Are you using that all wrong?

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Sometimes, we get so used to using something, we don't realize we're using it the wrong way. Here are three tools that nonprofits use all the time. And many use the wrong way. Common uses and a better way Donor Database Common use: Recording gifts and keeping addresses. If this is all you're using your [...]

Upcoming Leadership Trainings

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One of the joys of my work is getting to speak at conferences and inspire boards. Since, I'm often asked "When are you coming to my area?", I thought I'd share my upcoming speaking gigs. March 9-11: Closing Plenary at the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy's Annual Conference, Portsmouth, NH This just happened, but [...]

Yet another unassuming donor gives multi-million dollar gift

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Today The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported about Lotta Fields. According to the New York Times, Ms. Fields was an avid reader and a regular donor to the New York Public Library. Her regular gifts were only described as "modest." But when she died, she left the library $6 million. $6 million! The NYT's quotes the [...]

Exclusive Code: Almost 20% to FundRaising Success' ENGAGE Conference

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I'm thrilled to be speaking at FundRaising Success Magazine's ENGAGE Conference on April 10 in Philadelphia. They've let me extend an exclusive offer of $75 off the registration to readers of my blog. Just use this code in the registration: MARCP75 Note: This MARCP75 code is only for people who work at nonprofits. One thing [...]

Donor Research: 7 Tools for Creating a Prospect Profile

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of major gift fundraising is getting to build relationships with donors. But often nonprofits squander the opportunities given to them by not doing any research. A Word of Caution Before we get started, a word of warning: the goal of research isn't to snoop. We're only going to look [...]

[Guest Post] Correctly setting up your nonprofit's Google+ Community

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A few months after I wrote the book Google+ for Nonprofits, Google+ released a new feature called "Communities." In the time since the introduction, have become a great tool for interacting on Google+, both in raising awareness and in interacting with supporters. As a Google+ user--whether personal profile or organization page--when you share with the [...]

Nonprofit executives: fundraising advice, tips, and exhortations

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Since both Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day are observed in February here in the USA, we're taking a look at the "care and feeding of nonprofit CEOs." We know in CompassPoint's recent national survey of nonprofit fundraising, that CEO's are particularly feeling the pressures of tightening budgets and diminishing fundraising results. If our nonprofits are [...]