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How to Harness the Fundraising Power of Twitch

The internet is and always has been a growing world of innovation and connectivity. In the last 15 years, online influencers and content creators have become a new form of celebrity. These content creators are ever expanding – now into live interactive content such as video live streaming on platforms such as Twitch. The internet makes […]

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11 Ways to Make the Most of the Summer Slump

Summer is an exciting time of year for outdoor activities, family vacations, and backyard BBQs. There are also plenty of opportunities for fundraising, but many nonprofits still struggle with engagement during summer months. You can use the slower summer months to focus on activities you aren’t able to prioritize when your team is swamped with donor […]

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The Nonprofit Summer Reading List

The weather is warm, summer camps are in full swing, BBQs are a weekly occurrence, and as the sixth month of the year wraps up, some organizations are already gearing up for end-of-the-year asks and setting up holiday campaign fundraising goals. While it might seem a little early to start thinking about 2020 to some […]

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5 Things That Break My Fundraising Heart

Fundraising is the perfect job for hopeless romantics because being genuinely thoughtful and compassionate with your donors makes you a remarkably better fundraiser. Many of the charities I give to do an incredible job of making me feel appreciated. I reward them by making another gift and if I really love them, making my gift […]

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Putting 6 Fundraising Fear Myths Into Perspective

Are successful fundraisers born or made? I heartily take issue with the contention that fundraising is only for a special few of us. Too many people who are virtually fearless in everything else they need to face in their personal and professional lives are terrified at the notion of asking for a gift for a […]

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How to Write a Winning Fundraising Appeal

Writing a fundraising appeal letter can be tricky. It’s not easy to translate the passion you have for your cause into words that produce results. I created my A.P.P.E.A.L.S. Fundraising Writing Framework with you, the busy nonprofit professional, in mind. I wish I had something like this when I set out to write my first […]

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How Small Nonprofits Can Acquire Major Donors

Just because your organization is small doesn’t mean it can’t bring in big donors. In fact, some of your best prospects might be right under your nose. These tips will help you find major donors by capitalizing on the connections you already have and expanding your reach in the community. Do more with your database […]

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Nonprofit Membership Programs: A How-To Guide

If you’re looking for new ways to keep your supporters engaged, consider launching a membership program. Both parties benefit here, as member fees can provide long-term financial support for your organization while supporters receive additional engagement opportunities and special perks. Use these six steps to get started. 1. Choose your type of membership program Keeping […]

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5 Versatile Fundraising Strategies for Small Nonprofits

If your nonprofit is just getting started, it’s easy to be daunted by the challenges that arise with fundraising efforts. This is especially true if you compare yourself to larger and more established organizations, which draw on brand recognition and longtime supporters to reach their goals. However, while you need to work hard, you don’t […]

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3 Annual Giving Strategies for 2019

When it comes to resources, most annual giving teams have limited time and money for annual giving appeals. Little wins add up—a donor renews her gift for $500 more than last year, a direct mail campaign motivates a larger group of donors than anticipated, more first-time donors pledge than ever before. Every little bit counts.     If you’re keeping track, you […]

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Start on a Good Note With Fundraising in 2019

We know some of you are on top of things after the holidays, but it’s not so easy for the rest of us. You know the drill—you set your resolutions with determination on New Year’s Day, but within weeks you already catch yourself losing steam (don’t worry, you’re not alone). The same decline in drive […]

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How to Start Your Own Nonprofit Sponsorship Program

Most nonprofits don’t have a surplus of cash on hand. In fact, most small to mid-size nonprofits struggle to maintain enough funds to continue their regular programming. A potential solution to this issue is a sponsorship program, a tit-for-tat transaction between your nonprofit and another company, be it a for-profit or not. Sponsorship programs aren’t for […]