Why You Shouldn’t Just Focus on the Shiny New Fundraising Trends

October 25, 2019

I’m a fundraising consultant. And, as a fundraising consultant, I’m involved in bidding on a lot of RFPs in the course of a year. These RFPs come from charities and NGOs who are looking for an agency partner that will add lots of value to their fundraising program. And usually, adding value means adding to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Planned Giving for Small Shops

June 10, 2014

Are you in a small shop? Have you been holding back on doing planned giving because you’re just too strapped for time, or have too little budget. Here’s this month’s tip: a planned giving program doesn’t have to cost very much, and if you don’t get started now, you might miss the boat. According to […]

Find direction with your major gifts compass

February 2, 2012

Just about every small to medium-sized charity I talk to struggles with major gifts. They look at the big hospitals and universities up the street and get overwhelmed. ‘They’ve got staff and money and experience. We’ve got none of that. How can we possibly compete?’ Let me start by saying that more effort on major […]

Small and Mighty: What Small Shops can learn from Big Shops

February 8, 2011

This post is a collaboration between Leah Eustace (former Principal and Chief Idea Goddess at Good Works) and John Lepp & Jen Love from Agents of Good ————————————————————————————– Recent estimates put the number of non-profits and charities in Canada at over 160,000. That’s a lot of organizations, and a very large and important part of […]