Corporations call fundraising “increasing market share.” Non-profits call it creating sustainability.

Keeping a development professional longer than the average 18 months is important to a successful run at growing community and raising money. The Founder of SOAR stood in the shoes of a development professional for a corporation and also a non-profit for many years. Corporations call fundraising "increasing market share." Non-profits call it creating sustainability. … Continue reading Corporations call fundraising “increasing market share.” Non-profits call it creating sustainability.

Relationships with Grantors – Four Tips

We love this statement by Amy Clinton, "The overall success of a grant writer should ultimately be measured by whether or not the organization for which that person is writing grants is building relationships and program credibility with funders and achieving incremental increases in grant funding revenues." Recently, an organization in our community saw the deletion of … Continue reading Relationships with Grantors – Four Tips

Fundraising Goals – In the Bag!

Basically, "in the bag" means your fundraising is secured! You know it's true because you've already accomplished the goal. Whew - a sigh of relief. Last quarter of the year...is it really in the bag or are you kidding yourself? As a nonprofit, it can be hard to focus on year-end goals when it's only … Continue reading Fundraising Goals – In the Bag!

Raising Money? A Result of Good Choices.

You have choices to make. You weigh the options while educating yourself. You make a choice. This is an ideal scenario but it's not always the way it goes. A corporation growing market share (AKA raising money) often limits their options to what they've always done and then expects different results. You've probably heard a … Continue reading Raising Money? A Result of Good Choices.

Reality Impact for Growing Market Share & Raising Money

Reality - we impact and are impacted. Social impact is something we hear a lot about. Businesses are choosing to give time, dollars and resources to organizations who create impact and offer value in return. During your next board meeting - make a list of the ways you're giving back to the people giving to … Continue reading Reality Impact for Growing Market Share & Raising Money

Understanding Corporate Giving

By Gayle Gross Companies are more cautious about revealing too much about their philanthropic activities, for fear of: being inundated with requests they cannot fill. raising the expectations of potential beneficiaries in a good year. angering shareholders who may perceive the company's charitable activity as giving away profits, or who don’t approve of the organizations … Continue reading Understanding Corporate Giving

Ready to Give Up on Fundraising? TALK

Have a simple conversation. There are two kinds - Motivational and Informational. They are both important when you're ready to throw in the towel. You make these conversations happen in order to increase your enthusiasm. Motivational conversations are with people who are:  Supportive of our mission - who is that? Can you think of a couple … Continue reading Ready to Give Up on Fundraising? TALK

Crossing the Gap of Fundraising

Answers to the following questions are your framework for crossing the gap: How do you educate people about your organization? What action steps do you have in place already? Where do you position yourself in the market? How do you plan to achieve your fundraising goal? Refer to your fundraising plan. We began working with … Continue reading Crossing the Gap of Fundraising

Simple Steps for Building Networks to Raise Money

Collaborative Networking Events - THE way to spread your wings and SOAR! This is when you partner a business, nonprofit, sponsor and attendees. The business and the sponsor may be one in the same. Business - provides location Sponsor - pays for event amenities (food, etc) Non-profit - featured during presentation Attendees come to NETWORK … Continue reading Simple Steps for Building Networks to Raise Money

The V formation for Fundraising

The V formation is a volunteer format. Think of birds flying in a flock. V Formation is a pattern most often used by a flock of birds. Birds maintain a healthy balance and do not get tired while flying because they lift each other up. Their wings create an updraft as the flock works together … Continue reading The V formation for Fundraising