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6 Tips to Apply Positive Persistence to Get Your Donation!

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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 […]

Sample Fundraising Letter: Year-End Donation Request Letter

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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 […]

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 […]

Tweak Your Group’s Marketing Message: 5 Tips From “Mad Men”

Tweak Your Group's Marketing Message: 5 Tips From "Mad Men"

Patches of shadow mark the fading light and far away, down the deserted hallway, a door slams. Late in your office, the cursor blinks accusingly as you wrestle once again with your new fundraising appeal… You realize that it is high time to change your approach. Why not take some tips from snappy-dressed, chisel-jawed Don […]

How to Write a Winning Proposal for Your Nonprofit Program

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Every nonprofit project benefits from a winning proposal, whether your organization is seeking grant funding, individual donations, or just a clear, strategic picture of what you are doing and why. This part of fundraising and project planning is often the most difficult for nonprofits, though it doesn’t have to be. Any project or program can […]

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Are you at a loss for words and don’t know where to start your fundraising letter – including political fundraising? How do you best get across how much passion you have for your work? How do you ask for money without sounding shy or rude?   >> Make it easy on yourself and get focused […]

Direct Mail and Free Gifts to Boost your Fundraising on a Budget

Despite the virtual Smartphone and email era we are in, direct mail is still the best way to attract new donors, both young and old, to your organization. While most might assume seniors prefer snail mail, Forbes reported that even 18-34 year olds respond better to paper in hand. And young and old alike want […]

Sample Wording for 5 Components of a Successful Fundraising Letter

sample wording for 5 components of a successful fundraising letter

With 1.5 million nonprofits now registered in the United States, your fundraising letter needs to be perfect for your nonprofit to compete with the rest. Do not stress, however! While you do need to put a good amount of thought into writing a fundraising letter, you do not need to rigidly stick to a set […]

Who to Ask for Donations

The trend is clear: if you want to raise money for your organization in today’s economy, you need to know what individuals to ask for donations. While philanthropy as a whole is on the rise in the US, the majority of funding, and nearly all of the fundraising increase, is coming from rich American philanthropists.  […]

7 Reasons Personal Appeal Letters Are Still the Best Way to Fundraise

A globally connected, Facebook-friending, website form-filling society now mostly gives to charity after watching YouTube video testimonials and surfing crowdfunding pages, right? Wrong! Only 7% of giving is online, but 80% of philanthropy is from individuals. (Source: NPEngage.com) People may be giving more online, but they do not give the majority of their charitable donations […]

When Did You Last Tell Your Donors that You Love Them?

Is donor attrition the dirty secret in your nonprofit world? Why do some nonprofits retain their loyal donors, building lifelong, mutually rewarding relationships, while others never get further than the first gift? Unfortunately, some nonprofits have a tendency to view their supporters as a collective whole; the donors – a vast, faceless, pool of potential […]

Sample Letter: Adapting your Proposal Cover Letter for Email

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More and more, funders – including government agencies, corporations, foundations, and individuals – are asking non profits to save the paper and email their proposals or submit them online. They can then take highlights out of your pitch, if they review it, to present to their board, or only electronically distribute the best asks. If […]

Learn from Grant Writers’ Hindsight

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Grants writing can be a discipline, a skill, or an art form. It all depends on whom it is you are talking to. Learning how to write a grant sometimes is the consequence of on-the-job experience and grant writers will often admit to superior hindsight. They won’t hesitate to talk about those things which, had […]

Sample Proposal Letter: How to Write an Environmental Proposal Pitch that Appeals to Funders

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“Green” is in, and more and more funders are giving to environmental causes, but donations to environmental nonprofits and projects still only constitute around 7% of US philanthropy (Giving USA).  While funders see environment as a worthy giving sector, it is hard to compete with cancer, children starving, religion, or education. If you are an […]

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 […]