Category Archives: Crowdfunding

Donations Barely Rose Last Year


The Chronicle of Philanthropy tells us that donations from individuals are still down. And at this rate it could take 5 or 6 years for donations to recover to their pre-2007 level. What do we learn? That fundraising is a … Continue reading

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Thank Your Donors Now


We have all done it. We forgot to send out thank you notes. The mail merge screwed up and sent letters to the wrong donors. And how much do stamps cost these days? Thanks to Vanessa Chase, you now have … Continue reading

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Nonprofit Boards Make Me Crazy!


Nonprofit boards, bless their little souls. They are filled with well-meaning, intelligent people. They try their best to help the organization. But the one thing we need them to do, the biggest item on the agenda at every meeting, is … Continue reading

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How To Ask For Donations, Without Pain


OK. Let’s admit it. It’s hard to ask for money. No one likes to do it. Our parents rear us to never ask for money. It’s called begging. Dogs do it. And who wants to be a schnorrer? On the … Continue reading

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Why Are Grants Written So Badly? And How To Stop It.


Crazy sentences. Lazy verbs. Pointless paragraphs. Bad commas. We write grant proposals, business plans, donor letters, marketing copy. Writing is the foundation of everything we do. It’s how we raise money. It’s how we communicate with our board and staff. It’s … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding: Hot or Not?


Crowdfunding: Hot or Not? Crowdfunding is the hot trend in fundraising. Last year,  individual contributions through crowdfunding websites reached $2.7 billion worldwide — an 81% increase over 2011. But crowdfunding is nothing new. It’s just good old-fashioned individual solicitation, juiced up by social media. Some folks … Continue reading

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