Are you using that all wrong?

Advice booth picture used for major gift fundraising blog, taken by laughlin on Flicker http://www.flickr.com/photos/wurzle/

Sometimes, we get so used to using something, we don’t realize we’re using it the wrong way. Here are three tools that nonprofits use all the time. And many use the wrong way. Common uses and a better way Donor Database Common use: Recording gifts and keeping addresses. If this is all you’re using your [...]

The 5 Best Leadership Books for Nonprofit Leaders

The 5 Best Leadership Books for Nonprofit Leaders

An executive coaching client recently asked me about my favorite 2 or 3 leadership books. Here are the first five that came to mind. Not surprisingly, each one is within easy reach of my desk. And I find myself thinking about their concepts or quoting them practically every week. Influence, Robert Cialdini In most of [...]

The secret for nonprofits recovering from a recession – Giving USA

Giving USA 2013 - Fundraising secret to overcoming recession: ask & invest

Yesterday I wrote about Giving USA’s 2013 Report and the highlights about giving last year. At the end of the npVOICES interview with Gregg Carlson of the Giving USA Foundation, Steve MacLaughlin asked for Gregg’s impressions for fundraisers. With 50 years of tracking giving, Gregg shared his take away: nonprofits that kept asking for money [...]

Fundraising for ministry support

Marc Pitman Fundraising Coach giving a series of lectures at the castle at Glen Eyrie

A couple weeks ago, I gave a series of lectures at the Funding Your Ministry Symposium to over 100 coaches from around the world. These people represented 48 different missionary associations including large organizations like The Navigators, InterVarsity, Cru, YWAM, and Wycliffe. The people they coach are raising their own ministry support. They don’t have [...]

Give a lunch for professional development

Image of a man drawing for Ideas for Nonprofit and Fundraising Professional Development

I run into so many nonprofit leaders who don’t “have time” for professional development. “I have so much to do I don’t have any time for myself.” One of the interesting things about self-talk: what we say over and over, especially with emotion, can hypnotize us. It may not change the world around us, but [...]

Just do it already!

  Now That person you’ve been scared of asking to make a specific contribution to your nonprofit? Ask her now. That note of appreciation to your board member that you’ve been putting off? Write it now. That staff member that just did something that makes your job easier? Tell him now. The myth of “a [...]

3 ways fundraisers can slow the revolving door

Last week, I mentioned the new report by CompassPoint called UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising that is getting lots of press. Two of the findings the press and bloggers are reporting on are: more than half of all fundraisers want to leave their job, some even to leave the entire field [...]