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Last Day to Register for our Board Fundraising Class!

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This is a reminder that today (Friday, February 27th) is the last day to register for our new class The Board Fundraising Blueprint: How to Motivate and Equip Your Board to Raise More Money Than Ever Before.  Registration closes at 7 PM tonight. During this 6 week online class, you’ll learn everything you need to […]

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A 5 Minute Guide to Making Better Fundraising Asks

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Lots of fundraisers get worried about making fundraising asks… they’re not sure the best way to do it, they feel under-prepared for making in-person asks, and they get nervous when it comes time to “pop the question.” Making asks in-person (and on the phone) is one of the most valuable skills any non-profit fundraiser can […]

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3 Smart Strategies to Boost Your Online Fundraising

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The following article by Fundraising Authority founder Joe Garecht first appeared as a guest post on The Guidestar Blog: Gone are the days when non-profits wonder if they really can raise money online. Case studies, news reports and personal experiences have shown that organizations can raise significant amounts of money through websites, e-mail, crowdfunding campaigns […]

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How to Get Your Board Passionate about Helping You Raise More Money

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Every non-profit needs a board of directors that is passionate about fundraising.  While not every board member is capable of making big asks for your organization, every member of your board can play a crucial role in your development program. If you want to supercharge your board and help them become skilled fundraising ambassadors for […]

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In Fundraising, Remember to Dance with the One that Brung Ya

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There’s an old saying in politics: “Remember to dance with the one that brung ya.” It’s poor grammar, but a good reminder that if a politician gets into office and ignores those voters who helped him or her get there, then those voters won’t stay loyal for very long. Did you know that the same […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Finding New Prospects for Your Non-Profit

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Every non-profit organization needs a steady stream of new donor prospects. In this article, I’m going to tell you how to find them. There are a lot of links in this article – each of them leads to a complete article on particular aspects of the prospecting process. Before we begin, it’s important to understand […]

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3 Provocative Questions to Ask about Your Non-Profit’s Fundraising

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Today, I want to stir the pot a little bit. In this post, I want to ask 3 questions about your organization’s fundraising… 3 questions that need to be asked at every non-profit, in order to make sure they are on the right path to development success. Why do I call these questions provocative? Because […]

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How to Find Amazing Items to Sell at Your Next Silent Auction (Part II)

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Silent auction events are an integral part of the yearly fundraising cycle for many non-profit organizations.  In this two-part series, we’re taking a look at how non-profits of any size can find amazing items to auction off at their events. In Part I, we discussed how to get your board, donors, volunteers and event committee […]

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How to Find Amazing Items to Sell at Your Next Silent Auction (Part I)

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As any organization that holds silent auction events can tell you, one of the most difficult aspects of holding amazing silent auctions is finding amazing items to sell at your event. While finding large sponsors and getting people to come to the event are both more important in terms of overall dollars raised, ultimately, if […]

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Fundraising Authority Podcast #21: How to Build Strong Donor Relationships Online

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The donor cultivation funnel isn’t just for offline fundraising.  Non-profits can and should be building strong relationships with their donors online (including through e-mail, social media and on  their organization’s website).  Great online cultivation leads to more donors, bigger gifts, and better donor relationships. In today’s podcast, online fundraising and marketing expert John Haydon teaches […]

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