How Small Shops Can Overcome the Challenges of Fundraising Software

Too many nonprofits think that choosing a fundraising software provider is the end of a journey. It's really just the beginning. Using software is essential, but the use you'll get from it is only as good as your data and the training your provide your team. And the tools keep changing, so it's likely that [...]

What is The Concord Leadership Group LLC?

Some of you have been seeing my name associated with at group called "The Concord Leadership Group LLC." You've seen it mentioned in the emails you get from The Fundraising Coach. And over the last few weeks, since the release of the nonprofit sector leadership report, you've probably seen more and more posts from The [...]

Are you following up on your quality of life? #followupfriday

It's Follow Up Friday! In most of my #followupfriday email reminders, I encourage subscribers to reach out to people or following up on uncompleted tasks. Often they're following up with donors and prospects and staff. But today, I invited them to do a follow up of another kind: follow up on their career goals. Yesterday, [...]

A surprising way to increase planned gifts

I love that we live in a time of actual research of fundraising. We're finally moving beyond anecdotes to verified research by groups like the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy. (In the interest of full disclosure: I am on the Advisory Panel for the think tank associated with the Centre.) The newest findings presented this month [...]

Upcoming Nonprofit Leadership Talks & Training

Are you in Orlando, Salt Lake City, Austin, Seattle, or Kansas City? I'll be coming to each and would love to get together. Most of my work is private, with individual executive directors and their nonprofit teams. But I also love giving leadership and fundraising trainings at conferences. Here are some events I'll be presenting [...]

Celebrating your nonprofit - The Nonprofit Blog Carnival

The February Nonprofit Blog Carnival generated some interesting comments but not many blog posts. The call for posts was for creative ways to celebrate you cause. We seem to be a creative bunch...Many people said they loved this topic. But there weren't any blog post submitted. In looking around, I did find that the most [...]

A surprising tweak to increase donor retention

I've worked alot on donor retention and often written about the importance of keeping the donors you already have. But in a recent webinar on storytelling for nonprofits, I had a rude awakening. The webinar was presented by the legendary fundraiser Ken Burnett. He was talking about how effective stories can be in the answering [...]