Category Archives: Donations

End of the Year Appeals: Mission Statement


Your mission statement is a living document that changes over time. Continue reading

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End of the Year Appeals: Intro Paragraph


The intro paragraph conveys the entire message of your letter. The reader knows who you are, and why you are sending a letter. Continue reading

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It’s autumn. The leaves are changing. Kids are going back to school. Time to start working on your year-end appeals letter. Individuals give most of their donations in December. Nonprofits can get 50%-80% of their income at the end of … Continue reading

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How To Get Funded: Advice from a Donor’s Mouth


Ever wonder why some nonprofits get donations year after year, while some languish in the desert of Nodonorland? Here is a good blog from a donor that lays it out: how he and his wife make decisions. This section stood … Continue reading

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Types of Nonprofit Income


I met a new client yesterday. He had an exciting nonprofit theater, about 18 months old. He wanted to know about making a budget. But he didn’t understand the different types of income he should be considering. I know lots of … Continue reading

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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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Four Resources So Your Writing Doesn’t Suck


Sucky writing is easy. Anyone can do it. I was on a plane yesterday. The only reading material were trade magazines left by an insurance agent. I got a snootful of  sucky writing. To be fair, the writers were salesmen … 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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