Help a Donor Choose your Cause

Details below are given to businesses to help them choose a cause for their donation. Excerpt from blog by Abby Quillen. With more than 1 million non-profit foundations and charities in the U.S., it may be daunting to decide on a cause to support. Paradoxically, the more choices available, the harder it is to make a … Continue reading Help a Donor Choose your Cause

Successful Fundraising IS Being a Good Leader

You may be wondering how you can tell if you're a good leader at fundraising. Well, let's look at what you're doing now to raise money. Do you have a process for raising money and if so, have you taught other people how to use the process? Are you currently meeting with a group of … Continue reading Successful Fundraising IS Being a Good Leader

Building the BEST Fundraising Team

A fundraiser is extremely rewarding when you reach your goal. The bummer is that while you're creating the fundraiser it can be incredibly stressful and time-consuming if you're doing it alone. At SOAR we call volunteers for an organization the V-formation. In order to run your fundraiser successfully and to manage your time properly, we … Continue reading Building the BEST Fundraising Team

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!

Getting donations because your non-profit gives the donors what they want

A list, compiled through donor interviews, is below. These are the common answers for what a donor wants in order to feel good about a donation they make. good community standing for the non-profit they donate to a non-profit that works with others to pool resources respected fundraising tools fiscal responsibility of how they spend … Continue reading Getting donations because your non-profit gives the donors what they want

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.

Value of Follow up – PRICELESS

People who follow up in a timely manner achieve greater success. It's a bold statement. Do you agree? Take a look at someone who is doing well in growing their future. They share their message and then what? OFFER opportunities to be involved. It's the "O" in SOAR. First, you share your message and then … Continue reading Value of Follow up – PRICELESS

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