and employ the third-largest workforce of all U.S. industries. (More here.) With such a big industry, […]

Chasing Donors Away? Annoying Tactics Non-Profits Use

With well over a million non-profit organizations registered in America, each competing for their share of the revenue pie, every donor becomes a valuable asset. Yet a surprising number of nonprofits are inadvertently chasing donors away. You would never knowingly risk the allegiance of your donors with an offensive or irritating appeal, or alienate supporters […]

How to Encourage People to Donate to Your Cause

These days, it’s pretty common to be solicited for donations in front of stores, through email and regular mail. In fact, people are inundated with messages trying to encourage them to give. While many will give readily to causes they already believe in, they will probably be reluctant to donate to causes that are not […]

What Donors Want to Know Before They Give

A friendly smile, and a few words about your group’s cause may be enough when it comes to selling products at a fair or offering a gift wrapping service around the holidays. But how can you convince donors to give more than just a few dollars? What kind of information should you make readily available […]

Landing Corporate Sponsors

Getting corporate sponsors may be a tall order, but it is certainly not impossible. It may take some time, and if you’re willing to follow a company’s rules (there may be lots of paperwork and wait time), and stick to your plan you may just succeed in the end! When applying with a corporate sponsor, […]

Let It Be Known… Recognizing Charitable Donors

There is no worse feeling for a donor than to feel unappreciated for the money or in-kind donations they have generously donated to a fundraising organization. At the very least, a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ letter is in order. No doubt, however, that your organization can do even better. And you should. Because a little appreciation […]

Monthly Contributions Improve Fundraising Cash Flow

If your organization’s cash flow is a little rocky right now, you might want to take a look at setting up a monthly giving program for individual donors. These giving programs can help individuals contribute to your organization easily and can help ensure that you have ongoing income each month. Monthly contribution commitments work well […]

Using Demographics To Target Fundraising Supporters

Demographics – statistics and summations of fundraising populations – can be useful tools for targeting fundraising efforts. Making the most of fundraising demographics entails research and effective utilization of the statistics available. Today’s Fundraising Demographics Fundraising demographics are wide and varied and, like every year, come with some changes and surprises: According to the U.S. […]

Fundraising Donation Request Letters – A Writing Guide

Donation request letters can be used as just one part of a fundraising campaign, or they can be the fundraising campaign in its entirety. Many organizations prefer to go the route of fundraising entirely through donation request letters because they require few volunteers, but reach a large number of potential donors directly target interested donors […]