Fundraising and Program Sustainability: The Forgotten Link

I once heard a fundraiser say this and it shocked me. “Program sustainability has nothing to do with me, does it?” You see, several years ago, when I decided I was personally ready to make a bequest, I thought long and hard about which organization would receive it. I wanted to choose an organization that

Do You Need a Really a Nonprofit Mentor?

The nonprofit sector is a strong and vibrant community full of people willing to help each other out. And now more than ever, it’s important to come together and work as allies and mentors. The value of being mentored seems pretty obvious: new skills, confidence, friendship, etc. And in fact, the research shows that people

Tithing from the IRA Rollover

Charitable Gift IRA Rollover: The Past In 2006 I was visiting with a donor who was very excited about the recent Pension Protection Act that enabled him to give from his IRA to charity. The Charitable Gift IRA Rollover allowed many donors like him to give a Qualified Contribution Distribution (QCD) to a qualified charity

Developing a Plan to Approach Companies

Perhaps you already have a list of companies that could donate to your organization. If not, we’ll be helping you with that in our December 6 webinar. Once you have that list, the next step is to determine who the real decision makers are in each company and how you can get in front of

Improve Donor Stewardship with These 5 Proven Strategies

To successfully retain donors, nonprofits need to invest time into cultivating and maintaining long-lasting relationships, from the first donation onward. With a concrete donor stewardship plan in place, donors will feel more valued and invested in your nonprofit. While you may understand the importance of donor stewardship, it’s not always clear how to take the

Taming the Special Event Monster

You know it’s there, lurking in the shadows of your workload. You try to avoid it, but sooner or later it must be dealt with. Your organization is relying on you to step in and be the hero. Now is the time to take a stand and conquer your fears. It is time to take

Telling Stories that Move Donors to Give

It was the midst of the Great Recession, and about one in ten people across the U.S. were out of work. Amadou was one of them. Unemployment benefits helped his family, for a while. But he had worked for a low wage, and his benefits were only a fraction of that—and then they ran out.