Fundraising quick tips

We’re fundraising in a new landscape and you might feel like you’re spinning 5 different plates at one time. You don’t have time to research fundraising best practices and guides.

You’ve come to the right place.

In just a few minutes, you can learn some quick fundraising tips and ideas you can put to use right now. Want more templates and resources? Sign up to Power Up Your Fundraising to receive our monthly newsletter and unlock a whole treasure chest of webinar recordings, e-guides, templates, and other materials to help you fundraise at your very best.


WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I CAN DO TO MAKE 2019 BETTER IN TERMS OF REVENUE?

This is the question I was asked recently by a fundraiser at a small nonprofit. Check out my quick tips to learn how to be at your fundraising best this year.


What do i need to do to raise more money this week?

That's the question I want you to ask yourself each week to build a culture of donor engagement that is more than just asking for money. Here I offer a few tips to consider building your habit of connecting with your donors each and every day...and it isn't always about asking for money!


How do I make the issues that affect my nonprofit affect those I’m asking for money?

This question was recently posted to me from a nonprofit leader. This question gets at the root of understanding donor motivation and who our best supporters are. Check out my thoughts on how you can apply this to your nonprofit.


What are the fundraising trends to watch this year?

We are in new fundraising territory. So, what can we expect in 2019? There are some great reports that have posited what fundraising trends we need to look for this year. Here are my three takeaways. If you'd like to see the reports I found useful, sign up for my newsletter where I give them a shout out and offer recommendations for how to apply these trends to your nonprofit this year.


I CAN'T SEEM TO GET OUT OF THE OFFICE TO VISIT PROSPECTIVE AND CURRENT DONORS. WHAT DO I DO?

I can totally relate because for the first half of my career I was a front-line fundraiser at nonprofits and constantly juggled trying to meet internal demands and deadlines with the need to be out visiting with our supporters. What proved to be the most satisfying part of my job? You guessed it, meeting donors and potential donors every. single. time. Check out my latest video to find out how I recommend you try to find this balance in your own work demands.


My board talks disparagingly about fundraising calling it arm twisting. What do I do?

I've rarely met a nonprofit board that really likes fundraising. If they think fundraising is only about endlessly asking their friends to support an organization that might or might not interest them, then, yes! You can see why they get turned off to do anything to grow your fund development. Check out my latest Fundraising Quick Tip to learn more about how to turn your board around to like fundraising (note, I didn't say "love"...baby steps here).


Is your organization tone deaf?

How often do nonprofits really listen to the feedback (good and bad) from their donors? Or are they tone deaf? I believe that failing to listen to and learn from feedback from internal and external stakeholders can limit an organization's ability to grow.