Sharpen your saw this July

Sharpen Your Saw

July can be an odd month in fundraising. Many nonprofits finish their fiscal year, so this is the first month with a new goal. Starting from zero. Even those that don’t have fiscal years starting, July is often a challenging month. Donors tend to be less responsive. Even when donors are in your seaside, summer […]

How your nonprofit got into its fundraising mess

The Crisis in Nonprofit Leadership

When people join a nonprofit or start one, they typically think they’re going to get to do the “mission” – feeding kids, promoting art, conserving land, caring for the elderly, protecting animals. They rarely think about the funding. (Oddly, many fundraisers often don’t seem to understand that their main job is “raising funds.”) It’s as […]

[Guest Post] 9 Shocking Stats that Should Convince Your Church to Start Using Mobile Giving Today

Today I am pleased to introduce you to Tithe.ly and Dean Sweetman. Many of you know, I’ve pastored a church for years. We were early adopters of online giving because I knew people should be able to give when they were doing bills at home if they wanted. I wish there had been an app […]

Thank you for connecting donors with mission

Nonprofit Fundraisers: Thank you

Happy New (fiscal) Year! For many FundraisingCoach.com readers, today – July 1st – is the start of a brand new fiscal year. The amount raised starts at zero but the goals are set higher. As fundraisers, we rarely get thanked, and that’s fine. The nature of our work puts the emphasis on the donors and […]

Donor Fatigue – the rest of the story

Jeff Brooks on Marc's Donor Fatigue is a Myth video

In his recent post, Jeff Brooks agreed with my “Donor Fatigue” video. And he went a step further. Like a newly minted Paul Harvey, he tells “the rest of the story.” Fundraiser Fatigue I love his concept of “fundraiser fatigue”! He says that we get tired of saying the same thing over and over so […]

Charitable giving grows again!

GivingUSA 2015 Source Pie Chart-500w

The new GivingUSA report is out. The estimates of last year’s giving, the most recent on record, appear to be the best in the 60 years of tracking. As a sector, we are still impressed by low-growth. But 5% growth is better than no growth! According to GivingUSA’s press release: Overall charitable giving in the […]

Are you stuck in “professional” mode?

Stop being a 1-dimensional nonprofit fundraiser

Today I wore a t-shirt…to make a point! As a nonprofit leader, it’s so easy to be “on” all the time. Especially if you live in a small town. I used to spend more time than I’d like to admit wondering if I should get back into “professional” clothes before I went to the store. […]