9 Donor Stewardship Ideas to Keep Your Donors Feeling Connected While Practicing Social Distancing

Proper donor stewardship is incredibly important for any nonprofit in the best of times — it makes your donors feel appreciated and engaged, establishes a stronger emotional tie with your organization and could make or break their decision to make another gift. In the worst of times — say, for [...]

5 Action Strategies to Supercharge Crisis Fundraising Success

Now is a time to communicate more, not less, to sustain and build mutually beneficial relationships with constituents. People feel isolated and frustrated about the fact they aren't having the impact they used to have, in business or their community. You can help alleviate their exasperation! Right now is still the [...]

Crisis of Confidence: Your Nonprofit’s Worst Fundraising Enemy

If you’re going dark on your donors right now out of fear – real, misplaced or some combination thereof – you’re doing everyone a disservice. Your organization, and all those who rely on your continued existence, will be left in the lurch without donor support.  I mean it! Donors don’t [...]

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|