[Guest Post] How to Make Your Fundraising Plans for Next Year Better… and More Effective

Joe Garecht writes on creating a successful nonprofit fundraising plan

I’ve been enjoying Joe Garecht’s work at The Fundraising Authority for years. And I’m thrilled that he’ll be teaching in The Nonprofit Academy in January. He’ll be teaching on How to Write a Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Plan, so I’ve invited him to share a few tips here as well. You can connect with Joe on […]

Training Your Board to Raise Money – a book for your new year

Train Your Board to Raise Money -KihlstedtRobinson-300w

I love finding practical tools that can help nonprofits thrive. The new book Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money is just that. Crisis with nonprofit boards Gone are the days when boards could be rubber-stamping social clubs. More than ever, nonprofits needs boards that will advocate for their cause. Interestingly, board members […]

Stop being jealous! Tips on dealing with #ALSicebucketchallenge

Half Full, Half Empty, or Always Full?

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my “view” of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. When I saw it happening, I watched with professional curiosity. I love seeing a nonprofit hit a fundraising campaign out of the park! You’d think that as a guy lost his mom less than a year ago due […]

3 inexpensive tools to make your year-end giving amazing

3-fundraising-tools

In creating an Ask Without Fear! training for the executive directors of the Jewish National Fund of Canada, I was reminded how important September is for the vast number of nonprofits. Even for those like JNF that have religious holidays in the coming weeks, the end of the calendar year can be when a nonprofit’s […]

Are you ready for donors using LinkedIn?

LinkedIn and nonprofit fundraising

In teaching nonprofit social media, I call LinkedIn the “little engine that could.” Started in late 2002, LinkedIn has seen many social media platforms rise and fall. (Anyone remember Friendster or MySpace?) But LinkedIn keeps trucking along. And in my non-scientific experience, it is the preferred social media platform of many executives. They tell me […]

Don’t waste time trying to copy the #icebucketchallenge

Don't copycat the #ALSicebucketchallenge

Every week, I send a fundraising coaching email to nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors. These Kicks are designed to remind them to get out from behind their desk to interact with 5-10 major donors and prospects. I rarely share these Fundraising Kicks with anyone but them. But this week there will be hundreds, possibly thousands, […]

KindleUnlimited offers a great marketing opportunity for your library!

KindleUnlimited boon for libraries

A few weeks ago, Amazon announced KindleUnlimited. For $10/month, you can read from their list of books, and listen to some of them on Audible. Doesn’t this sound like charging for what libraries already offer? Start where your donors are In my book on raising library support, I talk about the importance of talking the […]