Is cleverness killing your fundraising?

I sent this reminder to my Fundraising Kick subscribers earlier this month. The response was so good, I wanted to share it with you too. Heed the warning! Good morning, Kickers! I need to apologize. I set out to write this email two days ago. But the message was so basic, I decided to wait.

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

The missing link in fundraising programs

Whether your fiscal year starts now or is only part of the way through, January is a good time to evaluate your fundraising progress. To help you're planning, here's an email I sent our Fundraising Kick subscribers yesterday. Good morning, Kickers! Listening to a conversation between Stephen R. Covey and his son Stephen M.R. Covey

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

#FollowUpFriday and piling up fish?

I just sent this out to everyone getting weekly #FollowUpFriday email reminders: It's #FollowUpFriday!It's Follow Up Friday! Over on the http://followupfriday.org/ page, D.C. Dreger quoted a John Grisham character calling today "fish Friday." D.C. says, "These are contacts and calls that have been sitting around for a while so, like fish, they are beginning to

Have you tried fundraising in a "vision vacuum"?

I've been a leadership guy a lot longer than I've been a fundraising coach. In fact, one of the things I love about nonprofit fundraising is that fundraising impacts all areas of leadership: mission, vision, values, staff recruitment and retention, communicating vision. Everything. Have you ever been in that situation? Have you ever had to

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,