The Small & Mighty Fundraising Minute

The Best Kept Secret to Securing Larger Foundation Grants

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The Small & Mighty Fundraising Minute delivers a quick hit of fundraising wisdom - practical, tactical ideas that you can put to use at your organization. For more tips and tools, Go to to learn about the Small & Mighty Membership program.

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The Best Kept Secret to Securing Larger Foundation Grants
Pssst... There is a secret to securing larger foundation grants for your nonprofit organization. It is probably not what you think. In fact, it is probably easier than you think. Check out my FREE guide, "Is That Small Grant Worth It?" 
October 11, 2019
Are you bold and unapologetic when you talk about your organization?
September 2, 2019
Silly Mistakes Can be Blessings in Disguise
A funny anecdote from an Oscar-winning actress reinforces the idea that sometimes your silly mistakes can be your biggest blessings.
July 29, 2019
“Wish You Were Here!”: Fun Tips for Summertime Donor Connections
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.
July 3, 2019
Who Is Your “Nun”?
Can you find inspiration from an unexpected source? Is there someone you are overlooking? Who is your “Nun”?
June 3, 2019
Build an Event that Looks and Feels Like YOUR Organization!
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.
May 7, 2019
Recycle Your Content!
Tips for recycling and reusing content (article, data, research, photos, etc.) so you can make the most of your time and resources.
April 25, 2019
Deal alert!
One week left to join the Small & Mighty Membership program at the lower annual rate! (Of course, the podcast will always be free!)
April 22, 2019
How to Ask Better Questions and Create Deeper Connections
Ask the kinds of questions that will help donors, volunteers, board members, and others connect more deeply with your nonprofit.
April 11, 2019
Don’t Pursue that “Moonshot” Donor
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.
March 12, 2019
Helping Your Board Members Thrive
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
February 12, 2019
The Perfect versus The Good
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?
January 30, 2019
Adventures in Network Marketing
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.
January 1, 2019
Tips to Guide Your Year-End Donations!
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.
December 19, 2018
You, Inc.
You are the CEO of a company: You, Inc. For that company to thrive, you have to invest in it. Financial planning, training, marketing... it’s all part of the big picture!
December 3, 2018
Happy Giving Tuesday!
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.
November 27, 2018
Don’t forget to say “thanks!”
There is one thing you can do for your donors, volunteers, and staff that will ALWAYS be appreciated, doesn’t have to cost you a penny, and will make you feel good, too. Can you guess what it is?
November 20, 2018
Why Creativity Matters
Creativity does more than just help your work get noticed. When you practice creativity, you develop the skills that will help you create new solutions and confront challenges in unconventional ways.
November 8, 2018
What do you do when you can’t do it all?
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.
October 31, 2018
Why I Hate Elevator Speeches
Why I kinda hate “elevator speeches,” and what I suggest as an alternative, a better way to engage and build relationships with potential donors and partners.
October 24, 2018
Your Asking-For-Money Pep Talk!
Here is your asking-for-money pep talk! A few ideas to get you beyond your anxiety and doubts, so you can make the ask. You can do this!
October 19, 2018
Send Your December Fundraising Appeal in January
Given the new tax laws, should you send your organization’s annual, year-end fundraising appeal at the end of the year? Or should you send it at another time, so you can stand out from the pack?
October 16, 2018
Writing Prompt: Five Important Things
Five Important Things: a writing prompt to help you enliven your writing and bust through writers block.
October 12, 2018
The Biggest Proposal Budget Mistake
What is the biggest mistake that nonprofits make when they are putting together their proposal budgets? (Other than bad math... Don’t even talk to me about bad math...)
October 9, 2018
Ask for Money or Advice?
There is an old adage in fundraising: Ask for money, get advice. Ask for advice, get money. Which should you do?
October 6, 2018
To Gala or Not to Gala?
What are the hidden costs of your fundraising event?
October 3, 2018
Corporate Giving or Corporate Sponsorship?
What’s the difference between corporate giving and corporate sponsorship? Which is right for your organization or event?
October 3, 2018
What’s a 990, and What Should You Look For in There?
You may have heard people talking about a charitable foundation’s “990.” What is it, why does it matter, and what is the most important thing to look for in that document?
October 2, 2018
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