Fund Development and Communication

Research beyond Google

April 5, 2017

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of hoping that your charity will be the lucky recipient of donations from a wealthy individual. But hope is not a strategy. And if you spend your time chasing after wealthy individuals, you’ll be exhausted and probably not have much to show for it.

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Giving USA: Top 10 Points You Should Know

December 12, 2016

Giving USA is a publication of The Giving USA Foundation™, and is researched and written by The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Here are our top 10 takeaways from this year’s report: 

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Writing Tips for Fundraisers

November 23, 2016

Whether you're writing a letter of inquiry, a proposal, an annual fund letter, a case statement, an interim or final report—these are some of the questions you'll want to ask yourself before your start to write. 

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Writing for the Web

November 23, 2016

Quick: What's the last in-depth article you read on the web? The last time you read the instructions before filling out a web form? What's the welcome message on your favorite site?

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Top 5 Ways to Make Your Major Gifts Program A Major Success

November 23, 2016

1. Know your "rights." 

Is it bad timing? Am I asking for too much? Or maybe not enough? When you're about to solicit a major gift, nothing can be left to chance. Consider the five "rights" of making an ask:

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The Foundation of Donor Retention

November 23, 2016

Continuous improvement is not fun. It's not glamorous. It's usually boring to talk about. But there is a core set of activities your development organization must constantly improve at if you are going to get to the next level.

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The 4 Rules of Fundraising

November 23, 2016

Someone once asked me if I knew the "4 Rules of Fundraising." Usually lists like this are not very insightful, so I was not excited about hearing them. But I have remembered them to this day, included them in training sessions I have conducted, and have used them to help me sort out many of the messes I have inherited or gotten myself into. 

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Open Philanthropy: Dragging Foundations Into The Internet Age

November 22, 2016

Networked technologies and big, open data are in the process of reshaping nearly every industry—music, health care, education, scientific research, and journalism, as well as the nonprofit sector, civil society, and government.

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Four Key Steps to Increase Corporate Support

November 22, 2016

Think about an event that you attended hosted by another nonprofit organization within the last year. Do you remember who sponsored the badges? The bags? The reality is we usually forget (and we are in the sponsorship business!), attendees rarely remember, and as a result -- corporate executives usually don't value these opportunities in the way we would hope.

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12 Months of Content

November 22, 2016

The best way for you to manage marketing on a nonprofit budget is to create efficiencies and do as much pre-work as you can during slow months and moments. It is amazing the kinds of content you can dream up when you have a form to fill out.

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