Practicalities

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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.


Should your major donors receive direct mail?

Three simple ways to make direct mail suitable for high net worth individuals.

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Philosophy and fundraising: principles of human action inform our fundraising

Aristotle codified it but many have said: all human actions are done for the sake of some end. A valuable principle in life, this can help our fundraising, too.




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