The Nonprofit Academy joins The Fundraising Coach

The Nonprofit Academy joins The Fundraising Coach!

Fundraising training has never been more affordable! You may have already heard the news: The Fundraising Coach will now be directing The Nonprofit Academy! And I couldn’t be more thrilled!! Started by Kirsten Bullock, The Nonprofit Academy has become one of the most affordable venues for ongoin fundraising training. In addition to the monthly webinars, [...]

How Mr. T can help your nonprofit fundraising. Seriously.

How Mr. T can help your nonprofit fundraising. Seriously.

Here’s a short video explaining one of the most important aspects of fundraising: shutting up. When you’ve done all the researching, engaging, and you’ve just made the ask…the decision is out of your control. And that’s ok. In my fundraising training, I recommend picturing Mr. T at this moment. He’ll help keep you from confusing [...]

An unlikely summer reading list for nonprofit leaders

Summer reading for nonprofit leaders and fundraisers

Summer can be a great time to catch up on some reading. “Catch up” may be relative term. Summer doesn’t really slow down anymore, does it? But as those of you in the Northern Hemisphere experience the change in pace that summer brings, here are some books I recommend you consider adding to your summer [...]

Why I pay for the Chronicle of Philanthropy

Why I pay for the Chronicle of Philanthropy

Years ago, the school that employed me as a fundraiser paid for a subscription to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. So when I began running a development shop, I made sure the Chronicle subscription was in my budget. But then, somewhere along the line, I realized two things: The stack of Chronicles just kept piling up [...]

Nonprofit Marketing Tips from 19 Experts

Nonprofit Marketing Tips

A while ago, I was invited to be a guest lecturer at Brandeis. As my friend David Mersky was introducing me, I put this question across various social media platforms: RIGHT NOW: Nonprofit people, what marketing tips would you tell a graduate class on philanthropy? I’m guest lecturing at Brandeis right now and would love [...]

15 Social Media Tips for Ministry Fundraising

Church Executive- Raising Funds Through Social Media

This month’s Church Executive features an interview with me on how pastors can use social media for fundraising. The editor pulled out 15 of the most important tips I’ve learned, both pastoring a church and in coaching church planters and others in ministry fundraising. It was fun to see what she chose! Social media tips [...]

4 Disney Lessons to Transform Your Donor Retention

Adventure Mickey for Donor Retention post

I’m just finishing up another family trip to Walt Disney World. Every time I’m here, I study the culture, habits, and design of the parks and resorts. I’m fascinated by their attention to detail, their ability to create brand new merchandising opportunities, and their ability to engage guests of all levels. I’ve written about lessons [...]