Category Archives: development

Getting Where You Want to Go

I am of many minds about a number of things:  feasibility studies, strategic planning, endowment, special events, to name a few.  It’s not that I am against any of these, but I am adverse to anyone thinking they are necessary … Continue reading

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Know Thy Donors

There are approximately 1.4 million nonprofits in the US, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, and fewer than 50,000 or so use any type of professional fundraising and constituent relationship management (CRM) software. I don’t remember where I … Continue reading

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Development Dysfunction

A just released report from Compass Point, Underdeveloped, A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising relates—unsurprisingly—that fundraising and fundraisers are not experiencing success.  Moreover, nonprofit leaders are unhappy with the people they hire, who in turn, are not happy … Continue reading

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Breaking Down Fundraising Barriers

Whenever I talk with Boards about the barriers they face in fundraising, it all comes down to act of asking someone for money.  There is the fear of being told no; the fear that the person they are asking will … Continue reading

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Fundraising Versus Development

We use the words interchangeably, but in actuality, they are quit different.  Fundraising is the actions you take to raise funds.  Period. It is the things you do to bring in money for your organization or your business.  It conjures … Continue reading

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