When The Boss Balks: Get That “Yes” For Fundraising Software

The business of raising money is big business in this country. There are 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S., and Americans gave over $373 billion to these charities in 2015. And it takes time and money to raise this kind of money: highly rated nonprofits spend in the range of 10% to 20% of every dollar on overhead costs, but many …

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How to Write Emails to Donors That Get Results

Not every NPO can afford an in-house writer or public affairs specialist to carefully craft compelling emails to donors to ask for funds or volunteers. But that doesn't mean your NPO can't still send out effective emails that will grab the attention of potential donors. Here are a few tips to help you create e-mails that will …

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5 Unique Holiday Fundraising Ideas

For many people, holiday time is giving time. Start thinking about ways your organization can capitalize on that giving spirit. Here are 5 unique holiday fundraising ideas. Day After Thanksgiving Bowling Fundraiser. The day after thanksgiving many people are looking to get out of the house and get some exercise. Not everyone wants to go shopping and …

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A Game Plan for a Great Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving back, arrives on November 28. How did last year's international day for donations turn out? Individual and corporate participants in 98 countries raised $177 million. They did it online, door-to-door, in stores, on the streets, at schools, through planned campaigns and impromptu bake sales and car washes. First started …

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Fall Fundraisers: Think Sports, School, Shopping

Along with the arrival of cooler weather and school, kids' sports and after-school activities, holiday preparation and house/yard care for winter makes fall a lively, hectic time of year. The needs of nonprofits don't change with the seasons; regular donations enable these organizations to provide uninterrupted service all year. With everyone's time occupied, what's the …

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4 Ways to Quickly Cover the Cost of Your Fundraising Software

You need to spend money to raise money. Every nonprofit organization knows that modified adage is true. Fundraising software expedites your efforts, but the most sophisticated tools — donor management, accounting and marketing integration, etc. — tout at least a small fee. That fee is easily recouped by the platform's capabilities, but we get it: …

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Business Strategies Non-Profits Should Adapt From the For-Profit Sector

Today's non-profits face increasing competition. Getting your message out to donors and stakeholders can be a challenge. Donors in particular have a wide range of potential causes to which they can choose to offer their support. How can you make sure your non-profit succeeds in this challenging environment? It turns out there are numerous strategies …

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How to Ask For Donations in 5 Steps

Non-Profit organizations are difficult to finance, even in the best economies. When a business model involves relying on people to generously give you free money, asking for donations is an intimidating process. Finding the right balance between funding your business and annoying or driving away potential donors is tricky, but necessary to ensure your goals …

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5 Tips to Boost Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Page

Social Media is absolutely everywhere, and it's not going away anytime soon. For those of us involved in Non-Profit Organizations, social media can feel like a huge hassle that takes time away from our cause. It doesn't have to be that way. In fact, by taking advantage of some of the functions a site like …

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