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The simplest way to acquire a new major donor— FAST

iMarketSmart

Everyone wants new major donors. Most nonprofits spend a lot of time and money noodling their data to find them. Tweet this!

Want to have TOO MANY major donors? Read this.

Wild Woman Fundraising

We know that events are the slowest way to make money for a nonprofit. What does this look like, as a fundraising professional? Get real!

The Major Donor Formula: How to Find, Cultivate and Ask Major Donors to Give to Your Non-Profit with Joe Garecht

Wild Woman Fundraising

Webinar Title: The Major Donor Formula: How to Find, Cultivate and Ask Major Donors to Give to Your Non-Profit.

Why fundraisers should take some lessons from stockbrokers

iMarketSmart

Major donors stop giving for those very same reasons. Similarly, donors don’t give to nonprofits. Bad service. Tweet this!

What’s your fundraising asking style?

iMarketSmart

According to Brian Saber, “Your ‘Asking Style’ is based on your personality and unique set of strengths in fundraising.”

Fundraising Miracle

The Agitator

Short-term thinking is by far the greatest enemy of effective fundraising. Signs of this noxious enemy abound.

12 Fundraising Questions Major and Planned Gift Officers Should Be Asking

iMarketSmart

The best fundraisers know that you can’t ask for money until you’ve aligned with the donor’s personal mission.

What a terrific advertisement!

iMarketSmart

Folks, it’s time to focus on where you’ll get the money to sustain your mission. It’s that simple. Leave your comments below.

3 things every fundraiser needs to consider before they talk politics in front of their donors

iMarketSmart

I don’t have any data on this whatsoever but something tells me that a good number of fundraisers might lean left when it comes to politics.

It ain’t friendraising… it’s fundraising

iMarketSmart

Usually, it is believed that extroverts make the best sales people (and fundraisers). And, since most fundraisers are not multi-millionaires, if they are extraverted they won’t be able to imagine what it’s like to part with large sums of money ($1 million for instance). Popular opinion is wrong. Tweet This!

Quality vs. Quantity: Which is better for selecting fundraising prospects?

iMarketSmart

The real drivers of growth (or in our case, giving) are deep connections with customers (donors) on an emotional level. LEARN MORE.

24 Reasons Why Board Members Won’t Ask For Money & What To Do About It

The Agitator

According to his  publisher Jerry Panas’ ASKING is America’s top selling fundraising book. Board Meeting Swipe File Donor acquisition Fundraising philosophy/profession Major donors Nonprofit management premiumAnd, according to the publisher, all in a 59 minute read.

INTERVIEW: How to get substantially more money per donor with Alan Bacharach

Wild Woman Fundraising

Alan Bacharach does an interview with Mazarine Treyz, the Wild Woman of Fundraising about Planned Giving. Want to learn more? Read on! brochure?

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Would you give money to this person?

iMarketSmart

So why then do so many fundraisers avoid putting a picture of themselves on LinkedIn? The post Would you give money to this person?

Stop shaming your supporters!

iMarketSmart

He sends his kids to private school and he figured he’d ask me a question about fundraising since that sort of thing is right up my alley.

Raise Supporters Not Support

A Small Change

Everyone always talks about fundraising as having to do with raising money or providing funds for an organization.

How to prospect and qualify major donors with Jeff Scheifels- Free Webinar

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are you wondering where all of the major donors are hiding? Your next major donor may be right under your nose! AND MORE!

How fast do you respond to your major and planned gift donors’ needs?

iMarketSmart

Yet, in the nonprofit sector fundraisers don’t seem to care as much about generating leads or responding to them. I say this because very few nonprofits make it easy for donors to become leads. Recommendations. >> How to Stem the Tide of Departing Donors. >> Avoid a Big Mistake: Stop Asking for Bequest Gifts! Tweet this!

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Major Gift Fundraising For Smaller Organizations

The Agitator

Lots of time and money is spent on identifying success factors in major gift fundraising for large organizations. Amy Eisenstein, author of  Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops , has just released a study done in conjunction with Prof. Very little on factors that make a big difference for smaller organizations.

Are you being tested?

iMarketSmart

Charter schools got a lot of money and they proved that they work. Mark Zuckerberg’s big $100 million gift in 2010. So what happened?

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How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community

iMarketSmart

Although this letter is meant for the “community” (non-donors and donors), this is NOT how you should ever address people.

More on All Donors as Major Donors

A Small Change

Wow! I was blown away with the incredible responses in the All Donors as Major Donors post. But we know it is not. ” J.

Should your donors be given a chance to “tip” your organization?

iMarketSmart

Similar to how you tip a waiter, why not allow the donor the choice between several overhead support options? Are you confused by that headline?

What planned and major gifts officers can learn from Shark Tank

iMarketSmart

SEE ALSO: >> Why fundraisers can learn from reality TV shows. watch it with my kids! Keep it simple. LIKE THIS BLOG POST?

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Two Smart Ways to Acquire New Major Donors

iMarketSmart

My recommendations to the Board were as follows: Focus on major gifts. But what about your mid-level donors? Fundraising But how?

Thank you for being part of our growing ecosystem

iMarketSmart

I created  Engagement Fundraising  and invented our software because I’m really a donor, not a fundraiser.

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Want to get a $1 million dollar donation? Here’s how:

iMarketSmart

Don’t be afraid to spend money on fundraising. Give a lot of thought in advance to how you will acknowledge your major donors.

The 4 Best Places to Find New Major Donors for Your Non-Profit

Wild Woman Fundraising

Yet almost all of those non-profits have trouble finding mega-donors. If you want to find new major donors for your non-profit, you need a plan.

3 key mindshifts to overcoming your fear of asking for a gift

Get Fully Funded

Happy Fundraising Season!  Between When you ask someone for money, you don’t know what will happen and your mind starts to fill in the blanks for you.  “This person will think I’m a pest&# or “They won’t like me anymore&# might be the stinkin’ thinkin’ going on inside your head. Probably not. 

“Dear donor, you rock! Here’s why…” Jeff Brooks’ powerful donor outreach formula

iMarketSmart

If you want to know how to communicate with your donors, I strongly recommend you listen to whatever Jeff Brooks says. Here it is: Dear Donor, .

Annual Fund Science and Major Gifts Artistry

A Small Change

Every community has a few established nonprofits that are raising big money and are super respected. At this time you have a choice.

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Why it’s time for reinvention

iMarketSmart

Western Union, once best known for delivering telegrams(the last one was sent in 2006), reinvented itself to become a money transfer giant.

What to do with wealth screened data that’s “sitting on the shelf” unused

iMarketSmart

My firm doesn’t provide that service but there are plenty that can help you to determine who among your donors has the capacity to give more. But here’s what fundraisers tell me they felt once they got the wealth screened data: They felt that they got too much data. Measure donor satisfaction. Clean up your list.

5 Strategies for 2015 to Make You a Rockstar Fundraiser!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It may feel like you’re saving money at that moment, but in reality, it is robbing the organization of the true value you bring to the table!

Why you need to think of yourself as a facilitator

iMarketSmart

If you are a great facilitator, you’ll raise more money. Although you might be a really terrific person, the donor does not want to support you.

Focus on the mission, not the money

Get Fully Funded

Too many times, nonprofit Fundraisers get so focused on the money that they forget to communicate about the mission.  I’ve seen this in direct mail appeals, grant proposals, and major donor visits. . In just a couple of weeks we’ll be launching the new Get Fully Funded system!  Get Fully Funded

How can you get 100 more donors in 90 days?

Wild Woman Fundraising

When I worked at a domestic violence shelter, I was tearing  my hair out trying to find new donors. No culture of celebrating donors?

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Who is a major donor?

Wild Woman Fundraising

This is part two in a series of ten on major gifts for your nonprofit. What are major gifts? Why pursue leadership or major gifts? Because this is the way you can get money in the shortest amount of time with the least cash outlay by your nonprofit. The Four Sources for Individual Major Gifts. Digg this!

Case Study: How can you make your letter appeal better?

Wild Woman Fundraising

That’s why I’m opening up my 6 month fundraising coaching program to just 3 lucky people. Helping you find new donors. 2007).

Turning it Over to the Donor

A Small Change

Did you know that your donors can give more than money? Of course you do—many organizations strongest advocates are their major and monthly donors. One of these ways is to use your donors as advocates and development officers. Annual Fundraising Capital & Major Donors foundation major gifts