On many days, working at a nonprofit in general (and then more specifically, being a fundraiser) will just break your heart. Over and over and over. Why do we continue to bloody our heads on that massive wall called the third sector? Here are four reasons why.
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Do you tell your fundraiser you love them enough? In most nonprofits, the answer is no. That’s why Abeja Solutions created these fun valentines to share with that special fundraiser in your life.
I didn’t set out to fall in love with a fundraiser. In fact, as a communications director I was convinced that all of them were crazy. But The One treated me differently. In her eyes, I was someone with which she could plan and build a lasting fundraising program.
There comes a point when you will know more than the people who are commenting on your work. And they rarely make comments to learn about the field of fundraising and its quirks. Listening to them will make work less effective — and that’s something fundraisers literally can’t afford to do.
My dear nonprofit companions: You are overwhelmed, overburdened, likely underpaid, underappreciated and at this point in the year, very tired. You know what I do when I feel like that? Seek inspiration from the one and only Kermit the Frog.
I sing the praises of the small donor. Those generous folks that give when they can to a mailing, or online, or even to your very specific appeal on social media. Why? Because they’re the ones doing the heavy lifting in nonprofitland.
Terri Shoemaker never thought she’d make millions. And when she did dream about winning the lottery, she thought about her own bank account. Terri had no idea that those dreams would come true. But instead of the money coming to her, it would go to help feed hungry people and rescue pets.
Phoenix fundraiser Terri Shoemaker and marketer Virginia Treviño knew there had to be an easier way for nonprofits to get donor mailings done.
When nature called, Brianna Klink de Ruiz found her calling. Bri was a college student, waiting to pick up her boyfriend outside a computer science lab at the University of Washington. But she couldn’t wait any longer to visit the ladies room.
Research suggests that many fundraisers today rely on email to get to their fundraising goals. But ignoring actual donor behavior and response rates is dangerous. It’s like using the cheap sunscreen on a 110-degree day.
Some 52 percent of all websites use Google Analytics. But few of the nonprofits I’ve worked for have this free tool installed. And even fewer use the data to guide decision making.
This condition could eventually be fatal. Here’s why.
As a nonprofit writer, there are moments that feel like being an NFL linebacker – taking the hits play after play. Don’t let your storytelling get sidelined by confusing plays and poor sportsmanship. Here are 5 things you can do to take some of the pain out of nonprofit communications.
New fundraisers are often surprised at how mentally challenging the job can be. To avoid burnout, it’s up to you to convince the boss that you need some outside muscle. Here’s how to go about that and not get burned.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in 20 years of nonprofit fundraising it’s this: if you want to be successful at the job, you have to own it. No one is going to give you millions of dollars unless you’re fully committed. Here are 9 signs you might just be a fundraiser after all.