Fundraising certainly is fun!

Fundraising IS fun!

I often remind people that fundraising is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes hard work, strategic planning, and most importantly consistent execution of the plans. But it's important to remember that fundraising is fun! We get to connect donors' assets with their passions. Who wouldn't want to be part of that?! In my trainings, [...]

[Guest Post] 5 Principles to crowdfunding success - a case study

Renee Tougas on running a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter

Today it's my distinct pleasure to introduce you to Renee Tougas. I've known Renee and her husband Damien for more than a decade. They're not your typical fundraisers, so when their crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign for $16,000 raised over $19,000, I knew I wanted their story. As a fundraising coach, I'm not advocating nonprofits scrap their [...]

Are you using that all wrong?

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Sometimes, we get so used to using something, we don't realize we're using it the wrong way. Here are three tools that nonprofits use all the time. And many use the wrong way. Common uses and a better way Donor Database Common use: Recording gifts and keeping addresses. If this is all you're using your [...]

Upcoming Leadership Trainings

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One of the joys of my work is getting to speak at conferences and inspire boards. Since, I'm often asked "When are you coming to my area?", I thought I'd share my upcoming speaking gigs. March 9-11: Closing Plenary at the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy's Annual Conference, Portsmouth, NH This just happened, but [...]

Yet another unassuming donor gives multi-million dollar gift

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Today The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported about Lotta Fields. According to the New York Times, Ms. Fields was an avid reader and a regular donor to the New York Public Library. Her regular gifts were only described as "modest." But when she died, she left the library $6 million. $6 million! The NYT's quotes the [...]

Exclusive Code: Almost 20% to FundRaising Success' ENGAGE Conference

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I'm thrilled to be speaking at FundRaising Success Magazine's ENGAGE Conference on April 10 in Philadelphia. They've let me extend an exclusive offer of $75 off the registration to readers of my blog. Just use this code in the registration: MARCP75 Note: This MARCP75 code is only for people who work at nonprofits. One thing [...]

Donor Research: 7 Tools for Creating a Prospect Profile

Donor Research

One of the most enjoyable aspects of major gift fundraising is getting to build relationships with donors. But often nonprofits squander the opportunities given to them by not doing any research. A Word of Caution Before we get started, a word of warning: the goal of research isn't to snoop. We're only going to look [...]