November Tips 2021

First, please know how very special you  are to me, and how grateful I am to have this opportunity to share with Clairification School students everything I’ve learned — and continue to learn.  It gives me a warm glow knowing there are so many folks like you endeavoring to make our world a better and…

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October 2021 Tip

This is the time of year you need to start seriously ASKING for gifts. Chanel the famous hockey player Wayne Gretsky who said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Add to that the urgency of the NOW. The end of the calendar year is when most nonprofits raise the bulk of their…

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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 2022 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

The time to assure you’ve got a manageable plan in place so you’re ready for prime fundraising season next Fall is now. This month’s tips are designed to help you figure out how to prioritize and manage everything on your plate. A task management system may help a little. Here’s one some of my clients use…

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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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