In fundraising, planning is key

Get Fully Funded

With any big project (and especially fundraising), it’s critical that you start with a plan. Let me share a non-fundraising example to illustrate that point. In fundraising, it’s very similar. The answers to these questions (and more) form your plan.

9 steps to a powerful fundraising plan

Get Fully Funded

You know you need a fundraising plan, but if you’re like most, you don’t know where to start. . Although planning can seem overwhelming, it’s not really a difficult process, yet it makes all the difference in the world in the success you will enjoy in raising big money. Let me make it simple for you and share the 9 steps to creating a powerful fundraising plan. Create a plan of action. Work the plan. Take action on your plan.

Fundraising Planning for the New Year! Free Webinar January 28th

Wild Woman Fundraising

Would you like to plan to succeed in 2013? If your fundraising plan languished in a drawer last year, you’re not alone. And if you’ve never made a fundraising plan before, now is the perfect time to start! Fundraising Planning for the New Year!

6 principles of a good fundraising plan

Wild Woman Fundraising

How do you make a development plan? How do you DO fundraising planning anyway? 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.

Got fundraising plans?

Get Fully Funded

If you need help putting a fundraising plan together for this year, I’d love to help! Join me Thursday, February 4th at 3 pm easter for a free call as I present my “Simple Success&# Fundraising Plan. Why you need a fundraising plan. 7 questions your plan must answer. Plus, you’ll hear about a virtual planning retreat I’m hosting in February. Tags: Fundraising Planning fundraising nonprofit plan

7 Questions your Fundraising Plan MUST Answer

Get Fully Funded

Yesterday, I led a webinar to teach people my “Simple Success&# Fundraising Plan. One of the things I shared was the 7 questions your fundraising plan MUST answer. You need a specific goal for your plan. If you’re currently wrestling with a fundraising plan and you’d like help, I invite you to check out the virtual retreat I’m leading on Friday, Feb 19 to walk you through my “Simple Success&# Fundraising Plan.

Get help creating a detailed fundraising plan

Get Fully Funded

Join me next Friday, Feb 19, as I lead a virtual retreat to help you create a detailed fundraising plan for 2010. A virtual retreat is just what it sounds like – a time to step back and plan, but you can do it from home or your office. I’ll be taking you through the creation of goals, objectives, and action plans for your fundraising program this year. Tags: Fundraising Planning nonprofit fundraising plan

Your Fundraising Plan Checklist

Wild Woman Fundraising

Here is a Fundraising Plan Checklist that you can use every time you start a new appeal, campaign, event, or grant proposal. Tags: Appeals Events Fundraising Grants Keeping a job Leadership Lean Development Measuring Effectiveness Volunteers appeal attendees checklist checks in the mail corrective action development planning e-newsletter event exceeding goals goals mazarine treyz meeting goals plan post-mortem text message training

A Quick End-of-Year-Fundraising Plan

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you don’t have an end-of-year fundraising plan, here’s a quick one you can use. Have a better plan? Tags: Fundraising You don’t want to let the end-of-year giving season pass you by. Several of the vendors who process online donations for nonprofits (e.g. Blackbaud, Convio, Network for Good) report that 45% – 50% of the online donations they process by total dollar amount take place between October and December.

Don't put off fundraising planning to the fall!

Fundraising Coach

But taking a break from fundraising in the summer can kill your fundraising. We'll start in late August" Over the last few weeks, I've been hearing clients put off significant coaching and planning projects saying, "We'll start in late August or early September." Summer.

Fall 88

The How and Why of a Fundraising Plan

Get Fully Funded

Before you begin any fundraising program you need a plan to guide you along the way. A good fundraising plan is a roadmap to success and shows you how to allocate your precious resources of time and money. A written plan should contain the Who, What, When, and How Much information about each fundraising strategy and goal you are working toward. Be sure to include an implementation plan along with revenue projections and a way to measure your success.

2010 Fundraising Plans – Investment Priorities

The Agitator

Yesterday, in our first report on The Agitator’s 2010 Fundraising Plans survey, we commented on the general mood of nonprofit fundraisers as they looked ahead to next year. We noted that most fundraisers were expecting improvement in new donor prospecting, major gifts, and online giving. Today we’re looking at where fundraisers plan to invest their resources in 2010. Online Fundraising. Planned giving. Fundraising staff.

Create an Online Fundraising Plan: Match Up Your Online and Offline Marketing

Fundraising 123

Online fundraising isn''t a stand-alone initiative—it''s an integrated part of your communications strategy. Yoru online and offline marketing plans to donors should mirror and completment each other. Check out our tips for integrating your offline and online tactics to best reach your donors across all channels in your online plan: Offline Mailing Tips: Ask your donors their preference. Having a fundraising walk?

Enterprise Community Partners Online Fundraising Plan and Presentation

Fundraising 123

"Prior to 2008, we had no coordinated online plan. " There are times - and many nonprofits are guilty of it - when online fundraising seems more like online waiting. This presentation was first shared at the Network for Good and Maryland Nonprofits "ePhilanthropy 101: Effective & Inexpensive Fundraising in a Downturn" program on March 27, 2009. Tags: Fundraising Case Studies & White Papers Does this sound familiar?

Enterprise Community Partners Online Fundraising Plan and Presentation

Fundraising 123

"Prior to 2008, we had no coordinated online plan. " There are times - and many nonprofits are guilty of it - when online fundraising seems more like online waiting. This presentation was first shared at the Network for Good and Maryland Nonprofits "ePhilanthropy 101: Effective & Inexpensive Fundraising in a Downturn" program on March 27, 2009. Tags: Fundraising Case Studies & White Papers Does this sound familiar?

More Than a Donate Button: Composing Your Online Fundraising Plan in ‘09

Fundraising 123

There's more to online fundraising than a "Donate Now!" What's your plan for the upcoming year? Join special-guest presenter John Kenyon as he takes participants step by step through the process of developing an online fundraising plan. Tags: Fundraising 101: Getting Started " button. At Network for Good we call that the "Field of Dreams Syndrome" - assuming that if you build it, they [donors] will come.

8 ways NOT to write a fundraising plan

Wild Woman Fundraising

Here’s how NOT to write a fundraising plan. Tags: Fundraising Measuring Effectiveness budget development plan how to make a development plan plan First, make sure you make it in total isolation. You don’t want any input from any other staff or board messing it up. Make it focused solely around one or two income streams, like one big event and a government grant. Because what could go wrong? Don’t [.].

Plan 100

2010 Fundraising Plans – Creeping Optimism

The Agitator

Today we’re giving the first of three topline reports on our just-concluded survey on nonprofit fundraisers’ 2010 fundraising plans. Thanks to the 235 fundraisers who participated. " Back in July, 34% of respondents said their fundraising to that point in the year was doing better than in 2008, and 32% were feeling "more optimistic" by July than they were at the beginning of 2009. Maybe it’s tougher work than fundraisers expected.

I’m making my plan for 2017 right now. Want to join me?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Maybe you know you need to make a fundraising plan but you’re feeling overwhelmed. Fundraising planning can feel daunting, especially when you have other, more urgent things to do. Your cause needs you to plan plan and work your plan.

Plan 202

[Guest Post] How to Make Your Fundraising Plans for Next Year Better… and More Effective

Fundraising Coach

I''ve been enjoying Joe Garecht''s work at The Fundraising Authority for years. He''ll be teaching on How to Write a Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Plan , so I''ve invited him to share a few tips here as well.

More Than a Donate Button: Composing Your Online Fundraising Plan in ‘09

Fundraising 123

There's more to online fundraising than a "Donate Now!" What's your plan for the upcoming year? Join special-guest presenter John Kenyon as he takes participants step by step through the process of developing an online fundraising plan. Tags: Fundraising 101: Getting Started Download the transcript, slides & MP3 audio recording below! " button.

2010 Fundraising Plans – “We’re Exhausted”

The Agitator

This is our third and last report on The Agitator’s 2010 Fundraising Plans survey. In our previous two reports ( here and here ), we’ve described fundraisers’ mood as "creeping optimism," with 51% of our respondents expecting to raise more money in 2010, placing their highest expectations on recovery of major gifts and continued growth of online giving. Be open to the case for more fundraising investment when it comes knocking on your door.

Here’s the one predictor of your fundraising success in 2016

Wild Woman Fundraising

The second thing is that creating a fundraising plan is really the secret sauce to success. I also really hope that today we can talk about fundraising planning and why that leads to success for fundraising program. MT: Planning again, is the key.

Workshop: Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

On August 31 I will be teaching a workshop on Introduction to Fundraising Planning at the Peninsula Community Foundation in San Mateo, CA. The three-hour workshop (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) will cover material from my book on Fund Development Planning. The class is designed for those who are new to nonprofits or to a fundraising position. Tags: nonprofit , fundraising , fund development , workshop

It’s time to WOOP

Wild Woman Fundraising

Lately I’ve been helping people make plans. Communications plans. Fundraising plans. Thanks to my contract with Oregon Metro, I got to teach people how to do communications plans last week. I’m so excited to see these plans come to fruition!

Oregon 198

The Future is Now: Long-Range Fundraising Planning

Fundraising Breakthroughs

You’re aware that long-range fundraising planning is beneficial. Kn ow Thyself: Before beginning long-range planning in earnest, consider having your organization go through a self-assessment process, whether formal or informal. How are you doing with fundraising?

Range 52

Let’s plan for your fundraising success in 2015!

Wild Woman Fundraising

When you plan your fundraising, you know what’s coming up, and you can achieve more, and have a less stressful job! A fundraising plan can help you plan to succeed , by laying out your goals and working backwards. Have you ever made a fundraising plan?

Plan 130

Get Ready for 2015

Wild Woman Fundraising

If you’d like some help reflecting on what this last year has meant for your fundraising program, please accept this free gift. Here’s a free sample from my fundraising planning course to help you reflect on your successes and failures of the past year.

Sample 130

Reader question: What’s a good framework for a fundraising plan?

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Beth asks: Can you provide a basic (simple) framework to create a fundraising plan (or resources to do so) - for a brand new nonprofit and their completely new to fundraising staff? Here’s what Network for Good recommends in our Fundraising Campaign in a Box. When you’re planning your outreach, remember these three tips: There is no such thing as “the general public” Instead, you need to segment your communications to be effective and targeted.

Free Webinar: Planning for 2015 on 12/4

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are you tired of not having a plan every year? In this webinar you’ll learn: Fundraising planning 101. How NOT to make a fundraising plan. Your One-Page Fundraising Road-map. Take this webinar and plan to succeed in 2015!

Plan 130

14 things you must know about your donors to win major gifts (including planned gifts)

iMarketSmart

Here are 14 things you must know about your donors if you want to raise major and planned gifts (13 of which can be obtained from a donor survey ): 1- Why do they care about your nonprofit’s mission? 14- Do they want to have a one-to-one relationship with a fundraiser/representative?

Plan 179

11 best practices for your legacy society communications

iMarketSmart

When it comes to legacy gifts, most fundraisers spend too much time focused on uncovering hidden gifts or closing more of them. Sure, it’s important to find out who planned a secret gift and to inspire donors to make them.

Proof that planned gifts increase annual giving revenue

iMarketSmart

What he found was the following: The average annual gift among those studied increased by 75% ($3,171) after making a planned gift. Recommendations. >> 7 Simple Lessons to Remember from Dr. Russell James About Planned Gift Marketing. >> Words That Work: Phrases that Encourage Planned Giving.

Plan 173

Include Finance Folks in Fundraising Plans

Fundraising Breakthroughs

Too often, the fundraising think of something a little too interesting for raising money and don't bother to check it out with finance. A new fundraising scheme needs to fully thought through before anything goes public, and that includes the keeping track of proceeds and costs.The only way that finance can truly support the development efforts is if they are included in the planning." -- Christine L. From a discussion on Charity Channel's development office list.

CPA 40

Introducing the First Ever Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study

iMarketSmart

The first-ever benchmark study on major gifts fundraising. Today, I’m thrilled to introduce the 2017 Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study. Click here to access the full 2017 Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study.

What a Development or Fundraising Plan Is and How and Why It's Invaluable to An Efficient and Effective Organization

Seeking Grant Money Today

The Development Plan or Fundraising Plan is a master policy for a nonprofit to plan out, guide, and measure its fundraising for a specific period of time (sometimes one year, often two or three year periods, or more). The Development Plan often comes about shortly after or while an organization's leadership is conducting organizational self evaluation and future planing such as strategic planning.

5 interesting videos that promote legacy giving

iMarketSmart

Fundraising Planned Giving best practices for planned giving charity blog cultivation for planned giving donor cultivation how to ask for a planned gift how to talk to donors about planned giving legacy gift definition legacy gift ideas legacy giving brochure planned giving form Planned Giving Marketing planned giving marketing language planned giving messagesHere are 5 videos for promoting legacy giving.

2017 Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study – Episode 13

iMarketSmart

On today’s episode we discuss the 2017 Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study. The post 2017 Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study – Episode 13 appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |. Podcast how to become a major gifts officer major gift fundraising best practices major gift fundraising plan template major gifts fundraising strategy major gifts officer career path major gifts officer job description major gifts officer jobs what is a major gift

5 questions to ask your planned giving marketing vendor

iMarketSmart

How many highly qualified planned giving leads did you generate for my nonprofit last year? Related posts: >> It’s About Questions, Not Presentations. >> 10 Simple Questions Your Technology Vendor Should be Able to Answer. >> 9 Questions to Help You Determine If Your Results Are Good. >> 12 Essential Questions To Ask When Buying Fundraising Software. The post 5 questions to ask your planned giving marketing vendor appeared first on MarketSmart | .

Vendor 144

The single worst way to evaluate your planned giving program

iMarketSmart

Recently someone told me that their current planned giving marketing efforts were not working. “Because there’s been a drop in our planned giving revenue over the past couple of years,” she replied. Start planting your seeds for planned gifts today.