Donor-Centered Nonprofit Annual Reports

It’s long been a time-honored custom to publish nonprofit annual reports, showcasing your organization’s mission, programs, accomplishments and financials, for supporters and the general public. Yet it’s a resource-intensive endeavor that bears examination if you want to maximize your return on investment. Begin by asking: Why are we doing this? [...]

By |2019-05-31T14:38:58-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Donor Communications, Reporting|

Playing the Long Game in Fundraising Because Year-End Fundraising Success Doesn’t Just Magically Happen

Right now, year-end fundraising season probably seems far away. Far away enough that you’ve got other tasks to prioritize. You’ll get around to planning your year-end campaign in the Fall when it’s a higher priority. But here’s the thing – if you want to have a successful campaign – year-end [...]

4 Principles for Authentic Donor Communications that Build Relationships

Non-profits are operating in a time that is increasingly noisy and fraught with competition for attention. Organizations have taken to using frequency and volume of communications to capture that attention. But as I tell my students and clients, trying to be the loudest megaphone is not a viable strategy for [...]

By |2019-05-01T07:59:11-04:00May 1st, 2019|Donor Communications, Donor Engagement, Storytelling|

Rethinking Awareness Campaigns to Magnify Your Nonprofit’s Reach

Nonprofits turn to awareness campaigns to increase their visibility and ride the wave of relevancy, often as part of designated awareness weeks and months. While there’s some good advice out there for putting together a campaign that drives people to act, the traditional marketing funnel is failing us when it [...]

By |2019-04-18T09:09:21-04:00April 18th, 2019|Donor Communications, Donor Retention, Nonprofit Marketing|

Content that Builds Your Organization’s Narrative and Donor Relationships

At this point, it may be safe to say that we know the value of content for our organization’s fundraising program. Content – especially for annual giving donors – helps us build relationships by thanking, stewarding, and cultivating donors. It’s content that does the legwork when we can’t make personal [...]

By |2019-04-02T11:08:43-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Donor Communications, Donor Engagement, Storytelling|

3 Tips for Building Better Donor Relationships

Through the introduction of text-to-give, social media fundraising, and online giving, combined with the chance to reach thousands of your targeted demographic with $20 in Facebook ads, people wonder if the time-consuming efforts of getting to “Know-thy-donor” and relationship building are still worth it. Can’t an organization raise more just [...]

By |2019-03-12T12:32:35-04:00March 13th, 2019|Donor Communications, Donor Engagement, Major Gifts|