Steven Shattuck

About Steven Shattuck

Steven Shattuck is Chief Engagement Officer at Bloomerang. A prolific writer and speaker, Steven is a contributor to "Fundraising Principles and Practice: Second Edition" and volunteers his time on the Project Work Group of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, is an AFP Center for Fundraising Innovation (CFI) committee member, and sits on the faculty of the Institute for Charitable Giving.

Remembering John Haydon

In the documentary Walk With Me, Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh is asked by a young girl how she can get over the sadness of the death of her dog. After contemplating the question for a moment, he suggests that she think of a cloud. "Suppose you look into the sky [...]

By |2020-02-10T07:46:15-05:00February 10th, 2020|Nonprofit Sector|

3 Reasons Why Nonprofits Shouldn’t Have 1920s/Gatsby-Themed Fundraising Galas

Now that we've entered a new decade (by that I mean it's now the 2020s; I know there wasn't a year zero or whatever), an ever-popular theme for fundraising events has renewed life: the 1920s or Great Gatsby-themed gala. Not since 2013 when the Leonardo DiCaprio-led movie adaptation was released [...]

3 Nonprofit New Year’s Eve Emails That Thanked Instead of Asked

Over the last few years, New Year's Eve has started to feel a little bit like Giving Tuesday, with a flood of email appeals touting expiring match opportunities, goal shortfalls and giving deadlines bordering on aggressive. [spoken in a curmudgeon's voice] Spending some time today unsubscribing from nonprofit emails. Like [...]

By |2019-01-30T11:16:07-05:00January 3rd, 2019|Donor Communications, Year-End Fundraising|

7 Ways That Surveying Donors Empowers Fundraisers

There’s no shortage of things the experts say fundraisers should be doing: handwritten notes, donor visits, thank you phone calls, bequest marketing; the list goes on and on. It can be overwhelming when you’re bogged down planning an event that your leadership team insists on, or when you’re simply trying [...]

Anatomy of a Stellar First-Time Donor Gift Acknowledgement

Meet Sarah Willey, Director of Development at Great Rivers Environmental Law Center and my new fundraising hero. She's out here fighting for Missouri's environment while showing off her donor communications skills. I don't know why she attended one of my recent webinars on donor retention (because she should be the [...]

By |2018-08-22T09:08:46-04:00August 22nd, 2018|Bloomies, Donor Communications, Gift Acknowledgment|