The biggest mental block to fundraising success – board members and nonprofit leaders

Edge Drop Off - Think Right for Fundraising Success

A couple weeks ago, I asked subscribers to the Ask Without Fear! email newsletter, “What is stopping you?” I’ve received over 100 responses from nonprofit leaders, fundraising staff, and board members! I’m still sorting through all of them, but a very common one is a variation of, “They’ll resent it if I ask them for […]

50 Shades of Green – Standing up to violence against women

#50ShadesofGreen - Standing up to domestic violence #HeForShe

Invest #50ShadesofGreen to help end abuse Let’s turn the multi-million corporate ad budget for 50 Shades of Grey on its head. My wife and I saw our friend JoAnne Hankey suggest people not see the movie but give the money they would’ve spent to a women’s shelter. Awesome idea, isn’t it? Let’s make it ridiculously […]

[Guest Post] How to Make Your Fundraising Plans for Next Year Better… and More Effective

Joe Garecht writes on creating a successful nonprofit fundraising plan

I’ve been enjoying Joe Garecht’s work at The Fundraising Authority for years. And I’m thrilled that he’ll be teaching in The Nonprofit Academy in January. He’ll be teaching on How to Write a Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Plan, so I’ve invited him to share a few tips here as well. You can connect with Joe on […]

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 […]