If there’s a mantra we need to adopt for 2013 it’s “Save the Donors!” Donor Retention rates are getting worse, even as fundraising increased slightly, according to the 2012 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report from the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Urban Institute (www.afpnet.org/FEP). A few years ago, we knew that out of 100 donors,30

I was at a fundraising committee meeting recently and we were talking about growing the organization’s donor base. This is a common goal for nonprofit organizations, right?  Well, I’m always delighted when folks who don’t have formal fundraising training get it, as happened that day. As we were talking about strategies for growing the donor30

Missy is one of four cats that live here with us. We adopted her from a local shelter about 10 years ago and she’s a sweetie. She’s the oldest and the smallest of the pack and to help her keep weight on, we feed her canned cat food every afternoon about 4 pm.  She LOVES30

Do you know what your donors are thinking?  Or what they want from their relationship with you? It’s easy to find out. A simple donor survey can help you learn what’s on your donors’ minds and what they’re interested in.  Here are some tips for creating an effective survey. Plan your survey.  Be clear about30

Sometimes when you’re cultivating major donors, it’s helpful to know a little more about them.  And one of the easiest places to research your donor prospects is online. I ran across this site and thought it was pretty good. You can find out things like property values of real estate that your donor owns, which30