Practicalities

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The importance of storytelling: the story of us

Successful organizations tell their story in a way makes it a story about their donors, too. Here’s how to help your donors identify with your story.

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Fundraising and fairy tales: the importance of storytelling

Storytelling is essential for good fundraising. Here’s why it matters and how to do it well. The first in a three-part series.


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Nonprofit boards: a thorn in the flesh

How to increase board engagement is a constant concern for nonprofit fundraisers. Here are some thoughts on engaging your board – and increasing their giving.

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5 things to know ahead of your next donor meeting

Going into a donor meeting unprepared is the surest way to secure a bad outcome. Here are some essential tips for preparing a donor meeting.


Ways to prevent employee burnout as a nonprofit manager

It can be tough for nonprofit employees to stay motivated in the summertime. Here are three simple steps that any nonprofit leader can take to prevent burnout.

2 things to avoid when communicating with millennials

These 2 “don’ts” can be summarized in one “do:” Treat your younger donors the way you treat everyone else.


A call for nonprofits: you can now rely on hard data to measure your fundraising performance

Nonprofits can now take a survey to measure their performance and compare their fundraising programs against the highest performing organizations in their sectors.

The good, the bad, and the ugly of direct mail tactics

Shady direct mail tactics, like crying wolf, have diminishing returns over time.


The higher calling of fundraising

Several authors reflect on the value of nonprofit fundraising as a vocation and its role in strengthening our democracy. They also also offer important practical tips for fundraising professionals.

How to launch planned giving at your nonprofit

Six things you must do in order to start a successful planned giving program at your nonprofit.




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