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Donor Communications are a significant portion of the annual development plan to engage and cultivate donor relationship

4 New and Exciting Event Ideas for Your Nonprofit

4 New and Exciting Event Ideas for Your Nonprofit

Are you a planner? Do people know you are so detailed, events have been planned for the next several years? I am with you, my friend. I love Gantt charts, checklists, and diagrams. The problem is that we may be boring our donors with the same events or methods for fundraising at our nonprofit. Great events are usually well planned and planned in advance. Being creative with the events can be your challenge. 4 New Events Ideas for Your Nonprofit Here are 4 ideas for planning and creating ...Read more »
5 Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful for Your Donors

5 Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful for Your Donors

Watching a Christmas special on television, I got a little attitude. The program was cute, it had good acting, made me laugh a few times, but something really irked me. The writers had absolutely no clue about Christmas meaning or symbolisms. What bugged me even more was the blatant way the characters dismissed a church and choir from having any part to play in the impact of Christmas. You may have seen in recent Christian news that more people are proclaiming to be “unchurched” ...Read more »
Why is it so important to guard your database?

Why is it so important to guard your database?

The hallway led to a back room, grey walls and no windows. In the corner of the quiet room was a desk with a computer and the staff member diligently typing. The leader touring me through, led me out and, almost in passing, said quietly, “That is just our database department.” Discussing the problems of getting people to donate to her organization, the leader’s obvious frustration was seen on her furrowed brow. When I asked her which database she uses, the size of the donor ...Read more »
How Can Social Return on Investment (SROI) Increase Your Funding?

How Can Social Return on Investment (SROI) Increase Your Funding?

Are you familiar with the term Return on Investment (ROI)? ROI measures the gain or loss generated on an investment versus the amount of money invested. This measurement helps us know how much profit we are seeing from a business or business investment.

How about the term Social Return on Investment (SROI)

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5 Ways to Conquer Data Overload, Part 2

5 Ways to Conquer Data Overload, Part 2

In my last blog, 5 Ways to Conquer Data Overload, Part 1, I gave you the first three ways to prioritize and funnel your data. Here are two more helpful ways that you can build relationships with people who care about your vision.4. A super sleuth volunteer makes a great friend.A retired executive taking care of an aged spouse needed a break from her day to day caregiving. With a confidentiality paper in one hand and a short cultivation list in the other I asked her to help me get these folks in ...Read more »
The Value of Planners and Procrastinators This Holiday Season

The Value of Planners and Procrastinators This Holiday Season

ProcrastinatorYou know who you are. Christmas is only a few days away and you haven’t even purchased your gifts. To justify your lack of planning you say to yourself, “It’s been a busy time!” (By the way, December 25th comes the same day every year). You have proven yourself talented and smart, and achieve good results at your job. However, for some reason, this time crunch always sneaks up on you.PlannerOn the other hand, maybe you’re one of those glorious planners who, by the time Thanksgiving ...Read more »
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