Nonprofit Board Orientation – 3 tips to starting them right!

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In a recent study, 75% of nonprofit executives said their board members weren’t sufficiently engaged. 3 out of 4! With numbers that high, you know there has to be a systemic issue. Nonprofits are doing amazing things around the world. People work and volunteer at them to add meaning and value to their lives. So […]

What would you like to learn about nonprofit boards?

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As we wrap up the year, it’s amazing to see what a year it’s been. Many of you are reporting increased donor retention, better storytelling results, and increased fundraising (some of you dramatic increases!). As I’ve been reflecting this year, I’ve been remembering that I initially wrote Ask Without Fear!® for nonprofit board members. I’d […]

[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 […]

[Guest Post] 5 Reasons Your Peer to Peer Program is Failing

Dave Linn on why your peer to peer fundraising is failing

Today, I’ve invited Dave Linn to teach about peer-to-peer fundraising. Having run bikathons and walkathons myself, I know how powerful they can be…and how much of a pain they can be too! Dave is the Chief Operating Officer of The Generosity Series, a series of multi-charity 5K Run/Walks with an integrated peer-to-peer platform. Dave got […]

5 truly useful gifts for travelers who fundraise

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I’ve been seeing lots of “gifts for travelers” lists. Unfortunately, most of them are full of expensive items that are of questionable value. Do we really need $85 galoshes? Or a $70 light bulb? Here are some real gifts you can get your favorite traveling fundraiser! I know, I use them on every trip. For […]

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

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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 […]

[Guest Post] Are you frustrated with some of your board members?

Simone Joyaux, Firing Your Lousy Board Member

Today, I’m pleased to share with you a fun post by Simone Joyaux. Simone is one of the most provocative and insightful fundraising consultants I know. She is particularly good at working with boards and governance, so I asked her to write a piece in relation to her new book, Firing Lousy Board Members: And […]