Coordinating a Process to Recognize Donors

Claire Windsor volunteers with the Heart Start Foundation (“HSF”) and has helped them retain 69% of their donors because of a donor-recognition program they now implement. 21% of donors say they never receive a thank you note. It’s the first step. A thank you lets a person know their donation was received. A simple thank … Continue reading Coordinating a Process to Recognize Donors

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

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.

Partnering for Social Impact Includes Raising Money

"87% will purchase a product because a company advocated for an issue they cared about and 76% will refuse to purchase a company’s products or services upon learning it supported an issue contrary to their beliefs." Talk about pressure for businesses. This was taken from a communication case study in 2017. Corporate social responsibility was … Continue reading Partnering for Social Impact Includes Raising Money

Need Help Raising Money? Do a Monthly!

A monthly...what is that? It's a no-long-term commitment month of time where you get what you need to raise more money because WE'VE been in your shoes for a very long time. We've heard: "Double gifts within the next six months." (Double $23,000, oh my...) "Raise $7000 within the next two months." (There's nothing in … Continue reading Need Help Raising Money? Do a Monthly!

Why People Donate & Why They Avoid You if You’re Asking for Gifts

Have you ever asked people why they give? This can be a donation of time, money, or resources. It is crucial to know why a person gives if you're looking for donations. It is also important to know why some people may avoid you! The top reason a person gives, believe it or not, is … Continue reading Why People Donate & Why They Avoid You if You’re Asking for Gifts

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