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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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Don’t Fall Into the Trap of the Shiny New Fundraising Thing

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Modern fundraisers are bombarded with marketing messages, sales pitches, and ideas for new fundraising strategies.  I don’t know about you, but I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of possibilities, tactics, and products available to non-profit development teams. When I first became a Development Director, I was shocked by the number of letters, e-mails […]

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The Best Ways to Identify a Planned Giving Prospect for Your Non-Profit

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Guest Post by Ryan Woroniecki from DonorSearch A planned giving prospect is a donor who makes preparations in the present to donate money to a nonprofit in the future, either through a trust or will. While most planned giving donations are made through a will and are monetary in nature, donors can also plan to […]

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Fundraising Authority Podcast #28: Quick Rules for Successful Silent Auctions

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Silent auctions can be a very effective way to raise many for non-profits… but they can also be time consuming and stressful if they’re not done the right way. In today’s podcast, we go over eight quick rules for more successful silent auctions, and show you how to keep your event organized and profitable.  For even […]

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The Four Key Fundraising Roles of Your Board of Directors

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Far too many non-profit fundraisers approach board fundraising as if they have boards full of movers and shakers who know how to raise money, even when that’s not the case. These fundraisers and non-profit managers get annoyed and frustrated with their boards, which doesn’t help anyone, including the organization itself.  Acting like your board is […]

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The Best Tips for Amazing Non-Profit Newsletters (Non-Profit Blog Carnival)

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Donor newsletters (both snail mail and e-mail) provide the foundation for many non-profits’ donor communications strategies.  Newsletters help organizations build better relationships with their donors and prospects, and keep supporters informed about the programs, activities, and successes of their favorite charitable organizations. Lots of non-profits send out newsletters, but for many organizations the newsletter is […]

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How to Turn Social Media Supporters into Donors to Your Non-Profit

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It’s one of the biggest conundrums in non-profit fundraising: how do you turn social media supporters into long-term donors to your organization? Many non-profits assume that the best way to do this is to send out fundraising links on social media.  So they post some updates, send out donation links, beg their supporters to donate… […]

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4 Quick Tips for Winning More Grants for Your Non-Profit

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While individual giving should form the backbone of every non-profit’s fundraising strategy, grants from foundations and corporations play an important role in many organizations’ fundraising plans. In the past, we’ve talked about the grant writing process, as well as different places to find grants for your organization.  We went into even more detail in our […]

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Overwhelmed With Fundraising?  Try This…

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If you’re working for a small or mid-sized non-profit, there’s a good chance that you often feel overwhelmed with fundraising.  There’s so much to do, and so little time (and money) to do it that the odds can seem stacked against you. Your board and executive director are probably supportive of your fundraising efforts.  But, […]

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Non-Profit Blog Carnival: Donor Newsletters (Call for Submissions)

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Most non-profits use some kind of newsletter to stay in touch with their donor universe.  Some organizations send out regular e-mail newsletters, others print glossy, four-color newsletters to send through the mail.  Many smaller non-profits use the office copier machine to turn out simple, black and white newsletters to keep their donors updated. No matter […]

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