Sandra Sims' Mythbusters

I have the honor of being included in Sandra Sim's Mythbusters series. You can see the blog post at: http://stepbystepfundraising.com/fundraising-myth-its-great-to-be-cheap/

Fundraising Faux Pas

I almost succumbed to the "If I Mail It, They Will Give" fundraising faux pas! We sent about 100 letters to donors telling them about an incredible matching opportunity we have. A donor is matching every new endowed fund with $2500. So far, we have secured 11 of the 48 available matches. That is an

The word that can destroy your marketing

Check out the great post The word that can destroy your marketing over at the Donor Power Blog. I'll give you a hint: the word is one letter long. What do you think it is?

Are You Paying Tax On Your Charitable Gifts?

Here's an article I wrote last year around tax time. Perhaps you'll find it helpful. Are You Paying Tax On Your Charitable Gifts?

Unclear Terms

I. FUNDRAISING FOLLIES: Unclear Terms II. RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT: Executive Director Opening I. FUNDRAISING FOLLIES: Unclear Terms The Inland Foundation just received a $400,000 matching challenge grant to help us complete our current $1.1 million campaign. I was thrilled but the people around me were happy but not all were as exuberant as I was. Especially

Fundraising Folly: Entitlement

entitlement n : right granted by law or contract (especially a right to benefits) [Written Wednesday, July 20, 2005] Yet again it's time for Maine Public Broadcasting to do it's pledge drive. Rather than the normal NPR news programs, now much of the time is given over to folks talking about the importance of being

Keepers of the Lore

I. Fundraising Follies: Forgetting the Story II. Resource Spotlight: WeReview I. Fundraising Follies: Forgetting the Story It seems so much of our time in the nonprofit world is what I call “present-future focus.” Our organizations can see the present and know exactly what we’re looking for in the future.But this present-future focus can cause us