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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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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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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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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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