Time is a currency that should be invested wisely!

As fund development professionals, our plates are full! When juggling numerous tasks and responsibilities, from cultivating donor relationships to organizing events, crafting compelling campaigns, and tackling massive grant applications, time becomes a valuable asset.   Time management is an essential skill to develop when managing a variety of tasks and finding good balance. From my work with …

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What’s Your Donor Retention?

As fundraisers, we often focus far more energy on finding NEW donors rather than retaining the ones we have. We are in constant pursuit of elusive new donors and devising clever ways to get them to notice us. Our boards obsess over “increasing our visibility” and “making sure people know who we are.” Meanwhile, we are …

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Looking for your next nonprofit job?

Are you a nonprofit professional seeking to change jobs in 2024? You aren’t alone – 50% of fundraising professionals say they plan to move on from their current job in the next couple of years. The average tenure in a fundraising position for newer professionals is less than two years (average tenure in a job gets longer the more years you’ve worked in the field, according to some studies). 

Maximize your End-of-Year Giving

It’s the most wonderful (and often profitable) time of year for nonprofits! End-of-Year (EOY) giving is a great opportunity for nonprofits to boost their revenue and share the impact of their mission. In fact, approximately 30% of all annual giving occurs in December, with about 10% in the last three days of December. Some nonprofits …

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Organizational Culture – from Spooky to SPECTACULAR

Is your organizational culture spooky? We often share a quote that was originally coined by Peter Drucker:   “Culture eats strategy for lunch.”    Along the way, someone added, “and structure for breakfast.”    It is a funny saying, but you get the point right away. Nothing … no policies, no org charts, no processes and procedures, no lists … can get around an organizational culture that …

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Fewer donors and low retention rates got you down? Join the club.

A new quarterly report from the Fundraising Effectiveness project offers some key insights every fundraiser should be paying attention to! More than 8,800 nonprofits studied showed an overall loss of donors. During the third quarter of 2022, the number of donors dipped by 7.1% compared to the same period in 2021. New donors were down by 19.2% and …

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Nonprofit Recruitment Insights for 2023

Better recruitment strategies. Better ways to Do Good Better. In the ever-evolving landscape of nonprofit recruitment, staying ahead of the curve is essential. This becomes even more crucial as nonprofits face unique challenges, including budget constraints and a growing demand for dedicated talent. Throughout my internship journey, I’ve often seen organizations struggle to meet their …

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Do you have a fundraising plan?

Hi Do Gooders! We just finished up my favorite of the Do Good Better Workshop series, PLAN! Having a plan is a vital component to fundraising. Not only does it help build sustainability and growth of your organization’s fundraising, but it provides a blueprint to the board and staff leadership about how you will reach …

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