Everyone wants to be understood. Taking the time to understand your donor is a great investment of your resources and will pay off big later. Think about it: the more you know about what your donors want from you, the easier it is to give it to them. And donors who get what they30
Has this ever happened to you? A campaign doesn’t go well. A grant doesn’t come in. Unexpected expenses pop up. Something goes wrong and throws your whole budget out of whack. It puts your nonprofit between a rock and a hard spot financially, and all eyes look to you to pull a rabbit30
Sometimes you just need to get out of your chair.
It’s easy to get into a rut at work.
Day in and day out, you work your routine – finishing tasks, making plans, fighting fires. (Sound familiar?)
Routine is not exactly a bad thing, but to learn and stretch and grow, you need to educate yourself. Read. Network. Go to conferences.
In other words, get out of your chair (and your routine).
It’s Halloween week and to celebrate, I’ve got a treat for you – scary stories that some of my readers have shared with me about their experiences working in nonprofit fundraising. Some of these are crazy. Some will make you shake your head in disbelief. Others might even make you wonder what kind of a30
Oddly enough, this started with a conversation with my chiropractor. She was telling me that she’d been trying to volunteer with the local pregnancy support group. And she was frustrated. She told me a story that’s way too common. Maybe you’ve experienced this too. I sure have. She reached out to them to volunteer. They30
If you haven’t heard, #GivingTuesday is a big deal. Let’s review the holidays toward the end of November: Thanksgiving in the US (on a Thursday) Black Friday (when people go crazy with retail shopping) Cyber Monday (the biggest online shopping day of the year) #GivingTuesday (designed to encourage giving) #GivingTuesday is quickly becoming a30
It’s a big deal when someone makes a gift to your nonprofit. Even a small donation shows that someone cared enough to take the time to give you money. I hope you never get so big that you forget how every dollar counts. And every donor matters. When a donor makes a gift, it’s a30