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How to Write a Successful Fundraising Letter

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Fundraising letters still work.  The Internet, e-mail, social media and scores of other new fundraising tactics have emerged over the past few decades, and many of them work well… but despite what you may have heard, direct mail fundraising, annual appeal letters, and other fundraising mailings are still raising millions of dollars for non-profits year […]

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What Your Non-Profit Can Learn from WKRP in Cincinnati

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Did you ever watch WKRP in Cincinnati, the late 70’s / early 80’s sitcom? When I was young, I used to watch the show, which at that point was in syndication on a local UHF station. (If you’re younger than 30, substitute “low-budget TV” for “UHF,” and you’ll get the idea). One of the things […]

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You Need New Donors. Here’s How to Find Them…

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Does it feel like your non-profit is constantly struggling to find new donors — people who are interested in your cause and have the capacity to give to your organization? I can tell you from experience that it doesn’t have to be this way.  Your non-profit CAN find the new donors it needs to raise […]

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Get Customized, In-Person Fundraising Training for Your Team – Without Breaking the Bank

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Which of the following apply to your organization? -You want your team to receive specialized fundraising training, on site at your non-profit… but you’re afraid how much it would cost… -You’d love to have an accomplished fundraising consultant present a seminar at your next board meeting… but you don’t know if you have the budget […]

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Why Isn’t Our Organization Raising More Money? (A Simple Exercise for Non-Profit Leaders)

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If you’re on a non-profit board, or serve as an Executive Director, Development Director, or in another leadership role with a charitable organization, and you’re wondering why your non-profit isn’t raising more money, then read on… Today, I want to present a simple, step-by-step checklist for non-profit leaders who are asking themselves that question. If […]

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Your Non-Profit’s Facebook Page: 3 Rules for Success

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Is your non-profit’s Facebook Page successfully bringing new supporters, donors, volunteers and friends to your organization on a regular basis?  Many non-profits put up a Facebook Page because they want to have a presence on the site, but aren’t quite sure how to make the most of this online real estate. The real art in […]

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The 7 Steps for Producing a Supercharged Non-Profit Newsletter

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You’re ready to sit down and produce a newsletter for your non-profit – either a snail mail newsletter or an e-mail newsletter. You want it to be a great newsletter, but you don’t want it to take forever to put out a quality piece.  Don’t worry – it can be done! Here are the 7 […]

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3 Basic Principles that Pave the Way for Fundraising Success

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Today, I’d like to talk about some of the most important basic fundraising principles that are applicable to every organization, and to every fundraising strategy. Even if you’re a seasoned development pro, take the time to work through these principles with us. You may find that you or your organization has gotten off-track with a […]

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Help! How Much Should I Ask this Donor For?

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When it comes to making fundraising asks, one of the most common questions I get is, “how do I know how much to ask for?” Today, I want to give you an answer to this question. First, let’s look a common scenario… Your non-profit has a donor who comes to some events and writes a […]

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How to Increase Money Raised through Matching Gifts

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Guest Post by Adam Weinger Billions of dollars in corporate funding are left behind annually because nonprofit organizations aren’t taking full advantage of matching gift donations.  Does your organization have a plan in place to raise more through matching gifts? Briefly, matching gift programs are corporate giving programs in which companies will match employee donations, […]

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