Practicalities

How to start a successful major donor club in 7 simple steps

Nonprofits that have a donor club and consider it an important part of their fundraising efforts have an average per-donor contribution level 49.6% higher than those that don’t.

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A conversation with Jeremy Beer on his new e-book, Fundraising When Times Are Bad: A Guide for Nonprofit Leaders

This economic downturn caught us all off guard. Nicole Rizkallah sat down with Jeremy Beer to discuss his new e-book, Fundraising When Times Are Bad, and his thoughts about fundraising through a pandemic and an economic downturn.


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A tale of two nonprofits

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … and it was a strategic development plan that made all the difference.

Three essential keys for hiring a successful fundraiser

Avoid the mindset that assumes new employees will be “magic bullets.” Instead, set them up for success.


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20 minute-fundraising fix: surprise planned-giving inquiry

Millions of Americans are updating their wills and estate plans. Here’s a 20-minute fix for you to update your response to planned-giving inquiries.

Honoring donor intent in times of crisis

Grantmaking foundations have a responsibility to step up to the plate during crisis, but they also must respect their donor’s wishes. Here is how one foundation managed to thread that needle.


3 essential fundraising lessons from the Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts command a $700 million cookie empire. That success doesn’t come easy, and here’s how you can learn from them.

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Random samples—what to do when yours aren’t: data analysis, part three

Random sampling is hard to achieve in human studies. That doesn’t make it useless, but does affect its utility The third in a three-part series on how nonprofits can use data to aid their fundraising


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Data the backseat driver: data analysis, part two

Data is a backseat driver, and good leaders often have to act with too little data. The second in a three-part series on how nonprofits can use data to aid their fundraising

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Data as a philosophical field: data analysis, part one

Data is not self-interpreting. The first in a three-part series on how nonprofits can use data to aid their fundraising.




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