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Are you tracking grants effectively?

When it comes to managing a grants program for your nonprofit, do you have a way of tracking those grants effectively? For many nonprofit organizations, applying for grants from private foundations can be an important component of their annual fundraising plan. Ideally, the process of applying for funds from a private, grant-making foundation can be […]

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Are you ready to solicit major gifts effectively?

Is your nonprofit organization ready to solicit major gifts? Whatever its scale, your organization probably already has the support of some major donors. The term “major donor” is relative, so whether a major donor is someone who gives $250 or $25,000, it’s important that you’re able to identify those donors and steward your organization’s relationship […]

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Can events meet your nonprofit organization’s needs?

Events can sometimes seem like the best way to meet some of your nonprofit organization’s needs. You’ll raise money, you’ll welcome new donors and prospects, and more people will be familiar with your organization’s mission. Perfect solution, right? In some carefully planned cases, yes. But in many cases, no. In fact, when you consider the […]

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How to make donor thank you calls an integral part of your process

For many organizations, donor thank you calls fall under the category of “nice to do,” not “have to do.” You may be scrambling to acknowledge gifts, and thank you calls seem impossible to fit in. Yet some organizations have successfully incorporated thank you calls into their acknowledgment process. I wanted to know how they managed […]

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What do you need to run a successful fundraising appeal?

It’s hard to be an effective fundraiser if you don’t have the tools to help you plan and manage a successful fundraising appeal. There are so many components to an appeal: Deciding who to solicit, crafting an effective appeal letter, getting your mailing out the door, and then tracking, acknowledging, and reporting on gifts received […]

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How to effectively retire a beloved non-profit event

The prospect of retiring an event can feel challenging, especially if it is beloved by the stakeholders of your non-profit. However, sometimes it’s the right choice to make. This post will help you make an informed decision about how to effectively retire an event. For advice, I reached out to Sarah Plimpton of Capital Campaign […]

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What essential fundraising systems does your nonprofit need?

In order to successfully advance your nonprofit’s mission, it is imperative to have a few key fundraising systems in place. Behind every successful fundraising operation, there are systems and workflows that make its accomplishments possible. Those operations may not seem as impressive or exciting as securing a gift from a major donor or running a […]

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How to maximize your fundraising success

Are you looking for ways to maximize your fundraising success? It can be a real challenge for busy nonprofit professionals to find the time to research and implement new fundraising strategies. That’s why we’ve created a new blog series called Fundraising Essentials, based on the ideas and strategies in Erik Hanberg’s book, The Little Book […]

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6 steps to help you create a fundraising plan

Does your organization need to create a fundraising plan? A fundraising plan helps you prioritize your work and guides your way to fundraising success. Without one, you’ll have a hard time effectively focusing your time and energy to best serve your organization. And you’ll probably feel more stressed than you need to. But creating a […]

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