Crowdfunding might seem like a tech-driven fundraising trend, but the concept has actually been around for quite a long time. In 1884, The New York World raised over $100,000 from 160,000 people in order to fund the base for the Statue of Liberty. In his appeal to his mass readership, publisher Joseph Pulitzer wrote on the front page of the paper “Let us not wait for the millionaires to give us money.”
One of our consultants was recently in a staff meeting at a client organization when a member of the marketing department proudly announced that they had put an end to email usage.
We think that strategy is brilliant.
Your brand (or, what the public thinks of when they hear your name) and your ability to raise funds from that public, are inextricably linked. A prospective donor’s understanding of your values, mission, and work (not to mention what they think of that work) play an enormous role in their decision of whether and how much to donate to your cause.
In this guest post, Erin Booker from Funraise tackles the question of what makes an effective board meeting (Besides plenty of coffee and snacks)?
Of course, there are the basic components to any board meeting, but we believe in a secret sauce that will take your board meeting from good to great, from volunteer to movement leader, from good Samaritan to superhero, from...okay, you get the picture.
As important as it is to have the right Development Director or Major Gifts Officer, when it comes to maintaining an effective fundraising department, it is absolutely essential to have the right Development Assistant.
To be more effective, we suggest that you seek to hire for attitude and train for skills.
There is a misconception about what goes into fundraising that can sometimes keep organizational stakeholders (such as board members, or dedicated volunteers) feeling a little skittish about getting involved—that fundraising is all about asking for money.
Yes, of course fundraising includes asking for money, but a development department’s work is so much more than that.
Conflict is a part of everyday life, but when it comes to Board Members or donors, it is easy for that conflict to become especially fraught. It can be challenging to walk the line between expressing and adhering to your organizational values while simultaneously trying to keep an important stakeholder happy. Here are a few suggestions for strategies to strike that ever important balance.
Building relationships with donors is the goal of your donor engagement strategy. These 6 tips will help you keep in touch to begin this essential relationship!
Wondering what your nonprofit has to gain from fundraising research and consulting? See these 4 major ways they will help your nonprofit reach its goals.
Is your organization ready to scale up and increase fundraising capacity? A nonprofit development consultant can chart out the most sustainable ways to grow.
If there’s one thing we advocate for on the Donorly Blog, it’s donor data tracking. We’re interested in data hygiene, the uses for fundraising, communications, and sales data, and choosing the CRM that’s right for you. Of course, none of that matters if you’re not staffed to successfully keep your data organized and clean in the right tool, in a way that is actually useful to you.
Learning how to do prospect research can be tricky for younger nonprofits. Thankfully there are only 3 main strategies for uncovering actionable results.