Happy National Bow Tie Day!

I love National Bow Tie Day! I knew I’d worn bowties since kindergarten but a while back, my mother found a picture of me wearing a bow tie when I was 3 years old! It seems that my father went through a brief bow tie phase back in the 1970’s. I must’ve caught it from […]

[Guest Post] Telling Your Story In the Grant Proposal Budget

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Diane H. Leonard, GPC. Diane is an accomplished grant professional who’s been providing provided grant counsel to nonprofit organizations of all sizes for over a decade. Since starting her firm – DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLC – in 2006, she has secured more than $32 million […]

Are you giving donors the right clues?

When we’re close to a system or procedure, we just assume everyone else knows what we know. We do this all the time with donors and board members. It’s like we’ve set up a system of roads but only put half the road signs up. I explain more in this short video. (I tried to […]

[Guest Post] Communicate More Often to Renew More Donors

Today’s guest post is by Dennis Fischman. Dennis is the creator of the Communicate! blog, dedicated to helping nonprofits win loyal friends and getting the support they need. In this post, he shows you how to use what you already have to communicate in multiple channels through the magic of repurposing. Dennis will be presenting […]

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 […]

Sharpen your saw this July

July can be an odd month in fundraising. Many nonprofits finish their fiscal year, so this is the first month with a new goal. Starting from zero. Even those that don’t have fiscal years starting, July is often a challenging month. Donors tend to be less responsive. Even when donors are in your seaside, summer […]

How your nonprofit got into its fundraising mess

When people join a nonprofit or start one, they typically think they’re going to get to do the “mission” – feeding kids, promoting art, conserving land, caring for the elderly, protecting animals. They rarely think about the funding. (Oddly, many fundraisers often don’t seem to understand that their main job is “raising funds.”) It’s as […]