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200 Fundraising Ideas to Raise More Money at Your Non-Profit

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Today, we are proud to announce the launch of our newest class here at The Fundraising Authority… 200 Fundraising Ideas to Help Your Non-Profit Raise More Money than Ever Before This 10 week class is a compilation of the best, most innovative fundraising ideas available for non-profit organizations.  If you want to supercharge your organization’s […]

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Fundraising Authority Podcast #24: Tips and Tricks for Raising More Money through Non-Profit Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding is one of the fastest growing segments of the non-profit fundraising world… as well it should be.  It is a powerful way to raise more money and expand the reach of your non-profit organization. Our guest on today’s podcast is Dana Ostomel, an expert in running successful crowdfunding campaigns.  During our conversation, Dana provided […]

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Here Are My Fundraising Pet Peeves… What Are Yours?

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If you’ve been working in non-profit fundraising for any length of time, chances are you have developed a few pet peeves. Now, I’m not talking about a donor that grates on you or your colleague who talks way too loud on the phone… I’m talking about the fundraising ideas and cultures that really bug you, […]

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How to Add an Online Component to Your Offline Fundraising Activities

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Most non-profits know the power of online fundraising.  They ask for donations on  their website, send out occasional fundraising e-mails, and maybe even dip a toe into the crowdfunding waters.  But did you know that your online activities can be a significant boost to your offline fundraising activities? It’s true!  Adding an online component is […]

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For Better Donor Communications, Cut Out the Jargon!

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In the non-profit world, we have a serious jargon problem. We love telling our donors about our “multidisciplinary approaches,” and letting prospects know that we have “peer-reviewed research” that proves the efficacy of our program. We talk about “capacity building” and “stakeholders.” We tout our “social entrepreneurship” and the number of MSWs, LSWs and LCSWs […]

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Zzz: How Not to Bore Your Donors

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There comes a time in every fundraiser’s career when he or she needs to ask: am I boring my donors? Do I even know if I could be boring my donors? Think about your own reading habits – what makes you bored? For most of us, the answer is two-fold: first, we get bored if […]

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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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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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