December 2019 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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November Tips 2019

First, please know how very special my Clairification School students are to me, and how grateful I am to have this opportunity to share my experience and wisdom with you. It gives me a warm glow to know there are so many folks like you endeavoring to make our world a better and caring…

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October 2019 Tip

Of course you’re working on your annual appeal and year-end fundraising plan. And if you want detailed specifics on how to do either you can grab one of my E-Guides: Anatomy of a Fundraising Appeal Letter plus Sample Template Year-End Fundraising Solution Kit – To-Do’s + Checklists Right now I want to give several specific, timely tips…

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July-August 2019 Tips

The summer months are a great time to plan to hold an “inspiring philanthropy” (aka board fundraising training) session; then provide volunteers with assignments so they can hit the ground running! These are best held in September/October – in time to fire folks up for year-end major gift asks. Consider inviting a facilitator to run…

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June 2019 Tips

For many of you this is your fiscal year end.  That means making sure you don’t lose any of those donors you to such pains to acquire last year. It also means tying up loose ends to assure you don’t leave money on the table. For those of you on a different fiscal year, skip…

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May 2019 Tips

TIP #1: This is a good month for a brief donor survey. Donor surveys offer you a “twofer.” One is for you (useful information). One is for your donor (a way to usefully participate other than giving money). This information can be gold to you as you prepare your content calendar and campaign materials moving forward.[See 2…

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April 2019 Tip

Can I tell you a story? Who isn’t receptive to that question?!?!  Human beings LOVE stories.  We’re wired from early childhood to be lured into the narrative. We relax, kick back and are willing to be open, interested and attentive. Of course, if you’d prefer to lecture me, I’ll take another stance entirely.  Facts and…

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March 2019 Tip

It’s a good time to think about building your prospect lists! It’s all too easy to forget about this all-important task, or to think about it as merely an ‘administrative’ function that never rises to the top of your priority list. You can’t ask anyone for money if you don’t have a list of likely…

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February 2019

Welcome to your Monthly Clairification Tip! Who can forget that Valentine’s Day is this month? What an opportune time to show your donors some . Send donors valentines to show them your (if you want to plan further in advance, consider doing something like this for Mother’s or Father’s Day). For some great ideas, check…

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January 2019

Welcome to your Monthly Clairification Tip! Let’s get the New Year off to a great start by revisiting your Mission Statement. Why? Because everything you do emanates from the WHY of your existence.  The Mission answers the question: What would happen if your organization ceased to exist.  For example, a food bank’s mission might be simply: “To End…

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