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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Mistake #4 – Getting in a Rut with Special Events

“We have to start planning the gala for next year!” These are dreaded words. Many people I know who work in fundraising can’t stand special events. Others see them as a necessary evil. Some of the reasons fundraisers don’t like special events include: they take too much time, they are the same thing every year…

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