You know how sometimes you look around at the work your nonprofit is doing and think “We need more money. If we had more money, we could ________.” That kind of thinking is usually triggered by either lack or vision. Lack looks like “we don’t have enough money and we need more to keep our30

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Learning to say “no” isn’t easy. Most of us take on more than we can manage. I seem to have some subconscious desire to be Wonder Woman – I’m always biting off more than I can chew. I remember as a Development Director, I would take on a LOT of projects, and work furiously to30

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Everyone loves accomplishment. There’s nothing like the feeling of hitting a goal. It’s satisfying and gives you a sense of pride. But to do it in half the usual amount of time is thrilling. That’s what happened to Ellen Bushman. Ellen is the Vice President of Development at Lutheran Family Services of Virginia. (www.lfsva.org) The30

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This is the story of how a small nonprofit with no social media experience used the power of storytelling to raise $12,000 in 12 days. Smoky Mountain Meals on Wheels is located in Maryville, TN. They provide home-delivered meals to seniors in Blount County and that’s just the start. They also provide groceries for special circumstances, pet30

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I love it when readers write in and share their thoughts. Last week’s article “Go From Squeamish to Successful When You Ask For Money” apparently struck a nerve. Thanks to all who told me how much you got from that. One was so good I wanted to share it with you. Here’s some nonprofit fundraising30

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Nancy Stanley cares about helping other people, especially those who have nowhere else to turn. In fact, she helped start Mercy Medical Clinic to provide free medical services to people in need in the Vidalia, GA area. Even though she didn’t know a lot about running a nonprofit or fundraising, she was willing to give30

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If you want people to give more money to your nonprofit, it’s simple: help them FEEL good about your mission and their experience with you. That’s right – it’s all about building a relationship. And nobody does it better than Daniel Watson. Daniel is the Executive Director at The Restoration House in Knoxville, TN, an30

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A few weeks ago, I was speaking at the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare conference in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and had the chance to meet Debby MacDonald from the Michigan Humane Society. If you’re a fan of Animal Planet, you might recognize her as one of the animal cruelty investigators from the TV show “Animal30

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