16 experts tell you how to keep your donors wanting to come back

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Since we celebrate Valentines Day in February, I thought I’d have this edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival focus on long-term donor relationships. I like to think of it as showing them “love.” A few weeks ago, I posted this question to nonprofit bloggers: How do you keep your donors wanting to come back? We [...]

Put together the pieces of the Donor Retention Project in 2013

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I am working with the folks that created the 100 Donors in 90 Days program on a new product that will be released in the first few months of 2013. Labeled “The Donor Retention Project,” we’re interviewing a dozen experts to give very practical insider information, designed to put the pieces of the puzzle of [...]

Donor retention: Dance with the ones who brung ya

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Did you know the average nonprofit loses 7 donor out of 10 every year?! Indiana University’s Adrian Sargeant, author of great books like “Building Donor Loyalty [Amazon affiliate link], has done statistical research proving this. But even ordinary, non-academicians know this to be true. Every year, a handful of my fundraising colleagues give year-end gifts [...]

Nonprofit Blog Carnival – Self-care for nonprofit staff and fundraisers

How do you take care of yourself as a fundraising? | Nonprofit Blog Carnival

Nonprofit’s can be incredibly crushing places to work. We give all we have because we believe in our cause. Our passion is admirable but leads to bad choices about our own lives. I’d argue this is especially true for fundraisers. People don’t really get what we do. And when we’re successful, the bar gets raised! [...]

Valentine’s Day for fundraisers – showing yourself the love

Valentine Day for nonprofit fundraisers

Thank you! As a fundraiser for a nonprofit cause, you are changing the world. Making it a better place. We need people like you! Loving the askers If we’re good at fundraising, we spend considerable time thinking about how to best thank our donors. We throw galas, write notes, set up tours and appointments with [...]

How do you take care of yourself? | Nonprofit Blog Carnival

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I’m thrilled to be hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival for February! Since Valentines’ Day is this month, the Carnival topic is: As a fundraiser, how do you take care of yourself? I believe fundraising is the best profession in the world! But it can be incredibly stressful, grueling, and thankless. We often focus on letting [...]

Brief rant: YOU ARE NOT YOUR PERFECT DONOR!

[Warning: Rant in progress] In my book Ask Without Fear!, I encourage fundraisers to PYITS–put yourself in their shoes. Thinking like the donor or prospect can save you lots of embarrassment in the process of asking for money. But never forget: you are not your perfect donor Your major gift donor prospects are not on [...]