The most important words of your email?

Writing the only part of the email your donors might see: the email subject line Is your inbox filled with holiday sales, year end reminders, and charity appeals? It can be challenging to make your own nonprofit's emails standout! The email subject line. Much like the importance of a postscript in fundraising letters, your email

3 things to do now that #GivingTuesday is over

I've been glad to hear of my clients' #GivingTuesday success. Matching gifts and leveraging peer-to-peer approaches seem to be the most effective reasons for their success. But #GivingTuesday is over, now what? 3 Post #GivingTuesday Suggestions Start planning 2017's #GivingTuesday If you've determined #GivingTuesday should be part of your fundraising calendar, start planning 2017. (It'll

Educating donors is not fundraising

I've been hearing a well-meaning but fundraising killing myth while talking to many groups and training many boards over the last few months. It boils down to: "We need to do more education. If people really knew what we did, they would give money and our funding crisis would be over." Or more generally: "If

Only 6 Nonprofit Storytelling Conference tickets left - #npstoryconf

Only 6 more tickets left to the conference helping attendees double and triple their fundraising and marketing results!

A truth about major gift fundraising

Major gift fundraising can be a wonderful experience for donors and for the nonprofit. The results are great - both for donors and for the nonprofits. But an unseemly truth about major gift fundraising is: it's hard. There are times of long, disciplined waiting. I recently talked to Bill Littlejohn about leading fundraising efforts. He

Is #GivingTuesday worth it?

I've been getting alot of questions about #GivingTuesday. So here are some thoughts and some links to more insights. A few weeks ago, Farra Trompeter and I discussed #GivingTuesday as part of a year end effort on Blackbaud's #NoFilter Podcast. (You can listen to that podcast at: http://nofilternonprofit.blackbaud.com/h/i/278309430-episode-15-end-of-year-giving-who-s-really-driving-it-ft-marc-pitman-and-farra-trompeter) And more recently, I interviewed crowdfunding expert

Have you written off someone as a lost cause? #followupfriday

A coaching client just told me a powerful story of following up. For about six months, he was following up with three supporters. Each had made small donations in the past, less then $1,000 each. After about five months of following up, one donor said he'd make a gift "this quarter." The by "this quarter"