The moment that a donor clicks on a “Donate” button or mails in a check is a moment of celebration. And you should celebrate — pop the champagne and pass around the finger food. You deserve it! But a donor’s first gift shouldn’t be your organization’s endgame. It should be the start of a journey:30
I hear this all the time. “Where do we find rich people to give to us?” Ugh. No. No. No. No. If you’re looking for rich people, that tells me you care more about the money than the donor, and my friend, that is BACKWARD! If you want to be wildly successful at fundraising and30
Want to raise more money? Start by knowing your numbers. Because you can’t manage what you don’t measure. Let me explain in this short video.
I believe we are all here on this planet to have the experiences life brings us, and to help one another. This week, I had the chance to do both. I was in my exhibit booth at a conference, talking with people about which of my fundraising books they should choose, when a woman walked30
Too often, I hear executive directors, Board members and fundraising staff compare themselves to other nonprofit organizations, usually with much larger budgets than what they currently have. To do so, you are playing someone’s game. You can only control what happens in your own organization. You can only execute your own fundraising plan. You can30
If you’re like me, you work hard (and maybe too much). I’m totally guilty of being a workaholic sometimes, but I get so excited about the fundraising work I’m doing that it’s hard to stop. It’s equally important to play hard and to rest. In this day and age, there is so much emphasis on30
I love the beach and last week, I had 3 days of meetings at Myrtle Beach. (I know, life is tough!) And of course, I managed to get some time actually ON the beach. I love digging my toes in the sand and playing in the water. I noticed some little mussels digging themselves back30
If you’ve been raising money for any length of time, you know that it’s not always the easiest job. In fact, sometimes, it can be downright hard. Let me tell you about a conversation I had recently with a client. This woman is a smart, educated, professional Executive Director of a rather large nonprofit. She’s30