Monthly Archives: February 2013

Bullsh#t Bingo – Part 4

It’s that time again! Let’s look at some words that are like garlic to my fundraising vampire. Keep them out of your major gifts events, proposals and meetings and you will live forever. 1. Metrics It’s not that I’m a … Continue reading

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They Won’t Fund “Salaries.” What Do You Do Now?

This one really fries my egg. You fundraise for an NGO with staff on the front lines who feed the homeless, vaccinate the puppies, argue for legal rights, and counsel mental health patients, but your would-be funder says they “won’t … Continue reading

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Delicious Donor Stewardship Ideas

This one’s all about the love – donor love. Remember my first stewardship piece covering the basics for personalized, impact-focused donor updates? Well, here’s the promised follow-up with some specific ideas you can try out back at the ranch. Our … Continue reading

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The Dos and Don’ts of First-Time Fundraising

This issue is grim death for the many smaller organizations that are dealing with a reduction (or end) of government funding. Seriously – I get about two calls a month asking for advice on how to plan for first-time-ever fundraising. … Continue reading

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Stewardship That Will Help You Sleep at Night

When I can’t sleep at night, I blame Imagine Canada’s sector monitor reports.  They do a fantastic job of freaking me out about donor churn and the competition over charitable dollars. Fundraising 101 tells us that the secret to controlling … Continue reading

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