Highlights from Giving USA 2015

Want to have your finger on the pulse of what’s happening with fundraising in our great country? The best way to do that is the check out the annual report on philanthropy: Giving USA. Every year, I use this report to educate nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteer fundraisers about the trends in philanthropy. If…

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How I Fell in Love with Fundraising

Wait, did you read that right? Does someone out there actually LOVE to do fundraising? It’s true. I have loved fundraising since high school, when we first got to know each other. Now we have a long-term committed relationship that gets better every year! Last week three of my nieces graduated from high school. One…

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Mistake #5 – Not Having an Annual Fundraising Plan

The fifth and final mistake I see many nonprofits make is not having an annual fundraising plan. They set their budget goals, but don’t actually break down those goals into some kind of action plan. In fact, I see lots of organizations that set a budget goal that’s higher than last year, but then proceed…

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