The Inspired Fundraising Retreat was a mind-blowing, game-changing 3-day event designed to get people thinking about how to raise more money for their nonprofit’s important work.   With our focus on donors and donor relationships, we covered growing your donor base, messaging your work in a motivational way, building relationships in manageable steps, and30

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I was so honored to speak at Planet Philanthropy recently about Fundraising for Introverts. I’m an introvert. No, really, I am. There are a fair number of us working in development who aren’t all that outgoing, and the nuggets I shared seemed to really strike a chord, so I thought I’d share some of my30

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The most common complaint I hear from people trying to raise money is that they don’t have enough time.   “There aren’t enough hours in the day” “I can’t get everything done” “I’m just one person” “How do those other nonprofits get it all done?”   Sound familiar?   Here’s some good news: you’ll never30

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Unless you’re an experienced cook, you wouldn’t wander into the kitchen and start haphazardly throwing food into a pot. You’d start by choosing the dish you want to eat. The one that makes your mouth water just thinking about it. Then you’d organize your ingredients and work through the process of chopping, mixing, and heating.30

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There’s a difference. Most people are used to events. Those are Fundraisers. They’ve seen them, been to them, even helped plan them. They’re galas and raffles, dinners and golf tournaments, 5Ks, and bake sales. They’re transactional in nature and in every community on any given day, there’s one happening. But Fundraising is a different thing.30

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One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that there are two sides of fundraising. There’s the outside part where all the “how to” stuff lives. Do this, don’t do that, love your donors, etc. Then there’s the inside part where it’s all about how you think and what you feel. Really, it’s mindset. And30

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Oddly enough, this started with a conversation with my chiropractor. She was telling me that she’d been trying to volunteer with the local pregnancy support group. And she was frustrated. She told me a story that’s way too common. Maybe you’ve experienced this too. I sure have. She reached out to them to volunteer. They30

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