New Capital Campaign Trends for 2021

New Capital Campaign Trends for 2021

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With the positive economic environment right now, most capital campaigns are really taking off in 2021. We’re seeing some interesting new capital campaign trends among our clients' capital campaigns, and wanted share them here. As we’ve…

10 Fundraising Responsibilities of Every Board Member

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What are the fundraising responsibilities of board members of a nonprofit organization? Above all, board members carry the legal responsibility for the fiduciary care of their nonprofit. In that vein, it's their responsibility to ensure that…

(MG Series #6) How to Secure a Transformational Gift

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We all dream about transformational gifts. Those are the gifts that can change your organization’s trajectory into a new, expanded reach. These are the gifts that can blow your mind – with all they can accomplish and the impact they can…

Managing Your Major Gift Portfolio Can Be This Easy

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Portfolio management may seem like a technical term. But it’s an excellent format to help you focus your attention on your best, and most likely donor prospects. Of course, one of the secrets to successful mega fundraising is identifying…

Our Predictions: Fundraising Trends for 2021

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With a new year comes a hopeful new outlook.  We're all glad to see 2020 go. What a year it has been: we suffered through a terrible pandemic, disruption of our lives, families, workplaces, a volatile political climate, and much more.…

What’s Haunting You About Your Capital Campaign?

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If your organization is running a capital campaign right now, you are probably finding more than a few haunting challenges these days.  Even in stable times, campaigns are high-risk projects that take persistence, dedication and creativity.   And…

Why we think there are new rules for fundraising today

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By Dr. Kathryn Gamble These days have been anything but usual.  Managing a fundraising program has become almost a herculean effort. Much of the challenge is due to the uncertainty that surrounds us regarding the pandemic.  For the…

(Major Gifts #4) What’s the Return on Investment from a Major Gift Program?

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Wish you could have been there. We were up in a New York City office tower, gathered in a big conference room, surrounded by smart, thoughtful board members. We were presenting the strategy for a robust, newly expanded major gift effort. It…

How Your Data Can Cut Off Your Fundraising Revenue at the Knees

Here's a post by my colleague Dr. Kathryn Gamble, our data expert: Are you walking away from future fundraising revenue?   Try this test. Can you easily pull a list of individual donors who have given year to date including amount,…

Top Takeaways from #AFPICON 2019!

#AFPICON is always a terrific experience - with the best minds in fundraising in the room. We all come together to learn and share the latest research, trends and strategies. Here are some of my favorite ideas that I heard and shared…

Major Gift Series #7: How to Develop Friendly, Authentic Relationships with Major Donors

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Here’s #7 in my series of major gift fundraising posts to help you build up and expand your major gift revenue. I’m sharing some of my best advice to help YOU and your team bring in the major gifts that are out there for your nonprofit. Today,…

The 12 Essential Systems Every Nonprofit Needs for Mega Fundraising Success

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    Your nonprofit needs revenue to run and expand its programs. And, fundraising brings in the revenue - generating money so you can do more good in the world. Perfecting fundraising is a no-brainer. So, let’s focus…

Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes In Your Fundraising Appeal Letter

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  Fundraising appeal letter mistakes - 5 key items to avoid Your year-end appeal letter just might be missing the boat. Here are some common fundraising appeal letter mistakes I see so very often:  1. Your call to action…

Who Decides Fundraising Strategy at Your Organization?

We've all been there! You run into lots and lots of discussion -- and even dissension -- even arguing -- about the best way to go about raising money. About what fundraising approaches will work best for your organization. And you…

Takeaways from #AFPFC in New Orleans

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  This week's AFP International Conference in New Orleans (#AFPFC) was full of smart ideas and great learning. That's our new CEO Mike Geiger above with fellow #AFPeep Alice Ferris and me. Here's my annual wrap-up of key takeaways…

Is This the Reason You Aren’t Raising Major Gifts?

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All nonprofits want to excel at major gifts fundraising. Or don't they? In my 30 years in major gifts fundraising, I have seen familiar roadblocks get thrown up to keep money from flowing into the organization. What?? You may ask? How…