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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.

[ASK AN EXPERT] Is There A Good Way To Raise Funds To Retire A Debt Or Pay For Something Retroactively?

Our Ask An Expert series features real questions answered by Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE, our very own Fundraising Coach, also known as Charity Clairity. Today's question comes from a grant writer who wants advice on how to apply for grant funds if you've already made the purchase.   Dear Charity Clairity, [...]

By |2021-10-18T11:17:12-04:00October 23rd, 2021|Ask An Expert, Grants|

[ASK AN EXPERT] When Should You Go Back to In-Person Events?

Our Ask An Expert series features real questions answered by Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE, our very own Fundraising Coach, also known as Charity Clairity. Today's question comes from a board member who wants advice on hosting in-person events vs. continuing with virtual fundraising.   Dear Charity Clairity, I’m on the board [...]

By |2021-09-27T08:44:14-04:00September 28th, 2021|Ask An Expert, Fundraising Events|

[ASK AN EXPERT] Is An Investment In Wealth Screening Useful Before A Capital Campaign?

Our Ask An Expert series features real questions answered by Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE, our very own Fundraising Coach, also known as Charity Clairity. Today's question comes from a nonprofit employee who wants advice on whether or not it's useful to invest in wealth screening before a capital campaign.    [...]

By |2021-09-16T14:06:19-04:00September 20th, 2021|Ask An Expert, Prospect Research|

Learn How to Guide Nonprofit Leaders Toward the Truth Instead of Letting Them Rely on Their Opinions

In much of our culture, we glorify opinions over facts. At one place I worked, the executive director gleefully presented everyone on the management team with a sweatshirt as a team-building gift. It said “Maven University: Opinion above Knowledge.”  I was embarrassed to wear it. Everyone else seemed to find [...]

By |2021-09-09T15:52:13-04:00September 13th, 2021|Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Sector|

[ASK AN EXPERT] How Do You Persuade Boards To Scale Back Events In Favor Of More Cost-Effective Fundraising Strategies?

Our Ask An Expert series features real questions answered by Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE, our very own Fundraising Coach, also known as Charity Clairity. Today's question comes from a nonprofit employee who wants advice on how to persuade their board to scale back events and focus on fundraising strategies that [...]

By |2021-08-24T10:36:30-04:00September 11th, 2021|Ask An Expert, Fundraising, Fundraising Events, Nonprofit Boards|

Why You Should Do A Cost-Benefit Analysis Before Throwing Your Next Nonprofit Fundraising Event

I confess to having a love/hate relationship with fundraising events. I love them as a major donor cultivation tool, but I hate them for everything else! At its best, a nonprofit fundraising event is fun. These events divert attention from one-to-one fundraising efforts, which can be intimidating. After all, it’s [...]

By |2021-09-03T12:20:31-04:00September 7th, 2021|Fundraising Events, Strategic Planning|

Giving USA 2021 Key Findings: How to Retain and Upgrade Nonprofit Donors Before Year’s End

If you’re wondering what the future holds for fundraising, you’re not alone. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re living through tumultuous times. So much of what we thought we knew about the world has been turned topsy-turvy. What might this mean for philanthropy and fundraising moving forward? There were many at [...]

By |2021-08-25T13:50:54-04:00August 30th, 2021|Data, Donor Retention, Research|
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