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Category Archives: Annual Fund
Please Don’t Ignore Your Lapsed Donors.
Want to do better in your fundraising? Get to know the peeps at Bloomerang, purveyors of revolutionary software that affordably and elegantly delivers much needed solutions to our business: tracking and reporting donor data and engagement. I love these guys. … Continue reading
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising, Philanthropy Tagged Bloomerang, Fundraising, non-profits, Philanthropy 2 Comments
No More (Cruddy) PayPal Fundraising.
I am a sucker for community level fundraising. Kids on Bikes. Science for Kittens. Kale for Veterans. Shelter from the Storm. Supporting small and focused local organizations is one of the most impactful ways to support your community as a … Continue reading
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising, Philanthropy Tagged Online Giving, PayPal 3 Comments
Your Incremental (fundraising) Resolutions.
I am going to run a half marathon this year. There are myriad challenges ahead (exercising on the road, approaching middle age, a deep personal commitment to fried chicken) but I’ve done it before, and so I know to view … Continue reading
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising, Performing Arts, Philanthropy Tagged Fundraising, marathon fundraising, Philanthropy 2 Comments
Fundraising Realities v. #donorlove
“This is Looking Great!” I replied to a client recently, “Based on this current progress, we will secure $250,000 for the annual fund between now and 12/31. That’s five working weeks, so $50,000 a week, and $10,000 a day. We got this!” … Continue reading
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Our best (fundraising) thing. The Wonderful, Marvelous, Misunderstood Annual Fund.
It is June 30, the fiscal year end for many a non-profit and most of my clients. It is a sentimental time, thinking back on the past 12 months and the accomplishments: the impossible goals, the planning, the case development … Continue reading
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising Tagged Annual Fund, Fundraising 4 Comments
10 shalls to Putting the Fun in Fundraising.
Fundraisers are an overly serious and no fun bunch, too often. An absence of humor is sadly lacking in our non-profit endeavors, and scarce of late in our civic life. Last year was almost entirely humorless, overly full of moral … Continue reading
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising, Leadership Tagged 2015, envelope stuffing, Fundraising, lunch dates, sponsorship Leave a comment
The Foolproof, Infallible, Magic Bullet of Fundraising for 2015 (Part I).
Pick Up The Phone. There. Now you know. The Grand Secret to Fundraising success. Four words. Go and thrive my friends. But many of you won’t do it. I make a good living working with non-profits of all sizes and … Continue reading
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising Tagged Fundraising, non-profits, organizations, Pick Up The Phone 1 Comment
Call in The Bobs. Six Times to Hire Fundraising Consultants.
One of my favorite clients over the past couple of years has an energetic board leader who calls me and Bob Swaney The Bobs, a reference to a masterpiece of cinema, Office Space. If you haven’t seen that film in … Continue reading
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Call your Granny. Don’t Be an Ingrate (Fundraiser).
The good folks at Bloomerang conducted a brilliant little experiment recently, making $5 online contributions to 50 Indianapolis area non-profit organizations to see how they would be acknowledged and engaged as new donors. They produced, without comment or analysis, a … Continue reading
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising Tagged Bloomerang, Fundraising, Online Giving, Technology 11 Comments
Five Steps in June to Annual Fund Success (despite) Grill Season
Most of our organizations have a June 30 fiscal year and this is Just Lousy. The Annual Fund, and most of fundraising, is at the core an exercise in creating and sustaining momentum and activity, of spreading the work (and … Continue reading
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising Tagged Annual Fund, Fundraising, Volunteers 1 Comment