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6 Places to Find Grants for Your Non-Profit

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Many non-profit organizations rely on grants from foundations, corporations and government agencies to round out their fundraising efforts.  If your non-profit is looking for new grant opportunities, here are six tried-and true places to find them: #1 – Your Board I always start my grant research with my board. They may be helpful, or not, […]

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How to Find More Donors for Your Non-Profit

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New donors are the lifeblood of every non-profit.  Organizations need a steady stream of new prospects who can be cultivated, communicated with, and asked to make donations. Does your non-profit have enough new prospects this year to raise the money you need to grow and thrive? If you’d like to learn how to build a […]

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Do Your Donors Want Your Fundraising to be More FUN?

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As non-profits, we tackle some serious issues: disease, homelessness, education, and everything in between. Because we want donors to believe in our mission and support our work, we spend a lot of our time impressing the seriousness of that work on our donors. And rightly so. People need to understand the story behind your non-profit, […]

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How to Set Sponsor Levels and Benefits for Your Next Fundraising Event

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For most fundraising events, the majority of your money should be raised through sponsorships. Without a strong focus on sponsors, your event will not reach its true potential. If you are setting an ambitious fundraising goal for your event, it will be far easier to reach that goal if you can raise 50%+ of the […]

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What to Do If Your Non-Profit Board Won’t Help Fundraise

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Lots of non-profits face a similar problem: they have board members (or entire boards) that won’t help with fundraising. Many of these organizations have decided that their only option is to fundraise without the help of the board… and sometime in opposition to it. This is a mistake. It is vitally important that your board […]

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The Most Important Question You Aren’t Asking Your Donors

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Most non-profits know that great donor cultivation is the key to long-term donor relationships. When donors feel like part of your team, they want to donate, and they tend to give more, for a longer period of time. Great donor cultivation requires a good communication strategy, and lots of conversations with your donors. Those conversations […]

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7 “Quick and Easy” Ways to Raise More Money for Your Non-Profit

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Ok, I admit it – the title of this post is a little misleading. Nothing is really, truly easy when it comes to fundraising. But – and anyone who has been fundraising for more than a few years can back me up on this – some things are easier than others. Lots of non-profits need […]

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Fundraising Authority Podcast #23: The Power of Storytelling for Your Non-Profit

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Do you know the power of telling great stories?  Does your non-profit use storytelling to help it raise more money and build better relationships with donors? Our guest on today’s podcast is Vanessa Chase, an expert in non-profit storytelling.  In addition to some great tips on collecting and sharing stories for your organization, Vanessa teaches […]

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Tips for Finding New Facebook Followers for Your Non-Profit

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Posting compelling content on Facebook is nice, but it won’t do you much good if no one ever sees it. For the most part, the only people who will see your content on a regular basis on Facebook are those folks who have “liked” your organization’s Facebook page. Thus, you’ll want to get as many […]

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Developing a Tactical Fundraising Calendar for Your Organization

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The tactical strategy for your fundraising should not be random, and it shouldn’t be based on a “we’ll figure this out as we go along” mentality. Your best bet to ensure maximum revenue is to lay out a tactical fundraising calendar as part of your overall fundraising plan. A tactical calendar, as its name suggests, […]

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