(Major Gifts #7) What’s the Best Structure for a Full-Scale Major Gift Program

(Major Gifts #7) What’s the Best Structure for a Full-Scale Major Gift Program?

Everyone wants the secret to success for to a profitable, full-scale major gifts program.  Our email series this month is sharing the top "secrets" you need to be successful with major donors. Today we're talking about two systems that you…
(Major Gifts #6) What's the Return on Investment from a Major Gift Program?

(Major Gifts #6) 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. It was an exciting moment because we were showing the board how they could dramatically…
An Easy Strategy for Discovering New Major Gifts Prospects

(Major Gifts #5) An Easy Strategy for Discovering New Major Gifts Prospects

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Today, we want to focus on one of the greatest challenges facing development shops everywhere: finding and discovering new prospects for major, principal, and capital gifts. We hear this everywhere:  Fundraisers tell us that…
(Major Gifts #4) How to Focus on the Right Major Gift Prospects, Not the Wrong Ones

(Major Gifts #4) How to Focus on the Right Major Gift Prospects, Not the Wrong Ones

Have you ever found that it’s easy to be distracted when you are working on major gifts?  Certainly, pursuing the wrong donor prospects can eat up a lot of time.  How do you know you’re spending time on the right people,…

(Major Gifts #3) What Board Members and Executive Management Need to Know About Major Gift Strategy

What do board members need to know about major gifts fundraising strategy? It's a long-term effort and it's not about "asking."
How to predict your major gifts pipeline for this year

(MG Series #2) How to Predict Your Major Gift Pipeline This Year

Do you and your leaders want to know how much money you can raise, and when it will come in? This is the sought-after truth of fundraising – the ability to predict future cash flow from gifts. Just think, wouldn’t it be wonderful to really…
How to Move from Transactional to Transformational Major Gifts

(Major Gifts #1) How to Move from Transactional to Transformational Major Gifts

Hope your new year is getting off to a happy, positive start.  Let me tell you how to ensure you and your team raise more in 2023 than last year. This is the first of an email series that we’ll be sending you over the next three weeks –…
How to Engage Board Members in Major Gift Fundraising

How to Engage Board Members in Major Gift Fundraising

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There are so many ways we can engage board members in major gift fundraising. The challenge is, exactly, deciding the best roles for them to play. Where, within your fundraising program, can they lend their weight and help the most?…
Three Big Challenges Facing Top Fundraisers Today

Three Big Challenges Facing Top Fundraisers Today

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Don’t hold yourself back. If you want to reach and exceed your major gift goal, then don’t neglect your important donor relationships!
What To Do When Your Major Gift Fundrasing Isn't Working?

What To Do When Your Major Gift Fundraising ISN’T Working

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Don’t hold yourself back. If you want to reach and exceed your major gift goal, then don’t neglect your important donor relationships!
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What Mega Donors are Saying about Giving in Today’s Economy

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With the economic environment so murky these days, we usually ask these donors how they are feeling about giving in today’s economy. 

What Will Trigger Mega Donors to Unlock Early Capital Campaign Gifts?

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What Will Trigger Mega Donors to Unlock Early Capital Campaign Gifts? This is the question that many nonprofit leaders ask – over and over. For every capital campaign that we advise – this is often a huge question hanging in the…

Powerful Roles for Board Members in Major Gifts Fundraising

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What are the right roles for board members in major gifts fundraising?  We find that many board members are quite nervous about being involved with major gift fundraising - especially the ask. Since many board members have little experience…
The Donor Teared Up. Then He Offered a Campaign Gift, Unasked.

The Donor Teared Up. Then He Offered a Campaign Gift, Unasked.

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Here’s a wonderful Major Gifts Intensive success story from one of our smart participants. Chris Cook, Executive Director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, said he really enjoyed practicing his new advanced…