Tag Archives: Fundraiser

5 Tips for Election Year Fundraising

July 29, 2016 — 

Are donors more cash-strapped during an election year? Survey says… Now that the national nominating conventions are over for the country’s two largest political parties, many nonprofits are left wondering how the coming general election will shape their own fundraising campaigns. As…Read more…

Assessing Charity Navigator’s New Ranking System

July 7, 2016 — 

New nonprofit rating system changes evaluation methods for revenue and administrative costs Earlier this year, Charity Navigator announced it would be introducing a new charity rating methodology, dubbed CN 2.1. The updated version of the charity rating system consists mainly of changes made to…Read more…

Cause Marketing For Every Nonprofit

May 30, 2016 — 

If you’ve ever seen or heard the phrase “a portion of the proceeds will be donated,” then you may already familiar with cause marketing. Cause marketing is when a for-profit business and a nonprofit charity combine their efforts to benefit each other…Read more…

Nonprofit Advocacy Done Right

April 28, 2016 — 

Pause a moment to reflect on your nonprofit’s mission. Is it to perpetually write grant proposals? Make phone calls asking for donations? Write emails? Probably not. More than likely, your nonprofit was initially founded because there was a need and…Read more…

STUDY: Growth Trends in Fundraising

April 20, 2016 — 

A new study was recently released that highlights growth trends in online fundraising, advocacy, and nonprofit organizing. The 10th annual M+R Benchmarks Study, dubbed “Benchmarks X”, examines growth trends in 2015 data collected from over 100 organizations across multiple sectors of the…Read more…

Wounded Warrior Heats Up the Overhead Debate

March 29, 2016 — 

Wounded Warrior Project reveals how criticism over spending and overhead costs could threaten more nonprofits By now, chances are good that you have probably heard about the shakeup earlier this month at The Wounded Warrior Project. The already well-known nonprofit became something of…Read more…

REPORT: How Do Your Fundraising Campaigns Stack Up?

February 2, 2016 — 

The Nonprofit Research Collaborative released its annual Special Report on Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns and it’s chock full of great information for nonprofits of any size. The Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) conducts surveys twice a year. This survey covered capital, endowment,…Read more…

The Best Practice Fundraisers Aren’t Practicing

November 26, 2015 — 

There are many obstacles to overcome to become a master fundraiser. But the biggest roadblock for many is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of alienating your donors. Fear of being perceived as something you are not. Fear of rejection. Thankfully, there…Read more…

Creating Nonprofit Visual Impact

November 23, 2015 — 

Hack your nonprofit’s “elevator pitch” with visuals to attract donors more quickly and effectively. In today’s high-speed world, attention spans are shorter than ever. (Even shorter than that of a goldfish.) Nowadays, instead of getting our news the old-fashioned way — 60 Minutes,…Read more…

The Care & Feeding of Major Donors

November 11, 2015 — 

However you define them, major donors mean big business for nonprofits. This is why major donors can often seem intimidating to many fundraisers, even seasoned development officers with great track records. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Read on for…Read more…

3 Brand Building Rules for Successful Nonprofits

October 28, 2015 — 

Back in 1998 I took over a website for a struggling faith-based organization. The project came on referral from a successful client who asked me if I could “help out a friend”. As we got deeper into the project, it…Read more…

5 Fundraising Lessons from 2016 Presidential Candidates

July 24, 2015 — 

While most nonprofits can’t enlist the help of Super PACs to raise millions, there are still plenty of fundraising and marketing lessons to learn from the current crop of presidential hopefuls. According to the Federal Elections Commission, over $400 million has already…Read more…

[WEBINAR] Workplace Giving Success Stories

January 28, 2015 — 

2014 StratusLIVE Online Workplace Giving Campaign Software Success At StratusLIVE, we understand how critically important online workplace giving campaigns are to the United Way community. That’s why we decided to check in with United Ways who had recently implemented StratusLIVE’s Online Workplace Giving software….Read more…

5 Biggest Benefits of Bulldozing Your Data Silos

January 15, 2015 — 

Nobody likes silos—well, except maybe farmers. Many nonprofit organizations continue to put information into silos. We call these disconnected applications “point solutions”: one product for marketing, another for volunteer and event management, and something else for donor profiles. These silos have a direct…Read more…