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Pastors, Clergy, Ministry Leaders are people, too

Pastors, Clergy, Ministry Leaders Are People, Too

Autumn brings harvests, and times of thanks for many blessings. October is set aside to thank those who minister to us — those working to lead and aid ministries. Because ...
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Final Morehouse Students Gifted Loans

Changing lives — isn’t that what philanthropy is ultimately about? Billionaire Robert F. Smith did just that in June at a commencement speech at Morehouse College. To the surprise of ...
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Best Donor Gifts Can Be Spontaneous – And Small

Staying in touch with donors, letting them know you’re thinking of them, is part of major gift fundraising. Anyone can send out the organizational swag, but personalizing a gift is ...
Building Trust

Building Trust Between the Donor and Organization

Building trust is simply building a relationship that is founded on honesty and sincerity as well as transparency. Small measures over time reveal whom you are, and build that trust ...
Rebuilding reputations

Rebuilding reputations when an organization is compromised

It can be troublesome when an organization is compromised in some way that taints its reputation. There is wariness from donors as well as others who are now putting the ...
beginner fundraiser’s enthusiasm

Channel – Don’t Curb – Beginner Fundraiser’s Enthusiasm

New faces with fresh ideas can be a tremendous resource and refreshing to a nonprofit’s staff of fundraisers.  Enthusiasm is a great morale booster across the board, but channeling a ...
Ask for Help Handling Administrative Baggage

Ask for Help Handling Administrative Baggage

Here’s an unfortunately common scenario: A small, reborn nonprofit has had its ups and downs made public.  The new administration is great, however, and on the right path to solid ...
Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day

February 14th has come to symbolize love, care and blessings in America — which makes for the perfect holiday to strategically cultivate and steward key donors and prospects. Several weeks ...
donor agenda

Fundraising 101 – Get on the Donor’s Agenda

Major gift fundraising is all about long-term relationships. You’re asking a donor to commit to giving more than once – usually over a long period of time, and possibly in ...
Media to Recognize Potential Donors’

Fundraising 101: Use the Media to Recognize Potential Donors’ Good Works

Keeping up with the media – all forms – is vital for the fundraiser. There are a number of outlets where your potential donors might be mentioned, or might be ...