Practicalities

foundations and grants
Fundraising when times are bad: foundations and grants

Worried about shrinking foundation endowments? That’s going to happen during a recession, but that doesn’t mean you should pull back.

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Fundraising when times are bad: events

When the economic outlook is questionable, you need to think carefully about the value of your fundraising events.


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Fundraising when times are bad: donor acquisition

You may feel the need to cut costs, but don’t be caught up into thinking that donor acquisition is the place to cut back.

direct mail
Fundraising when times are bad: direct mail

It may be tempting, but do not pull out of the mail when the economy goes south. Make some strategic changes to communicate well with your donors and manage your ROI.


strategy
Fundraising when times are bad: strategy

A well-thought-out strategy is always a key ingredient for success. That doesn’t change when times are bad.

big picture
Fundraising when times are bad: the big picture

The fundamentals of fundraising don’t change whether times are good or times are bad. But applying those fundamentals well takes some careful thinking.


How handwritten thank you notes will improve your donor retention rate

Existing donors, both lapsed donors active, are already engaged in a conversation with you, one that they’re happy to participate in. You can leverage this existing relationship to boost their lifetime value and increase the percentage of donors giving at any moment. And handwritten thank you notes are a powerful ally in this effort.

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Fundraising when times are bad: a new series

Stay tuned for a new series from American Philanthropic and Philanthropy Daily—”Fundraising When Times Are Bad”—to help you navigate today’s recession.


How to find the best fundraising software for your nonprofit

Good fundraising software is important for a fundraising operation. Here are a few things to think about as you select and use fundraising software at your organization.

Is your mission really more critical than ever?

With a clear mission/vision distinction, you can articulate why your work—and the donor’s support—is more urgently needed as a result of this external factor.




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