How you can use your database can supercharge your fundraising efforts

I tend to work for many small nonprofit organizations and oftentimes are called to audit their existing fundraising program with an eye towards future development. Consistently during my audit process, I find that the most overly looked area of organizations fundraising infrastructure is its database. What I often see is nonprofits who are either using […] Read more »

How to segment and personalize your year-end fundraising campaign

It is year-end campaign planning time. Far too often I see organizations using a blanket approach with their donor base. With a few minor tweaks in their strategy, they can increase their revenues by a third, sometimes even double. What strategies do I recommend? Well, what I often see is that one of the most overlooked […] Read more »

How to find new donors for your nonprofit organization

Each year, approximately 10% of your non-profit donor base will attrition naturally through death, moving, or just not giving any longer.  Then you add lapsed donors on top of that natural attrition, and you are looking at an eroding donor list.  Sound familiar? Well, in previous blog posts, I examined how to begin attracting new donors […] Read more »

How to ensure the success of your next fundraising campaign

Often, I get asked, “What is the magic behind a successful fundraising campaign?” Well, it is not all magic.  There is some science.  And, with over twenty years of experience, I am going to share the top tips that have made it all “seem” like magic so that you can too. I am going to […] Read more »

How to create donor recognition opportunities for your fundraising campaign

An important part of any fundraising campaign is how you plan on recognizing your donors at different giving levels. While donor recognition opportunities do not motivate all donors, the fact is that some are. And, you need to be prepared to offer this valuable tool to inspire the sights of your donors who are motivated […] Read more »

How to calculate your key fundraising metrics

Now that it is development planning season for many with the start of a new fiscal year looming, I am often asked, where do you start first when putting together your development plan and calendar. Well, for me, I start at the beginning. I tend to look at the key metrics and how past Return […] Read more »

How to turn your fundraising event attendees into supportive donors

Spring is the season of Galas or so it seems. And, rightly so, the weather is turning warmer and everyone’s thoughts seem to be on getting out after a long winter. I am often asked by organizations who are holding galas or other fundraising events, what is the key to turning event attendees into loyal […] Read more »

How your direct mail appeal letter typesetting can help your letter raise more money

One may think that the content or copy of a direct mail appeal letter is King (or Queen), but studies have found that there is something else as equally or maybe even more important than what the letter says. What is that one thing? Typesetting.  And, typesetting does matter when it comes to direct mail […] Read more »

How you can find prospective donors for even your small nonprofit

One may think that there are only a limited number of donors to go around, but think again. In my work, I assist small to mid-sized organizations in running their first capital campaigns. Many do not have established donor bases to tap into for an already existing pool of major donors. So, I assist. And, […] Read more »

What’s next after your capital campaign feasibility study?

So, your consultant has just finished your capital campaign feasibility study.  The report is sitting on your desk, and you are wondering, where do I go from here? Here are some possibilities: The report may recommend that the organization takes some time to prepare its fundraising infrastructure before going into full campaign mode. Preparation may […] Read more »