PSA: Check your nonprofit's donation page NOW

Don't let this happen to you! Last night, my wife and I were doing some year-end giving. We went to a nonprofit we love and found this on their donation page: Where there should have been a giving form, there was just a line of code. No way to give online at all. Don't let [...]

The 4 Donor Groups You Need to Contact Before the End of Year

As we've been approaching the end of year, my coaching clients are asking me to help them prioritize their major gift fundraising contacts. Here are some of the ideas I share with them. 1. People who gave in November or December in 2014 but haven't yet this year These calls are often simply asking them [...]

How to not bore your donors to tears

Do you fear your donors are bored with you? Here's some good news: with all the holiday parties at this time of year, you have virtual laboratory for learning to be interesting! How to be interesting to your donors In his classic How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie gives you a secret [...]

Averting the coming nonprofit leadership crisis - a study

We've been inspired to launch a nonprofit leadership survey. Last month's post on fundraising problems being leadership problems really hit a nerve. And it's no wonder. Charities are getting hit hard from outside pressures but based on my experience with the coaching and training I'm doing, I think what we're experiencing now is just the [...]

5 Amazing Prospect Research Tools to Learn More About Your Current Donors

I'm pleased to welcome back Bill Tedesco, founder and CEO of DonorSearch, my favorite prospect research tool. I love how easy they make it for nonprofits to do the research that helps you treat your donors well and raise the money you need to fund your mission. In this post, I've asked hime to recommend [...]

Enter into the DONOR'S story

Last week at the Blackbaud conference, I heard yet another story of good fundraising letters being eviscerated by marketing. Unfortunately, it happens all the time. A fundraiser studies her craft, reads the results of fundraising tests, and creates a compelling appeal. Then a marketing person gets involved and tries to "fix it." They use passive [...]

2 morning tasks to super charge your nonprofit social media strategies #bbcon

At Blackbaud's Conference for the Philanthropic Community in Austin this week, I got to hear Austin Graff share tips from his experiences with IJM (International Justice Mission) and Honest Tea. He said two things that are super simple and super powerful for making sure your social media really connects with people. How to know what [...]