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Advocacy 101: Where to start

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 11:20:07 AM

This week, I’ll be attending Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat on the Hill event in Washington, DC.  I started attending years ago, when I worked for a local affiliate in Tennessee, and it remains one of my favorite events of the year.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaign, Capital Campaigns, Custom Development Solutions, Fundraising Principles, General Articles, strategic planning

Balancing the Nonprofit’s Needs and Resources

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 10:50:50 AM

Non-profit organizations invariably suffer from limited resources and a small staff trying to do the work of many. The resulting workload, as well as the personal connection many executives feel toward the group's mission, can cause staff members to focus their attention within distinct boundaries. True objectivity can be clouded by fierce loyalty and passion for the mission. One of the challenges of non-profit management is that leaders are acutely aware of their organization's needs. That is a critical vantage point, but it must be viewed through the lens of what is most attractive to potential supporters. To achieve effective fundraising results, need must be balanced by a determination of what is feasible.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Principles, General Articles, non-profit development, non-profit management, non-profit resources, Professional Skill Building, strategic planning

Branding Helps Reach Your Target Market

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 10:38:50 AM

In a previous article on branding, I concluded with the comment that for branding to be effective, it has to include – even feature – the concept of “What’s In It For Me?” (WIFM) for the people you are trying to reach. This is even more important now with competing interests creating “noise” that interferes with your message.

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Topics: Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, Fundraising Principles, non-profit risk management, organizational branding, organizational development, strategic planning

Choosing a Stellar Campaign Leader

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 10:19:32 AM

Dedicated volunteers are worth their weight in gold to the regular fundraising operations of your charitable organization. These high-level volunteers provide credibility and undertake the essential relationship-building that helps attract friends, supporters and financial resources to your organization.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, Board Development, campaign leadership, Capital Campaigns, fundraising consultants, Fundraising Principles, Professional Skill Building, strategic planning, successful capital campaigns

Creating a Culture of Fundraising in Your Organization

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 9:51:43 AM

In my work with organizations around the country, I find that one of the biggest obstacles to fundraising success is groups' inability to mobilize diverse people in the organization to participate in fundraising activities. Staff and board members come to trainings to learn the skills and strategies, but only a handful of people end up actually doing any fundraising work. As consultants like me make their living trying to entice board members and others to participate in fundraising, we often leave out the bigger picture — the need to integrate fundraising and program work.

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Topics: Annual Fund, annual fundraising, annual gifts, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Principles, Major Gifts, strategic planning

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