Practicalities

Compelling communications and the curse of knowledge

Why is it so hard to effectively communicate my point? Perhaps because you know too much. Here’s how to step back and strengthen your donor communications.

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Should you consider personality when making a hire?

Personality testing can help your hiring process, but it can also obscure your decision.


4 ways foundations make bad decisions

If you work for a foundation, you probably don’t get much negative feedback. As a neutral party, I’m here to tell you what your grantees won’t.

3 things every fundraising director should do to start the new year

Q1 is here, so it’s time to look ahead. This is what every fundraising director should do to start the new year.


Four tips for major gifts fundraising at your hospital

Major gifts fundraising may seem oblique if you are new to it. Here are four tips to help your hospital or medical center launch a major gifts effort.

Five tips for nonprofit leaders to plan for proactive fundraising

Too often fundraising is reactive rather than proactive, hindering growth and creating a frenzied and hectic development culture. Take some time at the beginning of the year to set goals, plans, and strategies.


10 lessons for nonprofit leaders from #GivingTuesday 2020

After wading through the thicket of Giving Tuesday emails, here’s the top 10 recommendations for next year.

5 silly mistakes nonprofits make when applying for grants

The “sins” that foundation executives often cite in their work with nonprofit grantees.


A free checklist to support your fundraising

2020 has been a whirlwind for all of us. As this year winds down and we prepare for 2021, here’s a tool to help you structure your development efforts.

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Digital during COVID: educating and entertaining your audience

Digital marketing is essential for nonprofit organizations—and increased digital traffic during the pandemic makes it of utmost importance. Today and tomorrow, find our tips for reaching and engaging donors digitally.




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