September 2021

The single most important lesson I ever learned. Begin with the why. Always. If you don’t, you’re likely to work very hard and not achieve much of value. Why? Because you didn’t begin your endeavor by asking yourself: “What’s the value in this work upon which I’m about to embark?” “Why am I doing this?”…

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Late August 2021 Tip

I have a little extra tip for you this month because I know many of you may be ramping up for year-end fundraising. Since the lion’s share of philanthropy comes from major individual gifts (check to see what percentage of your contribution income comes from the top 15 – 20% of your donorbase), this is…

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July-August 2021 Tips

It’s not too early to begin planning your fundraising strategies for the fall and end of the calendar year.  You’re probably already thinking about your appeal.  But what about person-to-person major gift fundraising? For most nonprofits the lion’s share of money comes from the smallest group of people. Many of these folks respond well…

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June 2021 Tip

Text messaging is becoming an increasingly important fundraising tool. Is it right for you? Probably, assuming you have donors with cell phones (wink-wink). But there are different varieties of text messaging, and different ways to use this messaging medium. The key is to choose the tool that will work best for you, given your resources, needs…

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May 2020 Tips

Recently I offered four timely tips for you to consider during spring and summer as you plan ahead for prime fundraising season beginning in the Fall.  Now I want to help you figure out how to prioritize and manage everything on your plate. If you’re feeling a sense of overwhelm, read on. A task management system…

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April Tip 2021

This is a good time of year to focus on reactivating lapsed donors. April showers bring May flowers… as it is said. What better time than spring (at least in the northern hemisphere) to focus on the same cycle of renewal that many parts of the earth go through? The point is you have to…

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March 2021Tip

I recently received a question from a grant writer who was unsure whether they should share their input on the types of programs that could further their mission and meet a funder’s objectives/focus.  I am just a grant writer. I am not generally involved in the strategic planning of our organization, but do have input…

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February 2021 Tips

Consider February, with Valentine’s Day smack in the middle, as #donor month.  Why not? The you speak the language of to your donors, the they’ll shower you with in return. And by ‘,’ I mean ‘ of humanity’ – aka philanthropy. Robert Payton, the first full-time Director of the Center for…

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January 2021 Tips

How will you keep the donors who just gave to you? Securing donors only to lose them is just silly business. If you want to move away from transactional one-time gifts, and towards longer-term, transformational giving. here is the single most important thing you need to know: RESOLVE to make donor retention a priority. Really! if you want…

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December 2020 Tips

Welcome to your Clairification Dashboard and Monthly Tip! You’ll find something new here each month — paralleling what you’re likely thinking about during this time period. This month I’m giving you multiple tips because, heck, it’s a very critical month for fundraisers! Did you know nonprofits receive 50% of their annual contributions from October to…

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