Category Archives: Nonprofit

End of the Year Appeals: Intro Paragraph


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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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Is That Income Unearned or Contributed?


Is That Income Unearned or Contributed? From Shana Ross, the Development Shrink, comes this really good article on the difference between unearned and contributed income. “When you work yourself to the point of exhaustion trying to bring in enough contributions … 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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Thoughts on Writing Your Own Grants


Hope you had a great Fourth of July. I spent a good deal of my time writing a grant proposal. Not for a client. For me. It has been a long time since I wrote a proposal for my own … 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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Your Proposal Is Rejected. Now What?


When some nonprofits get the rejection notice, the staff takes it as — well, rejection. They get depressed or angry. They curse the funder. They rail at the cosmos. They feel personally rejected. Simmer down, people. Savvy fundraisers can use rejection to … 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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