Major Gifts

The 10 Biggest In-Person Ask Blunders

For the last three years, I’ve devoted virtually every day to the challenge of training professionals and especially volunteer fundraisers to overcome the fear of asking for gifts for their favorite nonprofits. There are a variety of ways to raise private money including grant writing, special events, telethons, posting on [...]

By |2021-06-11T12:51:52-04:00June 16th, 2021|Fundraising, Major Gifts|

4 Strategies to Tweak Major Donor Approaches to Raise More Money

A recent report unearthed key areas where small changes by major gift officers to tweak major donor approaches could reap large benefits for their nonprofits. “Transforming Partnerships with Major Donors,” by the Leadership Story Lab, which works with companies and organizations on messaging, delved into what motivates the wealthy to [...]

By |2021-03-10T15:41:45-05:00March 15th, 2021|Major Gifts, Strategic Planning|

Simple Tips to Ask for Major Gifts

At some point in your nonprofit career, you may have heard about a multimillion-dollar gift being given to a charity and thought, “5 million dollars? What a generous gift!” Maybe from where you sat it looked effortless like a big gift fell out of the sky into the fundraiser’s lap [...]

By |2020-12-07T12:10:54-05:00January 6th, 2021|Donor Cultivation, Major Gifts|

[ASK AN EXPERT] How Much of a MGO’s Time Should Be Set Aside for Special Events?

Our Ask An Expert series features real questions answered by Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE, our very own Fundraising Coach, also known as Charity Clairity. Today's question comes from a major gift fundraiser who isn't sure how to persuade their boss to excuse them from tasks (like events) that aren't priorities [...]

By |2021-01-25T14:01:25-05:00December 12th, 2020|Ask An Expert, Fundraiser, Fundraising Events, Major Gifts|

3 Challenges That Stop Development Directors from Pursuing Major Gifts

Are you trapped on the small-dollar spin-cycle, spending all your time on fundraising activities that can’t fully-fund your organization and help you grow?  If you’re going to get out of it, you need to prioritize the fundraising activities that give you the highest ROI. That’s right, I’m talking about major [...]

By |2020-11-20T09:23:44-05:00November 20th, 2020|Fundraiser, Major Gifts, Nonprofit Management|

Don’t Stop Fundraising! New Research Shows High-Dollar Donors Remain Confident

High-dollar donors are likely to give as much or more now than before the pandemic, according to a new donor confidence study sponsored by CampaignCounsel.org. We believe this means you should continue your fundraising efforts even though the landscape seems to have changed and even though you may be scared. In the July [...]

By |2020-09-16T16:11:15-04:00September 17th, 2020|COVID-19 / Coronavirus, Fundraising, Major Gifts|
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