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I am sharing some notable statistics about how much online fundraising and donating has increased over the last year. Online giving is not going anywhere — if your organization is not expanding its capacity to attract online gifts, you’ve gotta get onboard, or that boat is gonna leave the harbor without you!
Now that we are coming up on almost a year of pandemic living and working from home, here is a new idea to help your organization create connections with companies and their employees. Because who doesn’t need a stronger sense of connection to others these days?
The end of August or beginning of September provide a great excuse to reach out to your existing donors and give them a little update on your work. Even if your organization does not do anything related to schools or education, this time of year will always feel like “Back to School” and end of summer vacation. Listen to this week’s quick episode for some tips on reaching out, without necessarily asking for anything.
What’s a “stock proposal,” and how will it help your organization be more agile and responsive when funding opportunities present themselves? Learn more here: https://pitchconsulting.com/stock-grant-proposal/
Pandemic Proposal Writing: How does proposal writing look at different during the COVID-19 pandemic? Should the content of your proposals be different? Are there things that you should or should not write about? I’ve got some resources that can help you!
Are you a person who makes things happen, or who lets things happen?
I've found that there is a difference between staying authentically engaged with potential clients (or potential donors) and pushing too hard. If I stay authentically engaged, it might take longer, but clients and I can have fruitful relationships with great results. If I push too hard to work with a potential client, I might not get the gig, or I might get it but it won't work out the way that I'd like.
How do you know when you're crossing the line between cultivating and pushing?
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Just because it is early December, that does not mean it is too late for your organization to end the year with some strong fundraising accomplishments. Shift your perspective and go for some “easy wins.”
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Some nonprofit organizations assume that they cannot do anything fundraising related in the summer: everyone is on vacation, no one is around, etc. I say: Nonsense! Summer can be a fantastic time to connect with donors. When donors are not as distracted by things in the office, other commitments, or other nonprofit organizations, they are available to connect with you in more authentic and fun ways. Here are a few tips and ideas to inspire you.
Your organization’s fundraising event doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. Build an event that looks and feels like YOUR organization, and you’ll create something that differentiates you in the marketplace and attracts enthusiastic supporters.
Here is why you should not pursue that “Moonshot” donor, the pie-in-the-sky, long shot donor that will never be yours. I’ve also got some tips to help you convince others that it’s not aspirational to pursue such donors; it’s wasteful.
Articulate not just what you want FROM your board members, but also what you’re committed to providing TO your board members - so they can help the organization grow and they, themselves, can grow as leaders
Are you working so hard to make things perfect that you are losing out on good opportunities? Is all of your careful planning and analyzing really about achieving excellence, or is it more about control, or fear? How do we avoid making the perfect the enemy of the good?
My side hustle - a network marketing company - has taught me a few things about fundraising, and vice versa. There are surprising parallels! Authentic storytelling, turning your donors/board members into fundraisers, thinking more expansively about prospects... listen for more.
It’s that time of year! The holiday season means parties, trips, gifts, time with friends and family, and… The time of year when many of us make charitable donations. The choices can seem overwhelming. How can you decide where to give, and how much? Here are a few tips to guide and inspire you.
It’s Giving Tuesday! The Super Bowl of online giving. Make a gift, join the fun, and feel your heart grow. And, if your nonprofit is running a Giving Tuesday campaign, keep your expectations realistic and understand the true value of today’s engagement - listen in for more on this idea.
At a small(er) organization, you’re expected to do it all. And be good at all of it. But that’s not realistic. Make choices that play to your strengths, and call in support and reinforcements for the rest.