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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Whether you’re looking to switch providers or are just starting out with fundraising software, you may already know that there’s a vast world of online fundraising tools available for nonprofit organizations just like you.   It’s easy to get overwhelmed with options, but by taking a step back and considering a few key questions, you’ll30

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You’re having an event?   Great!   To make it wildly successful, make it Well attended Highly profitable And FUN! Since money is what you’re most interested in, let’s focus on the ‘highly profitable’ part.   The best way to achieve that? Sponsorships.   Yep, sponsorships are the best way to explode your event revenue.30

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