62 Books to put on Your Nonprofit Leaders Summer Reading List

The Fundraising Coach Book Shelf!

It’s August. If you’re like many nonprofit leaders, this is the month of the last minute scramble to get out of the office and grab some vacation. As you’re looking to go, consider taking a book with you. And since you’re a nonprofit leader, I’d suggest you make that book one on fundraising. Here are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

The Red Cross and Glass Houses

NPR's report on the Red Cross' missing $500 million

“Why can’t you tell us where you spent the money and what your expenses were? You obviously have that information. Why can’t the public see it?” – NPR’s Laura Sullivan to Red Cross’ David Meltzer Last night, I was shocked and spellbound to hear NPR devote an entire half hour segment to the special report […]

[Guest Post] Crowdfunding – Not the Hail Mary You Think

Crowdfunding 101 Workshop DepositaGift.com-

Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Dana Ostomel, the founder of Deposit a Gift.com. Deposit a Gift allows anyone – nonprofits, schools, or individuals – to raise money and even sell tickets to benefit events. I love that Dana’s background is in marketing. She’s developed solutions for brands like Snapple, Century21, The Home […]