Summer is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start laying plans your fundraising ideas. If you’re interested in reaching your goals, you need to get your donors’ attention and get them excited to support your nonprofit’s cause. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of exciting fundraising ideas well-suited for the30

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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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As an animal welfare organization, your chief concern is obviously the health and well-being of animals. But in order to achieve that lofty (and undoubtedly worthy) goal, your nonprofit will need to figure out a way to fundraise effectively and efficiently — read: inexpensively! You’re in the right place to pick up some new tricks.30

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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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As a fundraiser, you ask for money all the time. But when was the last time you were a donor? Any fundraiser worth his or her salt should have the experience of giving. Making a donation to another nonprofit gives you a chance to sit on the other side of the table and feel what30

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Sometimes, despite your best effort and your most extensive planning, your fundraising idea falls flat. You know what I’m talking about. You send out an appeal through the mail and the returns are very slow to come in. Or you hold a fundraising dinner for 200 people and only a few show up. It’s heart-breaking30

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Here’s a great little video that will probably make you giggle or at least smile. After watching it a couple of times, I think there are some deeper lessons to be learned. One is “don’t start something unless you’re prepared to deal with the consequences.” Another is “if you give, be prepared to receive.” Watch30

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