A positive experience begins with the right intent - an opportunity to offer something meaningful to another person. Only 4% of people voice their complaints to you about something you've done. Are they voicing their dismay to others? You bet. Begin by recognizing how you feel. If there's any feeling you have that maybe, just … Continue reading Creating Positive Experiences
Donors have a giving heart. They are asked more often than not to consider giving. Ask a donor, "What can I do for you?" and they will probably sidestep the conversation. It's not something they're comfortable discussing. It's not supposed to be about them in their mind because it's about others. Understanding how a donor … Continue reading Taking it Easy on Donors
The fundraising plan is first and foremost, the most NECESSARY document needed to raise money. Get a team together to discuss short and long term goals. Then, take small steps to open the right doors. Team __________________________ __________________________ How much money by when? ____________________6 months ____________________12 months ____________________24 months ____________________36 months ____________________48 months ____________________60 months Methods … Continue reading Developing a Fundraising Plan – Raising Money is Always About Your Next Move!
"I've donated to the same organization for fifteen years and now I'm getting thank you notes addressed to the 'donor' of the house. 'Dear donor' just doesn't work for me!"Technology allows us to do the whole process of thanking donors quickly. You get the form letter ready, merge the database, print the mailing label and … Continue reading Keeping Donors In This Ever-Changing World
Giving is something people do for nonprofits. Giving back is how the nonprofit returns the favor, so to speak. We feature in articles how people give back to others. It opens the door to a giving mentality, which is good in any walk of life. Interested in sharing how you give back? Send an email … Continue reading Nonprofits Giving Back
You know, fundraising costs money. A development professional advances a nonprofit's mission when the org has the money to hire one. Not everyone does. The average devpro stays on board for eighteen months because, let's face it, asking people to give up their hard-earned cash is a tough job. There's a lot that goes into … Continue reading Keep Fundraising Costs Minimal for the Best Return
Don't go alone! How long have we been preaching this to our kids. "Partner up!" It's that simple. The V-formation develops and runs your fundraiser successfully. What in the world!? A V-formation is a group of birds, flying in a flock, to get to where they want to go. That's not me! Are you sure? … Continue reading Over the TOP Fundraising Team
Step one: One person decides they want to spearhead the cause marketing program in their community and they are backed by their company to explore the ROI. It’s a perfect opportunity for a community relations person in a marketing department. It's the way to develop a lasting, sustainable way to improve business, and it comes out … Continue reading The Business to do it First in a Community WINS!
The Nonprofit Cooperative in Teller County, Colorado is a project of SOAR with Network Fundraising. Organizations represented at the meeting on January 8 were: Mountain Top Cycling ClubTeller County Farmer's Market AssociationWoodland Park Farmer's MarketWoodland Park Main StreetColorado Phoenix ProjectJunior Achievement of Teller CountyPikes Peak Rotary ClubLighter Side of Christmas ParadeWoodland Park Wind SymphonyTeller Safe … Continue reading Nonprofits Collaborate in Teller County, Colorado To Create Impact
Event Planning Start with the idea and a simple plan. This is what you present to the people who will help you implement the idea. Idea and simple plan (what, when, how, cost). Make sure to check the community calendar to make sure there's no overlap with another event Present to the people who will … Continue reading Event Planning, Marketing and Fundraising Through Events