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The Simple, Step-by-Step Process for Getting Your Board to Refer New Prospects to Your Non-Profit

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One of the best ways your organization’s board of directors can help your fundraising efforts is by referring new prospects to your organization. Board members can serve as “ambassadors” for your non-profit, making introductions to people that could become potential donors in the future. Referrals from board members should be a powerful source of new […]

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How to Create a Lead Nurturing Campaign for New Prospects

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Guest Post by Rob Wu from CauseVox “Lead nurturing” is a powerful process that helps businesses move prospective buyers from first learning about their product to becoming a customer. This process introduces and educates potential customers through automated emails and aims to make a new contact ready for a sale. The concept of lead nurturing […]

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How to Find and Win More Grants for Your Non-Profit

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Do you want to win more grants from foundations and corporations… but you’re not sure how? Do you wish you had a step-by-step plan for writing grant proposals that get funded quickly, without stress or anxiety? Do you need to raise more money for your non-profit? If the answer to any of these questions is, […]

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Perfect Fundraising is Impossible. Raise Money Anyway.

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As the amount of fundraising knowledge available to the average non-profit grows, many organizations get stuck in the pursuit of perfection. They know the way things are supposed to be, and they refuse to implement something new unless they can carry it out 100% “by the book.” Or… they lack perfect information about a donor, […]

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Targeting the Low Hanging Fruit to Raise More at Your Fundraising Events

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If you want to quickly raise more money at your next fundraising event, the easiest way to do it is to target the “low hanging fruit.” There are lots of little tweaks you can make to raise 5% more here and 7% more there, but if you really want to grow your event, the low-hanging […]

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3 Fundraising Boosters You Can Use at Your Non-Profit

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As fundraisers, we’re all looking for ways to take our yearly, monthly, and daily fundraising activities and supercharge them. Anytime you can take a fundraising tactic and raise 10% or 20% more through that channel it is a huge win for your non-profit. Today, I want to discuss three fundraising “boosters” that you can use […]

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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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