People in fundraising often joke about raising money "to keep the lights on," but for one of our workshop students, that was reality.Read More
There’s a lot of fundraising advice floating around out there. Figuring out what advice to take and what to ignore can seem exhausting.Read More
We make growing a nonprofit a lot more complicated than it needs to be. We feel like we have to do everything. The key to growing your nonprofit is as easy as 1-2-3.Read More
Actors may appear to be naturals just “winging it” during a comedic bit. Sports stars seem to effortlessly rack up points against their opponents. What we don’t see is the years of dedication and unflagging work that has led to their smooth execution.Read More
Back in 2017, Tristan Starbird was an eager Executive Director of Fair Haven Camps in Maine, a non-profit that provides enriching summer camp programs for children in New England. Tristan was dedicated and incredibly passionate about his nonprofit.Read More
Do you know how many of your current donors increased their giving last year? If not, you’re missing out on the single biggest growth opportunity available to your nonprofit.Read More
Like far too many nonprofit leaders, Wolf stepped into the role of not only leading his organization but managing fundraising efforts with little prior fundraising experience.Read More
Imagine you have a donor prospect meeting tomorrow. You’re stressed. You've done your research and know they support causes like yours. You know they could really be a great partner for your nonprofit. But you’re still left with one big question: How much should I ask for? $1k? $10k? $75k? $300k?Read More
When I first started out in fundraising, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit like Oliver Twist before entering a big ask meeting with a donor.Read More
Imagine a restaurant owner who has never dined at his own restaurant. How can he create an excellent experience for his customers if he’s never been in their shoes?Read More
Take a moment to think about the best customer service experience you’ve ever had. What comes to mind? What made the experience so memorable?Read More
Question: What’s the best way to lose 100 donors?
Answer: Be average. Or, more specifically, have an average donor retention rate.
Most nonprofit leaders start out with lots of great ideas but little fundraising experience. I know I did. While on the job training is important, you do end up making lots of mistakes.Read More