Claire Axelrad

About Claire Axelrad

Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE is a fundraising visionary with 30+ years frontline development work helping organizations raise millions in support. Her award-winning blog showcases her practical approach, which earned her the AFP “Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year” award. Claire runs “Clairification School” online, teaches the CFRE course that certifies professional fundraisers, and is a regular contributor to Guidestar, NonProfit PRO and Maximize Social Business.

Hold these 4 Fundraising Truths to Be Self Evident

I’ve created for you a little “Declaration of Fundraising Independence” to help you become a fruitful philanthropy facilitator from this day forward. This Declaration incorporates what I consider to be four essential fundraising truths -- pre-conditions which must be met before you’ll be able to successfully exercise your fundraising strategies. [...]

By |2019-03-22T16:06:12-04:00March 25th, 2019|Fundraising, Prospect Research, Strategic Planning|

Become the Nonprofit Leadership Change You Want to Be Using Neuroscience

I often turn to principles of neuroscience and psychology to understand what makes folks tick. I’m particularly interested in how these principles impact decision making. Especially, the decision to become involved philanthropically. To volunteer. To affiliate. To advocate. To give. In my life as a fundraising and nonprofit marketing leader [...]

By |2019-03-18T09:05:55-04:00March 11th, 2019|Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Sustainability|

Donor Cultivation is a Terrible Thing to Waste

The early months of the calendar year tend to be when nonprofit staff turn their minds towards donor cultivation. The year-end fundraising frenzy has abated and the time feels ripe for hosting house parties, behind-the-scenes tours, getting-to-know-you coffees, and cultivation events. Noble pursuits. But… don’t lose sight of why you’re [...]

By |2019-03-04T14:17:23-04:00March 5th, 2019|Donor Engagement, Fundraising Events|