Raising Funds in Tough Times

This article was originally published during the 2008 financial crisis. It has been republished here with permission from the Panas estate. It's a puzzling phenomenon. It may seem counterintuitive, but in tough financial times people actually give more. But they give to organizations they care greatly about. Those organizations that [...]

Top 7 Steps to Developing a Major Gift Portfolio in any Sized Fundraising Shop

Individual giving is the backbone of a diversified fundraising program, with over 70% of all charitable gifts made by individuals. And, major gifts are the ultimate in transformational engagement. What many may not realize is that major gifts can be done in any sized fundraising shop. The misnomer that you [...]

By |2020-03-02T15:50:52-05:00March 3rd, 2020|Donor Engagement, Fundraising, Major Gifts|

3 Strategies to Find a Fundraising Role for Every Board Member

In Part 1 (Boards Need Staff to Support Scary Fundraising Role) of this two-part series about helping nonprofit board members overcome their fear of fundraising, we looked at reframing ‘yucky’ fundraising with ‘loving’ philanthropy. Since it’s the role of staff to step up to the plate to help donors understand [...]

By |2020-01-31T14:40:12-05:00February 3rd, 2020|Fundraising, Nonprofit Boards, Philanthropy|

How to Overcome Common Donor Resistance

In Part 1 of this two-part series on handling donor resistance we covered some of the reasons hesitations and objections are normal, and nothing to be feared. Rather, they present an opportunity to get to know your donor prospect better and potentially forge an even stronger relationship. There is one [...]

By |2020-01-13T15:35:06-05:00January 14th, 2020|Fundraising, Major Gifts|