Stewardship

Processing Calendar Year End Gifts: Procedural & Relational

The first few weeks in January is a busy time when not-for-profits are processing calendar-year-end (CYE) gifts. For many not-for-profits, processing gifts is a procedural activity, making sure gifts are entered into the database and acknowledged in a timely manner. Even though processing gifts should be done quickly, you shouldn’t think of this as an… Continue reading Processing Calendar Year End Gifts: Procedural & Relational

Constituent Engagement, Personal Reflection

Personal Reflection on a Recent Speaking Engagement

I just got back from attending the fall conference for LeadingAge Indiana. I had been very excited to present Cultivating a Philanthropic Culture Within Your Aging Services Organization (ASO) because I have experience first hand how implementing basic development strategies can be quite fruitful for the ASO client with whom I’m working. This is a… Continue reading Personal Reflection on a Recent Speaking Engagement

Constituent Engagement

Expanding Your Nonprofit’s Funding Base

Nonprofits looking to expand their financial base should engage finance professionals, such as wealth managers, estate planning attorneys, and accountants. These individuals can connect your organization to clients who are drawn to your mission. The first step in engaging financial professionals, is to identify individuals who are influential in their clients’ charitable giving. As you… Continue reading Expanding Your Nonprofit’s Funding Base

Constituent Engagement, Events

My Love-Hate Relationships With Events

I’m going to be brutally honest; I detest fundraising events. Seriously, they are truly AWFUL for the people executing them! Events have the lowest ROI compared to all other fundraising strategies. It takes about $0.50 to raise a dollar. Plus, to execute a spectacular event, your staff and volunteers have to work an overwhelming amount… Continue reading My Love-Hate Relationships With Events

Constituent Engagement, Marketing, Personal Reflection

Getting Back on the Bike

This is really embarrassing for me to admit, but I have always been insecure with my looks and specifically, my weight. Since puberty, I have always had a “pooch” and shortly after getting married, I learned that my gut was the result of a metabolic disorder. If I truly wanted to be at my ideal… Continue reading Getting Back on the Bike

Communications, Constituent Engagement, Marketing, Social Media

Social Media for Your Nonprofit

I first started using social media, specifically Facebook, in 2010 after much prompting from my husband. I couldn’t understand the purpose of it, and why would I want to see updates from friends who I am already in regular contact? And why? And seriously, why would I want to get updates about people from my… Continue reading Social Media for Your Nonprofit

Communications, Stewardship

The Necessity of the Annual Report

Many nonprofits don’t want to take the time and energy to put together an annual report. Usually, it is because they truly don’t understand the benefits of such a piece. So today, I am going to explain to you why it is important that your nonprofit puts forth an Annual Report. First of all, think… Continue reading The Necessity of the Annual Report

Constituent Engagement, Fundraising, Stewardship

Donor Discontent The Biggest Risk in Fundraising

The biggest risk your organization faces in fundraising is donor discontent. When a donor is upset, you risk losing the donation (you might have to return it), as well as all future donations. You also risk negative publicity, and in this day and age where donors can publicly voice their concerns and issues using digital… Continue reading Donor Discontent The Biggest Risk in Fundraising

Constituent Engagement, Staff

Are You Cultivating a Philanthropic Culture within Your Organization?

People give because they are invested in your cause and they believe that your organization can solve “the” problem. The reason why they believe in your mission is because your organization worked to develop a relationship and they have seen how you are working to advance and even expand the mission. The relationship they have… Continue reading Are You Cultivating a Philanthropic Culture within Your Organization?