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Do we have to accept that gift?

The largest gift your organization has ever received is on the horizon. Leadership doesn’t want to go through the hassles of convincing the board and others to accept it and provide recognition…….

Continue Reading October 30, 2018 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Moving Fundraising Forward

Sometimes, we need to have the courage of our convictions to have respectful, but sometimes challenging conversations about fundraising strategy, budget, goals and alignment. Often these discussions occur with our leaders – volunteer and professional – who may or may not have the same personal experience in fundraising that we have.

Continue Reading October 25, 2018 at 2:14 am Leave a comment

Philanthropic Fracking – Part 1

We can blame the 1991 IRS (and George HW Bush) ruling for allowing Fidelity to open this door and create this monster pile of money. A conflict of interest started immediately – Fidelity and their clan of investment houses earn money on all the money in those DAFs. Remember “too big to fail” – this is the philanthropic version.

Continue Reading October 7, 2018 at 11:30 am 1 comment

What does hockey have to do with Fundraising? | Annual Fund Lab

Thanks Clay Buck for the post and allowing me to share it.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights have just lost the Stanley Cup to the Washington Capitals. To say this was an incredible, community-changing season is an understatement. To say that the Las Vegas community is different today than it was a week, a month, a year ago doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling most of us have.

Why, though? And what does a winning season of hockey – played in the desert where it hit 104 degrees today, mind you – have to do with Fundraising?

Continue Reading June 11, 2018 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

Philanthropic Concierge

Have you had the opportunity to stay at an amazing resort? Perhaps a five star hotel? Traveled first class on a long haul flight? Took a cruise for more than 30 days in the best suite on board?

If you haven’t, most of our best donors have. 

Continue Reading June 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

Nonprofit Branding – Focus on the Donor

Have you read the February Harvard Business Review article, “The Most Successful Brands Focus on Users not Buyers”?

“Where traditional brands focus on positioning their brands in the minds of their customers, digital brands focus on positioning their brands in the lives of their customers. Furthermore, they engage customers more as users than as buyers, shifting their investments from pre-purchase promotion and sales to post-purchase renewal and advocacy.”

Continue Reading May 30, 2018 at 10:22 am 1 comment

Fundraising v Fundcatching – Five Suggestions

There is a difference, you know? Although there are nonprofit organizations and professional fundraisers who measure their success by how much they raise not by how they raised it.

Let’s change semantics here – how about proactive v reactive fundraising. Many nonprofit organizations are very fortunate to have a regular stream of donations, large and small, sent to them.

Donor acquisition campaigns via direct mail and online giving provide a stream of new, one time donations and work fairly well for charities with a good brand. But even those result in 1-2% return rate against a high cost.  The cost gets higher for these campaigns when nonprofits try to “convert” these donors into monthly (regular) donors or repeat donors. Results are mixed at best and require more money and human resources.

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December 12, 2017 at 8:08 pm Leave a comment

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