Let’s face it — fundraising can be hard and complicated. It’s a balance of traditional marketing (reaching the right people with the right product at the right time with the … Read More
It’s the pretty stuff that does the heavy lifting
You’ve searched. You’ve critiqued. You’ve conversed. You’ve prayed, studied, and assessed. Finally, you’ve hired your agency. Hiring your agency of choice is not the end of a long process, it’s … Read More
Remember Who Holds Us Fast
Things feel difficult and have felt that way for a while, and it seems like they might get more difficult before they get easier. Within my family, the feelings of … Read More
Being thoughtful and being thankful
Every morning, near the start of my prayer time, I do this methodically: I think of three things that I’m thankful for and for each I give thanks to God. … Read More
Do you have a taste for testing?
The point is not that you should do this specific test, or that your results would be this impressive. It’s that you should be testing regularly and wisely to find the most promising opportunities for your organization. The nonprofits that are charging hard toward double-digit growth test constantly to learn and innovate.
Do donors remember the stories we tell?
We get questions. Like this one: Can my organization use the same story multiple times?
The answer is: Yes. And we do that. Occasionally. We tell the same story, especially a powerful one, in an appeal and newsletter a month or two apart, and also in a coordinating e-appeal. I’ve never once heard a client say, “We got a call from a donor who asked why we retold this story.”
It’s All About the Need
Even the most donor-focused nonprofits tend to talk a lot about their success. And who could blame them? Through their good work, the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, … Read More
What top nonprofits are doing to maintain momentum in 2021
Last week, we had the privilege of hosting more than a dozen regional and national ministries for a two-day summit. Following are a few themes that emerged from the summit: … Read More
Rescue mission fundraising priorities in 2021
Following such a tremendous year in terms of new donor acquisition, a key priority in 2021 is the retention and cultivation of the new donors into year number two. In our work with nonprofits, new donor conversion and retention strategies are a top focus in 2021.
2020 was unprecedented (there’s that word again)!
2021 has already proven to be just as unpredictable and as — here’s that word again — unprecedented as 2020. But as we move into the year, we are doing so with a whole new group of donors. These new and reactivated donors are proving generous and are converting.