Free Fundraising Tips

Each week we post a new Fundraising Tip. Please see our archive below for more great fundraising tips:

March 16, 2010

If you don't ask, the answer is always no. Funding naturally follows an invitation to partner with your organization to change people's life state, condition, etc. Remember, asking isn't asking, unless it's asking. If you love your cause, love the ask too!

March 9, 2010

The "summer slump" is around the corner. Good planning now is important, as we're only 60 to 90 days away from this trend. What do you need to do to prepare? How can you best segment and communicate with donors and prospects to reach them? Start today!

February 19, 2010

Consistent donor care is a common best practice of well funded non-profits. Are you intentional or random in communicating with your donors? Remember the 7 touch principle between Asks, and they will welcome the next giving opportunity.

February 3, 2010

Fundraising is similar to running a marathon. Planning, preparation and building your relationship with new prospective donors takes time. Purpose yourself to know their heart and giving goals, which will help you pace yourself for the timing of the Ask.

January 7, 2010

A New Year, new decade, clean slate, a big vision and an entire year to fund it! Make a strong start by reviewing your fundraising plan or writing it down in the first place. The first step to achieving any worthwhile goal is to get it out of your head and onto paper. Start today!

December 28, 2009

The last fundraising opportunity of the year is an email appeal. The best window for year-end "eGiving" is to send out a "last chance" email appeal on the 29th or 30th. Up to 40% of the December year-end eGiving is given in the last 2-3 days of the year.

December 21, 2009

We'd like to take a minute from the busy year-end fundraising season to wish you and yours, a most memorable Christmas and blessed 2010!

December 15, 2009

This time of the year donors and prospects expect you to ask for their support and will likely give to those that do. Double back to those who gave last year, but not this year, share your 2009 results and invite them to make a year-end gift again this year.

November 15, 2009

So how are your year-end results looking? If you?re not where you thought you should be by now, let?s regroup. Don?t wait for tomorrow or next week, as every day is a new opportunity for a fresh start. Set a goal for today, make your plan and go or it!

October 1, 2009

Today starts the year-end fundraising season. Like last year, donors will be making their year-end giving decisions early. In the next 60-90 days it is common for non-profits to report raising 40% or more of their annual budget. The key is to have a plan and start now.

September 1, 2009

On average, major donors give to seventeen organizations. If you'd like your ministry to receive this type of funding, you'll need to demonstrate a solid plan for sustainability, as well as an "exit strategy" for the donor.

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