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Monthly Archives: May, 2011

Tell Your Story With Video

Have you jumped on the video bandwagon yet? Creating short videos can help you connect with your constituency and make them feel part of your organization.  Messages from administration, event recaps and case statement presentations are all great ways to engage the public. When producing videos, here are a few tips: 1) Set up a YouTube […]

Prospective Donors — Lend Me Your Ears

To effectively sell your nonprofit’s mission and projects, be prepared to present your case repeatedly to numerous audiences. Whether one on one or a targeted small or large group session, employ this checklist for effective preparation and delivery. SPEAKER TIPS: – Do you have a clear purpose of what you want your listeners to learn, believe, be able to do, or […]

Do You Need To Study?

Is a formal feasibility study necessary when starting a major fundraising project?  Not always. Oftentimes a nonprofit through its existing leadership may be able to identify major gifts. Fundraising potential is primarily determined by those lead gifts. If your existing development leadership can determine top prospects and reasonable gift amounts, a study may not be […]

Name that Campaign

Want some inspirational and successful themes nonprofits have used in their capital campaigns?  Try some of these: Healthy Futures, Envision the Most, Healthy (Your Community), Giving Feels Good, Making a World of Difference, Because They Deserve a Chance, Small Investment/Big Return, Every Gift Counts, Imagine the Possibilities, Touch the Future, Your Partnership Matters, Make Someone […]

State Your Case

Fundraising success results from effectively sharing your story, connecting with prospects, and making the “right” asks.  A strong case for support  jumpstarts your efforts, so allow time during the inception of any new project to create not only your written “sales” presentation, but also your board’s salient talking points. Preparing your case statement is an […]

Board Members are Made, Not Born

Why doesn’t your board raise money?  Board members are typically committed and connected in some way to your nonprofit, or they would not have been nominated and appointed in the first place. Some already support you financially, or if not your organization specifically, they are known for their interest or generosity.  Logic says, “Simple – […]

Philanthropy Picks Up Steam

While donations declined during the recession, multiple indicators show contributions are inching back up as the economy recovers. Some encouraging statistics are as follows: Amednews.com (American Medical News), reports that the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, a coalition of fundraising and philanthropic organizations, just completed an online survey of almost 2000 professionals.  Results shows 43% of participating […]

Fact Tell but Stories Sell

Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools in fundraising. Compelling testimonials about your nonprofit are invaluable and can be effectively used in asks, acknowledgments, or simply educating about your project. Donors tend to give more when presented with a story about an individual as opposed to a presentation of abstract numbers and data about […]

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