Making Your Case

Pitch! Can you effectively pitch your nonprofit in 180 seconds?

Last fall (2012), I was lucky enough to participate in San Diego Social Venture Partners, Advance! San Diego 2012 where 10 San Diego nonprofits competed in an electrifying competition for $50,000 in cash and in-kind services. As a mentor, I was paired up with a nonprofit who needed to develop a 180-second pitch to effectively… Continue reading Pitch! Can you effectively pitch your nonprofit in 180 seconds?

Direct Mail, How-To-Guide, Making Your Case, The "Ask"

Sample donation request letter and donation card

When your hand is out asking for donations, it is always nice to have a beautiful letter to express why you need donations and how a donor can help your organization. These beautifully crafted letters take time and creativity to author. To give you a head start, I'm posting my sample donation letter to give… Continue reading Sample donation request letter and donation card

Guest Blogs, Leadership, Major Gifts, Making Your Case, The "Ask"

Conquering the Fear of Asking

I am reposting this blog from a colleague, Mark Fackler, who wrote a very candid and intriguing post about his personal fudnraising over a course of a year. The original post is here and below. In my mid-twenties, I developed a motto for my life that was “face your fear.” Over the years, after much… Continue reading Conquering the Fear of Asking