Standard workplace expectations in the United States suggest that employees give employers a requisite “two weeks notice” before leaving their current position and moving on to their next job opportunity. This goes far beyond the world of nonprofit fundraising, of course, but the implications for a development department can be detrimental given the time that it takes to conduct a thorough search and recruitment process.
Depending on your organization’s sources of earned revenue, your work might live and die on how effectively your development department reaches its contributed revenue goals each year. That’s no small burden on your team of fundraisers, especially if communication gets murky and not everyone is on the same page about what kinds of numbers they are working toward.
The right prospect research consultant can make a huge difference for your campaign. There are 5 main factors to consider as you narrow down your choices.
Investing in your development staff takes on many forms. It means compensating them appropriately through salary and benefits; putting resources toward their ongoing professional development; and making sure that they have the tools and back-office support they need in order to do their job well.
The donor prospecting tools your nonprofit uses will majorly impact your donor research. Our top tools and services can help you find the right prospects, fast!
As you may have guessed from the title of this post, we are here today to dispel a common myth about the way that fundraising works.
There is no magical unicorn fundraiser.
Hopefully, if you’re reading this post, then we don’t have any more work to do in convincing you that data is important. (If you’re still on the fence, read our blog post on the importance of fundraising data!). But, in order to make sure that your data is doing the work that you need it to do, you have to prioritize keeping it clean.
One of the most important tools in your nonprofit’s fundraising arsenal is your online donation form. This is the last step on the giving ladder and an important part of securing a gift from your supporters. Optimizing your online donation form should be at the top of your nonprofit’s list as you prepare for your next big fundraising campaign. With a streamlined, effective, and inspiring donation form, there’s very little standing in the way between your team and its goals.
Donor research is essential to identify and solicit major prospects! If you’re new to the process, check out this beginner’s guide with tools and resources.
Some of our favorite advice on fundraising is this: Don’t ask your donor to give you their money, instead, offer them an opportunity to be a part of something important.
As your donor base grows, you need more sophisticated methods for managing your events. Let this post guide you through advanced event management strategies!
Finding a connection to a prospective donor, be it an individual, foundation, or corporation can be the first great step toward a fruitful cultivation process. All too often as fundraisers we identify a potential donor whose interests clearly align with the work that we do, who are publicly philanthropic, who believe would make a charitable gift to our organization, if only they knew that we existed and had the opportunity to get to know our mission.