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Which Monthly Giving Campaign is Right for You?

November 14, 2018

Several months ago, I wrote about building a better monthly donor file for your organization. If you missed it, you can check it out here. Since then, a number of questions have come up about the different types of channels and campaigns available for monthly donor acquisition. Monthly donors remain some of the most valuable and sought-after […]

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How Small Charities Can Win Big At Fundraising

October 29, 2018

Small charities are near and dear to my heart. They tend to be more agile and nimble. The small team of staff and volunteers usually have their hands directly involved in the work. There’s a lot of passion. There are so many strengths, but often smaller charities aren’t as good at using those strengths to […]

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How to Build a Road Map to Success

September 17, 2018

It can be difficult to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there if you don’t have a map. Without a magic GPS unit for your direct mail projects, you’re going to need a critical path. If you work with an agency for your direct mail program, they should provide this for […]

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Want to raise more money and awareness?

August 13, 2018

“If only more people knew about us and the great work we do, we could raise so much more money.” As a fundraiser, how many times have you heard this? And be honest, you may have even uttered those words yourself in a moment of weakness. Wanting to raise awareness, educate and share the story […]

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3 Things I Learned at the 2018 Bridge Conference

August 7, 2018

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to join over 2,000 fundraisers in Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Bridge Conference. It’s a conference I have wanted to attend for a long time. I’m happy to say it managed to meet my lofty expectations! Coming out of a whirlwind three days, I can honestly say that […]

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What Do Donors Really Want?

June 25, 2018

There have been several reports circulating over the last few months looking at charitable giving in Canada. These reports do a deep dive into how donors are feeling about charitable giving, donor motivations, what they want to receive from the charities and causes they choose to support, as well as things like how often they […]

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How To Achieve Awesomeness: A Summer Challenge for Fundraisers

June 18, 2018

We have a small tradition in our family – it’s the annual crafting of our summer “Poo-Butt List.” Now stick with me for a minute. Each summer we pull out a yellow pad of legal paper and gather around the kitchen table. We all toss out the wild things we’d like to do which can […]

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How to be a good fundraiser

June 4, 2018

I love the work I do. I admire and respect my colleagues and clients. Donors inspire me every day. I’m proud to call myself a fundraiser and I’m grateful that I found my way into this profession thirty-some years ago. I’ve watched the profession and the sector grow and change and I’ve learned a few […]

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Weathering the storm: How to talk about financial trouble

May 22, 2018

This morning, a friend and colleague sent me a sample mailing from a brand-name UK charity that he found interesting. I read it over and sort of sighed under my breath…“here we go again”. Now, this particular letter was from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution – or RNLI as it is commonly known in Britain. […]

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Lifetime Value – the Only Metric You Need!

May 7, 2018

It’s an almost mythical number that comes up in team meetings and budget discussions: donor Lifetime Value. When mentioned, heads nod. Everyone agrees – it’s important. But when was the last time you calculated the Lifetime Value of your donors? Lifetime Value (LTV) is a critical metric at the disposal of every fundraiser – one […]