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The Secret to Making the Ask and Closing Big

Fundraising is a dance that requires solid preparation, good timing, and attention to detail. When working with new volunteers, solicitation training always brings up a great deal of anxiety. It can be daunting to initiate a conversation about money! Knowing what to say and how to say it is not easy, but by studying the…

Your Year-End Giving Plan

With mere days left in 2021, we have entered the height of giving season. Did you know that nearly 31% of annual giving occurs in December? In fact, 12% of annual giving happens in the last three days of the year. More donations are processed on December 30th and 31st than any other days. Over…

Building Donor Relationships Through High Value Questions

As fundraisers, we must always keep relationships front-of-mind. Get to know your prospective donor (or longtime supporter) with High Value Questions (HVQs). General questions can overburden your prospects with irrelevant information and fizzle out their excitement before you establish a connection. No one wants boring interview chats! HVQs enable and encourage more authentic and dynamic…

The Scale of Grassroots Fundraising: How to make the most of your efforts

Just like most aspects of fund development, successful grassroots fundraising requires a combination of creativity, strategy, and clear goals. It can be tempting to brush off grassroots fundraising as low-scale and low-priority. However, when an organization harnesses scalability, sustainability, and intentionality, grassroots fundraising becomes the basis of fertile ground for a rich harvest and long…

I’m online all the time! Zoom Fatigue, Email Boundaries, Time Management, Energizers, Burnout, and Self Care — how can we control the chaos?

We’ve talked a lot about workplace reintegration and navigating these crazy times as an organization. But what about work-from-home-fatigue? How are we managing our individual stress in a world where work and life have never been more closely intertwined? We all feel it. You’re not alone. Our weekly Wednesday 9am MT/11am ET Clubhouse chats are…

Workplace Reintegration – What is the Next Normal?

After a year-and-a-half of adjusting to life with COVID-19, it’s safe to say things have permanently changed. What does reintegration look like as we return to the workplace? Is there such thing as “best practices” or should we simply focus on “winning strategies”? Our weekly Wednesday 9am MT/11am ET Clubhouse chats are full of robust…

Power Plays – Fundraising, Grantmaking, DEI, and More

Consider this: Have grantmakers become too rigorous in their expectations of impact and evaluation that they’re starting to miss the point entirely? What would it be like if we created a trust-based giving rather than obsessing over ROI?  Below are some key takeaways from today’s clubhouse chat about power plays in relation to nonprofits —…

Perspectives on Philanthropy: Giving USA 2021

To say that 2020 was a game changer would be putting it lightly. I know many of us in the nonprofit world were anxiously awaiting Giving USA’s annual report on philanthropy; after a year of unforeseen circumstances, nonprofit leaders around the country had to rely on their own creativity to steer the ship through the…

Change Management and How to Rock It

Our weekly Wednesday 9am MT/11am ET Clubhouse chats are full of robust conversation about topics within nonprofit fundraising. As always, please feel free to add and reflect on your learnings and experiences! Here’s some key takeaways from our chat about Change Management — how to leave the “old normal” behind in order to embrace new trends…

Post-Capital Campaign… What’s Next?

Our weekly Wednesday 9am MT/11am ET Clubhouse chats are full of robust conversation about topics within nonprofit fundraising. As always, please feel free to add and reflect on your learnings and experiences! Here are some key takeaways from our chat about what comes after a capital campaign (and/or a global pandemic!):   1. Although 2020 took…

Getting the Most out of Prospect Research

Our weekly Wednesday 9am MT/11am ET Clubhouse chats are full of robust conversation about topics within nonprofit fundraising. As always, please feel free to add and reflect on your learnings and experiences! Here’s some key takeaways from our chat about prospect research and how mission-based organizations can get the most out of their data: 1. If…

Maximizing the Benefits of Feasibility Studies

Our weekly Wednesday 9am MT/11am ET Clubhouse chats are full of robust conversation about topics within nonprofit fundraising. As always, please feel free to add and reflect on your learnings and experiences! Here’s some key takeaways from our chat about maximizing the benefits of feasibility studies: 1. It’s about more than just a goal – #feasibilitystudies…