10 Aug 2017
August 10, 2017

Five Basic 501c3 Fundraising Ideas

By John Connors

When I think of “basic” fundraising, I’m thinking about direct mail, email, online, and telemarketing campaigns. They are the bread and butter of nonprofit fundraising. It’s all part of what I wrote about in “10 Nonprofit Fundraising Best Practices.” 

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20 Jul 2017
July 20, 2017

Nonprofit Development Manager Salary Range

By John Connors

In any organization, for profit or nonprofit, results are a direct reflection of the work done by their employees. Compensation for those employees is certainly a big factor in who they can hire in the first place and over the long run decides who they can keep on their staff. 

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27 Jun 2017
June 27, 2017

3 Creative Ways to Raise More Awareness for Your Organization

By John Connors

Raising more awareness is critical for the success of your organization. But before we dive into three creative ways to do just that, let’s make sure you’ve done your homework around branding and inbound marketing for your organization.

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01 Jun 2017
June 01, 2017

Five Ways to Supercharge Your Donor Data

By John Connors

Now that you have your donor list in some sort of manageable database, rather than sticky notes and spreadsheets, it is time to engage in donor data enrichment. That is, you can now take your existing list and leverage it to not only enhance what you already know about your donors but also use it to connect to other likely donors. 

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18 May 2017
May 18, 2017

What Nonprofit Donors Want to See From Their Contributions

By John Connors

To our way of thinking, nonprofit donors are looking for a few key pieces of information prior to considering any donation. Then, after they’ve made that first investment, the information they need to affirm their initial decision and motivate them to make that next donation are pretty much the same. Here’s our take on what nonprofit donors want to see from their contributions. 

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11 May 2017
May 11, 2017

Nonprofit Fundraising Compliance 101

By John Connors

Some people feel that since they are a nonprofit and doing good for others that they should be given any latitude needed to accomplish their mission. Or, perhaps they just need to apologize and do better next time if they do run afoul of any law or regulation. 

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04 May 2017
May 04, 2017

The State of Online Fundraising

By John Connors

Blackbaud reports that in 2016 charitable giving grew 1% during 2015. Online giving—one of the bright spots—grew nearly 8%. Yet online fundraising represents only 7% of overall fundraising.

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30 Mar 2017
March 30, 2017

Tips for Growing, Managing a 501c3 Organization

By John Connors

The Blackbaud Institute recently released its 5th Annual Charitable Giving Report covering 2016 results across nearly 7,000 nonprofits. The news is somewhat sobering. 

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09 Mar 2017
March 09, 2017

The Best Charitable Video Examples for Making Your Donors Cry

By John Connors

I’m reasonably sure that it’s not typically one of your objectives to make your donors cry. But engaging them emotionally is the key to involving them in your cause as a supporter, volunteer, and donor.

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02 Mar 2017
March 02, 2017

Seven Productivity Tools to Help You Raise More Funds in 2017

By John Connors

As you look over all your fundraising plans for the year along with a long list of aggressive goals, it can be overwhelming. I’ll bet you need to double or even triple your efforts to achieve all that you’d like for 2017. 

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