It’s event season! As you prepare to get your gala on, here are some insights from our friends at AccelEvent to make it easier for participants to get tickets to your upcoming shindig.     As fundraisers and nonprofits tirelessly plan their fundraising events, one aspect that is typically taken for granted is the30

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Hi there. My name is Ima Donor.   Sometimes I give to your nonprofit.   I like your cause, but I’m really thinking about switching my donations to another nonprofit.   Why?   Honestly, I feel like my money doesn’t matter.   I can’t give huge amounts of money (I’m sure you have people who30

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    Volunteers are the lifeblood of many nonprofits.   It’s true.   They bring extra hands and usually a healthy dose of enthusiasm as well to help you get things done and fulfill your nonprofit’s mission.   They work without reward and often under less-than-perfect circumstances.   So, be sure to thank them. And30

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  When I use the word “fundraiser,” what comes to mind?   A dinner? Silent auction? T-shirt sales?   Most people are used to events and sales. Those are what I call fundraisers.   They are activities that are transactional in nature and designed to raise money from a purchase that someone makes from you.30

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  What does it take to get grants?   The answer might surprise you.   We talk to people all the time who would love to get grants. Heck, they’ve tried submitting grants and get told “no” so often that they’re ready to give up.   I hate that.   Most nonprofits can get grants30

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I got this question recently and it’s a good one.   It’s a multi-layered question, really.   On the surface is “how do I ask for money from strangers and get it?”   Underneath it, there’s more.   I haven’t met anyone in fundraising who LIKES cold-calling, so I sense stirrings of discomfort and anxiety30

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As we close in on the end of the first quarter of 2017, my big question for you is this: Will you meet your Q1 goals? Do you even HAVE quarterly goals? Setting goals for the year is smart. Breaking those annual goals down into quarterly ones is even smarter. Breaking those into monthly goals30

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Thanking donors is THE most important step in fundraising.   Get this one right, fundraising gets easier.   Mess it up and you’ll eventually lose the donor.   Unfortunately, most nonprofits view thanking donors as an afterthought instead of treating it with the importance it deserves.   And that can kill your ability to keep30

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