Training Your Board to Raise Money – a book for your new year

Train Your Board to Raise Money -KihlstedtRobinson-300w

I love finding practical tools that can help nonprofits thrive. The new book Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money is just that. Crisis with nonprofit boards Gone are the days when boards could be rubber-stamping social clubs. More than ever, nonprofits needs boards that will advocate for their cause. Interestingly, board members […]

[Guest Post] Are you frustrated with some of your board members?

Simone Joyaux, Firing Your Lousy Board Member

Today, I’m pleased to share with you a fun post by Simone Joyaux. Simone is one of the most provocative and insightful fundraising consultants I know. She is particularly good at working with boards and governance, so I asked her to write a piece in relation to her new book, Firing Lousy Board Members: And […]

Ask Without Fear!® now in Chinese

Ask Without Fear-Chinese Cover

We are thrilled to announce that Ask Without Fear!® is now available in Chinese! Thanks to the tranlators at Shantz Language Services, people raising support in China and in Chinese speaking populations around the world will be able to read Ask Without Fear! in Simplified Mandarin. This Chinese translation of Ask Without Fear! joins the […]

The power of thanking and #npstoryconf

#npstoryconf the power of a thank you

Even though I’m currently doing fundraising trainings in Europe, I’m still basking in the glow of the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference in Seattle. An amazing experience I’ve probably been to hundreds of conferences. But this one was like no other. A couple hundred people came together to shape their nonprofit’s stories. Some were “communications” people; others […]

Is your nonprofit fundraising ask like Al Roker’s #Rokerthon?

Is your nonprofit ask like a #rokerthon?

Legendary weatherman Al Roker is attempting to set a Guinness record for the longest weather broadcast with a 34-hour weather report. 34 hours! For every hour of reporting, he gets a 5-minute break. You can watch the #Rokerthon live here. Does your donor feel like you’re subjecting her to your version of a #Rokerthon Al […]

[Guest Post] How to Overcome Objections in Scheduling Your Fundraising Solicitation Meetings

Nonprofit Fundraising Expert Andrea Kihlstedt

I’m a huge fan of Andrea Kihlstedt. She’s a true expert in fundraising – one that makes you feel smarter just by being around her. She’s the author of multiple books and the creator of the “asking styles” way of helping people ask in coordination with their hard wiring, not against them. She’s also done […]

Storytelling is for fundraising NOT for nonprofit marketing!

Shanon Doolittle on Storytelling at the Gates Foundation

I’m shocked at how people looking for solid fundraising tactics, simply blow off storytelling. It’s as though there is some cosmic organizational chart in the sky that has storytelling is on one side (the “marketing” side) and fundraising is on the other. Divorcing storytelling from fundraising will reduce your fundraising success! Even communicating research needs […]