Practicalities

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Cheesy fundraising doesn’t have to be cheesy

Motivating donors to give isn’t easy. You need to connect money to mission, but you also need to give donors a reason to act. That might require some cheese.


Capital campaigns require grit . . . does your organization have it?

Preparing for a capital campaign is a “grit-check” for your organization. Does your organization have what it takes to be successful?

Who needs donor research tools?

Good research can mean the difference between going into a meeting feeling at ease or on edge. Here are some of the best donor research tools out there.


The 6 questions you need to ask before launching a capital campaign

For many organizations that already struggle just to match last year’s fundraising revenue, the capital campaign is simply a pipedream.

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How to build and use a gift chart for fundraising strategy

Success in fundraising depends upon setting realistic goals and crafting an actionable strategy. A gift chart can guide you through setting the goals and putting a strategy into action. Here’s how to build one.


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From boredom to the boardroom: winning hearts and minds through grant writing

It often seems like foundations want boring proposals. But remember: a proposal is a story masquerading as a spreadsheet.

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Foundation solicitations during COVID: stay in touch, stay the course

The market is down and we are all stuck at home. One thing hasn’t changed: foundations are required to spend 5% of their corpus.


Answering the call to greater effectiveness in your charitable giving

Sometimes the most effective giving is small, personal, and even “under the table.” That can have the greatest impact in a person’s life.

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Courting communications: how to craft a successful LOI

Foundation officers are coy—and busy. Here’s how to craft a successful LOI to capture their attention in the brief time that you have.




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