Happy Valentine's Day!!
Love is in the air and cupid is working his magic this month. You, too, can play matchmaker by "matching" donors to your nonprofit organization. Read on to find out how to make philanthropic love matches. As fundraisers, we know the key to major gifts is: The right potential donor asked by the right person… Continue reading The Courtship of Cultivation
Hannah Berger, M.P.A, began working with Fitz Nonprofit Consulting in the spring of 2016. Since then, she has become an invaluable member of the Fitz Team and my "partner-in-fundraising-crime". Hannah's specialty is as a philanthropy coach to nonprofit staff and board leaders. She pulls on her incredible experience and expertise in working with major donors… Continue reading Meet Hannah Berger, Fitz’s Senior Consultant
In fall of 2017, Sierra Nevada Journeys (SNJ) hired The Fitz Team to provide The Smarter Way Campaign services. What are the Smarter Way Campaign services? Read about it here. Sierra Nevada Journeys' capital campaign goal is to raise $5 million to purchase Grizzly Creek Ranch where they have been hosting their summer camps and… Continue reading Why Go the Smarter Way?
A Fundraising Plan is a nonprofit's road map to donors, foundations, corporations and other funding revenue sources. To create your roadmap, you need to know your destination or how much you want to raise. Ask yourself (and your Executive Director and Board Fundraising Chair) these two questions: How much did you fundraise last year in… Continue reading How to Write The Fundraising Plan Your Nonprofit Needs
Have you ever had a relationship go south with a donor? Or found out that the organization has not stewarded a donor in years and they stopped giving this year? As you probably know, it is easier to win back a lapsed donor than cultivate a new donor. So, it is worth putting in the… Continue reading Repairing Donor Relationships
It's that time of year to Give Thanks to your donors! There are many ways to let your donors know how much you appreciate them. Here's a great idea from Habitat for Humanity in Jackson, WY.
The final phase of any capital campaign is the Celebration of meeting (or exceeding) the goal and recognizing all of those involved who made the campaign a success. The University of San Diego (USD) just finished an eight-year comprehensive campaign, Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, to raise a total of $300 million+. The comprehensive campaign raised… Continue reading Celebration
Fitz Nonprofit Consulting has been fortunate to work with over a dozen private and independent schools. One of the great challenges for these schools is fundraising. Parents of students are the no greater cause than investing in their child. However, engaging current parents as donors is a challenge. Why? Because they are already paying tuition… Continue reading Annual Fund Giving for Independent Schools
“Donor stewardship is about elevating the donor experience.” I had a chance to sit down with Christina Todosow, Fitz’s ‘Of Counsel’ Consultant and Director of Stewardship at Rady Children’s Hospital, to talk about donor stewardship. Christina believe that donor stewardship is about elevating the donor experience through thoughtful opportunities and communications that recognize, inform, and… Continue reading Donor Stewardship
How often have we been frustrated with our Board members for not making a Board meeting, showing up late to the meeting, or not being prepared for the meeting despite the fact that you sent them 10 documents to review ahead of time? I know I have. Repeatedly. Ahem! And then a couple months ago, I… Continue reading Missing: Board Members.