One way to avoid a failed capital campaign

Recently, I've been getting a lot of questions about capital campaigns. Some nonprofits are going into them wisely, knowing that they have one-time additional costs to be able to better fulfill their mission. Others are looking at a campaign like a "Hail Mary" pass - a last ditch effort to raise needed funds to operate [...]

Tips & Tricks from the Foundation Side of Grant Seeking

Grant seeking is a distinct form of fundraising - one that can seem like a complete mystery. That's why I asked Diane H. Leonard to share some tips. She's not only written grants, she's successfully helped others write them. More importantly, she's even worked in a foundation that gave out grants. She has seen it [...]

Watch the fundraising objections fall to the floor

Last week, I was invited to give a full day Ask Without Fear!® training in Kansas City. We had a blast. One of the exercises involved overcoming objections…even before they come up. The process was: The participants pictured someone on their “chicken list” - a person they were afraid to ask for a gift. They [...]

Relationship Fundraising in the 21st Century - An academic study by Rogare

We live in the best time to fundraise! No longer are we at the mercy of the latest anecdote. Now we have a growing body of solid research into how to best help donors to invest in what matters to them most! Take this as an example: for over a year, the folks at Rogare, [...]

5 Amazing Prospect Research Tools to Learn More About Your Current Donors

I'm pleased to welcome back Bill Tedesco, founder and CEO of DonorSearch, my favorite prospect research tool. I love how easy they make it for nonprofits to do the research that helps you treat your donors well and raise the money you need to fund your mission. In this post, I've asked hime to recommend [...]

62 Books to put on Your Nonprofit Leaders Summer Reading List

It's August. If you're like many nonprofit leaders, this is the month of the last minute scramble to get out of the office and grab some vacation. As you're looking to go, consider taking a book with you. And since you're a nonprofit leader, I'd suggest you make that book one on fundraising. Here are [...]

Charitable giving grows again!

The new GivingUSA report is out. The estimates of last year's giving, the most recent on record, appear to be the best in the 60 years of tracking. As a sector, we are still impressed by low-growth. But 5% growth is better than no growth! According to GivingUSA's press release: Overall charitable giving in the [...]