Strategic Planning

Fundraising Success Stories | Examples & Tips to Learn From

We love hearing about nonprofits’ successful fundraising strategies in action, and sharing these stories allows nonprofits to learn from each other. Nonprofits face new challenges, big and small, every day, from an international pandemic to a stubborn mid-tier donor. Learning about other organizations that overcame similar challenges will [...]

By |2021-09-24T13:49:08-04:00September 16th, 2021|Fundraiser, Fundraising, Nonprofit Sustainability, Strategic Planning|

Why You Should Do A Cost-Benefit Analysis Before Throwing Your Next Nonprofit Fundraising Event

I confess to having a love/hate relationship with fundraising events. I love them as a major donor cultivation tool, but I hate them for everything else! At its best, a nonprofit fundraising event is fun. These events divert attention from one-to-one fundraising efforts, which can be intimidating. After all, it’s [...]

By |2021-09-03T12:20:31-04:00September 7th, 2021|Fundraising Events, Strategic Planning|

Top 2021 Fundraising Strategies: Mastering an Analytical Approach to Strategy and Planning

This is part five in a six-part series. Read part one, part two, part three, and part four.  In part one of this series, I outlined my top six fundraising strategies for 2021:  Investing in digital-first fundraising and marketing communications Mastering online user experience and messaging Mastering relevant content marketing [...]

By |2021-08-13T14:54:33-04:00August 16th, 2021|Strategic Planning|

What You Should Know if You’re Thinking of Starting a Nonprofit Organization

Before starting a nonprofit organization, you should understand that the 501(c)(3) designation is just that: a tax designation. It’s not a business model.  Why is that important? To be successful, you must understand that you’re starting a business. Getting into that mindset will help set you up for success.  Here [...]

Top 2021 Fundraising Strategies: Choosing Digital-First Options When It Comes to Fundraising and Marketing

This digital-first fundraising post is the first in a six-part series.  “Every few hundred years there occurs a sharp transformation. We cross a “divide… ACTION POINT: Next time you hear colleagues pounding the table for something that is clearly yesterday’s news, find a way to tell them they need to wake up [...]

By |2021-07-13T16:16:37-04:00July 19th, 2021|Fundraising, Nonprofit Marketing, Strategic Planning|

Beyond Survival: Post-Disruption Nonprofit Culture Strategy

This nonprofit culture strategy post is part 3 in a 3-part series. Read part 1 and part 2. There are three pillars of transformation required of philanthropically-funded nonprofits that want to thrive in the post-disruption, post-COVID economy. In the first article of this three-part series, I explored why digital transformation [...]

By |2021-06-07T14:46:12-04:00June 28th, 2021|Nonprofit Culture, Strategic Planning|

Strategies to Tell if Your Nonprofit Content Marketing is Hurting or Helping

Nothing comes from nothing. Your organization needs a nonprofit content marketing strategy. Replete with, dare I say it, content. Your fundraising needs fuel. Why? The No-Content Problem What if you shared this on your website, blog or e-newsletter? Even if you slapped a “Donate” button on top, would anyone click [...]

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