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How to make the right fundraising decision every time

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How can you make the right fundraising decision every time? When I work with founders, CEOs and board members, what I often find is that people don’t realize that the world of nonprofit fundraising isn’t separate from every other world in your life. It’s tied to it, intimately.

4 Myths About Fundraising You Need to Stop Believing

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I have talked with so many people about fundraising. Founders. Executive Directors. Board members. and of course, fundraising staff. What do many people believe that is Simply. True? If I pray, the money will come. The money just appears when I need it!

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18 habits every fundraiser should have by their first 6 months on the job

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You may have heard of Steven Covey’s habits of highly effective people. But what about fundraisers? What’s one thing you could do, each week, each day, or each month to be more effective in your role, whether you’re just starting out or you have 10 years of experience?

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How your government contract is screwing you over (and how that’s about to change)

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Note: This article originally appeared in the OCASDV (Oregon Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence) newsletter in March, 2014. Does your nonprofit get government contracts? Or is your nonprofit considering getting government contracts?

The 5 Most Dangerous Donation Page Mistakes & How You Can Fix Them

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Last week I went to London to speak at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Convention. At the convention, I shared some tips and tools I’ve found useful when helping people click donate on your nonprofit website.

“What, me, ask for a raise?” An interview with Marc Pitman

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Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising and I am so pleased to have with us today Marc Pitman, who some of you may already know as the fundraising coach.

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Fundraising Careers: Kishshana Palmer Interview: Discover your strengths

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The Virtual Fundraising Career Conference is coming up fast, April 13th to 15th, and I am so psyched! Are you going to be there? Today we’re interviewing one of our rockstar presenters, Kishshana Palmer, about her session at the Virtual Fundraising Career Conference. (To

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Try this one phrase in your next appeal

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Are you wondering how to make your nonprofit appeals more persuasive? Try this one simple phrase. Even a penny will help.

Do you have bad boundaries?

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Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising, and I am very, very happy to introduce to you today Sheena Greer of Colludo. She knows so much about boundaries and she’s been teaching about them for a while now. Sheena, thank you so much for being here.

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Taking Your Nonprofit to the Next Level-Molly Ola Pinney Interview

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Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Thanks so much for being here. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising and today I am chatting with one of our speakers at the Next Level Conference in April 4th-5th 2016, Molly Ola Pinney who is the founder and the CEO of the Global Autism Project.

When you’re feeling demotivated in fundraising

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Do you stay late a lot at work? Do you do your best but it just never seems like the job is even half done? Are you frustrated with the amount of things on your plate, things that it seems like no one else can do? You might like to read Part 1: Do you have too much to do?

4 Jobs for Introverted Fundraisers

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We might assume that nonprofits are full of happy extroverted fundraisers, going out and gladhanding donors like crazy. This is actually not the case.

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Why is being a fundraiser so awesome?

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Why do we keep getting up, day after day, to go and do this work? One person I chatted with this week makes more as a pedi-cab driver than as a fundraiser!

Free Resources for September

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In the last three months I’ve been working hard to get you exclusive content that you won’t get anywhere else. I’ve rigorously interviewed some of the top nonprofit leaders in the field, hoping to get their advice for what we should do NOW- now that we have a lot to fight for.

The Online Nonprofit Leadership Summit Rocked SO HARD!

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Last week we did our incredible Nonprofit Leadership Summit, with 12 presentations over 3 days for nonprofits all over the world! We had people join us from Nigeria, from Costa Rica, all over Canada, all over the USA, and many other places. The quality of the attendees was just unbelievable.

How DecentWork can take your nonprofit to the next level: Interview with Cathy Taylor, Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network

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Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising and today I am so pleased to be interviewing Cathy Taylor, the executive director of the Ontario Nonprofit Network. Cathy, welcome. Cathy Taylor: Thank you so much, Mazarine. Happy to talk to you.

How to organize your fundraising job search like a pro with Phil Gerard

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Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising, and today I am so excited to be interviewing Phil Gerard for our Fundraising Career Conference 2016. Phil will be speaking about how to structure and organization your fundraising job search.

I wish I could give you this for Christmas

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Let me tell you a story about my family. My family came to visit me in October. We were sitting at a restaurant, and my dad got a waiter to take a picture of all of us. It was sweet. It was heartwarming. And then before I knew it was happening, he posted it on Facebook.

Getting Your Donor to Give More in Your Year End Appeal

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How do you get your donor to upgrade? If you take a page from St. Joseph’s Indian School below, here’s how you get donors to upgrade. You thank them. You show lots of pictures of smiling children, the people they have helped. You give them one or two reply devices.

Firing Your Development Director? It’s not you, it’s me!

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picture by mb21 on Flickr. This post is in response to the Compasspoint report, Underdeveloped: A national study of challenges facing nonprofit fundraising. Key findings of the report? REVOLVING DOOR – Development directors are bouncing around and getting fired all the time.

14 problems only fundraisers understand

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Fundraising is a tremendously complex, challenging job. You have this precious gift to give to the world-your fundraising talents! How to help people recognize your gift? But you know that. That is why you’re here. You’re looking around, trying to learn how to do it better.

5 tips to waste your money in fundraising

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Just follow these steps! First, make sure you do at least four events a year. In fact, do as many events as possible! Don’t worry about who you buy your list from! Buy lots of lists! Don’t ask any questions! Keep mailing to these total strangers! .

5 Warning Signs Your Nonprofit Website Stinks

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Are you not getting enough donations or volunteers signing up through your website? Are you worried your nonprofit website could be better? How can you make a better website? When you look at your nonprofit website, ask yourself, what’s the number one action you want people to take?

How can you become a successful fundraising consultant?

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Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising, and I am so pleased to have with us today Linda Lysakowski who is a veritable legend in the fundraising world.

Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday to my blog! 3 years of rabble rousing! What Wild times we have had in the last 3 years! What were some of my most popular posts in the last few years? My mistakes! What were my mistakes in fundraising? CONFLICT! Hey Nonprofiteer, Are you a good consumer?

Having trouble holding onto your fundraising staff? Here’s why.

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I rece ntly finished Donor Centered Leadership by Penelope Burk of the Cygnus Research Group. Have you read this book yet?

This one trick helped her go from $100K to $300K with her annual event

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Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising and I am so psyched today to introduce to you Kishshana Palmer, who is going to be presenting at our conference in April, and so excited. Goosebumps. She is just fantastic.

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KONY2012: Judged by their funders?

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KONY2012. Everyone’s talking about KONY2012. 82 MILLION people have seen that compelling (and some would say, paternalistic, and misleading) 30 minute video about Invisible Children’s latest marketing campaign to stop Joseph Kony from recruiting more child soldiers, raping, and murdering.

Where are we headed, as a field? Sarah K. Nathan Interview

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Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising and I am so excited to interview today Ms. Sarah K. Nathan, PhD, who will be speaking at the Fundraising Career Conference April 6 – 8, 2016.

My mistakes of 2014

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Yay I make lots of mistakes. I believe that in business, and in nonprofits, you learn things more when you make mistakes, rather than when you get everything right all of the time. So I’m grateful that I made so many mistakes this year.

What would I do without you?

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I want to thank you for reading, for buying my products and engaging my services this year. I am so grateful to you, my readers, customers and clients, because you make this all possible. Here is what you have said about me on Twitter this year-AND THANK YOU for supporting me and Wild Woman Fundraising! Thank you Sheena Greer of Colludo ! Thank you Carrie Packard of CarriePackard.com ! Thank you the National Council of Nonprofits ! Thank you Bloomerang ! Thank you Gail Perry !

Hey Slacker, high five!

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Enclosed: A picture of me in the middle of writing an incredibly important blog post. Uh huh. Am I a slacktivist because I sign petitions but don’t go to advocacy days at the state capitol? What’s the point of slacker bloggers like me? Are you bored of slacktivism?

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Why do people at work treat me this way?

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Are you a Catwoman? So often, as fundraisers, we are charged with raising all of this money. And we run up against people’s concepts of money, every day. It colors how our co-workers interact with us. Sometimes it makes them treat us as if we were different. Maybe we’re mercenaries.

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23 Mistakes I Hope You Won’t Make

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Misteaks by advertisingelyse on Flickr. Recently I was chatting with a lovely reader of this blog, Maureen at MEDA.org, and she advised me to be more human, and share my mistakes. I really liked that advice. And I want to keep showing you how bumpy this fundraising path is.

6 principles of a good fundraising plan

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How do you make a development plan? Read on! How do you DO fundraising planning anyway? It’s tricky! If you’ve never made a fundraising plan before, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are 6 principles of a good fundraising plan to get you started.

Learn the most effective way to fundraise April 4th-5th, 2016

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“Major gift fundraising can be the unicorn for some organizations. Constantly chasing, kind of seen off in the distance, and always wondered like why can’t we have a major gifts program?” ” This is part two of an interview with John Urschel, educator at Bay Path University.

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10 fundraising interview questions to help you succeed in your career

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Nonprofit fundraisers often have a hard time saying No. Perhaps it’s because we are so good at creating community and relationships. We are trained to say yes, to do sales, marketing, customer service to make everyone happy.

Reader Questions: How do you partner with a nonprofit, get AKA Fiscal Sponsorship?

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Have you ever tried to partner with a nonprofit? Did that experience leave you frustrated, or just stymied by how it all works? Do you ever find yourself wondering, “What IS fiscal sponsorship, anyway?&#. Today’s Reader Question is all you!

8 ways to get people to read and answer your emails in your fundraising job

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Are you sending emails and just feeling like you’re beating your head against the wall? You’re not alone. So many of our fundraising emails go unanswered! Because maybe the recipient doesn’t know you. Or maybe your subject line sucked.

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FREE New Webinar: Make Better Nonprofit Annual Reports Now! April 13th, 2013

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Date: April 13, 2013. Time: 1pm EST, 12pm CST, 11am MT, 10am PST. Cost: FREE. Are you creating your annual report right now? Are you tasked with showing your board and your donors what you’ve accomplished this year? Do you want to improve on last year’s annual report?