June 9, 2014 How to assess if your fundraising plan is working
6 Steps to a Successful Appeal: Part six of a six-part series To make the most of your annual giving program, set clear goals and then incorporate measurement tools into your plan. A successful plan will include regular evaluation of your strategies' successes and failures,… Read Article
June 4, 2014 Can Giving Days help you raise more money?
Can 24-hour Giving Days help you raise more money for your nonprofit? If you're participating in Seattle's GiveBIG annual event, they can! To the many nonprofits in the Seattle area who've participated in the now annual matching donation fest known as GiveBIG, you know… Read Article
April 29, 2014 5 ways to find donors hiding in plain sight
LGL is pleased to announce our new partnership with DonorSearch, a leading prospect research and screening firm, and to publish this guest post from Bill Tedesco, DonorSearch's founder and CEO, on our blog. In the financial sector, past performance is not an indicator of future… Read Article
February 24, 2014 Do you know how to accept donations online?
This article describes at a high level what is needed for a nonprofit to collect online donations. Even with the simplifications I've made here, you'll see that there are a number of pieces to the puzzle. In the diagram below you'll see three important building… Read Article
February 18, 2014 4 tips for keeping your donor database healthy
In the same way our bodies do, keeping a database healthy requires consistent work. This post gives you some practical methods for achieving database health, or what is sometimes referred to as reachability, a focus on answering the questions, "can you contact everyone in your database to… Read Article
January 15, 2014 Does your organization suffer from data rot?
It’s no surprise that you will have better fundraising success the more you’re able to reach your intended audience. In fact, the data append company Updentity has seen up to 900% increases in year-over-year donations from improved contact information and better utilization of staff time.… Read Article
January 9, 2014 3 ways to use data to cultivate donors
The ultimate goal in fundraising is for your constituents to invest in your mission. But earning them as investors requires being effective in the three Is of cultivation: Inform, Involve, and Invest. So, let’s talk about how strategic data management allows you to do this.… Read Article
January 5, 2014 3 simple steps to increase your phonathon’s effectiveness
Note: Before joining the LGL team, I was actively engaged in the work of non-profit fundraising. The information in this article comes specifically from my most recent experiences with phonathons in my capacity as a school advancement director. Until recently, the word I most associated… Read Article
January 4, 2014 Take charge of your data to meet fundraising goals
At the 2013 AFP-NNE Annual Conference held in Portland, Maine, Chris Bicknell of Little Green Light, Kathy Howrigan of Marts & Lundy, and Brendan Kinney of Vermont Public Radio (and the moderator of #fundchat) gave a presentation titled, “Take Charge of Your Data to Meet Fundraising Goals.” This presentation provides basic tips and ideas for how to tackle… Read Article
August 16, 2016 Is now the time to invest in a new donor management software?
In nonprofit development offices, hardworking staff are engaged in a variety of activities to advance their organization’s mission. From preparing and sending thoughtful communications to supporters, ensuring timely thank you’s to donors are being sent, managing volunteers, and coordinating a variety of events, little time… Read Article