About Terry Graves

Terry Graves is the president of Graves Fowler, a leading provider of campaign strategy and communications for faith-based organizations. She helps charities, foundations, and dioceses across the nation connect with donors, communicate mission, and put faith into action. With over 35 years of experience in the industry, Terry has created strong branding, award-winning campaigns, and record-setting fundraising results for numerous organizations. Terry is a frequent blogger on how to engage with a faith-based audience in fresh, contemporary ways.

10 Steps for Dioceses to Shift Annual Appeals To Monthly Giving Programs

Dioceses and archdioceses typically conduct annual appeals at the beginning of the year. Most diocesan appeals are aligned with the Cardinal, Archbishop or Bishop, and serve many needs across the diocese involving education, worship or social services. A common practice is to repeat the campaign year after year, trying to [...]

By |2021-01-25T19:03:30-05:00January 27th, 2021|Donor Communications, Fundraising, Monthly Giving|

7 Mission-Driven Practices For Nonprofits to Prevail During the Pandemic

Amidst the country’s ongoing shelter-at-home restrictions, the economy remains in flux, and everything seems very unsure and unstable. It’s hard to watch the evening news without feeling your stomach tighten. You may be feeling like life has gone from a sprint, to a marathon, to a double marathon. And you’re [...]

By |2021-09-09T11:47:42-04:00May 19th, 2020|COVID-19 / Coronavirus, Nonprofit Sustainability|

5 Steps to Communicate Effectively with Donors When Scandal Hits

Every so often, a scandal puts a nonprofit all over social media, newspaper headlines, and the evening news. For those of us working within those organizations, it can be a heart-wrenching time. Whether you are actively involved in communications, development, or administrative roles, a scandal can make the core foundation [...]

By |2018-11-19T13:28:10-05:00October 10th, 2018|Donor Communications, Nonprofit Sustainability|

The Virtue of Being an “All Ears” Fundraiser

“I’m all ears…” in other words, “You have my undivided attention.” Listening is one of the most important skills we have for building effective relationships, especially when we’re trying to attract supporters and donors. Relationships are also the key to achieving the mission of your organization. Bottom line — “all [...]

By |2021-09-20T11:18:41-04:00May 4th, 2018|Donor Loyalty, Fundraiser|
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