A surprising tweak to increase donor retention

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I’ve worked alot on donor retention and often written about the importance of keeping the donors you already have. But in a recent webinar on storytelling for nonprofits, I had a rude awakening. The webinar was presented by the legendary fundraiser Ken Burnett. He was talking about how effective stories can be in the answering […]

[Guest Post] 3 Tips to Create Sustainable Nonprofit Systems

Tycely Williams

I’m honored to introduce Tycely Williams. Tycely impresses me with her ability to create solutions for nonprofits that can be sustained even with small staffs. Here are some of her thoughts on helping let fundraising permeate all the areas of your nonprofit. She’ll be expanding on these in her training for The Nonprofit Academy. Tycely […]

[Guest Post] Quitting the Culture Club – Why blaming a lack of culture of philanthropy is just plain lazy

Dan McCormack on the "culture of philanthropy" misnomer

A few weeks back, I was talking with Dan McCormack about an upcoming training. In the midst of our conversation, Dan said he didn’t let his team use the term “a culture of philanthropy.” His observations were so right, I asked if he’d do a guest blog post on this. I’m glad he said yes! […]

The biggest mental block to fundraising success – board members and nonprofit leaders

Edge Drop Off - Think Right for Fundraising Success

A couple weeks ago, I asked subscribers to the Ask Without Fear! email newsletter, “What is stopping you?” I’ve received over 100 responses from nonprofit leaders, fundraising staff, and board members! I’m still sorting through all of them, but a very common one is a variation of, “They’ll resent it if I ask them for […]

50 Shades of Green – Standing up to violence against women

#50ShadesofGreen - Standing up to domestic violence #HeForShe

Invest #50ShadesofGreen to help end abuse Let’s turn the multi-million corporate ad budget for 50 Shades of Grey on its head. My wife and I saw our friend JoAnne Hankey suggest people not see the movie but give the money they would’ve spent to a women’s shelter. Awesome idea, isn’t it? Let’s make it ridiculously […]

Nonprofit Blog Carnival – Celebrating your nonprofit cause


Call for submissions: Deadline February 26th! It is my pleasure to be hosting the February Nonprofit Blog Carnival! With Valentine’s Day in February, the last three years have focused on “loving”: loving nonprofit staff loving donors and keeping them coming back and loving nonprofit leaders Breaking out of the rut This year, let’s shake it […]

Are you lying to your nonprofit board members?

Are you lying to your nonprofit board members?

I’m not sure why it is, but so many of us outright lie when we invite people to our nonprofit board. We tell them, “It won’t be a lot of work. And it will be alot of fun.” But neither are totally true. Board work is work. Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it’s routine. And, yes, […]