On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes #GivingTuesday, a charitable holiday fueled by the power of the global social media community that takes place this year on November 29. Kicking off the charitable giving season, #GivingTuesday aims to unite communities around the world in order to accomplish one goal: to celebrate and encourage giving. In 2015, #GivingTuesday raised $116.7 million online from over 700,000 donors in 71 countries. This year, the holiday is projected to raise over...Read more

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Three years into a stalled capital campaign, an arts nonprofit finally engineered bond financing in order to build the facility that the then-executive director and the board were determined to have.  A consultant was hired, changes were made, but despite all that, the campaign wasn’t completely successful.  Now, with the building built and five years removed from the campaign, the organization...Read more

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a nonprofit plunge head-first into a capital campaign.  

Here’s the scenario: A capital campaign gets fast tracked to start. Great, right? Well, no feasibility study has been performed. An astronomically high goal is set, because, hey, why not? This is a great organization, right? The board of directors is totally gung-ho, but they’re hand’s off. The CEO thinks it’s a great idea, but is also hand’s off. Everybody is on board except …

You guessed it. The Development Team.  

Have you ever felt as if you were thrown under the bus...Read more

Events put the fun in fundraising. It’s your party and you can do whatever you want to. Fundraising events get donors and nonprofits in the same room to forge stronger bonds, start new relationships, and bring in money. There’s little downside.

They just take care and planning. Both of which you’ll be able to handle as long as you put in the work. Use these three best practices to know where to focus your limited time and resources.

Get the course of your fundraiser mapped out and it will be full steam ahead.Read more

The end of the year is approaching sooner than anyone would like to admit. That means that year-end fundraising planning is beginning (or, has already started) to pop up left and right.

It is easy to understand why. On average, charities bring in 40% of their annual donations at the close of the year. Given statistics like that, nonprofits are always looking for the best ways to capitalize on the fall fundraising momentum.

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