Relationship Fundraising in the 21st Century - An academic study by Rogare

We live in the best time to fundraise! No longer are we at the mercy of the latest anecdote. Now we have a growing body of solid research into how to best help donors to invest in what matters to them most! Take this as an example: for over a year, the folks at Rogare,

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

Donor Research: 7 Tools for Creating a Prospect Profile

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

Where do you find new donors?

I love LinkedIn Answers! Answering other people questions is nice. But I love seeing people's answers to questions I ask. I'm currently asking What do YOU say when asked "Where do you find donors?". You see, I work with a lot of start-up nonprofits. And many, many of them seem to think I have a

Fundraising Secret #25: Keepers of the Lore

One of the biggest jobs in we in development have is being "keepers of the lore." So often our organizations are so focused on the present--being the best they can at their mission--and the future--strategizing where they're going and how they'll get there--that they forget the past--the very people and events that brought they to